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  • Friday, 22 May 2020

    California Senate backs garment worker protections bill Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – The California State Senate Committee has approved a new bill which, if passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee, would expand wage theft liability in California’s garment manufacturing industry and make it essential that brands…
  • Tuesday, 19 May 2020

    US Senate bill addresses China forced labour Premium Article

    WASHINGTON D.C. – The US Senate has approved a bill to sanction Chinese government officials responsible for forced labour camps in the western region of Xinjiang, where it’s believed millions of Uyghur Muslims are held against their will and forced…
  • Wednesday, 06 May 2020

    Patagonia and Columbia link up against Trump Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Outdoor clothing companies Patagonia and Columbia Sportwear have joined forces in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s effort to roll back former President Obama's Clean Power Plan. The two brands filed an amicus 'friend…
  • Friday, 01 May 2020

    Fashion associations look to bolster US financial support Premium Article

    WASHINGTON D.C. – Three associations representing the apparel and travel goods industries have written to the US Congress with recommendations for future stimulus measures for American businesses post-pandemic. While President Donald Trump passed…
  • Wednesday, 22 April 2020

    Textile Standards & Legislation 2020 – in press Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – The latest edition of the 96-page Textile Standards & Legislation booklet which details over 72 environmental and social standards related to the textile and apparel industries is now in press. Fully updated and revised since it was last…
  • Friday, 17 April 2020

    Call to link bailouts to green commitments Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) is calling for any European Union (EU) corporate bailouts to help companies survive the coronavirus crisis to be linked to environmental and social commitments. It is also calling on the…
  • Tuesday, 14 April 2020

    EU urged to delay ending Cambodia's EBA Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Fashion brands are urging the European Union (EU) to postpone the partial withdrawal of tariff preferences granted to Cambodia under the EU’s Everything but Arms (EBA) trade scheme because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The…
  • Wednesday, 08 April 2020

    Textile Exchange releases Organic Content Standard 3.0 Premium Article

    LUBBOCK - Textile Exchange has announced the release of Organic Content Standard 3.0, the latest incarnation of its original standard which aims to increase organic agriculture production. The new Organic Content Standard (OCS) was drawn up…
  • Friday, 27 March 2020

    MPs urged to look again at fashion's impact Premium Article

    LONDON - The Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) research body is urging the UK government's influential Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) to put fashion back on the agenda of subjects it is planning to investigate. Professor Dilys Williams, the…
  • Friday, 20 March 2020

    Textile Exchange releases new Mohair standard, updates RWS Premium Article

    LUBBOCK – Textile Exchange has released a new Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS) alongside the first revisions to its Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). The new RMS standard is based on the same system as its wool counterpart due to the effectiveness…
  • Thursday, 19 March 2020

    Organic textile standard gets upgraded Premium Article

    STUTTGART – The new version of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) released includes new requirements for chemical formulators, makes changes to the addition of regenerated and virgin synthetic textile fibres and has added a completely new…
  • Monday, 16 March 2020

    Naturvernforbund demands change in Norway Premium Article

    OSLO - Norwegian nature conservation organisation Norges Naturvernforbund (Friends of the Earth Norway) has called on the country’s Government to encourage industry players to take a more responsible role and reduce the environmental impact of…
  • Thursday, 12 March 2020

    Commission adopts new Circular Economy Action Plan Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The European Commission (EC) has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan, which will address product design, manufacture and waste in industries including textiles, plastics and packaging. Just one of the building blocks of the €1…
  • Monday, 09 March 2020

    Value of UK sales of organic textiles rises Premium Article

    BRISTOL – UK sales of Soil Association certified organic textiles grew by 10 per cent in value to £45.4 million in 2019, according to a new report published today. The new '2020 UK Organic Textile Market Report' from the Soil Association based its…
  • Friday, 21 February 2020

    Companies 'failing to disclose environmental impacts' Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The largest study ever carried out on corporate sustainability reporting has concluded that too many companies do not fulfil their obligations to provide enough information to disclose their impacts on society and environment. The…
  • Thursday, 13 February 2020

    H&M to review sourcing from Cambodia Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Fashion retailer H&M is to review its sourcing of garments from Cambodia following the decision of the European Union to partially suspend the country's trade preferences because of human rights violations. Cambodia will lose about 20…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    Zalando welcomes new waste legislation Premium Article

    BERLIN - European online fashion platform Zalando has welcomed new German legislation to reduce the amount of unsold stock destroyed by brands and retailers. With only 0.05 pe cent of returns destroyed, the company says it will be unaffected by the…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    EU partially suspends Cambodia trade preferences Premium Article

    BRUSSELS — The European Union (EU) has delivered a potential hammer blow to the garment industry in Cambodia by deciding to partially suspend the country's trade preferences because of systematic human rights violations. Cambodia will lose about 20…
  • Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    European Green Deal 'must be transparent' Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reporting organisation has backed the European Green Deal as a "global game changer" but says that accurate and transparent reporting on tackling climate change is crucial for it to…
  • Friday, 31 January 2020

    France bans dumping of unsold fashion Premium Article

    PARIS - France has made it illegal for fashion brands and retailers to destroy unsold or returned clothing under wide-ranging new anti-waste legislation. The law, which the French government claims is a world first, was finally adopted after the…
  • Monday, 27 January 2020

    Bangladesh cracks down on illegal factories Premium Article

    DHAKA - Some 231 illegal factories - many of them in the textile and garment industry - are set to close in the Bangladeshi capital city of Dhaka after the High Court ordered officials to cut off their gas, electricity and water supplies. The…
  • Wednesday, 08 January 2020

    Ireland set to ban textiles from household bins Premium Article

    DUBLIN - Ireland is set to ban clothes and textiles from household bins, landfill and incineration under new proposals designed to reduce the impact of fast fashion on the environment. Climate Action and Environment Minister Richard Bruton sees such…
  • Friday, 03 January 2020

    New law 'could lead to synthetic fibre ban' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON D.C. - Brands and retailers are being warned that proposed landmark legislation in the US to clampdown on plastic pollution could lead to restrictions on the use of synthetic fibres. Heidi Sanborn, executive director of the National…
  • Friday, 03 January 2020

    Cambodia urged to engage with EU over EBA Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH — The Cambodian government is being urged to work with the European Union (EU) to retain vital trade privileges after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned their loss would deliver a huge blow to the country's economy. The EU is…
  • Friday, 20 December 2019

    39 US companies certified by GOTS in 2019 Premium Article

    STUTTGART - A total of 39 US companies gained certification to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) in 2019, bringing the total to 113 individual companies. GOTS covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and…
  • Friday, 20 December 2019

    New rift on factory safety in Bangladesh Premium Article

    DHAKA - A new rift has opened up between garment factory owners in Bangladesh and the organisations which have represented western brands on factory safety in their supply lines since the Rana Plaza disaster. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and…
  • Friday, 20 December 2019

    EU envoy urges Cambodia to back down on EBA Premium Article

    MADRID - A leading European Union envoy is urging Cambodia to make political concessions to avoid the loss of special trade preferences which would massively impact on the country's apparel industry and cost about 90,000 garment workers their jobs.…
  • Thursday, 12 December 2019

    Combined call for circular clothing economy Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - Leading apparel and footwear organisations have come together to form a new organisation to call for holistic, coordinated efforts by policymakers to drive sector-wide circularity. The Policy Hub — launched by the Sustainable Apparel…
  • Thursday, 12 December 2019

    Textiles in spotlight for European Green Deal Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Textiles will be at the centre of a bid to create a circular economy in the new European Green Deal, announced this week by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Textiles, along with other "carbon-intensive industries" like…
  • Tuesday, 10 December 2019

    Sweden set to tax chemicals in clothing Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - European brands are being urged to give their views on Swedish government proposals to introduce a tax on potentially harmful chemicals in clothing and shoes. The proposed tax would be aimed to reducing the risk of consumers, workers and…
  • Monday, 09 December 2019

    Euratex unveils circular economy action plan Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European textile and clothing industry body Euratex has revealed its circular economy action plan to ensure sustainable resource use and tackle urgent environment, social and economic challenges. Euratex presented its strategy, entitled…
  • Thursday, 05 December 2019

    Cambodia looks resigned to losing EBA deal Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH - The Cambodian government appears resigned to the loss of European Union (EU) special trade preferences, a move which could massively impact on the country's apparel industry and cost about 90,000 garment workers their jobs. Cambodia…
  • Wednesday, 04 December 2019

    US set to take on China over Xinjiang camps Premium Article

    WASHINGTON D.C. - The US House of Representatives has approved a bill that would make President Trump take a stand against China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region where they are reportedly being used as forced labour in the…
  • Monday, 02 December 2019

    EU urged to address abuses in global supply chains Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - More than 100 civil society organisations and trade unions have now signed an open letter calling on the European Union (EU) to introduce effective legislation to address environmental and human rights abuses in corporate supply chains.…
  • Friday, 29 November 2019

    Creating a circular fashion industry Premium Article

    Erik Solheim (ES), who was controversially asked to step down as executive director of the United Nation’s Environment Programme, still has his ear to the ground on sustainability issues. What then, are his thoughts on the fashion sector’s drive…
  • Monday, 04 November 2019

    US plastic waste Bill to prompt textile microfibre action Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – Working with the National Stewardship Action Council (NSAC), US senators from New Mexico and California have circulated a discussion draft of what could be landmark legislation that would ban certain plastic products and require…
  • Monday, 07 October 2019

    Unions, NGOs call for corporate accountability law Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – More than 80 NGOs and trade unions have joined forces, calling on the European Commission to introduce corporate accountability legislation that it’s hoped would mitigate human rights abuse cases throughout global supply chains and offset…
  • Friday, 06 September 2019

    Sympatex receives B Lab sustainability certification Premium Article

    MUNICH – Functional textile specialist Sympatex Technologies has received US-based NGO B Lab’s ‘2019 Best for the World’ award, after landing in the top 10 per cent of all B Corp certified companies in recognition of its environmental…
  • Friday, 06 September 2019

    Tchibo to receive Green Button certification Premium Article

    HAMBURG – German retailer Tchibo is set to be the first major retail brand to receive Germany’s new Grüner Knopf (Green Button) seal, which will be introduced by the country’s federal minister for economic cooperation and development Dr. Gerd…
  • Tuesday, 03 September 2019

    Recall platform offers unsafe product updates Premium Article

    CHESHIRE – Product testing and verification services provider SGS has launched a new ‘Product Recalls’ digital platform that will enable retailers and manufacturers to stay up-to-date with the latest unsafe product notifications across both Europe…
  • Wednesday, 21 August 2019

    PU membrane gets Oeko-Tex certified Premium Article

    LEVERKUSEN – Several of Covestro’s water-based polyurethane (PU) membrane films designed to give a range of advanced functionality to sports and outdoor clothing have recently been certified to the consumer Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex in Class I. Many…
  • Monday, 19 August 2019

    Vietnam kicks off garment factory safety initiative Premium Article

    HỒ CHÍ MINH – The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) has partnered with Dutch sustainable trade initiative IDH to launch Life and Building Safety Initiative (LABS), in a bid to protect apparel and footwear factory workers. Local…
  • Thursday, 25 July 2019

    Blockchain transparency tool launched Premium Article

    DÜSSELDORF – German start-up Retraced has launched a transparency tool which allows end-consumers to learn more about the ‘sustainable’ aspects of the fashion industry. Powered by Oracle’s Hyperledger Fabric blockchain technology platform, it aims…
  • Tuesday, 09 July 2019

    ‘Green Button’ puts sustainable fashion in sight Premium Article

    BERLIN – Textile professionals in the sustainable fashion space descended on Berlin earlier this month at Neonyt, Messe Frankfurt’s trade show for sustainable fashion where 170 labels from 20 countries presented their 2020 spring/summer collections…
  • Friday, 28 June 2019

    Levi Strauss partners with IFC on climate goals Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO — Levi Strauss & Co. has announced the signing of a US$2.3 million co-operation agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in order to help the company reach its targets on reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions and water…
  • Friday, 28 June 2019

    Nike signs UN fashion charter to fight climate crisis Premium Article

    BEAVERTON — Sportswear giant Nike has become the latest fashion and apparel firm to sign the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, with the company stating: “In the race against climate change, there isn’t a moment to lose.” The Charter,…
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019

    Anger, as UK government rejects calls to fix fast fashion Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – The UK government has given a huge ‘thumbs down’ to an Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report that wanted a one penny charge per garment on producers in a bid to end the era of throwaway fast fashion. Headed up by Wakefield MP Mary…
  • Friday, 14 June 2019

    Levi’s, Nike, Calvin Klein among brands ‘deeply troubled’ by Myanmar Premium Article

    WASHINGTON — The American Apparel & Footwear Association and Fair Labor Association have written to the Myanmar government calling for action on rights violations in the nation’s textile supply chain and for freedom of association and collective…
  • Friday, 14 June 2019

    UN wants ethical fashion to mitigate climate crisis Premium Article

    NEW YORK — The United Nations has put out a call for applications from young people interested in developing innovative, technology-driven solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges; none more so than the climate crisis. One of the…
  • Wednesday, 05 June 2019

    Investors respond to Bangladesh Accord extension Premium Article

    DHAKA — The ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility), which in January 2018 urged the extension of the Bangladesh Accord’s operations, has spoken out following the temporary stay the regulatory body has been granted by the Appellate…
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