Labels & Legislation News

  • Thursday, 14 March 2019

    Labelling lessons for fashion from the food industry?

    Food labels detail calories, ingredients, nutritional values and often even the address of the production facility. Fashion equivalents are often limited simply to size and price. David Styles assesses whether the apparel sector can bridge the…
  • Friday, 08 March 2019

    The legislation game

    LONDON – The UK has proposed and implemented legislation, and commissioned research which will inform future government policy that could change the fashion industry beyond measure. Recent rumblings from Europe suggest this approach may be…
  • Tuesday, 05 March 2019

    Hanesbrands strengthens university ties in Cincinnati

    ATLANTA – A collaboration has been established between the University of Cincinnati, IMG College Licensing and Hanesbrands Inc. to expand an existing relationship and scale up the manufacture of licensed apparel and merchandise for the academic…
  • Monday, 04 March 2019

    OECD report assesses Higg alignment credentials

    PARIS – The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has published a report assessing the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and its flagship Higg Index suite of textile industry tools in relation to the former’s Due Diligence…
  • Friday, 01 March 2019

    UNFCCC seeks industry stakeholder partnerships

    BONN – The UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) has put out a call for stakeholders from a variety of sectors – including the textiles and apparel space – to submit applications to establish climate-focused partnerships.…
  • Thursday, 28 February 2019

    Paper cites textiles potential to alleviate poverty

    ZURICH – New research has explored the historical and ongoing influence which the actions of the global textiles industry has on the welfare of workers, economic development and the environment. The paper states that the textile sector has been, and…
  • Tuesday, 19 February 2019

    MPs want legislation to fix UK fashion

    WAKEFIELD – UK politicians have called on the Government to change the law to require fashion retailers to perform due diligence across their supply chains and have recommended tax breaks for companies that comply with environmental and social…
  • Wednesday, 13 February 2019

    Patagonia urges action in US wildlife conservation effort

    VENTURA – Outdoor brand Patagonia has, through its Action Works platform, called on its customers and supporters to back the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act to ensure it finds its way into US law. The company believes that, if passed, the…
  • Wednesday, 23 January 2019

    China to tighten grip on environmental regulations

    NEW YORK – At a presentation here at Texworld in New York, Yan Yan, Deputy Director at the Office for Social Responsibility of the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) revealed the country wants to forge a new image under three new…
  • Friday, 04 January 2019

    AAFA launches new denim finishing safety tool

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has published a new document specifically designed to protect workers in the denim finishing industry. The resource has been developed in co-ordination with the AAFA Safety in Denim…
  • Friday, 21 December 2018

    Recycling association supports DEFRA textiles focus

    LONDON – The Textile Recycling Association has supported proposals in the latest DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) policy paper, which have identified textiles as one of five priority material streams which will be reviewed…
  • Monday, 03 December 2018

    Inclusive fashion a UK government priority

    LONDON – The British Government has announced its plan to recruit a Fashion Disability Champion to highlight and tackle issues faced by consumers with disabilities. The individual selected to perform the role will use their position to advise and…
  • Monday, 26 November 2018

    Dutch denim achieves Swan Ecolabel certification

    LAREN – A range of denim clothing from Dutch brand Mud Jeans has been certified to the Nordic Swan Ecolabel standard after an extensive, one and a half year assessment of its product’s lifecycles. Noted for its stringency, the ‘Swan’ Ecolabel…
  • Friday, 09 November 2018

    AAFA launches new best practice resource

    WASHINGTON – The AAFA (American Apparel and Footwear Association) has unveiled a new tool to enable its members to adhere to best practices in relation to testing and warning label protocol. The Proposition 65 Best Practices document for AAFA…
  • Thursday, 08 November 2018

    Tool improves checks on resource use in organic textiles

    The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has released the latest version of its ‘Monitor’ software which allows its licensees to evaluate the consumption of water and energy during the manufacture of certified organic textiles. GOTS requires…
  • Friday, 19 October 2018

    UK fast fashion inquiry gathers pace

    LONDON – The latest round of written submissions to the UK parliamentary ‘fast fashion inquiry’ have been published, with various industry bodies contributing to the consultation process. WRAP, Ethical Fashion Group, Worn Again Technologies,…
  • Monday, 15 October 2018

    CE100 Network adds DuPont and Mud Jeans

    COWES – The Circular Economy 100 (CE100) Network, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has announced the addition of four new members, including DuPont Biomaterials and MUD Jeans. The goal of the network is to connect leaders and innovators from…
  • Friday, 12 October 2018

    MADE-BY enters administration

    AMSTERDAM – The Dutch-based not for profit MADE-BY, which was founded in 2004 entered into administration last week in a move that will disappoint many stakeholders in the sustainable fashion area. The organisation was one of the original pioneer…
  • Tuesday, 09 October 2018

    Platform seeks to eradicate sportswear non-compliance

    OSTERMUNDIGEN – Sportswear brands now have a new tool at their disposal to combat non-compliance, with the launch of the WFSGI (World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry) Compliance Labelling Requirements (CLR) Database. The online tool is…
  • Fairtrade advocate issues textile sector rallying cry
    Monday, 17 September 2018

    Fairtrade advocate issues textile sector rallying cry

    LONDON - On behalf of the Fairtrade Foundation, Subindu Garkhel will take to the stage at this week’s International Convention on Sustainable Trade and Standards to urge the industry to use its sizeable global power to lift people out of poverty and…
  • Friday, 14 September 2018

    New bill to strengthen Bangladesh textile exports

    DHAKA – The Bangladesh Parliament has tabled, and subsequently passed, the Textile Bill 2018 in an effort to maintain and even enhance the quality of the nation’s textile products as a way of protecting the economy which relies so heavily on foreign…
  • Thursday, 06 September 2018

    Textiles water stewardship drive in Southern India

    GENEVA – UN Global Compact initiative CEO Water Mandate and a co-operative of apparel firms have joined forces to establish a water stewardship initiative in Southern India. Global brands such as Gap, Levi Strauss & Co and PVH Corporation are among…
  • Thursday, 23 August 2018

    Collaboration seeks Higg Index consumer engagement boost

    SAN FRANCISCO – A new collaboration has been announced between B Corp certified GlobeScan and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) in order to make strides in developing communication guidelines and resources to more successfully engage consumers…
  • Thursday, 23 August 2018

    AAFA continues microfibre information sharing drive

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has announced a Microfiber Discharge - What should you do? webinar to educate industry stakeholders and consumers alike on the most recent academic, regulatory and industrial findings…
  • Monday, 20 August 2018

    Bangladesh seeks SEZ investment at US trade meeting

    DHAKA – Ahead of the fourth round of meetings as part of the Trade and Investment Co-operation Forum Agreement (TICFA) between Bangladesh and the United States, sources in Dhaka have confirmed that Bangladeshi representatives will pursue US…
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    Vaude outlines latest sustainability progress

    TETTNANG – Outdoor brand Vaude has launched a comprehensive supplier management programme, a move it hopes will offer its international producers and material suppliers the support necessary to ensure high ecological and social standards are present…
  • Thursday, 09 August 2018

    EOG unveils first boardsports members

    ZUG – The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has announced two new member organisations, with Burton and Nitro becoming the first additions from the boardsports sector to become full members. Furthermore, Salomon is adding its snowboard division to its…
  • Wednesday, 08 August 2018

    SAC announces latest Higg MSI update

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has announced the second update of 2018 of its Higg Index MSI (Materials Sustainability Index), described by the organisation as the most trusted tool for accurately measuring and scoring a…
  • Monday, 06 August 2018

    Investors back due diligence framework alignment

    BRUSSELS – Representatives from a wide variety of investment firms have signalled support for collaborative industry-wide efforts seeking increased alignment of due diligence frameworks with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply…
  • Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    EU, China align circular economy policies

    BEIJING – At the EU-China Summit currently taking place in the Chinese capital, both parties have expressed their commitment to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Circular Economy and have also established a deal on oceanic pollution…
  • Amfori
    Thursday, 28 June 2018

    Amfori strengthens sustainability partnerships

    BRUSSELS – Global business association for sustainable trade amfori has reflected on a successful year in its latest annual report – the first under its new name. Amfori has reported its strongest ever increase in membership and geographical…
  • Monday, 25 June 2018

    The Microfibre Consortium debuts infographic at OutDoor

    FRIEDRICHSHAFEN – The Microfibre Consortium has released its Microfibre Management Infographic 1.0 at this year’s OutDoor show, held for the final time in Friedrichshafen before relocating to Munich. The consortium says it has open sourced the…
  • Friday, 22 June 2018

    UK committee launches ‘fast fashion’ inquiry

    LONDON – The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the social and environmental impacts of the ‘fast fashion’ culture which has become an integral part of the apparel industry. The investigation has been established to explore…
  • Wednesday, 13 June 2018

    Support for EOG Sustainability Charter hits new heights

    ZUG – The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has announced that two more national associations have adopted its Sustainability Charter and, in so doing, have outlined support for its goals of pursuing best practice in corporate citizenship, responsibility…
  • Monday, 11 June 2018

    Denim Expert becomes first Bangladeshi SAC member

    CHITTAGONG – Denim Expert Ltd has become the first Bangladeshi manufacturer to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a move which will see the company adopt the Higg Index to chart its CSR and sustainability progress. The Bangladesh-based…
  • Wednesday, 06 June 2018

    US polyester legislation unlikely this year

    SACRAMENTO – The proposed polyester legislation from several US states in light of textile microfibre pollution appears to have hit the buffers in the respective state assemblies of California, New York and Connecticut. Time constraints would seem…
  • Friday, 01 June 2018

    Could the UK follow US states in microfibre legislation?

    LONDON – Earlier this year, the US states of California and Connecticut took the unprecedented step of proposing legislation which would see polyester garments legally required to bear warning labels regarding their potential to shed microfibres…
  • Wednesday, 30 May 2018

    Levi Strauss: Life as a leader

    COPENHAGEN - While travelling by train to meet Paul Dillinger it struck me that no matter where you are in the world, in any densely populated area there will almost certainly be one person – and often many more – wearing a pair of Levi’s. It then…
  • Thursday, 17 May 2018

    NSF joins CDP to provide third-party verification

    ANN ARBOR – NSF International has announced that it has become a verification provider of non-profit organisation CDP in order to assist in operating a global disclosure system designed to help companies and municipalities accurately assess and…
  • Friday, 04 May 2018

    NGO takes swipe at Levi’s in climate change row

    SAN FRANCISCO — Environmental NGO Stand.earth has released a new report which attacks the global apparel sector for its role in air pollution and climate change, whilst pointing the finger at Levi Strauss specifically as being one of the industry’s…
  • Friday, 04 May 2018

    UK government funds textile marine pollution study

    PLYMOUTH – Scientists at the University of Plymouth have received support from the UK government to conduct new research aimed at analysing the impact of clothing, amongst other products, on the marine environment. The study, which has been given an…
  • Thursday, 03 May 2018

    New report blasts textile certification

    LONDON – A new NGO report published today concludes that environmental certification programmes in the textile sector are guilty of making false promises on sustainability and calls for the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to be scrapped completely.…
  • Tuesday, 24 April 2018

    AAFA questions polyester warning label proposals

    WASHINGTON – Following the states of California and Connecticut having proposed the implementation of mandatory warning labels for polyester garments, the AAFA (American Apparel and Footwear Association) has raised concerns about the legitimacy of…
  • Thursday, 19 April 2018

    Guess partners with Better Cotton Initiative

    LOS ANGELES – Fashion brand, Guess has announced its newly-established partnership with the Better Cotton initiative (BCI) in the latest of a series of initiatives undertaken by the company to improve its sustainability credentials. Guess has cited…
  • Thursday, 12 April 2018

    Made-By launches latest Mode Tracker edition

    UTRECHT – Dutch not-for-profit, Made-By has published the third instalment of ‘Mode Tracker’, a tool which the organisation says is capable of independently verifying a brand’s sustainability credentials and providing the tools necessary to achieved…
  • Thursday, 05 April 2018

    Connecticut joins California in polyester warning labels bill

    HARTFORD – Connecticut has become the second US state, alongside California, to publish a bill which establishes a legal requirement for companies to attach warning labels on garments made from a certain percentage of polyester. Both states are now…
  • Tuesday, 03 April 2018

    GOTS doubles up with new leadership structure

    STUTTGART – In a move which the organisation describes as having further emphasised its commitment to ‘working together to achieve solutions’, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) has announced the implementation of dual leadership at the head of…
  • Thursday, 29 March 2018

    EU seeks novel solutions with new industry platform

    BRUSSELS – A newly established EU innovation platform has called on textiles sector stakeholders to submit information on novel techniques that could be considered for inclusion in the Best Available Techniques Reference Document (BREF) revision…
  • Monday, 19 March 2018

    Sensient gets Eco Passport certification

    MORGES – Ink manufacturer Sensient has been awarded Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification, which the company says allows its customers to confirm its compliance with sustainable textile manufacture. Sensient achieved Eco Passport certification…
  • Monday, 12 March 2018

    ZDHC approves SciveraLENS to MRSL conformance

    AMSTERDAM – ZDHC has announced it has accepted assessment firm, SciveraLENS as a ZDHC Accepted Certification Standard of the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) Conformance. ZDHC says it decided to announce SciveraLENS as an…
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