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  • Monday, 22 July 2024

    Textiles to be hit by deforestation law Premium Article

    The EU’s EUDR deforestation regulation is set to greatly impact the global textiles industry by demanding detailed analysis of viscose and lyocell supply chains caught up by the new law – with new calls for it to be delayed. Andrew Vaux…
  • Tuesday, 16 July 2024

    Cascale, Worldly release report on EU CSDDD Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Cascale, formerly the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and its technology partner Worldly, have released a 'deep dive' report on the implications of the European Unions's (EU) new Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive…
  • Tuesday, 16 July 2024

    Bipartisan bill seeks consumer awareness uptick Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – Republican and Democrat congressional representatives have joined forces to introduce a bill aimed at bridging the gap between consumers and apparel producers when it comes to understanding a garment’s environmental impact.…
  • Tuesday, 16 July 2024

    PFAS regulation piles up in the USA Premium Article

    In just five short years since 2019, nearly 20 US states have taken significant steps to regulate PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances), commonly known as “forever” chemicals, that are often found in textiles and clothing.Out of these states,…
  • Friday, 12 July 2024

    Global Standard to expand beyond GOTS Premium Article

    STUTTGART – Global Standard, the NGO behind the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), plans to launch a new standard for ‘sustainable’ synthetic and natural fibres that goes beyond organic yet uses the existing GOTS framework. No branding or…
  • Friday, 12 July 2024

    Companies turn to tech to combat forced labour Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - More than 95% of US companies have started using technology and verification tools to check for forced labour risks in their supply chains since the introduction of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), according to the US…
  • Wednesday, 03 July 2024

    Textile recycling bill advances in California Premium Article

    SACRAMENTO - A landmark bill to implement an extended producer responsibility (EPR) framework and ramp up textile recycling in California has passed a key stage following a 9-3 approval from the state assembly’s Natural Resources Committee. As…
  • Tuesday, 02 July 2024

    Podcast: Can we trust textile factory audits in China?

    WASHINGTON – Fresh from his high-profile appearance at a recent US Congressional-Executive Commission on China hearing, Scott Nova, Executive Director of the Workers Rights Consortium in Washington DC, gave Ecotextile Talks a hard-hitting interview…
  • Monday, 01 July 2024

    Refusal to probe Xinjiang cotton 'illegal' Premium Article

    LONDON - Campaigners are claiming a "landmark victory" after a court ruled that the UK National Crime Agency’s (NCA) refusal to investigate forced labour links to cotton imported from China was unlawful. Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) and the…
  • Friday, 28 June 2024

    Slow Fashion Caucus launched in US Congress Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - A 'Slow Fashion Caucus' has been established by politicians in the US Congress, in partnership with stakeholders including brand Patagonia and resale specialist ThredUp, in a bid to rein in the fast fashion industry. Democrat Chellie…
  • Friday, 21 June 2024

    Policy Hub outlines textile labelling modifications Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The Policy Hub industry initiative has published a series of recommendations that it would like to see included in the upcoming revision of the European Union’s (EU) Textile Labelling Regulation (TLR). The initiative – a coalition…
  • Monday, 17 June 2024

    New York Fashion Act backers to fight on Premium Article

    ALBANY - Supporters of the New York Fashion Act have vowed to continue their fight to introduce new legislation to hold the industry accountable for its environmental and human rights impacts. The Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act…
  • Thursday, 13 June 2024

    EU takes aim at textile cleaning solvents Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The European Commission has adopted an EU-wide restriction on a certain class of ‘greener’ solvents that are used for dry cleaning textiles. The recent adoption of a restriction on siloxanes could well be a headache for some luxury…
  • Tuesday, 11 June 2024

    EU urged to target ultra fast fashion on EPR Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Austria, Finland, France and the Netherlands are calling on the European Union (EU) to allow member states to penalise ultra fast fashion e-tailers, such as Shein and Temu, for the impacts of their products. The four countries have…
  • Monday, 10 June 2024

    GRI consults on updated labour standards Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has announced a public consultation to update its labour-related standards. The three standards under review – ‘Labour/Management Relations’, ‘Employment’ and ‘Market Presence’, monitor how well…
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2024

    US officials crackdown on import loophole Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - US officials are cracking down on a loophole which allows overseas online retailers, such as Chinese-owned Shein and Temu, to send their packages direct to US consumers without them being checked by customs officers. Politicians fear…
  • Thursday, 30 May 2024

    Skin sensitisers not priority for UK REACH Premium Article

    LONDON – Unlike their counterparts in Brussels, UK chemical regulators appear to have parked their concerns about skin sensitisers in textiles and other consumer goods – for now at least. This decision is revealed in UK REACH's latest priority list…
  • Tuesday, 28 May 2024

    Final approval for European ecodesign law Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The destruction of unsold textile products will be banned throughout the European Union (EU) following final approval of the EU's new 'ecodesign' regulation which sets sustainability requirements for products. The European Council this…
  • Friday, 24 May 2024

    Final approval for EU due diligence law Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Ministers of the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) have today given the final sign off to new legislation which will make larger companies liable for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains. The…
  • Friday, 17 May 2024

    US adds 26 textile firms to Uyghur region blacklist Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the addition of 26 China-based textile companies to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) Entity List. With goods produced by the newly listed firms now restricted from…
  • Thursday, 16 May 2024

    EU Textile Strategy event raises more concerns Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – In a webinar today, European political mandarins laid bare how the EU Textile Strategy 2030 needs science-based objectivity, and showed that serious questions still remain about how the sustainability credentials of textile products will…
  • Monday, 13 May 2024

    SBTi releases Net Zero Standard update plans Premium Article

    LONDON - The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has unveiled its plans for a major revision to its flagship Corporate Net-Zero Standard which could include the controversial use of carbon credits to offset scope 3 carbon emissions. SBTi…
  • Thursday, 09 May 2024

    Tests highlight Xinjiang cotton concerns Premium Article

    STONY BROOK - CHAMPAIGN - DNA and isotopic testing has revealed that 19% of all textile-based products tested contained cotton from the Xinjiang region of China which is banned in the US over forced labour concerns. Molecular technologies specialist…
  • Tuesday, 07 May 2024

    Garment workers laid off due to UFLPA Premium Article

    MANILA — More than 5,000 garment workers have been laid off so far this year in the Philippines due in part to the impact of US legislation aimed at blocking imports from the Xinjiang region of China. The Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act (UFLPA)…
  • Friday, 03 May 2024

    Denmark to ban PFAS in clothing and footwear Premium Article

    COPENHAGEN - Denmark has announced plans to ban the sale of clothes, shoes, and waterproofing products that contain PFAS (Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances). The country’s Ministry of the Environment said the proposed ban would take effect from 1st…
  • Friday, 03 May 2024

    Cradle to Cradle unveils new product standard Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has released the latest version of its product standard that is widely used in the apparel, textile and footwear industries. Version 4.1 of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product…
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2024

    Annual report outlines GOTS milestones Premium Article

    STUTTGART - The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification organisation enhanced its reach in 2023 with an 8% increase in certified facilities to 14,676 across 89 countries. The upsurge reported by the non-profit, which aims to offer a…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2024

    Muted welcome for final approval of CSDDD Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Parliament has today given its final approval to legislation that will make larger companies responsible for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains. Approval for the European Union's (EU) landmark…
  • Tuesday, 23 April 2024

    European Parliament backs forced labour law Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Parliament has approved rules to ban the sale, import and export of goods made using forced labour from the European Union (EU). The regulation, driven by concerns about human rights in the Xinjiang region of China, would be…
  • Friday, 19 April 2024

    Cascale sets out 2024 policy priorities Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO - Cascale, formerly the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, has outlined its main areas of policy focus for this year when several major nations face key national elections. Countries including the US, UK, India and Pakistan, as well as the…
  • Friday, 12 April 2024

    AAFA backs bid to extend African trade deal Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) trade body has welcomed moves to extend the trade agreement between the US and eligible Sub-Saharan African countries for another 16 years. AAFA, which represents more than 1,000…
  • Thursday, 11 April 2024

    Call to add textile waste to Basel Convention Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European Union (EU) states France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Austria are calling for textile waste to be covered by the Basel Convention to restrict exports to developing countries. They urged the EU Environment Council to support…
  • Monday, 08 April 2024

    Australia to make firms reveal climate risks Premium Article

    SYDNEY - ESG risk management company Fair Supply has produced a report to help companies stay onside of proposed new Australian legislation which would require companies to disclose their climate change-related financial risks. The Treasury Laws…
  • Monday, 08 April 2024

    US urged to speed up sustainable procurement rules Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – US civil societies are urging the US government to swiftly implement its previously announced raft of sustainable procurement rules for buyers across all federal departments, while also calling on the European Union to implement a…
  • Monday, 08 April 2024

    US tightens up on forced labour textile risks Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced plans to protect the US textile industry by tightening up restrictions on imports suspected of being produced with forced labour. The DHS says it has intensified the checking…
  • Friday, 05 April 2024

    French MPs back ban on PFAS in textiles Premium Article

    PARIS - French MPs have backed a bill which would restrict the manufacture, import and sale of "non-essential" products - including textiles - containing PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). Dubbed 'forever chemicals' for their durability in…
  • Friday, 05 April 2024

    SEC puts climate disclosure rules on hold Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has put on hold its new rules requiring US listed companies to disclose their climate-related risks and CO2 emissions to investors. Amidst multiple legal challenges, the regulator…
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2024

    SEC climate rules on hold following challenge Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) recently adopted climate-related disclosure rule has been put on hold following a legal challenge. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted an 'administrative stay'…
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2024

    Intertek to verify Better Cotton standard Premium Article

    BOXBOROUGH - Inspection and testing organisation Intertek has been approved as a third-party verifier (3PV) to perform audits in compliance with the Better Cotton’s Chain of Custody (CoC) standard. Launched in October 2023, the CoC standard is…
  • Friday, 15 March 2024

    European CSDDD approved - with concessions Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European proposals to make companies responsible for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains have finally been approved - albeit with significant concessions. The European Union's landmark Corporate…
  • Friday, 15 March 2024

    French MPs back levies on ultra fast fashion Premium Article

    PARIS – A bill which would impose an environmental surcharge of up to €10 ($11) per garment on ultra-fast fashion companies, such as China-owned Shein, has been approved by France's National Assembly. All voting lawmakers in the lower house of the…
  • Wednesday, 13 March 2024

    MEPs vote to beef up EPR scheme for textiles Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - MEPs have today voted to strengthen a proposed extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme for textile waste as part of a revision of the European Union's (EU) Waste Framework Directive. The European Parliament agreed the EPR scheme,…
  • Tuesday, 12 March 2024

    European Parliament backs green claims directive Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – Legislation which would require companies to justify the environmental claims made for their products has today been overwhelmingly backed by the European Parliament. A full plenary session of parliament voted to adopt the European…
  • Friday, 08 March 2024

    SEC approves watered down climate rules Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted new rules requiring companies to disclose their climate-related risks and CO2 emissions to investors - albeit with significant concessions. Around 10,000 large companies,…
  • Thursday, 07 March 2024

    Last ditch bid to save EU due diligence law Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European legislators are expected tomorrow to make a last ditch effort to agree a deal on legislation to make brands and retailers liable for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains. However, it is believed…
  • Wednesday, 06 March 2024

    US bill includes $14bn for textile circularity Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - A new US bill to counter the economic influence of China includes more than $14 billion in incentives to accelerate the transition of the fashion and textiles industry to circularity. The Americas Trade and Investment Act (Americas…
  • Wednesday, 06 March 2024

    European bodies reach forced labour law deal Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Council and the European Parliament have reached a provisional agreement on legislation to ban the products made with forced labour from the European single market. It follows the Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act in the US…
  • Tuesday, 05 March 2024

    ASTM to explore new hemp standards Premium Article

    PENNSYLVANIA - Global standards organisation ASTM International and the Federation of International Hemp Organizations (FIHO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop new standards for industrial hemp. Hemp is reported to provide…
  • Wednesday, 28 February 2024

    European due diligence fails to win backing Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European Union proposals to make companies liable for human rights and environmental impacts in their global supply chains have been dealt a major blow today when they failed to achieve the approval of the European Council. A vote on the…
  • Friday, 16 February 2024

    IAF, ITMF move to address audit fatigue Premium Article

    ZURICH - The International Apparel Federation (IAF) and the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) have published a joint manifesto aimed at addressing audit and standard fatigue in the apparel and textile industry. Launched as part…
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