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  • 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

    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…
  • Friday, 16 February 2024

    Progress for EU greenwashing proposals

    BRUSSELS - The proposed legislation on new rules to ban greenwashing and improve consumer information on product durability, a move that could have a significant impact on the textile and clothing sector’s labelling and marketing practices, has…
  • Thursday, 15 February 2024

    FibreTrace, OpenAtlas combine on deforestation Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Traceability solutions provider FibreTrace has partnered with Amsterdam deep tech firm OpenAtlas to help companies comply with the European Union's (EU) Deforestation Regulation (EUDR). Fibretrace combines digital and physical technology…
  • Wednesday, 14 February 2024

    MEPs vote to adopt EPR proposals for textiles Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - MEPs in the European Parliament's influential Environment Committee have today adopted proposals to better prevent and reduce textile waste across the European Union (EU). They backed the EU's proposed Waste Framework Directive, which…
  • Friday, 09 February 2024

    EU due diligence: 'routine' vote postponed Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European Union proposals to make companies liable for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains appear to be in jeopardy after the postponing of a meeting which had been expected to rubberstamp the legislation.…
  • Tuesday, 06 February 2024

    Germany slated for due diligence law threat Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Campaigners have condemned German politicians who they say are threatening to derail European Union (EU) proposals to make companies liable for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains. It comes just days ahead…
  • Wednesday, 31 January 2024

    Businesses challenge California climate laws Premium Article

    SACRAMENTO - A coalition of business groups is suing the US state of California over its new corporate climate disclosure laws which it claims overstep its authority by effectively imposing national legislation. The US Chamber of Commerce, American…
  • Friday, 26 January 2024

    Olam Agri launches cotton certification programme

    SINGAPORE – Agriculture supply chain management firm Olam Agri has formally launched its regenerative agriculture programme to support the production of traceable and sustainably grown cotton. With claims to be the largest certified regenerative…
  • Friday, 26 January 2024

    European Council agrees on forced labour ban Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Council has today agreed its position on the European Union's (EU) proposed ban on products made with forced labour from the single market. It follows recent reports that members had been unable to reach agreement on the…
  • Friday, 26 January 2024

    US under pressure to beef up forced labour law Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is coming under pressure to beef up the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) amidst fears that loopholes are devastating US textile and apparel manufacturers. The House Select…
  • Thursday, 25 January 2024

    GRI updates biodiversity standard

    AMSTERDAM – The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has published an update to one of its key transparency standards in a bid to to boost the global response to the biodiversity crisis. The GRI says the the update to the biodiversity standard, known…
  • Thursday, 25 January 2024

    AAFA says US states must align on PFAS Premium Article

    OLYMPIA - The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) is urging lawmakers in Washington state to align their proposed legislation restricting the use of PFAS in apparel with similar moves in other US states. AAFA, which represents more than…
  • Wednesday, 24 January 2024

    New York Fashion Act backers stage rally

    ALBANY - Supporters of the New York Fashion Act will hold a rally in the state capital of Albany today in a bid to press legislators to back the proposed legislation this year. The Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act was first…
  • Tuesday, 23 January 2024

    Law could ban recycling logos on clothing Premium Article

    SACRAMENTO - Clothing and other textile products could be banned from displaying the 'chasing arrows' recycling logo in Calfornia because of the lack of textile recycling in the state. Lawmakers in the US state introduced a new law - SB 343 - in…
  • Thursday, 18 January 2024

    EU Parliament backs greenwashing rules Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The EU Parliament has approved new rules to ban greenwashing and improve consumer information on product durability, a move that could have a significant impact on the textile and clothing sector's labelling and marketing practices.…
  • Monday, 15 January 2024

    New fashion bill introduced in Washington state Premium Article

    OLYMPIA - A new bill aimed at holding major fashion brands to account for their global environmental and human rights impacts has been introduced in the US state of Washington. Bill 2068 is based on New York state's proposed Fashion Sustainability…
  • Thursday, 11 January 2024

    PETA complaint against SFA Cashmere Standard

    WASHINGTON DC - The PETA animal welfare organisation has lodged a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against the Sustainable Fibre Alliance's (SFA) Cashmere Standard certification. PETA claims that the SFA, whose members include…
  • Thursday, 11 January 2024

    Keep up to date on standards and legislation Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – With the ever-increasing array of incoming new legislation designed to reduce the environmental and social impacts of the fashion and textiles industry, it’s been a busy time updating our online guide to Textile Standards & Legislation.…
  • Tuesday, 09 January 2024

    1,000-plus fashion imports checked under UFLPA Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - More than 1,000 US fashion imports worth at least $46 million have been checked since the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) came into effect, according to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Latest figures reveal that a…
  • Tuesday, 09 January 2024

    Oeko-Tex announces 2024 certification updates

    ZURICH - Chemical management specialist Oeko-Tex has announced new regulations for 2024 - including an immediate change to its ban on the intentional use of PFAS chemicals in textiles, leather and footwear. While the rest of Oeko-Tex's updated test…
  • Monday, 08 January 2024

    CCPB loses TE accreditation in Bangladesh, India

    BOLOGNA - Italian certification body CCPB has lost its accreditation for issuing Textile Exchange standards in Bangladesh and India. IOAS (International Organic Accreditation Service), which suspended CCPB's Textile Exchange accreditation for the…
  • Wednesday, 03 January 2024

    GOTS recognised for further Green Button processes

    STUTTGART - The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has been authorised to validate brands' manufacturing and wet process compliance for Germany's Grüner Knopf (Green Button) government-run certification for sustainable textiles, adding to its…
  • Tuesday, 19 December 2023

    Euratex makes demands ahead of Euro elections

    BRUSSELS - The Euratex textile industry trade body has published a manifesto of actions it would like to see from the European Union (EU) to ensure the sector remains competitive amidst growing demands for sustainability. It includes financial…
  • Friday, 15 December 2023

    Euratex welcomes proposed labelling revision

    BRUSSELS - The Euratex textile industry trade body says it has broadly welcomed and will support the European Union’s proposed move to revise current textiles labelling regulation. Euratex says that while the current regulation, No 1007/2011, has…
  • Thursday, 14 December 2023

    EU corporate due diligence legislation agreed Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European Union legislators early today reached a deal on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) which will make companies liable for humans rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains. The new…
  • Monday, 11 December 2023

    UK government moves to limit illegal deforestation Premium Article

    LONDON - The UK government has proposed new legislation to ban sales of products that perpetuate biodiversity loss and are the result of illegal deforestation. Although textiles are notable by their absence from the list, which includes leather as…
  • Wednesday, 06 December 2023

    ESPR deal bans destruction of unsold textiles Premium Article

    BRUSSELS – The European Parliament and the Council of EU member states have reached a preliminary deal on the proposed Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR), in a bid to improve the circularity of consumer goods such as textiles sold…
  • Friday, 01 December 2023

    EU report assesses textile waste sector

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission has issued a report with the aim of informing policy design and implementation on textile waste management. The EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles currently envisages a circular textiles eco-system…
  • Wednesday, 29 November 2023

    GOTS creates pathway for smaller textile firms

    STUTTGART - The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has developed a framework aimed at enhancing accessibility to certification for small operator groups within the organic textile value chain. Initially launched as a pilot programme in 2022, the…
  • Wednesday, 22 November 2023

    SAC assesses Higg Index compliance role

    SAN FRANCISCO - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has published a report on the extent to which its Higg Index suite of tools could help brands comply with new and existing legislation. The SAC wanted to guide its members on which of the Higg…
  • Tuesday, 21 November 2023

    Canopy shows strong gains for next-gen fibres Premium Article

    VANCOUVER - The 2023 Hot Button report from environmental non-profit Canopy shows a sharp increase in the number of man-made cellulosic fibre (MMCF) manufacturers providing brands with next-generation materials. Regarded as a key fibre sourcing tool…
  • Monday, 06 November 2023

    YESS project transitions to membership model

    BERKELEY— The US-based Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) non-profit has transitioned its YESS (Yarn Ethically and Sustainably Sourced) project, which aims to eliminate forced labour in the cotton industry, to a multi-stakeholder membership model.…
  • Monday, 06 November 2023

    New regenerative cotton standard launched

    HAMBURG - The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) – which manages the Cotton Made in Africa (CMiA) initiative – has launched a new standard for regenerative cotton produced by small-scale farmers. The Regenerative Cotton Standard (RCS) is said to be the…
  • Friday, 20 October 2023

    NGOs urge EU to address EPR 'shortcomings' Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A coalition of European environment-focused NGOs has issued a joint statement urging Euro MPs to incorporate waste prevention and local re-use as guiding principles in a proposed extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme for textiles.…
  • Thursday, 12 October 2023

    ChemSec warns against REACH revision delay Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Safer chemicals NGO ChemSec is urging the European Commission (EC) against succumbing to industry pressure to delay its planned revision of the REACH chemical regulations which was due by the end of this year. Maroš Šefčovič, the EC’s new…
  • Thursday, 12 October 2023

    California approves landmark climate law Premium Article

    SACRAMENTO - California governor Gavin Newsom has signed off on landmark legislation which will require companies with annual revenues of over $1 billion to disclose their global CO2 emissions, including Scope 3. California Senate Bill 253 impacts…
  • Wednesday, 11 October 2023

    Podcast: Bridging the fashion industry influence gap

    WAKEFIELD – As a formal partnership between the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and International Apparel Federation (IAF) is signed, a key figure involved in the collaborative process speaks to Ecotextile Talks about what the duo hope to…
  • Wednesday, 11 October 2023

    Higher fee for synthetics in Norway’s EPR? Premium Article

    OSLO - Proposals to establish an extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme for textiles in Norway could see companies charged a higher levy for products made with synthetic fibres such as polyester or nylon. That is the most radical suggestion…
  • Tuesday, 10 October 2023

    ACT urges Biden to procure circular textiles Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The American Circular Textiles (ACT) coalition has sent a letter to the Biden administration calling for circular textiles to be included within its sustainable product and procurement strategy. ACT, whose members include ThredUp,…
  • Tuesday, 10 October 2023

    Is the European REACH revision on hold? Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission (EC) may have put its planned revision of the REACH chemical regulations - which was due by the end of this year - on ice, according to reports.
  • Friday, 06 October 2023

    TE unified standard to exclude cotton growing Premium Article

    LUBBOCK - Textile Exchange has released the second draft of its plans for a single unified standard which includes the revelation that it will no longer include cotton growing. Cotton farming would instead be covered in partnership with external…
  • Thursday, 05 October 2023

    GOTS launches due diligence handbook Premium Article

    STUTTGART - The Global Organic Textile Standard has launched a Due Diligence Handbook for Certified Entities, which, in cooperation with the Hague-based UpRights Foundation, offers a roadmap to help companies reduce their social and environmental…
  • Thursday, 05 October 2023

    NCTO backs call to combat Shein and Temu Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) trade body is backing a call to protect the US textile and apparel industry from the "predatory trade practices" of Chinese companies like Shein and Temu. A bipartisan group of…
  • Thursday, 28 September 2023

    Three more Xinjiang companies banned by US Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has added three new names to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) Entity List of companies blacklisted for alleged involvement in forced labour. Goods produced by the three…
  • Friday, 22 September 2023

    EU moves to ban greenwashing practices Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Union (EU) is working on new rules to ban greenwashing and improve consumer information on product durability, a move that could have a significant impact on the textile and clothing sector's labelling and marketing…
  • Monday, 18 September 2023

    FABRIC Act reintroduced in the US Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – A new attempt is being made to introduce US legislation which would outlaw piece-rate pay for garment workers and encourage the country's fashion industry to reshore its supply chain. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman…
  • Friday, 15 September 2023

    NGOs list European forced labour law demands Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A coalition of 16 NGOs has released a joint statement outlining what it wants to see in the European Commission's proposals to ban products made with forced labour from the single market. Signatories include Anti-slavery International,…
  • Wednesday, 13 September 2023

    Podcast: Should QR codes replace clothing labels?

    WAKEFIELD – The latest instalment of the Ecotextile Talks podcast series explores the motivations behind a campaign calling on the fashion industry to move away from conventional care and content labels in favour of digital alternatives. Steve…
  • Friday, 08 September 2023

    Isotopic testing 'reveals Xinjiang cotton links' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Customs officials in the US have reportedly confirmed that isotopic testing found that more than a quarter of the garment and footwear imports which they checked were linked to China’s Xinjiang region. US Customs and Border…
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