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  • Thursday, 26 May 2022

    Letter calls for mandatory microfibre filters

    LONDON - More than 30 NGOs, business leaders and other stakeholders have signed a letter calling on the British government to ban the sale of washing machines that are not fitted with microfibre filters. Signatories to the letter, to Environment…
  • Monday, 23 May 2022

    Bid to reduce audit fatigue releases findings

    ZEIST/ZÜRICH — An initiative which aims to reduce audit fatigue in the textile and apparel industry by encouraging third party standard and certification systems to align has released its initial findings. The Standard Convergence Initiative (SCI)…
  • Friday, 20 May 2022

    EU urged to ban imports made with forced labour Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Union is being urged to issue a ban on imports of products believed to have been made using forced labour, such as cotton from the Xinjiang region of China. The European Parliament’s Trade Committee this week made the…
  • Thursday, 12 May 2022

    Coalition demands tougher EU due diligence law Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - More than 220 civil society and trade union organisations have signed a joint letter calling for the European Union's proposed mandatory due diligence legislation to be strengthened. They welcome the proposals, which would make companies…
  • Monday, 25 April 2022

    Judge dismisses claims against Allbirds Premium Article

    NEW YORK - A US judge has dismissed a case brought by a group of consumers who had accused US footwear brand Allbirds of exaggerating its sustainability credentials. Lead plaintiff Patricia Dwyer, of New York, claimed the life cycle assessment tool…
  • Thursday, 14 April 2022

    Control Union to suspend certification of Indian organic cotton Premium Article

    DELHI – Control Union, one of the world’s largest certifiers of organic cotton is pulling out of the crop in India, with indications that more certifier suspensions are imminent in the country which grows over half of the world’s organic cotton…
  • Thursday, 14 April 2022

    Waste body backs EU's textiles strategy Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Waste Management Association (FEAD) has announced its "strong support" for the European Union's (EU) Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles, which was announced at the end of last month. FEAD says that it supports the…
  • Wednesday, 13 April 2022

    Nordic Swan ‘first to include microplastics’ Premium Article

    OSLO – The Nordic Swan is believed to be the first eco-label to include details of microplastics release for garments containing synthetic fibres, such as polyester, among its environmental requirements. The Nordic Swan is the official…
  • Thursday, 31 March 2022

    Coalition accuses EU of forgetting workers Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A coalition of civil society and workers' rights groups has accused the European Union of forgetting vulnerable garment workers in its new Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles. Fashion Revolution, Fair Trade, Clean Clothes…
  • Thursday, 31 March 2022

    Industry reacts to EU's new textiles strategy Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - More industry stakeholders have reacted to this week's unveiling the European Union's highly anticipated Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles which aims to transform the industry by 2030. Measures include a mandatory EU extended…
  • Wednesday, 30 March 2022

    EU sustainable textiles strategy unveiled Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Union's highly awaited Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles has today been unveiled among a package of European Green Deal proposals aimed at making "sustainable products the norm". Measures include a mandatory EU…
  • Monday, 28 March 2022

    European PFAS ban looks set to be delayed Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Proposed European Union (EU) restrictions on the use of all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) look set to be delayed beyond the target date of 2025. The five countries preparing the proposal, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark,…
  • Tuesday, 22 March 2022

    EU due diligence 'missed opportunity' - lawyers Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Three human rights lawyers have described the European Union's mandatory due diligence proposals as a missed opportunity to improve workers' rights in global supply chains. The proposed legislation, which would make companies reponsible…
  • Friday, 11 March 2022

    SAC launches slimline Brand & Retail Module Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) in collaboration with technology partner Higg have launched a streamlined version of the Higg Brand & Retail Module (BRM). Called Higg Brand & Retail Foundations (BRF), it's intended to help…
  • Friday, 11 March 2022

    EU urged to charge EPR fee for each garment Premium Article

    UTRECHT - The Changing Markets Foundation is urging the European Union (EU) to charge fashion retailers a fee for every item they sell to deal with the sector's growing waste problem. The environmental non-profit expects the European Commission to…
  • Thursday, 10 March 2022

    Dutch Agreement issues due diligence guide Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) has published a guide to help companies prepare for forthcoming mandatory due diligence legislation proposed by the European Union. AGT, which expired at the end of last year,…
  • Friday, 25 February 2022

    EU due diligence law 'riddled with flaws' Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) says the European Union's proposed mandatory due dilience legislation is "riddled with flaws and exemptions" and would apply to only 0.2 per cent of EU companies. The European Commission…
  • Thursday, 24 February 2022

    Bombyx achieves trading office certifications Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Textile manufacturer and silk supplier Bombyx has achieved Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Global Recycled Standard (GRS) and Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) certifications at its Hong Kong trading office. The company, a division of…
  • Thursday, 24 February 2022

    European due diligence proposals unveiled Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission has unveiled its proposals to introduce mandatory due diligence legislation which would make companies responsible for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains. The law would initially…
  • Tuesday, 22 February 2022

    Campaigners oppose UK move to 'drop fur ban' Premium Article

    LONDON - Animal welfare campaigners have reacted with disappointment to suggestions that the British government is set to drop plans to ban imports of fur. The government says a final decision has not been taken but the BBC quoted sources as saying…
  • Friday, 11 February 2022

    Companies call for tough EU due diligence law Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - More than 100 companies and other bodies - including Patagonia and IKEA - have issued a joint statement urging the European Union (EU) to swiftly adopt effective mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence (HREDD) legislation.…
  • Thursday, 10 February 2022

    New US legislation planned on forced labour Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - A new law which would force larger companies to undergo audits to ensure they are not using forced labour in their supply chains — with steep fines for those that fail to comply — is being proposed in the US. The proposed Slave-Free…
  • Wednesday, 26 January 2022

    Gore Fabrics is awarded GRS certification Premium Article

    DELAWARE – Technical textile supplier Gore Fabrics, which owns the Gore-Tex brand, has announced it has gained its full Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification for both of its manufacturing sites in Shenzhen, China and Putzbrunn, Germany. GRS…
  • Tuesday, 25 January 2022

    EU 'to unveil mandatory due diligence law' Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European Union (EU) proposals to introduce legislation to make companies liable for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains are reportedly due to be published next month. The EU's mandatory due diligence law,…
  • Wednesday, 19 January 2022

    Coalition calls for changes to New York Fashion Act Premium Article

    NEW YORK – A coalition of more than 20 human rights organisations have backed a letter to New York’s State Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Assembly member Anna R. Kelles with proposed amendments to strengthen New York’s recently announced Fashion…
  • Wednesday, 12 January 2022

    New US Xinjiang law 'will challenge brands' Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The US's new Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act will present brands and retailers with "incredibly challenging" hurdles to prove their products were not made with forced labour, according to risk consultants Verisk Maplecroft. In a…
  • Tuesday, 11 January 2022

    Cotton Trust Protocol added to ITC Standards Map Premium Article

    MEMPHIS – The US Cotton Trust Protocol has been added to the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) Standards Map, which is the world’s largest database for sustainability standards. Launched to verify sustainability progress through data collection and…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    Texon Vogue wins Vegan Society certification Premium Article

    SKELTON - Textile manufacturer Texon's cellulose leather alternative Texon Vogue has been certified as free of animal products by the Vegan Society. Texon Vogue, which can now carry the Vegan Trademark, is a washable, cellulose-based material used…
  • Monday, 10 January 2022

    New York plans sustainable fashion act Premium Article

    NEW YORK - New legislation which would hold all major fashion brands accountable for human rights and environmental issues in their global supply chains is being proposed for the US state of New York. The Fashion Sustainability and Social…
  • Tuesday, 21 December 2021

    Trade bodies back Uyghur forced labour bill Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC — Five key industry bodies have backed the proposed Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act which would ban all US imports made with forced labour in the Xinjiang region of China. The White House has confirmed that US president Joe Biden…
  • Monday, 13 December 2021

    FibreTrace obtains GOTS certification Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Traceability solutions specialist FibreTrace has announced that it has been awarded GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification across its traceability pigments. The company said it would give its clients added confidence in its…
  • Wednesday, 08 December 2021

    Europe urged to press on with due diligence law Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - A coalition of 47 civil society and trade union organisations has sent an open letter to the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressing concern that proposed mandatory due diligence legislation has been delayed. The new…
  • Wednesday, 08 December 2021

    Textile certification bodies accused on Xinjiang Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) non-profit is accusing leading textile certification bodies of ignoring forced labour concerns in the Xinjiang region of China. ECCHR claims the Global Organic Textile…
  • Tuesday, 07 December 2021

    New biodiversity disclosure standard a warning for textiles? Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has received the backing of international disclosure organisation, CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project), to develop a new global standard to enable organisations to increase their…
  • Tuesday, 07 December 2021

    Dutch mandatory due diligence plans welcomed Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Dutch government has announced plans to introduce a mandatory due diligence law that would make companies responsible for environmental and human rights issues in their global supply chains. Foreign Trade and Development Minister Tom…
  • Friday, 19 November 2021

    Canada blocks shipment on forced labour fears Premium Article

    QUEBEC – Canadian border officials have confirmed intercepting a shipment of garments from China for the first time over concern they had been manufactured with the use of forced labour. 
  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    SMEs react to EU sustainable textiles strategy Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Two organisations representing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have presented their recommendations for what they hope to see in the European Union's (EU) new sustainable textile strategy. Both the SMEunited and the Small Business…
  • Tuesday, 09 November 2021

    Dutch clampdown on fashion's greenwashing Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Dutch Consumer and Market Authority (ACM) is investigating six fashion companies which are suspected of making significantly misleading claims about the sustainability of their products. The ACM examined the sustainability claims of…
  • Friday, 05 November 2021

    Legal challenge to UK on Xinjiang imports Premium Article

    LONDON - Campaigners are taking legal action against UK authorities for failing to block the import of cotton products from the Xinjiang region of China over forced labour fears. The World Uyghur Congress (WUC), with the support of the Global Legal…
  • Wednesday, 03 November 2021

    Canopy comments on COP26 deforestation target Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Nicole Rycroft, the executive director of environmental non-profit Canopy, has taken to social media to outline recommendations on how world leaders who’ve committed to ending deforestation by 2030 can ensure they follow through. More…
  • Friday, 29 October 2021

    SBTi launches world’s first net-zero standard Premium Article

    LONDON – The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has launched the world’s first net-zero corporate standard in a bid to align industry-wide efforts. “Companies are currently self-defining net-zero targets without credible and independent…
  • Friday, 22 October 2021

    Companies call for British due diligence law Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion companies Primark, ASOS and New Look are among 36 organisations which today issue a joint call on the British government to introduce mandatory due diligence legislation. The coalition, which also includes Tesco, John Lewis and the…
  • Wednesday, 20 October 2021

    Public support for EU due diligence proposals Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - More than 80 per cent of consumers across the European Union (EU) back proposals for a mandatory due diligence law to make companies responsible for environmental and human rights violations in their global supply chains, according to a…
  • Wednesday, 13 October 2021

    Coalition warns of 'greenwashing risk' from PEF Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Make the Label Count - a new international coalition of organisations - is claiming that European Commission proposals for sustainability labels on clothing are in danger of misleading the public. The consumer-facing Product Environmental…
  • Monday, 11 October 2021

    Esquel setback in challenge to US sanctions Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Hong Kong-based textile and apparel manufacturer the Esquel Group has suffered a setback in its bid to overturn US sanctions against one its subsidiaries over alleged links to forced labour in China's Xinjiang region. The Changji…
  • Friday, 01 October 2021

    New EU legislation 'must have teeth' - report Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - New mandatory due diligence legislation proposed by the EU to make European companies legally responsible for environmental and human rights abuses in their global supply chains must have teeth, according to a new report. Entitled 'Suing…
  • Tuesday, 28 September 2021

    ‘Monumental moment’ as California passes wage bill Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has signed the Garment Worker Protection Act (SB62), putting an end to wage theft across the state’s apparel industry. After years of campaigning, workers’ rights activists have fought to ensure…
  • Wednesday, 22 September 2021

    Academics address wage bill in letter to California governor Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – More than 50 design professors from leading fashion schools have signed an open letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom, urging that he passes the Garment Worker Protection Act (SB62) and puts an end to wage theft. Earlier this…
  • Wednesday, 15 September 2021

    Euratex shares vision for European strategy Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European textile and clothing industry trade body Euratex has shared its vision for the European Union's (EU) proposed new strategy for the sector. It says the EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy, due to be published before the end of 2021,…
  • Monday, 13 September 2021

    EU urged to hold social auditors liable Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - Workers' rights campaigners and trade unions are calling on the European Union (EU) to ensure that social auditing companies - which wrongly certify factories as safe - are held to account by new mandatory due diligence laws. A total of…
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