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  • Friday, 22 July 2022

    US FABRIC Act progresses in Congress Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC – The Fashioning Accountability and Building Real Institutional Change (FABRIC) Act, introduced earlier this year in the US, has taken another step forward in Congress and is to be discussed by the House of Representatives. The…
  • Wednesday, 13 July 2022

    Climate lawsuits against companies increase Premium Article

    LONDON - The number of climate- and ESG-related lawsuits filed against companies and governments has more than doubled since 2015, according to a new study by the London School of Economics and Political Science. Entitled 'Global Trends in Climate…
  • Wednesday, 13 July 2022

    Support builds for FABRIC Act in the US Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - More than 100 US brands, manufacturers, workers' rights groups, educational institutions and civil society groups have now given their backing to the Fashion Accountability and Building Real Institutional Change (FABRIC) Act. The…
  • Wednesday, 06 July 2022

    Sedex identifies key ESG reporting points Premium Article

    LONDON – Ethical sourcing organisation Sedex has launched a new report which identifies the key ESG reporting points businesses need to bear in mind to avoid losing investors and falling foul of new legislation. It says that with increasing calls…
  • Tuesday, 05 July 2022

    Fashion firms face greenwashing complaints Premium Article

    LONDON - Fashion brands and retailers accounted for five out of 21 complaints made to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) since the Green Claims Code was introduced in Britain last September. CMA proposals to crackdown on ‘greenwashing’…
  • Monday, 04 July 2022

    MP's new bid to ban mulesing garners support Premium Article

    SYDNEY - Politicians in New South Wales look set to once again debate a proposed ban on the controversial practice of mulesing lambs by the state's wool producers. A petition to be tabled by Animal Justice Party MP Mark Pearson calls for a complete…
  • Thursday, 30 June 2022

    Aid by Trade Foundation income up 37 per cent Premium Article

    HAMBURG – The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF), which oversees the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) and Good Cashmere Standard (GCS) initiatives, has revealed that its revenue rose by 37 per cent to €5.9 million (US$6.2m) last year. The non-profit's new…
  • Tuesday, 28 June 2022

    Call for caution in PFAS military phase out Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Two leading US textiles and apparel trade bodies are urging politicians to revise plans to phase out PFAS - so-called "forever chemicals" - from protective clothing for soldiers. The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO)…
  • Monday, 27 June 2022

    SAC suspends Higg data use on product labels Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is suspending globally the use of sustainability data from the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) on consumer-facing product labels after consumer watchdogs declared it illegal in…
  • Friday, 24 June 2022

    EU urged to learn US lessons on forced labour Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - The US fashion industry is urging the European Union (EU) to take on board lessons learned in the US as it prepares to introduce legislation to ban the sale of products made with forced labour in the single market. Four major trade bodies…
  • Friday, 24 June 2022

    Euratex sets out vision for textile recycling Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - European textile recycling could be a €6-8 billion (US$6.3-8.4bn) industry employing about 15,000 workers by 2030, according to a new report from the textile and clothing industry body Euratex. Euratex launched its ReHubs initiative in…
  • Thursday, 23 June 2022

    Backing for new EU rules to combat greenwashing Premium Article

    BRUSSELS - New rules on corporate sustainability reporting which aim to end greenwashing have been provisionally agreed by the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. If approved, larger companies will have to disclose more…
  • Wednesday, 22 June 2022

    New tech could help firms comply with UFLPA Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - Cutting edge technologies such as DNA traceability and isotopic testing could be used by fashion companies to avoid falling foul of the new Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). The US Department of Homeland Securities (DHS)…
  • Tuesday, 21 June 2022

    AAFA urges US Congress to back digital labels Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is calling for the US to allow consumer information on clothes to be delivered via digital labels. It says digital labels, such as QR codes, would modernise outdated federal…
  • Monday, 20 June 2022

    AAFA urges SEC to delay climate risk rules Premium Article

    WASHINGTON DC - The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is urging the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to give companies more time to meet new rules on disclosing climate change risks to investors. AAFA, which represents more…
  • Friday, 17 June 2022

    Norrøna defends 'illegal' use of Higg data Premium Article

    OSLO - Norwegian brand Norrøna has defended its use of Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) data to help consumers choose garments based on their environmental impact after it was declared illegal by consumer watchdogs. The Norwegian…
  • Thursday, 16 June 2022

    Higg data declared illegal on consumer labels Premium Article

    OSLO – The use of Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) data to help consumers choose garments based on their environmental impact has been declared illegal in Norway and - potentially - across Europe. The Norwegian Consumer Authority (NCA)…
  • Thursday, 16 June 2022

    Platform to help brands meet new legislation Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Traceability solutions provider Sourcemap has launched a new platform to help US companies meet the requirements of the new Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) which comes into effect on 21st June. The legislation bans all imports…
  • Tuesday, 14 June 2022

    Euro-MPs accuse China of 'crimes against humanity' Premium Article

    STRASBOURG - The European Parliament has put further pressure on China over its treatment of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region with a landslide vote stating that Beijing's actions amount to “crimes against humanity and serious risk of genocide”.…
  • Friday, 10 June 2022

    Coalition promotes circular policies in US textiles Premium Article

    NEW YORK – A new coalition comprising several circular solutions specialists has been launched in a bid to advance policy in the United States. Led by the Circular Services Group (CSG) and Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), the American Circular…
  • Tuesday, 31 May 2022

    Podcast: The biggest ESG risks in fashion today Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD – In our latest Ecotextile Talks podcast, Randy Rankin, Eurofins Consumer Products Assurance global client development director for North America, spells out the current key environmental, social and governance risks facing the textile and…
  • Thursday, 26 May 2022

    Letter calls for mandatory microfibre filters Premium Article

    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 Premium Article

    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…
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