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  • Friday, 06 September 2019

    Sympatex receives B Lab sustainability certification

    MUNICH – Functional textile specialist Sympatex Technologies has received US-based NGO B Lab’s ‘2019 Best for the World’ award, after landing in the top 10 per cent of all B Corp certified companies in recognition of its environmental…
  • Friday, 06 September 2019

    Tchibo to receive Green Button certification

    HAMBURG – German retailer Tchibo is set to be the first major retail brand to receive Germany’s new Grüner Knopf (Green Button) seal, which will be introduced by the country’s federal minister for economic cooperation and development Dr. Gerd…
  • Tuesday, 03 September 2019

    Recall platform offers unsafe product updates

    CHESHIRE – Product testing and verification services provider SGS has launched a new ‘Product Recalls’ digital platform that will enable retailers and manufacturers to stay up-to-date with the latest unsafe product notifications across both Europe…
  • Wednesday, 21 August 2019

    PU membrane gets Oeko-Tex certified

    LEVERKUSEN – Several of Covestro’s water-based polyurethane (PU) membrane films designed to give a range of advanced functionality to sports and outdoor clothing have recently been certified to the consumer Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex in Class I. Many…
  • Monday, 19 August 2019

    Vietnam kicks off garment factory safety initiative

    HỒ CHÍ MINH – The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) has partnered with Dutch sustainable trade initiative IDH to launch Life and Building Safety Initiative (LABS), in a bid to protect apparel and footwear factory workers. Local…
  • Thursday, 25 July 2019

    Blockchain transparency tool launched

    DÜSSELDORF – German start-up Retraced has launched a transparency tool which allows end-consumers to learn more about the ‘sustainable’ aspects of the fashion industry. Powered by Oracle’s Hyperledger Fabric blockchain technology platform, it aims…
  • Tuesday, 09 July 2019

    ‘Green Button’ puts sustainable fashion in sight Premium Article

    BERLIN – Textile professionals in the sustainable fashion space descended on Berlin earlier this month at Neonyt, Messe Frankfurt’s trade show for sustainable fashion where 170 labels from 20 countries presented their 2020 spring/summer collections…
  • Friday, 28 June 2019

    Levi Strauss partners with IFC on climate goals

    SAN FRANCISCO — Levi Strauss & Co. has announced the signing of a US$2.3 million co-operation agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in order to help the company reach its targets on reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions and water…
  • Friday, 28 June 2019

    Nike signs UN fashion charter to fight climate crisis

    BEAVERTON — Sportswear giant Nike has become the latest fashion and apparel firm to sign the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, with the company stating: “In the race against climate change, there isn’t a moment to lose.” The Charter,…
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2019

    Anger, as UK government rejects calls to fix fast fashion

    WAKEFIELD – The UK government has given a huge ‘thumbs down’ to an Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report that wanted a one penny charge per garment on producers in a bid to end the era of throwaway fast fashion. Headed up by Wakefield MP Mary…
  • Friday, 14 June 2019

    Levi’s, Nike, Calvin Klein among brands ‘deeply troubled’ by Myanmar

    WASHINGTON — The American Apparel & Footwear Association and Fair Labor Association have written to the Myanmar government calling for action on rights violations in the nation’s textile supply chain and for freedom of association and collective…
  • Friday, 14 June 2019

    UN wants ethical fashion to mitigate climate crisis

    NEW YORK — The United Nations has put out a call for applications from young people interested in developing innovative, technology-driven solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges; none more so than the climate crisis. One of the…
  • Wednesday, 05 June 2019

    Investors respond to Bangladesh Accord extension

    DHAKA — The ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility), which in January 2018 urged the extension of the Bangladesh Accord’s operations, has spoken out following the temporary stay the regulatory body has been granted by the Appellate…
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2019

    Greenpeace trials tentative textile return

    AMSTERDAM — Environmental campaign group Greenpeace is trialling a newly-prescribed amalgamation of existing industry standards to verify the ethical, non-hazardous production of textiles for its range of t-shirts, bags and other merchandise. The…
  • Tuesday, 04 June 2019

    Finland explores legal due diligence obligation

    HELSINKI — The Finnish Government has pledged to adopt mandatory HRDD (Human resources due diligence) legislation at both national and EU level, ensuring that due diligence is a requirement in all supply chains serving the nation’s economy. 
  • Tuesday, 28 May 2019

    SAC Policy Hub seeks circular economy growth

    AMSTERDAM — The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has launched the Policy Hub for Circular Economy in an effort unite industry leaders behind policies that promote circular practices in the apparel, footwear and textile sectors. Circularity has,…
  • Tuesday, 28 May 2019

    Post-EAC inquiry: What next for British fashion? Premium Article

    LONDON - The recommendations of the EAC inquiry into the fashion industry drew plenty of praise from industry stakeholders, but sharing findings was only ever going to be the first step. Since its publication, several UK politicians have…
  • Thursday, 23 May 2019

    Levi's, Nike, Gap seek climate and carbon talks

    WASHINGTON — Senior executives from more than 75 businesses in the United States, including apparel powerhouses Gap, Levi’s and Nike, have arranged to meet with a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers to debate meaningful climate legislation —…
  • Tuesday, 21 May 2019

    Supply chain transparency 'good for business'

    WASHINGTON – A new report claims that companies exhibiting greater supply chain transparency measures benefit from “better reputations, greater operational efficiency, improved legal compliance, and increased access to capital.” ICAR (International…
  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019

    European recycling board expands polyester focus

    BRUSSELS — Demeto, a European project established to build a network of like-minded organisations in the PET industry with the goal of creating disruptive recycling solutions, has announced the addition of polyester fibre producer Kolon to its…
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    US Chamber of Commerce Foundation praises Walmart

    WASHINGTON — The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation has made public its support of Walmart, an organisation it says forms part of an “inspiring group of corporations committed to making a difference.” This comes after the global retailer unveiled its…
  • Friday, 26 April 2019

    La Liga team goes for climate neutral goal

    SEVILLE — Kit launches for sports teams which focus on recycled materials or polyester derived from ocean plastics have become commonplace, but La Liga side Real Betis Balompié has taken its commitment one step further by joining the Climate Neutral…
  • Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    Adidas, Reebok, Patagonia top Transparency Index

    ASHBOURNE — The three highest ranking brands in the 2019 edition of the Fashion Transparency Index are Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia; in results which remain predominantly consistent with last year’s publication. Fashion Revolution, the organisation…
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2019

    ISKO joins Textile Exchange to prioritise responsibility

    BURSA – In what the company describes as “further expand its vision of a responsible and sustainable landscape in the industry,” Turkish denim specialist ISKO has announced its membership of Textile Exchange. ISKO has outlined its ambition of…
  • Monday, 15 April 2019

    AAFA rallies behind India talks, Mongolia bill

    WASHINGTON – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has made public its support for both the Mongolia Third Neighbor Trade Act – which could offer duty-free access to the US market for Mongolian products – and further talks in the…
  • Thursday, 11 April 2019

    Control Union slams ‘dubious’ firms, but what’s next for organic? Premium Article

    ZWOLLE – Control Union Certifications (CUC) has criticised ‘dubious companies’ for the decision by the European Commission to withdraw its license to certify organic goods in five key regions. In a statement from CUC received by Ecotextile News, the…
  • Friday, 05 April 2019

    OETI and Vegan Society collaborate for V-label audits

    VIENNA — OETI (Institut für Ökologie, Technik und Innovation GmbH) has confirmed that it will now, on behalf of the Vegan Society Austria, audit textile companies seeking to obtain V-label certification. This comes after a pilot project undertaken…
  • Tuesday, 02 April 2019

    PETA reaches 1,000 vegan-certified milestone

    NORFOLK – Vegan certifier PETA has announced that it has granted its 1,000th ‘PETA approved’ vegan logo after awarding the moniker to Noize, a ‘high-tech’ parka brand. There has been a rise in the number of brands seeking vegan certification in…
  • Thursday, 28 March 2019

    Legal battle engulfs fashion rentals milestone Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Rent the Runway, one of the most recognisable names in the ever-growing world of fashion rentals, has announced a significant step forward in its progression following a US$125 million investment led jointly by Franklin Templeton…
  • Thursday, 28 March 2019

    Target on Consumer Goods Forum committee

    PARIS - The Consumer Goods Forum has announced the election of a new leadership team for the Sustainability Steering Committee, on a two-year renewable basis. The new co-chairs take on their new roles as the Social and Environmental Sustainability…
  • Thursday, 14 March 2019

    Labelling lessons for fashion from the food industry? Premium Article

    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 Premium Article

    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 Premium Article

    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 Premium Article

    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 Premium Article

    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 Premium Article

    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…
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