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  • Wednesday, 23 September 2020

    US legislation over Xinjiang imports gains traction Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The US House of Representatives has voted to take comprehensive action against the import of apparel and other goods from Xinjiang’s Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and will work on the “legal presumption” that any product which arrives…
  • Wednesday, 23 September 2020

    PETA urges Capri Holdings to ban exotic animal skins

    LONDON – Animal rights organisation PETA will attend the annual meeting of Capri Holdings today, which owns illustrious brands such as Versace and Michael Kors, as it poses the question: When will you protect public health and animal welfare by no…
  • Wednesday, 23 September 2020

    NGOs set out to identify forced labour cases in Bangladesh

    WASHINGTON – Humanitarian campaign groups GoodWeave International and the Awaj Foundation have partnered to provide COVID-19 relief aid to Bangladesh’s hard-hit apparel industry workers, and has vowed to conduct in-depth research into the nation’s…
  • Tuesday, 22 September 2020

    Lenzing launches carbon-zero Tencel fibre

    LENZING – Textile fibre producer Lenzing has brought to market its very first carbon-zero Tencel branded lyocell and modal fibres, which have been third-party verified and certified Carbon Neutral. The product’s development is the latest step in…
  • Tuesday, 22 September 2020

    Survey: consumers allured by sustainable packaging Premium Article

    DUBLIN – A new survey conducted by packaging specialist Smurfit Kappa highlights growing appetite amongst European customers for fashion brands to adopt more sustainable forms of packaging. Amongst respondents within the UK, 45 per cent of the…
  • Tuesday, 22 September 2020

    Myanmar unions deem COVID guidelines “unfair”

    YANGON – Workers’ unions in Myanmar have labelled the Ministry of Labour’s COVID-19 guidelines “unfair”, with instructions largely laying the responsibility with garment factory employees to reduce the spread of the infection, rather than their…
  • Monday, 21 September 2020

    Online platform champions non-mulesed wool growers

    ADELAIDE – In Australia, a new platform called NewMerino has been created to spotlight wool growers who’ve ceased mulesing. The organisation has a growing membership of what it calls ‘New Generation Farmers’, those who demonstrate a “sustainable”…
  • Monday, 21 September 2020

    Lenzing receives improved sustainability rating

    LENZING – Textile fibre producer Lenzing has been awarded an improved sustainability rating of B- by field agency ISS ESG for its ongoing efforts to reduce the firm’s environmental impacts. The revised rating, up from C+, positions the Austrian…
  • Friday, 18 September 2020

    Cone Denim adopts Oritain’s tracing tech

    GREENSBORO – Cone Denim, of the Elevate Textiles Group which also owns American & Efird and Burlington, has partnered with supply chain traceability specialist Oritain to validate the end-to-end authenticity of the cotton it uses. Oritain’s method,…
  • Thursday, 17 September 2020

    Digital plan to track every garment in the world Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Digital platform provider Eon has linked up with fashion brands H&M, PVH and Target, as well as software giant Microsoft, in a plan to give every garment in the world a unique digital identity. The initial aim is to bring 400 million…
  • Thursday, 17 September 2020

    More microfibres 'end up on land than in water' Premium Article

    SANTA BARBARA - More polyester and nylon microfibres - shed from clothing during washing - now end up on land around the world than in our rivers and oceans, according to new research. Scientists at the University of California say around 176,500…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Sustainable Apparel Coalition announces Higg PM launch Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) today announces the release of its Higg Product Module (Higg PM), a lifecycle assessment tool that promises to guide brands, retailers and manufacturers by calculating both product and supply…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    PODCAST: Revisiting fashion's misinformation problem Premium Article

    WAKEFIELD - Our latest Big Closets Small Planet podcast revisits fashion's misinformation problem which was highlighted by a special Ecotextile News investigation - Busting Myths - late last year. Back then, we looked at some of the more…
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020

    Re:newcell ponders potential new factory move Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM – Textile recycling innovator Re:newcell is exploring the possibility of investing in a new facility in Sweden, as it looks to scale production. Re:newcell’s technology chemically recycles garments with high cellulosic content to yield…
  • Tuesday, 15 September 2020

    Cambodian unions to boycott labour laws discussion Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Six workers’ unions in Cambodia plan to boycott a meeting between the country’s labour ministry today, in opposition to proposed new amendments to labour laws which would see overtime payment rates scrapped. Authorities have deliberated…
  • Monday, 14 September 2020

    Designers use 3D printing for sustainability Premium Article

    MINNEAPOLIS - 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys is working with fashion designers through the European Union funded Re-FREAM project to make the production of fashion more sustainable. The company's PolyJet 3D printing technology played an integral…
  • Monday, 14 September 2020

    Fashion Week protestors address Uyghur plight Premium Article

    NEW YORK – On the opening night of New York Fashion Week, Uyghur rights and advocacy groups staged demonstrations, highlighting the industry’s accountability in the ongoing plight of Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region, where it’s believed…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    Textile Exchange takes charge of 'Preferred Fiber Toolkit' Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Fashion brand Gap has partnered with Textile Exchange for the public release of its Preferred Fiber Toolkit (PFT), an online resource that will detail the environmental and social impacts of various raw material, as to inform…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    PVH Corp bans exotic animal skins Premium Article

    NEW YORK – Fashion conglomerate PVH Corp., the owner of brands including Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, has banned exotic animal skins from its clothing, telling PETA that it’s part of its “long-term strategy to drive fashion forward for good”.…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    Expanded Transformers ED to be staged online Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Transformers Foundation is to virtually stage the next edition of its Transformers ED student and consumer-facing denim education series online via Zoom on October 14, 15 and 16. Featuring three days of content focused on the topics…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    Fashion For Good project champions chemical recycling tech Premium Article

    AMSTERDAM – Sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has initiated a new project which, with the support of a consortium of brands, manufacturers and industry organisations, will vie to scale promising chemical recycling solutions in…
  • Friday, 11 September 2020

    Cambodia sets new minimum wage for garment workers Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Cambodia's minimum wage for garment workers has been set at US$192 per month for next year - an increase of just US$2 - prompting criticism from trade unions. The Ministry of Labour announced that from 1st January 2021 permanent garment…
  • Thursday, 10 September 2020

    Cash support for Bangladesh's garment workers Premium Article

    DHAKA - The Bangladesh government is to provide laid-off garment workers with 3,000 taka (US$35) a month for three months, in a relief programme backed by the European Union and Germany to the tune of €113 million (US$134m). Workers laid off from…
  • Wednesday, 09 September 2020

    Bangladesh’s RMG sector concerned as Europe cases rise Premium Article

    DHAKA – There’s concern in Bangladesh as countries within Europe register increases in the number of daily COVID-19 cases, which threaten the southeast Asian nation’s resurgence. Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector is typically accountable…
  • Wednesday, 09 September 2020

    Germany backs ILO bid to help garment workers Premium Article

    BERLIN - The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is to give €14.5 million (US$17m) to an International Labour Organisation (ILO) programme to help garment workers affected by COVID-19 in seven countries. The…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Adidas supplier 'lays off' 4,000 workers Premium Article

    LAPU-LAPU - Around 4,000 garment workers have reportedly been laid off without notice by a sportswear manufacturer, which reportedly supplies major brands including Adidas, Under Armour and Lululemon, in the Philippines. The Partido Manggagawa…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Garment workers spent savings to survive COVID-19 Premium Article

    DHAKA - A quarter of garment workers in Bangladesh spent their savings to cover living expenses during the coronavirus pandemic while 18 per cent borrowed money and nine per cent relied on family support, according to a survey. The poll, entitled…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Leicester factories blamed for spread of COVID Premium Article

    LEICESTER – Garment manufacturing bosses in Leicester are amongst those who’ve been singled out for blame for spreading the coronavirus in the UK, after a former government minister launched an attack on the country’s handling of the contagion in…
  • Tuesday, 08 September 2020

    Report says manufacturers are key to circularity Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - International sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future is calling on the fashion industry to realise the huge untapped potential of manufacturers to accelerate the transformation towards circularity. Forum for the Future has…
  • Monday, 07 September 2020

    Solidaridad backs calls for EU due diligence law Premium Article

    UTRECHT - The Solidaridad international organisation has added its voice to calls for the EU to introduce legislation requiring European businesses to carry out environmental and human rights due diligence throughout their supply chains.…
  • Monday, 07 September 2020

    AWI board urged to choose projects over profits Premium Article

    SYDNEY – A former board member of Australia Wool Innovation has urged the industry body to halve the incomes of board personnel, at least until the country’s wool market recovers from the effects of COVID-19. According to AWI’s Annual Report…
  • Friday, 04 September 2020

    Microplastics detrimental to land fertility, research finds Premium Article

    CHONGQING – Researchers in China have concluded a study which has assessed the impact microplastics have on land fertility and ecosystems underground. The findings highlight that across four test areas, those exposed to the highest quantities of…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    Raw materials key to sustainability - survey Premium Article

    LENZING - The majority of consumers want to shop for fashion and textiles more sustainably with the choice of raw materials ranking as a key factor in purchasing decisions, according to new survey by textile manufacturer Lenzing. The study of 9,000…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    California worker protection bill falls through Premium Article

    CALIFORNIA – Highly anticipated proposed legislation that would have ensured garment workers in the state of California are afforded a minimum wage has fallen through, as it failed to come up for a vote before the midnight deadline of this year’s…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    Cambodian unions eye wage increase as talks loom Premium Article

    PHNOM PENH – Workers unions in Cambodia are pushing for a minimum wage increase of more than six per cent to provide respite for those employed in the sector amidst COVID-19. The proposal follows a meeting of union leaders last month, including…
  • Thursday, 03 September 2020

    Denim microfibres found in remote Arctic Premium Article

    TORONTO - Microfibres from blue denim jeans have been found in the remote Canadian Arctic, according to a new study by scientists at the University of Toronto. The research, published in the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science and…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    Progress on infinitely recyclable polymers Premium Article

    COLORADO – Research on recyclable plastics is gaining further momentum with the publication of a new study which claims to have developed a ‘new’ generation of plastic that can be recycled over and over again. It’s reported that the new material, a…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    Chanel heir eyes sugar cane investments Premium Article

    NEW YORK - Chanel heir David Wertheimer is leading an investment fund that aims to develop technology to extract from sugar cane sustainable alternatives to plastic and other materials used in clothing, shoes and accessories. Wertheimer, the son of…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    Controversy over COVID-19 job loss claims Premium Article

    DHAKA - Around 325,000 garment workers have lost their jobs and more than 1,900 factories closed their doors since March in Bangladesh because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report. However, the study by the Bangladesh Institute of…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    Virtu-Wool conference cites 'local' as way forward Premium Article

    Building local communities through better textile and fiber-based infrastructures emerged as a key theme of the two-day Virtu-Wool online research conference. The virtual conference, hosted New Zealand research institute AgResearch, served as a…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    US organisations call for WRO on Xinjiang cotton Premium Article

    XINJIANG – A group of human and labour rights organisations in the United States have filed a formal petition with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), urging it to issue a regional withhold release order (WRO) on all cotton-made goods linked…
  • Friday, 28 August 2020

    USA joins MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact network Premium Article

    FALLS CHURCH – The mission-statement of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact has been significantly strengthened with the launch of a new U.S. Plastics Pact in the States. More than 60 ‘activators’ committed to the cause will now…
  • Thursday, 27 August 2020

    Fashion startup recycles garments in closed loop Premium Article

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish sustainable fashion startup A Good Company, which recycles its clothing through a closed loop process, has launched a Kickstart appeal to scale up production. The B-Corp company, which makes clothing with QR tracking codes so…
  • Thursday, 27 August 2020

    Eurofins concludes microfibre research findings Premium Article

    HONG KONG – A white paper published by Eurofins Softlines & Leather has examined microfibre emissions from almost 600 fabric samples, and found that cotton fibres are the most consistently released amidst wash cycles, whilst the length of textile…
  • Wednesday, 26 August 2020

    H&M, Primark amongst open letter advocates Premium Article

    GLAND – As many as 15 leading apparel brands including H&M, Primark, Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger are joined by WWF, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and ZDHC in signing a new open letter to the industry, urging that it aligns to rebuild the…
  • Tuesday, 25 August 2020

    UK to curb commodity links to deforestation – but what about textiles? Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK government has said that large companies whose supply chains are linked to commodities derived from illegal deforestation should face substantial fines under newly proposed legislation – but surprisingly, viscose and lyocell fibres…
  • Tuesday, 25 August 2020

    Textile recycling plant to open in Finland Premium Article

    PAIMIO – Scandinavia's first large scale textile waste processing plant is to open in the Finnish town on Paimio in February 2021 in a collaboration between circular economy company Rester and the Lounais-Suomen Jätehuolto (LSJH) waste management…
  • Tuesday, 25 August 2020

    Microplastics absorb in human tissue, researchers find Premium Article

    ARIZONA – Researchers at Arizona State University say a new innovative technique which has enabled them to identify microplastics in human tissue has shown up traces of polyethylene terephthalate, (PET) polyethylene (PE) and Bisphenol A (BPA) in…
  • Friday, 21 August 2020

    Stand.Earth report looks ahead to coal-free future Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Environmental NGO Stand.Earth has released a new report which addresses the fashion industry’s reliance on fossil fuels like coal, outlining problem areas within the supply chain before making a case for drastic industry change.…
  • Friday, 21 August 2020

    Higg Index critique gets SAC welcome Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Higg Co. have welcomed the publication of a recent study from the University of California, Berkeley, which says that fashion sustainability tools such as the Higg Index will only drive ‘limited’…
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