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  • Friday, 24 September 2021

    Footwear association unveils preferred materials guide Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – US trade association The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) has developed an environmentally preferred materials (EPM) guide for shoe manufacturers. Recognising that the sector is currently tasked with conforming with…
  • Thursday, 23 September 2021

    Higg collaborates on new traceability programme Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Sustainability technology platform Higg has partnered with traceability solutions providers TrusTrace, FibreTrace and Atma.io by Avery Dennison to launch a new programme that sets out to establish greater supply chain transparency.…
  • Thursday, 23 September 2021

    Research highlights rope’s microfibre emissions

    PLYMOUTH – Researchers at the University of Plymouth, England, have looked into the hauling of rope on maritime vessels as a source of microfibre emissions, and found a correlation between the age of the material and the extent to which it sheds…
  • Thursday, 23 September 2021

    APPG on Microplastics calls for nationwide action Premium Article

    LONDON – The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Microplastics has published its first report, calling for new rules which would require washing machine manufacturers to fit microfibre filters by 2025. Such mechanisms, which are to be…
  • Thursday, 23 September 2021

    Coloreel launches recycled dyed thread

    STOCKHOLM – Textile dyeing innovator Coloreel has teamed up with German manufacturer Madeira to offer 100 per cent recycled dyed yarn. Coloreel hailed the outcome of its collaboration as a “great step” as it strives to boost its sustainability…
  • Tuesday, 21 September 2021

    Microfibre Consortium launches 2030 commitment and roadmap Premium Article

    BRISTOL – The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has today unveiled a new 2030 commitment and roadmap which sets out to align the industry, understand fragmentation and mitigate textile microfibre pollution. The research-led NGO – which counts the likes of…
  • Tuesday, 21 September 2021

    Standardised factory reporting benefits suppliers, BBI finds

    ARLINGTON – The Better Buying Institute (BBI) says initial analysis of its Purchasing Practice Index 2021 highlights that the adoption of standardised CSR (corporate social responsibility) reporting could save suppliers thousands of dollars. BBI,…
  • Tuesday, 21 September 2021

    Welspun programme to support Indian farmers

    MUMBAI – Indian textile manufacturer Welspun has vowed to support cotton farmers in its supply chain with access to finance and sustainable business training, as part of its WelKrishi programme. The company, which says the programme underpins its…
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

    Haelixa and Diamond Denim link on traceability

    LAHORE - Vertical apparel manufacturer Diamond Denim has partnered with traceability solutions provider Haelixa to use its DNA-based technology to promote supply chain transparency. Haelixa works with brands and manufacturers to provide forensic…
  • Monday, 20 September 2021

    Natural Fibre Welding links up with Patagonia

    PEORIA - Sustainable startup Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) has announced a partnership with outdoor brand Patagonia to develop and scale circular solutions in peformance textiles. Patagonia is to support NFW in creating 'natural' alternatives to…
  • Friday, 17 September 2021

    FibreTrace links up with Harris Tweed Hebrides Premium Article

    SHAWBOST - Harris Tweed Hebrides, the UK's main producer of Harris Tweed, has introduced FibreTrace traceability technology to connect Scottish wool growers to the end consumer, embracing full supply chain transparency. The partnership, in…
  • Thursday, 16 September 2021

    Manufacturers set out expectations from buyers Premium Article

    GLOBAL - Garment manufacturers from nine supplier countries have come together to set out the practices they expect from the fashion brands and retailers who buy their products. The Sustainable Terms of Trade Initiative (STTI), led by the STAR…
  • Thursday, 16 September 2021

    Sourceful secures US$12.2 million in funding Premium Article

    MANCHESTER – Sustainable solutions provider Sourceful has secured US$12.2 million in funding, which it’ll use to scale its operating model, integrate new features and grow its workforce. The company, which has previously worked with fashion brands…
  • Thursday, 16 September 2021

    Hugo Boss, Etam among Canopy recruits Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Environmental non-profit Canopy has announced that a cohort of 14 fashion brands and innovators, including luxury label Hugo Boss and retailer Etam, have joined its CanopyStyle and Pack4Good initiatives. The signatories commit to…
  • Tuesday, 14 September 2021

    Calik Denim adopts tracing tech for ‘Dyepro’ launch Premium Article

    ISTANBUL – Turkish manufacturer Calik Denim has teamed up with traceability solutions provider The Movement and will leverage its Aware technology to authenticate fabrics dyed using a new waterless method. Calik has launched its new Dyepro solution…
  • Tuesday, 14 September 2021

    Atmospheric microplastics 'down to synthetic fibres' Premium Article

    TOMSK - Russian scientists say they have identified synthetic microfibres from garments as the primary source of microplastics found in rain and snow samples collected in Siberia. Researchers at Tomsk State University (TSU), who were the first in…
  • Tuesday, 14 September 2021

    Cotton growers cut water use by nearly half Premium Article

    SYDNEY - Cotton growers in Australia have almost halved the water needed to grow one bale of cotton over the last 25 years, according to new research. A study by the New South Wales state government's Department of Primary Industries (DPI) found…
  • Monday, 13 September 2021

    BGMEA promotes RMG sector in AAFA meeting Premium Article

    WASHINGTON – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has held talks with the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) in an effort to “enhance cooperation” and promote Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG)…
  • Monday, 13 September 2021

    Supply chain poll reveals lack of transparency Premium Article

    LONDON - Half of UK businesses admit they are not being transparent enough with consumers about the sustainability of their supply chains, according to a new survey. The poll by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) found that 48…
  • Friday, 10 September 2021

    PETA calls out Hermès over crocodile abuse Premium Article

    NEW YORK – After footage from a farm owned by luxury fashion label Hermès showed crocodiles being electrocuted, mutilated and shot, animal rights group PETA has sent a letter to the firm’s chief executive, Axel Dumas, saying “you should rightly be…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Garmon Studio joins EMF’s Jeans Redesign Premium Article

    SAN MARINO - Garmon Studio, the creative lab of chemical solutions company Garmon Chemicals, has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s (EMF) Jeans Redesign programme. More than 90 companies have so far signed up to the initiative - which aims to…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Lenzing and CEO Doboczky part ways Premium Article

    LENZING – The chief executive officer of Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing, Stefan Doboczky, has reached an agreement with the firm’s supervisory board to end his contract. Doboczky, who took on the job in 2015, will leave at the end of September…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Myntra joins Better Cotton Initiative Premium Article

    BENGALURU – Indian fashion retailer Myntra has become the country’s first online enterprise to partner with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). By forging this relationship, Myntra commits to increasing its uptake of more ‘sustainable’ cotton, with…
  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021

    Unifi publishes 2021 Sustainability Report Premium Article

    GREENSBORO – Recycled polyester yarn producer Unifi, whose customers include leading brands such as Patagonia and The North Face, has published its latest sustainability report. The North Carolina-based company lists investing in new products and…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    Brands 'should reassess presence in Myanmar' Premium Article

    LONDON - The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is urging brands and retailers which source from Myanmar to reassess their presence in the country "as a matter of urgency". It comes after the IndustriALL global trade union, and affiliated…
  • Tuesday, 07 September 2021

    Footwear firm expands upcycling efforts Premium Article

    PORTLAND – US footwear brand Keen has expanded its Detox the Planet initiative with the debut of its Harvest Certified programme, which will look to mitigate industrial waste by upcycling materials for future use. The Harvest Certified programme…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    Trade minister calls for more ambition from India textile stakeholders Premium Article

    NEW DELHI – India’s commerce & industry and textiles minister, Piyush Goyal, says the country’s textile sector must treble its targets for exports and reach US$ 100 billion if it is to satisfy the expectations held by the current government led by…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    ISKO forms alliance with MoRe Research Premium Article

    INEGOL – Denim manufacturer ISKO has partnered with R&D company MoRe Research – which is a part of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden - to investigate and develop new, sustainable technologies made from cellulosic-based materials, derived from waste…
  • Monday, 06 September 2021

    Four Paws to call for 2030 mulesing ban Premium Article

    LONDON – Animal welfare organisation Four Paws is to attend this year’s Wool Connect Conference and will present a letter, backed by more than 30 fashion brands and retailers, as it calls for a ban on the controversial practice of mulesing in…
  • Friday, 03 September 2021

    Kering’s Fund for Nature announces grantees Premium Article

    PARIS – French fashion giant Kering and environmental non-profit Conservation International have announced the first cohort of grantees under their Regenerative Fund for Nature. Seven organisations were selected from a pool of 73 applicants who will…
  • Thursday, 02 September 2021

    EOG urges patience as supply chains adapt to the COVID pandemic Premium Article

    ZUG - The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has urged businesses to address supply chain challenges with unity and tolerance as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hinder global operations. “As we move from one stage of the pandemic to…
  • Thursday, 02 September 2021

    New Furmark traceability system dubbed a ‘game-changer’ Premium Article

    LONDON – The International Fur Federation (IFF) has developed Furmark, a new certification and traceability system that will verify supply chain data. Furmark certified products will integrate QR codes that customers can scan to learn about the…
  • Thursday, 02 September 2021

    Madeira to debut new threads in Paris Premium Article

    FREIBURG – German manufacturer Madeira is to debut two recently launched ‘sustainable’ threads at this year’s Première Vision trade fair in Paris. The firm’s Polyneon Green and Sensa Green materials will be on display from 21-23rd September in the…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    Lenzing joins Textiles 2030 initiative Premium Article

    LENZING – Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing Group is the latest company to join industry organisation WRAP’s Textiles 2030 voluntary agreement. Describes as the world’s most ambitious ten-year environmental programme for clothing and textiles, the…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    New Higg tool to reduce supply chain impact Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – Sustainability technology platform Higg has introduced a new analytics tool to help brands and buyers reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing facilities within their supply chains. The new software solution aims to provide…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    MAS Holdings targets 25% emissions reduction Premium Article

    COLOMBO – South Asia’s largest apparel technology company, MAS Holdings, has entered the second phase of a renewable energy project which it says will reduce its carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2025. The Sri Lankan conglomerate kick-started its…
  • Tuesday, 31 August 2021

    Good Fashion Fund teams up with BGMEA Premium Article

    DHAKA – Investment organisation the Good Fashion Fund (GFF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to help improve the environmental and social sustainability of the…
  • Friday, 27 August 2021

    Germany’s Mytheresa vows to go fur-free Premium Article

    MUNICH – German fashion retailer Mytheresa has vowed to go fur-free from spring/summer 2022 and will phase out existing stock that integrates fur by the end of next year. The animal welfare policy, drafted up in collaboration with the Humane Society…
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021

    Sateri’s China mills deemed EU-BAT compliant Premium Article

    SHANGHAI – Leading viscose manufacturer Sateri has confirmed that, following verification at two of its sites in China, each of its five viscose mills in the country are now fully compliant with the emission limits set out in the European Union Best…
  • Thursday, 26 August 2021

    Apparel and textiles' water impact 'critical' Premium Article

    LONDON - The apparel and textiles industries are among those having the biggest impact on the world's water systems, according to a new report from the CDP international non-profit. The CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, assessed more than…
  • Monday, 23 August 2021

    Sri Lankan industry reassures garment workers Premium Article

    COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's garment industry is claiming that everything possible is being done to protect workers as factories remain open despite an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious Delta variant. The Sri Lankan…
  • Friday, 20 August 2021

    Consumers 'disgusted' by fashion exploitation Premium Article

    LONDON - More than two-thirds of British consumers feel ‘disgusted’ ‘sad’ or ‘angry’ about fashion industry exploitation - but many say they cannot afford to shop more ethically, according to a new poll. The survey, carried out by Opinium on behalf…
  • Wednesday, 18 August 2021

    CFDA and Ugg launch Materials Hub platform Premium Article

    NEW YORK - The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has partnered with Deckers Brand-owned Ugg to launch a new platform aimed at making supply chains more sustainable. The new open-access Materials Hub - due to go live on the CFDA website…
  • Wednesday, 18 August 2021

    3D design pioneer raises US$35m in funding Premium Article

    SINGAPORE - Browzwear, a provider of digital solutions for the fashion industry, has completed a US$35 million funding round to further develop its 3D design technology to reduce waste. The company says the investment, from New York-based growth…
  • Wednesday, 18 August 2021

    New collaboration boost for outdoor sustainability Premium Article

    DENVER – Outdoor brand The North Face (TNF) says its new R&D partnership with Finnish textile innovator Spinnova is a welcome addition to its sustainability strategy as it aims to eliminate the use of harmful chemicals from its product portfolio.…
  • Wednesday, 18 August 2021

    Move to preferred fibres 'must accelerate' Premium Article

    VANCOUVER – Global non-profit Textile Exchange says the transition to what it terms 'preferred fibres and materials' must accelerate if the industry is to meet its climate change targets. The organisation's new Preferred Fiber and Materials Market…
  • Monday, 16 August 2021

    Turkey launches textile sustainability action plan Premium Article

    ISTANBUL - Turkey has launched a Sustainability Action Plan for its textile industry in a bid to increase global market share by reducing environmental impact. The Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) and the the Textile and Raw Materials Exporters…
  • Monday, 16 August 2021

    Work starts on plant to recycle blended fibres Premium Article

    LOGAN - Australian start-up BlockTexx has begun work on what it claims will the the first textile recycling plant capable of separating and recycling blends of cotton and polyester fibres at scale. The company has acquired a site at Logan,…
  • Friday, 13 August 2021

    Plastics recycling project targets global reach Premium Article

    LONDON – Recycling firm Mura Technology and its licensing partner KBR have forged a new partnership with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) to help scale the development of a chemical recycling solution for post-consumer plastics. Hydro-PRT, the…
  • Friday, 13 August 2021

    Manufacturer partners with traceability specialist Premium Article

    HONG KONG – Textile manufacturer CIEL Textile has partnered with traceability solutions provider Serai. The partnership will see CIEL integrated in Serai’s B2B platform, through which producers can showcase their factories capabilities and forge…
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