Livia Firth is the founder and creative director of Eco Age Ltd, and the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC). She is also an Oxfam Global Ambassador, and a founding member of Annie Lennox’s ‘The Circle’, a powerful women’s advocacy group.

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  • Thursday, 10 January 2019

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  • Thursday, 11 October 2018

    Big Aardvark in Town

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  • Thursday, 16 August 2018

    New additions mark busy month for ZDHC

    AMSTERDAM – In what has been a very busy August for the organisation, ZDHC has revealed a new MRSL certification partner, three new contributors and held a Manufacturer Forum in Brazil; an event which ZDHC hopes can herald a new era of operations on… Read More
  • Thursday, 16 August 2018

    Event highlights US second-hand apparel market

    BELLEVUE – To mark National Thrift Shop Day in the Unites States, apparel retailer Savers has released its sixth annual Thrift Shopping Survey; examining the relationship between American consumers and the used garment market. To promote the reuse… Read More
  • Thursday, 16 August 2018

    C&A reveals recipe for sustainable jeans range Premium Article

    DÜSSELDORF – Fashion retailer C&A has today launched a new range of sustainable jeans for sale in store, together with the details of exactly what materials they’ve been made from. The new jeans were designed in partnership with Fashion for Good and… Read More
  • Wednesday, 15 August 2018

    Canadian firm pioneers aramid PPE recycling

    VANCOUVER – Following ‘extensive R&D efforts’ at its recycling centre, a Canadian firm claims to have developed a proprietary technique for the post-consumer recycling of aramid fabrics; a development which could offer the PPE (personal protective… Read More
  • Wednesday, 15 August 2018

    US firm bares all for sustainable apparel Premium Article

    SAN DIEGO ­– Women’s fashion and activewear company secondtoNAKED has launched an online shopping platform which only promotes apparel that adheres to its environmental, economic and social criteria. Following the launch, the firm’s founder spoke to… Read More
  • Tuesday, 14 August 2018

    European textile groups slam REACH review Premium Article

    STUTTGART – The European REACH regulation is having the exact opposite impact of what it was originally designed to do, with the potential impacts of hazardous textile chemicals on both human health and the environment likely to be exacerbated by… Read More
  • Tuesday, 14 August 2018

    The view from…DuPont Industrial Biosciences Premium Article

    WILMINGTON – To discuss the company’s latest innovations, its stance on certifications and what comes next for one of the industry’s largest organisations, David Styles caught up with global product manager at DuPont Industrial Biosciences’, Rene… Read More
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    Vaude outlines latest sustainability progress

    TETTNANG – Outdoor brand Vaude has launched a comprehensive supplier management programme, a move it hopes will offer its international producers and material suppliers the support necessary to ensure high ecological and social standards are present… Read More
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    Survey suggests lack of RMG worker longevity

    DHAKA – According to new research, just under 90 per cent of workers in the Bangladesh ready-made garment sector are below 30, with many people over this age citing excessive workloads as the reason for moving away from the industry. Read More
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    New study explores novel textile water savings Premium Article

    THENJIPALAM – A new study conducted by researchers at an Indian university has proposed a novel new method of implementing much-needed water conservation within textile manufacturing. The research is said to have been motivated by the increasing… Read More
  • Monday, 13 August 2018

    Retailer launches elephant conservation range

    NEW YORK – LALF has released a range on T-shirts which will donate 25 per cent of all sales to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a non-profit which supports elephant conservation and biodiversity preservation in Africa. Read More
  • Friday, 10 August 2018

    Circular Economy focus of Fashion Summit HK 2018

    HONG KONG – The 2018 edition of Fashion Summit HK, which looks set to be Asia’s largest sustainable fashion conference to date, will focus on the theme of ‘Circular Economy’. The objectives of this year’s summit, as set out by its organisers, are to… Read More
  • Friday, 10 August 2018

    Apparel Impact Institute enters new era

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Apparel Impact Institute (AII), which will soon celebrate its first year in operation, has revealed that its first president will be Lewis Perkins, who previously worked in the same role at the Cradle to Cradle Products… Read More
  • Thursday, 09 August 2018

    New plant boosts Sri Lankan recycled polyester Premium Article

    COLOMBO – A new facility in the district of Horana has opened its doors prior to embarking on the manufacturing of polyester yarn from post-consumer PET flakes at a scale never before seen in Sri Lanka. Read More
  • Thursday, 09 August 2018

    EOG unveils first boardsports members

    ZUG – The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has announced two new member organisations, with Burton and Nitro becoming the first additions from the boardsports sector to become full members. Furthermore, Salomon is adding its snowboard division to its… Read More
  • Wednesday, 08 August 2018

    Testing the water with sustainable swimwear Premium Article

    LONDON - In a bold move to find out whether consumers really do care about what they are buying and its impact on people and the planet, Lucy Drage, the former head of ethics and sustainability for clothing at Sainsbury’s, will launch her own range… Read More
  • Wednesday, 08 August 2018

    Cotton: A sector under stress? Premium Article

    WASHINGTON - Earlier this month, a seemingly ordinary press release from the International Cotton Advisory Committee caught the eagle eye of Ecotextile News, which told of how cotton farmers were unable to capitalise on the strong demand for cotton… Read More
  • Wednesday, 08 August 2018

    SAC announces latest Higg MSI update

    SAN FRANCISCO – The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has announced the second update of 2018 of its Higg Index MSI (Materials Sustainability Index), described by the organisation as the most trusted tool for accurately measuring and scoring a… Read More
  • Tuesday, 07 August 2018

    California dreaming of a circular future

    OAKLAND – The agenda for Clean Economy Week, a new initiative starting in California, has been announced with a focus on all areas of circularity and sustainable innovation – many of which directly impact the textile sector. Between October 15-19 in… Read More
  • Tuesday, 07 August 2018

    Research calls for plastic hanger retail reform

    SHEFFIELD – UK-based garment hanger recycler Braiform has published research claiming that the environmental impact of plastic clothes hangers can be just as damaging as recently-vilified single use plastics such as bags, straws and bottles.… Read More
  • Tuesday, 07 August 2018

    Esprit and IndustriALL unite for workers’ rights

    GENEVA – IndustriALL Global Union, the organisation which represents garment workers from across the world, has signed a global framework agreement with fashion brand Esprit which signals a commitment to protect and promote the human rights of… Read More
  • Monday, 06 August 2018

    Primark Pride T-shirt highlights supply chain hypocrisy? Premium Article

    DUBLIN – High street fashion retailer Primark has found itself engulfed in a debate regarding supply chain ethics after selling Pride t-shirts aimed at promoting LGBTI rights, despite the fact these garments were printed in nations where legislation… Read More
  • Monday, 06 August 2018

    Investors back due diligence framework alignment

    BRUSSELS – Representatives from a wide variety of investment firms have signalled support for collaborative industry-wide efforts seeking increased alignment of due diligence frameworks with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply… Read More
  • Friday, 03 August 2018

    Wecycled initiative awarded Natural Fibre prize

    VELEN – German textile manufacturer Velener Textil GmbH has won the Discover Natural Fibres Initiative’s (DNFI) Innovation in Natural Fibres Award for its Wecycled system which reclaims the 30 per cent of cotton yarn that remains unused in textile… Read More
  • Thursday, 02 August 2018

    Textile transparency – a burning issue Premium Article

    LONDON - In the wake of the news that Burberry admitted to incinerating millions of pounds worth of unsold and surplus luxury products to protect its brand equity, Orsola de Castro, co-founder of Fashion Revolution, says it’s now time for all… Read More
  • Thursday, 02 August 2018

    Cotton demand at record high, environmental stress impacts prospects

    WASHINGTON – Despite a strong demand for cotton in Asia with consumption projected to reach an all-time high of 27.5 million tonnes in 2018/19, less-than-ideal environmental conditions and subsequent lack of available water, means that cotton… Read More
  • Wednesday, 01 August 2018

    Levi’s, Tesco join Green Supply Chain Map

    BEIJING – Levi’s and Tesco have become the latest brands to join the Green Supply Chain Map; a publicly available online transparency tool that ties companies to their suppliers’ environmental performance in China. Developed by the Natural Resources… Read More
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018

    Levi’s sets ambitious GHG targets

    SAN FRANCISCO - Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) has set aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions in an ambitious new climate action strategy, which sets out aims for the company use 100 per cent renewable electricity in its owned-and-operated… Read More
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018

    Indorama deal to enhance recycling capacity

    BANGKOK - Indorama Ventures PLC (IVL) a global chemical producer, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sorepla Industrie S.A., a plastics recycling facility located in Neufchateau, in northern France. The acquisition is… Read More
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018

    Delta collaboration repurposes retired uniforms

    ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines, the second largest passenger carrier airline in the USA, which globally employs more than 800,000 people, has donated more than 350,000 pounds of clothing to be upcycled and repurposed. In a new initiative, the airline has… Read More
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018

    Bangladesh on board with ILO’s Decent Work Programme

    DHAKA – The Bangladeshi government, along with many of the country’s employers and worker's organisations have today signed on to the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) latest Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) which will run until 2020.… Read More
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018

    China viscose sector launches sustainability roadmap Premium Article

    BEIJING – Ten major Chinese viscose producers which together make up an estimated 50 per cent of the world’s supply have released a new joint 3-year roadmap for the sustainable development of the viscose manufacturing industry in China. In… Read More
  • Monday, 30 July 2018

    West Africa hub could boost organic cotton Premium Article

    The idea of a cotton sourcing hub in West Africa has recently resurfaced, but this time it’s being tied to a goal to which could massively increase the production of organic cotton. Simon Ferrigno catches up with Tobias Meier of Swiss-based… Read More
  • Monday, 30 July 2018

    Japan NGO aims for transparent supply chains Premium Article

    TOKYO – A new NGO has been set up in Japan that aims to help both local and international apparel firms to identify supply chain problems and is already working with global textile firms Teijin, Mitsui Fashion, as well the AEON Group which is the… Read More
  • Friday, 27 July 2018

    New study asks, does garment use matter? Premium Article

    OSLO – A new study has been published to examine whether there is evidence to suggest the use of textiles changes systematically between different fibre types. The research also highlights the shortcomings of LCA lifecycle assessments given that,… Read More
  • Friday, 27 July 2018

    Eco-Passport meets highest level of ZDHC conformance

    AMSTERDAM – The ‘Eco-Passport’ certification standard from Oeko-Tex has today been accepted by the ZDHC as a level 3 standard for conformance with its manufacturing restricted substance list (MRSL). This means the ZDHC has the highest level of… Read More
  • Thursday, 26 July 2018

    Brands make 'mixed progress' on viscose pollution in Asia

    LONDON – Luxury brands such as Gucci, Prada and Chanel sit alongside low-cost apparel retailers, such as Asda, Lidl and online brands Boohoo and Missguided when it comes to transparency in their viscose textile supply chains, according to a new… Read More
  • Thursday, 26 July 2018

    EOCA surpasses milestone in Friedrichshafen

    FRIEDRICHSHAFEN – The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) has confirmed that over the four-day agenda of the 25th OutDoor show it has raised more than €25,000 for conservation projects and, in the process, gained three new member… Read More
  • Thursday, 26 July 2018

    Fashion tourism a tool for sustainability implementation

    MADRID – The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is ramping up its efforts to ensure that tourism is fully utilised as a medium by which sustainability messages – with a particular emphasis on the UN Sustainable Development Goals… Read More
  • Wednesday, 25 July 2018

    OIA releases inaugural industry sustainability report

    DENVER – Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has published the first-of-its-kind State of Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry report, in which it surveyed 120 companies from the outdoor sector to build a quantifiable picture of the efforts… Read More
  • Wednesday, 25 July 2018

    TAITRA talks Taiwanese textiles in Denver

    DENVER – At this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) hosted a Taiwan New Products Launch session, debuting the new products of four Taiwanese textile manufacturers. The four… Read More
  • Wednesday, 25 July 2018

    High fashion brands unite for luxury roadmap

    HONG KONG – A group of fifteen luxury brands have gathered at an event Hong Kong to discuss the global opportunities and challenges facing the higher end of the apparel sector. In addition to the meeting, a report has been published by members of… Read More
  • Tuesday, 24 July 2018

    Bluesign in Sorona polymer partnership

    WILMINGTON – DuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced a partnership with Bluesign for the bio-based polymer Sorona. DuPont Sorona is a polymer comprised of 37 per cent renewable plant-based ingredients and, according to its manufacturers, uses 30… Read More
  • Tuesday, 24 July 2018

    Spinnova to scale up with Fashion for Good

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has unveiled Finnish cellulosic fibre innovator Spinnova as the latest addition to its Scaling Programme. Spinnova has been selected by the Amsterdam-based fashion hub as a result of developing its disruptive cellulose… Read More
  • Tuesday, 24 July 2018

    Cotton Inc. debuts anti-wrinkle press technology

    CARY – Cotton Incorporated has today launched its patent-pending anti-wrinkle and formaldehyde-free garment press technology, PurePress. Cotton Inc, claims its formulation uses readily-available chemistries found in nature which perform better than… Read More
  • Monday, 23 July 2018

    Alliance Helpline broadens scope with independent management Premium Article

    DHAKA­­ – The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has announced that its 24-hour, first-of-its-kind worker helpline will transition from part of their operations to an external and independent initiative which has the capacity to expand its… Read More
  • Friday, 20 July 2018

    NGO ‘condemns’ latest BGMEA wage proposal

    AMSTERDAM – Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has spoken out regarding the ongoing wrangling in Bangladesh regarding a proposed increase to the minimum monthly wage received by garment workers. This latest development caps off a week a turbulent week in… Read More
  • Thursday, 19 July 2018

    Eurojersey extends WWF partnership, launches microfibre project

    MILAN – Italian warp knitted fabric supplier Eurojersey has signed a new three-year extension of its existing partnership with WWF Italia aimed at the conservation of water as a planetary resource. The new partnership will take the form of multiple… Read More
  • Thursday, 19 July 2018

    Primark unveils UNICEF partnership

    DUBLIN – High street fashion retailer Primark has announced a three-year partnership with UNICEF which will see the organisations collaborate on work relating to education and emergency response. In total, Primark has confirmed it will commit US$… Read More
  • Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    New study gets the measure of microfibre shedding Premium Article

    MÖLNDAL – A new research article led by a Swerea IVF scientist has proposed a standardised test method for measuring textile-derived microfibres shed during the everyday washing of garments. One of the primary motivations for this research is said… Read More
  • Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    Protests expected as Bangladesh wage proposal rejected

    DHAKA – At an industry press briefing, representatives of Bangladeshi garment workers have rejected the latest proposals from factory bosses as the wrangle regarding an increase to the nation’s minimum wage continues. The most recent proposed… Read More
  • Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    UN flags up forests for fashion initiative

    NEW YORK – An ongoing event at the United Nations headquarters in New York during the 2018 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development is linking forest-based materials from sustainably managed forests, with the world of fashion.… Read More
  • Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    EU, China align circular economy policies

    BEIJING – At the EU-China Summit currently taking place in the Chinese capital, both parties have expressed their commitment to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Circular Economy and have also established a deal on oceanic pollution… Read More
  • Tuesday, 17 July 2018

    Bangladesh factory bosses offer minimum wage compromise

    DHAKA – After a long-running debate between unions and factory owners, there has finally been a slight breakthrough in the stalemate over an increase to the minimum monthly wage currently in place for Bangladeshi garment workers. Latest reports in… Read More
  • Monday, 16 July 2018

    Ternua goes nuts with Archroma EarthColors partnership

    REINACH – Colour and specialty textile chemicals provider Archroma has announced a collaboration with Ternua, a Basque outdoor brand with sustainability at the heart of its business. Ternua will work alongside Archroma to utilise its patented… Read More
  • Monday, 16 July 2018

    Worn Again accelerates polymer recycling technology

    LONDON – Research institute Worn Again Technologies has confirmed that it has successfully reached its investment target of £5 million to facilitate the acceleration of its breakthrough polymer recycling technology. In the face of the growing… Read More
  • Monday, 16 July 2018

    Helsinki Fashion Week partners with Circle Economy

    HELSINKI – As part of a drive to put circularity at the top of the fashion agenda, Helsinki Fashion Week (HFW) has confirmed Circle Economy as a knowledge and content partner for its annual industry event. This year’s edition of the event, taking… Read More
  • Friday, 13 July 2018

    NRDC initiative migrates to Apparel Impact Institute Premium Article

    SAN FRANCISCO – In a bid to double the number of textile facilities completing its Clean by Design programme in 2018, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has started to transition program operations to the newly formed Apparel Impact… Read More
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