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Monday, 01 June 2020

Zalando to police apparel brands on sustainability

BERLIN - Online retailer Zalando has linked up with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and the Higg Co to make sustainability assessment mandatory for brands selling on its platform. The company becomes the first retailer to use the SAC's… Read More
Monday, 27 January 2020

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Friday, 03 January 2020

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Thursday, 11 October 2018

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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
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

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

The view from…DuPont Industrial Biosciences

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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
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