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Articles by Kitty So
Ahead of an expected explosion in demand for wood pulp-based fibres such as rayon and viscose, environmental groups are calling on apparel and textile firms to ensure they do not come from endangered forests. H&M and Inditex are the latest to update their sourcing commitments.
As safety inspections on more than 1,500 garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers get underway this week, just-style speaks with Brad Loewen, the top safety official overseeing the effort.
US budgets cutting development aid to Cambodia will not harm the Cambodian textile sector, its key industry association told just-style.
Turkey has replaced China as the United States' top cotton export market - but the US industry does not expect the shift to last.
Using more sustainable alternatives to traditional fibres is critical for clothing and textile brands wanting to reduce their environmental footprint - and is set to be default option in future, experts say.
Any market and industry benefits from supply diversification, so major textile and clothing companies can take heart from continued innovation amongst fibre and fabric producers into new material sources.
For manufacturers looking for a cost-effective fibre in current global markets, cotton prices are at last stabilising following recent distortions and increases. But rising costs in other areas, including labour, have prompted the search for new ways to reduce prices and boost efficiencies.
World fibre production, especially for cotton, remains strong, with cotton prices stabilising after a few years of high prices. Yet the apparel and textile trade landscape is shifting, and as production moves away from China and domestic demand in Asia booms, there will be more pressure on fibre and fabric production worldwide.
The recently agreed free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union (EU) could spark a major increase in European apparel exports to Canada.
It is common sense that for really fast fashion, sourcing should be made as close to a home market as costs will allow. And for the world's two largest markets - the European Union (EU) and the US - geography does provide some useful outsourcing neighbours.
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