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Where next for sustainability in fashion?

It is easy to underestimate the complexity of sustainability in the apparel supply chain. But while there are no simple solutions, industry...

Outdoor Retailer brands embrace technology

Leading outdoor brands exhibiting at the recent Outdoor Retailer show, held in Salt Lake City, are using technology, transparency, and authe...

New scenarios driving sustainability in textiles

Debra Cobb | 17 Nov 2014

Driving meaningful change towards sustainability in textiles within organisations, within the industry, and with consumers topped the agenda at last week's Textile Exchange Conference.

Uzbekistan forces more adults into cotton harvest

Leonie Barrie | 17 Nov 2014

The Uzbekistan government has continued to use "systematic, mass forced labour" in this year's cotton harvest, campaigners say, claiming more adults had to work against their will to make up for a reduction in the number of children in the fields.

Concerns grow over fibre sourcing from forests

Kitty So | 1 Apr 2014

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.

Sourcing: More action needed to trace raw material

Leonie Barrie | 3 Mar 2014

It's one thing for apparel brands and retailers to talk about sustainability and traceability across their supply chains, but another altogether to put it into practice. Indeed, new research reveals that despite the well-documented risk of sourcing forced-labour Uzbek cotton, many firms are still not taking enough steps to prevent its use in their products.

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Patagonia's CSR commitments re-shaping the sector

Michelle Russell | 29 Sep 2015

Patagonia's goal of building "the world’s most socially and environmentally responsible supply chain" has made the outdoor wear specialist something of a pioneer in its industry. Cara Chacon, the group's director of social & environmental responsibility, however, is quick to admit that despite its successes, the company is far from perfect.

Speaking with style: Jonathan Petty, Patagonia UK

Joe Ayling | 29 May 2008

Rock climbing-inspired apparel and footwear brand Patagonia has pioneered the use of organic cotton and recycled polyester in its outdoor clothing and posted sales of US$330m last year. Joe Ayling interviews the company's UK sales and marketing manager, Jonathan Petty, to find out to what peaks an already ambitious sustainable business model can climb to next.

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Top stories this week on just-style...

Katie Smith | 2 Oct 2015

The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at Adidas's "game-changing" recycling project for a new breed of sporting goods, an interview with Cara Chacon, Patagonia's director of social & environmental responsibility, on the group's CSR commitments, and Cambodia's unions agreeing a proposed new US$168 monthly minimum wage for the country's garment sector.

Patagonia hire to ramp up environmental activism

Michelle Russell | 15 Sep 2015

Patagonia has appointed a head of environmental activism as part of its continued investment in grassroots groups, to which it has given US$6.2m so far this year.

Patagonia cuts ties with wool supplier

Katie Smith | 19 Aug 2015

Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia has stopped sourcing wool from supplier Ovis 21, after an investigation exposed "extreme cruelty" towards lambs and sheep.

Patagonia to probe animal cruelty at wool supplier

Katie Smith | 17 Aug 2015

Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia has said it is investigating practices at one of its wool suppliers after an investigation exposed "extreme cruelty" towards lambs and sheep.

Patagonia raising bar with "green" denim line

Michelle Russell | 5 Aug 2015

Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia is raising the bar for environmental and human rights practices with its new 100% organic denim collection.

Patagonia debuts "most advanced" baselayer

Katie Smith | 20 Jul 2015

Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia has introduced its most advanced baselayer, which it claims is the industry's first fusion of sustainably sourced wool and cutting-edge technology.

Patagonia invests in eco-friendly textile finishes

Leonie Barrie | 7 Apr 2015

Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia has invested in Beyond Surface Technologies, a fast growing Swiss company developing textile treatments for outdoor apparel based on natural raw materials.

Four Paws launches responsible down initiative

Michelle Russell | 15 Dec 2014

International animal welfare organisation Four Paws has launched an online initiative designed to encourage outdoor apparel firms to become stricter on the sourcing of down feathers.

WL Gore launches three-layer C-Knit fabric

Michelle Russell | 7 Nov 2014

WL Gore & Associates, best-known for its waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex fabric, has launched a three-layer fabric.

Levi Strauss and M&S join Canopy fibre initiative

Richard Woodard | 29 Oct 2014

Leading fashion players including Levi Strauss & Co and Marks & Spencer are the latest names to sign up to non-profit organisation Canopy’s Fashion Loved by Forest sustainability initiative.

Tesco backs campaign against Uzbek cotton

Leonie Barrie | 15 Oct 2014

Retail giant Tesco has signed a pledge not to use cotton from Uzbekistan, joining a wider campaign to try to stop the use of forced labour in the country's annual harvest.

Patagonia range uses material in its purest form

Richard Woodard | 9 Oct 2014

Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia has launched a range of clothing made using “responsible manufacturing” techniques, including undyed cashmere and reclaimed cotton.

Call for change as Uzbek cotton harvest begins

Leonie Barrie | 10 Sep 2014

As the annual cotton harvest gets underway in Uzbekistan, industry stakeholders from around the world have set out a number of steps they want the country's government to take to end the use of forced and child labour in the sector.

Patagonia debuts temperature regulating technology

Katie Smith | 9 Sep 2014

Patagonia has launched what it describes as a "revolutionary" new insulation technology which regulates body temperature and eliminates the need to adjust layers.

Patagonia moves towards seamless inventory

Leonie Barrie | 20 Jun 2014

Outdoor apparel company Patagonia is working to achieve seamless inventory across all channels and geographic regions with the support of a new merchandise and assortment planning tool.

Zwiers to lead growth at Wolverine Worldwide

Katie Smith | 16 Jun 2014

As part of ongoing efforts to accelerate global growth, US clothing and footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has promoted company veteran James Zwiers to president of its International Group.

Patagonia invests in sustainable textile processor

Richard Woodard | 23 Apr 2014

Outdoor apparel business Patagonia has invested in sustainable textile processor CO2Nexus through its environmental $20 Million & Change fund.

Firms ranked on efforts to avoid Uzbek cotton

Leonie Barrie | 25 Feb 2014

Adidas, Marks and Spencer, Patagonia and Phillips-Van Heusen have been named among the companies taking the most comprehensive steps to stop cotton from Uzbekistan picked with forced labour from entering their supply chains.

Patagonia appoints Marcario as CEO

Michelle Russell | 24 Jan 2014

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia Inc has appointed Rose Marcario to the additional role of chief executive officer.

Responsible Down Standard up for wide-scale uptake

Leonie Barrie | 23 Jan 2014

A new standard to help companies ensure that the down in their products comes from ethically treated geese is to be overseen by non-profit organisation Textile Exchange in a bid to widen its uptake.

Jack Wolfskin ups efforts to ban PFCs

Katie Smith | 6 Jan 2014

German outdoor supplier Jack Wolfskin has said it will ban perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOA) from its production processes by summer 2014.

Hazardous chemicals found in outdoor clothing

Leonie Barrie | 3 Jan 2014

Tests carried out in Germany on jackets and gloves sold by outdoor clothing brands including The North Face, Jack Wolfskin, Patagonia and Adidas are said to have found the presence of chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and can pose long-term risks to human health.

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Special offer for just-style registered members

Michelle Russell | 21 Sep 2015

just-style has just launched an exciting offer for registered members: A full-year subscription with a saving of over one third on the usual price AND a free, 33-page report on how to develop a comprehensive sourcing strategy, by vendor, country and overseas representation.

A troubled start for Cambodia

Leonie Barrie | 6 Jan 2014

2014 has got off to a troubled start in Cambodia, where protests over a new minimum wage for garment workers have been turning increasingly violent.

Company research

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