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Among the industry executives who spoke with just-style this year were William E Connor, chairman and CEO of William E Connor & Associates; Patagonia's director of social & environmental responsibility Cara Chacon; Frank Henke, global director of social and environmental affairs at German sporting goods giant Adidas Group; and Esquel Group vice chairman and CEO John Cheh.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Outdoor wear brand Haglöfs has withdrawn a line of boots from sale after an investigation found they contained hazardous chemicals, while other brands have updated their own progress on reducing PFCs in outdoor clothing and footwear.
Outdoor brands including The North Face, Patagonia and Mammut are being urged to eliminate all PFCs from their products and supply chains after the hazardous chemicals were discovered in their clothing, footwear and outdoor equipment.
Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia has voiced its opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, claiming it advances the interests of big business at the expense of the environment, workers, consumers, communities and small businesses.
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 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.
Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia has stopped sourcing wool from supplier Ovis 21, after an investigation exposed "extreme cruelty" towards lambs and sheep.
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.
Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia is raising the bar for environmental and human rights practices with its new 100% organic denim collection.
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.
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.
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 & Associates, best-known for its waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex fabric, has launched a three-layer fabric.
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.
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.
Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia has launched a range of clothing made using “responsible manufacturing” techniques, including undyed cashmere and reclaimed cotton.
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 has launched what it describes as a "revolutionary" new insulation technology which regulates body temperature and eliminates the need to adjust layers.
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.
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.
Outdoor apparel business Patagonia has invested in sustainable textile processor CO2Nexus through its environmental $20 Million & Change fund.
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.
Outdoor clothing company Patagonia Inc has appointed Rose Marcario to the additional role of chief executive officer.
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