The annual Integral Conversation conference organised by Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group this year heard how brands s...
A fire that broke out at a factory in Bangladesh last month, and the impending third year anniversary of Rana Plaza, serves as a reminder th...
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.
It is easy to underestimate the complexity of sustainability in the apparel supply chain. But while there are no simple solutions, industry experts believe improvements can come about through social change, collaboration and innovation.
Leading outdoor brands exhibiting at the recent Outdoor Retailer show, held in Salt Lake City, are using technology, transparency, and authenticity in new ways to encourage emotional as well as functional participation by consumers.
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.
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.
A number of US outdoor brands including Polartec and Patagonia have withdrawn from this year's Outdoor Retailer show in Utah in protest over the state government’s public land policy, which they say doesn't support conservation and ignores the industry's contribution to the economy.
US outdoor clothing brand Patagonia has joined forces with Swiss speciality textile effects company HeiQ on a strategic research partnership, designed to explore new ways for a sustainable textile finishing technology to achieve breathable and durable water repellence (DWR) with best-in-class performances.
US outdoor clothing brand Patagonia is to launch an e-commerce platform for its Worn Wear programme where it will sell used Patagonia clothing and gear online, sourced directly from its customers.
US outdoor clothing brand Patagonia has unveiled its latest sustainable offering: a ten-piece collection made from as many recycled materials as possible.
US outdoor brand Patagonia has implemented an ecommerce platform to help it achieve higher levels of efficiency for sales process management and enterprise resource planning (ERP) integration, in keeping with the company’s focus on conservation and environmental stewardship.
Lenzing’s new closed-loop Tencel fibre based on waste cotton fabrics is to be used by outdoor clothing brand and retailer Patagonia, with the first products set to launch next spring.
US outdoor brand Patagonia is ramping up its relationship with Fair Trade USA, with a view to manufacturing 300 styles, approximately one-third of its products, in Fair Trade Certified factories next year.
Textile Exchange has revealed more brands and suppliers are pledging their commitment to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), taking the total number of brands on board to 15.
As US citizens weigh up the pros and cons of Trump and Clinton, US outdoor brand Patagonia is taking matters into its own hands and investing around US$1m in a campaign designed to push the environment as a top election issue and support get-out-the-vote organisations.
Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia has unveiled the world's first neoprene-free wetsuits made with natural rubber from sources that are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified by the Rainforest Alliance.
Synthetic insulation manufacturer Primaloft has developed an eco-friendly version of its Primaloft Gold Insulation after being set a challenge by US outdoor brand Patagonia – which will use the product exclusively in its entire Nano Puff collection for a year.
Nearly a year after deciding to re-build its wool programme after an investigation exposed "extreme cruelty" at one of its main suppliers, US outdoor brand Patagonia has developed its own wool standard.
Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia is joining calls for industrial hemp farming to be legalised in the United States, arguing that it has the potential to lower the environmental impacts of textile production, support small-scale farmers and create jobs in a wide variety of industries.
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.
From retailing to manufacturing, sourcing and sustainability, winners and losers were not hard to find in the apparel industry in 2015. As the year draws to a close, just-style's annual review tracks those for whom 2015 will be memorable in more ways than one.
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