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El Salvador plans 15-year apparel growth strategy

El Salvador’s textiles and apparel industry will set out a 15-year growth strategy in December in a bid to lift its fortunes amid toughening...

Bangladesh "business as usual" despite safety fear

Bangladesh's garment exporters have reiterated that business continues as usual in the country, despite tightening security following recent...

Why traceability has key role in social compliance

With traceability playing a key role in addressing the rising importance of social compliance, it might be time to review your traceability...

Overcapacity in China could reshape fibre markets

In advance of the World Fibres Conference in Hong Kong later this year, Will Chapman, PCI Wood Mackenzie's head of fibres, assesses how exce...

Latest Interviews

No simple way to be sustainable, says SAC CEO 25 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

After working for the past seven years on a set of tools to measure the social and environmental impact of apparel and footwear production, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition has shared little evidence to suggest how, or even if, companies are using it. But the group is now ready to tackle transparency head-on with a raft of new activities and products, Jason Kibbey, CEO of the global alliance, tells just-style.


North Face has holistic view on harmful chemicals 28 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

With pressure mounting on the outdoor apparel industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and production processes, The North Face is using tools developed by parent company VF Corp to help it work towards its goals. And for sustainability manager James Rogers, the key to reducing overall chemical use is to take a holistic view of the entire supply chain.

Latest News

Re:newcell secures $5m for closed loop production 26 Sep 16

Michelle Russell

Swedish textile recycling technology specialist Re:newcell is looking to make 100% circular garments a reality thanks to an investment of SEK48m (US$5.6m) to build the world's first production line for textile pulp from recycled materials. 


Kering partnership produces python trade guidance 26 Sep 16

Leonie Barrie

Three new reports published today (26 September) suggest the wild harvesting and farming of pythons is ecologically sustainable and results in socioeconomic benefits for poor households in South-East Asia.


Brexit may hit suppliers with UK duty-free access 23 Sep 16

Leonie Barrie

Suppliers in several major clothing exporting countries could lose their preferential access to the UK market if and when Britain leaves the EU unless special terms of access are negotiated, a new report suggests.


Invista unveils Lycra Moves Athleisure platform 23 Sep 16

Beth Wright

US fibre producer Invista has once again taken inspiration from the athleisure trend, unveiling a new platform for athleisure apparel, which it says is a "one-stop shop" for intimate apparel retailers.


New US tariff classifications impact woven apparel 23 Sep 16

Leonie Barrie

Modifications to the tariff classifications of many woven apparel products to cover recreational performance outerwear have had a knock-on – and confusing – impact on products such as jeans.


Fabric is first non-woven material made from yarn 23 Sep 16

Beth Wright

UK researchers are developing a new form of sustainable fabric, claimed to be the first non-woven material made from yarn, which they say could be incorporated into antibacterial and aromatic clothing.

Latest blogs

Hanjin Shipping collapse triggers fear of West Coast port repeat 19 Sep 16

Michelle Russell

The recent bankruptcy of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping, the world's seventh-largest container shipper, at the end of August, has left billions of dollars worth of merchandise in limbo, leaving the fallout for apparel and footwear importers and exporters unclear.


Tackling transparency and traceability 5 Sep 16

Leonie Barrie

The ongoing challenge of tackling transparency and traceability across global supply chains cropped up again last week, with the launch of a new initiative to try to eliminate forced labour from cotton and yarn production.

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