Blog: Outdoor gear could be harmful
Leonie Barrie | 1 February 2016
Outdoor brands are being urged to eliminate all PFCs from their products and supply chains after the hazardous chemicals were discovered in clothing, footwear and outdoor equipment.
Tests by environmental activist group Greenpeace on 40 products from companies including The North Face, Patagonia and Mammut found PFCs in high concentrations in 18 items. In response, Haglöfs has withdrawn a line of boots from sale, while other brands have updated their own progress on reducing PFCs in outdoor clothing and footwear.
US apparel giant Gap Inc has also set out new targets aimed at strengthening worker rights across its global supply chain. Among its goals, it wants all of its strategic branded apparel suppliers to achieve a sustainability rating of green or yellow by 2020, and to see all self-reporting their performance in the Gap global sustainability data system within the next two years.
Meanwhile, Myanmar's garment sector is targeting a 300% increase in exports to the European Union by the end of 2019 thanks to a EUR2.8m (US$3m) funding boost as the second phase of the SMART Myanmar project gets underway.
And executives in Colombia believe the country needs a free-trade deal with Brazil, to fix a US cumulation dispute, and boost financing for export-hungry enterprises, if it is to bolster textile and apparel companies' efforts to expand abroad.
Leading Sri Lankan garment manufacturer Hirdaramani Group has opened a new state-of-the-art apparel factory in the north-east of the country, providing key jobs and opportunities in the district most adversely affected by the country's 25-year long civil war.
And Vietnam is singled out as one of the most promising markets moving forward, due to its well-established manufacturing infrastructure and forecasts for the highest compound annual growth rate within the Asia Pacific region over the next four years.
The outlook comes as a new report shows cotton spinning in Vietnam has tripled over the last four years thanks to rising yarn exports to China.
Predictions likely to shape the US clothing and footwear sector this year include a more promotional athleisure scene, the benefits of store rationalisation starting to emerge, and a continuing decline in in-store traffic, analysts say.
For performance wear specialist Under Armour, the fourth-quarter saw its best growth of the year as earnings soared and net revenues in apparel, its largest product category, surged 22%.
And struggling surfwear business Quiksilver has had its reorganisation plan approved and expects to emerge from bankruptcy in early February – with Oaktree Capital as its majority owner.
Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics...
The Bangladesh government was forced to respond late last week to pressure over its crackdown on labour activists after a number of global brands and retailers, including H&M and Inditex announced pla...
Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order by President Donald Trump, the US apparel and footwear sector...
With the ultimate aim of ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, value clothing retailer Primark is adamant that having a business model focused on offering the lowest prices o...
- What TTIP might mean for US, EU textiles & apparel
- Unlocks for the future fashion sourcing landscape
- EU eyes mandatory due diligence for apparel supply
- Geo-political uncertainty and how to survive it
- Four steps to reduce product defects
- US Q4 in brief – Finish Line, Oxford Industries
- H&M, VF Corp and Levi among most ethical companies
- Sears has "substantial doubt" of future
- Vietnam limits hazardous chemicals in apparel
- Li & Fung forms supply chain partnership with PVH
- Central and East Europe Report Package
- Central America strategic sourcing review - a focus on Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras
- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar
- When Things Go Wrong - A Practical Guide to Managing Common Problems in Apparel Sourcing
- Outdoor performance apparel 2016: A broader perspective