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Michelle Russell

Michelle RussellBiography

Michelle Russell brings to just-style a decade-long career as a journalist, with experience in both consumer and trade publications. As the site's deputy editor she writes news, comments and insight on the latest apparel industry issues, in the process interviewing and building relationships with many key figures. Particular interests include industry data, sustainability and the challenges related to supply chains. 

Articles by Michelle Russell

The programme tracks hazardous contaminants in commodity chemicalsChemical screening tool offers textile sector transparency 23 January 2020

Levi Strauss & Co has partnered with chemical management software provider Scivera, and analytical chemistry lab NimkarTek, to develop a screening programme for tracking hazardous contaminants in commodity chemicals in the global apparel supply chain.

The cashmere certification programme will begin with 2,000 farmers in the region of Inner Mongolia in northern ChinaFirst sustainable standard for cashmere launches 23 January 2020

Non-profit Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) has launched what it says is the first standard for sustainable cashmere, meeting increased consumer demand for sustainability, quality, and transparency.

The online channel is forecast to account for 19.8% of UK retail spend by 2024One fifth of UK retail spend to be online by 2024 23 January 2020

UK online spend is set to reach GBP75bn (US$98.4bn) by 2024, a new report has found, as shoppers continue to shift away from visiting physical stores and gravitate towards the convenience of digital channels.

The MCI is a peer-to-peer comparison initiative that tracks a company's sustainable sourcing progressPeer-to-peer textile index drives sustainable sourcing 22 January 2020

A tool has launched that claims to be the largest peer-to-peer comparison initiative for sourcing sustainable fibres and materials, while encouraging competition in accelerating change and driving a "race-to-the top".

The report questions how the industry will transform to achieve a sustainable operating modelScaling sustainable innovation in fashion to cost $30bn annually 22 January 2020

The fashion industry needs to embrace and accelerate technological innovation in the field of sustainability to future-proof the industry, with US$20-$30bn in annual financing required, a new study has found.

US sets new strategy to prevent forced labour imports 22 January 2020

The US Department of Homeland Security has published its first five-year strategy to prevent the import of goods produced with forced labour – a move that comes as the issue of forced labour in China's Xinjiang cotton-growing region comes under close scrutiny from US authorities.

Worn Again pilot R&D facility to push polymer recycling 22 January 2020

Polymer recycling technology firm Worn Again Technologies has launched its pilot R&D facility as a major step forward in its development process.

US manufacturers spend billions to close skills gap 21 January 2020

US manufacturers are expected to spend at least US$26.2bn this year on internal and external training programmes to try to close the skills gap for new and existing workers.

The negotiations are with five African countries, including clothing producers Madagascar and MauritiusEU negotiates to deepen East and Southern Africa trade ties 20 January 2020

The European Union (EU) has concluded the first round of negotiations with five Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) countries – including clothing producers Madagascar and Mauritius – to deepen the existing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

Frank & Oak commits to using recycled polyester fibres 20 January 2020

Canadian fashion and lifestyle brand Frank And Oak has outlined a set of new sustainability commitments, to be achieved by 2022, with an emphasis on recycled materials and harnessing renewable energy.

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