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How to ensure sustainability is more than a slogan

The annual Integral Conversation conference organised by Hong Kong-based textile and apparel giant Esquel Group this year heard how brands s...

Fair Trade apparel programme reaching new heights

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...


Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2015

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. 


Katie Smith | 14 Aug 2015

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.


Debra Cobb | 30 Jan 2015

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.


Debra Cobb | 17 Nov 2014

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.

Latest Interviews

Michelle Russell | 29 Sep 2015

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.


Joe Ayling | 29 May 2008

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.

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Beth Wright | 2 Nov 2017

US outdoor brand Patagonia has extended its line-up of Fair Trade Certified products by switching its most popular fleece styles to the programme, taking the total number of its product line that is now Fair Trade Certified to 38%.


Leonie Barrie | 20 Oct 2017

Social compliance programmes developed by Adidas, Patagonia and Outerknown to uphold fair labour standards in their supply chains have been accredited by the Fair Labor Association (FLA).


Beth Wright | 17 Oct 2017

A new standard for regenerative organic agriculture, including cotton production, has been developed by a group of farmers, ranchers, non-profits, scientists, and brands – including outdoor apparel company Patagonia.


Hannah Abdulla | 4 Oct 2017

Outdoor apparel company, Patagonia, has launched an online store where customers can buy previously-owned Patagonia gear at lower prices.


Beth Wright | 15 May 2017

US outdoor clothing giant Patagonia has partnered with textile chemicals specialist Archroma on its latest capsule collection, which has seen the retailer experiment with a line of plant dyes sourced from 96% renewable resources.


Michelle Russell | 3 May 2017

US outdoor clothing giant Patagonia says it is prepared to take legal action against President Donald Trump for failing to preserve historic public lands.


Beth Wright | 20 Apr 2017

Spanish clothing giant Inditex, German sportswear giant Adidas and US outdoor brand Patagonia have topped a new report ranking the efforts companies are taking to address forced labour, child labour and exploitation in their supply chains.


Beth Wright | 31 Mar 2017

US outdoor brand Patagonia has extended its line-up of Fair Trade Certified products by switching its full swimwear line of 48 styles of men’s, women’s and kids’ board shorts and bikinis to the programme.


Michelle Russell | 13 Feb 2017

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.


Beth Wright | 7 Feb 2017

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.


Michelle Russell | 19 Jan 2017

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.


Beth Wright | 7 Nov 2016

US outdoor clothing brand Patagonia has unveiled its latest sustainable offering: a ten-piece collection made from as many recycled materials as possible.


Beth Wright | 27 Oct 2016

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.


Leonie Barrie | 19 Oct 2016

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.


Beth Wright | 13 Oct 2016

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.


Beth Wright | 29 Sep 2016

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.


Beth Wright | 20 Sep 2016

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.


Beth Wright | 4 Aug 2016

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.


Beth Wright | 2 Aug 2016

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.


Leonie Barrie | 28 Jul 2016

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.


Beth Wright | 31 May 2016

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.


Katie Smith | 27 Jan 2016

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.

Latest blogs

Michelle Russell | 21 Dec 2015

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.


Michelle Russell | 21 Sep 2015

just-style has just launched an exciting offer for registered members: A full-year subscription with a saving of over one third on the usual price AND a free, 33-page report on how to develop a comprehensive sourcing strategy, by vendor, country and overseas representation.

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