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EU eyes mandatory due diligence for apparel supply chain 23 Mar 2017

The European Commission (EC) is being urged to bring forward legislation to enhance due diligence for apparel supply chains – and to introduce European Union (EU) tariff preferences and labels for sustainably-produced textiles and garments.


Digitisation to drive new apparel-making models 20 Oct 2016

Clothing manufacturing will be completely transformed by the internet and digital printing over the next five to ten years, according to industry experts speaking in Brussels this week at a conference on European Textiles: Going Digital – Going High-Tech.


EU trade ministers push on TTIP and Canada pacts 20 Sep 2016

Trade ministers appear determined to push ahead with two trade deals being discussed between the European Union (EU) and the US and Canada, despite widespread protests in Germany over the weekend.


EU trade trends show 10% rise in clothing imports last year 30 Jun 2016

The latest EU trade trends point to a 10% rise in clothing imports into the EU-28 last year, with double-digit growth for the top two suppliers, China and Bangladesh.


Retailers struggle to shift from cheap and fast to sustainable 8 Jun 2016

The Foreign Trade Association's inaugural Sustainability Conference has highlighted the need for cooperation and dialogue throughout the supply chain to achieve tangible results and long-lasting improvements in human rights, environment and trade policy. And, as Jozef De Coster reports, it also heard how European retailers are struggling to transition from cheap and fast to sustainable.

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European garment groups unite against microplastics 16 Jan 2018

A group of European industry associations representing the global garment value chain has united to tackle the release of microfibres during the washing of synthetic textiles – one of the biggest causes of microplastics pollution in the aquatic environment.


Bangladesh firm amongst ten new ZDHC affiliates 5 Jan 2018

ACS Textiles Bangladesh is one of the first organisations headquartered in the country to commit to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group as the body welcomes ten new companies.


EU-Mercosur FTA conclusion unlikely in 2017 19 Dec 2017

A free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and the Mercosur bloc is unlikely to be concluded this year, as had previously been expected, with negotiations set to continue into 2018.


ZDHC adds to certification standards with GOTS 15 Dec 2017

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has been recognised by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation as a certification standard.


EU modernises trade defence regulations 12 Dec 2017

The European Union (EU) has implemented changes to its anti-dumping and anti-subsidy regulations in a move that makes the system more effective and transparent for the bloc's producers, users and importers.


Devan launches multifunctional antimicrobial line 11 Dec 2017

Devan Chemicals has launched a new multifunctional antimicrobial line that enables textile manufacturers to apply a range of functional finishes via one single treatment.


Call for transparency in EU footwear supply chains 27 Nov 2017

NGO Coalition Change your Shoes, with support from human rights group the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), is calling on the European Parliament to ensure human rights for workers in the global shoe and leather supply chains are upheld.


EU approves new ruling to protect dye workers 21 Nov 2017

Stricter European Union (EU) rules will better protect textile workers using dyes from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens thanks to a final approval by Parliament.


ZDHC adds to certification standards 8 Nov 2017

The BLC Chem-MAP from UK-based BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd has been recognised by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation as a certification standard.


Bellerose brand speeds collection development with PLM 26 Oct 2017

Belgium-based ready-to-wear brand Bellerose is speeding up its collection development with the help of a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution.