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Skills deficit the top challenge for EU clothing sector 20 Jun 2019

Recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce is the European textile and clothing sector's biggest challenge, according to speakers at the annual general assembly of Euratex, the European textile and clothing industry association. 

Bold policies needed to mainstream sustainable fashion 16 Apr 2019

With a "staggering" 73% of materials used for clothing sent to landfill or incinerated, and less than 1% of the fibres recycled,, the European Sustainable Business Federation, is calling for decisive policy measures to create a framework to foster the move to a circular fashion economy.

Apparel benefits most from EU GSP trade schemes 30 Jan 2018

A new report into the European Union's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) trade initiative – under which textiles and apparel make up nearly half of all imports – suggests it continues to have a positive impact on developing economies, but that most beneficiaries still have areas requiring further improvement.

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.

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Europe's textile & apparel sector facing 50% drop in sales 1 Apr 2020

The European textile and clothing manufacturing industry is expecting a drop of more than 50% in sales and production this year as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, with the majority already laying off workers and suffering financial constraints, new figures show.

Brands again urged to support global garment workers 24 Mar 2020

Another rallying call has been made to global brands and retailers asking them to take steps to protect global garment workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fast Retailing Group latest ZDHC signatory brand 19 Mar 2020

Fast Retailing Group, and fabric and yarn manufacturer Century Rayon, have become the latest to have committed to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group as a signatory brand and contributor, respectively.

EU circularity plan "a starting point" for more focused strategy 12 Mar 2020

The European textiles and clothing sector has welcomed the Commission’s new Circularity Action Plan but says it needs to now set the conditions to remove structural barriers, address or prevent market failures, and bring "harmonised solutions" across the European single market. 

Textile sector faces 'green' rules under EU circularity plan 11 Mar 2020

The European Commission has unveiled a "circular economy" initiative that could see the bloc’s clothing and textile manufacturers and importers face strict environmental rules aimed at cleaning up production.

EU companies not meeting sustainability disclosure requirements 24 Feb 2020

European companies, including apparel firms, have been slammed for not disclosing enough about climate change and other sustainability issues such as human rights, in a new report published by the Alliance for Corporate Transparency.

EU targets textile re-use, recycling in "Green Deal" 19 Feb 2020

Textile reuse and recycling will be a priority under a new plan from the EU, which aims to halve waste by 2030.

Belgium to host next IAF World Fashion Convention 18 Feb 2020

Plans for the upcoming IAF World Fashion Convention are starting to take shape, with this year's event due to take place in Belgium and address the theme 'Transition in the Global Fashion System.'

Apparel key export to EU under tariff preference scheme 13 Feb 2020

Exports to the European Union (EU) from developing countries using special tariff preferences under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) reached a new high in 2018, a new biennial report shows, with clothing making up the bulk.

ZDHC group adds two new contributors 4 Feb 2020

A Japanese textile institute and an Indonesian textile manufacturer are the latest to have committed to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group as contributors.