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How cutting-edge technologies can track organic cotton 22 Nov 2019

A pilot project that combines on-product markers and blockchain technology to trace organic cotton from farm to consumer – a first in the apparel industry – has been deemed so successful that it could be implemented on a wider scale in the organic cotton sector and shows "enormous potential" as an end-to-end traceability solution for other preferred fibres in the fashion supply chain.

How a converged single audit approach marks the next step in responsible sourcing 28 Jun 2019

An overhaul of the auditing process on factory safety and working conditions is long overdue – and a new initiative launched this month could offer the solution. The Social & Labour Convergence Programme's Converged Assessment Framework enables apparel brands and retailers to align collectively around one standard, reduce the amount of money spent on duplicated auditing, and instead free up resources to improve efficiency and factory working conditions. SLCP executive director Janet Mensink, and Peter Higgins, senior director of global responsible sourcing at VF Corp, tell just-style more.

Tariff threats stand in the way of apparel supply chain investments 28 Jun 2019

With the Trump Administration mulling up to 25% additional duties on all US imports from China, Matthijs Crietee, secretary general of the International Apparel Federation (IAF), argues that even the threat of new trade barriers is likely to have a long-term impact on complex global clothing supply chains.

Higher margin opportunities found in circular fashion models 17 May 2019

A new report exploring the financial viability of circular business models in the fashion industry has found they could drive a higher margin per garment compared to the current linear ‘take-make-waste’ process. 

Why technology is key to the future of smart retailing 27 Nov 2018

The digital disruption of the apparel industry from manufacturing to retail is being driven by virtual reality, 3D modelling, artificial intelligence and voice technology. So to be successful into the future, companies along the supply chain must embrace these new tools to better connect with consumers. 

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International Apparel Federation urges supply chain solidarity 1 Apr 2020

The International Apparel Federation (IAF) is adding to calls for solidarity and collaboration by the apparel supply chain and its stakeholders – including governments and consumers – to reduce the damage to suppliers in the face of the coronavirus crisis. 

13 new start-ups join Fashion for Good accelerator 20 Mar 2020

13 new innovators have been virtually selected to join the latest round of the Fashion for Good Accelerator Programme through an online webinar organised to overcome travel and health restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Brands urged to shield global garment workers from Covid-19 19 Mar 2020

Labour rights groups are urging clothing brands and retailers to take steps to minimise the impact of the coronavirus on garment workers’ health and livelihoods.

Fibersort project ready to start textile-to-textile recycling 13 Mar 2020

A new technology that can automatically sort fabrics into 42 different fractions based on their fibre composition, structure and colour has been brought to market in a move aimed at overhauling textile-to textile-recycling. 

Kingpins partners with Conscious Fashion Campaign 27 Feb 2020

The Kingpins Show has furthered its sustainable commitment by becoming a partner of the Conscious Fashion Campaign in a move that will see it commit to promoting and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its events globally.

Stahl leather products get Level 3 ZDHC Gateway certification 21 Feb 2020

Leather chemicals and coatings company Stahl has achieved the highest level of ZDHC Gateway compliance for its wet-end and leather finishing products.

Kingpins to host second denim sustainability event for students 14 Feb 2020

Denim conference Kingpins Transformers is to host the second edition of an educational conference for fashion students looking to enter the wider fashion industry in Amsterdam later this year. 

"Whole-of-supply-chain" approach to eradicate child labour 28 Jan 2020

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is calling for a "whole-of-supply-chain" approach to addressing the issue of child labour in global supply chains. 

The nations making up the list of Europe's biggest textile polluters 23 Jan 2020

Labfresh, a Dutch menswear brand, has uncovered Europe's 15 biggest textile polluting nations in a study aimed at encouraging a change in fashion consumption habits and reducing textile waste.

ZDHC x Kingpins webinars to promote best practices 17 Jan 2020

Denim trade show Kingpins has announced a series of webinars in collaboration with the ZDHC Foundation to give denim mills exhibiting at its Amsterdam event access to the latest education in wastewater and sustainable chemical management.