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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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Kingpins lists top 10 sustainable products for s/s 2021 5 Dec 2019

Denim trade show Kingpins has revealed the second instalment of its 'Most Sustainable Products' (MSP) list, with the top ten items for the spring/summer 2021 season including a collection of hemp-blend denim fabrics and a new platform to help identify options for biodegradable/compostable ingredients.

Petrol Industries bolsters growth with PLM 27 Nov 2019

Dutch denim fashion brand Petrol Industries has invested in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to centralise product data and improve communication.

New Netherlands law to tackle child labour in supply chains 26 Nov 2019

The Netherlands has introduced a due diligence law that prevents the delivery of goods made with child labour, and requires companies selling goods or services to Dutch end users to determine whether child labour exists in their supply chains.

Kingpins Amsterdam show relocates to new venue 25 Nov 2019

The organisers of the Kingpins denim trade show is changing the venue for next year's Amsterdam events to give the event added room to grow and evolve.

AGT fashion signatories commit to Transparency Pledge 13 Nov 2019

Several fashion companies participating in the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) have signed a Transparency Pledge committing to additional disclosures.

Tommy Hilfiger eyes 100% 3D apparel design by 2022 8 Nov 2019

The Tommy Hilfiger brand is aiming for its its spring 2022 collections to be completely designed using 3D technology, in a move that builds on its target to digitise its end-to-end value chain.

Tejidos Royo launches 'One Million Liters' campaign 24 Oct 2019

A campaign has launched at this week's Kingpins Show in Amsterdam to raise awareness of the amount of water used in the denim production process – and encourage industry players and consumers to to donate a million litres of water to a good cause.

New Garmon smart foam for garment finishing 23 Oct 2019

Apparel chemicals specialist Garmon has introduced a smart foam garment finishing technology that can be used to create traditional finishes as well as unique fashion concepts and styles with savings of up to 80% of water.

ACT brands adopt accountability on purchasing practices 15 Oct 2019

Brands who are members of the Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) living wage initiative have adopted a joint due diligence framework to ensure their purchasing practices facilitate the payment of a living wage.

Canopy, ZDHC to tackle negative impacts of viscose production 10 Oct 2019

Environmental not-for-profit Canopy and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation have announced a new partnership designed to scale up their collaborative work toward tackling the negative impacts of chemical processing, wastewater discharge, and raw material sourcing in viscose production.