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Time for a single cotton sustainability standard?

There's an undeniable desire on the part of brands around the world to clean up their supply chains, and there's no lack of interest in usin...

Which products hardest hit if NAFTA nixed?

As talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) head into their fifth round later this month, concerns remain that U...

New audit framework allows focus on remediation

A converged assessment framework for social and labour compliance that aims to reduce or eliminate audit fatigue could allow brands and supp...

US apparel imports take a tumble in September

The volume of US apparel imports saw a downturn month-on-month in September as the back-to-school season came to an end. Within the top thre...

Latest Interviews

No simple way to be sustainable, says SAC CEO – Interview 25 Aug 2016

Michelle Russell

After working for the past seven years on a set of tools to measure the social and environmental impact of apparel and footwear production, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition has shared little evidence to suggest how, or even if, companies are using it. But the group is now ready to tackle transparency head-on with a raft of new activities and products, Jason Kibbey, CEO of the global alliance, tells just-style.

The North Face takes a holistic view on harmful chemicals – Interview 28 Jul 2016

Leonie Barrie

With pressure mounting on the outdoor apparel industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and production processes, The North Face is using tools developed by parent company VF Corp to help it work towards its goals. And for sustainability manager James Rogers, the key to reducing overall chemical use is to take a holistic view of the entire supply chain.

Latest News

New ratings platform aims to encourage better buying 17 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

A new ratings platform is now open and collecting feedback from garment suppliers on the purchasing practices of their customers, with a view to pinpointing areas of good practice and improvements that would support better workplace conditions.

US lawmakers oppose some NAFTA proposals 17 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

US lawmakers have registered their opposition to several of President Donald Trump's proposals to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), criticising the emphasis on using trade agreements to reduce the trade deficit.

NAFTA withdrawal could hurt US apparel trade prospects 17 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

A US withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could lose the country credibility as a global trading partner and undermine prospects for current and future US apparel manufacturing, analysts have warned.

Gap ups FY guidance but Old Navy remains in the driving seat 17 Nov 2017

Beth Wright

Gap Inc has increased its full-year earnings guidance after booking its fourth consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales growth, but one analyst is less positive – claiming it is simply "the same old story" with Old Navy driving group performance.

Huntsman develops non-fluorinated durable water repellent 17 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

Chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Textile Effects has developed a new non-fluorinated durable water repellent (DWR) to help brands and retailers meet global demand for eco-friendly outdoor clothing with extreme rain and stain protection repellency.

US retailers buoyed by progress on tax reform 17 Nov 2017

Michelle Russell

US retailers have welcomed the approval by House Republicans of a controversial overhaul of the US tax code that slashes corporate rates.

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