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Construction starts on new garment park in Hawassa

25 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Work has begin on a new garment park in the Ethiopian city of Hawassa, located 140 miles south of the capital Addis Ababa – already the location of the country's flagship Hawassa Industrial Park.... read more

Audit majors refuse to help firms with Xinjiang supply chain links?

24 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Five supply chain auditing giants have said they will not help companies vet their supply chains in China's Xinjiang regions due to the complexity of determining whether they are involved in forced labour of Uyghur Muslims.... read more

DuPont and Eastman team on green fabric project

24 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

DuPont and Eastman have collaborated on a new sustainable fabric collection. ... read more

Court rules that Ali Enterprises fire was arson

24 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A Pakistani court has ruled a garment factory fire in 2012 that killed more than 260 workers was in fact arson and not accidental as it sentenced two former political party activists to death for starting it.... read more

US lawmakers vote for action against Xinjiang forced labour

23 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The US House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to take comprehensive action against the import of apparel and other goods from China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – a move US apparel industry executives have previously warned would cause massive upheaval and supply chain disruption.... read more

China defends Xinjiang's "tremendous efforts" on human rights

23 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

China has hit back at allegations over its treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang by saying its actions in the region are focused on counterterrorism and anti-separatism.... read more

Gender inequality in apparel industry going unnoticed

23 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Apparel companies have a critical role to play in driving gender equality and women's empowerment. But a new study has deemed current corporate disclosure around gender efforts is "woefully insufficient", particularly at supply chain level.... read more

US Cotton Trust Protocol opens doors to growers

23 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

American cotton growers can now join the US Cotton Trust Protocol, a new standard for verifying the sustainability progress of US cotton.... read more

Traditional holiday shopping season is "meaningless" this year

22 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

November-December has traditionally been defined as holiday season but this year that is "meaningless" and will probably be the case forever due to the coronavirus pandemic's dramatic effects on shopping behaviours and long-bubbling retail trends now accelerated by the pandemic, argues a global consulting firm.... read more

Lenzing rolls out carbon-neutral fibres to combat climate change

22 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing is rolling out carbon-zero lyocell and modal fibres in a bid to combat climate change.... read more

Synthetic fibres major contributor of land plastic pollution

21 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A new study from the University of California Santa Barbara has suggested synthetic clothing fibres are contributing to vast amounts of plastic pollution on land.... read more

Next optimistic despite H1 profit plunge

17 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

UK retailer Next has booked a 97% drop in pre-tax profits for the first half of the year but has remained optimistic, raising its full-year guidance for the second time in two months. ... read more

Debenhams owner puts Magasin du Nord up for sale?

17 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Celine, the hedge fund owner of Debenhams, has reportedly put its Danish business Magasin du Nord up for sale.... read more

Euratex calls for simplified GSP trade rules

17 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) has called for a simplification of the rules surrounding the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) in order to boost export diversification.... read more

Digital-first supply chain platform makes debut

17 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Software provider CGS has launched a digital-first supply chain platform for consumer goods companies, which it says will help companies to accelerate digital transformation.... read more

H&M quits Xinjiang yarn mill amid forced labour allegations

16 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Swedish clothing retailer H&M Group is cutting ties with a yarn mill in Xinjiang with which it had an "indirect relationship" after it was alleged to be engaged in forced labour.... read more

Apparel centre of Alibaba's new 'smart manufacturing' drive

16 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

China's Alibaba Group has unveiled a pilot factory in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou as part of its smart manufacturing business initiative.... read more

UK government urged to take action to fix fast fashion

16 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The UK government is being urged to act on building a more sustainable fashion industry after Covid exposed the "fault-lines" in the industry.... read more

Platform to boost Europe sourcing launches

16 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

A new platform that aims to help strengthen the European economy by creating more local sustainable sourcing opportunities has launched.... read more

New US detention orders on Xinjiang cotton and clothing

15 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Five new Withhold Release Orders (WRO) have been issued on products imported into the United States from China – including apparel items and cotton linked to the Xinjiang region where there are concerns over the use of forced labour.... read more

Burberry issues first green bond – Update

15 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Burberry has outlined the final terms of its inaugural sustainability bond which it claims is the first of its kind issued by a luxury fashion company and will fund social and environmental improvements.... read more

H&M sets goals to target biodiversity loss

15 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Swedish fashion giant H&M Group has set two goals in a bid to fight biodiversity loss in line with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) 'Living Planet Report', a comprehensive study of trends in global biodiversity and the health of the planet. ... read more

Renewcell eyes new location as it looks to scale textile recycling

15 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Renewcell, the Swedish group behind the recycling of textile waste with the aim to turn it into new raw material for apparel production, is looking at the Ortviken industrial area for the development of a new plant as it looks to scale production capacity.... read more

Crocs eyes 10% Q3 revenue rise and names Poole president

15 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

US footwear maker Crocs is promoting its chief product and merchandising officer, Michelle Poole, to the position of group president amid news it expects a 10% jump in third-quarter sales.... read more

Fashion brands "largely blind" to water pollution risks

14 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

New research has suggested that just one in ten fashion brands are aware that water pollution is a risk across every stage of the apparel value chain – and are missing out on water-related business opportunities.... read more

Cambodia garment worker wage bumped up US$2

14 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Cambodian garment workers will see a minimum wage rise of US$2 from January next year. ... read more

Boohoo to table bid for New Look?

14 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Online fast fashion retailer Boohoo is reportedly mulling an offer for ailing UK clothing chain New Look if its proposal for a CVA is rejected by creditors and it falls into administration.... read more

Crystal eyes ambitious sustainability targets for denim in 2022

11 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Hong Kong garment manufacturer Crystal International is eyeing greater reductions in freshwater consumption and carbon footprint in its denim arm for 2022, despite falling short of some targets for 2019.... read more

Cambodia's garment sector in clean energy project

10 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) will launch the green-tech clean-energy Switch Garment project this week, aimed at increasing competitiveness and employing sustainable energy practices to curb the industry’s environmental impact.... read more

Egypt best placed in MENA for apparel production

10 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Egypt appears best-placed of all Middle East and North Africa regions (MENA) when it comes to growing apparel production thanks to its large working-age population base, according to a new report from Fitch Solutions.... read more

DuPont, Sateri partner on sustainable fabric project

10 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

DuPont Sorona and Sateri's EcoCosy have collaborated on a new fabric to achieve a sustainably sourced, soft material that is highly stretchable yet shape-retaining.... read more

New Look reaches out to landlords to back restructuring plan

9 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

UK fashion retailer New Look is calling on its landlords to back its restructuring plans after failing to attract a buyer.... read more

Ten catalysts in the leap to circular fashion

8 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Manufacturers are central to the realisation of circular fashion, a new report has argued, adding there is a "huge untapped potential of manufacturers’ innovative capacity" which retailers need to realise in order to accelerate the sector’s circular transformation.... read more

Trump Administration eyeing Xinjiang cotton ban

8 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The Trump Administration is mulling a ban on all-cotton from Xinjiang; a move that could reportedly come into effect today (8 September).... read more

China lags as Asia rivals see US apparel imports rebound in July

7 September 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

US apparel imports rose month-on-month in July as retailers continued to reopen stores and resume business following closures imposed to try to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Yet year-on-year the data paints a very different picture, with shipment volumes overall down by more than one-fifth – including a 35% drop for largest supplier China – while Bangladesh and Vietnam stand their ground. ... read more