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FLA takes "significant" step on factory list disclosures

18 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

A move by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to require its company affiliates to publicly disclose their supplier lists is being seen as a significant development towards greater transparency and corporate accountability for garment workers’ rights in global supply chains.... read more

PrimaLoft Bio "first" insulation to support circularity

18 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

PrimaLoft Inc. has confirmed its PrimaLoft Bio polyester fibres supports circularity in the fashion industry after tests revealed the product is capable of being chemically recycled.... read more

Winning ways to support organic cotton farming in Brazil

18 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The C&A Foundation has named a number of innovations that it intends to support to help smallholder organic cotton farmers in Brazil to increase their overall productivity and living standards.... read more

UN launches Alliance on Sustainable Fashion

18 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The United Nations (UN) has officially launched the 'UN Alliance on Sustainable Fashion' with the goal of creating an industry-wide push for action to reduce fashion's negative social, economic and environmental impacts.... read more

Tajikistan eyes US$300m investment for new textile park

18 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

A Chinese state-owned corporation has committed to help raise US$300m to build of a new textile park in Tajikistan.... read more

Brooks Running promotes Sheridan to chief operating officer

18 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Performance footwear and apparel retailer Brooks Running has named Dan Sheridan as its new executive vice president, chief operating officer, with responsibilities that include leading the brand's sales, e-commerce and digital, supply chain and IT teams.... read more

JD Sports acquires Footasylum in $119m deal

18 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

UK sports apparel retailer JD Sports Fashion Plc is to acquire struggling rival Footasylum in a GBP90.1m (US$119.4m) deal.... read more

Workers strike at Ethiopia's Hawassa Industrial Park

15 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Thousands of workers at the Hawassa Industrial Park in Ethiopia, the country's flagship textile and apparel production base, are reported to be on strike as part of wider unrest across the city.... read more

Falling prices helped China lead US apparel imports in 2018

15 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Despite concerns about sourcing from China amid an intensifying trade war with the US, newly-published figures show China continues to dominate US apparel imports – with import volume rising and prices continuing to fall in 2018. ... read more

Canada watchdog warns of bamboo "greenwashing"

15 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The Canadian competition watchdog has issued a warning to consumers to be aware of apparel retailers engaging in "greenwashing" – particularly in relation to the sale of products made using fabric derived from bamboo. ... read more

Proposals to tackle low wages in Ethiopian garment factories

14 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Workers in Ethiopian garment factories are continuing to earn chronically low wages and are discriminated against for union affiliations, a new survey has revealed.... read more

China's Shenzhou starts work on $150m Cambodia garment factory

14 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Chinese garment manufacturer Shenzhou International Group Holdings has commenced work on a US$150m production facility in Cambodia.... read more

Fashion search engine Lyst sees sustainability trending

13 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Fashion search engine Lyst has predicted that by 2020, 10% of all purchases made on its website will be sustainability-driven.... read more

Visual Next launches productivity-boosting app

13 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Fashion software provider Visual Next has launched an application that gives manufacturers greater visibility of workplace productivity and therefore enabling them to make better business decisions and improve efficiencies to boost speed-to-market.... read more

Mothercare offloads Early Learning Centre business

13 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Struggling UK maternity and babywear retailer Mothercare is offloading its Early Learning Centre business in a bid to focus on its core offering and return to profitable growth.... read more

Sperry kicks ocean plastic waste with sustainable footwear collection

12 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

US footwear maker Sperry has announced the launch of a sustainable collection made using recycled plastic waste.... read more

GOTs certified facilities see 14.6% jump in 2018

11 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The number of facilities certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has increased by 14.6% year-on-year in 2018 – with the largest growth seen in Bangladesh.... read more

Outlook for UK retailers looks bleak

11 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The outlook for UK retailers continues to look bleak. UK department store John Lewis blamed a "challenging" retail backdrop for a more than 45% drop in full-year profits to GBP160m. It was a similar story for rival Debenhams, which issued a warning on full-year profits based on poor sales performance. In an update, the retailer said for the 18 weeks to 5 January, gross transaction value fell 5.6% and like-for-like sales were down 5.7%. ... read more

Diesel USA files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

11 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The US arm of apparel brand Diesel has filed for bankruptcy protection – a move that will allow the company to reorganise while continuing its day-to-day operations.... read more

Levi Strauss develops 'cottonised hemp' denim blend

8 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Jean-maker Levi Strauss as rolled out its latest capsule collection of responsibly made products, this time featuring a  new form of "cottonised hemp" denim, marking another step forward in its quest to create a more sustainable denim industry.... read more

How a business-model revamp can create a sustainable future for fashion

7 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

A new paper from the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) supports growing views that business corporate social responsibility programmes are not enough to improve conditions for workers at the very end of the garment supply chain. Suppliers being pressured to deliver faster and at lower prices is resulting in the situation getting worse instead of better. The only fix, it says, is a shakeup of the current business model.... read more

India textile, apparel exports up 2%

7 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Indian textile and apparel exports have grown 2% to US$27.2bn in the first nine months of fiscal 2019 according to new data.... read more

USMCA, new trade deals top 2019 Trade Policy Agenda

7 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

US President Donald Trump has released his 2019 Trade Policy Agenda in which he promises to focus on correcting existing trade policies and pursuing new deals with strategic partners, including the launch of new negotiations with Japan, the European Union, and the United Kingdom.... read more

Eastman mulls polyester recycling plant launch

7 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Eastman Chemical Co, which manufactures Naia cellulosic yarn, is weighing up plans to launch a circular recycling facility to deal with polyester waste on a commercial scale.... read more

John Lewis FY profits sink on "challenging" retail backdrop

7 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Recent investments in womenswear have seen the category's sales jump at John Lewis & Partners, but not enough to offset a fall in group profits for the year which sank by more than 45% to GBP160m (US$210m), as a result of a "challenging" retail backdrop.... read more

L Brands coy on talk of Victoria's Secret spin off

6 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

L Brands has refused to be drawn directly into comments following calls from activist investor Barington Capital Group for the group to spin off its Victoria's Secret brand in a move it claims will "meaningfully improve long-term value for shareholders".... read more

India, Turkey apparel execs quell concerns of US trade preference withdrawal

6 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Trade associations for the Indian and Turkish apparel sectors appear unmoved by the US' threats to pull access to a trade preference scheme that allows them to send certain goods, including apparel, to the country duty-free.... read more

Aditya Birla's Grasim acquires Söktas India

6 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Indian textile and viscose staple fibre manufacturer Grasim Industries – part of conglomerate Aditya Birla Group – has acquired the Indian arm of Söktas, a Turkish manufacturer of shirting fabric for Rs.165 crore (US$23.5m).... read more

US, Canada retailers call for swift ratification of USMCA

5 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

US and Canadian apparel trade bodies and brands are pushing for swift ratification of the United States Mexico Canada (USMCA) trade pact, adding the agreement — which replaces the 25-year old NAFTA free trade pact — allows apparel and footwear companies access to the "diverse supply chains" which are required to meet the expectations of customers in today’s retail environment.... read more

Demand for aniline-free indigo sees Archroma triple production

5 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Colour and speciality chemicals company Archroma has tripled the production of its aniline-free Denisol Pure Indigo 30 liquid on the back of greater demand.... read more

3M rolls out sustainable insulation options

5 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

3M has "significantly" reduced the carbon footprint of producing its Thinsulate Insulation by developing new insulation materials made from up to 100% post-consumer recycled waste.... read more

ASBCI conference to explore supply chain ethics

4 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) is to host its next conference which will focus on sustainability and ethics in the fashion supply chain. ... read more

Sappi joins the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

4 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

South African pulp and paper company Sappi, whose products are used by the apparel industry, has announced its affiliation to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), adding the partnership will allow it to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain.... read more

Textile Forum to debut manufacturing section

4 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) is supporting the launch of a garment manufacturing section at the upcoming edition of the fabric trade show, the Textile Forum.... read more

J Crew Group rolls out swimwear made from plastic bottles

4 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

US fashion brand Madewell — owned by the J Crew Group — has released its first sustainable swim collection.... read more