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New report calls for transparency from field to fabric

21 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK fashion sustainability campaign Fashion Revolution has called for more transparency beyond the first tier of garment manufacturing to include the disclosure of processing facilities and textile mills.... read more


Kohl's to launch speciality athleisure brand

21 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Kohl's is to launch a new private label speciality athleisure brand, produced using sustainable methods and materials, as the US department store retailer looks to strengthen its position in active and casual apparel to tap into consumer demand for more comfortable clothing.... read more


Paul&Shark initiative gives old garments a new life

19 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Luxury sportswear brand Paul&Shark has furthered its sustainability commitments by launching a new project that gives old garments a new life.... read more


Aditya Birla "low Risk" in CanopyStyle viscose audit

15 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Indian textile conglomerate Aditya Birla has completed its second CanopyStyle Audit, the results of which show the company's current supply chain is again at low risk of sourcing wood from ancient and endangered forests or other controversial sources.... read more


DyStar adds to its Cadira sustainable solutions line

15 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Singapore-based dye manufacturer DyStar has added a new sustainable scour-dyeing process and a further Cadira module for exhaust processing of polyester/cellulosic blends.... read more


YKK commits to cut emissions across operations

12 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Fastener manufacturer YKK has set out its new sustainability vision, which will serve as a roadmap to the company achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.... read more


Liquid Wire stretchable circuitry for apparel passes wash test

12 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Performance textile company Liquid Wire Inc says its stretchable circuitry has passed a stringent wash test regimen required by performance apparel makers.... read more


Teijin CEO signs UN statement on global cooperation

9 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The CEO of polyester fibres and products converting company Teijin Limited has signed the UN Global Compact’s statement that brings business leaders together for cooperation in the areas of sustainability and inclusivity.... read more


Material Exchange to link supplier selection to Eurofins testing

8 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Material Exchange database is to offer Eurofins material test reports to help provide much-needed transparency for brands and retailers using its platform.... read more


China tops US apparel import declines in August

7 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The resumption of business for retailers following the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown helped boost US apparel imports in August on the month prior, but failed to lift numbers on a year-on-year basis. Compared to last year, China booked one of the largest falls in shipment volumes once again, with only three of the top ten reporting growth.... read more


US textile body opposes GSP expansion to apparel and footwear

7 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has voiced strong support for a House resolution opposing the inclusion of apparel, textile and footwear products in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme.... read more


Fairtrade secures funding for Indian cotton farmers

7 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Fairtrade has received EUR80,000 (US$94,225) in funding from German development agency GIZ to support smallholder cotton farmers fighting the impact of Covid-19 in India.... read more


Lenzing "low risk" again in CanopyStyle viscose audit

6 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has completed its second CanopyStyle Audit, the results of which show the company's current supply chain is again at low risk of sourcing wood from ancient and endangered forests or other controversial sources.... read more


Euratex urges swift EU action to build resilient clothing sector

5 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) has renewed its call to the European Commission to help build a more modern and competitive industry amid new figures that show both textile and clothing turnover fell in the second quarter.... read more


More UK fashion brands end use of alpaca in collections

5 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK fashion brands Next, New Look, Matalan, and Ted Baker have said they will end the use of alpaca in their collections, while River Island, Hunter and Barbour say they have already prohibited the use of the fibre.... read more


Renewcell signs textile waste recycling agreement

5 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Renewcell, the Swedish group behind the recycling of textile waste with the aim to turn it into new raw material for apparel production, has signed an agreement with SCA to establish textile recycling at the company’s site in Sundsvall.... read more


Kontoor takes holistic approach to denim production

1 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Wrangler and Lee brand owner Kontoor Brands has set out its first set of global sustainability goals and said it aspires to transform the industry by taking a holistic approach to apparel and denim production.... read more


Adidas to invest in sustainable materials with first green bond

30 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

German sportswear giant Adidas has placed its first ‘green bond’ as part of plans by the company to execute on its long-term sustainability roadmap, while also optimising its capital structure and financing costs.... read more


Lenzing co-founds Renewable Carbon Initiative

29 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing and polymer materials specialist Covestro are among eleven companies to launch a new initiative aimed at speeding up the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials.... read more


SupplyCompass and Woolmark partner on wool sourcing

28 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Product development and production management platform SupplyCompass has teamed up with The Woolmark Company to set up trusted wool supply chains and launch a wool guide to help brands launch new categories of wool products.... read more


Bestseller and Spinnova explore new fibre collaboration

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Danish multi-brand retailer Bestseller is teaming up with Finnish fibre producer Spinnova on a joint product development initiative to determine which of the fashion company's ranges will best suit its new sustainable wood-based fibres.... read more


Huntsman advances sustainable polyester production

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Textile Effects says mills that have adopted its all-in-one Eriopon E3-Save textile auxiliary for polyester processing have collectively saved more than 130m litres of water.... read more


PrimaLoft partners with Shanghai Challenge Textile on performance fabrics

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Performance fabric specialist PrimaLoft has partnered with China fabric manufacturer Shanghai Challenge Textile Co, to expand its technology platforms into the fabric side of the business.... read more


Messe Frankfurt introduces pop-up sourcing show

16 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Messe Frankfurt North America is bridging the gap between physical and virtual events by introducing a Pop-Up Sourcing Showcase at its New York textile shows.... read more


SupplyCompass launches platform for deadstock fabrics

11 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Product development and production management platform SupplyCompass has launched a new library providing a myriad of deadstock fabric options to help brands design more sustainable collections, create value from waste, and champion circularity.... read more


Devan fabric coating has virus-reducing capabilities

11 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Belgian chemicals firm Devan says tests have confirmed its BI-OME fabric coating technology has high performance virus-reducing capabilities.... read more


Textile sector joins industry call for swift CBTPA renewal

10 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Industry associations for the US textile and cotton sectors are calling on Congress to ensure a timely extension of the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which expires at the end of the month.... read more


US Cotton Trust Protocol forays into China

8 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The US Cotton Trust Protocol, an initiative designed to help brands and retailers source US cotton with more confidence has launched in China.... read more


Consumers consider wood a sustainable textile raw material

8 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new survey by Finnish fibre company Spinnova has found that attitudes towards textile materials and sustainability are changing, with the majority of consumers considering wood a sustainable textile raw material, more so than cotton.... read more


Worker rights risks rise to the fore

7 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

As fashion brands and retailers begin to reset and reshape their supply chains as they emerge from the global coronavirus pandemic, a new multi-year investigation has identified child labour and audit deception among the risks at stake when sourcing from garment factories in Myanmar.... read more


India and Japan sign pact for textile and apparel testing

4 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

India and Japan have signed a pact that the former country says will improve the quality and testing of its textiles and clothing for the Japanese market.... read more


China textile and apparel sourcing down but not out

4 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

While China continues takes the crown for global sourcing, its dominance is noticeably less dramatic compared to previous years, particularly in the textile and apparel industry, a new report has found.... read more


TUV Rheinland joins fight against microfibre shedding

2 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Testing and inspection services provider TUV Rheinland is helping the The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) to understand the problem of fibre shedding from textiles after its Shenzhen and Shanghai laboratories were approved to carry out tests for member companies... read more


Timberland turns to nature for net positive goals

1 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has set out a number of goals to ensure its products are net positive by 2030 through circular design and more sustainable sourcing sourcing.... read more


Huntsman 'Lasting Black' helps garments retain colour

1 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Textile Effects has extended its High IQ brand-assurance programme to help brands and mills meet global demand for eco-friendly black shades for garments that retain their colour.... read more


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