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Equal partnerships key to accelerating sustainable change

21 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

An equal partnership between a brand and its suppliers is the only way to successfully accelerate sustainability, one industry executive has said, with collaborative action key.... read more

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

UK forced labour probe reaches out to apparel retailers

20 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Major apparel companies including H&M, Marks & Spencer, Adidas, Nike and Gap have been contacted by UK politicians to give evidence at an inquiry exploring the forced labour of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China.... read more

Asos commits to tackle supply chain slavery risks

20 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK online fashion retailer Asos has signed the Anti-Slavery International Charter, committing to help eradicate slavery, forced labour, and child labour in fashion supply chains. ... 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

Unlocking the garment export potential of India and Bangladesh

8 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

It's easy to blame the coronavirus or recession for some of the problems facing the garment export industry. But what if the issues are more deep-rooted? The real challenge is to separate out the noise and draw up practical strategies based on accurate information, garment industry specialist David Birnbaum explained on a recent webinar. Using Bangladesh and India as examples, he suggested solutions to help realise their potential.... read more

Boohoo insists leadership committed to delivering change – Update

6 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK online fashion retailer Boohoo has said its leadership is "absolutely committed" to delivering change, despite calls by UK MP Liz Kendall for the replacement of the company's chair and CEO after an independent investigation into its supply chain found evidence of illegal work conditions.... 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

Hansae to focus global expansion on Japan, Europe

1 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

South Korean apparel manufacturing giant Hansae Co says it will focus its global expansion on Japan and Europe as it looks for new opportunities.... read more

Asket offers environmental breakdown of garments

30 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Swedish fashion label Asket is preparing to launch an Impact Receipt on its garments that shares with consumers the CO2, energy and water consumption of the items, breaking down their true environmental cost.... read more

Cambodia garment recovery key to boosting industrial output

28 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Cambodia’s total industrial output is estimated to rise by 5.1% in 2020 if garment and footwear exports continue to recover, new figures from the Asian Development Bank suggest, as it revises its economic projection for the southeast Asian country.... read more

Fashion brands still failing to provide a living wage

25 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new report by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) claims that despite the promises of big fashion brands, many have failed to prove that the workers in their supply chains earn a living wage.... read more

India introduces three new labour codes

23 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Three new labour codes introduced by India's union government at the weekend do little to extend any form of social protection to the vast majority of informal sector workers, an employment union has said.... read more

"Lopsided contracts" expose garment industry frailties

22 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new policy paper that explores the power imbalances between brands and suppliers, and their contractual manifestation as a result of Covid-19, calls for more effective global governance of supply chains and stronger public and private accountability mechanisms.... read more

#PayUp campaign shifts focus to worker rights

22 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

After helping to secure US$22bn from fashion retailers for cancelled clothing orders, workers' rights organisation Remake is taking its #PayUp campaign to the next level by launching a long-term vision for change.... read more

Report kick-starts standard for setting net-zero targets

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

A new process has been launched to develop the first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero targets, in a bid to ensure that company commitments to reach net-zero emissions by the middle of the century will actually meet these goals.... read more

Brandix backs plans for renewable energy in Sri Lanka

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Sri Lankan apparel and textile manufacturing giant Brandix has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote renewable energy in the country and ensure the biomass it uses is responsibly sourced from certified suppliers.... read more

Inditex and H&M join call for EU to cut emissions by 55%

17 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

More than 150 businesses, investors and business networks, including Inditex, H&M and VF Corp, are calling on European Union leaders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.... 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

Coats fair wage tool offers new level of transparency

16 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

The digital arm of industrial thread maker Coats has launched a fair wage tool and digital feedback loop that it says will give brands and retailers a new level of supply chain visibility and transparency.... read more

3D printing onto fabric opens up new way of manufacturing

16 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

3D printing firm Stratasys has partnered with two fashion designers to leverage its direct-to-textile printing technology, from design through to production, demonstrating the possibility for localised manufacturing and mass customisation.... 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

Philippines garment supplier cuts over 4,000 jobs

9 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Philippines labour groups Partido Manggagawa (PM) and the MEPZ Workers Alliance have appealed for government assistance for the lay-off of around 4,000 garment workers at the Sports City group of companies, said to supply Adidas.... 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

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

US textile sector boosts manufacturing economy in August

2 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Economic activity in the US manufacturing sector grew in August, with the apparel sector reporting growth in imports and inventories, new figures show.... read more

The top 10 challenges facing US companies in China

26 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Trade tensions and tariffs are among the top concerns facing US companies operating in China this year, with the Covid-19 pandemic unsurprisingly also making a prominent appearance, all breeding uncertainty into the business environment.... read more

Philippines could furlough 30% of garment workforce

25 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

About 30% of the Philippines garment workforce is expected to be furloughed until the end of the year due to weak demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, an industry group has said.... read more

Fossil-free fashion must be part of post-pandemic recovery

21 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

The global fashion industry must rely less on coal and other fossil fuels in the supply chain, according to a new report that is urging the sector to take action to address climate change as a critical part of its Covid-19 recovery strategy.... read more

Leicester garment factories subject to authority spot checks

17 August 2020 | Michelle Russell

Garment factories across Leicester in the UK have been subject to unannounced visits by enforcement body the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) to ensure the ethical treatment of workers and compliance with regulations.... read more