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ZDHC releases CMS Technical Industry Guide

25 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The ZDHC Foundation has released the CMS Technical Industry Guide in a move aimed at harmonising expectations across brands, and supporting suppliers with the implementation of sustainable chemical management.... read more


Call for EU to speed up recovery of bloc's textile sector

23 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The European Union (EU) should speed up the recovery of the textile sector by setting the conditions for future competitiveness and resiliency, the bloc’s textile industry body has said.... read more


Legislation pushes for 'Made in USA' labelling standard

22 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Legislation to create one national ‘Made in USA’ labelling standard has been introduced to avoid "confusing differences" in state regulations.... read more


Lycra Co to feature new anti-slip fibre at Kingpins24

18 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Performance fibre specialist The Lycra Company will show its latest denim innovation featuring anti-slip fibre at the upcoming Kingpins24 Flash online event.... read more


Sourcemap joins fight to tackle forced labour in supply chains

18 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Digital supply chain mapping platform Sourcemap is participating in a new project led by Verité to support enhanced tracing of goods made with child labour, forced labour, and other exploitative practices.... read more


Morocco tragedy spurs calls for binding safety agreement

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

An incident in which 28 workers died following heavy flooding in an illegal garment factory in Morocco last week proves the need for a binding international agreement on factory safety and working conditions, the Clean Clothes Campaign has said.... read more


Egypt textile sector hit by recession and closures

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Around 30% of Egypt’s textile factories are understood to have closed as a result of the recession and deteriorating conditions in the country.... read more


US cotton planting likely to fall 5.2% in 2021

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

US cotton acreage is expected to be down by 5.2% this year, new figures show, as strong competing crop prices prompt farmers to switch to commodities like corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum.... read more


Textile dyeing sector at "crisis point" over skills gap

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The global textile dyeing industry is experiencing a global skills gap, now reaching crisis point, as younger people fail to enter the profession, according to a new survey.... read more


Call for Belgian legislation to protect supply chains

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A cohort of 60 companies and business federations have addressed a letter to the Belgian government asking for the establishment of a national legal framework that obliges companies to take responsibility for human rights and the environment in their supply chains.... read more


Finland's first large-scale textile waste plant on-track for summer opening

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Nordics’ first large-scale end-of-life textile refinement plant is on track to open in Finland this summer.... read more


Itochu, Aquafil partner to expand circular nylon production

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Japan's Itochu Corporation has partnered with European nylon producer Aquafil to promote and expand the businesses of the latter company's circular nylon production.... read more


DeSL tackles samples inefficiency with Approvals Dashboard

16 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Software firm Discover e-Solutions (DeSL) has launched a Digital Approvals Dashboard, which it says will offer companies more efficiency for the approval of new product samples and materials.... read more


UK conference to drive digital textile manufacturing growth

15 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A new virtual conference is taking place next month to help UK textile manufacturers fast-track recovery, growth and resilience with digital tools and technology.... read more


January sees uptick in UK online clothing sales

10 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

UK clothing sales recorded their highest growth since 2017 in January, new figures show, helping boost overall online sales.... read more


HanesBrands to exit PPE as it mulls future for European innerwear

10 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

T-shirt and activewear maker HanesBrands has revealed plans to exit its personal protective garments (PPE) business and explore strategic alternatives for its European innerwear unit as it looks to create a more consumer-centric company.... read more


Artistic Milliners commits to clean supply chain practices

10 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Pakistani denim manufacturer Artistic Milliners has joined the Apparel Impact Roundtable (AIR), an advisory group of Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), in a move that will see the company help adapt clean supply chain practices for the industry.... read more


Finisterre wins award for climate-positive garment

9 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

British sustainable outdoor brand Finisterre has won a Gold ISPO Outstanding Award for its climate-positive BioSmock insulation layer.... read more


Lectra to acquire Gerber Technology for EUR300m

8 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Technology specialist Lectra is to acquire US rival Gerber Technology in a EUR300m (US$360.8m) deal that will enable the two companies to hone their software, equipment, data and services to provide "the ultimate Industry 4.0" offering for the fashion sector.... read more


North Face partners on regenerative cotton sourced collection

8 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The North Face has partnered with sustainable solutions firm Indigo Ag to develop what is claimed to be a first-of-its-kind collection made with cotton sourced and traced from farmers deploying regenerative farming practices proven to draw down carbon from the atmosphere and restore soil health.... read more


Saitex takes holistic approach to social project

4 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Vietnam denim manufacturer Saitex has launched a new social entrepreneurship project and production line for people from disadvantaged backgrounds or who are differently-abled.... read more


Infinited Fiber Company jeans launch under Weekday brand

4 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Infinited Fiber Company’s regenerated textile fibre Infinna is to feature in a limited-edition range of jeans designed by H&M brand Weekday.... read more


YKK uses AI 'brain' to visualise CO2 absorption

4 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Japanese fastener manufacturer YKK Corporation has launched an experimental trial involving the use of an AI-powered 'brain' to visualise CO2 absorption at its Kurobe Manufacturing Center in Toyama.... read more


New environmental improvement initiative launches in Italy

3 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), an environmental accelerator for the apparel and footwear industries, has launched a new programme in Italy that will see the establishment of a platform for manufacturers to coordinate, fund and scale environmental programmes with measurable impact.... read more


Ghana model apparel hub to push women's empowerment

3 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A model apparel manufacturing factory is to be set up in Ghana aimed at accelerating women’s economic empowerment in the sector by setting high standards for fair wages and healthy working conditions.... read more


Government warned UK fashion industry at risk of "decimation"

2 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The UK fashion industry has written an open letter Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning the sector is at risk of "decimation" due to the restrictions brought in by the post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union (EU).... read more


Archroma partners on sustainable denim dyeing process

2 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Textile chemicals specialist Archroma has entered into a strategic partnership with technology innovator CleanKore aimed at advancing sustainable dyeing processes throughout the denim supply chain.... read more


Textile groups push Biden for permanent domestic PPE sector

1 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The US textiles and footwear sectors are among a coalition of industry organisations and unions to recommend a number of policy initiatives President Joe Biden should adopt to re-establish a permanent domestic PEE industry.... read more


Eastman to build world's largest polyester recycling facility

1 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Speciality materials maker Eastman is to build one of the world’s largest plastic-to-plastic molecular recycling facilities at its site in Tennessee that will convert polyester waste into durable products.... read more


Garmon develops its own enzymes for garment washing

1 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Garmon Chemicals, the Textile Auxiliaries business unit of Kemin Industries, has launched a range of enzymes developed specifically for garment washing, becoming what it claims is the first textile chemical company to produce its own enzymes.... read more


US apparel groups urge "clear and decisive action" on Xinjiang

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Groups representing the US apparel, footwear and retail sectors have written to Congressional leaders calling for "quick, clear, implementable and decisive action" to address forced labour in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and combat the import of products connected to it.... read more


More than 350k jobs have been lost in Bangladesh RMG sector

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

More than 350,000 workers in Bangladesh's ready-made garment sector have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, new figures suggest, with many workers laid off without proper compensation.... read more


Lidl ramps up use of Cotton made in Africa

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

German discount chain Lidl is making a major move to use sustainable cotton from Africa in the production of its own textile brands.... read more


Kraig Biocraft agrees SpydaSilk apparel joint venture

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the developer of spider silk based fibres, has formed a joint venture with eco-friendly streetwear brand MtheMovement to use its technologies in a new apparel line.... read more


H&M and Lee partner on sustainable denim line

27 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Swedish fashion retailer H&M has partnered with denim giant Lee to launch what they claim is the next generation of more sustainable denim, with advances at every stage of design and production.... read more


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