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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


Asia-Pacific garment industry hit hard by Covid-19 fallout

21 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Covid-19 crisis has hit the garment sector in the Asia- Pacific region hard, with plummeting retail sales in key export markets affecting workers and enterprises throughout supply chains, new research from the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows.... 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


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


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


Six workers die at Pakistan garment factory

20 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Six factory workers died at a garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan, at the weekend while cleaning a chemical tank.... read more


Boohoo faces more challenges as it seeks new auditor

19 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK online fashion retailer Boohoo is facing more challenges this week after it emerged that PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is stepping down as its auditor, following a recent investigation linking some of the company's suppliers to money laundering and VAT fraud.... 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


Communication in sustainable fashion award launches

15 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Apparel and textile eco hub C.L.A.S.S has joined forces with non-profit agency Connecting Cultures to launch what they claim is the first international competition for innovative models of communication in sustainable fashion.... read more


Fashion Pact doubles membership one year on

14 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

The Fashion Pact, a coalition aimed at reducing the environmental impact of the apparel industry, has doubled its membership one year on from its launch, while also setting out a digital dashboard of KPIs and an operations structure.... read more


Sustainability event focus of garment worker wage campaign

12 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

H&M, Nike, Bestseller have become the target of a new campaign by the Clean Clothes Campaign demanding wage assurance for garment workers, with disruption of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit its focus.... 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


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


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


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


EU's Myanmar garment support fund pays out MMK5.4bn

6 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

Myanmar's garment workers have now received more than MMK5.4bn (US$4.14m) in payments through the EU funded Myan Ku 'Quick Assistance Fund'.... 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


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


M&S brings back Shwopping recycling programme

2 October 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK clothing, homewares and food retailer Marks & Spencer hope to continue to keep clothing out of landfill with the return of its Shwopping recycling scheme.... 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


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


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


Indonesia launches latest decent work programme

30 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Indonesia has launched its Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), signed by key labour actors, aimed at promoting decent work and productive employment.... 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


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


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


New initiative to cut energy use in Vietnam tier-1 suppliers

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

Netherlands-based IDH-the Sustainable Trade Initiative has partnered with the Apparel Impact Institute to launch a programme in Vietnam aimed at reducing the negative impact of the apparel sector on the environment in line with the Paris Agreement and science-based targets (SBTs).... 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


OESH Shoes develops 100% recyclable sole

24 September 2020 | Michelle Russell

US sustainable footwear company OESH Shoes has developed a 100% recyclable shoe sole using 3D printing and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) materials by Huntsman Textile Effects.... 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


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