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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


US President urged to appoint fashion industry czar

22 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A raft of US fashion companies, industry organisations and experts have joined forces to call on the Biden Administration to appoint a czar to coordinate the policies and people of the industry in relation to labour and environment.... 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


Japan's Kuraray commits to UN Global Compact

17 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Japanese fibre manufacturer Kuraray has become the latest signatory to the UN Global Compact to boost its sustainability efforts, as the global pact outlined a new programme focused on accelerating business performance on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).... 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


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


Five European brands join Fair Wear Foundation

15 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Five European apparel brands are taking the next step to improving working conditions in their manufacturing operations by becoming the latest members of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF).... read more


Burberry, Asics among companies recognised in S&P Yearbook

15 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

British luxury clothing brand Burberry, Italian skiwear maker Moncler, and Japanese footwear brand Asics have been identified as global leaders for engaging with their suppliers on climate change.... 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


Allied Feather + Down develops highest fill-power down

10 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Allied Feather + Down has developed what it claims is the highest fill-power ever achieved in a certified post-consumer recycled down.... 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


Fair Wear urges brands to help Myanmar garment workers

9 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

NGO the Fair Wear Foundation has outlined a number of steps businesses can take to help workers and suppliers following the military coup in Myanmar last month that has threatened to impact the country’s clothing industry.... read more


Better Cotton grows membership despite pandemic

9 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) grew its membership last year by nearly 200, including fashion brands and retailers JD Sport, New Balance and Reiss.... 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


Teijin commits to science-based targets

9 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

Polyester fibres and products producer Teijin Limited has committed to setting science-based targets to provide it with a clear route to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.... 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


Textiles Agenda aims to kickstart circular economy

3 February 2021 | Michelle Russell

A series of action agendas have launched to answer the questions of how governments, civil societies, and businesses can adopt a circular economy and ensure a just transition.... 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


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


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


BlackRock issues warning to CEOs on emissions goal

28 January 2021 | Michelle Russell

Global asset management firm BlackRock is urging CEOs and clients to commit to a 2050 net zero emissions goal, warning it may withdraw investment from any laggards.... read more


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