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ZDHC x Kingpins webinars to promote best practices

17 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Denim trade show Kingpins has announced a series of webinars in collaboration with the ZDHC Foundation to give denim mills exhibiting at its Amsterdam event access to the latest education in wastewater and sustainable chemical management.... read more

The Lycra Company stretches its sustainability agenda

17 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Performance fibre specialist The Lycra Company is ramping up its Planet Agenda sustainability platform, developing more solutions for the circular economy and taking a broader look at the issues from design to consumer – as sustainability director Jean Hegedus explains.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

17 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include a look at some of the biggest challenges set to face apparel brands and retailers in the year ahead, the US and China sign the long-anticipated 'Phase One' trade agreement, the Myanmar Government begins its bi-annual review of the country's minimum wage, and we explore what changes are likely under Nike's new CEO John Donahoe.... read more

US-China tariff war – The textile and apparel hit-list updated

16 January 2020 | Dr Sheng Lu

Amid the rapidly shifting goalposts of the US-China tariff war and the imminent addition of punitive duties on textiles and apparel imported into the US from China, we've taken an updated look at the latest actions and the products on the hit-list.... read more

Outlook 2020 – What next for apparel sourcing?

16 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

The search for the ideal sourcing destination is set to continue as Western fashion brands and retailers seek to reduce their exposure to China in 2020. At the same time they’re having to navigate a more complicated matrix, which includes factors ranging from cost, speed to market, production capacity and flexibility to compliance risk. Along with these challenges come opportunities to rethink business models and explore new ways of working – especially when it comes to digitalisation and data, executives say.... read more

TAL Apparel, VF Corp and Zalando join Global Fashion Agenda

16 January 2020 | Beth Wright

TAL Apparel, VF Corporation, and Zalando have become the latest companies to join Global Fashion Agenda's associate partners circle, who will all contribute with insights from various parts of the supply chain.... read more

New YKK zippers made from ocean-bound plastic

16 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Fastener manufacturer YKK has announced a new collection of zippers made from "ocean-bound" plastic collected within 50km of the coastline of Sri Lanka.... read more

Hyosung develops 100% recycled multi-performance fibres

16 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

South Korean fibre giant Hyosung has developed a sustainability programme of 100% recycled multi-performance fibres as it looks to help its customers produce more eco-friendly products.... read more

Stella McCartney, Candiani partner on biodegradable denim

16 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK fashion designer Stella McCartney has partnered with Italian denim manufacturer Candiani Denim to launch what they claim is the world’s first biodegradable stretch denim made from plant-based yarns.... read more

Roica EF fibre gains Global Recycled Standard

16 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Roica, the premium stretch fibre brand of Japan's Asahi Kasei, has had its EF fibre certified to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS).... read more

Debenhams pledges new sustainability commitments

15 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Department store retailer Debenhams has outlined a new sustainability programme alongside a series of new commitments, including a guarantee that by September 2020 all own-brand product sold in a Debenhams store will have at least one sustainable attribute.... read more

China sourcing – Fall of the dragon and rise of the rest

15 January 2020 | Roit Kathiala

As the tariff war rages between US and China, the key question facing many apparel companies sourcing from China is: Where to go next? The problem is real, but shifting supply chains is easier said than done, writes Roit Kathiala.... read more

Uniqlo Japan uses recycled down in new line

15 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Fast Retailing clothing brand Uniqlo Japan has begun recycling down extracted from donated items for use in new products.... read more

Blockchain pilot tracks Mongolian cashmere value chain

15 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Blockchain technology has been used to help track Mongolian cashmere from origin (shearing at herder household) to destination (a processing facility in Ulaanbaatar) in a bid to increase transparency and create a more sustainable supply chain. ... read more

Outlook 2020 – Apparel industry challenges and opportunities

14 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Disruption and uncertainty remain the biggest challenges facing apparel brands and retailers and their global supply chains heading into the new decade. Unpredictable and fast-moving changes to tariffs and trade, pressure to make smarter and faster decisions, and demands for new levels of sustainability will all weigh on fashion businesses in 2020, according to feedback from a panel of executives consulted by just-style.... read more

Five key issues set to shape apparel sourcing in 2020

14 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Disruption and uncertainty remain the biggest challenges facing apparel brands and retailers and their global supply chains heading into the new decade. Unpredictable and fast-moving changes to tariffs and trade, pressure to make smarter and faster decisions, and demands for new levels of sustainability will all weigh on fashion businesses in 2020.... read more

RadiciGroup uses recycled nylon for new yarn range

14 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Italian yarn maker RadiciGroup is beginning 2020 under the banner of sustainability with the launch of a range of yarns created using recycled nylon and the acquisition of Italy’s Zeta Polimeri.... read more

New policy seeks to address hazardous textile chemicals

13 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has published a policy brief that addresses chemicals of concern in several product sectors including textiles, in an effort to minimise their adverse effects on human health and the environment. ... read more

Canada sourcing show relocates to new venue

13 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Organisers of the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada trade show are expecting the largest edition in the event's history this summer, with the fifth annual edition to be held at a new venue.... read more

China polyester production seen sluggish in 2020

10 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

China's polyester production is expected to see sluggish growth in 2020, but the overall outlook for the global polyester industry continues to be positive, according to a new forecast.... read more

ZDHC group adds new chemical and solutions providers

10 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Three chemical companies and two solutions providers are the latest to have committed to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group as contributors.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

10 January 2020 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style see industry experts explain the urgent need for the clothing sector to embrace Industry 4.0, PVH Corp is selling its Speedo North America swimwear business to Pentland Group, and the US is urged to sanction China over the ongoing human rights situation in Xinjiang.... read more

Polartec takes Power Air fabric to next level

8 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

US fabric maker Polartec has developed a lightweight version of its sustainable Power Air fabric, taking the company a step closer to its goal of creating the world’s first fully recycled and biodegradable fleece, insulation fills and breathable waterproof fabrics.... read more

Ocean State Innovations buys textile finisher ColorWorks

8 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

US garment linings supplier Ocean State Innovations has acquired textile dyer and finisher ColorWorks.... read more

Ireland rolls out plan to tackle fast fashion waste

7 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Ireland is rolling out a plan to tackle the issue of fast fashion disposal.... read more

UK fashion sector calls for support to boost exports

7 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

The UK fashion and textile industry has called on the government to increase support for exporters, fix the skills and training landscape, and minimise disruption to trade, as it looks to raise the profile of the sector and boost trade by addressing key challenges.... read more

More fibrous microplastics in London air than Dongguan, study finds

6 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK researchers have found that microplastics, including those from textiles, are present in the air in London at higher abundances than any other major city, including Dongguan, China.... read more

Tanatex process speeds up polyester dye process

6 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Tanatex Chemicals, a producer of innovative textile processing solutions, has developed a sustainable solution for speeding up the process of dyeing polyester while maintaining quality.... read more

Yarn specialist Fulgar buys Pompea intimates brand

3 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Italian man-made fibre specialist Fulgar has acquired the Pompea hosiery, tights and intimate wear brand to retain its ‘Made in Italy’ tradition.... read more

Textil del Valle adds digital direct-to-garment printing

3 January 2020 | Leonie Barrie

Textil del Valle South America, a vertically integrated garment manufacturing giant based in Peru, has added digital direct-to-garment printing to its production capabilities.... read more

Vietnam textile sector calls for industrial parks to improve competitiveness

2 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Vietnam’s government needs to help improve the country’s textile and apparel export power and competitiveness by building industrial parks specialising in textiles, the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) has said.... read more

Uzbekistan clothing sector eyes major hike in exports

2 January 2020 | Loretta Marie Perera

The Uzbekistan clothing and footwear industries are eyeing a major increase in exports as its government pushes ahead with programme to liberalise what was until three years ago a largely unreformed post-Soviet state. ... read more

Nike Infinalon fabric offers enhanced stretch and recovery

2 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Sportswear giant Nike has developed a performance fabric it says offers nearly double the stretch and recovery of a fabric made from spandex.... read more

Responsible sourcing key theme for Fashion SVP

2 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Responsible sourcing will be the theme of this month’s Fashion SVP event in London, which will host over 100 global manufacturers.... read more

Lenzing to open world’s largest wood pulp plant in Brazil

2 January 2020 | Michelle Russell

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing is investing in the construction of the world's largest wood pulp plant in Brazil in a move aimed at growing the company's speciality fibre business and strengthening its market position.... read more