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Performance Days Loop launches for fabric sourcing

26 February 2021 | Beth Wright

The organisers of Munich Performance Days Fair and Functional Fabric Fair have launched a new comprehensive online platform to connect the functional fabric industry and provide a year-round digital sourcing marketplace.... read more

Environmental and human rights due diligence – The story so far and the new chapter starting in 2021

26 February 2021 | Guest author

The past few years have been transformational for the apparel sector in terms of changing expectations on human rights and sustainability. But this is just the beginning, according to Anna Triponel, who looks at the story so far and the new chapter starting in 2021.... read more

Inditex in India organic cotton drive

26 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Zara owner Inditex is partnering with DBS Bank to scale India’s organic cotton industry by providing easier and faster access to funding for more than 2,000 farmers in the fashion giant's supply chain.... read more

Poor retailer purchasing practices weigh on factory workers

26 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

A new survey has explored the knock-on impact of retailer purchasing practices on the labour conditions and wellbeing of workers in supplier factories.... read more

Brands back project to stop gender-based violence in Lesotho

26 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Levi Strauss & Co, The Children's Place and Kontoor Brands are funding a programme that targets gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in four Lesotho jeans factories employing up to 10,000 workers.... read more

GOTS certifications reach five figures for first time in 2020

26 February 2021 | Beth Wright

The number of facilities certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) in 2020 rose 34% on the year before to reach five figures for the first time – with significant increases are seen in all regions.... read more

Asos strengthens support for supply chain workers

26 February 2021 | Beth Wright

UK online fast-fashion retailer Asos and the IndustriAll global union are working on a number of new action points to support the economic and social recovery of the global garment industry and the security of workers.... read more

South Africa buy local campaign gets duty-free textile boost

26 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Efforts to encourage South African retailers to buy more locally-made clothing – and boost manufacturing jobs – have taken a step forward after the government approved the duty-free import of woven fabrics to be used in domestic production.... read more

Top stories this week on just-style...

26 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Top stories this week on just-style include an interview with Sanjeev Mahtani, chairman and owner of Must Garment Corporation, on his fears for the future of apparel suppliers, and a look at why better access to the US market would help Myanmar's clothing industry transformation. Elsewhere, apparel produced anywhere in the world but with links to forced labour in Xinjiang is included in a new withhold release order banning imports into the US, and a new initiative urges fashion brands to up their use of recycled polyester.... read more

Timeline – How coronavirus is impacting the global apparel industry – FREE TO READ

26 February 2021 | just-style

Since the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak began in China at the end of 2019, its impact has been felt across the global apparel and textile sector. just-style's timeline shows how the pandemic is evolving – and will be updated as developments unfold.... read more

Spinnova partners Brazilian pulp maker to scale green fibre production

25 February 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Finnish sustainable fibre producer Spinnova has entered into a 50:50 joint venture with wood pulp producer Suzano in a move that will see it begin construction of a EUR22m (US$27m) factory that allows it to scale production of its sustainable bio-based fibre.... read more

Allbirds pumps $2m into start-up to drive leather alternative

25 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Footwear and apparel company Allbirds has invested US$2m into sustainable materials start-up Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) and its Mirum technology as part of its bid to bring a sustainable leather alternative to the fashion industry. ... read more

John Lewis funds project to safeguard Mongolia cashmere

25 February 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

John Lewis & Partners has announced plans to fund a three-year programme in Inner Mongolia in a bid to safeguard the future of the cashmere sector.... read more

Xinjiang forced labour is focus of new US legislation

24 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Updated legislation has been reintroduced that would prevent any goods from entering the United States unless there is proof they do not contain inputs originating from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China.... read more

Regional supply chains still shape textile and apparel trade

24 February 2021 | Dr Sheng Lu

Textiles and apparel might be a global industry, but the latest statistics show trade patterns remain largely regional. However, changes are happening, and align closely with the shifting sourcing strategies of fashion brands and retailers and related free trade agreements – as shown in this new analysis by Dr Sheng Lu, associate professor in Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware.... read more

Brands urge minimum wage for Tamil Nadu textile workers

24 February 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

US clothing brands and retailers have joined hands in calling for the establishment of a minimum wage for textile workers in India's Tamil Nadu state.... read more

H&M sustainable fibre joint venture to build demonstration plant

24 February 2021 | Beth Wright

H&M Group's co-owned Swedish joint venture TreeToTextile is to invest EUR35m (US$42.6m) in constructing a demonstration plant in Sweden for scaling its new regenerated cellulosic fibre, which is produced from renewable and sustainably sourced raw materials.... read more

Puma applauds supplier partnerships despite FY profit slump

24 February 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Puma has booked a 69% slide in full-year net earnings as sales were hit by the Covid pandemic but the group says the long-term collaboration with its suppliers proved to be "indispensable" in 2020 and will continue to be a key component of its strategy. ... read more

Lenzing unveils Tencel Modal fibre with Indigo Color technology

24 February 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

The Lenzing Group is enhancing sustainable offerings for the denim industry with Tencel branded modal fibres with Indigo Color technology.... read more

Kraig Biocraft gets first spider silk shipment from Vietnam factory

24 February 2021 | Hannah Abdulla

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has received its first spider silk shipment from Prodigy Textiles, its wholly-owned Vietnamese subsidiary which it established to ramp up production of its recombinant spider silk fibres, threads, and textiles.... read more

The Flanarant – Myanmar's several crises show way to better jobs

23 February 2021 | Mike Flanagan

Myanmar today resembles Romania 30 years ago, when the country swerved at the last possible moment from potential catastrophe to a more prosperous and peaceful future. And the clothing industry is key to its transformation, believes Mike Flanagan.... read more

Lao garment workers to receive emergency support

23 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Up to 17,000 garment workers in Lao PDR affected by the Covid-19 pandemic are to receive two months’ emergency income support worth LAK900,000 (US$100).... read more

Improving fashion’s sustainability is a team effort

23 February 2021 | Guest author

Consumer expectations of socially responsible fashion are at a high but there’s a long way to go for fashion to become truly sustainable. Meaningful progress will be achieved by consolidated action from the full industry ecosystem – including several radical changes to fashion supply chains, says Julian Burnett, VP, Global Markets, IBM.... read more

Fashion brands urged to publicly condemn Myanmar coup

23 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion brands and retailers sourcing in Myanmar are being urged to take action to help end the military coup in the country – including publicly joining international condemnation of the takeover.... 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

Ocean carriers ordered to explain spike in charges

23 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Ocean carriers and marine terminal operators at major US ports are being ordered to explain how they calculate detention and demurrage charges, amid growing concerns that a spike in costs and delays is hitting apparel and footwear retailers, brands and importers.... read more

New version of Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol released

23 February 2021 | Beth Wright

The Leather Working Group's flagship environmental certification is evolving, with the release of an updated auditing standard for leather manufacturers, featuring more robust criteria and new social, traceability and chemical management requirements.... read more

Century Rayon completes first CanopyStyle audit

23 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Fabric and yarn manufacturer Century Rayon has completed its first CanopyStyle Audit, the results of which show while the majority of its suppliers are at low risk of sourcing wood from ancient and endangered forests or other controversial sources, additional verification is required to determine risk levels for one remaining supplier. ... read more

Broken retail model pushes apparel suppliers to breaking point

22 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

It has taken Sanjeev Mahtani 30 years to build Must Garment Corporation, but just a matter of months for his lifetime's work to come crashing down. As he tries to pick up the pieces of his manufacturing business, he tells just-style why he fears for the future of apparel suppliers – and the millions of workers they employ.... read more

US clothing imports included in Xinjiang detention order

22 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Clothing that is produced anywhere in the world but has links to forced labour in China’s Xinjiang province is included in a recent withhold release order (WRO) banning imports into the US.... read more

Apparel brands challenged to use more recycled polyester

22 February 2021 | Beth Wright

A new joint initiative is aiming to spur a shift in the market towards the uptake of recycled polyester (rPET) and the associated reduction in greenhouse gases (GHGs).... read more

SAC pivots to help business make better decisions

19 February 2021 | Beth Wright

A decade on from its launch, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has outlined the framework for its new mission to transform business for exponential impact.  ... read more

Retailers and brands express concern at Myanmar coup

19 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

Retailers and brands accounting for around 40% of Myanmar's garment exports – including C&A, H&M Group and Inditex – say they are deeply concerned about the current developments in the country following the recent military coup.... read more

Germany agrees new law on supply chain due diligence

19 February 2021 | Leonie Barrie

The German government has agreed to new legislation that will force companies to comply with social and environmental rules along their global supply chains.... read more

Ciel Textile CEO puts Mauritius maker on post-Covid path

19 February 2021 | Villen Anganan

Eric Dorchies was appointed CEO at Mauritius based Ciel Textile Ltd last July, at a moment when his country's important clothing and textile sector was struggling hard against the impact of Covid-19. It has not been an easy start to his job, but as he tells just-style, the company is already working on plans to recover from the pandemic.... read more