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Lenzing invests EUR200m to reduce emissions in China, Indonesia

6 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing is investing more than EUR200m (US$240m) to produce more environmentally-friendly speciality fibres at its production sites in China and Indonesia.... read more


US apparel imports from China soar 174% in March

5 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

US apparel imports continued to surge in March as retailers worked to meet increased consumer demand fuelled by federal stimulus checks and money saved by staying home for the best part of a year. Import data is also skewed by comparisons with last March, when the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold. China recorded by far the largest year-on-year growth, with apparel shipments to the US almost tripling.... read more


Brands urged to sign binding Bangladesh safety agreement

5 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

The witness signatories to the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety say remaining safety hazards in Bangladeshi factories show that apparel brands must not abandon a binding safety programme.... read more


Vietnam and India pulling buyers away from China

5 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

Vietnam is continuing to pull US buyers away from China, a new report has found, with India also a top favourite as companies increasingly look for alternative sourcing locations.... read more


Bangladesh says it is capable of continuing safety work

4 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) says the RMG Sustainability Council (RSC), which was set up to continue the achievements of the Accord on workplace safety, and the Bangladesh Government, is more than capable of ensuring the highest standards of monitoring and inspections.... read more


US textile industry calls for post-pandemic support

4 May 2021 | Michelle Russell

The US textile industry says it has demonstrated enormous resiliency and value to the economy during the pandemic, but that lessons need to be learned and the government needs to support the sector going forward if it is to exit the current crisis stronger and more agile.... read more


Nextiles develops sports performance smart thread technology

30 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Textiles manufacturing start-up Nextiles, backed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is launching into the sports and performance market to provide smart thread technology that captures biometric and biomechanics data.... read more


Kornit releases Max technology for on-demand fashion

30 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Digital printing firm Kornit Digital has released its new Max technology, establishing a new standard for on-demand fashion and apparel production.... read more


Lemahieu deploys fashion ERP system to support growth

30 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

French clothing and underwear designer and manufacturer Lemahieu is engaging in a project to restructure its production processes in order to better respond to the dynamics of the market and to the requirements of quality and social and environmental responsibility.... read more


What next for the Bangladesh Accord and garment worker safety?

27 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

In the aftermath of the Bangladesh Rana Plaza tragedy in 2013, two initiatives were set up to oversee the country's clothing factories for fire, electrical and structural issues – the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety. The Accord's tenure comes to an end next month, and there are serious concerns for garment workers if another agreement is not signed soon.... read more


Pandemic and shifts in sourcing threaten Bangladesh's position

27 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Rapid growth, modernisation and improved working conditions have all helped to make Bangladesh one of the world’s largest garment exporters. Yet the industry will need to innovate, upgrade and diversify if it is to overcome the challenges brought on by the pandemic and shifts in global markets, a new report has found.... read more


Future crises need better systems to protect workers

27 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Countries – including key garment producer Bangladesh – need to put sound and resilient occupational safety and health (OSH) systems in place to minimise risks for workers in the event of future health emergencies, a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) says.... read more


US Customs increases textile trade enforcement measures

27 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) saw increases in some measures used to enforce trade laws and regulations governing textiles in the first quarter of 2021, according to new data.... read more


Silicone producer moves into plastic-free vegan leather

27 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Taiwanese silicone product manufacturer General Silicones (GS) is joining the ranks of suppliers of eco-friendly, plastic-free vegan leather products.... read more


No room for complacency on Bangladesh worker safety

26 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Rana Plaza tragedy in 2013 was a wake-up call to Bangladesh and the entire garment industry that building and worker safety should be a priority. Eight years on and the country has one of the safest and most transparent apparel industries thanks to the remediation work that ensued. But while much has been achieved, there remains no room for complacency.... read more


SGS sets its sights on growing its softlines business

23 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Verification, testing and certification company SGS has promoted Yvonne Tse to the role of vice president of Global Softlines, helping to align its products and services with the increasingly complex textile and apparel industry.... read more


USTR Tai places environmental goals as key to trade policy

22 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

US Trade Representative Katherine Tai says the Biden administration will use trade policy as part of a "whole-of-government" approach to address the challenge of protecting the environment and tackling climate change.... read more


Teijin joins call for more ambitious GHG targets in Japan

22 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Polyester fibres and products producer Teijin Limited has thrown its support behind a statement from the Japan Climate Initiative (JCI) calling for the country's official greenhouse gas emissions-reduction target to be more ambitious.... read more


Primaloft partners on carbon negative insulation

22 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Origin Materials and PrimaLoft are teaming up to develop carbon-negative, insulating, high-performance fibres for end products including outdoor, fashion and lifestyle brands.... read more


Urban Outfitters teams with Fabscrap to tackle textile waste

21 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

US fashion retailer Urban Outfitters has extended its partnership with Fabscrap to support the non-profit in reducing the fashion industry’s impact on the planet.... read more


Browzwear, Cotton Inc partner on eco digital fabric collection

21 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

3D design and prototyping software specialist Browzwear and non-profit Cotton Incorporated have joined forces to create an eco-conscious digital fabric collection. ... read more


Teijin, JGC and Itochu tackle polyester chemical recycling

21 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Polyester fibres and products producer Teijin Limited has signed a joint agreement with JGC Holdings Corporation and Itochu Corporation on the license business of polyester chemical recycling technology from discarded polyester textile products.... read more


The North Face sees regenerative cotton as biggest opportunity

20 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

The North Face is waking up to the practice of regenerative farming in its cotton supply chain. As Carol Shu, senior manager of global sustainability, explains, it not only has a positive impact on nature and resources, but is another critical step in addressing climate change impacts.... read more


Call for UK government to adopt fashion green tax

20 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Ethical fashion brand So Just Shop is calling on the government and regulators to adopt a 33% unethical practices Fast Tax on the products of brands that cannot prove responsible practices within their supply chain.... read more


Call for safe garment factories ahead of Rana Plaza anniversary

19 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

With the eighth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh approaching, the IndustriAll Global Union is urging consumers to join social media action to campaign for safe factories for garment workers.... read more


Lycra Co FreeF!t technology offers optimum stretch and recovery

19 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Performance fibre specialist The Lycra Company is preparing to present its latest denim innovations at this week's Kingpins Show, in addition to its latest FreeF!t technology that offers optimum stretch and recovery.... read more


Lenzing makes digital push with Tencel eShop

19 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has launched an eShop for its Tencel sustainable fibre as part of the company’s ‘digital first’ strategy.... read more


Malwee invests in PLM to boost consumer-centric focus

16 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Brazilian sustainable fashion retailer Malwee Group has invested in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help boost product design and manufacturing across its six brands.... read more


The Microfibre Consortium approves Eurofins as third-party member

15 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Eurofins Softlines & Leather has been approved by The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) as one of its first third-party laboratory members.... read more


France NGOs file complaint against apparel firms for Uyghur links

15 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

An alliance of NGOs have joined forces to call for an investigation in France of four multinational clothing companies, accusing them of profiting from forced labour imposed on China’s Uyghur population.... read more


Jeanologia, Cone Denim partner on Mission Zero collection

15 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Denim finishing technology specialist Jeanologia has partnered with Cone Denim to launch a new 'Mission Zero' goal, which will see their first Road to Mission Zero sustainable collection launched, from fabric to finish.... read more


Muji responds to concerns over Xinjiang cotton sourcing

15 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Japanese fashion retailer Muji has moved to downplay concerns over its decision to continue to use cotton sourced from Xinjiang, claiming on-site audits are carried out at the cotton farms it uses.... read more


Dollar Tree appoints James head of global sourcing

15 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

US discount retailer Dollar Tree has appointed Alasdair James as executive vice president of merchandising and supply chain.... read more


China's garment output up nearly 40% in Jan-Feb

14 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

China saw a jump in its garment industry output in the first two months of the year, new figures show, with revenues for enterprises also increasing.... read more


Indonesia in push to make textile sector Industry 4.0 ready

14 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Indonesia is making a push to ensure seven key industries – including textiles and clothing – are more Industry 4.0 relevant in order to boost efficiency and competitiveness.... read more


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