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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


Amazon ramps up global renewable energy investment

22 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

US online retail giant Amazon has invested in nine renewable energy projects around the world – a move that puts it on track to beat its target of powering 100% of its activities with renewable energy by 2025 ahead of time.... 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


Lululemon enters re-commerce market with Like New

21 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Canadian athletic apparel retailer Lululemon Athletica is launching the brand's first-ever re-commerce programme, in addition to a limited-edition collection made with earth-friendly dyes.... 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


J.Crew outlines sustainability initiative with focus on supply chain

20 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

US apparel retailer J.Crew has launched an initiative to realise specific corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability goals focused on products, supply chain, the planet and third-party partnerships.... 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


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


Call for EU to introduce living wage legislation for garment workers

13 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Global NGO The Circle is calling on the European Union (EU) to introduce legislation to ensure garment workers in global supply chains are paid a living wage.... read more


Fair Wear updates Freedom of Association policy for brands

13 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

NGO Fair Wear has updated its Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining Policy, and an accompanying Guide for Brands that outlines what compliance on the standard looks like at supplier level and key steps for brands to promote these rights.... read more


Bangladesh ranks high for ethical auditing in 2020

13 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Bangladesh has been placed second on a list compiled by supply chain compliance solutions provider Qima comparing the ethical auditing practices of major manufacturing countries.... read more


PrimaLoft launches fully recycled down alternative

9 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Performance fabric specialist PrimaLoft has launched a new version of its best-selling ThermoPlume down alternative insulation that is now both 100% synthetic and made entirely out of post-consumer recycled materials.... read more


New European benchmark for garment worker living wages

8 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Labour rights group Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has developed a living wage benchmark for Central, East and Southeast Europe in a bid to achieve higher wages for workers in the region.... read more


Asos H1 profits soar as more shoppers shift online

8 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Online fast fashion retailer Asos has seen its first-half profit soar thanks to an increase in its customer base, but the company remains cautious about the remainder of the year.... read more


Cacto cactus leather claims carbon-negative status

8 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Mexican-American cactus leather producer Cacto says it has become the first carbon-negative fashion company in the Americas, and aims to offset 1,000% of the emissions it generates by the end of 2021.... read more


Bestseller takes measures to drive organic cotton uptake

7 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

In an attempt to encourage more farmers to convert to organic cotton farming, Danish fashion retailer Bestseller has pledged to introduce cotton in the process of becoming organic – called in-conversion cotton – into its portfolio of more sustainable cotton.... read more


Origin Materials and Sans partner on carbon-negative fibres

7 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Origin Materials and AECI Sans Technical Fibers are joining forces to develop and manufacture carbon negative high-performance fibres for use in a range of products including clothing, intimate apparel and footwear.... read more


Bangladesh aims to consolidate industry approach to sustainability

6 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to launch a garment sector sustainability report that aims to consolidate the industry’s approach to sustainability reporting.... read more


Pakistan's Soorty aims to drive organic cotton revolution

6 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Pakistan denim manufacturer Soorty has partnered with WWF-Pakistan and the Department of Agriculture Extension, Balochistan to launch an initiative aimed at "driving an organic cotton revolution".... read more


Devan finishes work with Jeanologia e-Flow technology

1 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Belgian chemicals firm Devan has been working with denim finishing technology specialist Jeanologia to reduce further water consumption during the application of its Bi-ome antimicrobial and R-Vital skincare finishes.... read more


Myanmar workers up pressure on brands to offer more support

1 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

Myanmar’s garment workers are calling on global fashion brands to condemn the country’s military coup, provide meaningful support for their protests and to not order from factories that support the regime.... read more


US sourcing events gear up for 2021 schedule

1 April 2021 | Michelle Russell

A slate of apparel and sourcing fashion trade events, both physical and virtual, have been planned for the second half of the year, giving buyers access to new brands and markets.... read more


US suspends trade engagement with Myanmar

31 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

The US has suspended all engagement with Myanmar under a trade and investment agreement until the return of a democratically elected government.... read more


Avery Dennison sets out framework for action on waste

31 March 2021 | Michelle Russell

Avery Dennison Corporation has teamed up with consultancy the Future Laboratory to compile a 'Zero Waste Futures' report that provides brands and retailers with a strategic framework for action on waste and the transition to a circular economy.... read more


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