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Prepare for the rise of the conscious consumer

Consumers are starting to demand more responsibility and transparency from retailers and brands about how and where their products are made....

No excuses for coasting on sustainable cotton

Big household fashion names are "coasting and doing nothing" when it comes to sourcing sustainable cotton, one international coalition has s...

Brands unite around sustainable development goals

All the best parties have a theme, and Textile Exchange's annual industry event – which doubled as a celebration of the global fibre-sustain...

A US-China trade war could begin with cotton

An International Trade Commission hearing got underway this week as part of the Trump administration’s probe into China’s intellectual prope...

Latest Interviews

How C&A Foundation is trying to transform fashion 27 Jun 2017

Michelle Russell

Driven by concerns the fashion industry isn't working to improve the lives of the 150 million people who make our clothes, the C&A Foundation is tasked with the single goal of making it a force for good. Here executive director Leslie Johnston tells just-style how the corporate foundation affiliated with global fashion retailer C&A is trying to be the catalyst that transforms the sector to be both sustainable and responsible.


Ethiopia sets its sights on $30bn apparel exports 3 May 2017

Leonie Barrie

Ethiopia is raising the bar on its garment and textile ambitions, targeting exports worth $30bn by 2025: a huge goal for a country whose annual shipments currently sit at just $115m. Speaking for the first time about the plans, Dr Arkebe Oqubay, a minister and special advisor to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, shares with just-style the "bold vision" he believes will transform this East African nation into a compelling new sourcing hub for brands, retailers and their suppliers.

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Bangladesh Accord and Alliance to end tenures next year 23 Oct 17

Michelle Russell

The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety and The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety are to end their tenure next June and hand over their responsibilities to a new government-led initiative, if remediation is properly completed.


A&E develops Repreve recycled thread for activewear 23 Oct 17

Beth Wright

Building on its relationship with US yarn maker Unifi, sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has developed a new recycled polyester sewing thread using the Repreve recycled filament fibre and designed for use in athletic wear and high-performance apparel.


Flax and recycled clothing have lowest MMCF environmental footprint 23 Oct 17

Beth Wright

Fibres sourced from flax and recycled clothing have a lighter environmental footprint with man-made cellulose fibre (MMCF) made from Belgian flax, the most favourable across a majority of the impact categories, according to a new report.


US initiates antidumping probe into PET resin 23 Oct 17

Michelle Russell

The US Department of Commerce has initiated anti-dumping duty investigations to determine whether imports of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from Brazil, Indonesia, South Korea, Pakistan and Taiwan are being dumped in the US.


Kenya apparel sector gets workforce training boost 23 Oct 17

Michelle Russell

Kenya’s apparel and textile sector is receiving a boost thanks to a new training scheme that is expected to train around 2,000 individuals for careers in the industry.


Hyosung and Bossa partner on Creora bi-stretch line 23 Oct 17

Michelle Russell

South Korean fibre manufacturer Hyosung has partnered with Turkey-based textile firm Bossa to launch a collection of bi-stretch denim using new proprietary technology.

Latest blogs

Trump trade probe could have costs for cotton 16 Oct 17

Leonie Barrie

An International Trade Commission hearing got underway last week as part of the Trump administration's probe into China's intellectual property practices under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act. The action gives the president broad authority to impose tariffs on foreign goods – and, as we investigate, could hold dire consequences for US cotton producers.


Stop negotiating and bring in the engineers 9 Oct 17

Leonie Barrie

Surviving in a declining market is the biggest challenge for discount/mass-market retailers and suppliers of commodity products such as basic T-shirts, hoodies or cotton men's shirts – which is why it’s time to stop negotiating and bring in the engineers.

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