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  • Levi Strauss has greenest textile supply chain in China October 16, 2017 11:22 am
    Jeanswear giant Levi Strauss & Co has been named as the apparel company with the greenest supply chain in China according to an evaluation of 248 global brands.
  • Apparel brands pledge to use 25% more recycled polyester by 2020 October 16, 2017 11:00 am
    More than 45 textile, apparel and retail companies-including Adidas, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc, H&M, Lindex, Target and Timberland-have pledged to commit to or support an increase in their use of recycled polyester (rPET) by at least 25% by 2020.
  • Uzbekistan finally recalls some workers from cotton harvest October 16, 2017 9:01 am
    A decision by the Uzbek government to recall university students and some health and education workers from forced labour the country's cotton fields is being seen as a positive step - but calls remain for the complete end of government-orchestrated forced labour in Uzbekistan.
  • Inditex supplier unions work to boost labour rights October 16, 2017 9:48 am
    A workshop in Vietnam has seen 33 trade union leaders from Inditex supplier garment factory unions review their network's activities for 2017, exchange best practices and set the agenda for 2018 as part of their role to implement a pledge made by the Spanish clothing giant to protect and promote labour conditions throughout its entire supply chain.
  • Stahl steps up on sustainable leather solutions October 16, 2017 3:25 pm
    Leather chemicals and coatings company Stahl has opened a new Application Lab in Arzignano in Italy, and has joined forces with New Zealand's Lowe Corporation which will use the company's EasyWhite Tan tanning system.
  • Clothing companies do not care enough about the environment October 13, 2017 2:09 pm
    The majority of brands and retailers take no action against climate change or water pollution, with only a select few - including H&M, Nike, Adidas and Mammut - concerned about the environment, a new report suggests.
  • Traceable tag twisted into textile yarn October 13, 2017 2:15 pm
    A researcher at the University of Borås in Sweden has developed an integrated tagging system for textiles that could lead to greater transparency in the garment supply chain.
  • Global News Roundup October 13, 2017 12:18 pm
    The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.
  • Top stories this week on just-style... October 13, 2017 10:07 am
    Top stories this week on just-style include a look at why retailers struggle to keep up with disruptive change, calls for more fashion brands to sign up to the new Bangladesh Accord, Haiti's apparel sector emerging as one of the main beneficiaries of a Caribbean trade programme, and India's Apparel Export Promotion Council's new GST package that it says will give "immediate relief" to the country's apparel and exports sector.
  • 36 major brands pledge to use sustainable cotton by 2025 October 12, 2017 10:02 am
    Another 23 apparel and footwear brands including Adidas, Burberry and Timberland have joined a pledge to use 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.
  • Dupont and Unifi partner on apparel insulation October 12, 2017 2:12 pm
    DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) has partnered with US yarn maker Unifi to develop a high-performance, renewably sourced garment insulation, designed to offer leading apparel brands a new sustainable choice for cold-weather products.
  • Gucci commits to go fur-free from 2018 October 12, 2017 12:01 pm
    Luxury fashion house Gucci has announced it will no longer use animal fur in its products in a move its CEO hopes will change the luxury fashion sector for the better, and campaigners say is a step toward making supply chains that revolve around animals a thing of the past.
  • Honduras maquila workers benefit in housing scheme October 12, 2017 11:48 am
    Nearly 6,300 families of maquila (textile) workers have benefited from a housing programme implemented under the Honduras 2020 development plan.
  • Swedish researchers create sustainable paper dress October 12, 2017 9:12 am
    Researchers at the University of Borås in Sweden have created a dress made from paper from Swedish forests in a project aimed at producing textiles out of raw materials from the pulp industry.
  • H&M invests in more sustainable sourcing October 12, 2017 11:03 am
    As part of its goal to use 100% recycled or other sustainably sourced material by 2030, H&M has invested in Swedish textile recycling technology specialist Re:newcell, which converts old textiles into pulp to produce new clothing.
  • Companies must communicate financial risk of CSR October 12, 2017 1:13 pm
    Companies need to go beyond statistics and instead explore how to assess and communicate the impact their work on environmental and social issues such as climate change, water scarcity and human rights are having, a new report has found.
  • Is cotton conquering its chemical addiction? October 11, 2017 12:08 pm
    A number of high profile initiatives have been launched to tackle pesticide use in cotton farming - but a new investigation suggests the decline has not been as substantial as some believe.
  • Radici Group continues sustainability progress October 11, 2017 12:52 pm
    Italian yarn maker Radici Group said that despite the fact the margins for improvement are getting slimmer as a result of its work during previous years, all environmental performance indicators in 2016 turned out positive.
  • M&S works to close the loop with recycled wool suit October 11, 2017 11:41 am
    Retailer Marks & Spencer has launched a new range of suits made with 55% recycled wool, which includes wool M&S customers have donated in stores through its Shwopping initiative, as part of its commitment to address the social, ethical and environmental impacts of its products.
  • Vietnam apparel sector opposes proposed wage hike October 11, 2017 10:37 am
    Vietnam's textile and apparel industry has opposed a proposed 6.5% minimum wage increase from the beginning of next year, saying the move will reduce competition, shift the labour structure and prevent expansion.

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