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  • Asics to release supplier list and accelerate energy efficiency May 26, 2017 9:54 am
    Sportswear firm Asics Corporation intends to publicly disclose its apparel and footwear suppliers in the year ahead, and says it will accelerate its energy efficiency projects to try to reduce emissions after falling behind in progress towards its 2020 CO2 reduction targets.
  • Top stories this week on just-style... May 26, 2017 10:07 am
    Top stories this week on just-style include a look at the biggest threats to global supply chains in 2017, Marks & Spencer admits "there is still much to do" as profits slumped by almost two-thirds, a new survey into fashion shopping habits finds consumers buy more clothes than they need and use, and Levi Strauss & Co grants US$350,000 to develop new approaches and innovations in the apparel supply chain.
  • Collaboration key to driving responsible sourcing May 25, 2017 2:00 pm
    The key message at this year's Copenhagen Fashion Summit was that the global apparel and textile industry needs to take a holistic view on how it tackles sustainability and responsible sourcing - with collaboration the key to making any real impact.
  • Clothing brands commit to 100% sustainable cotton by 2025 May 25, 2017 10:35 am
    Asos, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co and Nike are among 13 clothing and textile brands who have committed to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.
  • First third-party audit of forest-based fabrics May 25, 2017 9:03 am
    Austrian fibre company Lenzing has become the first of the world's leading viscose fibre producers to undergo an audit designed to assess their progress on eliminating endangered forests as the source of the raw material in their products.
  • Africa sourcing event focuses on sustainability May 25, 2017 1:01 pm
    Sustainability will be the main theme for the Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week trade fair later this year in Ethiopia, with a focus on production, the environment and certifications.
  • Sympatex closes the loop with 4.0 functional jacket May 25, 2017 12:27 pm
    Functional fabric specialist Sympatex has partnered with environmental activist group Greenpeace to develop a prototype of what it claims is the "ultimate" functional jacket, combining performance with sustainability to close the loop.
  • Wrangler pilots US sustainable cotton programme May 25, 2017 9:59 am
    VF Corp-owned jeanswear brand Wrangler has launched a pilot programme to help US cotton farmers reach the next level in sustainable growing practices.
  • Levi Strauss to fund supply chain innovations May 24, 2017 12:16 pm
    Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is to grant a global fellowship programme US$350,000 to develop new approaches and innovations in the apparel supply chain, including the expansion of a natural indigo dyeing facility, creating products that are less water-intensive and making wastewater treatment solutions more accessible to small artisan workshops.
  • Lenzing to launch new eco-friendly viscose fibre May 24, 2017 11:42 am
    Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing is to unveil a new brand of eco-friendly viscose fibre this autumn in a move it claims will set an industry-wide benchmark in the sustainability and transparency of viscose fibres.
  • Vivobarefoot develops molded shoe made from algae May 24, 2017 2:42 pm
    London-based shoe company Vivobarefoot has partnered with performance-based materials manufacturer Bloom to develop what it claims is the first molded shoe made from algae biomass.
  • What are the top threats to global supply chains in 2017? May 23, 2017 1:54 pm
    Risks ranging from cargo theft to terrorism incidents remain among the biggest threats to global supply chains in 2017, according to a new report.
  • Current fashion shopping habits are unsustainable May 23, 2017 11:40 am
    A new survey into fashion shopping habits has found that consumers no longer shop because they need something - and up to half of them buy more clothes than they need and use.
  • Partnership will fight CO2 emissions in supply chains May 23, 2017 2:40 pm
    The Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) has partnered with a Swiss non-profit organisation as part of a bid to further support participating companies in their efforts to measure and mitigate carbon emissions in their supply chain.
  • Sustainable clothing line tackles fast fashion May 23, 2017 11:32 am
    A UK research project, designed to tackle fast fashion by creating clothing with a purposeful second life, has led to the development of a sustainable apparel line with plants and seeds pressed inside the fabric that can be planted into the ground once the garments have reached the end-of-life phase.
  • AsiaInspection expands in Mexico with Goal acquisition May 23, 2017 11:30 am
    Quality control and supplier compliance specialist AsiaInspection is expanding its footprint in Latin America with the acquisition of Goal, the Mexican provider of pre-customs clearance inspections (PEO, or Previo en Origen) services.
  • Fashion industry's environmental 'pulse' scores low May 22, 2017 2:30 pm
    The fashion industry has an opportunity to act differently, pursuing profit and growth while creating new value for the world economy, a new report says, and addressing an urgent need to place environmental, social and ethical improvements on management's agenda.
  • Garment wage initiative is recognised by G20 May 22, 2017 11:37 am
    An initiative which aims to change the way companies source garments to ensure higher wages can be paid, has been recognised by G20 Labour Ministers as an example of the essential role of social partners in reducing inequality, eliminating poverty wages and achieving sustainable wage growth.
  • Efforts still needed to strengthen workers' rights in Bangladesh May 22, 2017 10:31 am
    Representatives of the EU, US, Canada, Bangladesh and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) have recognised the progress made by Bangladesh in the third annual review of the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact, but reaffirmed the need to ensure workers enjoy freedom of association and collective bargaining rights.
  • Global news roundup May 22, 2017 3:03 pm
    The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.