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- Why moving to a worker-led CSR strategy makes sense February 22, 2019 3:12 pmGlobal garment brands and retailers should switch to "worker-centred and worker-driven" corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes in their factories, a new report suggests, arguing corporate-led initiatives have been "largely ineffective" in improving conditions for workers.
- Eastman furthers work to close the loop, partners with CLASS February 22, 2019 10:30 amEastman Chemical Co, which manufactures Naia cellulosic yarn, has partnered with CLASS (Creativity Lifestyle And Sustainable Synergy) to support the fashion industry's shift toward the circular economy.
- Top stories this week on just-style... February 22, 2019 9:55 amTop stories on just-style this week include a call for the UK government to introduce legislation to require fashion brands and retailers to perform due diligence checks across their supply chains, how cost is slowing the move to a more sustainable denim world, and a decision on the future of the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is postponed until April.
- How the high cost of going green is slowing denim's sustainable direction February 21, 2019 10:01 amThere has been a marked shift toward more sustainable practices in the global denim industry, from the employment of new finishing technologies that cut water and chemical use to the recycling of post-consumer waste. A speedier move to an all-green denim world is the ideal, but the sector is far from this. The biggest hurdle? No-one is willing to foot the bill. Hannah Abdulla reports.
- AATCC develops international standard for e-textiles February 21, 2019 11:55 amA committee at the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATC) has approved its first standardised test method for e-textiles.
- Microbiome analytics brings transparency to supply chains February 20, 2019 12:02 pmAn innovation that uses microbe analytics to provide detailed information into global supply chains, in the hope of countering issues such as labour violations, has received a US$14m cash boost which will be used to fuel its expansion.
- Pakistan trade body rejects factory worker abuse claims February 20, 2019 10:59 amThe Pakistan Readymade Garments Exporters Association has rejected a Human Rights Watch report claiming labour abuses in garment factories is rife, adding it "totally disagrees" with the findings.
- Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute names new CEO February 20, 2019 11:16 amNon-profit sustainability organisation Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has named Peter Templeton as its new president and CEO.
- British MPs call for laws to tackle fast fashion problem February 19, 2019 10:27 amThe UK government is being urged to introduce legislation to require fashion brands and retailers to perform due diligence checks across their supply chains and take more responsibility for the environmental impact of their businesses.
- Bangladesh Accord ruling pushed back for sixth time February 19, 2019 10:59 amA decision on the future of the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has been pushed back once again, with a hearing on the pact's continued operation now due to take place on 7 April.
- Bangladesh factories dismiss workers after pay protests - Update February 19, 2019 12:30 pmA number of Bangladesh textile workers that are affiliated with trade unions have allegedly been imprisoned following protests over pay that broke out at the end of December.
- NatureWorks Ingeo feedstock to be 100% sustainable by 2020 February 19, 2019 12:06 pmNatureWorks has launched a new initiative to ensure that by 2020 100% of the agricultural feedstock for its Ingeo biopolymers - which are currently derived from renewable sources such as corn and used in a range of products including apparel fibres - will be certified to the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification System (ISCC) PLUS standard of best practices in agricultural production.
- Survey suggests fast fashion is slowing down February 19, 2019 11:29 amA new report from the Fashion Retail Academy in London has indicated consumers are choosing "expensive, long-lasting" clothing items over the cheaper on-trend options, suggesting the fast-fashion movement is slowing down.
- Sympatex uses recycled textiles in new footwear material February 19, 2019 11:23 amFabric specialist Sympatex has developed a new line of functional materials for footwear in which polyurethane (PU) foams commonly used in the lining of the laminate are completely replaced by a fleece-like compound made from recycled clothing fibres.
- Boohoo reverses decision to ban wool February 18, 2019 2:01 pmOnline fashion retailer Boohoo appears to have gone back on its decision to ban wool, a day after announcing it would omit wool from its product range later this year.
- Uzbekistan to intensify efforts to end cotton forced labour February 18, 2019 10:55 amThe use of forced labour in Uzbekistan's cotton fields has significantly reduced but continues to be a problem - although recent discussions with the country's government on tackling the issue are said to have been encouraging.
- Los Angeles step closer to fur ban February 18, 2019 1:55 pmLos Angeles has passed an ordinance to ban the production and sale of fur in the city from 2021, which will make it the largest US city to do so.
- Digital map of Bangladesh garment factories will facilitate sector growth February 15, 2019 3:29 pmA new digital map that charts Dhaka's garment factories, helping buyers know more about the suppliers they are involved with, will strengthen and facilitate the growth of Bangladesh's readymade garment industry, experts say.
- New pilot will safeguard Egyptian Cotton supply chain workers February 15, 2019 3:00 pmCotton Egypt Association has announced a collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation - The Egyptian Cotton Project - which it says will boost sustainability efforts and improve conditions for supply chain workers of the Egyptian Cotton brand.
- Bangladesh Accord calls for talks on transition plan February 15, 2019 2:50 pmThe Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is calling on the country's government and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to negotiate with its steering committee on a "responsible and sustainable" transition plan as a decision on the Accord's future looms next week.