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  • Cotton made in Africa now used in more than 100m items June 20, 2019 12:17 pm
    More than half a billion tons of cotton were certified according to the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) standard in 2018 - helping to increase the volume of sustainably produced cotton by almost 17% compared with the previous year.
  • YKK showcases zipper made from plastic bottles June 20, 2019 12:04 pm
    Zipper manufacturer YKK is to showcase its latest collection of sustainable trims that are aimed at reducing carbon emissions, toxic chemicals, and water use at the upcoming 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver.
  • 3M joins Ellen MacArthur CE100 network June 20, 2019 11:27 am
    Science-based technology company 3M has joined the Ellen MacArthur Circular Economy 100 (CE100) Network, a multi-stakeholder platform whose participants are working towards a circular economic model.
  • Millennials may be prepared to pay for greener fashion June 20, 2019 10:15 am
    While millennial shoppers continue to value trends, there is an emerging determination to make greener choices and many are prepared to pay more for a sustainable piece of clothing, new research suggests.
  • Bangladesh leather sector lags on health and safety June 19, 2019 3:02 pm
    With decent working conditions eluding Bangladesh's booming leather industry, an advocacy group has suggested forming a tripartite body involving the government, manufacturers and unions to help improve the sector's health and environmental safety standards.
  • Gap Inc to release waterless dyed denim in 2020 June 19, 2019 2:45 pm
    US speciality apparel retailer Gap Inc's Banana Republic brand is to adopt a new environmentally-friendly indigo yarn dyeing process that uses foam instead of water - eliminating 99% of the water typically used in indigo-dyeing.
  • ZDHC and peers to cooperate on sustainability efforts June 19, 2019 2:00 pm
    The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation and the Global Chemical Industry Round Table (GCIRT) have announced they are to collaborate on efforts to accelerate the phasing out of hazardous chemicals in the textile and leather value chain.
  • Net-A-Porter launches sustainable fashion platform June 19, 2019 1:24 pm
    Luxury retailer Net-A-Porter is launching a new platform to highlight the brands sold on site that meet the business' criteria for sustainability, offering customers a way to identify those brands and products more easily.
  • Fashion for Good expands into South Asia June 19, 2019 1:20 pm
    Fashion for Good, a global initiative trying to make fashion more sustainable, is expanding to South Asia with the launch of a dedicated regional innovation programme. 
  • UK government outlines steps it is taking to fix fast fashion June 18, 2019 2:59 pm
    The UK government has responded to a list of recommendations made by the UK Environmental Audit Committee on ways to tackle the growing environmental footprint of the fashion industry, outlining the steps it is taking to deal with the issue which include launching a review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to weigh up its effectiveness, and supporting the clothing industry via the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) to improve transparency in supply chains.
  • From Field to Shelf - Can global supply chains ever be sustainable? June 18, 2019 3:00 pm
    How can our industry be truly sustainable if it maintains global supply chains? Don't those supply chains create a carbon footprint so large that there will never be a way to offset the overall ecological impact of such operations? It's an interesting question, says Robert P Antoshak, managing director of Olah Inc.
  • Pentland Brands launches ethical trade app to tackle modern slavery June 18, 2019 2:32 pm
    UK-based Pentland Brands, one of the world's largest sports, outdoor and fashion companies, has launched a new app to help people throughout its supply chain spot potential ethical trade issues.
  • H&M, Gap Inc top Better Cotton sourcing leaderboard June 18, 2019 2:00 pm
    Swedish apparel giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), furniture giant Ikea, and US speciality apparel retailer Gap Inc have topped a new ranking by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) based on their total Better Cotton sourcing volumes in the 2018 calendar year. 
  • Boohoo unveils first recycled fashion collection June 18, 2019 1:03 pm
    Online fast-fashion retailer Boohoo has unveiled its first recycled fashion range with apparel made in the UK, using 95% recycled polyester and 5% elastane.
  • Vivobarefoot, Woolmark partner on Merino wool shoe June 18, 2019 10:57 am
    London-based shoe company Vivobarefoot has announced plans to focus on three distinctive material groups - bio, recycled and natural - across its entire product range amid the news it will partner with The Woolmark Company to reimagine two of its performance shoes made using gold-rated leather, Tencel and Merino wool.
  • Khaadi eliminates paper patterns with Tukatech June 18, 2019 9:38 am
    Pakistan fashion brand Khaadi says it has eliminated paper pattern-making from product design and development after implementing technology solutions from fashion technology provider Tukatech.
  • Apparel groups concerned at Myanmar labour law reforms June 17, 2019 3:00 pm
    Business groups representing international garment, footwear, and travel goods buyers have written to the government of Myanmar to express their increasing concern over several worker rights issues in the country.
  • Bluesign to release black limits for chemical products June 17, 2019 12:22 pm
    Switzerland-based Bluesign Technologies has revealed plans to publish threshold limits for chemical substances in finished chemical products like auxiliaries or dyes.
  • Patagonia launches worn goods for credit exchange scheme June 17, 2019 9:36 am
    Outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has launched a scheme which gives customers store and online credit in exchange for their used Patagonia goods, in a bid to boost circularity in the industry.
  • Boohoo rebuffs claims it is reluctant to engage with unions June 14, 2019 10:27 am
    Online fast-fashion retailer Boohoo has defended itself against claims it is hesitant to give its staff the opportunity to join an independent trade union, adding it has taken measures to understand the views and opinions of its teams and that its staff have shown "no interest" in trade union representation.