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- Sustainable sourcing driven by investors, not consumers November 21, 2017 9:16 amThe hold that ethical sourcing and sustainability has over the US fashion and apparel industries is being cemented more by by changing investor requirements than by consumers, a major US fashion industry conference has heard.
- Asia garment worker wages remain low despite rises November 21, 2017 1:38 pmWhile wages in developing Asia's garment and footwear industry have increased in recent years, they continue to remain low overall - particularly for women - a new analysis suggests.
- Disney project builds better factory working conditions November 21, 2017 3:18 pmA year-long global project on improving working conditions in factories making Disney-branded products around the world has successfully trained 201 managers from 115 licensee companies that in turn contract some 2,447 factories.
- EU approves new ruling to protect dye workers November 21, 2017 2:27 pmStricter European Union (EU) rules will better protect textile workers using dyes from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens thanks to a final approval by Parliament.
- Teijin revises CSR guidelines, targets forced labour November 20, 2017 11:37 amPolymer and textile specialist Teijin Limited has revised its corporate social responsibility (CSR) procurement guidelines in a move that specifies "more detailed efforts" regarding human rights and labour in supply chains.
- Sri Lanka opens first of 150 mini apparel factories November 20, 2017 1:49 pmThe first of 150 "mini" garment factories has opened in a Sri Lankan village originally set up for displaced people, as part of a US$1.8m national apparel initiative implemented by the Government.
- Unions prioritise women workers' rights in Ethiopia November 20, 2017 11:09 amMinimum wages, worker rights for women, collective bargaining and the promotion of health and safety at textile and clothing factories were among the topics discussed at a union building meeting in Ethiopia last week.
- New ratings platform aims to encourage better buying November 17, 2017 11:53 amA new ratings platform is now open and collecting feedback from garment suppliers on the purchasing practices of their customers, with a view to pinpointing areas of good practice and improvements that would support better workplace conditions.
- Bangladesh Accord admits major safety concerns remain November 17, 2017 11:10 amThe Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh says major life-threatening safety concerns remain outstanding in too many of the factories it monitors - although it hopes the vast majority will be fully remediated when its initial tenure comes to an end in May 2018.
- Huntsman develops non-fluorinated durable water repellent November 17, 2017 12:37 pmChemicals manufacturer Huntsman Textile Effects has developed a new non-fluorinated durable water repellent (DWR) to help brands and retailers meet global demand for eco-friendly outdoor clothing with extreme rain and stain protection repellency.
- Top stories this week on just-style... November 17, 2017 9:25 amTop stories this week on just-style include Walmart's plans to launch a dedicated online Lord & Taylor flagship store, a US$457m investment into Bangladesh's garment sector by the World Bank, trade ministers from 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership nations agree on core elements of the new trade pact, and global lifestyle retailer Cath Kidston overhauls its online and mobile shopping experience.
- Maybe it's time for a single cotton sustainability standard November 16, 2017 3:00 pmThere's an undeniable desire on the part of brands around the world to clean up their supply chains, and there's no lack of interest in using more sustainable cotton. But the confusing mix of standards and options available merely delays the decision-making process for so many firms, argues Robert Antoshak, managing director at Olah Inc.
- Bangladesh Alliance in talks over new safety organisation November 16, 2017 1:36 pmWith just six months to go before the curtain falls on the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, country director Jim Moriarty tells just-style he is "pretty confident" the group will finish the vast majority of remediation across its affiliated factories in 2018 and says "steady headway" is being made to create a new safety organisation in Bangladesh.
- China reaffirms waste import ban amid trade talks November 16, 2017 11:41 amChina has reaffirmed its commitment to ban imports of a variety of solid waste to the country, including textile waste, as World Trade Organization (WTO) members discussed trade concerns at their annual committee meeting.
- Five-year tannery programme to clean up Ganges November 15, 2017 10:08 amSustainable supply chain campaigner Solidaridad has teamed up with leather chemicals and coatings company Stahl, non-profit PUM Netherlands and a number of Indian partners to launch a public-private partnership aimed at cleaning up the Ganges river.
- Unifi sets recycling target for Repreve fibre November 15, 2017 10:33 amUS yarn manufacturer Unifi has set itself a target to recycle 20bn plastic bottles by 2020 and 30bn by 2022, as it revealed it has recycled more than 10bn to date.
- Wrangler helps develop denim foam-dyeing process November 15, 2017 9:50 amThe Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute of Texas Tech University has developed a new foam-dyeing process it says is poised to transform denim manufacturing.
- Adidas adds Parley Ocean Plastic to Originals line November 15, 2017 10:21 amAs part of its long-standing partnership with sustainability group Parley for the Oceans, German sportswear giant Adidas has unveiled a shoe from its Originals range made with Parley Ocean Plastic.
- Marimekko and Spinnova cooperate on wood-based textiles November 14, 2017 12:08 pmFinnish fashion and textile business Marimekko Group is cooperating with fibre technology company Spinnova on the development and market entry of new, wood-based textiles.
- Lenzing invests in Modal, adapts production steps November 14, 2017 10:44 amAs part of its continued investment into its Modal branded fibres, Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing has adapted the production process and filed a patent to protect its new technology, which it says could lead to higher production efficiency in the spinning mill.