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- Why vegan fashion materials require careful scrutiny August 21, 2019 11:25 amWith fashion retailers from Topshop to New Look and Asos launching new vegan clothing and footwear lines, firms are also being advised to be aware of the difficulties in entering this complex market.
- New Look registers ranges with the Vegan Trademark August 21, 2019 12:21 pmUK fashion retailer New Look has become the first high-street fashion retailer to register ranges with The Vegan Society's Vegan Trademark, amid a commitment to change its components and reduce reliance on animal-derived ingredients.
- Study finds garment workers in UK paid GBP4 per hour August 19, 2019 1:59 pmA new study from international gender and labour rights NGO Homeworkers' Worldwide (HWW) has found some garment workers in Manchester, UK, are being paid about GBP4 an hour (US$4.84).
- Apparel brands unite to tackle gender-based violence in Lesotho August 16, 2019 2:55 pmLevi Strauss & Co, The Children's Place, and Kontoor Brands are launching a comprehensive pilot programme to prevent gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in garment factories in Lesotho after an investigation documented a "deeply concerning" pattern of abuse and harassment at a key suppliers in the country.
- Textile start-up to scale new waste-based fibre technology August 16, 2019 1:00 pmTextile startup Infinted Fiber Co is planning to scale up its technology that turns textile waste and other pulp-based materials into new textile fibres, following its largest single investment from Singapore based viscose specialist RGE.
- Top stories this week on just-style... August 16, 2019 11:39 amTop stories this week on just-style include a two-part series examining why and how garment factories should become retailers, a look at the innovative new concepts starting to shape next-generation fashion supply chains, and the US tariff saga continues to unravel with tariffs on some apparel and footwear items now delayed until 15 December.
- UK fashion projects secure GBP645k R&D funding for innovation August 15, 2019 10:40 amA digital system to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the wool dyeing process, and a initiative to reduce the leadtime on a UK made-to-measure suit to just 48 hours, are among nine projects set to receive more than GBP645,000 (US$779,526) in R&D funding.
- New efforts to support women worker rights in Mexico August 15, 2019 9:50 amAn initiative launched earlier this year in Mexico to help female garment workers in the country understand and defend their human rights is to run for the next two years.
- New factory safety initiative launches in Vietnam and India August 14, 2019 1:24 pmGlobal brands and retailers including Walmart, Bestseller, Gap Inc, Target, PVH Corp and VF Corp are participating in a new initiative that has been launched to promote safer working at apparel and footwear factories in India and Vietnam.
- Germany gears up for 'Green button' textile mark August 13, 2019 12:02 pmThe German government is gearing up for the launch of its 'Grüner Knopf' (Green Button) textile seal in September, a certification mark that indicates products comply with a number of social and environmental requirements.
- Heat-MX Worldwide develops new animal-free down August 13, 2019 12:06 pmThe latest offering from thermal insulation producer Heat-MX Worldwide is an alternative to natural down feathers made without any animal-based ingredient and said to overcome the limitations of other insulations produced from man-made materials.
- Volcom Water Aware denim cuts water use by up to 40% August 12, 2019 10:48 amThe latest jeans collection from US skate, swim and snowboarding brand Volcom uses reformulated water-saving techniques in the finishing processes to save an average of 13 litres of water per pair.
- Rana Plaza worker lawsuit against Loblaws dismissed August 9, 2019 2:17 pmA $2bn class action lawsuit filed by victims of the collapsed Rana Plaza factory building in Bangladesh against Canadian retailer Loblaws has been dismissed by the Supreme Court of Canada.
- Vietnam garment labour standards continue to improve August 9, 2019 1:21 pmCompliance rates on core labour standards in Vietnam's garment sector have significantly improved on last year - but violations continue to be found in areas such as worker protection, overtime and occupational safety and health.
- Workers protest at new India labour law reforms August 9, 2019 11:49 amWorkers across India have been taking part in demonstrations against labour law reforms introduced by the Modi government that they say put ease of doing business ahead of worker welfare.
- Gap sets course for 100% clean energy by 2030 August 9, 2019 4:23 pmSpecialty clothing retailer Gap Inc is taking steps to ensure it reaches its 2020 emissions reduction targets through a new renewable energy agreement - and has set a new goal to reach 100% renewable energy across its global owned and operated facilities by 2030.
- India cotton supply chain mapping project underway August 9, 2019 9:44 amThe southern Indian state of Telangana is to start mapping its entire cotton supply chain as part of a project with the International Labour Organization (ILO) that aims to stamp out child labour and slavery.
- M&S joins expert line-up at risk management seminar August 9, 2019 8:40 amA seminar is taking place in the UK next month to help brands and retailers better understand strategies to ensure product safety and compliance in garment manufacturing, and what to do when something goes wrong.
- Top stories this week on just-style... August 9, 2019 9:12 amTop stories this week on just-style continue to be dominated by the punitive 10% tariff soon to be imposed on $300bn worth of US imports from China - including all textiles, apparel and footwear. We take a look at how some brands are mitigating the potential impact of the new tariffs, and how China's upstream fibre, yarn and fabric producers are ramping up production ahead of a possible slowdown. Primark has also suspended sourcing with several suppliers in Bangladesh after discovering breaches to its Code of Conduct.
- Why the fashion industry must get ahead of its massive pollution problem August 8, 2019 10:22 amLevi Strauss has taken the lead on climate commitment - but where does the rest of the fashion industry stand today? asks Todd Paglia, executive director at Stand.earth.