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- Aquafil to recycle carpets into nylon yarn for apparel September 19, 2017 10:59 amItalian yarn maker, Aquafil Global, has invested US$10m to open its first nylon recycling facility that will produce Econyl yarn for use in apparel.
- More effort required to fight modern slavery September 19, 2017 12:45 pmWith new figures claiming more than 40m people around the world were victims of modern slavery in 2016, and some 152m children subject to child labour, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warns the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal Target 8.7, will not be achieved unless efforts to fight modern slavery and child labour are dramatically increased.
- The myth of fast fashion's 'circular economy' September 18, 2017 1:53 pmThe 'circular' business model being promoted by large global fashion brands as the key to fixing a material-intensive system fails to address the core problem of overproduction and overconsumption, a new report suggests.
- Gap, Nike and VF join pledge to tackle climate change September 18, 2017 2:06 pmGap Inc, Nike, Levi Strauss and VF Corp are among the six US apparel companies who have become the latest to commit to set emissions reduction targets that help limit global warming through the Science Based Targets initiative.
- Abercrombie & Fitch makes forest-friendly sourcing pledge September 18, 2017 10:32 amUS apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) has made a commitment to trace the sources of all wood-based fabrics used in its own clothing lines - and to eliminate by the middle of next year any that are linked to the destruction of endangered forests or the violations of human rights.
- Cotton Inc hires first sustainability chief September 18, 2017 10:00 amCotton Incorporated is extending its commitment to cotton sustainability across the supply chain with the appointment of Dr Jesse Daystar as its first chief sustainability officer.
- New traceability tool tests cotton chemical fingerprint September 15, 2017 2:34 pmSupply chain specialist Oritain Global has partnered with two of the world's largest cotton growers on a traceability solution designed to reassure brand owners and retailers of the authenticity of their cotton.
- Brandix ranked Sri Lanka's top exporter for fifth year September 15, 2017 2:17 pmSri Lanka's Brandix Group has been named the country's top exporter for the fifth year in a row.
- Concerns over ILO Uzbekistan cotton monitoring mission September 15, 2017 12:47 pmAs the annual cotton harvest gets underway in Uzbekistan, the group representing US apparel and footwear retailers and importers has expressed its concerns over the International Labour Organization's (ILO) monitoring mission - and the introduction of a new category, "reluctant workers," to characterise labour that does not appear to be voluntary.
- Los Angeles garment makers fined for labour law violations September 15, 2017 1:35 pmFourteen Los Angeles based garment manufacturers and contractors have been fined $372,135 for labour law and garment registration violations - and over $100,000 in illegally manufactured garments confiscated.
- SGS offers more texile testing services in Mexico September 15, 2017 11:19 amInspection, verification and certification company SGS has expanded its facilities in Mexico - in a move that creates a leading textiles and apparel test centre in Central and South America.
- Top stories this week on just-style... September 15, 2017 9:34 amTop stories this week on just-style include a major breakthrough in the journey towards a closed loop for textiles, a roundup of the latest 'Kingpins Goes to D.C.' panel discussion, a deep dive into unlocking digitisation's potential in apparel sourcing, and the leading global apparel and textile names who feature among this year's top sustainability performers.
- Digitisation - The next apparel sourcing hotspot? September 14, 2017 2:06 pmSo far, the promise of digitisation in the apparel industry remains largely unfulfilled. But with opportunities for new cheap supplier countries nearly exhausted, it is now seen as offering sourcing executives untapped potential to lower costs, shorten lead times and increase transparency. A new survey takes a deep dive into unlocking digitisation's potential.
- Size of Bangladesh RMG industry still hard to assess September 14, 2017 3:32 pmPlans to digitally map Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories have again highlighted discrepancies in the number of facilities that exist in the country, as well as the potential risk of subcontracting.
- Otto Group scoops sustainable cotton top spot September 14, 2017 11:50 amThe Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative says Bonprix, part of the German mail order and e-commerce giant Otto Group, was the largest buyer of its sustainable cotton in 2016, along with fellow German retailers Tchibo and Rewe Group.
- Global news roundup September 14, 2017 3:44 pmThe following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.
- TUV Rhineland to offer ZDHC chemical management training September 13, 2017 4:20 pmGerman inspection services company TUV Rhineland is rolling out a series of training sessions to educate the textile, fashion and footwear industry on chemical management after being accredited as a global training provider by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation.
- Search for new sustainable fashion innovations September 13, 2017 2:20 pmThe non-profit H&M Foundation has issued a call for applications for its third annual Global Change Award, offering the chance to win a share of a EUR1m (US$1.2m) grant aimed at speeding up the move from a linear to a circular fashion industry.
- More apparel brands urged to sign new Bangladesh Accord September 13, 2017 11:56 amGlobal unions are calling on more apparel brands to join the likes of Primark, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Inditex in signing a new and improved 2018 Bangladesh Accord on fire and building safety that will run to 2021 and promises to offer new worker protections and ensure more factories are inspected and renovated.
- Bangladesh Alliance fully remediates 46 more factories September 13, 2017 10:40 amThe Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says that during the month of August, a further 46 Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total number of CAP-completing factories to 166 - just one-quarter of its current active factories.