Brands and retailers

Why we need a sustainable ASOS and how to make that happen: Tamsin Lejeune, founder of the Ethical Fashion Forum, praises ASOS for its sustainability work so far, but lays out a plan for then in future (01 Nov 16).

Walmart sued over sale of fake ‘Egyptian cotton’ linen: Walmart was sued this week on behalf of consumers who said the world’s largest retailer sold products falsely labelled “100 % Egyptian Cotton” from an Indian textile company for many years after it first became suspicious of their origin (08 Nov 16).

Adidas makes shoes from recycled ocean plastic: The Adidas UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley is now the first mass produced shoe made of recycled materials – more specifically, 95 per cent of the shoe is made from recycled plastic picked off the beaches of the Maldives (08 Nov 16).

Volcom introduces ocean friendly women’s swimwear: Volcom has launched women’s swimwear composed of 78 per cent Econyl yarn, which is produced by recycling fishing nets and other discarded nylons(01 Nov 16).

KappAhl launches film series, Make it Feel Right: The series Make it Feel Right, made for KappAhl – one of Scandinavia's leading fashion retailers – investigates how we can get our clothes to “feel right”; both for ourselves and for the planet (02 Nov 16).

C&A Foundation grants €250,000 to the social enterprise Circle Economy: C&A Foundation granted €250,000 ($276,000) to the social enterprise Circle Economy, which is dedicated to accelerating the practical and scalable implementation of the circular economy. Circle Economy will use the funding to advance its Circle Textiles Program with a mission to close the loop for textiles and create a zero-waste industry. (07 Nov 16).

Patagonia’s new Re\\\Collection is made from as many recycled materials as possible: The new collection features a design theme of trying to use as many recycled materials as possible, including 100% recycled down, 100% recycled wool and 100% recycled polyester with 85% recycled polyester labels, 80% recycled zippers and 50% recycled buttons (04 Nov 16).

Reports, Guidelines and Standards

Circular economy for textiles is here now: Ecotextile News reports that “circularity in the textiles industry is not a distant dream – it is here now in the form of mechanical textile recycling” (28 Oct 16 – subscription required to read article in full).

Interview with The True Cost maker: And interview with film director Andrew Morgan, the director of The True Cost, a documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet (02 Nov 16).

Cotton Inc. showcases sustainable denim at Kingpins Show: Cotton Incorporated, a research and marketing company representing upland cotton, showcased environmentally responsible denim manufacturing options at the Kingpin Show in New York City (03 Nov 16).

New ZDHC platform to provide gateway to safer chemicals in textiles: The ZDHC Chemical Gateway is up; it’s not operational yet, but you can subscribe to updates (02 Nov 16).

Not all cotton is cut from the same cloth: An overview of the cotton industry the Huffington Post (03 Nov 16).


What FR apparel manufacturers need to know about the Lautenberg Act: On 22 June 2016, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LSCA) was signed into law in the US. What are the implications of the law and how should the flame-retardant (FR) apparel industry respond? The effects on manufacturers will likely be gradual as the government and industry fully grasp the scope of these changes (31 Oct 16).

Epson achieves Oeko-Tex Eco Passport certification: Epson has received the Oeko-Tex Eco Passport certification for sustainable textile chemicals, and is also the first company in Japan to do so (02 Nov 16).

The Supply Chain

Buyers cut ties with 5 production units in Bangladesh: The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has cut business relations with five more readymade garment factories in Bangladesh, taking the total number to 150 factories that have failed to make required progress in remediation for ensuring workplace safety (01 Nov 16).

Garment truck crash injures 12 in Cambodia: Twelve garment workers were injured when the open truck in which they were travelling collided with a car as it crossed an intersection (02 Nov 16).

Myanmar government to negotiate Panda garment dispute settlement: Employees and the owners of Panda Textile Factory in Mandalay Region say they will accept the decision of a negotiating team formed yesterday to settle a drawn-out dispute between the workers and factory management (03 Nov 16).

Myanmar government launches 60 lawsuits against errant factories: After repeated, flagrant violations of the labour law, 60 recalcitrant factories in Yangon have been slapped with lawsuits so far this year by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population (04 Nov 16).

Measures needed to prevent labour disputes in Vietnam: The number of labour disputes have risen and become more complicated, demonstrating a need for adjustment of related regulations and measures to improve relations between workers and employers (05 Nov 16).

(Image, Lin Mei, CCO)