Brands in this issue include: Adidas (ex-executive found guilty in college basketball bribery scandal), C&A and Tesco (shortlisted for sustainability leadership awards), Coach (goes fur-free), Guess (recycling program with I:CO), H&M, Nike, C&A, Deckers, Inditex, Target and The North Face (top users of preferred cotton), Inditex (best CEO), Levi’s, C&A, Nike, Primark, H&M, Inditex, Target, Esprit, New Balance, and Gap (top ten brands ranked in the latest CITI index in China), Lacoste, Head, Mango, River Island, Forever 21, Roxy, Hush Puppies, Nine West, Toread, and Lafuma (ranked as the bottom brands in the latest CITI index in China), REI (urging Americans to go outside), Uniqlo (ignoring laid off Indonesian workers visiting Tokyo), and more.
Reports released this week:
Is youth engagement the key to creating a circular fashion industry? sponsored by C&A Foundation
2018 Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report, by Textile Exchange
2018 Preferred Fiber & Materials Benchmark, by Textile Exchange
2018 Organic Cotton Market Report, by Textile Exchange
A Call to Action: Ending the Use of all Forms of Child Labour in Supply Chains: Report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, by the Subcommittee on International Human Rights, House of Commons, Canada
In general news:
New docu-series and creative agency aims to make sustainable fashion stylish
Zimbabwe textile industry targets 35,000 jobs
The clothing industry harms the planet. What can fashion students do?
Second hand fashion set to become a bigger market than luxury by 2022
Swedish government to strengthen international competitiveness of textiles and clothing producers
In a first, microplastics found in human poop
123 Apparel and Footwear Companies Sign New “AAFA/FLA Apparel & Footwear Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment”
The dilemma of buying ethical clothes
Prince Harry slams fashion industry for plastic waste on visit to polluted beach with Meghan Markle
Ethical certification doesn’t eradicate forced labour
The share economy is coming for your closet
In the supply chain:
Bangladesh: protests over factory death; Department of Textiles registration now mandatory; workers clash with police over unpaid wages; 50 Dutch MEPs sign letter to avert premature closure of Accord
China: three protests over wage arrears
India: Panel hears horror tales of women’s death in textile factories; fire in garment warehouses
Pakistan: new law still fails to adequately protect home workers; women seek labour law enforcement
Manufacturers in this issue include: Garmon (develops sustainable OVD dyes), Metalbottoni (focuses on new range of green accessories), Officina+39 (color powders made from 100% textile waste), OnPoint Manufacturing (on-demand apparel manufacturing), PrimaLoft (launches first ever biodegradable insulation), Silk Inc. ($30m series B funding), and more.
Quotes of the week:
“It’s a minefield for fashion graduates because you just think, how can I do what I want without feeling like a hypocrite?” Amy McCranor, after experiencing the fashion industry upon graduating (23 Oct).
“52 per cent workplaces monitored in five metropolitan cities including Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Islamabad do not comply with the provision of legal minimum wage to women workers.” From a report on labour law published in Pakistan this week (19 Oct).
By Stephen Frost, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
BRANDS & RETAILERS
Retailers and brands ranked in most recent Green Supply Chain CITI Index: The IPE and has released its latest Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI) for leadership in environmental management of supply chains in China. The CITI index was jointly developed by IPE and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in 2014 and has become the de facto benchmark for environmental performance in Chinese supply chains. Top ten in the textile category this year include (in order): Levi’s, C&A, Nike, Primark, H&M, Inditex, Target, Esprit, New Balance, and Gap. The bottom ten (with scores of zero) were: Lacoste, Head, Mango, River Island, Forever 21, Roxy, Hush Puppies, Nine West, Toread, and Lafuma. Apple’s supply chain was ranked greenest overall, with Levi’s coming in at #3, C&A at #4 and Nike at #5 (25 Oct).
Ex-Adidas exec found guilty in college basketball bribery scheme: “A former Adidas AG executive was found guilty on Wednesday of taking part in a scheme to bribe high school basketball players to attend Adidas-sponsored universities, defrauding universities and the governing body for U.S. college basketball” (25 Oct).
Uniqlo exploited us, now it ignores us: Indonesian factory workers: “Some 2,000 people toiled to meet orders from the Japanese fashion brand for as little as US$120 a month. Now their jobs are gone, wages are unpaid, and the company ignores them even when they “knock on its front door” (25 Oct). [Ed’s note: the workers were formerly employed at Jaba Garmindo, and you can see a background video from Clean Clothes Campaign here, and videos of the workers’ visit to Japan here.]
Public School, Eileen Fisher team up on limited-edition, zero-waste collection: “The line is composed of three ready-to-wear designs that are "resewn" and one hat” (25 Oct).
REI again urging Americans to #OptOutside, studying link to human health: “For the fourth year in a row, this Black Friday, REI will close all 153 stores, process no online payments and pay more than 12,000 employees to #OptOutside with friends and family” (24 Oct).
Fashion sector to launch charter for climate action: “In partnership with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Puma and a significant group of other apparel brands and industry stakeholders, have together developed a new Charter for the Fashion Industry to tackle climate change which will be formally unveiled later this year” (24 Oct).
Macy’s to donate coats this winter with Clothes4Souls: “The department store has teamed up with the nonprofit organization Clothes4Souls to launch its annual “The Big Give Back: Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One” campaign on November 4, running through November 6. The retailer will donate one brand new coat to the non-profit organization for every one purchased in the men’s, women’s, juniors’ and children’s outerwear departments during that time, with a limit of 35,000 coats in total” (24 Oct).
Coach follows Burberry, Versace, Gucci and Hugo Boss, pledging to go fur-free: “Fur continues to fall out of fashion, with Coach becoming the latest high-end label to say that it will no longer include it in its merchandise. The brand, known for its signature bags, gloves and bags, says it plans to be fur-free by the time it unveils its Fall 2019 collection” (23 Oct).
Pablo Isla (Inditex) best performing CEO in the word – Harvard Business Review: “Harvard Business Review also evaluates environmental, social and governance indicators provided by firms CSRHub and Sustainalytics” Other fashion CEOs on the list: LVMH’s Bernard Arnault, Kering’s François-Henri Pinault, Nike’s Mark Parker, Fast Retailing’s Tadashi Yanai, & Nordstrom’s Blake Nordstrom (23 Oct).
Textile Exchange releases 2018 Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report: “H&M ranked as the top user of preferred cotton, preferred down, preferred man-made cellulosics and Lyocell … Nike topped the list of recycled polyester users, C&A lead on organic cotton usage, IKEA ranked as the biggest user of recycled cotton, and Deckers Brands, the makers of UGG, is the top user of preferred wool. Others that placed in the top 10 lists—which are called “Leaderboards” – include: Inditex, the company behind Zara (second largest user of Lyocell and fourth largest user of preferred manmade cellulosics); Target (third largest user of recycled polyester and fifth largest user of preferred down); and The North Face (second largest user of preferred down.)” (23 Oct). [Ed’s note: see full report here.]
Textile Exchange releases 2018 Preferred Fiber & Materials Benchmark: “This year’s Benchmark report introduces the Leaders Circle, highlighting examples of companies developing strategies beyond usage volume to identify best practices in ensuring fiber integrity and responsible sourcing of their preferred fibers. It features brands and retailers of different sizes and sectors including Patagonia, the popular sportswear brand, as well as giants like C&A, H&M and Tchibo, and others such as Loomstate and MetaWear” (23 Oct). [Ed’s note: see full report here.]
H&M the biggest user of sustainable cotton and man-made cellulosic materials: “Textile Exchange has published its yearly 2018 Preferred Fiber Materials Market Report, in which H&M group ranks as the world’s biggest user of sustainable cotton and man-made cellulosic materials (e.g. Lyocell, among others)” (23 Oct).
These fashion brands give new life to ghost fishing nets: Gucci, Richard Malone, Repainted, and Adidas (23 Oct).
Guess launches nationwide wardrobe recycling program with partner I:CO: “Backed by an in-store, digital and online marketing campaign and as part of the company’s sustainability plan, Guess is encouraging customers to extend the life of their clothing and shoes through this recycling program” (23 Oct). [Ed’s note: see video of program here.]
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019 shortlist revealed: “After a record-breaking year of entries, the judges have convened, decisions have been made and … the well-deserved finalists for the 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards [are, from fashion, C&A, CottonConnect and Tesco]” (22 Oct).
NEWS & REPORTS
Christina Dean ‘Redresses’ the planet: “Christina greets me with a hug in Marylebone station as if we are old friends. As the founder of Redress, Asia’s largest environmental NGO, she is always keen to meet anyone interested in her determination to clean up the fashion industry, her fresh face radiates with an eagerness to chat” (25 Oct).
A Call to Action: Ending the Use of all Forms of Child Labour in Supply Chains: Report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development: The Subcommittee on International Human Rights, House of Commons, Canada, has released its report and recommendations to eliminate child labour and forced labour in supply chains (25 Oct).
New docu-series and creative agency aims to make sustainable fashion stylish: “Charney Magri, cofounder of Fashion 4 Change and co-producer and co-director of the Catwalk To Creation documentary, has worked in fashion and advertising as a photographer for almost 20 years, with an enviable client record that includes British Vogue, Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. Now, she’s changing tact and using her skills and contact book to make sustainability desirable” (24 Oct).
Textile Exchange releases 2018 Organic Cotton Market Report: “The Organic Cotton Market Report showed global organic cotton production grew 10% over the prior year, with the largest volumes coming from India, China, Turkey and Kyrgyzstan. While organic still occupies less than 1% of global cotton production, many countries have growth in the double-digits: Senegal increased by 427%; Brazil by 155%; Uganda by 155%; Benin by 72%; Egypt by 70.3%; China by 52%; and Tanzania by 17%. (23 Oct). [Ed’s note: see full report here.]
Zimbabwe textile industry targets 35,000 jobs: “The Zimbabwe Clothing Manufacturers’ Association (ZCMA) is targeting to employ 35 000 people in the next five years largely driven by resuscitation of companies in the sector and promotion of value addition” (23 Oct).
Sustainable fashion marketing: the playful approach: “Of the many adopting this playful concept of communication, here are five brands, individuals and an organisation making sustainability more relatable and accessible for the everyday fashion customer without detracting from the seriousness of the causes they support” (24 Oct). [Ed’s note: Reformation, Po-Zu, and Christopher Raeburn.]
The clothing industry harms the planet. What can fashion students do? “All too often, sustainability is treated as a one-off topic, rather than a practice to be embraced by all” (23 Oct).
Second hand fashion set to become a bigger market than luxury by 2022: “Buying second hand clothes is nothing new, but the sector has been growing considerably thanks to the Internet. The second-hand market generated 360 billion US dollars worldwide in 2017, according to fashion resale service Thredup, with online sales of second hand items growing 35 percent against just 8 percent for brick and mortar stores. By 2022, the market is expected to generate some 400 billion US dollars, with fashion (apparel, footwear and accessories) leading the way” (23 Oct).
Remode, the premier event for disruptive + sustainable fashion: “Pierre Nicolas Hurstel, the founder of Remode, [talks about the] conference that is meant to unite fashion brand leaders and industry-wide professionals to inspire solutions for growth and innovation, Remode’s inaugural event is taking place on November 13th and 14th, 2018 in Los Angeles” (23 Oct – 30:24-minute podcast). [Ed’s note: scroll down to the “Conferences and Seminars” section of the newsletter to see more details on this event.]
Swedish government to strengthen international competitiveness of textiles and clothing producers: “The Government of Sweden and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have announced a new programme aimed at strengthening the international competitiveness of textiles and clothing producers in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, which promises to boost exports, create jobs and raise incomes across the Middle East and North Africa region” (22 Oct).
In a first, microplastics found in human poop: “the inevitable has happened. Microplastics have already been found in birds and fish and whales, so it should have come as no surprise that they have now been discovered in humans. To be specific but indelicate, tiny plastic particles and fibers have been found in the stool of eight people who provided samples as part of a pilot study” (22 Oct).
123 Apparel and Footwear Companies Sign New “AAFA/FLA Apparel & Footwear Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment”: “123 apparel and footwear companies signed the new “AAFA/FLA Apparel & Footwear Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment,” reflecting the industry’s commitment to the fair treatment of workers in the global apparel, footwear, and travel goods supply chain” (22 Oct). [Ed’s note: full list of participating companies here.]
Fair Trade Advocacy Office, UNCTAD sign MoU: “Brussels-based Fair Trade Advocacy Office and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) are joining forces to improve the living and working conditions of artisans, workers and smallholder farmers and producers in Africa, Asia and Latin America” (22 Oct).
The dilemma of buying ethical clothes: “Ulla Ertelt, DMI president and partner and managing director, HML-Modemarketing, presented sobering numbers at the DMI Fashion Day for summer 2019: While the claim to value environmentally friendly, sustainable products was 40 percent more common among the 14- to 19-year-old girls surveyed than among the overall average, this same group buys twice as many new clothes as the average consumer” (22 Oct).
Ethical certification doesn’t eradicate forced labour: “Buying ethically certified products makes us feel better about the things we buy, but what evidence do we have that these programs actually work? Staring at tea boxes lining the grocery store shelf one afternoon a few years ago, I was skeptical. Is life really better for workers in ethically certified supply chains? Tired of wavering between expensive tea cartons adorned with little frogs and fair trade logos and cheaper, uncertified, plain-looking boxes of tea, I decided to find out” (18 Oct). [Ed’s note: by a professor of politics at the University of Sheffield in the UK. Her work focuses on tea and cocoa plantations, but the findings may be relevant for apparel and textiles.]
Is youth engagement the key to creating a circular fashion industry? “Do young people care about the impacts of the clothes they buy? What action do young people want fashion brands to take? Are they willing to pay more for clothes that have a positive impact? What innovations would young people prioritise if they were fashion industry leaders? In the first youth engagement of its kind, undertaken by InSpring and JA Worldwide, and sponsored by the C&A Foundation, these questions were answered” (18 Oct).
Prince Harry slams fashion industry for plastic waste on visit to polluted beach with Meghan Markle: “The Duke of Sussex criticised ‘fast fashion’ for its environmental impact as he and wife Meghan took to a litter-strewn beach in Melbourne. Prince Harry and Meghan’s last engagement of the day in Victoria saw them visit South Melbourne beach, where they heard about BeachPatrol’s efforts to keep the local coastline litter-free and reduce the impact on the marine environment” (18 Oct).
The share economy is coming for your closet: “First there was Rent the Runway. Now you can rent clothes from regular people … One of the latest entrants to the field is Tulerie, a peer-to-peer, invitation-only fashion rental company. Tulerie allows users to rent clothing, shoes, and accessories to one another, with the app acting as a medium for borrowers and lenders” (16 Oct).
THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Bangladesh Alliance factories completing upgrades 23 Oct to 26 Oct: TS Pearl Ltd., International Classic Composite Ltd., Magnum BD Ltd. (26 Oct). [Ed’s note: this list is based on the Bangladesh Alliance Twitter feed.]
RMG workers go on rampage over fellow’s death in N’ganj: “Workers of a readymade garment factory went on a rampage on Wednesday, following the death of a fellow worker at the factory in Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation industrial area in Narayanganj. Fatullah model police officer-in-charge Md Manjur Kader said that Samiul, a supervisor of Fame Apparels Limited, was electrocuted while working at the factory around 10:00am” (25 Oct).
DoT reg made mandatory for apparel factories: “Textile Act 2018, which was passed recently, made it mandatory for textile owners to get registration from the Department of Textile for running their business … designated officers of the DoT would be responsible to inspect quality and standard of various elements used in textile products including paint and other chemicals” (24 Oct).
Perhaps Platform S? [Ed’s note: some ideas by Dr Rubana Huq, the managing director of the Mohammadi Group, of what Bangladesh should do once the Accord and Alliance wind up.] “Firstly, manufacturers along with brands could form [Platform S (S for shomman, meaning “respect” in Bengali] by having a Steering Committee, which would have representation from BGMEA, labour rights groups, brands and an ombudsman. In the Steering Committee, neither the BGMEA nor the brands would have a veto or majority vote. All decisions could be taken on a consensual basis. In case of dispute or vote tag, judgment of an independent ombudsman would prevail, taking in consideration views of all parties. The Committee would overview cases, implementation, financial management and management operations, while a CTO could oversee the technical operations” (24 Oct).
RMG workers clash with police in N’ganj over unpaid wages: “At least 50 people, mostly readymade garment factory workers and a few cops, were injured during sporadic clashes between the workers and police near Adamzee Export Processing Zone in Narayanganj on Monday, police said. The clash started when police charged baton on the Saud Garments Industry Limited workers” (22 Oct).
50 Dutch MEPs sign letter to avert premature closure of Accord: “In our view, the premature close down of the Accord Foundation office has negative consequences for the employees in the garment industry. It is also inconsistent with the commitments from the Government of Bangladesh towards the Sustainability Compact. Moreover, the authorities are not prepared to regulate safety in the garment factories. Therefore, we urge you, as Commissioner from Bangladesh’s main trading partner, to request the Government of Bangladesh that the Accord Foundation office can continue its operations” (16 Oct).
Workers protest closure and wage arrears owed by garment factory in Gaoyou, Jiangsu: From China Labour Bulletin’s China strike map (24 Oct).
Workers protest wage arrears owed by shoe factory in Quanzhou, Fujian: From China Labour Bulletin’s China strike map (23 Oct).
Workers protest wage arrears owed by garment company in Zhongshan, Guangdong: From China Labour Bulletin’s China strike map (18 Oct).
Panel hears horror tales of women’s death in textile factories: ““Around 60 women workers have reportedly died inside garment and textile factories and their hostels in the last four years, most were alleged suicides due to depression. There might be many that went unreported,” said Karuppusamy, director of Rights Education and Development centre (READ), an NGO in Erode, who had come for the hearing” (25 Oct).
Fire breaks out in 2 garment warehouses in Delhi: “A massive fire broke out in chemical factory in the national capital” (22 Oct).
‘Even with a law in place, home-based workers still have a long way to go’: “Women workers from across Sindh participated in a convention held to commemorate the International Home Based Workers’ Day in the city on Saturday. Women working in sectors where manual labour can be done from home such as knitting, bangle making and sequin making, among others, attended the event which was organised by the Home Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF)” (22 Oct).
Women seek labour laws enforcement: “Women Action for Better Workplaces (WAction), a project of Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA), shared the findings of its Monitoring of Workplace Report in a convention here on Thursday that speaks about the dismal situation of enforcement of labour laws in Pakistan” (19 Oct).
Garmon develops sustainable OVD dyes: Garmon released a new range of dyes at Kingpins Show Amsterdam offering significant advantages both in terms of sustainability and saving of resources. With only 5 process steps, OVD dyes are compliant with the international regulations and RSL, reducing process time by more than 40%, reducing water use by more than 40%, and lowering energy consumption by more than 35% (24 Oct – press release). [Ed’s note (09 Nov): this item originally stated the energy consumption was reduced by 40%, but we have since been informed the correct figure is 35%. We apologise for the mistake.]
Metalbottoni focuses on new range of green accessories: Italian accessories prodcer Metalbottoni has strengthened partnerships with north European brands with a new range of sustainable accessories (such as a line of tags and rear waistband labels made from recycled jacron and cork). One important collaboration has been with Norwegian brand Bik Bok with jeans buttons and rivets produced using recycled raw materials, no chemical agents, and solar powered machinery (24 Oct – press release).
Silk Inc. nets $30m series B funding, eyes expansion into apparel: “Silk Inc. was just infused with $30 million in series “B” funding, which will help the company expand its offering in the fashion apparel and textile market. This investment round included Kraft Group and was led by Jeff Vinik, former manager of Fidelity’s Magellan Fund” (24 Oct).
It’s a ball to keep microfibers out of the ocean: “Cora Ball is a laundry ball designed using biomimicry. It emulates the way a coral reef naturally filters tiny particles from flowing water. Taking clues from nature, Cora Ball catches the microfibers that shed off our clothes while being washed instead of letting these microfibers seep into the wastewater stream and ultimately the oceans. It is advertised to trap about one-third of the microfiber in a typical laundry load” (24 Oct).
OnPoint Manufacturing announces partnership with Vesta Studio: “OnPoint Manufacturing, Inc., an innovative leader in on-demand apparel manufacturing, today announced an exciting new partnership with Vesta Studio to produce their high-end women's wear” (23 Oct).
Primaloft launches first ever biodegradable insulation: “Your next puffy coat could be biodegradable – at least, the fill inside of it could be. On Tuesday, New York-based PrimaLoft announced its new Bio insulation, a 100 percent recycled synthetic that the company claims fully degrades once it gets relegated to the dump” (23 Oct).
Water turns ‘blood’ red after factory allegedly pollutes tap water in Surakarta: “Residents of Banyuanyar subdistrict in Surakarta, Central Java, have complained that the water supplied by the city-owned tap water company (PDAM) has turned red over the last two weeks. “We suspect an outflow of factory waste is connected to the water pipes. Our team and the police are still investigating the matter,” Surakarta PDAM spokesman Bayu Tunggul said on Monday … PDAM director Sarwono said the company had earlier reported a textile factory to the Surakarta Police and the Surakarta Environment Agency” (22 Oct).
Clean dye Recycrom on fast track to scaling: “In 2016, the Italian textile chemical company Officina+39 invented Recycrom – color powders made from 100% textile waste” (22 Oct).
CONFERENCES & SEMINARS
[New listings or updated information marked with *]
31 October – 01 November, London: Responsible Supply Chains: The future of trade: “[The] event will include analysis of key sustainability trends, the future of business models and leadership and explore new models of collaboration.”
31 October – 01 November, London: ‘What’s Going On? A Discourse on Fashion, Design and Sustainability’: “The Global Fashion Conference is a bi-annual international conference, which aims to contribute to a multidisciplinary approach to fashion studies and brings together academia and industry, promoting a more sustainable model of development.”
01 November, London: What to Expect From Fashion and Sustainability in 2019: “We are kicking off the festive season with a lively and interactive event that explores ethical fashion.”
04 – 10 November, Port Douglas and 15 – 21 November, Perth, Australia: Eco Fashion Week Australia: “Innovative, forward-thinking event will feature, exclusive informative discussions, exhibitions, hands-on workshops and incredible runway shows.”
06 – 08 November, NYC: A New Blueprint for Business: “[An] increasingly complex environment requires a new blueprint for business, with resilient strategies, effective governance models, and new management approaches.” BSR’s annual conference.
07 – 08 November, London: Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit: “…bring[s] together C-suite executives, influential investors, and innovative thought leaders to discuss how companies are using sustainability as a driver of business value.”
07 – 08 November, Dhaka: Bangladesh Denim Expo: “[This year’s theme is] ‘Simplicity’ … aimed at defining a much simpler, easier definition to understand sustainability and ecology in denim.”
08 November, New York: Raise the Green Bar 2018: Your Roadmap to Sustainability & Success: “Good Housekeeping Institute and Made Safe present the second annual Raise the Green Bar Summit focusing on maximizing your brand’s sustainability efforts for increased consumer engagement and better ROI.”
13 – 14 November, Los Angeles: Remode: The premier event for disruptive and sustainable fashion: “[H]ear from fashion’s leading innovators, gain access to a collaborative network of relevant people and resources, and leave with an actionable plan for innovation and growth.”
13 – 14 November, San Diego: 2nd Responsible Business Summit West: “It is imperative to advance ethical leadership in today's age of digital disruption. Failure to do so will result in loss of customer trust, shareholder value and ultimately, profits.” Hosted by Ethical Corporation.
15 November, London: Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018: “Join BLC, ILM and leather industry professionals at this year’s half-day leather sustainability conference which covers sustainability and innovation around raw materials for leather, uses for waste materials within the leather value chain and circular economy. The conference will also be considering new materials coming to market and look at transparency and traceability of production within existing processes.”
27 November, London: Ethics and Fashion at SKC: “Join us to discuss the complex ethical issues involved in the sustainable fashion debate.”
16 – 17 January, Delhi: International Workshop Agreement for the screening of GMOs in cotton and textiles: “The IWA is about a protocol for GMO screening in cotton and textiles.”
24 January, London: 8th Future Fabrics Expo: “Source from 5000+ fabrics, yarns, leathers, trims with a reduced environmental impact from over 150 mills and suppliers.”
26 – 28 February Phoenix, AZ: GreenBiz 19: “Premier annual event for sustainable business leaders.”
28 February, London: The Nature of Fashion: “The panel, which will include Edwina Ehrman and Kate Fletcher, will explore how to use fashion as a pro-environmental force.”
Disclaimer: The Fashion Sustainability Week in Review (FSWIR) is a twice-weekly roundup of sustainability news items relevant to the fashion, apparel, textile and related industries. The views and opinions expressed in the FSWIR by individual authors and/or media outlets cited do not necessarily reflect the position of GoBlu International or any individual associated with the company.