COUNTRY RISK REPORTS BY GOBLU

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Do you need to manage supply chain risk across multiple countries? Then check out GoBlu’s Country Risk Reports.

Specifically developed for the fashion, apparel and textile industry, each four-page report provides up-to-date information on political, social, economic and environmental issues. Covering major sourcing destinations, the reports rate social and environmental risk against essential code of conduct issues. Reports include:

  • Brands sourcing in each country (as per publicly available databases)

  • Summary of key risks supplemented with major stories in the media from the previous 12 months

  • Key stakeholders, including multi-stakeholder initiatives

  • A one-page analysis of potential gaps between local laws and a generic fashion industry code of conduct (comprising nine items)

If you would like to preview a full four-page report, contact Lars Doemer at: lars (at) goblu (dot) net

THIS ISSUE

Brands in this issue include: Cheap Monday (upcycles workwear), DVF (ditching fur), H&M (responds to CCC report), H&M, KappAhl, Lindex and MQ (targeted in new report on Bangladesh garment industry), Inditex, H&M and ASOS (pledge to continue work with IndustriALL), Louis Vuitton (wins Butterfly Mark), Patagonia (collaborating with circular-economy leaders), Puma (attacked for using ‘crooked trucking companies’), Reformation (partnering with ThredUp for recycling), The RealReal (launches sustainability calculator), Tengri (announces innovation award winners), VF (launches online sourcing map), and more.

Reports released this week:

In general news:

  • EU considers trade sanctions on Myanmar over Rohingya crisis

  • This fall, blue jeans are going green

  • Rights activists protest in New York against forced labour in Turkmenistan’s cotton fields

  • Can the apparel sector mitigate climate change?

  • ETI releases new Base Code guidance for gender equality

  • The problem with science-based targets

  • Let’s bring Turkmen cotton crimes out of the shadows

In the supply chain:

  • Bangladesh: Alliance factory upgrades; another fire in Gazipur; more commentary on minimum wage increase; unions demand minimum wage increase is doubled; pressure on factories to accept transitional arrangement regarding the Accord

  • India: a conference on securing minimum wages for female garment workers; fire in Delhi factory

  • Kyrgyzstan: child labour still an urgent problem

  • Malawi: local unionists learn Mandarin to deal with errant employers

  • Myanmar: strike continues at Fu Yuen factory

  • Thailand: US calls for foreign-worker unions

Manufacturers in this issue include: DyStar (releases new sustainability report), Eastman Chemical (low-impact yarn), Modern Meadow, Bolt Threads and VitroLabs (reshaping fashion), RadiciGroup (releases new sustainability report), Raymond (promoting skills development in India), Star Garment Group (first Passive House certification in South Asia), and more.

Quotes of the week:

  • “It is astounding that in this day and age, children are still forced by a state into the fields against their will.” Louise Eldridge, on the  Turkmenistan cotton industry, which still uses child labour on a big scale (01 Oct).

By Stephen Frost, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Improved cooperation means better conditions for 600,000 workers: “Meeting in Istanbul on 28 September, GFA partners Inditex, H&M and ASOS pledged to continue with IndustriALL Global Union and IndustriAll Europe on building collective bargaining and better conditions for over 600,000 garment and footwear workers in South-East Europe” (04 Oct).

DVF to stop using fur in all upcoming collections: “The company is working with the Council of Fashion Designers of America on a sustainability roadmap, and focusing on innovative textiles as fur substitutes” (03 Oct).

Net-a-Porter launches dedicated charity section onsite: “As more and more surveys show that consumers expect the retailers they buy from to do some good in the world, it’s interesting that YNAP’s luxury Net-a-Porter women’s website has launched a dedicated area onsite to celebrate its partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation (02 Oct).

Tengri Innovation Award winners announced: “British fair-trade luxury knitwear brand Tengri has announced the winners of its inaugural Tengri Innovation Award, launched this year to encourage the implementation of sustainable fashion and textiles working towards a more sustainable industry standard and future … The winner [was] designer Henrietta Johns, [whose] work is rooted in a deep exploration of natural animal fibres and innovative designs using traditional felting techniques, creating new fabric surfaces with 100% animal fibre” (02 Oct).

Louis Vuitton wins Positive Luxury’s Butterfly Trust mark: “Louis Vuitton has been polishing its sustainability credentials for years, although it’s largely kept quiet about its accomplishments. That changed this week when Positive Luxury, the London-based organization that vets and promotes the most sustainable luxury lifestyle businesses, awarded the French brand its Butterfly Mark” (02 Oct).

Cheap Monday upcycles workwear: “In Sweden alone, thousands of t-shirts are thrown away each year, Cheap Monday wondered: why not use them? In this collection, the brand highlights unexplored sources to creating new garments through the upcycling of workwear … The project is initiated by Cheap Monday together with Re:Textile, a project within Science Park Borås in Sweden which focuses on developing structures for circular processes and redesign in the textile industry” (02 Oct). 

ThredUp partners with Reformation on clothing recycling program: “ThredUp, which on Tuesday launched Upcycle, a new platform that aims to answer the question: How can eco-conscious brands engage with, and even capitalize on, the reselling of their wares? The program kicks off with none other than sustainability-minded favorite Reformation, which in April announced a commitment to divert 75,000 pieces of clothing from landfills this year by supporting the re-use and resale of secondhand clothing to a greater degree than it ever had” (02 Oct).

‘The line between used and new is blurring’: Fashion brands are buying in to pre-worn goods: “In a shift from even a few years ago, fashion brands have begun actively seeking ways to participate in the “circular economy,” a term that reflects the trading, re-selling and borrowing of apparel and accessories that have previously been worn by someone else” (02 Oct).

Marks & Spencer, sustainable procurement & human rights: “On September 19, [Marks & Spencer’s] Senior CSR and Sustainability Adviser Darina Eades attended a meeting of the Northern Ireland Business & Human Rights Forum, hosted by Queen’s University in Riddell Hall, Belfast” (01 Oct).

VF launches materials source maps to provide transparency into supply chain: “VF Corporation is tracing the supply chain footprint for 10 of its brands most iconic products through sourcing maps now available to consumers. The source maps, available on VF’s sustainability website, help ensure every step in the production of VF’s apparel and footwear meets the corporation’s standards of quality, sustainability and social responsibility” (01 Oct).

Puma accused of using ‘crooked trucking companies to haul imported cargo’: Justice for Port Drivers (an organisation representing truck drivers who transport to and from US ports) has printed a leaflet accusing Puma (along with seven other companies) of using ‘crooked trucking companies to haul imported cargo’ (01 Oct).

Inside the basketball black market that put Adidas in the FBI’s crosshairs: “For Nike, Adidas and Under Armour, grass-roots basketball is an educated gamble — money spent in the hope that, among thousands of teenagers playing in their leagues, a few will become recognizable stars for their sponsored college teams and develop into NBA players worthy of endorsement deals” (01 Oct).

H&M responds to CCC report: [Ed’s note: the report by Clean Clothes Campaign to which H&M responds can be found here.] “We are working towards the same vision as the one expressed in the [CCC] report: that textile workers should earn a living wage. We agree that wages are too low in garment producing countries. This is one of the most important questions for our industry, but also one of the most complex issue as it requires an industry solution where brands like ourselves, worker representatives and unions, government and other actors need work together towards transformative change on industry level” (01 Oct).

Frank and Oak launches sustainable winter outerwear: “Building on its commitment to become a more sustainable brand, Montreal-based retailer Frank and Oak is gearing up to launch a new sustainable outerwear collection for men and women on October 4” (01 Oct).

The RealReal launches sustainability calculator on National Consignment Day: “The RealReal, the leading luxury consignment company, announced the launch of its Sustainability Calculator for consignment in acknowledgment of National Consignment Day on Oct. 1, 2018. The objective of the calculator was to create a sound, science-based, tool to quantify the positive impact of consignment on the planet” (01 Aug). [Ed’s note: based on the sale of 2.5 million women's clothing items, it has saved 246 million litres of water and 65 million driving miles. See more here and here.]

Patagonia first to collaborate with two circular-economy industry leaders: Patagonia is collaborating with EYELEVEL and ECOR, which recently formed a strategic partnership around their shared vision to co-create circular retail environment solutions (28 Sep).

Sanctuary creates smarter sustainable manufacturing for spring ‘19 collection: “Ahead of its Spring 2019 launch, Los Angeles women’s lifestyle brand Sanctuary announced its “Smart Creation” production process, which will build the brand’s reputation for environmental and social responsibility” (27 Oct).

In the forefront of bioeconomy: “Elin Larsson (Filippa K) and Sigrid Barnekow (MISTRA Future Fashion) collaborate on research and development efforts seeking to adapt materials to both slow and fast fashion models” (27 Sep). [Ed’s note: includes 2:03-minute video.]

NEWS & REPORTS

EU considers trade sanctions on Myanmar over Rohingya crisis: “The European Union is considering trade sanctions on Myanmar over the Rohingya crisis, potentially stripping the country of tariff-free access to the world’s largest trading bloc, three EU officials said … European firms sourcing apparel from Myanmar include retailers Adidas, C&A, H&M, Inditex, Next and Primark” (04 Oct).

William McDonough supports and celebrates major fashion initiatives grounded in Cradle to Cradle Design and the circular economy: “Fashion for Good, co-founded by McDonough as an open-source initiative supporting the transformation of apparel culture toward a circular economy, opened a new Experience museum today. The Amsterdam space is the world’s first interactive, technology-driven museum dedicated to sustainable and circular fashion innovation. Visitors have access to a design studio where they can customize designs and print them onto Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold T-shirts” (04 Oct). [Ed’s note: article highlights C&A’s C2C certified t-shirt and jeans.]

This fall, blue jeans are going green: “It was only a matter of time before the humble workwear staple-turned-fashion essential reinvented itself. As shoppers begin to look askance at products that don’t dovetail with their values, denim’s reputation as a resource-hungry pollution powerhouse hasn’t served it well” (03 Oct). [Ed’s note: article mentions Outerknown, Candiani, Isko, Saitex, Madewell, J.Crew, Everlane, C&A, Arvind, Patagonia, American Giant, and Mount Vernon Mills.]

Rights activists protest in New York against forced labour in Turkmenistan’s cotton fields: “On 1 October, when President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov was addressing the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, activists of the human rights movement the Cotton Campaign held a protest action outside the United Nations headquarters to end the state-sponsored forced and child labor in Turkmenistan’s cotton fields” (03 Oct).

How does Bluesign work?Bluesign provides a holistic solution for safe and environmentally friendly textile production, working at each step of the supply chain to ensure that products meet rigorous benchmarks with a focus on people, the environment and resources” (03 Oct).

Material guide: is silk sustainable? “Silk – the material so soft it became an adjective. Not only is silk timelessly elegant, it also has flame retardant and antibacterial properties. So we want to know – just how ethical and sustainable is the fabric of royalty?” (03 Oct). [Ed’s note: from Good On You ethical fashion app.]

Five years after the Rana Plaza disaster, can Canadians encourage more reforms in the Bangladesh garment sector? “Agreements and treaties have been signed to institutionalize changes in factories to ensure safe work conditions – and better pay – for garment workers. But more action is needed by Bangladesh. Can Canadians help?” (03 Oct). [Ed’s note: by Professor Robert Wolfe and Juthika Hasan, both of Queen’s University in Canada.]

Can the apparel sector mitigate climate change? “Speaking from their offices in Washington and Portland, respectively, Cynthia Cummis and Michael Sandowski from the World Resources Institute say apparel brands and retailers now need to start setting science-based targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) more urgently than ever before: (03 Oct – 56:42-minute podcast).

What role does fashion play in the war on plastic pollution?Charney Magri, Amanda Johnson and Emma Priestland, moderated by Olivia Pinnock, debate the issue of whether fashion can change its practices for the better when it comes to tackling plastic pollution” (03 Oct).

How luxury retailers are embracing ethical brands through commonwealth fashion exchange: “On Thursday, September 28th, the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange showcased their exhibit highlighting the talent and indigenous craftsmanship from 53 commonwealth countries at the newly renovated Pomerantz building at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. The showcase originally debuted at Buckingham Palace in February earlier this year and has now made its way across the pond. The temporary exhibit will be free and open to the public until October 9th” (03 Oct).

A world in which women and men enjoy equal treatment in the workplace: “ETI has released new Base Code guidance for companies to help them embed gender equality in their supply chains. But why are women particularly vulnerable to discrimination and abuse and what does the guidance include?” (02 Oct).

The problem with science-based targets: “Science-based targets have quickly become de rigueur for companies with aspirations to be leaders on climate change. And quite right too. The idea that corporate targets should be based on what’s required, rather than what feels achievable, is something Forum for the Future has been advocating for some time. But I’m becoming increasingly cynical about how science-based targets are playing out in practice” (01 Oct). [Eds note: focuses on climate change.]

Cotton Harvest Chronicle 2018, Issue 2: “Unlike all previous years, during the first ten days of the cotton picking period [in Uzbekistan], forced mobilization for the cotton harvest in 2018 does not appear to be on a massive scale” (01 Oct). [Ed’s note: the newsletter contains numerous stories of rights abuses related to cotton picking.]

Let’s bring Turkmen cotton crimes out of the shadows: “Anti-Slavery International, together with the Cotton Campaign coalition, have been campaigning to end forced labour in the cotton sectors of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan for ten years” (01 Oct).

Are Companies and Stakeholders Focusing on the Same Sustainability Priorities? “This year, we [BSR] conducted our 10th annual survey on the State of Sustainable Business in collaboration with GlobeScan. This year’s results show that the line between sustainability issues and mainstream business issues is increasingly blurred as businesses experience the consequences of social and political disruption in a rapidly changing world” (01 Oct).

THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Alliance factories completing upgrades 28 Sep to 05 OctArefin Textile Mills, Well Fashion, and Well Mart (05 Oct). [Ed’s note: this list is gleaned from the Bangladesh Alliance Twitter feed.]

RMG factory gutted in Gazipur: “A fire gutted a readymade garment factory at Borobari in the city on Wednesday morning. Md Akhteruzzaman, assistant director of Gazipur Fire Service and Civil Defence, said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at Unique Washing Plant around 9 am and spread soon” (04 Oct). [Ed’s note: this is the second fire in Gazipur in the last week. See here for fire at Unimex Textile Mills last Friday.]

Left behind: How fashion brands turn their back on women in the Bangladeshi garment industry: “Fair Action has interviewed eight garment workers employed at suppliers of H&M, KappAhl, Lindex and MQ in Bangladesh. Their average monthly income is €73, which is so low that it violates both the companies’ own policies and international conventions on human rights. €73 is less than half of what they would need to afford proper food, healthcare and decent housing for themselves and their families. The consequences of the low wages are an insecure and hard life, where illness and anxiety are common” (03 Oct). [Ed’s note: 45-page report from Fair Action in Sweden.]

Who can live on a minimum wage in Bangladesh? “Fair working conditions and fair wages – that’s the goal. The minimum wage is nothing but a bottom line that lays the foundation. The needs of union structures and supporting democratic work at the workplaces in Bangladesh and in many other countries are still high” (03 Oct – in Swedish). [Ed’s note: mentions Åhléns, Lindex and H&M.]

Basic wage of RMG workers in declining trend: “Basic pay of the readymade garment (RMG) workers is one of the lowest in the country's industrial sub-sectors, including tannery, pharmaceutical, private jute mills, shrimp and plastic industries. The basic pay element of gross wages of RMG workers has also been declining over the years, according to a finding of Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS). The basic pay of RMG workers constituted 67.69 per cent of the gross minimum wage in 2006. The proposed one is equivalent to 51.25 per cent” (03 Oct).

Bangladeshi unions call for new minimum wage to be doubled: “The IndustriALL Bangladesh Council has called for an immediate review of the new minimum wage, saying it fails to meet workers’ expectations. They demand that the new rate be doubled” (02 Oct).

Pressure mounts on garment factories to accept Accord arrangements: “Pressure is mounting from different quarters for accepting transitional arrangements made by two platforms of global apparel retailers, garment industry insiders said. European brands, global rights groups and their local affiliates, and partners of the Sustainability Compact favoured the extension of the Accord” (30 Sep).

India

Stress on minimum wages, job security for garment workers: “The need for ensuring minimum wages for all the women employees working in garment factories and regularising their employment was stressed at the conference on ‘Securing living wages and decent work for female garment workers in Tamil Nadu’ here on Tuesday” (03 Oct).

Fire at garment factory in Delhi: “A fire broke out at a garment factory in east Delhi’s Mandawali area, the Delhi Fire Service said” (02 Oct).

Kyrgyzstan

Child labor problem urgent: Kyrgyzstan workers: “A survey conducted this year by the Kyrgyzstan Federation of Trade Unions (KFTU), including unions representing mining and construction workers, found that laws against child labor in the country are inadequate and implementation is uneven, resulting in more than 250,000 children being subjected to hazardous work as recently as 2014—10 years after the country ratified the International Labor Organization convention for elimination of the worst forms of child labor … Children are most commonly found working in street trading, domestic labor, cottage industries and agriculture, especially the cultivation of cotton, rice and tobacco” (03 Oct).

Malawi

Union negotiators learn Mandarin Chinese to deal with errant employers: “[F]ive shop stewards from energy, engineering, mining, and textile sectors are on a nine-month Mandarin Chinese course in Blantyre and Lilongwe. It is hoped that when they finish the course in March 2019, they will be able to negotiate with the employers in their own language” (02 Oct).

Myanmar

Workers strike for 44th day at Chinese-owned garment factory: “More than 200 workers from the Fu Yuen garment factory in Yangon Region’s Dagon Seikkan Industrial Zone continued their sit-in strike for a 44th day on Wednesday, vowing to stand firm in their demands for labor rights and the reinstatement of fired colleagues” (03 Oct).

Thailand

US tells Thailand to allow foreign worker unions: “The US is calling on Thailand to alter its labour laws and allow foreign workers to set up labour unions here in order to protect workers' rights” (28 Sep).

MANUFACTURERS

Eastman Chemical unveils ‘naia,’ a sustainable cellulosic yarn: “The firm launched a technical yarn that has low environmental impact” (03 Oct).

Alta Gracia stands out as Fair Trade brand in SJU’s bookstore: “Based in the Dominican Republic, Alta Gracia is the only apparel company in the developing world that is independently certified in paying a living wage” (03 Oct).

Ethical garment factory becomes the first Passive House building in South Asia: “Passive House certification – one of the leading green standards for ultra-low energy architecture – has finally touched down in South Asia with the completion of the Star Innovation Center near Colombo, Sri Lanka” (02 Oct). [Ed’s note: the factory was built for the Star Garment Group.]

Raymond promotes skills development: Indian textile major Raymond has tied up with Bollywood’s latest release Sui Dhaaga:Made in India, which aims to promote skills development and entrepreneurship in rural and semi-urban India (02 Oct).

The future of fashion? Stunning textiles dyed with bacteria: “[A]s a designer-in-residence at the University College London's Department of Biochemical Engineering, [Natsai Audrey Chieza has] been developing dyes from Streptomyces coelicolor, a bacteria typically found in the roots of plants” (02 Oct).

DyStar releases sustainability report: “Twenty-eight of DyStar’s dyes currently enjoy GOLD-level Material Health certification from the The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. The certificate guarantees that no substance present in the formulation of C2C listed products, at concentration of 100 mg/kg or higher, poses risks to people or the environment during the dye application process, throughout the use phase of a clothing item, and even after disposal” (01 Oct).

RadiciGroup presents its 2017 sustainability report: “The RadiciGroup 2017 Sustainability Report has been released. Prepared according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, the Report synthesizes numbers into graphics and tables that clearly and transparently show how the Group is committed to social and environmental sustainability “in the field” on a daily basis” (01 Oct).

How biotechnology is reshaping fashion: “Modern Meadow, Bolt Threads and VitroLabs are leading a wave of start-ups tapping biotechnology to develop a new generation of sustainable and cruelty-free materials” (01 Oct).

Reliance Industries partners with Vardhman Textiles for sustainable fabric: “We are proud to be associated with the leading player Vardhman for R|Elan. We will work together to ensure the consumer’s growing demand for high-quality performance and sustainable apparel are met” (27 Sep).

Hong Kong shirtmaker Esquel turns to robots to beat US tariffs: “[Esquel] is betting on automation allowing it to set up production where its customers are, especially America” (26 Sep).

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

09 October or 11 October, webinar: How to source sustainable cotton? “Join Cotton 2040 partners in this webinar to explore how the CottonUP guide can help your organisation understand the business case and main sourcing options for sustainable cotton.”

09 – 10 October, Maastricht, the Netherlands: 34th IAF World Fashion Convention: With a theme this year of “Building a Smart Future for Fashion”, the Convention will “will show many inspiring examples of a smarter apparel supply chain.” 

10 – 11 October, London: 13th Responsible Supply Chain Summit Europe: “Focus on the emerging technologies, innovations and collaborations critical to sustainable, cost-effective supply chain strategies.”

11 October, Geneva: Giving Women’s 8th Annual Conference: “The Fashion Industry: Women’s Friend or Foe”

11 October, New York: Sourcing Journal Summit 2018: Several panels tackle sustainability in the supply chain.

11 – 12 October, Kilkenny, Ireland: Global Forum on Responsible Leather. Hosted by TextileExchange Responsible Leather Roundtable.

15 – 17 October, Shanghai: Yarn Expo Autumn: “Sustainable sources of specialty yarns, fancy yarns and chemical fibres will be the focus at this year’s Autumn Edition.”

18 – 19 October, Milan: 5th Bluesign Conference: “TraceAbility. NetworkAbility. TransformAbility. Stitching the blue way together … gathering of all the Bluesign system partners and broader sustainability community for an opportunity to exchange ideas.”

22 October: Short Course (Free): Fashion & Sustainability: Understanding Luxury in a Changing World: “Get an introduction to issues, agendas and contexts relating to fashion and sustainability in a changing world.”

22 – 24 October, Milan: 2018 Textile Sustainability Conference: United by Action: Accelerating Sustainability in Textiles & Fashion: Textile Exchange’s 2018 Textile Sustainability Conference. (See agenda update here.)

23 – 26 October, Louisville, Kentucky: 2018 EHS & Sustainability Management Forum: “This year's EHS and Sustainability Management Forum will offer five tracks, a focus on EHS&S Business Strategy, Leadership and EHS&S Tools.”

25 October, Milan: Introduction to BCI & Better Cotton: “[A]fter the Textile Exchange Conference [22 – 24 October] to find out how BCI is creating opportunities for your more sustainable cotton strategies.”

25 – 26 October, Lisbon: Sustainable Retail Summit: Hosted by the Consumer Goods Forum – “Topics on the agenda include plastic waste, migrant labour, consumer health, food waste and transparency.”

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: Compare Ethics Presents Real Talk: “We are kicking off the festive season with a lively and interactive event that explores ethical fashion.”

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.

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.”

16 – 17 January 2019, 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 2019, London: 8th Future Fabrics Expo: “Source from 5000+ fabrics, yarns, leathers, trims with a reduced environmental impact from over 150 mills and suppliers.”

(Photo Jeff LeonhardtCCO)

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.

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