THIS WEEK 

Brands in the news this week include M&S, Next, Primark and Mango (who joined others agreeing to end the use of mohair after a PETA investigation several weeks ago revealed animal cruelty), M&S, Adidas, H&M, Gap, Nike and others (all scored in a new report by the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark), Filipa K (which announced a partnership with Colorifix for biological dyeing), Hugo Boss (after releasing sneakers made from pineapple leather), Nike and Adidas (in an article about redrawing the Asian supply chain), and H&M, Tchibo, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein (all named in an IndustriALL Global Union article about poverty wages in Ethiopia).

Newly released reports and studies this week include:

  • i) A study conducted at the University of East Anglia, which says China and India are outsourcing emissions by relocating manufacturing to low-cost countries
  • ii) An ILO report on green jobs, which says 6 million jobs can be created by a transition to a circular economy
  • iii) A review of industry compliance by Better Work Jordan, which presents findings from 74 factory assessments completed in 2017
  • iv) The annual Pulse of the Fashion Industry report, which concluded companies are becoming more sustainable but the pace of change is not fast enough

News, happenings and releases this week include the Copenhagen Fashion Summit (panel discussion videos can be seen here if you missed it), the launch of a new free online network and resource called CO (aimed at developing sustainable fashion businesses), arguments for circularity (from Bill McDonough and ZDHC), the publication of a five-page list of eco fashion stores in Germany by Greenpeace, a transparency timeline from C&A Foundation, training in Bangladesh on ‘modern slavery’, an Australian government release on upcoming modern slavery reporting requirements, and the Fair Wear Foundation’s seminar in Romania on decent working conditions.

In supply chain news, the Bangladesh government gave the Accord permission to work for another six months, workers in Cambodia mounted two protests over factories not paying wages, the Cambodian government has decreed all factories must have infirmaries by year end, government statistics in China suggest migrant workers turn to the government or employer rather than the trade  union, India is offering garment workers counselling after a spate of deaths, the new minimum wage came into force in Myanmar, workers in a Cavite garment factory went on strike in the Philippines, and 177 workers died at work during April in Turkey.

Manufacturing news includes an announcement by Lenzing it will produce eco-responsible viscose in China, subsidies for solar power plants in Indian spinning mills, Unifi’s UNC sustainability award, and textile and dye manufacturers announcing they want a review of ZDHC.

Quotes of the week:

  • “To me, the biggest barrier to transparency is cost. Someone somewhere pays for it.” Bangladeshi garment manufacturer Mostafiz Uddin, managing director, Denim Expert Ltd., at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit (15 May).
  • “Let’s make rules. If you want to be in business, you have to adhere to certain rules. You don’t want to be transparent? Don’t sell clothes!” Mostafiz Uddin (again) (15 May).
  • “The fact there were brands in the aftermath of Rana Plaza that didn’t know whether they were producing there was a ‘never again’ moment.” Orsola de Castro, founder and creative director, Fashion Revolution, at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit (15 May).

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

BRANDS & RETAILERS

M&S, Next, and Primark among brands banning mohair after PETA Asia investigation: “A disturbing PETA Asia investigation that revealed the abuse of goats in the mohair industry in South Africa – the source of more than 50 per cent of the world’s mohair – has already prompted several international brands [H&M, Zara, Topshop, Gap, Anthropologie and Express] to pledge to ban the cruelly obtained material. Now, after being contacted by PETA, Marks & Spencer, Next, and Primark have joined them” (15 May). [Ed’s note: other brands agreeing to end the use of mohair are Mango, Monsoon Accessorize, The White Company, Lazy Oaf, and Fat Face. See more reporting here.]

New Zealand B Corp releases impact report: Little Yellow Bird has released an impact report (14 May).

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Progress Report released: “As of April 2018, 29 companies out of 98 have formally responded to the investor coalition’s letter, with a mixed response in terms of quality of content and seniority of signoff. Those [fashion/apparel] companies who formally responded are: [Adidas, Gap, Inditex, Kering, Next, Target] ... Companies that meaningfully engaged with CHRB since the pilot (but did not submit a formal response to the investor letter) [include]: ABF [Primark], Fast Retailing [Uniqlo], Hanesbrands, H&M, Marks & Spencer, VF, Walmart] … Companies that have not responded [include]: Hermes, L Brands, LVMH, Macy’s, Nike, Nordstrom, Prada, Under Armour] … [2017 Pilot scores include] Marks & Spencer 64, Adidas 57, H&M 48, Gap 45, Nike 40, VF 37, Inditex 36, Target 30, Kering 22, ABF (Primark) 22]” (14 May). [Ed’s note: the Financial Times published a story on the report with the subheading, “Non-profit warns over reputational damage and access to capital.”]

“This technology has the potential to revolutionize textile manufacturing”: “By teaming up with Colorifix Limited, the UK based company behind the first commercially available biological dyeing process, [Filipa K] will not only reinforce our long-term commitment to innovation and sustainability. We also aim to revolutionize the textile manufacturing business” (11 May).

PETA puts pressure on Farfetch over angora: “Online fashion retailer @Farfetch allows the sale of products containing the soft fur of angora rabbits. These animals are typically plucked while they’re still alive, as many as four times a year” (11 May). [Ed’s note: see PETA’s Farfetch campaign page here.]

More brands sign up to SAC: The Sustainable Apparel Coalition has announced new brand members, including: Abercrombie & Fitch, Carve Designs, Edwards Garment, and Icebug (11 May).

Hugo Boss takes pineapple leather mainstream: “The cruelty-free leather revolution has arrived! Internationally renowned fashion house Hugo Boss has responded to the growing enthusiasm surrounding ethical fashion with the release of its BOSS Menswear sneakers crafted from pineapple leather” (10 May). [Ed’s note: article by PETA.]

Danish startup invented underwear you can wear for weeks without washing – here’s how it works: ““Our business is sustainable fashion. The traditional way of buying, wearing, washing and throwing away overpriced underwear is a terrible waste of resources. And it is extremely harmful to the environment,” says 27-year-old Mads Fibiger, CEO and co-founder of Organic Basics”” (10 May).

Ziran travels across the ocean for sustainability: “The Los Angeles–based label [Ziran] hopes to present a sustainable alternative by offering women’s and men’s contemporary clothing using an eco-conscious Chinese silk called Xiang Yun Sha, which translates into “perfumed-cloud clothing”(10 May).

To see how Asia’s manufacturing map is being redrawn, look at Nike and Adidas: “Since 2010, Adidas has cut the share of footwear it makes in China in half. The country that has absorbed most of that business is Vietnam. A similar situation is playing out at Nike. A decade ago, China was its main footwear producer. Today, Vietnam owns that title” (10 May).

Large retailers will be required to report on modern slavery: “Australian businesses turning over $100 million or more annually will be forced to produce annual reports detailing their efforts to address modern slavery under a new policy announced by the Turnbull Government on Wednesday” (10 May).

Ethiopian textile unions campaign to end poverty wages: “Wages as low as 600 Ethiopian Birr (ETB) per month (US$20) continue to haunt workers in Ethiopia’s textile and garment sector. Salaries are not enough for workers, over 90 per cent women, to pay for transport, food and housing, or to support a family. These workers are part of Ethiopia's working poor, while making clothes for brands from Europe, the US and Asia including H&M, Tchibo, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein” (10 May).

Zambesi latest brand caught up in ‘NZ made’ saga: “Kiwi fashion label Zambesi has changed the synopsis on its website to spell out that some of its garments are made overseas following a report published yesterday” (09 May).

NEWS & REPORTS

If you missed the Copenhagen Fashion Summit: [Ed’s note: if you couldn’t make it, you can watch the panel discussions, which were streamed live, on YouTube. Hit the headline link.] (15 – 16 May).

New tech platform launched to unite the fashion industry behind sustainability: The Ethical Fashion Group, the global network and resource centre for better practices in the industry, has launched a new free platform (a ‘global connection tool’) to assist in the development of sustainable fashion businesses. Called CO (Common Objective), the site is the result of collaboration with partners including, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), Fairtrade, WFTO (World Fairtrade Organisation), Fashion Revolution, and other leading fashion industry bodies (15 May), (15 May).

Bottom lines, not hemlines the focus of Copenhagen agenda: “As became clear in the opening remarks [of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit], one of this year’s predominant focuses will be highlighting how sustainability implementation can translate into healthy margins for any company willing to put transparency and ethical sourcing at the centre of its business model” (15 May – subscription required to read full article).

9 reasons why sustainable, eco and ethical fashion businesses close and finish up (AKA fail): [Ed’s note: reasons range from not knowing the target customer and entering an oversaturated market to no clear vision.] (15 May).

China, India outsource emissions, risking climate goal: Study: “[T]he growth of carbon emissions generated in the manufacture of Chinese exports has slowed or reversed, while emissions embedded in exports from less-developed countries like Vietnam and Bangladesh have surged … South-South trade more than tripled to 57 percent of all developing-country exports in 2014” (15 May).

New ILO report says 24 million jobs to open up in the green economy: According to [the ILO’s new report] World Employment and Social Outlook 2018: Greening with Jobs … 6 million jobs can be created by transitioning towards a ‘circular economy’ which includes activities like recycling, repair, rent and remanufacture - replacing the traditional economic model of “extracting, making, using and disposing”” (14 May). [Ed’s note: full report (PDF) here.]

How sustainable designer Bill McDonough is re-fashioning the fashion industry: “In early 2017, when Bill McDonough decided to launch his global initiative, “Fashion for Good,” he wanted to introduce more “good” into the fashion world: “good materials, good water, good energy, good economy and good lives”” (14 May – 21:46-minute podcast). [Ed’s note: interview with Katrin Ley (MD of Fashion for Good) and Bill McDonough.]

Why sustainable chemistry is key to the success of a circular fashion industry: “How, for example, can we ensure consumer safety when a rain jacket is repurposed into a pillow, or shoes turned into sunglasses? Currently, there is little control over chemical ingredients. As Dr. Michael Warhurst, executive director of CHEM Trust, told Chemical Watch, “a few scandals in this area could massively damage the cause of the circular economy”” (14 May). [Ed’s note: article written by ZDHC executive director.]

Cambodia seeks to drop charges against labour rights activist Tola Moeun: “Last Wednesday [09 May], Cambodian human and labour rights defender Tola Moeun received the 2018 Labor Rights Defenders Award for his continuous support for workers amidst the ongoing crackdown on civil society, unions, human rights activists, civil society, opposition and media in Cambodia. The award comes twelve days after the Cambodian Ministry of Labor announced that it requested the courts to drop the pending criminal charges against him” (14 May).

Greenpeace publishes list of eco fashion stores in Germany: [Ed’s note: a five-page PDF listing stores by city, includes addresses and websites.] (14 May – in German).

Planet Textiles urges industry to collaborate on sustainability: “Reducing the industry’s carbon footprint is not a single company effort, and Planet Textiles wants to be the conversation starter that initiates collaborative change. The sustainable textiles summit, which made its debut in Hong Kong nine years back, serves as a place for textile industry members to work together on scaling sustainable innovations, reducing the negative impact of microfiber pollution and developing best practices for chemical management” (14 May).

Bangladesh Accord will continue until government is ready to take over its functions: “As the 2013 Accord prepares for its expiry this month and its replacement by the 2018 Transition Accord, the occasion was marked by a joint press conference between the Accord and the Bangladesh association of factory owners (BGMEA)” (14 May). [Ed’s note: article from IndustriALL.]

Transparency Timeline: “C&A Foundation has put together a timeline that illustrates the journey that the apparel industry has made on transparency.  From the protests of the United Students Against Sweatshops in the late 1990’s to today’s Fashion Revolution Transparency Index.  Transparency has come a long way” (13 May).

Better Work Jordan Annual Report 2018: An Industry And Compliance Review: “The Better Work Jordan ninth Annual Report presents findings and observations from 74 factory assessments completed in 2017. The factories assessed represent about 93 percent of the programme’s participating factories and employing about 89 percent of workers in the garment industry in 2017” (12 May).

Vegan shoes last longer and perform better than leather, says top designer: ““The purchasing power of the millennial generation has driven the demand for companies to take stock of their practices and be more eco-conscious,” [says Stacey Chang, the founder of Veerah]” (12 May).

Size matters: NZ’s ‘ethical fashion’ doesn't measure up: “Similar to other consumer labels like ‘green’ and ‘free range’, there's no gold standard for ethical fashion, and the recent outcry at WORLD selling T-shirts as ‘made in New Zealand’ perfectly captures how meaningless the term can sometimes be” (12 May).

Day long training on ‘modern slavery’ held in Dhaka: “A total of 22 delegates from different RMG factories, brands, retailers and NGOs participated” (11 May).

To accelerate mental health and work communication, UCEP inaugurated WWM course in Bangladesh: “Underprivileged Children’s Educations Programs (UCEP) Bangladesh inaugurated Workplace Wellbeing Management (WWM) Course [to] educate around 700 welfare officers, HR and compliance officers in the next 3 years” (11 May).

What you wear matters: how fair trade practices empower women: “What makes a dress—manufactured by a Fair Trade-certified company, employing full-time artisans and working with organic fabrics and eco-friendly production processes—more than just a dress?” (11 May).

Women will pay the real cost of our hunger for cheap clothes: “Garment workers, mostly women, are the most vulnerable link in a vast global chain where efficiency is king” (11 May).

Sustainable fashion influencers predicting the future of fashion: “To see if there is a way to make the future fashion industry more sustainable, we reached out to some of the leading fashion influencers around the globe and asked them to share their thoughts with us” (10 May).

Australian government releases fact sheet on upcoming modern slavery reporting requirements: “The Australian Government will introduce legislation to Parliament by mid-2018 to enact a Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act (MSA). … [which] sends a clear message that modern slavery will not be tolerated in our community or in the supply chains of our goods and services”” (10 May). [Ed’s note: see also, Thousands of companies to take action under Australia’s anti-slavery law (10 May).]

Fighting fast fashion: The struggle to be Made in NZ: “In the wake of reporting by The Spinoff about World’s garment labelling and the ensuing discussions, we need to consider the state of manufacturing, our role as consumers, and what it takes to be a New Zealand fashion brand” (10 May).

Cotton Campaign sends delegation to Uzbekistan: “On May 10 through 16, representatives of the Cotton Campaign, a coalition of organizations that share the goal of eradicating child labor and forced labor in cotton production, will for the first time visit Uzbekistan at the government’s invitation” (10 May).

Sustainability improves in 75% of fashion businesses: “Three quarters of fashion companies have improved their environmental and social performance over the last year, [the 2018 Pulse of the Fashion Industry report] has revealed” (09 May). [Ed’s note: see report here.]

Pulse of the Fashion Industry 2018 report released: “Global Fashion Agenda and The Boston Consulting Group, proudly release the 2018 edition of the Pulse of the Fashion Industry report, our annual in-depth assessment of the fashion industry’s environmental and social performance. According to the 124-page industry assessment, 75% of fashion companies have improved their environmental and social performance over the last year, and the business case has proven to be nothing but positive. However, we also find that the pace of change isn’t going fast enough – or far enough” (09 May). [Ed’s note: download the 128 pp. report at the headline link, which includes a link to an executive summary.]

Fashion for Good welcomes three innovators to Scaling Programme: “Ambercycle, BEXT360 and Tyton Biosciences join forces with Fashion for Good, as the three new participants in the Scaling Programme. These companies focus on chemical recycling and traceability solutions” (09 May).

No mohair: why going vegan is as much about fashion as food: “The ban on the angora goat wool by major high-street retailers following outrage over animal cruelty in its production highlights how the fashion industry is gradually embracing veganism” (09 May).

Social dialogue to support decent working conditions in Romania: “[The Fair Wear Foundation] recently facilitated a seminar in Romania, bringing together suppliers, stakeholders and researchers to showcase examples of doing business while supporting decent working conditions” (09 May).

Louis Dreyfus Company installs cotton traceability system at Moree gin in Australia: “Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) [has] announced the installation of Applied DNA Sciences’ SigNature T cotton traceability system at its Moree gin in Australia to tag, test and track pure HomeGrown Australian cotton” (08 May).

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

16 – 17 May, Hong Kong: Kingpins Hong Kong: Including a session on “understanding today’s eco conscious consumer.”

17 May, Geneva: UN Working Group convenes open multi-stakeholder consultation on corporate human rights due diligence in practice: Corporate human rights due diligence – identifying and leveraging emerging practice. Open multi-stakeholder consultation.

* 22 May, San Francisco (Webinar): Meeting sustainability and material health goals through product specification: “[L]earn more about the City and County of San Francisco's sustainability and material health goals and how they are translating those into meaningful criteria for product purchasing ... specifically on a new regulation for carpet.”

22 May, Vancouver: Planet Textiles 2018: Discover the future, understand the trends, meet the new leaders, connect, and explore the ecosystem. See updated agenda here.

22 – 24 May, São Paulo, Brazil: 2018 Global Sustainability Standards Conference: “The Global Sustainability Standards Conference is the leading annual global event for those who support the uptake of credible sustainability standards and certification.”

* 23 – 24 May, Berlin: 2018 Sustainability Leaders Congress: “The 2018 Sustainability Leaders Congress is the brand new platform to network with your peers, meet the movers and shakers of the industry and achieve success in your initiatives.”

29 May, Coimbatore: GOTS India Seminar 2018: GOTS India Seminar 2018 will provide a platform for focused and challenging discussions under the theme “Sustainability as Key to Business Efficiency. It shall equip delegates with best practices and know how relating to the biggest opportunities – and challenges – help transforming their supply chains to achieve efficiency through sustainability.”

31 May – 1 June, Arnhem, the Netherlands: The Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the new luxury: “The Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury will explore new definitions of ‘luxury’ against the backdrop of urgent environmental and social issues.”

1 June – 22 July, Arnhem, the Netherlands: State of Fashion: Searching for the New Luxury: “7 weeks of exhibition and events in Arnhem, searching for the new luxury.”

4 – 7 June, Vancouver, Sustainable Brands ‘18: Redesigning the Good Life: “Join the world’s leading experts … and learn how to redesign your product and service offerings for a changing vision of The Good Life.”

12 – 13 June, New York: How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labor: “This conference is designed to inform business delegates how to comply with emerging legislation and mitigate supply chain risk to tackle slavery throughout supply chains and operations.”

 15 June, New York: FashionistaCon NYC: How to Make it In Fashion (2018): A day-long conference tackling topics such as racial inclusivity and how to make your fashion line more sustainable.

19 – 20 June, London: How business can measure the impact - and ROI - of corporate sustainability: “Tools, techniques and strategies for understanding, measuring and communicating impact.”

21 June, Zeist, the Netherlands: Workshop ‘Due Diligence in your purchasing practices’: “How do companies improve their purchasing practices? In a short session Modint and Solidaridad will help companies further in how to embed due diligence in your purchasing practices.”

27 June, London: Sustainable Supply Chains 2018: “Aligning procurement & supplier engagement practices with sustainability strategy.”

22 – 24 October, Milan: 2018 Textile Sustainability Conference: United in Action Accelerating Sustainability in Textiles & Fashion: Textile Exchange’s 2018 Textile Sustainability Conference.

* 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.”

THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Alliance factories completing upgrades 02 May to 09 MayCutting Edge Industries, MN Knitwears, MM Brothers Wear, Energypac Fashions, Columbia Washing Plant, Mars Apparels (16 May). [Ed’s note: this list is gleaned from the Bangladesh Alliance Twitter feed.]

No maternity leave for workers, though mentioned in law: “Under section 45 of Bangladesh Labour Act 2006, pregnant women are entitled to 16 weeks of leave with full wages, to be taken either side of the due date” (13 May).

Accord to stay 6 more months in Bangladesh: “The Accord will leave the country after six months if it sees that the government sponsored Remediation Coordination Cell (RCC) is capable to run the inspection and remediation of the factory buildings meeting the global standards, [an] Accord official said” (10 May). [Ed’s note: see a statement from the Accord’s Steering Committee here.]

Govt rushes to amend labour law: “The government is rushing to amend the labour law to ease the conditions for formation of trade unions and allow inspection of factories housed inside the export processing zones before the International Labour Conference kicks off on May 28. … The percentage of workers whose consent is required for forming trade unions in industries or factories will be brought down from existing 30 percent to 20 percent” (11 May).

Cambodia

Workers protest over unpaid wages: “Hundreds of garment workers formerly employed at the Dai Young factory in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district protested on Saturday over unpaid March wages in the wake of the owner going bankrupt and fleeing” (14 May).

Workers protest at ministry: “About 100 workers from First Gawon Apparel gathered in front of the Ministry of Labour in Phnom Penh on Wednesday asking for intervention on their behalf in a dispute with their employer. The workers claim the company has not paid their salaries for more than five months” (10 May).

Cambodian, Thai govts join forces to aid migrants: “The Thai and Cambodian governments are working closely with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to provide safe channels of migration as cases of human trafficking persist and workers' rights are not being well taken care of” (09 May).

All factories need infirmaries by year’s end: “The Labour Ministry has announced that all factories across the country must have their own infirmary completed by the end of this year, noting that 88 percent of factories having built infirmaries already” (09 May).

China

Migrant workers seek help from employers, government before union: “Only 2.8% of migrant workers sought help from the union when their rights were violated, 32.7% presented their grievances to a government branch, 36.3% sought resolution via negotiations with their employer. Migrant Workers Report 2017” (10 May). [See report here – in Chinese.]

Workers protest wage arrears owed by textile factory: Workers protest wage arrears owed by textile factory in Lanxi, Zhejiang (10 May).

India

Indefinite strike by garment workers enters second day: “The indefinite strike by employees of Gokaldas Exports Limited (Atlantic Apparels) in front of the factory gate at Belawadi Industrial Area here entered second day … Over 1,000 employees of the garment industry, mostly women, are on strike seeking a hike in wages and regular social benefits” (11 May).

India offers garment workers counselling after spate of deaths: “Twenty have died in the last three months in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, a garment manufacturing hub, many in suspected suicides” (10 May).

Myanmar

New Minimum Wage comes into effect in Myanmar from today [14 May]: “The Government of Myanmar announced that the new minimum wage structure for the garments workers set at 4800 Kyats [$3.65] per day rate will be legally effective from today, 14 May 2018, in the country” (14 May). [Ed’s note: a 33% increase over the former minimum wage set in September 2015.]

Activists, experts see no improvement in labour rights: “[A]ctivists said the National League for Democracy-led government failed to make good on its 2015 elections promises stated in its 9-point agenda on labour affairs” (11 May).

South Korean factory fined for defying order: “The South Korean-owned Macdo wig factory was fined three million kyat (US$2,255) by Mingalardon township court for failing to obey a Central Arbitration Council order” (10 May).

Unitedtex Overseas Garment Factory workers strike for minimum wage: “Over 600 workers at Unitedtex Overseas Garment Factory in Hlinethaya Industrial Zone (1) have been on strike since May 7, making a 10-point demand including a minimum daily wage of K4,800” (10 May).

Pakistan

Sindh’s home-based workers to be protected under new law: “The Sindh Assembly passed on Wednesday [09 May] the Sindh Home Based Workers Bill, 2018 to protect the rights of home-based workers and ensure equal treatment to them and their dependents in case of sickness, maternity leave, injury or death” (10 May).

Call for fixing minimum wages of unskilled workers at Rs 30,000: “Speakers at the concluding day of a national conference on Wednesday demanded the provincial governments to fix minimum wages of unskilled workers at Rs 30,000 [US260] per month” (10 May).

Philippines

Cavite workers go on strike, slam harassment by PEZA: “Workers of [the Dong Seung] garments factory in the Cavite ecozone went on strike yesterday morning [11 May] in response to the mass termination of 16 union officers. However the picketline setup by workers was torn down by an official of the Cavite ecozone administration and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) police” (12 May).

Turkey

177 workers killed in occupational accidents in April: “According to the İSİG Council’s April report, at least 177 workers have lost their lives in workplace murders in the span of one month [575 for the year to the end of April]” (06 May).

MANUFACTURERS

Lenzing to produce eco-responsible viscose in China: “The Lenzing Group … is introducing the eco-responsible process for the production of Lenzing Ecovero branded viscose fibers, which were first launched by Lenzing in autumn 2017, also at its Chinese location Lenzing Nanjing Fibers (LNF)” (15 May).

American & Efird launches PRC-free water repellency for thread: “American & Efird (A&E) [has] announced the official launch of REPEL, an advanced, PFC-free, water repellency enhancement” (15 May).

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories takes next steps in Prodigy Textiles’ spider silk commercialization program: “Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, [a] developer of spider silk-based fibers … is gearing up production of its proprietary spider silk silkworm eggs in preparation for shipment to Prodigy. These silkworms are slated to be the first transgenics produced at Prodigy” (14 May).

Maharashtra, India will give spinning mills subsidies to set up solar power plants: “The state government has set up a committee to help cooperative spinning mills and textile units set up solar power plants. Officials from the Maharashtra Textile Department, which has set up the committee, said the panel has been tasked with finalising the details of the proposed subsidy, the criteria to declare units eligible for subsidy and chalking out a plan for implementation, among other things” (14 May).

Unifi receives UNC sustainability award: [Unifi is] the inaugural business recipient of the 2018 UNC Sustainability Award from Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise” (11 May).

Denim makers cut use of water: “Previously, the denim fabric makers in Bangladesh used 270 litres of water for washing a kilogram of denim fabrics … Now, some of the companies in Bangladesh can produce a kilogram of denim fabrics with only 15 to 16 litres of water on an average, said Jordi Juani, director for the Asia Division of Jeanologia, a Spanish garment finishing machinery manufacturer” (10 May).

The science behind liquid silk, a sustainable fibre: “[T]he founders of Silk Inc. created a proprietary pure liquefied silk ideal for use in skin care, textiles and medical products” (10 May).

PrimaLoft develops its first insulation made entirely from recycled PET bottles: “By 2020, PrimaLoft plans to produce 90% of its insulation products with at least 50% recycled fiber. Most recently, the ingredient brand had provided its pinnacle products, PrimaLoft Gold Insulation and PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Active +, with 55% recycled content” (10 May).

Textile dye & chemical producers to review ZDHC: “A group of nine sustainably oriented textile dye and chemical producers has issued an open letter to the Stichting ZDHC Foundation defining some principles and expectations that require clarification/commitment in order to officially contribute to the ZDHC Foundation” (09 May).

(Photo by Anastasia Hofmann on UnsplashCCO)

Disclaimer: The Fashion Sustainability Week in Review (FSWIR) is a 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 or any individual associated with the company.

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