Brands in the news this week include Nike and Adidas (in a new report ahead of the World Cup accusing them of paying poverty wages to worker making football shirts and boots), Amazon (for destroying new products), Marks & Spencer (for a ‘huge rise’ in sourcing sustainable cotton), C&A (increasing its recycling in Brazilian stores), Patagonia (for its wetsuit repair tour), The North Face (launching a refurbished apparel program), Kathmandu (calling for climate action in New Zealand), M.i.h (launching sustainable jeans), and Ikea, Zara Home and Anthropologie (winners at the recent PETA Vegan Homeware Awards).
Two reports were released during the week:
- ITUC Global Rights Index, 2018, (an annual survey of worker and trade union rights worldwide)
- State of Reuse Report, 2018 (third annual report by thrift retailer Savers on apparel reuse)
In general news, there were stories on how brands share responsibility for mass faintings in Cambodia, whether circularity is fashion’s holy grail or another example of greenwashing, the possibility of North Korea’s opening and what it might mean for sourcing, the benefits to workers of digitising payments, a project by German researchers to replace toxic chemicals used in textile production with insect skin, the withdrawal of Bill 2379 (concerning plastic microfibre) in California, the lack of leather for luxury products, and Thailand’s ratification of the ILO Convention on forced labour.
In the supply chain, there were reports on an unpublished study claiming expats holding top positions in Bangladesh’s garment factories remit $2.36 billion per year, workers at defunct First Gawon Apparel in Cambodia receiving money from the government, claims a cross-province truck driver strike heralds a new era in China’s labour movement, and protests in Vietnam over Chinese involvement in a new economic zone.
In manufacturing, Archroma joined a program to innovate textiles research in Pakistan, Cone Denim launched sustainable denim with Lenzing, PrimaLoft launched 100% recycled insulation, and Avery Dennison was accused of undermining trade union rights in India.
Quotes of the week:
- “In the end [sourcing] is a global circus. The people who failed to get into Ethiopia in time will go to North Korea. If that fails, they’ll move somewhere else and the game will continue.” Gerhard Flatz, managing director of manufacturer KTC, on the possible opening up of North Korea (11 Jun).
- “We’ve saved over £750m – net – over the last 10 years of doing Plan A. That’s driving down energy use, waste, packaging, water etc.” Mike Barry, director of Plan A and sustainable business at Marks & Spencer (08 Jun).
- “I am supposed to sew about 150 whole pieces of clothing per hour. Supervisors often yell at me and say I am lazy and a bad worker.” Ms Theary, sewer, Cambodia, cited in the 2018 ITUC Global Rights Index (07 Jun – p. 38).
- “[T]hat one T-shirt, at the moment, is just too small. We've seen over five to 10 years that these individual niche special collection things are not igniting. It’s definitely more impactful to give the money to the groups that are working on systems change.” Linda Greer, Natural Resources Defense Council, on buying an organic cotton t-shirt versus donating to a non-profit working hard to fix the industry (06 Jun).
- “Hotlines and smartphone apps (allowing staff to report abuses) are widely hailed ... but do not give any power to workers to organise, bargain and improve their conditions.” Andy Hall, migration rights activist (06 Jun).
- “You whore, your caste people should be kept where the slippers are kept.” Unnamed female tailor in Bangalore, after being grabbed by the hair and punched in a dispute over wages and working conditions (05 Jun).
By Stephen Frost, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
BRANDS & RETAILERS
Nike and Adidas rake in millions from the World Cup – but factory workers who make their shirts are paid ‘poverty wages’: “With just days to go until the 2018 World Cup kicks off, two of the tournament’s most high-profile sponsors – Nike and Adidas – have been accused of paying “poverty wages” to the thousands of female garment makers in their supply chain who produce the shirts and boots donned by football’s most handsomely paid stars” (11 Jun). [Ed’s note: this story is based on a report just released by Éthique sur l'étiquette called “Foul Play: Sponsors Leave Workers (still) on the Sidelines,” which is a follow-up of a June 2016 report. You can see the full report here.]
“There is no innovation without sustainability” says Nike’s chief operating officer: “Nike is putting new focus into sustainability, says chief operating officer Eric Sprunk, and has just created a new super material from recyclable natural leather fibre” (11 Jun).
Asics publishes 2017 Sustainability Report, sets 2030 goals: “Asics set ambitious new targets for 2030, including reducing the carbon footprint of its own operations by 33 percent, in line with the Science Based Targets initiative, and cutting supply chain carbon emissions by 55 percent of 2015 levels per product manufactured” (11 Jun). [Ed’s note: full report can be seen here.]
Amazon destroying masses of new products: “Amazon, Germany’s largest online retailer, is destroying large amounts of returns and new products … An Amazon employee reports that she has destroyed goods worth tens of thousands of euros each day” (08 Jun – in German).
M&S’s Mike Barry on sustainability in a tough retail climate: ‘It’s doubly important to be doing it now’: “BusinessGreen spoke to M&S’s director of Plan A and sustainable business, Mike Barry, about the new report, tough market conditions, and ambitious plans to keep pioneering innovative new sustainability initiatives” (08 Jun).
M&S hails ‘huge rise’ in responsible cotton sourcing in Plan A progress report: “Marks & Spencer has hailed a "huge rise" in its sourcing of responsible cotton, as it today delivered its first sustainability update since launching its new set of Plan A environmental targets last year … 83 per cent of its products "now have an eco or ethical quality above the market norm", and that alongside Oxfam it has helped to recycle or reuse 30 million items of clothing” (08 Jun). [Ed’s note: see more here, including link to full report.]
C&A makes recycling available in 39 stores in Brazil: C&A has increased the number of stores participating in the recycling campaign, Movimento Reciclo (recycling movement) in Brazil. Launched in September last year, the recycling service is now present in 39 stores which offers the public the opportunity to recycle items of clothing from any brand (07 Jun – in Spanish).
Patagonia announces wetsuit repair tour, all brands welcome: “Patagonia’s newest activation for its refurbished clothing and gear program, Worn Wear, takes the form of a tour offering free repairs of any brand of wetsuit, in an attempt to encourage reduced consumption of new products and reuse of functional goods” (07 Jun).
‘Plastic is not cool’ – is fashion finally cleaning up its act? “As World Oceans Day approaches, Net-a-Porter’s Lucy Yeomans is leading the way in tackling fashion’s addiction to the ‘plastic drug’. But there’s a long way to go” (07 Jun). [Ed’s note: article also mentions Parley for the Ocean, Eco-Age, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Stella McCartney, Adidas, and Aquafil.]
The North Face launches refurbished apparel program: “The North Face has just announced its own “recommerce” store to keep apparel in use longer. “Renewed,” as the project is called, will sell refurbished apparel to extend product life and deliver on the brand’s commitment to supporting an economy built upon sustainability” (06 Jun).
Brands including Ikea shun new safety accord after Rana Plaza disaster: “So far about 176 of the 220 companies in the Accord have signed its extension including H&M, Zara and Primark. But the shortfall means about 250 factories supplying to western brands would no longer be monitored under the scheme” (06 Jun). [Ed’s note: Abercrombie and Fitch and Sean John (Sean “Diddy” Combs) also cited for failing to join.]
Expresso Performance Check 2018: [Ed’s note: a report by Fair Wear Foundation.] “Expresso Fashion has met most of FWF’s performance requirements. Its monitoring threshold of 89% is an improvement compared to last year” (06 Jun).
Kathmandu among call for climate action in NZ: “More than 200 businesses, leaders and community groups have signed a letter backing the [New Zealand] Government’s fresh steps toward a zero-carbon 2050 - and compelling it to keep moving forward. … Among the signatories were [Kathmandu]” (06 Jun).
M.i.h is introducing its most sustainable, lowest-impact jeans ever: “[M.i.h has launched the] most sustainable jeans yet: a capsule made in partnership with ISKO, the only denim mill in the world that’s been awarded the EU Ecolabel and Nordic Swan Ecolabel environmental certifications” (05 Jun).
Ikea, Zara Home and Anthropologie win at the PETA Vegan Homeware Awards 2018: “From faux-sheepskin rugs to high quality bed linens, the awards – by the largest animal rights organisation in the world – aims to recognise this year’s top designs and innovations for an ethical, cruelty-free home” (04 Jun).
NEWS & REPORTS
How brands share responsibility for mass faintings in Cambodian garment factories: “Cambodian labour rights groups point to harsh factory conditions as the main factor for workers fainting at their work stations. … labour rights advocates have also pointed to worker exhaustion from excessive overtime and demanding work quotas, as well as poor nutrition stemming from low wages, as causes for mass faintings. Some companies have gone on the record as, at least partially, agreeing with this analysis” (12 Jun).
Circularity: Sustainable fashion’s holy grail or greenwashing? “For many fashion brands, circularity begins and ends with marketing campaigns or capsule collections featuring recycled materials, an approach some activists liken to greenwashing” (12 Jun – requires subscription to read article).
North Korea: Fashion’s next sourcing opportunity? “While denuclearisation is the focus of the historic US-North Korea Summit, shrewd Asian manufacturers will be pondering the impact on business” (11 Jun).
Sustainability app ‘Good On You’ spreading goodness of transparency in fashion: “As many as 500 European brands have been added to the [Good On You] database, taking the total tally to 2,000” (11 Jun).
The future of supply chains: Why companies are digitizing payments: “In Bangladesh, when H&M, Marks & Spencer, Target, Li & Fung, Lindex, Debenhams and Fast Retailing partnered with HERfinance, the number of instances when a woman was unable to save dropped by almost 70 percent” (11 Jun).
How sustainable are London Fashion Week Men’s designers? “While London Fashion Week Men's may not have had a very vocal and focused sustainability platform for SS19, brands committed to switch to green energy include Christopher Raeburn, E.Tautz, Harvey Nichols, Kering, Marks & Spencer, Oliver Spencer, Positive Luxury, Selfridges, Stella McCartney, steventai, Teatum Jones, and Vivienne Westwood” (10 Jun).
How sustainable is your wardrobe? “It's been a big week for environmental awareness with the news that Gucci has pledged to put sustainability at the heart of its business. But is this, and the environmental efforts of other brands, enough to reduce the fashion industry's impact on the planet? Vogue investigates” (10 Jun). [Ed’s note: article interviews Kering, Mother of Pearl, Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Patagonia.]
The textile industry may soon turn to insects to help produce fabrics: “German researchers are exploring ways of using chitosan, which is derived from a component of insect skin called chitin, to replace toxic chemicals in the production of textiles” (08 Jun).
Workers worldwide face a tougher, more violent environment as they seek to defend their rights: “As the ITUC publishes its Global Rights Index 2018, Stephen Russell, the TUC’s international policy officer for business & human rights, reflects on this year’s troubling findings” (08 Jun).
ITUC releases global rights index: [Ed’s note: The International Trade Union Confederation has released the annual ITUC Global Rights Index. Of interest is its list of the world’s ten worst countries for workers, which includes sourcing countries Algeria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Philippines, and Turkey. Garment factories listed violating workers’ rights include Orchid Sweater Factory and Haesong Corporation in Bangladesh, Southland Garment Factory and Gawon Apparel Factory in Cambodia, and Gawon Apparel Factory in Indonesia.] (07 Jun).
‘Refurbished’ is the new frontier for outdoor gear retailers: “Patagonia, REI and The North Face are all jumping on the secondhand bandwagon, which is great for a lot of reasons” (07 Jun).
California kills Assembly Bill 2379 as similar microfiber initiatives grow in other states: “It might have led the charge for similar plastic microfiber bills in New York and Connecticut, but California’s Assembly Bill 2379 is off the table – for now” (07 Jun).
The push to make fashion production more ethical and efficient: “From using automation software to only buying local, three small companies share how they’re updating their supply chains” (07 Jun). [Ed’s note: the three companies are Rapanui, Maxwell Scott, and Something Wicked.]
African unions condemn global trade in used clothes as it suffocates textile sector: “Africa imports 32 per cent of the world’s used clothes valued at US$1 billion and the main customers are poor people who can’t afford new clothes. The global trade rakes in US $3.7 billion” (07 Jun).
FWF researches impact of recent minimum wage rise in Myanmar: “[Fair Wear Foundation] has started a research project on living wages in Myanmar. In March, the legal minimum wage in Myanmar increased from Kyat 3,600 to 4,800 per day. FWF and Mondiaal FNV want to determine the impact of this increase on workers and businesses” (07 Jun).
Vietnam factories trained on environmental issues: “A year-long Better Work project has helped boost environmental compliance in Vietnam’s garment industry” (07 Jun).
Investors representing $2.3 Trillion AUM ask Canada to act on G7 commitment to address forced labour in global supply chains: “[A] group of 129 Canadian and global institutional investors with $2.3 trillion assets under management sent a statement to the Minister of Labour, Patty Hajdu, urging the Government of Canada to enact legislation to help identify and eliminate forced labour and child labour in supply chains through effective company due diligence and disclosure” (06 Jun).
Kingpins Transformers reveal why it pays to be transparent: ““Transparency isn’t new, but people want more information and this will become the greater norm,” Jason Kibbey, CEO of The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, said speaking at Kingpins Transformers in New York City Tuesday [05 Jun]. Talk at Transformers centered on ways the jeans business can become less opaque and more forthcoming with its practices, values and quality of ingredients” (06 Jun). [Ed’s note: article mentions Lenzing, Candiani Denim, Supima, Saitex and Everlane.]
Fashion industry to undergo “transformative” decade in bid to improve its sustainability: “The clothing and textile industry will go through a period of transformation over the next decade, during which it will develop new materials and eliminate the chemicals that are both having a detrimental effect on the world’s eco-system. That’s the view of a new report commissioned by an organisation that campaigns for more sustainable working practices from textile and apparel producers” (06 Jun). [Ed’s note: the report is Safer Chemistry Innovation in the Textile and Apparel Industry.]
There are not enough cows to produce luxury leather: “There’s strong demand for the best leather as there are more people with extreme wealth in the world that want luxury goods, said Don Ohsman, publisher of Hidenet, which reports on leather markets. But not many animals have hides that are good enough to turn into an expensive handbag” (06 Jun).
Savers launches 2018 State of Reuse Report: “[T]hrift retailer [Savers has] launched its third annual State of Reuse Report. Findings from this year’s report reveal there is a continued need for consumers to embrace the full cycle of reuse – not only the act of donating goods no longer in use, but also shopping for pre-owned or upcycled products to reduce their overall clothing footprint” (06 Jun). [Ed’s note: see report here.]
No quick fixes for companies seeking to stamp out forced labour – experts: “[Thomson Reuters Foundation reports] businesses seeking to clean up their supply chains must invest in improving the lives of their workers rather than relying on technology or short-term fixes, campaigners and major companies said ahead of a conference on modern-day slavery on Wednesday [06 Jun]” (06 Jun).
Relax. Sustainable fashion is easier than you think: [Ed’s note: an interview with Linder Greer from the Natural Resources Defense Council.] “To lead us in the right direction, [Refinery29] at down at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit with the smartest sustainable fashion expert we know: Linda Greer, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council” (06 Jun).
Welcome to fashion’s eco-label jungle: “Given the number and diversity of available labels, it can be difficult for the average consumer to navigate the vague and sometimes misleading plethora of designations used to distinguish more “responsible” products in the marketplace” (06 Jun). [Ed’s note: provides information on the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), Fairtrade, Oeko-Tex Standard 100, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the Global Recycled Standard (GRS), and Certified Vegan.]
Sustainable Textile School to focus on textile recycling: “The Sustainable Textile School in Germany will focus on recycling and efficient sourcing with superefficient operations, up and downstream in textiles industry. The three-day event beginning September 10, 2018 will throw light on the formation of a marketplace for innovation and further educate the industry with a focus on sustainability” (08 Jun).
Thailand ratifies ILO Convention on forced labour: “On 4 June 2018, Thailand deposited the instrument of ratification of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930, with the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), thereby becoming the 24th country worldwide and the first in Asia to ratify the instrument” (04 Jun).
THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Bangladesh Alliance factories completing upgrades 06 Jun to 13 Jun: Hangers PLUS, Crown Wears, Western Dresses, Nassa Apparels, Liz Apparels, Hamza Clothing, Savannah Fashion, Glitter Fashion, SGWICUS (13 Jun). [Ed’s note: this list is based on the Bangladesh Alliance Twitter feed.]
Bangladesh govt funds RMG renovations: “Bangladesh government has decided to start renovation programmes for the ready-made garment (RMG) industries to improve their working condition. It has allocated Tk 10 crore to fund the project under the Remediation Coordination Cell (RCC). An industrial safety unit is being set up under the department of inspection of factories and establishments (DIFE)” (09 Jun).
Local education fails to cater for RMG sector needs: “An unpublished study of Dhaka University and The Centre of Excellence of BGMEA estimates that the 34,340 expatriates holding top positions in RMG factories are remitting around $2.36 billion they receive in salary and allowance” (06 Jun). [Ed’s note: the study – Employment of Expatriates and its Alternatives in the RMG Sector of Bangladesh – can be seen in full here.]
German-Bangladesh higher education network held at UGC: “The event was arranged to share information about HEST project objectives among its stakeholders. HEST project aims at reducing the skill gap of mid-level managers in textile and Ready-Made Garments (RMG) sectors in Bangladesh” (04 Jun). [Ed’s note: see more here on the project from GIZ.]
Skill shortage plagues job sectors: “A report on Cambodian labour published on Friday [08 Jun] found that ten sectors in the job market, including IT, hospitality and textiles, are still facing shortages in skilled workers” (11 Jun).
First Gawon workers collect cash:” Workers from the defunct First Gawon Apparel factory in Phnom Penh have finally received missing wages and benefits from the government after six months of protests and following an order form Prime Mister Hun Sen for the case to be resolved” (11 Jun).
Workers unsatisfied after gov’t pledge to pay salaries: “The Ministry of Labour said the government will compensate workers at 12 factories whose employers abruptly shuttered their businesses and fled without paying salaries or other benefits” (11 Jun).
Parliament passes minimum wage law: “The National Assembly yesterday [07 Jun] adopted a draft minimum wage law, which aims to promote decent living standards for the country’s 780,000 textile workers” (08 Jun).
‘A new era in China’s labour movement’: [Ed’s note: A cross-province strike by truck drivers has heralded what one labour relations scholar in China has called ‘a new era in China’s labour movement’. Truck drivers vowed to unite 30 million drivers in a cross-country strike.] (09 Jun).
Vietnam protesters clash with police over new economic zones: “Demonstrators clashed with police in Vietnam amid protests against plans for new economic zones that some fear will be dominated by Chinese investors” (10 Jun).
Garmon Chemicals promotes traceability and sustainability with Cotton USA in China: “Garmon Chemicals and Cottonsmith, a Cotton USA brand licence, and the College of Fashion and Design, Donghua University, jointly held the event Cotton Creation Era - Denim Creative Design Award Ceremony in Shanghai” (12 Jun).
Archroma joins program to innovate textiles research in Pakistan: “Color and specialty chemical developer Archroma is helping to foster innovative research on textiles in Pakistan. The company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan on a program that will run for five years” (11 Jun).
Indian textile processing units to comply with all TNPCB norms: “With a view to ensuring compliance with Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board norms, over 35 textile processing units and industries at SIPCOT, Perundurai, by adopting zero liquid discharge technology, among other steps” (09 Jun).
Cone Denim debuts sustainable denim with Lenzing Group: “Cone Denim has partnered with Lenzing Group to become the only North American supplier offering sustainable denim made in the US. The company debuted the new sustainable denim fabric at Kingpins in NY this week” (08 Jun).
Coloured embroidery threads on demand save time, money and the environment: “Swedish company Coloreel announces partnership with Ricoh, the Japanese technology giant, to revolutionise the textile industry … As the system only produces the thread actually needed, there is very little waste generated. Additionally, there is almost zero waste water used in the Coloreel unit compared to the textile industry in general” (08 Jun).
Dark Flows the River Turag: “Syed Hafizur Rahman, Professor of Environmental Sciences at Jahangirnagar University [in Bangladesh], explains that wet processing factories release effluents which is alkaline wastewater with dyes containing toxic substances such as chlorine, chromium, zinc, and copper into surrounding water bodies. This not only creates a crisis for clean water but also results in agriculture lands becoming inundated with toxins, fish stocks dying, and people suffering from health problems” (08 June).
Primaloft elevates sustainability and performance with debut of 100% recycled insulation technologies: “PrimaLoft … is introducing its first insulations made entirely from post-consumer recycled (PCR) material” (07 Jun).
Gel-dyed yarn easier on resources: “A new gel-dyed acrylic textile fibre which claims to use less energy and water than conventionally dyed acrylics has been launched by Thai Acrylic Fiber Co., which is owned by the Indian conglomerate Aditya Birla” (07 Jun). [Ed’s note: companies are Archroma, Colourtex, DyStar, Huntsman, Jay Chemical, Protex, Pulcra, Rudolf, and Tanatex. The letter is from May, and you can read it here.]
Textile dye companies call for harmonised approach: “A number of textile dye and chemical companies have signed an open letter to the Stichting ZDHC Foundation, formed in 2014, discussing their concerns with the increasing complexity and resultant cost burdens for the textiles value chain, which are proving an obstacle to the overall goals of the elimination of hazardous chemistry from within the textiles supply chain” (06 Jun).
SOEX and I:CO launch world’s first recycling system for all footwear types: “Following a five-year development phase, I:CO together with SOEX, a global leader in the field of used textiles marketing and recycling, presented the world’s first shoe recycling plant able to process all types of footwear” (06 Jun). [Ed’s note: see photos of the inauguration here.]
Major apparel supplier, Avery Dennison, accused of undermining trade union rights & failing to pay contract workers their full entitlements: “The International Union League for Brand Responsibility wrote a letter to Avery Dennison, a major label supplier, accusing it of undermining freedom of association and trade union rights in Bangalore. The letter specifically alleges that Avery Dennison keeps workers on contracts to avoid paying them their full entitlements and will not recognise their trade union” (05 Jun).
CONFERENCES & SEMINARS
[New listings or updated information marked with *]
15 June, London: Bioresponsive E-Textiles and 3D Printing in Fashion: “A group exhibition of Bioresponsive E-Textiles and 3D Printing in Fashion.”
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.”
21 June, London: Ellen MacArthur Foundation 2108 Summit: “This year, we ask; How do we reinvent the systems of today so that they are fit for tomorrow?”
22 June, Amsterdam: Circular Certification: “Join the Circle Economy Textiles Team and industry experts for a Deep Dive on the topic, where we will unpack the core limitations, opportunities and with an eye on the future, the role blockchain can play in what's to come for circular certifications.”
25 June, online course: Who Made My Clothes? The University of Exeter and Fashion Revolution deliver a three-week course where participants will discover who made their clothes, share their stories, and influence global change.
25 June, Brussels: Five Years after the Launch of the Sustainability Compact: Taking Stock and Staying Engaged: “The fourth high-level follow-up meeting of the [Bangladesh] Sustainability Compact.”
26 – 28 June, Brussels: Scaling Impact through Collaboration: “The BCI 2018 Global Cotton Conference will bring the entire sector together … to collaborate on a more sustainable future for cotton.”
27 June, London: Sustainable Supply Chains 2018: “Aligning procurement & supplier engagement practices with sustainability strategy.”
3 – 5 July, Berlin: Ethical Fashion Show Berlin: “The Ethical Fashion Show Berlin stands for urban zeitgeist, sustainable lifestyle and fashion.”
3 – 5 July, Berlin: Greenshowroom: “Like no other fashion event in Europe, the Greenshowroom stands for elegant designs and sustainable high-grade materials.”
18 – 19 July, London: The London Textile Fair: With a new section completely dedicated to sustainable fabrics.
* 24 July, New York City: Footwear Sourcing and Innovation Summit: Includes themes such as innovation in sustainable materials and production.
25 -26 July, London: Jacket Required: Spotlighting the growing emphasis and importance placed on sustainability; see, for example, the sustainable brands showing (Fjällräven, Re:Sustain, Tretorn, Sandqvist, Ohmme, et. al.).
28 – 30 July, Hofheim-Wallau, Germany: Innatex (Sustainable Textiles): “Innatex stresses the importance not only of ecological factors in the supply chain, but also social aspects.”
01 August, São Paulo, Brazil: SAC & ZDHC Manufacturer Forum: The first such forum in Brazil.
12 – 14 August, Las Vegas: Sourcing at Magic: “The show will mainly emphasise on helping the fashion industry reduce its impact on the environment with new design opportunities that meet market demand for sustainable fabric and fibres.”
16 August, London: Bare Fashion, London’s first vegan fashion show: “[W]ill feature autumn clothing lines from vegan, sustainable and ethical brands from the UK and beyond.”
05 September, Hong Kong: Manufacturer Forum: The first SAC & ZDHC Manufacturer Forum in Hong Kong.
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.)
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.”
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.”
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