Brands in this issue include: Amazon (selling clothes from factories other retailers blacklist), Asket and Lindex (join Switching Gear project), Frame (launches sustainable denim collection), Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s (stop selling fur), Levi’s, Adidas, C&A, Inditex, H&M, Primark, Nike and Target (judged on supply chain oversight in China), Tchibo (recycles old goods from clothing rental business), Vinted (fashion resale booming), Zara (ups sustainability commitment), and more.
Recently released reports:
Purpose in China: The Future Role of Brands, by WE Red Bridge
CITI Evaluation Annual Report: Green Supply Chain, by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs
Fixing Fashion: Who Is Doing What? 2019 Update, by Common Objective
In general news:
Sustainable items just 3 per cent of online fashion
Fashion for Good calls for broader innovation investments
Circular initiative on-boards its first brands
Consumers: The missing link in sustainable apparel
Gen Z is over celebrity glitz; wants transparency and authenticity
DBS campaign nudges Singaporeans to make more sustainable fashion choices
Streetwear has a sustainability problem
Chinese consumers want brand purpose but expect it to be localised, says report
How sustainable is renting your clothes, really?
Why is sustainable fashion so expensive?
Slave labor camps are supplying American fashion brands
In the supply chain:
Bangladesh: government says it cannot approve trade unions due to worker ignorance
China: ‘everyone’s getting out’
India: government likely to extend two-year debt moratorium for struggling textile units
Mexico: why brands can’t ignore the injustice in their supply chains
Myanmar: garment workers seek help for solving labour right violations
Manufacturers in this issue include: Applied DNA Sciences (awaits cellulose tagging patent approval), Coats (installs new rooftop solar power generation unit in Vietnam), HP (commitment to sustainable ink innovation), Hugo Boss Textile Industries (turning its biggest plant into a smart factory), Jeanologia (teams up on denim 3D design), Primaloft (partners with Parley for the Oceans), Sateri (concerns raised by Canopy), Tejidos Royo (saving water in the denim production process), and more.
Sustainable fashion jobs: 11 new jobs listed this issue (at Adidas, Brands Fashion, Burberry, Clean Clothes Campaign, Fashion for Good, Global Fashion Agenda, Hugo Boss, Softex, Tapestry and UAL’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion).
Quotes of the week:
“The term ‘sustainable fashion’ is an oxymoron. Because if you are going to create something fashionable, it cannot be sustainable.” Rina Singh, founder of Eká (22 Oct).
“Labels including H&M, Adidas, Nike, and more have already had to respond to questions about their connections to Xinjiang’s cotton. Recently, Target Australia and retailer Cotton On declared they would cease buying cotton from the region. Others could soon follow.” Marc Bain, in an article he penned on how clothing made by Chinese forced labour is likely being sold in the US (22 Oct).
“There’s real momentum building around responsible design, which is fantastic.” Christopher Raeburn (21 Oct).
By Stephen Frost, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
FROM ECOTEXTILE NEWS
Fashion brands judged on supply chain oversight: “Fashion brands have been judged on their oversight of sustainability in their supply chains in the sixth annual Green Supply Chain CITI Evaluation rankings which have just been released by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) in China. Levi’s came second among 439 companies across all sectors, behind only computer giant Dell, while fashion brands made up eight of the top ten with Adidas, C&A, Zara owners Inditex, H&M, Primark, Nike and Target all scoring highly” (24 Oct).
Applied DNA awaits cellulose tagging patent approval: “Molecular authentication technologies provider Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) has received a Notice of Allowance for a new patent relating to the use of its CertainT marker system on cellulose-based fibres” (24 Oct).
Canopy raises fresh Sateri concerns: “Leading NGO Canopy has raised further concerns about the social and environmental impacts of viscose sourcing in Sateri’s supply chain despite acknowledging the company has made some early progress” (23 Oct).
Fashion for Good calls for broader innovation investments: “Netherlands-based sustainable fashion initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has issued a call to arms to industry stakeholders and investment groups, noting “the amount of capital available in the textile innovation space is still small in comparison to the magnitude of the problem”” (23 Oct).
Primaloft partners with Parley for the Oceans: “Material innovator Primaloft has partnered with environmental organisation Parley for the Oceans to develop insulation made from repurposed plastic bottles found on the coasts of remote islands” (23 Oct).
Sustainable items just 3 per cent of online fashion: “A new report published by UK retail analysts looks at how the fashion industry has been expanding its use of ‘sustainable’ fabrics and processes in their assortments over time, as well as the pricing and performance metrics behind so-called ‘eco-friendly’ products” (22 Oct).
Circular initiative on-boards its first brands: “Following the launch of its Switching Gear project in May of this year, Dutch duo Circle Economy and Fashion for Good (FFG) have on-boarded their first two brands keen to capitalise on opportunities in recommerce and rental” (22 Oct).
BRANDS & RETAILERS
Tchibo recycles old goods from clothing rental business: “German retailer Tchibo has been testing the rental market for baby and children's clothing since 2018 and now presents an idea on how to continue using products at the end of their life cycle. For this, Tchibo cooperates with the Hamburg label and refugee project Bridge & Tunnel” (24 Oct – in German). [Ed’s note: more here from Tchibo – in German.]
Amazon sells clothes from factories other retailers blacklist: “After a 2013 factory collapse killed more than 1,100 people in Bangladesh, most of the biggest U.S. apparel retailers joined safety-monitoring groups that required them to stop selling clothing from factories that violated certain safety standards. Amazon.com Inc. didn’t join” (23 Oct).
Zara ups sustainability commitment with CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund collaboration: “Zara, the biggest brand of clothing giant Inditex, is supporting the 16th edition of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Design Challenge, hosted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Vogue Magazine, by providing the 10 finalists with sustainable materials” (23 Oct).
Fashion resale, a booming market: interview with Thomas Plantenga, CEO of Vinted: “The last interview in our series is with Thomas Plantenga, CEO of Vinted, a platform where users can sell used clothes for free (shipping is paid by the buyer). More than 120,000 items are currently listed, with an average price per item of 15 euros (approximately 17 dollars). Founded in 2008 in Vilnius, Lithuania, by Milda Mitkute and Justas Janauskas, the company was struggling when Plantenga joined in 2016, but a new strategy is turning things around. Today, Vinted is present in 11 European markets, including the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, with offices in Vilnius, Berlin, Warsaw and Prague. The platform is also available in the US, but the North American market is not a focus for now. France is by far Vinted’s best market: 11 million of its 23 million European users live there” (22 Oct).
Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s to stop selling fur: “Macy’s Inc. has announced that it will stop selling fur by the end of fiscal 2020, a policy that will extend to all Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s private brands, as well as items sold from brand partners” (22 Oct).
Frame launches sustainable denim collection as next step in an ongoing plan for sustainability: “Joining the ranks of an ever-growing list of green designers, Frame has launched a collection of sustainable denim. This launch quickly follows the brand’s fall launch of eco-friendly cashmere. Known for dressing “It” girls, like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jessica Alba, and Kaia Gerber, the company notes high standards for the collection, saying fit will not be compromised as the denim becomes more sustainably made” (22 Oct).
Lindex and Asket join Switching Gear project to explore circular business models: “Apparel brands Asket and Lindex are the first of four brands to join Circle Economy’s Switching Gear project in order to explore circular business models and connect with a global network of rental and recommerce experts” (22 Oct).
4 clothing brands hoping to bring more sustainability to the outerwear market: “With fall officially in full effect, the search for comfortable outerwear is on. But for socially conscious shoppers, finding ethical options presents a challenging obstacle: Simply put, the lack of sustainable options is real. Whether you're straight size or plus, finding outerwear brands that also incorporate sustainability into their production and design process can be tough” (21 Oct). [Ed’s note: the four brands are: Save the Duck, Caalo, Amour Vert, and Choiss.]
Christopher Raeburn’s latest Timberland capsule: “For the past 10 years, the designer has been a pioneering force in exploring responsible design practices. Raeburn favors functional fabrics that are “steeped in authenticity” and explores this in his Raemade philosophy built on three pillars: “remade, reduced, recycled.” The design philosophy complements that of Timberland and the brand’s parent company, VF Corp.”(21 Oct).
Responsible sourcing is the foundation for the California-made brand Reck-less: “Increasingly, new and emerging brands are searching for supply-chain options that are outside of the big-box model. For Reck-less founder Kertu Palo, this meant taking seemingly simple shirt-dress and jumpsuit designs but recreating them in different upcycled and dead-stock textiles in a variety of colorways for a sustainable approach to manufacturing in California” (18 Oct).
NEWS & REPORTS
Consumers: The missing link in sustainable apparel: “Who should pay to make apparel supply chains more sustainable? This is a question we hear a lot, and it is also one which causes a great many disagreements between factory owners and apparel brands. Factory owners complain that apparel buyers drive a hard bargain on price and that, at the end of negotiations, there is little room left for extra spending on technological upgrading. Brands, on the other hand, claim they have their own pressures and that, actually, this is the way the industry works. People are in business to make money and, in a highly competitive industry, they have little choice but to keep costs to a minimum. If this means placing price pressure on suppliers, so be it. There is another factor here which perhaps is not given enough consideration: end consumers” (24 Oct).
Gen Z is over celebrity glitz; wants transparency and authenticity: “Move over experiential marketing, celebrities and influencers. To connect with Generation Z, the luxury industry will have to refocus on products and stores, while also creating a real emotional link with consumers. These are the conclusions presented by a study undertaken by management consultancy firm Bain & Company and revealed in Milan on Tuesday during the MFGS Milano Fashion Global Summit 2019” (24 Oct).
DBS campaign nudges Singaporeans to make more sustainable fashion choices: “Banking brand DBS has launched a campaign in Singapore that hopes to raise awareness of the impact of fast-fashion on the environment. The brand has launched a film on sustainability as part of its ongoing ‘Sparks’ video series, as well as an augmented reality game called ‘Fashion Slowdown’. The brand has also made a play on its tagline ‘Live More, Bank Less’ for the activity – ‘Live More, Trash Less’” (23 Oct).
Streetwear has a sustainability problem: “Frontpage is Highsnobiety’s weekly online cover story exploring the people, moments, and ideas shaping culture today. For the third edition of our series, Highsnobiety’s Christopher Morency takes a deep dive into streetwear’s sustainability problem” (23 Oct).
Chinese consumers want brand purpose but expect it to be localised, says report: “A WE Red Bridge report exclusively attained by PRWeek Asia highlights the unique needs and wants of Chinese consumers in the age of purpose … Chinese consumers expect brands to focus locally and prioritise China’s development. This means brands must look to define their role domestically and to build new levels of trust and respect with Chinese stakeholders” (23 Oct). [Ed’s note: see report here.]
How sustainable is renting your clothes, really? “The short answer, according to the half-dozen sustainability experts I spoke to for this story, is that we don’t exactly know. Despite some rental platforms advertising themselves as inherently green, there has yet to be an in-depth environmental study of their operations. And yet experts have spotted a number of environmental pitfalls in the business model, from the proliferation of energy-consuming dry cleaning facilities to carbon-spewing deliveries and returns” (22 Oct).
Why is sustainable fashion so expensive? “The fashion industry is plagued with inherent issues that make it unsustainable. From the use of chemical dyes and synthetic fibres that pollute the environment, and the enormous amounts of waste it generates in the form of fabric scraps, to the employment of low-wage workers in cramped and unsafe conditions in sweatshops around developing countries, there are several factors that contribute to this unsustainability” (22 Oct).
Slave labor camps are supplying American fashion brands: “Slavery and indentured labor is widespread in the fashion industry, as I’ve reported in the past. This week, the South China Morning Post reports that China experts have gone to Capitol Hill to explain to lawmakers that American apparel brands may be benefiting directly from coerced labor carried out by Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic minority living in the Xinjiang autonomous region in China” (21 Oct).
Clothing made by Chinese forced labor is likely being sold in the US: “Products made by the forced labor of Chinese Muslims detained in “reeducation” camps in its Xinjiang region could be making their way to the US and other countries” (22 Oct).
Influential quarter, workers’ ignorance hamper trade unionism: “The government cannot approve trade unionism in industrial sectors because of pressure from influential quarters and workers’ ignorance, former state minister for labour and employment Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu said yesterday” (23 Oct).
‘Everyone’s getting out of China’: How tariffs are changing fashion’s manufacturing landscape: “Today, many high-quality goods are made in China, and it has become a major manufacturing hub for fashion brands from fast fashion to high luxury. But as the trade war between the U.S. and China heats up and additional tariffs are placed on goods from China, other countries like Vietnam and Cambodia have become enticing alternatives for brands. Rather than remain at the mercy of tariff laws, brands are choosing to relocate their manufacturing to these countries, despite the headache often involved” (23 Oct).
Govt likely to extend two-year debt moratorium for struggling textile units: “The government is considering a two-year moratorium for debt repayment to help financially stressed textile units. This is to ease the liquidity crisis being faced by them because of a delay in refund of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and other levies” (23 Oct).
“They don’t want to know. They don’t want to see’’: Why brands can’t ignore the injustice in their supply chains: “For brands that aren’t embracing the measure of ethical and sustainable fashion, there’s a price to pay that goes far beyond P&L — a human cost. Behind the numbers and production costs are garment workers, predominantly female, who face daily abuse and different types of violence in the workplace, including: sexual harassment, psychological abuse, job and salary inequality and discrimination by male supervisors who abuse their hierarchical, macho power against female workers within the supply chain. This is the result of a political and social patriarchal structure which perpetuates unequal rights and gender discrimination, aided by the lack of knowledge among the female garment workers of their rights” (03 Oct). [Ed’s note: by C&A Foundation.]
Garment workers gather to ask for help for solving labour right violations: “More than 200 workers from five garment factories in Halingthaya and Shwepyitha Townships, are gathering in front of Yangon Region Government Office, to ask for the help from the regional government to help solve the violations of labour rights” (23 Oct).
Jeanologia and Browzwear team up on denim 3D design: “Jeanologia and Browzwear partner for a more efficient denim design. The Spanish company Jeanologia, specialized in finishing technology solutions for denim, has signed an agreement with 3D digital design platform Browzwear to enable designers to create, visualize and produce denim garments in a more efficient and sustainable way” (23 Oct).
The sustainable denim revolution arrives with one million liters and DryIndigo technology to KingPins Amsterdam: “With the pioneering DryIndigo technology developed by Spanish manufacturer Tejidos Royo, it is now possible to save water in the denim production process. This is a real milestone in the textile industry. The campaign invites users from around the world to join the “sustainable denim revolution” by taking part in a competition to donate a million liters of water to a good cause” (23 Oct).
How Hugo Boss is turning its biggest plant into a smart factory: “The artificial intelligence and tablets deployed at the largest European production facility of German businesswear maker Hugo Boss may be astounding, but it’s the new ways in which humans and machines are interacting that is perhaps most noteworthy. “The interesting thing about technology is that it has made us human again," Joachim Hensch, managing director at Hugo Boss Textile Industries Ltd, said in Amsterdam. He oversees the factory in Izmir, one of the four own-production sites of Hugo Boss in Europe. Of these, Izmir is by far the largest with around 4,000 employees” (22 Oct).
HP announces bold industry commitment to sustainable ink innovation with water-based print solutions: “HP Inc. today announced a significant investment in the next generation of water-based ink solutions, ahead of PRINTING United 2019. The company has committed $200 million over five or more years to develop water-based ink technologies for printing digitally on corrugated packaging and textiles” (22 Oct).
‘Dry textile’ technologies for sustainability from BTC: “BTC Bilgi Teknolojileri turns the sustainability mission into a real target by lowering water, chemical and energy usage with technological solutions for finishing preparation and printing preparation”(22 Oct).
Coats installs new rooftop solar power generation unit in Vietnam: “Part of the 30th anniversary celebrations [for Coats in Vietnam] include the formal opening of a new rooftop solar power generation unit at the Ho Chi Minh site. The solar power generation unit is both one of the first and largest installed within the textile industry in Vietnam. The generation capacity will be 1 Megawatt” (21 Oct).
Kingpins Amsterdam review: What’s new for spring/summer 2021: “Kingpins Amsterdam kicks off this week, revealing a first look at new denim fabric innovations and trends for Spring/Summer 2021. With the industry’s impact on the environment under a microscope, here’s a look at how mills are ramping up sustainable initiatives and solutions across fiber, dyeing, finishing and more” (21 Oct).
SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS
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* Adidas: Internship - Social and Environmental Affairs (6 Month, Jan 2020) (Hong Kong)
Allbirds: Manager, Materials Innovation (Footwear) (San Francisco, CA)
AllSaints: Corporate Responsibility Manager (London)
Amaro: Sustainability & Social Impact Lead (São Paulo)
Amazon: Social Responsibility, Senior Program Manager (Shenzhen, China)
Ann Inc: Manager: CSR, Strategy and Communications (New York)
AVI: Packaging Graduate (Sustainability & Quality) (Sandton)
Big W: Sustainability Specialist (Sydney)
* BRANDS: Manager Nachhaltigkeit (Ökologie) (Buchholz)
Brooks: Corporate Responsibility Analyst (Seattle, WA)
* Burberry: Corporate Responsibility Manager (London)
Burberry: Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (SA8000 Auditor) (Tokyo)
Burton Snowboards: Sustainable Production Analyst (Burlington, VT)
C&A Foundation: Data Analyst (Gurgaon)
Canada Goose: Manager Fabrics Research, Development, Sustainability (Toronto)
Carhartt: Social Compliance Manager (Dearborn, MI)
* Clean Clothes Campaign: European Coordinator (Louvain-la-Neuve)
Center for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR): Social Worker (Shenzhen)
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute: Manager, Built Environment EMEA (Amsterdam)
Disney Parks: Strategic Sourcing Specialist, Disney Cruise Line (Celebration, FL)
* Fashion for Good: Programme Associate for South Asia (Mumbai)
* Fashion for Good: Innovation and Investment Analyst for South Asia (Mumbai)
Geox: CSR & Sustainability (Montebelluna)
* Global Fashion Agenda: PR & Communications Intern (Copenhagen)
Global Fashion Agenda: Sustainability Intern (Copenhagen)
Global Fashion Agenda: Production Intern (Copenhagen)
Global Fashion Agenda: Global Partnership Intern (Copenhagen)
Global Fashion Agenda: Exhibitor Manager (Copenhagen)
Good On You: Sales Manager (Europe or Australia)
Groupe ETAM: Sustainability Manager (Hong Kong)
Higg Co: Director, Customer Success
* Hugo Boss: Manager Corporate Sustainability (Stuttgart)
Hugo Boss: Manager Corporate Sustainability Reporting (Stuttgart)
JCPenney: Sustainable Sourcing Manager (Plano, TX)
KappAhl: Sustainability Manager (Gothenburg)
Kmart Australia: Human Rights Manager (Melbourne)
Levi Strauss: LEAN Project Manager Distribution (Unna)
Lojas Renner: Environmental Analyst - Textile Field (Shanghai)
Lululemon: Director, Chemicals & Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)
Macy’s: Vice President, Sustainability (New York)
Nike: Director – Carbon and Energy (Beaverton, OR)
Nike: Sustainability Manufacturing and Sourcing Internship (Beaverton, OR)
Nike: Graduate Sustainability Innovation Internship (Beaverton, OR)
Patagonia: Environmental Responsibility Associate (Ventura, CA)
Pegas Nonwovens: Global Safety, Regulatory and Sustainability Specialist (Znojmo)
Pure Strategies: Sustainability Advisor (Boston, MA)
PVH: Corporate Responsibility Coordinator (Amsterdam)
PVH: Director, Supply Circularity (New York)
PVH: Corporate Responsibility Programs Specialist (New York)
PVH: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)
Quiz Clothing: Ethical Compliance & Sustainability Manager (Glasgow)
Salomon: Sustainability Program Manager (Annecy)
SAC: Manager, Member Services – APAC (Hong Kong)
SAC: Senior Manager, Human Resources (San Francisco, CA, or remote)
SanMar: Factory Compliance Analyst (Seattle)
* Softex: Sustainability Assistant Manager (Tangerang)
Solidarity Center: Senior Specialist for Organizing – Trade Union Strengthening Department (Phnom Penh)
Steve Madden: Social Compliance Manager (Long Island City, NY)
Stitch Fix: Packaging Program Manager (San Francisco, CA)
* Tapestry: Director, Corporate Sustainability Strategy (New York)
Target: Regional Director Production Safety & Quality Assurance (Shanghai)
Tommy Hilfiger: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)
* UAL: Knowledge Exchange Project Coordinator, Centre for Sustainable Fashion (London)
Velcro Companies: EHS Manager (Manchester, NH)
VF: Sustainable Operations Assistant Manager (Shanghai)
WSR: Director of Outreach and Communications (New York)
CONFERENCES & SEMINARS
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29 October, Shenzhen: Higg Index Manufacturer Forum: “The manufacturer forum targets apparel and textile manufacturers, brands/ retailers who would like to start capturing their Environmental and/or Social/labor performance using the Higg Facility Tools in 2020.”
29 October, Shanghai: Top Ten Best Practices – ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: email@example.com
29 – 30 October: Washington DC: “Brands Taking Stands – What’s next?”: “bringing corporate leaders together on a fast-paced main stage, keenly focused on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind their thinking.”
30 October, Istanbul: Top Ten Best Practices – ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should con tact: firstname.lastname@example.org
31 October, Shanghai: Higg Index Manufacturer Forum: “The manufacturer forum targets apparel and textile manufacturers, brands/ retailers who would like to start capturing their Environmental and/or Social/labor performance using the Higg Facility Tools in 2020.”
01 November: Hong Kong: Crisis Management & Modern Slavery: “[The Mekong Club’s] intensive 3.5-hour workshop will equip you with the right tools to anticipate and prepare for a crisis, and teach you how to use crisis management principles effectively. A realistic modern slavery crisis scenario will be used so participants can practice these principles.”
04 – 05 November: Stockholm: Transforming Products for the Circular Economy: “This two-day forum will feature leading innovators, product designers, manufacturers and brands using Cradle to Cradle Certified to design and make safe, healthy materials and products for the circular economy.”
05 November: Dhaka, Bangladesh: Sustainable Apparel Forum: 2nd edition of a forum facilitated by the Bangladesh Apparel Exchange.
05 November, Webinar: Looking Beyond the Regulation, Potential Safety Hazards: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.
07 November, Chennai: 1 Day Chemical Compliance & Product Safety in the Supply Chain: “Manufacturers and suppliers who attend this one-day course can understand the importance of RSL and MRSL obligations for their business, key restricted substances and topical global legislation, as well as best practice guidance for implementation of MRSL compliance to satisfy the leather, footwear and apparel industries.”
12 – 14 November, San Jose, California: BSR Conference: “The 27th annual BSR Conference, one of the longest-running and most prestigious sustainable business events. This year, we will explore the transformations that are creating a new climate for business and help to pave the way for companies, people, and planet to thrive in this era of rapid change.”
13 November, New York: Leather, Compliance & Sustainability New York Conference (organised by Eurofins | BLC and held at Tapestry HQ): “Calling all brands and retailers: How to ensure your brand is compliant with chemistry legislation and can take advantage of the opportunity of adding value through sustainability.”
* 13 November, Webinar (free): Sourcing Sustainable Cotton: The myths, the reality, and how to make the transition (by Common Objective with industry expert): “Cotton is the most used natural fibre - making up around 21% of of all fibre used in apparel production. In this masterclass, we'll be discussing the ins and outs of sourcing sustainable cotton.”
14 November, Brussels: Ready, Set, Substitute it Now! “ChemSec invites you to a full-day event, which will include messages from policy makers, inspiration from progressive companies and hard facts from scientists, as well as panel discussions and workshops on how to best substitute hazardous chemicals.”
* 15 November, Yangon: Employers Briefing on Labour Laws: “[Free] briefing for employers on 2019 updates to labour laws, 2019 OSH law.” By Luther Law in cooperation with SMART Myanmar (in Burmese and English). Anyone interested in attending should contact: email@example.com
* 16 November, Yangon: Conducting Internal Waste Audits in the Factory: “[Free] half-day workshop for factories on waste management, conducting internal company waste audits and how to implement recycling programs.” By Thant Myanmar in cooperation with SMART Myanmar (in Burmese and English). Anyone interested in attending should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
20 November, Delhi: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: email@example.com
20 November, Hong Kong: Half Day Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Training Course: This half-day leather sustainability course covers key aspects of traceability and material sourcing, chemical management risks, environmental impacts and stewardship, NGO activity and the leather life cycle.”
22 November, Coimbatore: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
26 November, Dhaka: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: email@example.com
* 26 – 27 November, Yangon: Managing Across Cultures: “Workshop on cross-cultural management, conducted jointly with the ETI.” In cooperation with SMART Myanmar (in Mandarin Chinese only). Anyone interested in attending should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
03 December, Northampton, UK: Leather Training Course: “The improved understanding you will gain from this leather course will help you to avoid problems when sourcing and specifying leather products as well as providing confidence when dealing with suppliers, manufacturers, and tanners.”
* 11 December, Webinar (free): Sourcing Sustainable Packaging: What options exist that are planet-friendly and meet quality requirements? (by Common Objective with industry expert): “In this masterclass, we'll be exploring what sustainable solutions exist, and where you can find them.”
11 – 12 December, Istanbul: Chemical Management - ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: email@example.com
11 – 12 February, Cologne: 1st International Conference on Cellulose Fibres: “New International Conference on Cellulose Fibres, the fastest growing fibre group in textiles, the largest investment sector in the bio-based economy and the solution for avoiding microplastics.”
11 March, London: Drapers Sustainable Fashion 2020: “[With a] focus on collaborating for change within the fashion retail industry.”
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.