THIS ISSUE  

Brands in this issue include: Ermenegildo Zegna and Mango (sign up to the Fashion Pact), Gap (explores new circular manufacturing processes with HKRITA), Glassons (introduces a whistle-blower app for factory workers), H&M (to launch first clothing rental service; CEO’s comments criticised), Macy’s (ban seals the fate of fur in fashion, says analyst), Monsoon (pledges to become 90% sustainable by 2023), New Balance (teams up with Unmade for customisable knitted shoe), Nike (factory workers lose jobs in Argentina), Uniqlo (introducing clothes made from recycled plastic bottles), Yeezy (becoming a sustainable fashion brand?), Zalando (to push ‘sustainable’ fashion, cut emissions), and more.

Recently released reports:

In general news:

  • WWD Apparel and Retail CEO Summit: Day 2 insights

  • Life cycle assessment shows down and feather products are more sustainable than alternatives

  • New report outlines a road map for the Mexican Apparel Industry to transition to a circular economy

  • Hangers are ‘fashion industry’s plastic straw’, says designer

  • C.L.A.S.S. holding masterclasses at London’s Sustainable Angle studio

  • A cheat sheet to understanding the most-used terms in sustainable fashion

  • Women Funded 2019 brings together women from around the world to share their experiences

  • Sustainable fashion: This is how the fashion girls calculate cost per-wear

  • Buying clothes doesn’t really make people happy anymore, says Morgan Stanley

In the supply chain:

  • Cambodia: China textile group launched to bolster garment sector; and better tech and training needed for garment industry

  • Mauritius: passes new Workers’ Rights Act

  • Nigeria: plans to revamp garment sector

  • Pakistan: ILO programme aims to improve labour welfare

  • Serbia: CCC outlines hidden cost of fast fashion

Manufacturers in this issue include: BP (to test technology to recycle plastic bottles again and again), Eastman (revolutionizing recycling at the molecular level), ISKO (highlights how the sustainability global issue might be tackled through small but effective decisions), Orta Anadolu (turns to biomimicry for denim), Re:newcell (prepares to launch “world’s first clothes made from circular cotton”), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 9 new jobs listed this issue (at Diadora, Hugo Boss, ISKO, Lidl, QHQ, Successori Reda, SupplyCompass, University of Arts London, and VF).

Quotes of the week:

  • “The fashion supply chain is broken, disconnected and needs to change - we know it and our global customers know it too.” Unmade chief executive Hal Watts (29 Oct).

  • Ross does not own or operate manufacturing operations in Los Angeles or elsewhere. The claims made by the Garment Worker Center [that Ross ‘pay up’ for workers earning as little as $4 per hour] are between the manufacturers’ subcontractors and their workers, not Ross employees.” A Ross corporate spokesperson (28 Oct).

  • “When the city of L.A. forced the dye houses to leave, they simply went to other countries where the byproducts just rolled down the street and my first thought was, ‘Well, it’s the same planet—how does that make sense?’” Wells Fargo Trade Capital executive vice president Kevin Sullivan at an event for apparel-industry leaders in Los Angeles (24 Oct).

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

FROM ECOTEXTILE NEWS    

Gap explores new circular manufacturing processes: “Apparel retailer Gap Inc., has partnered with the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) to develop technological solutions that can assist Gap in implementing circular practices within its supply chain” (31 Oct).

New partnership to forensically verify US cotton: “Industry body Cotton USA and scientific traceability service Oritain have signed a partnership to provide forensic verification of origin for all US cotton in what is being described as a global industry first” (31 Oct).

Planet Textiles Pod shines light on unseen workers: ““When you look at the supply chain of an average retailer, when you look at how many workers are registered in that supply chain as a hypothetical example, you can factor in that there’ll be five times more invisible workers than visible workers,” Lea Esterhuizen, founder of &Wider, told the Sustainable Fashion Academy’s Michael Schragger at this summer’s Planet Textiles conference” (30 Oct).

H&M to launch first clothing rental service: “Fashion retailer H&M is launching its first clothing rental service in a trial scheme at a flagship store in the Swedish capital city of Stockholm. Members of H&M’s loyalty programme will be able to rent selected party dresses and skirts from its 2012-2019 Conscious Exclusives sustainable collections at the newly-refurbished Sergels Torg store” (29 Oct).

Myanmar failing to protect ethnic minorities: “The head of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) on Myanmar, Marzuki Darusman, says the country is failing in its obligation under the Genocide Convention to prevent the mistreatment of ethnic minorities in the country, after it was recently discovered that these groups are “under the threat of genocide”” (29 Oct).

Four Paws vies to eliminate mulesing: “Global animal protection organisation Four Paws has released a new guidebook which it hopes will encourage brands to distance themselves from using mulesed wool” (29 Oct).

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Zalando to push ‘sustainable’ fashion, cut emissions: “Zalando, Europe’s biggest online-only fashion retailer, announced plans on Wednesday to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide, eliminate single-use plastics in packaging and sell more shoes and garments made in a sustainable way” (30 Oct).

Monsoon pledge to become 90% sustainable by 2023: “Monsoon announces that over 50% of its spring/summer collection will be sustainable. The fashion retailer pledges by 2023 all its ranges will be over 90% sustainable. Monsoon aims to introduce new and innovative ways to reduce its environmental footprint” (30 Oct).

Macy’s move seals the fate of fur in fashion, says analyst: ““The decision by Macy’s is significant because of the company’s enormous size and scope. With sales of around $25 billion last year across 870 stores, it is by far the largest US retailer so far to adopt a ban”” (30 Oct).

Uniqlo introducing clothes made from recycled plastic bottles: “Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo and Toray Industries have created apparel made from recycled down and fabric from polyester fibres made with recycled PET bottles. The technology partnership will lead to clothes made from recycled plastic bottles going on sale next year in Singapore and other Asian markets” (30 Oct).

New Balance teams up with Unmade for customisable knitted shoe: “Sportswear brand New Balance has teamed up with fashion software company Unmade to launch the customisable knitted trainer, the Unmade x New Balance 111 Knit. Combining Unmade’s technology with New Balance’s manufacturing heritage, the NB1 111 will be available on New Balance’s customisation platform and will be offered in six colourways and three patterns, which consumers will be able to manipulate to create their own knitted shoe upper with a choice of graphics, colour and text, to create an entirely bespoke product” (29 Oct).

Glassons introduces a whistleblower app for factory workers: “Workers in Glassons fast fashion factories will be able to report ethical breaches without fear of reprisal with a whistleblower app. Hallenstein Glasson Holdings, the NZX-listed parent company for Glassons and Hallenstein Brothers, announced a successful pilot of its whistleblower app in the company's annual results. The app provided workers with an anonymous communication channel to communicate concerns related to working conditions in the global factories. (29 Oct).

H&M to trial clothing rental in Stockholm flagship: “The Swedish label has announced plans to offer clothing rentals at its Sergels Torg flagship store in Stockholm, giving shoppers who belong to its customer loyalty program the chance to hire a selection of party dresses and skirts from its sustainably-focused 2012-2019 Conscious Exclusive collections. The selection includes a handful of pieces from its most recent Fall 2019 series” (29 Oct).

In a Nike factory in Argentina’s hinterland, the ghost of Macri’s fall: “The Nike factory in Misiones province, one of Argentina’s poorest, is proving to be the tip of the iceberg. Around Argentina, nearly 16,000 textile and shoe factory workers have lost their jobs in the last year, according to government data, including nearly a quarter of all shoe sector workers” (29 Oct).

H&M’s CEO is worried that eco-conscious consumers could be bad for fast fashion: “Karl-Johan Persson, H&M’s CEO, is concerned that growing awareness about sustainability will be bad for the fast-fashion industry and the wider economy … There are so many problems with Persson’s statement it’s hard to know where to start, but let me take a stab at it” (28 Oct).

Ermenegildo Zegna, Mango and more sign up to the Fashion Pact: “Mango is moving forward with its commitment towards sustainability and has signed up to the Fashion Pact, a global coalition which aims to promote the environmental sustainability of the textile and fashion sectors. The company is one of the 24 signatories that signed up to this global pact on Thursday, which a total of 56 companies and 250 brands now form a part of” (28 Oct).

Hey, quick question: is Kanye West turning Yeezy into a sustainable fashion brand? “The designer and entertainer talked about going “seed to sew” and says he’s investing in fiber farming on his property in Wyoming” (28 Oct).

Billionaire clothing dynasty heiress launches Everybody & Everyone to make fashion sustainable: “Veronica Chou’s  family has made its fortune at the forefront of the fast fashion business through investments in companies like Michael Kors  and Tommy Hilfiger. But now, the heiress to an estimated $2.1 billion fortune is launching her own company, Everybody & Everyone, to prove that the fashion industry can be both environmentally sustainable and profitable” (28 Oct).

This company wants chemical ingredients listed on our clothes labels - Here’s why: “Chemistry may not be the most consumer-friendly subject, perhaps explaining the general avoidance of it by fashion marketing teams, however, the chemical management tool BHive wants ingredients lists on all our clothing for health and sustainability reasons, and they have a simple and effective app to underpin it” (25 Oct). [Ed’s note: I’ve included this article again from last week because the link didn’t work. Fixed now.]

Karen Walker teams with Outland Denim on sustainable collection: “Karen Walker has announced a new collaboration with Outland Denim. The women’s ready-to-wear label and sustainable denim brand have partnered on a limited-edition collection of six pieces that take a new take on signature Karen Walker styles” (25 Oct).

NEWS & REPORTS   

WWD Apparel and Retail CEO Summit: Day 2 insights: “These are the top insights from the second day: Sustainability continues to gain momentum as more companies switch to more responsible sourcing and manufacturing practices – and as consumers come to expect it” (31 Oct).

Life cycle assessment shows down and feather products are more sustainable than alternatives: “Natural down in jackets, bedspreads and sleeping bags has 18 times less of an impact on climate change than polyester fill, according to a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) that studied the environmental impact of down versus polyester fill material. The LCA, commissioned by the International Down and Feather Bureau (IDFB), analyzed the impact of both materials in 5 environmental areas: human health, ecosystems, resources, cumulative energy demand and climate change. Results concluded that on a per ton basis, down has 85% - 97% lower impacts than polyester in all the impact categories analysed” (30 Oct).

New report outlines a road map for the Mexican Apparel Industry to transition to a circular economy: “The Mexican Center for Environmental Law (CEMDA) and C&A Foundation have joined hands to help decision makers transition to a circular economy. A report titled, “Promotion of Circular Economy in the Mexican Apparel Industry” has been released with actionable recommendations to make this an easy shift” (30 Oct).

Hangers are ‘fashion industry’s plastic straw’, says designer: “A recyclable clothes hanger has been developed by a fashion designer in an attempt to end the use of plastic ones. Roland Mouret says plastic hangers are the “plastic straw” of the fashion industry and has developed what he says is the world's only sustainable brand. They are made out of 80% recycled plastic recovered from the sea and 20% recyclable plastic, and they also feature aluminium hooks” (29 Oct).

C.L.A.S.S. holding masterclasses at London’s Sustainable Angle studio: “As a preview of the Future Fabrics Expo in January 2020, C.L.A.S.S. key members will bring a selection of innovative and responsible materials to the UK. Two masterclasses will be held at The Sustainable Angle’s West London studio on November 7” (29 Oct).

A cheat sheet to understanding the most-used terms in sustainable fashion: “At the moment, all everybody seems to be talking about is “sustainability” and how our actions are killing the planet for future generations. And while the facts behind this are beyond alarming and require immediate action, they don’t have to equal in despair, especially if  we’re all equipped with the right knowledge” (29 Oct).

Women Funded 2019 brings together women from around the world to share their experiences: “Empowering women, making the fashion industry more transparent and fighting violence in the workplace are all urgent issues. Therefore, bringing women together to share their experiences and the lessons they have learned is a timely initiative. That is what happened at Women Funded 2019 (WF), a conference organised to bring women from all over the world together in San Francisco (United States) to discuss solutions such as empowerment and promoting female leadership, so that more women are able to benefit from these changes” (28 Oct).

Sustainable fashion: This is how the fashion girls calculate cost per-wear: “A quick equation, a simple spot of GCSE mathematics in which you work out the true value of your purchase: dividing the price tag by the number of times you think you might wear it plus the cost of a few trips to the dry cleaners” (22 Oct).

Buying clothes doesn’t really make people happy anymore, says Morgan Stanley: “The promise of happiness induced by new clothing purchases is swiftly becoming a thing of the past. Morgan Stanley analyst Geoff Ruddell states in a new note that “consumers have reached peak happiness with clothing purchases” because, as CNBC puts it, “consumers already own so many clothes,” something that certainly does not bode well for retailers and fashion brands, most of which operate on a model that requires the consistent presentation of novelty in order to drive frequent, seasonal sales” (17 Oct).

SUPPLY CHAIN 

Cambodia   

China textile group launched to bolster garment sector: “A new association was launched on Saturday to boost the Kingdom’s garment industry, one of the most important engines of economic growth in the country. China Textile Association in Cambodia (CTAC) will provide legal advice to investors and those considering to invest as well as liaise with the government, public officials said at the event. CTAC’s services will particularly target Chinese investors” (29 Oct).

Better tech and training needed for garment industry: “New technology and better training are needed to make the garment industry more competitive, productive and efficient, according to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation … “Improving resource efficiency in factories and industries could offset any expense caused by current uncertainty over the withdrawal of the European Union’s Everything-but-arms (EBA) privilege from Cambodia,” [Hak Sokchea, national project coordinator UNIDO] said” (29 Oct).

Mauritius

Mauritius passes new Workers’ Rights Act: “As at today, The Workers’ Rights Act 2019 has replaced the Employment Rights Act 2008 and will be governing the relationship between employees, employer and the State. However Part VIII of the Workers' Rights Act 2019 [on hours of work] will come into operation on the 1st January 2020” (24 Oct). [Ed’s note: see the Workers’ Rights Bill here.]

Nigeria

Labour and development in the Next Level: “Tomorrow, Tuesday 29th October, President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to  declare open the 31st Annual National Education Conference of the National Union of Textile Garment & Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), affiliate industrial union of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and IndustriALL Global Union with head quarters in Geneva. The 3-day conference holds at the Olaitan Oyerinde Hall of the Labour House” (28 Nov).

Pakistan

International Labour Organisation programme aims to improve labour welfare: “The Better Work Programme (BWP) will help improve Pakistan’s compliance and exhibit its commitment to improve labour welfare, International Labour Organisation (ILO) Country Director Ms Ingrid Christensen said on Thursday” (25 Oct).

Serbia

The hidden costs of fast fashion: “In recent years, thanks to the global market, garment production has, to a great extent, moved from Asia to the post-communist countries of Eastern Europe. Liceulice discussed the realities of the working conditions in these countries, and Serbia in particular, with Bojana Tamindzija and Stefan Aleksic from the Serbian branch of Clean Clothes Campaign” (29 Oct).

MANUFACTURING   

Re:newcell prepares to launch “world’s first clothes made from circular cotton”: “Swedish company Re:newcell is aiming to disrupt the fashion industry and save natural resources by creating garments from Circulose – a new material made from recycled cotton clothes” (31 Oct).

Chiara Tommencioni Pisapia uses moths to transform unwanted clothing into “precious” bio-waste material: “Central Saint Martins graduate Chiara Tommencioni Pisapia has proposed a method for improving the textile recycling process by using moths to break down the natural fibres in discarded clothing” (30 Oct).

ISKO takes part in Amazon Destination Denim: “On Sunday, October 27th, ISKO sponsored and hosted the panel ‘Designing denim for the future’, gathering four denim experts to discuss the industry’s current situation and what more could be done to ensure a more responsible future in fashion, highlighting how the sustainability global issue might be tackled through small but effective decisions” (30 Oct).

Textile recycling pioneers weave their magic: “The scale of the international textiles industry is enormous: it produces upwards of 100 billion pieces of clothing every year, represents 3% of the world’s GDP and employs around 75 million people. The USA alone generates around 15 million tonnes of textiles waste annually. Today, not even 5% of materials within the US$ 1.9 trillion global fashion industry get recycled. But that may be about to change” (28 Oct).

Stopping clothes being incinerated: a textiles recycling breakthrough: “Swedish forestry company Södra is claiming a massive breakthrough in the ability to recycle clothing. “Only a negligible proportion of the global production of clothing and textiles is recycled today,” said Lars Idermark, president and CEO of Södra. But Södra’s Once More has developed a method of separating cotton and polyester fibres in ubiquitous polycotton blends, allowing them to be reused” (28 Oct).

BP to test technology to recycle plastic bottles again and again: “BP plans to build a $25 million pilot plant to test new technology the energy company says will allow plastic bottles and food packaging to be recycled again and again” (24 Oct).

Eastman Chemical Company: Revolutionizing recycling at the molecular level: “Today Eastman took a significant and definitive step forward to accelerate the circular economy. The company has begun commercial operation of an innovative chemical recycling technology that will help solve one of the world’s most pressing problems – waste plastic” (23 Oct).

Orta Anadolu turns to biomimicry for denim:  “Orta is taking its sustainability mission to the next level with a new platform for thinking about circular fashion, nature-inspired technology, and materially smart design for a resilient future. For Spring/Summer 2021, Orta introduces Denimimicry, Orta Blu’s innovation vision to lead the industry with new circular design thinking that combines the resilient processes of nature with the cutting edge of biological design” (23 Oct).

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]  

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)

* Diadora: Sustainability Specialist Intern (Caerano di San Marco)

Disney Parks: Strategic Sourcing Specialist, Disney Cruise Line (Celebration, FL)

Epic Group: Senior Manager / DGM Sustainability (Dhaka)

Epic Group: Sustainable Product Specialist (Dhaka)

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: Intern – Quality Management and Sustainability Shirt & Neckwear (Coldrerio)

Hugo Boss: Manager Corporate Sustainability (Stuttgart)

* ISKO: CSR Marketing Expert (London)

JCPenney: Sustainable Sourcing Manager (Plano, TX)

KappAhl: Sustainability Manager (Gothenburg)

Kmart Australia: Human Rights Manager (Melbourne)

Levi Strauss: LEAN Project Manager Distribution (Unna)

* Lidl: Compliance Officer (Singapore)

Lojas Renner: Environmental Analyst - Textile Field (Shanghai)

Lululemon: Director, Chemicals & Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

Macy’s: Vice President, Sustainability (New York)

Mey: Corporate Responsibility Manager (Albstadt)

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)

* QHQ: Sustainability and CSR Technologist (London)

SAC: Manager, Member Services – APAC (Hong Kong)

SAC: Senior Manager, Human Resources (San Francisco, CA, or remote)

SanMar: Factory Compliance Analyst (Seattle)

Solidarity Center: Senior Specialist for Organizing – Trade Union Strengthening Department (Phnom Penh)

* Successori Reda: Sustainability, Safety and Environmental Intern (Biella)

* SupplyCompass: Freelance Writer – B2B Sustainable Fashion (London)

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)

* University of Arts London: Knowledge Exchange Project Coordinator, Centre for Sustainable Fashion (London)

Vans: Senior Manager, Social Responsibility (Costa Mesa, CA)

Velcro Companies: EHS Manager (Manchester, NH)

* VF: Senior Manager, External Engagement & Reporting (Denver, CO)

VF: Sustainable Operations Assistant Manager (Shanghai)

WSR: Director of Outreach and Communications (New York)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]  

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.” [Agenda here.]

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: khinoo@smartmyanmar.org

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: khinoo@smartmyanmar.org

20 November, Delhi: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.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: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

26 November, Dhaka: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.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: khinoo@smartmyanmar.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: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.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.”

(Photo by Felix Mittermeier, CCO)

Disclaimer: The Fashion Sustainability Week in Review (FSWIR) is a twice-weekly roundup of sustainability news items relevant to the fashion, apparel, textile and related industries. The views and opinions expressed in the FSWIR by individual authors and/or media outlets cited do not necessarily reflect the position of GoBlu International or any individual associated with the company.

 

 

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