Brands in this issue include: Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Topshop (questions over exotic skin ban), Emma (sign Dutch Agreement on Garments and Textile), H&M (to phase out cashmere), H&M, Inditex, and Fast Retailing (on new interactive map showing global spread of fast fashion), Inditex (signs agreement with MIT), Levi’s (PETA purchasing shares over leather use), M&S (100% sustainable fashion), and more.
Reports released this week:
The Honest Product, by The Consumer Goods Forum and Futerra
Cotton Standard, by YESS
thredUP 2019 Resale Report, by thredUP
In general news:
Cotton & water: no thirsty plant
Introducing YESS: Yarn Ethically & Sustainably Sourced Standard:
London tackles fast fashion waste
‘Fashion’s Dirty Secrets’ is a film that will change your shopping habits
How much is your fast-fashion habit costing the environment?
One person’s ‘ethical’ wage is another person’s peanut
Could this scheme be a game-changing direction in sustainable fashion?
How a new policy in China has led to a recycling crisis in mass:
New bill seeks to ban fur sales in New York by 2021
Fast-fashion retailers like Zara and H&M have a new threat: the $24 billion used clothes market
Coyote fur is a booming fashion trend. But is it ethical?
The future of fashion
Hit the brakes to slow down polluting fast fashion industry
LMIFW launches child initiative ‘Not Made by Children’
Growing and processing organic and RWS certified wool in Patagonia
In the supply chain:
Bangladesh: organic push earns global praise; garment workers take to the streets in Gazipur to demand back-pay; how to improve maternal health for garment workers?
Cambodia: W&D workers still protesting but pessimistic over resolution
China: protest over back wages; new measures to ban gender discrimination
India: 200 garment workers protest over assault
Indonesia: unpaid garment workers in Indonesia target South Korea
Manufacturers in this issue include: Jeanologia (saves 10 million m3 of water), Lenzing and Solvay (develop new sustainable fabric:), PrimaLoft (first 100% recycled, biodegradable synthetic insulation), Thai Acrylic Fibre (new applications of environment-friendly Radianza), Tintex (new ways to save water), and more.
Sustainable fashion jobs: 16 new jobs listed (at Asos, Fashion for Good, Organic Cotton Accelerator, PVH, Selfridges, Tommy Hilfiger, Wolverine, and Zalando).
Quotes of the week:
“Let this be clearly known: our factories were audited by local engineers who have complete knowledge of the sector now and with the help of well-meaning international brands, unions and development partners, we can sustain our own positions and proceed to self-monitoring, without losing any time.” Rubana Huq, managing director of Mohammadi Group, Bangladesh, on doubts that continue to haunt garment factories (21 Mar).
“The highly obstructive constraints that the government is attempting to impose would strip the globally-respected safety initiative of its ability to operate independently of government and employer control.” Liana Foxvog, of the International Labor Rights Forum, on the handover to the Bangladesh Remediation Coordination Cell of the Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishments (RCC-DIFE) (19 Mar).
“Compared to other complaint mechanisms, the owners take the complaints filed in the Accord a bit more seriously.” Amirul Haque Amin, head of the National Garment Workers Federation, Bangladesh (19 Mar).
“Based on the cases that I have seen, I can say that whenever a complaint is resolved through Accord, a precedent is set in the factory.” Kalpona Akter, head of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity (19 Mar).
By Stephen Frost, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
BRANDS & RETAILERS
Why PETA purchased shares in Levi’s, a company that supports animal abuse: “As part of our campaign to persuade Levi’s to use vegan leather patches on its jeans instead of ones made of cow skins, we’ve purchased the minimum number of shares in the company required to submit shareholder resolutions and to attend and speak at annual meetings” (21 Mar).
Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Topshop have all banned exotic skins – but trend could be doing more harm than good: “Contrary to popular belief, using ethical sources of crocodile leather in the fashion industry can help in wildlife conservation, says industry leaders. Some believe crocodile and snake farms are helping conserve the species, and without the demand for exotic skins there would be no farms” (21 Mar).
Danish billionaires plan to rewild large swath of Scottish Highlands: “Anders and Anne Holch Povlsen, who own more than 80,000 hectares (200,000 acres) across Sutherland and the Grampian mountains wanted to become pioneers of rewilding by reversing years of mismanagement by previous lairds” (21 Mar). [Ed’s note: article references Anders Holch Povlsens’s shareholding in Asos, but does not mention his ownership of Bestseller.]
H&M to phase out cashmere amid sustainability push: “H&M announced on Monday that the company will stop placing orders on conventional cashmere by the end of next year as part of its overarching sustainability efforts” (20 Mar).
Fast fashion’s global takeover since 1985: an interactive map: “a new feature at Thinknum Media that we’re beyond excited to show off today. Below, you will find an embedded, fully interactive map that includes more than 13,000 locations from H&M, Inditex, and Fast Retailing. In it, you'll be able to zoom in or out, isolate store brands, and — get this — you can see how these brands have expanded over the past few years” (19 Mar).
Inditex and MIT sign agreement to promote research into sustainability: “Inditex … has announced a multi-year agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to conduct joint research on sustainability and recycling of textile materials, as well as new lines of research related to data analysis” (19 Mar). [Ed’s note: see Inditex press release here.]
M&S fashion is now 100% more sustainable, here's what you need to know...: “New for spring, the high street giant has announced that 100% of the cotton used in their fabrics is more sustainably sourced, meaning cotton farmers have been trained in techniques which look to use less water, less pesticide and fertiliser” (19 Mar).
Emma Safety Footwear has signed the Agreement on Garments and Textile: “Emma is the first footwear company that signed the Agreement on Garments and Textile. The Dutch company produces safety footwear for different industries. By signing the Agreement the company will commit to work towards a sustainable production chain” (14 Mar).
NEWS & REPORTS
Cotton & water: no thirsty plant: “There are many reports on the water consumption of cotton that have been in circulation for years but are desperately in need of an update, such as those which say that cotton counts as a thirsty plant. Or even that it takes between 10,000 and 17,000 litres of water to produce one kilogram of the natural fibre. This is not true” (22 Mar). [Ed’s note: a release by the Bremen Cotton Exchange on World Water Day, 22 Mar.]
Introducing YESS: Yarn Ethically & Sustainably Sourced Standard: “A new initiative is setting its sights on eliminating forced labor from cotton supply chains. Called the Yarn Ethically & Sustainably Sourced Standard, or YESS, and developed by the Responsible Sourcing Network, the initiative aims to be a guide for spinners to avoid purchasing cotton tainted by forced labor” (21 Mar). [Ed’s note: you can see more at the Responsible Sourcing Network here, including the YESS Standard and the YESS Workbook.]
London tackles fast fashion waste: “Londoners have saved over 750,000 items of clothing from landfill in six months, according to textile reuse charity TRAID” (20 Mar).
‘Fashion’s Dirty Secrets’ is a film that will change your shopping habits: “Fashion’s Dirty Secrets aired on BBC Three in October 2018, but it only just arrived in Canada, which enabled me to view it this week” (20 Mar).
How much is your fast-fashion habit costing the environment? “The problem is that the supply chain for fashion is complicated, and demand for cheap goods means that sometimes corners get cut when suppliers outsource to other suppliers, who in turn do the same in order to meet demand” (20 Mar).
One person’s ‘ethical’ wage is another person’s peanut: “So if for instance, a fashion brand (say Gucci) is manufacturing clothes in Bangladesh, clothes to be sold in the United States and other developed nations, the factory workers should be paid according to the market forces of the United States and not that of Bangladesh” (20 Mar).
Could this scheme be a game-changing direction in sustainable fashion? “As Australians become more aware of and vocal about the impact of discarded textiles on the environment, it is hoped a new scheme will "disrupt" the cycle of clothing waste. The recently-created Australian Circular Textile Association will launch a national "clothing take-back scheme" to try to boost the sustainability of fashion” (20 Mar).
The Honest Product: “This guide includes new market research with consumers in 7 countries. We also surveyed over 70 companies worldwide – members of The Consumer Goods Forum and of our survey partner, the Chartered Institute of Marketing – and interviewed leaders from both global and small challenger brands. In the following pages we delve into what those businesses and consumers agree is the most important topic of transparency: the impact of products themselves. This Honest Product Guide is designed for business leaders, brand owners, marketers, experts and changemakers seeking to solve the crisis of trust between companies and the consumers they serve” (19 Mar). [Ed’s note: Companies showcased include Veja, Patagonia, Rapanui, Everlane, Lidl, Reformation, Timberland, and others.]
How a new policy in China has led to a recycling crisis in mass: “The global glut of recycled materials has turned local municipal budgets upside down. Massachusetts cities and towns, which are required to recycle household materials, are now scrambling to pay for something that used to turn a profit” (19 Mar).
New York might be banning the sale of all fur products: “A Democrat politician and animal rights activist is trying to get the state to follow in Los Angeles’ footsteps” (19 Mar).
New bill seeks to ban fur sales in New York by 2021: “According to the New York Post, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal says that since fur is rapidly going out of fashion anyway, it’s time to nix it in a more official capacity” (19 Mar).
thredUP 2019 Resale Report: “Resale is on the move, people! From big retailers to small retailers, seed stage investors to large buyout firms, and from the New York Times to Netflix, everyone seems to be talking about the future of resale” (19 Mar).
Media coverage of thredUP’s report:
In the future we’ll all probably be wearing used clothing: “According to a report [by thredUP], last year fast fashion retailers accounted for $35 billion in sales and used clothing was only slightly behind them at $24 billion. Moreover, the data collected by GlobalData says that by 2028 used fashion could reach $64 billion in sales outperforming fast fashion which may only reach $44 billion” (20 Mar).
Thanks, Marie Kondo! The resale market is becoming bigger than fast fashion: “Marie Kondo inspired us to throw away all our non-joyous items, sparking what’s now a booming resale apparel market. So just how big is the industry capitalizing on secondhand goods? Fashion resale destination site thredUp reveals it’s a $24 billion market, projected to double to $51 billion by 2024” (19 Mar).
Fast-fashion retailers like Zara and H&M have a new threat: the $24 billion used clothes market: “People are set to invest in used fashion over new clothes, according to a report published Tuesday. The second hand apparel market was worth $24 billion in the U.S. in 2018, versus $35 billion for fast-fashion, say the figures from online store thredUP and retail analytics firm GlobalData released on Tuesday” (19 Mar).
Coyote fur is a booming fashion trend. But is it ethical? “The pelt trade is thriving thanks to a fad for Canada Goose parkas, but animal advocates are calling for a boycott” (19 Mar).
The future of fashion: “‘Power, Nature, Culture and Society’ was a platform at a major conference on design and sustainability held at London College of Fashion (LCF). Attending an intensive two-day event is a luxury to anybody who isn't a student, academic or staff journalist. But much of the conference was radical – at last!” (19 Mar).
The vegan revolution is coming for your shoe cupboard! Here’s how to get involved like Meghan Markle: “The Future Laboratory, tells me that “42% of vegans in the UK are aged 15-34” so Gen Z is a key driving force in this movement” (19 Mar).
Hit the brakes to slow down polluting fast fashion industry: “A new global alliance to ‘put the brakes’ on fast fashion was launched at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi last week. The aim of a future ‘sustainable fashion partnership’ would be to drive “industry-wide action” to reduce fashion’s negative environmental, social, and economic impact and ensure the sector is at the forefront of global efforts to implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” (18 Mar).
Ten innovations for a more circular fashion production process: “This year’s MaterialDistrict event held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, showcased the latest innovative materials both in the fashion industry and further afield. Fur coats made from hemp, bags made of bananas and shoe soles made of chewing gum were just a few of the exhibits displayed in the Textiles & Fabrics section of the event which ran between 12-14 March - a section that, while showcasing the aesthetic qualities of innovative new materials, also served a more important role: to offer a glimpse at a more circular approach to the fashion industry” (18 Mar).
LMIFW launches child initiative ‘Not Made by Children’: “Fashion in India is becoming increasingly conscious of both the environment and human rights. More and more brands are also attempting to support fair labor conditions and sustainable production methods” (15 Mar).
Forests for Fashion initiative sets new trends: “To showcase the innovative potential of sustainably produced forest fibres, our Forests for Fashion Initiative participated in the largest global meeting on the environment: the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly” (15 Mar).
Growing and processing organic and RWS certified wool in Patagonia: “In this video series, you will learn about how sheep are managed and cared for on Fuhrmann sheep farms in Patagonia, Argentina. All Fuhrmann managed farms are organic as well as RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) certified” (14 Mar – 3:29-minute video).
THE SUPPLY CHAIN
Organic push earns global praise: “Bangladesh is fast forging its way to be a hub of organic textile manufacturing amid a rise in demand from international apparel retailers. In the country, the number of globally recognised textile factories, which use organic raw materials, rose 29 percent last year, with the growth rate being highest globally” (21 Mar).
Garment workers take to the streets in Gazipur to demand back-pay: “Workers from garment maker Intramex Group have blocked three roads in Gazipur city to protest the factory locking its doors and issuing a notice of closure without paying them the wages they are owed” (21 Mar).
6 years after Rana Plaza collapse, an accord to improve Bangladesh’s worker safety is in jeopardy: “To date, the Accord’s enforcement system, run by a transnational team of labor auditors, union and worker advocates, has directed the inspection of about 2,000 factories and identified tens of thousands of hazards, from faulty wiring to foundering building structures. The enforcement system has also led safety trainings and developed worker-led watchdog programs … Today, however, the Accord is dangling by a thread in a political standoff with Bangladesh officials and industry, potentially undercutting years of progress on improving workplace protections” (19 Mar).
How do we improve maternal health of garment workers? “The influx of millions of female workers to work at the garment factories has created unique health challenges, issues and needs that have mostly remained unstudied and unaddressed” (19 Mar).
Complaints about safety in Bangladesh factories hit a high in 2018: “Garment factory workers in Bangladesh filed a record number of complaints about safety - 662 - last year, showing that a mechanism set up by European fashion brands to improve working conditions was proving effective, trade unions said on Tuesday” (19 Mar).
Bangladesh factories set for more female supervisors: “After a successful pilot, the Gender Equality and Returns (GEAR) initiative will be scaled up to train 700 female operators and their managers in 70 factories. GEAR trained 144 female workers in the pilot phase; 58 of whom are now in supervisory roles with a 39 percent increase in salary” (13 Mar).
Innocent until found protesting: “In December 2018 and January 2019, workers from Bangladesh’s ready-made garment (RMG) industry went on spontaneous mass protests and strikes around major industrial belts in Dhaka. They were agitating against what they deemed insufficient wage increases, announced by a government-appointed wage board in September 2018, that would go into effect three months later. Garment-factory owners and the Bangladesh government responded with a tried and tested strategy: repression and attack” (13 Mar).
W&D workers pessimistic over labour dispute resolution: “Rallying W&D garment factory workers are expressing difficulty in negotiating with the Labour Ministry regarding their unpaid seniority indemnity payments last year. The workers have been rallying for a number of things over the past few months, including the sacking of colleagues and unpaid benefits” (20 Mar).
W&D meeting fails to resolve dispute: “A meeting supervised by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training between representatives of the W&D Cambodia garment factory and around 1,000 sacked workers failed to find a resolution to end the three-month labour dispute on Tuesday, said Hem Hoeurn, a senior ministry official” (20 Mar).
Workers protest wage arrears owed by garment company in Shanghai: From the CLB strike map (20 Mar).
Stop asking women about childbearing status, China tells employers: “A notice posted online on Thursday outlines specific measures for carrying out existing laws that ban gender discrimination in employment. While gender equality is enshrined in China’s constitution, the laws on employment discrimination are vague, and enforcement has been weak” (21 Feb).
200 garment workers protest over assault: “Nearly 200 women workers of [Texport Apparels LLP] garment factory in Peenya protested against its general manager and his subordinates who assaulted their 36-year-old co-worker” (19 Mar).
Garment unit workers on strike after GM assaults colleague: “Employees of Texport Apparels are on a five-day strike after their general manager (GM) allegedly physically assaulted one their colleagues, Pramila Ramesh, during working hours” (19 Mar).
Protest by employees of garment factory: “The protesters alleged that the Rajagopalnagar police refused the register a case until members of the Karnataka Garment Workers Union (KOOGU) intervened” (18 Mar).
Unpaid garment workers in Indonesia target South Korea: “More than 200 workers from [PT Selaras Kausa Busana] garment factory producing for global brands such as K-Mart, Target and Disney, demonstrated in front of the Indonesia Ministry of Manpower Office and the Embassy of South Korea in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 14 March, demanding six-months unpaid wages and benefits. (21 Mar).
Jeanologia launches H2 Zero a revolutionary technology to completely eliminate discharge in the textile industry: “H2 Zero manages to eliminate the textile industry’s discharge, recycling the little water that it needs by using a combination of its jean production technologies. This tool has been successfully tried and tested by a few brands … In the past year the company saved more than 10 million cubic meters of water, the same as needed for the annual consumption of 600,000 people” (21 Mar).
Tintex brings naturally advanced solutions and presents “the Blue Lab” exclusive water saving initiative with Drip by Drip: “[Tintex introduces a] unique initiative called the Blue Lab, created by the NGO Drip by Drip aimed at developing alternative textile solutions with the lowest possible water footprint, in collaboration with a network of participants” (20 Mar).
Emerging risks to the leather sector discussed at 15th Hong Kong Sustainability Conference: In today’s landscape, the leather sector is open to new and evolving risks, which are increasingly scrutinising the sustainability of global leather production. Brands, retailers, manufacturers and tanneries are under pressure from consumers and NGOs to deliver a cleaner, more efficient and more sustainable leather industry. Opportunity for this arises from innovation and sustainable solutions, which were discussed on 14th March 2019 at the Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Conference 2019 in Hong Kong” (19 Mar). [Ed’s note: conference hosted by Eurofins | BLC and APLF.]
Solvay and Lenzing team up to develop new sustainable fabric: “Austrian fiber firm Lenzing and Belgian chemical group Solvay have partnered up to launch a new sustainable fabric combining Tencel’s lyocell fibers and Amni Soul Eco, a biodegradable polyamide” (19 Mar).
TAF unveils new applications of Radianza at Intertextile: “Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd., (TAF), a part of the Aditya Birla Group, has launched several new applications of the environment-friendly Radianza fibre during the recent Yarn Expo in Intertextile Shanghai. Radianza fibre, ready-to-use dyeing, has gained popularity among the yarn spinners making specialty yarns for sweater application in the last 2-3 years” (18 Mar).
PrimaLoft, Inc. announces circularity of PrimaLoft Bio fibers, further advancing Relentlessly Responsible mission: “The first 100% recycled, biodegradable synthetic insulation and fabric fiber proven to be renewable for use in a circular economy” (18 Mar).
SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS
[New listings or updated information marked with *]
Aldo: Sustainability Analyst (Montreal)
Ascena Retail Group: Director, Supply Chain Sustainability (Hong Kong)
* Asos: Sustainable Sourcing Administrator (London)
Bestseller: Sustainability Reporting & Communications Manager (Copenhagen, Aarhus, or Brande, Denmark, or Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
BSR: Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability (New York)
BSR: Human Rights Director (Paris or San Francisco)
Burton: Sustainability Analyst (Burlington, Vermont)
Chanel: Group Director, US Corporate Social Responsibility (Piscataway, New Jersey, or New York)
Columbia Sportswear: Product Sustainability Manager (Happy Valley, Oregon )
Common Objective: Content Editor/Writer (London)
Common Objective: Product Designer (UX/UI) (London)
Common Objective: Office Manager (London)
Fair Trade: Brand Partnerships Program Manager, Apparel and Home Goods (Oakland, California)
* Fashion for Good: Manager Innovation Platform (Amsterdam)
* Fashion for Good: Investment Intern (Amsterdam)
* Fashion for Good: Business Controller (Amsterdam)
* Fashion for Good: Digital Marketing Intern (Amsterdam)
* Fashion for Good: Experience Hosts (Amsterdam)
Fashion Revolution: Global Network Manager (London or nearby)
Fashion Revolution: Digital Marketing Intern (Amsterdam)
IKEA: Stakeholder Engagement Leader, Public Affairs (Leiden)
Impactt: Marketing Manager (London)
Levi Strauss: Sr. Analyst, Global Product Sustainability (San Francisco)
Lululemon: Social Responsibility & Compliance Manager (Vancouver)
Lululemon: Global Manager, Corporate and Retail Sustainability (Vancouver)
Lululemon: Director, Product Sustainability (Vancouver)
Lululemon: Director, Product and Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)
* Organic Cotton Accelerator: Program Officer (Amsterdam area)
Patagonia: Head of Supply Chain Environmental Responsibility (Ventura, California)
* PVH: Manager Environmental Sustainability & Product Stewardship (New York)
* PVH: Corporate Responsibility Coordinator, Programs & Operations (New York)
* PVH: Corporate Responsibility Specialist (New York)
* PVH: Sr Manager, Corporate Responsibility (Transparency & Engagement) (New York)
Redress: Sustainable Fashion Associate (Hong Kong)
Redress: Creative Media Designer (Hong Kong)
* Selfridges: Senior Sustainability Manager (London)
* Tommy Hilfiger: Corporate Responsibility Manager (Amsterdam)
* Wolverine: Product Sustainability Manager (Rockford, Michigan)
* Zalando: Director Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (Berlin)
* Zalando: Junior Manager Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility (Berlin)
CONFERENCES & SEMINARS
[New listings or updated information marked with *]
26 March, New York: Building Responsible Supply Networks: A Town Hall with Textile Exchange: “A conversation with La Rhea Pepper, Founder and Managing Director of Textile Exchange.”
26 – 27 March, Brussels: Global Business Summit 2019: Annual summit by Chemical Watch on the cutting edge of sustainable development in the chemicals world.
08 – 11 April, Budapest: 4th Global Sustainable Fashion Week: “press conference, international conferences, workshops, eco fashion shows and cultural programs.”
09 – 10 April, Amsterdam: Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference: “How brands can transform factories, increase transparency and implement circularity in fashion and textile supply chains.”
10 April, New York: Building a Global Human Rights Program: “By Elizabeth Pulos, an Associate Manager of Social Compliance at Macy’s.”
* 11 April, Toronto: Ontario’s Textile Diversion Symposium: “this Symposium will delve into various textile diversion strategies…”
17 April, Northampton, UK: Half Day Understanding REACH Training Course: “Understanding the differences between the Candidate List, Annex XVII and Annex XIV.”
19 April, New York: Principles of Fair Fashion: “This course provides an overview of what sustainability actually means and how your organization can move beyond CSR.”
23 – 26 April, Northampton, UK: 4 Day Practical Leather Technology Training Course: “Ideal for those who are heavily involved with leather, such as supply chain staff, tannery staff, leather buyers, footwear technologists or those who need to top up their leather technology knowledge.”
* 24 April, Los Angles: The Future of Design Workshop: Presented by Sustainable Apparel Coalition for fashion designers and product developers.
24 – 25 April, Brussels: Circular - Bio-based - Digital: the Keys to Europe's Textile Future: Annual Textile ETP Conference and General Assembly.
02 May, Dhaka: Bangladesh Fashionology Summit: Transparency through technology, technology for decent work and environment, future skills development.
08 May, Manchester, UK: Time for Change – Facing up to fashion’s sustainability and ethical challenges: ASBCI’s 2019 Spring Conference.
15 – 16 May, Copenhagen: Copenhagen Fashion Summit: “Join us this May when fashion’s most visionary and innovative minds gather to discuss the most critical issues facing our industry and planet.”
03 – 06 June: Detroit: SB’19 Detroit: “Navigate your brand’s sustainability journey to deliver business success,” by Sustainable Brands.
10 – 12 June, London: Ethical Corporation’s 18th Responsible Business Summit Europe: “It’s time to Lead: Innovate, Engage and Collaborate.”
12 June, Northampton, UK: 1 Day Chemical Compliance and Product Safety Training Course: “On this chemical course, our in-house chemical expert will guide you through the various legislations and chemicals in a simple step-by-step process, ensuring that you are aware of your obligation and how to comply.” (For the leather industry.)
18 – 20 June, Minneapolis, USA: Circularity 19: “Circularity 19 will bring together more than 500 thought leaders and practitioners to define and accelerate the circular economy.”
22 June, Barcelona: Planet Textiles 2019: “The 10th edition of Planet Textiles will be a seminal event on sustainability in the textile manufacturing sector and will see an unrivalled gathering of experts from the entire fashion value chain.”
08 September, Dhaka, Bangladesh: GOTS Bangladesh Seminar 2019: For sponsorship or speaking opportunities Sumit Gupta at the link.
15 – 18 October: Vancouver: Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference: Textile Exchange call for breakout presentations.
05 November: Dhaka, Bangladesh: Sustainable Apparel Forum: 2nd edition of a forum facilitate by the Bangladesh Apparel Exchange.
* 12 – 14 November, San Jose, California: BSR Conference: Note: this link is only to sign up for updates; registration will begin in May.
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.