THIS ISSUE

Brands in this issue include: Asics (seeks new start-ups for Tenkan-Ten accelerator), Galeries Lafayette (launches second-hand fashion platform), H&M (reduces environmental impact, promotes circularity), Icebug (first climate-positive outdoor footwear brand), J Brand (what it really takes for a brand to go 100% sustainable), Kik (calls for human rights law for supply chains), Nobody’s Child (eco-friendly but cheap), Primark (100% sustainable cottons jeans), The North Face and Eileen Fisher (‘buy local’ movement), Topshop (launches vegan shoe line), Vans (rated by Good On You), Walmart (reducing the environmental impacts of textiles), and more.

Recently released reports:

In general news:

  • Open data mapping in the apparel industry

  • What are fashion retailers doing to combat environmental costs?

  • Festival fashion trends for 2019: sustainability reigns supreme

  • What will fashion be like 20 years from now?

  • Towards an international mohair responsible standard

  • Does your wardrobe need a detox?

  • Organic apparel sales on the rise in UK as awareness grows

  • Kingpins partners with ZDHC for new sustainability standards

  • Top 5 reasons why vegan fashion is taking over

  • Indonesian union leaders, slated to speak at ILR Union Days, denied visas to travel

  • EU Commission withdraws license from international eco-certifier

  • Shifting the focus from fiber to process

In the supply chain:

  • Bangladesh: FWF urges fashion brands to increase prices to cover increased wages; 60% of power looms close down due to illegally imported yarn/fabrics; the new BGMEA president to press for fair apparel pricing; jute mill unions and employees fail to end stalemate over grievances

  • Cambodia: unions call on brands to join ACT

  • Honduras: new report by the WRC on how it helped workers secure backpay

  • India: fire in garment factory

  • Thailand: new law to crack down on migrant labour abuses

  • Turkmenistan: forced labour picking cotton

  • Uzbekistan: ILO report on moving towards eradication of forced and child labour in cotton picking

  • Vietnam: new report on ‘harsh’ tactics to keep wages low

Manufacturers in this issue include: Garmon Chemicals (new eco-bleaching solution for denim), Green Nettle Textile (major fashion award for making fabric from nettles), Isko (more LCAs), Spinnova (new fabric from old clothing), The LYCRA Company (new denim fabrics), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: five new jobs listed (GOTS, H&M, Institut Français de la Mode, and Tommy Hilfiger).

Quotes of the week:

  • “Out of the 13,000 Vietnamese garment workers surveyed by the FLA, most were earning more than double the country’s minimum wage but still unable to pay for their basic needs.” From a new report by the Fair Labour Association (11 Apr).

  • “But there’s an industry wide problem in the apparel sector, rarely discussed, that must be solved before the potential power of these ideas and technologies can be realized. We’ve got the wrong address. And by that, I mean thousands upon thousands of incomplete, incorrect or varying addresses, differing even for the same facility.” Natalie Grillon of the Open Apparel Registry on open data mapping (11 Apr).

  • “If you found out your favourite shirt was made by the exhausted hands of a child forced to work in a sweatshop, would you still wear it?” Opening sentence for article on a report rating fashion brands released this week by Australia’s Baptist World Aid (10 Apr).

  • “Will it prompt real change from fast fashion retailers? This remains to be seen, but with the UK government actively investigating sustainability within the fashion industry, the worst culprits are now in plain sight.” Nikki Gilliland, on the conversation in the UK on fast fashion (10 Apr).

  • “Dryers eat up 6% of the energy used by U.S. households each year.” Dan Seitz, in a Popular Science article on how do to laundry the green way (07 Apr).

  • “A t-shirt made of organic cotton or recycled material is not always more sustainable. The data suggests that the common separation into “good” and “bad” fibers, based on generic classifications of fiber types, is too simplified.” Mistra Future Fashion, commenting on the publication of its Fiber Bible (21 Mar).

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

BRANDS & RETAILERS

3 ways Walmart is reducing the environmental impacts of your favorite textiles: “Walmart U.S. stores are committing to work with suppliers to source 100% more sustainable cotton – such as cotton that is U.S.-grown, organic, or from other third-party certified sources – and 50% recycled polyester fibers for our private brand textiles by 2025 … We aim for Walmart U.S. stores, by 2022, to source only from suppliers working with textile mills that use the Higg Index FEM to measure and help improve their environmental performance” (10 Apr).

Topshop launches vegan shoe line: “The range, which is available from today, is handmade in Spain and approved by vegan charity PETA. Prices range from £42 to £59” (10 Apr).

Kik calls for human rights law for supply chains: ““We [Kik] are in favor of a legal regulation to determine entrepreneurial due diligence.” The retailer Tchibo … also voiced similar views” (10 Apr – in German).

Your swimsuit is terrible for the environment: “Here are the best alternatives–and they’re still not good enough (10 Apr). [Ed’s note: long article on the challenges of making a sustainable swimsuit. Mentions Madewell, Ookioh, Reformation, Mara Hoffman, Outdoor Voices, Koru Swimwear, Galamar, Vitamin A, Summersalt, and Athleta.]

The 2019 Ethical Fashion Report: The truth behind the barcode: “The Ethical Fashion Report is published through [Baptist World Aid Australia’s] Behind the Barcode project. The research published in the report will help you make ethical fashion choices” (10 Apr).

  • From A+ to F, this is how Australian fashion brands rate on ethics: “Australian brands Kookai, Country Road and Cotton On have vastly improved their standing in a major ranking of brand's ethical fashion practices, but there are still plenty of labels failing the test”
     (10 Apr).

  • Most unethical fashion brands exposed: “A new report released on Wednesday has exposed which Australian and international brands are working to stop slavery, child labour and worker exploitation in their supply chains – and which are turning a blind eye. Disturbingly, the shame file shows nine of 10 fashion companies could not even confirm if the workers producing their clothes were being paid enough money to live” (10 Apr).

  • Over 400 fashion brands have been graded for ethical practice: “Outland Denim and Kowtow are two of the few brands awarded with an A+ grade in all five criteria of the 2019 Ethical Fashion Report published by Baptist World Aid. It is the sixth consecutive report on labour rights and environmental management systems in the fashion industry published by the international aid and development organisation” (10 Apr).

  • These are officially the 7 most sustainable brands in Australia: “Aussie favourites like Outland Denim (which shot to fame last year after Meghan Markle wore a pair of their sustainable jeans while in Australia), Etiko and Mighty Good Undies made the highest cut, as did New Zealand label Kowtow who has made a name for itself as the coolest fashion-girl label this side of the equator” (10 Apr).

The 2019 Ethical Fashion Report: The truth behind the barcode: “The Ethical Fashion Guide is a practical tool you can use to reduce worker exploitation and alleviate poverty in developing countries where clothes are manufactured. It grades fashion companies on ethical practices in their supply chains, giving you the power to shop ethically and connect with the people who make your clothes” (10 Apr). [Ed’s note: this is same report as above, but released in New Zealand by Tearfund with an emphasis in the press reporting on NZ brands.]

Asics seeks new start-ups for Tenkan-Ten accelerator: “Japanese sporting goods giant Asics is on the lookout for the second tranche of sports and well-being start-ups to join its growth catalyst programme” (10 Apr).

This is what it really takes for a brand to go 100% sustainable, according to a major label undertaking the challenge: “We caught up with J Brand – the off-duty model's denim of choice since its inception in the early ’00s - who have just launched their 50% sustainable spring collection. And the remaining 50%? That’ll be sorted in the next few months, as the label pledges to have the full collection produced sustainably by 2020” (10 Apr).

H&M group acts to reduce environmental impact, promote circularity in fashion: “A statement that resounded like an article of faith: “By 2050, our planet will be home to an extra 3 billion people. This creates enormous opportunities for a group like [H&M], of course. But it also means a huge impact, if the industry continues to function as it currently does. Innovation must enable us to find new solutions, to shift the industry towards a circular model. And we can play a major role by promoting innovation”” (09 Apr).

The ‘buy local’ movement comes to fashion: “US brands including The North Face and Eileen Fisher are trying to produce clothing — from seed to assembly — within a few hundred miles of their headquarters to reduce their environmental footprint. Can those efforts go mass?” (09 Apr).

Galeries Lafayette launches second-hand fashion platform: “Galeries Lafayette is looking to take advantage of the rapidly growing second-hand apparel trend, a market currently dominated by Vinted in France, where the site boasts 1.5 million daily users. With this aim, the department store chain announced the launch of Le Good Dressing on Monday 8, April. Created in partnership with Parisian startup Place2Swap – a Lafayette Plug & Play acceleration program alum – this second-hand apparel resale site has a twist: exchanges between users take place in physical retail locations” (09 Apr).

This sustainable fashion brand is like Reformation, but without the hefty price tag: “With its distinctive e-commerce styling and clothes made from deadstock fabric, sustainable fashion brand Nobody’s Child is just like everyone's favourite eco-friendly US fashion label, but with prices starting at only €7” (08 Apr).

Penneys sells 100% sustainable cottons jeans: “Primark has just launched its first ever range of jeans made from 100 per cent sustainable cotton. They come in three different washes – indigo, light blue and black – and cost €17 a pair” (08 Apr).

How ethical is Vans? Rating by Good On You app: “Overall Rating: It’s A Start” (05 Apr). [Ed’s note; Vans has been named as one of the clients at an Indian factory, Texport Apparel, where allegations of sexual harassment against a manager have been made. A local union has registered a formal complaint to Vans. See previous newsletter here.]

With these shoes, you can now literally walk your sustainability talk: “Swedish outdoor footwear company Icebug has been manufacturing footwear to tackle slippery conditions since 2001, and has incorporated sustainability and eco-consciousness into their business practices from the start. This past year, Icebug committed to the United Nations’ Climate Neutral Now initiative, and today announced that it has become the first climate-positive outdoor footwear brand” (04 Apr).

NEWS & REPORTS

Gifted standards review: “In 2018, Textile Exchange was gifted five new Standards by Control Union. In 2019, each Standard will undergo its own internal review process to determine how it will fit into Textile Exchange’s portfolio of offerings” (11 Apr). [Ed’s note: of interest to readers are: Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS); Sustainable Fiber Program; and Vegan Standard.]

Open data mapping in the apparel industry: “Natalie Grillon of the Open Apparel Registry explores open data mapping, the challenges of bad data and unique IDs to power collaboration” (11 Apr).

What are fashion retailers doing to combat environmental costs? “The fashion industry is worth $32bn to the UK economy according to the CEO of the British Fashion Council, with the country employing around 890,000 people across a wide range of fashion-related jobs. But while it’s undoubtedly a thriving industry, there is a much bigger price to pay for the privilege of fast and affordable fashion” (10 Apr).

Festival fashion trends for 2019: sustainability reigns supreme: “And in a society that is slowly becoming more attuned to the environmental consequences of [fast fashion], the idea of buying something glitzy to wear just for a festival seems out of touch with the eco-conscious zeitgeist” (10 Apr).

What will fashion be like 20 years from now? ““I look at social behaviours,” reflects fashion forecaster Geraldine Wharry. “And I think supply scarcity – in terms of water and fabric shortages and costs going up, for example – is going to be a big one. When those things happen, people shift their budgets for what they really need to survive.” And fast fashion? “It’s an outdated model,” says Wharry. “I just cannot see how it can continue. Brands without some kind of sustainability strategy are in trouble”” (10 Apr).

Towards an international mohair responsible standard: “While the South African mohair industry has been governed by its own sustainable guidelines since 2009, the global industry has been made aware of the need for an international standard. This realisation has led to cooperation between Mohair South Africa and Textile Exchange in developing an international mohair standard. The aim is to give the global market a promise of responsible farming and production” (10 Apr).

Does your wardrobe need a detox? “A closet cleanse is about more than decluttering. It’s a chance to embrace chemical-free clothes and sustainable fashion” (09 Apr).

Organic apparel sales on the rise in UK as awareness grows: “The Soil Association’s newly released “Textile Organic Market” report reveals sales of its certified organic textiles grew 18 percent in the U.K. in 2018 to reach a market value of 41.3 million pounds ($53.86 million)” (09 Apr).

T-shirts like the Spice Girls’ will always be made unless we hold retailers to account: “There is no excuse for not knowing how your clothes were made and who made them. And that is why I was so disappointed, but not surprised, to read the about the Spice Girls and Comic Relief’s t-shirt collaboration, which , was made in a factory in Bangladesh where women were earning the equivalent of 35p an hour and experienced verbal abuse” (09 Apr).

Kingpins partners with ZDHC for new sustainability standards: “Having implemented a first round of mandatory social responsibility standards for its exhibitors in February, denim trade show Kingpins Show’s organizers announced on Monday that it is collaborating with The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation on a further set of environmentally focused regulations” (08 Apr).

Top 5 reasons why vegan fashion is taking over: “Vegan fashion is taking over. Cruelty-free apparel, accessories and cosmetics are taking over. Once laughed at as a short-lived fad, animal free fashion has become not just fashionable but mainstream” (08 Apr).

The Brazilian Case: The need to strengthen due diligence processes when states seem to fall back: “corporations should make sure they have robust due diligence processes in place if their  operations or part of their supply chains are located in Brazil” (08 Apr).

Indonesian union leaders, slated to speak at ILR Union Days, denied visas to travel: “Indonesian garment workers Linda Ratnasari and Siti Chasanah, who were scheduled to speak at Cornell about their lives as sweatshop laborers on March 20, were unable to make it to the event due to the rejection of their visa applications by the [US] State Department” (07 Apr).

How to do laundry the green way: “Detergents are greener than they used to be, thanks to industry agreements and numerous state-level bans, but the chemicals they contain are still toxic in high enough concentrations. Bleach, for example, contributes to chlorine in our waterways, and many of the chemicals in our detergents don’t break down easily, only aggravating the problem” (07 Apr).

EU Commission withdraws license from international eco-certifier: The EU Commission has withdrawn the organic license from international eco-certifier Control Union in five countries (Kazakhstan, the Republic of Moldova, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates), claiming poor work facilitated bio-scams (03 Apr – in German).

Shifting the focus from fiber to process: “New report compiles and analyses all available data on the environmental impact of textile fibers, concluding that differences between specific suppliers of textile fibres are often greater than differences between fiber types or between production methods. Transparency throughout the production chain is therefore a more pressing issue than fiber content. The results are presented in two new reports, The Fiber Bible Part 1 and Part 2” (21 Mar).

THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Bangladesh  

FWF: Buyers should comply with legal wage requirements: ““We found that many buyers were not willing to pay more,” said [Fair Wear Foundation expert Klaus Hohenegger], adding that brands accept to increase prices when fabric costs increase or currency fluctuates, “but start bargaining when the minimum wage goes up, making the argument that factories simply need to increase their efficiency”” (12 Apr).

Workers get $0.54 of an $18.25 polo shirt: “Bangladeshi garment workers get only 2.96 percent, or just $0.54, of the $18.25 retail value of a polo shirt in the Western world, said the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), an Amsterdam-based rights group, yesterday” (12 Apr).

Garment workers’ struggle to find affordable housing: “Roughly 80 percent of the workers, mostly women, live in cramped quarters and half their wages often go towards rent” (12 Apr).

60pc looms shut for illegally imported yarn: “Some 60 percent of over 1 lakh small and medium power looms which were mainly serving the domestic market have been shut down over the last six months. This is a result of the sale of yarn and fabrics which have been illegally imported through false declarations by a section of unscrupulous traders intending to avail the bond facility” (11 Apr).

Clothing companies voice support for the Bangladesh Accord: “A number of clothing companies that signed the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile, are actively speaking out in favor of preserving the Bangladesh Accord” (11 Apr).

Accord to hear its fate on Apr 15: ““The court will hear more details on April 15,” said Additional Attorney General Murad Reza, who appeared for the government … “Accord cannot stay here for an indefinite period,” Reza added” (09 Apr).

First female boss vows to shake up Bangladesh's fashion factories: “The first woman to head one of Bangladesh’s biggest garment associations said on Tuesday she would boost female leadership as most factory workers were women, amid scrutiny over safety” (09 Apr). [Ed’s note: Rubana Huq was recently elected president of the BGMEA.]

  • New BGMEA president vows to press for fair apparel pricing: “BGMEA President-elect Rubana Huq has promised to take measures to enhance owners’ price negotiation skills to earn better from sales of clothing products and reduce uneven competition in the apparel sector, reports Dhaka Tribune” (08 Apr).

BJMC meeting with workers fails to end stalemate: “A meeting between the authorities of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation and leaders of Bangladesh Patkol Sramik League and all state-owned jute mills’ workers unions ended without any specific decision on Saturday” (07 Apr).

Cambodia

Cambodian unions call on brands to ACT: “IndustriALL’s Cambodian affiliates have written to a number of global clothing brands that have not yet committed to the ACT process to tell them that by not doing so they are directly jeopardizing negotiations towards an industry agreement in the garment sector” (09 Apr). [Ed’s note: a week ago, Tchibo called for a clear commitment by industry and governments to ACT (an initiative for living wages and collective bargaining in the textile industry). See here – in German.]

Honduras

Worker Rights Consortium assessment: Direct Ship Americas (Honduras): New report from the Worker Rights Consortium on how its work at the Direct Ship Americas factory helped 240 laid-off workers secure the $468,000 in severance pay they were owed (09 Apr).

India

Major fire breaks out in factory, no casualty as CRPF men act in time: “A major fire broke out in a garment manufacturing factory on Chandigarh Road on Monday morning” (08 Apr).

Thailand

Thailand ramps up fight against forced labour with stricter law: “Thailand will use a newly amended law to crack down on forced labour with hefty fines and prison time, a move analysts said could help curb exploitative practices against migrant workers” (08 Apr).

Turkmenistan

How cotton picked with forced labor in Turkmenistan finds its way to the high street: “A new report by Anti-Slavery International reveals how cotton picked with forced labor in Turkmenistan makes its way to high street shops across the world” (08 Apr). [Ed’s note: the report is linked to in Tuesday’s newsletter.]

Uzbekistan

Activists welcome progress towards eradication of forced labour, child labour in Uzbekistan: “A conference in Brussels has welcomed an ILO report [Third party monitoring of child labour & forced labour during the 2018 cotton harvest in Uzbekistan] that found the Uzbek government did not systematically use child labour or forced labour during the 2018 cotton harvest. The report found that government reforms are having an impact, but that there are still many challenges at local level” (03 Apr).

Vietnam

‘Harsh’ tactics used to keep wages low for Vietnamese garment workers: “European and U.S. fashion brands sourcing from Vietnam must stop their “harsh” tactics that push down workers’ wages and trap millions in poverty, labor rights campaigners [from Fair Labor Association] said on Thursday” (11 Apr).

MANUFACTURERS

Find out how Isko wants to engage consumers and industry: “Isko also continues to pursue new goals in terms of responsibility and respect for the environment. Among various initiatives it considers itself the first to introduce the LCA (Life Cycle Assessments) methodology in the denim industry, through which it is possible to evaluate and quantify the environmental footprint of a product throughout the entire lifecycle” (10 Apr).

Garmon Chemicals unveils new eco-bleaching solution for denim: Garmon’s white&green solution provides a safe and sustainable process of jeans bleaching, with highest levels of whiteness and ZDHC-classified with significant energy savings as well (10 Apr). [Ed’s note: see a video here on white&green.]

Orange Fiber x H&M Conscious Exclusive, reinventing fashion in a greener way: “Let's take a closer look at Orange Fiber, this year’s most sort after sustainable fabric that was used in H&M’s annual Conscious Exclusive collection” (09 Apr).

The LYCRA Company promotes new denim fabrics with its sustainable innovations: “At the upcoming Kingpins Amsterdam tradeshow, The LYCRA Company will be showcasing fabrics with its latest sustainable offerings, including LYCRA fiber 166L which was recently awarded a Gold Level Material Health Certificate by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute” (09 Apr).

Ioncell technology creates eco-textile clothing fibers from birch trees: “Ioncell technology, developed at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, uses a range of materials, including wood, recycled newspaper, cardboard and old cotton to make fabric” (09 Apr).

This tech can make fabric from old clothing, agricultural waste–and even trees: “Spinnova’s technology for creating fiber from cellulose is a 2019 World Changing Ideas Award Winner. It could stop the bad environmental effects of cotton production” (08 Apr).

This Kenyan company won a major fashion award for making fabric from nettles: “Green Nettle Textile was this year awarded almost $170,000 as part of the $1.1 million Global Change Award, a fashion innovation challenge initiated by H&M Foundation” (08 Apr). [Ed’s note: Green Nettle Textile has a live Indiegogo campaign; see here.]

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

Adidas: Manager Sustainability Materials FW (Ho Chi Minh City)

Aldo: Senior Social Compliance Manager (Dongguan)

Aldo: Sustainability Analyst (Montreal)

Amazon: Fashion Sustainability Program Manager (London)

Amazon: Social Responsibility, Senior Program Manager (Shenzhen, China)

Amazon: Japan Environmental Manager (Tokyo)

Asos: Sustainable Sourcing Administrator (London)

Bestseller: Sustainability Lead for Owned & Operated Buildings and Indirect Procurement (Aarhus, Brande or Copenhagen)

Blackberrys Menswear: Sr. HR Executive-Employee Engagement & CSR (Gurgoan)

BSR: Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability (New York)

BSR: Human Rights Director (Paris or San Francisco)

Burton: Sustainability Analyst with Sports Equipment (Burlington, VT)

Centre for Sustainable Fashion: Digital Content Officer (London)

Chanel: Group Director, US Corporate Social Responsibility (Piscataway, New Jersey or New York)

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)

* Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS): GOTS Public Procurement Specialist (EU) (Stuttgart)

GoodWeave: Senior Program Officer (Washington DC)

Gucci: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Scandicci)

Hop Lun: Sustainability Manager (Hong Kong)

* H&M: Internal Communications and Sustainability Responsible (Sydney)

* H&M: Global Sustainability Controller (Hong Kong)

H&M: Sustainability Developer, Social (Shanghai)

H&M: Sustainability Project Intern (Jakarta)

HEMA: Social and Environmental Compliance Strategist (Amsterdam)H

HEMA: Sustainability Strategist (Amsterdam)

 Impactt: Marketing Manager (London)

* Institut Français de la Mode: Professor/Kering Chair on Fashion sustainability & Social responsibility (Paris)

JCPenney: Director Inclusion & Diversity, CSR and Supplier Diversity (Dallas TX)

Kering: Sustainability & Ethics Analyst (Paris)

Levi Strauss: Sr. Analyst, Global Product Sustainability (San Francisco)

Lululemon: Social Responsibility & Compliance Manager (Vancouver)

Lululemon: Director, Product Sustainability (Vancouver)

Lululemon: Director, Product and Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

Macy’s: Environmental Services Intern/Co-op (Cincinnati, OH)

Macy’s: Manager, Corporate Giving (New York)

Nike: Environmental Deployment Director (Singapore)

Nike: Sustainability Professional II (Jakarta)

Patagonia: Head of Supply Chain Environmental Responsibility (Ventura, California)

PVH: Corporate Responsibility Specialist, Programs & Operations (New York)

PVH: Sr Manager, Corporate Responsibility (Transparency & Engagement) (New York)

Ralph Lauren: VP, Sustainability (Lyndhurst, NJ)

s.Oliver: Senior Global Sustainability Manager Environment & Chemical Compliance (Rottendorf)

Selfridges: Senior Sustainability Manager (London)

Stitch Fix: Responsible Sourcing Specialist (San Francisco)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition: Senior Manager of Verification (San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam, or Hong Kong)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition: Senior Manager of Higg Facility Tools (San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam, or Hong Kong)

Ted Baker: Sustainability Coordinator (London)

Ted Baker: Ethical and Sustainability Assistant (London)

Ted Baker: Ethical Specialist (London)

* Tommy Hilfiger: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

Under Armour: Environmental Sustainability Analyst (Baltimore, MD)

University of Leeds: Research Fellow in Sustainable Materials and Renewable Fibres (Leeds)

Vantage Apparel: QA Compliance Specialist (Woodbridge, NJ)

VF: Manager, Sustainable Products Data (Denver, Colorado)

Wolverine: Product Sustainability Manager (Rockford, Michigan)

Zalora: Regional Sustainability Manager (Singapore)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                          

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

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, Amsterdam: 'Goat to Garment' Screening + Learning Lab: By Fashion for Good on re-thinking how we work with wool (and drive change in the fashion industry).

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.

* 27 April, Melbourne: A.BCH X Fashion Revolution 2019 Natural Workshop: “In this two-part workshop intensive, learn the art of embroidery and natural dye techniques like shibori and resist stitching.”

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 facilitated 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.

(Photo image, 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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