THIS ISSUE

Brands in this issue include: Femme Luxe (partners with ReGain recycling app), H&M (votes down Clean Clothes Campaign’s living wage resolution at AGM), Kering (agrees to Italian tax settlment), Tchibo (reviews its baby/kid’s clothes rental initiative), Walmart (on track to reduce 1 billion tonnes of supply chain emissions), and more.

Recently released reports:

In general news:

  • What She Makes: Oxfam challenges Australian brands to pay garment workers living wages

  • Tim Gunn says fashion is thriving without fur

  • HKRITA CEO says the ‘era of living in denial is over’

  • Ethiopian garment workers ‘worst-paid in world’

  • #MeToo morphs into #GarmentMeToo

  • UN chemical regulators approve PFOA ban, with exemptions

In the supply chain:                                                         

  • Bangladesh: over 1,000 workers protest factory closure and lack of wage payments; 22.8% of female RMG workers sexually harassed in the workplace, says new study; Asian University for Women helping RMG workers achieve dreams

  • Cambodia: investment growing but slows

  • China: minimum wages no longer rising as fast

  • India: labour law awareness program for garment workers

  • South Africa: amended law will rid textile sector of sham cooperatives

  • Sri Lanka: unions oppose oppressive new security laws

  • Uzbekistan: state quotas drive corrupt practices in cotton sector

Manufacturers in this issue include: Arvind (joins Fashion for Good), Kraig Biocraft (expands production in Vietnam), Renewcell (makes first delivery of cellulose fibre made from textile waste), Spinnova (partners with Fortum to turn agricultural waste into textile fibre), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 11 new jobs listed (at Asos, Ethical Trading Initiative, Impactt, Kering, Levi’s, One Jeanswear Group, Tommy Hilfiger and Vantage Apparel).

Quotes of the week:

  • “Ethiopia faces a choice when it comes to manufacturing clothes for Western consumers: Does it follow the trajectory of China or Bangladesh?” From Made in Ethiopia: Challenges in the Garment Industry’s New Frontier, by Paul M. Barrett and Dorothée Baumann-Pauly (07 May).

  • “The same government that is beating workers in the street for speaking out against labour abuses, arresting unionised workers, and allowing factories to arbitrarily fire and blacklist thousands of workers is assuring the world it is ready to take responsibility for workers’ safety in the workplace. These circumstances make it hard to believe that the government takes these steps with the workers’ best interest in mind.” Christie Miedema of the Clean Clothes Campaign about the Bangladeshi government’s desire to abandon the Accord (07 May).

  • “We make the equivalent of 48 million pairs of shoes a year. But about 2 million pairs a year are wasted, and that’s a conservative estimate.” Martin Su, sustainability officer for Yee Chain International, which makes sneaker fabric (06 May).

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

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Tchibo’s 15-month review of renting sustainable baby, kid’s and women’s clothing: Fifteen months ago, German textile retailer Tchibo launched a rental service for sustainably produced baby, kids and women’s clothing with Kilenda. It was the first major retailer to do so, and on Thursday the company assed what had worked and what hadn’t. Winners were smalls sizes and classic basics. Size 110 (5 – 6 years old) and above did not perform as well. Tchibo says it will continue renting and expand the range every six weeks, including introducing children’s sportwear ( (09 May – in German).

Gucci parent Kering agrees huge settlement over Italian taxes: “French luxury group Kering, owner of the Gucci brand, has agreed to pay €1.25 billion (CHF1.42 billion) to settle a dispute with the Italian tax authorities over its Swiss subsidiary Luxury Goods International. Kering, which has denied avoiding tax, said on Thursday the settlement would involve the payment of €897 million in additional taxes, along with further payment for penalties and interest. The total required payment amounts to €1.25 billion” (09 May).

Femme Luxe partners with recycling app: “Online fashion retailer Femme Luxe is partnering with recycling app ReGain to encourage its customers to recycle their unwanted clothing in return for exclusive discounts” (08 May).

Walmart on track to reduce 1 billion metric tons of emission from global supply chains by 2030: “Walmart today issued its inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, which details the company’s goals, progress and achievements for fiscal year 2019 toward its commitment to increase economic opportunity for associates and local communities, build sustainability in supply chains and activate climate change initiatives” (08 May). [Ed’s note: see full ESG report here.]

Clean Clothes Campaign at H&M’s AGM and living wages: On Tuesday, 07 May, H&M held its annual general meeting, which Clean Clothes Campaign attended to call on the Board of Directors to pay no dividend this financial year and instead transfer company earnings into a living wage fund to increase supply chain workers’ wages (you can see CCC’s “Turn Around H&M” website here, and its resolution on the disposal of the company’s earning here, a leaflet handed out at the AGM). After the AGM, H&M announced “the AGM approved the dividend of SEK 9.75 [$1.02] per share in accordance with the board of directors’ proposal and approved the payment of the dividend in two instalments during the year”, thus defeating the CCC resolution.

A new crop of La denim brands is making sustainability “California Cool”: “A handful of fashion-loving good-doers is plotting to overtake California’s denim industry, and these forward thinkers are hoping that the world will follow their lead” (06 May). [Ed’s note: brands named in article include: Triarchy Denim, Boyish Jeans, and Amour Vert.]

Luxury brands have no business preaching righteous retail: “Like Burberry, Louis Vuitton has been thought to incinerate its leftover stock, although this has never been verified or acknowledges, neither directly by the company, in its financial reports, or elsewhere. Despite Louis Vuitton remaining tight-lipped over superfluous stock…” (06 May).

Fair-trade vegan sneakers empowering women in Pakistan: “Purple Impression – a fair-trade fashion brand that supports female artisans in Pakistan – is launching a line of eco-friendly vegan sneakers” (06 May).

NEWS & REPORTS   

What She Makes: Oxfam challenges Australian brands to pay garment workers living wages: “the What She Makes Campaign has done a remarkable job of providing answers. Set up by non-profit charitable organisation Oxfam, the What She Makes campaign demands big clothing brands pay the women who make our clothes a living wage. The campaign has set up a pledge and so far, 109,000 people have joined the campaign. The campaign also operates a company tracker that rates companies on their progress towards paying living wages to female garment workers” (09 May).

IMPACTable FASHION: making the case for a sustainable fashion accelerator: “Micro-Documentary on making the case for an upgrade of sustainable fashion via the implementation of a new business model based on IMPACTable FASHION_Impact Driven industry” (09 May – 4:34-minute video). [Ed’s note: written and produced by Dr. LeeAnn Teal Rutkovsky.]

Fashion is thriving without fur (by Tim Gunn): “Throughout my career – as chair of fashion design at Parsons, creative director at Liz Claiborne, and host of “Project Runway” – I have advocated against fur. The fashion business has a troubling history with animals, but it is quickly evolving … Now, it's time to safeguard all the other animals from such gratuitous violence by supporting New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson's bill to ban fur sales in New York City, as lawmakers have already done in Los Angeles and San Francisco” (08 May).

“The era of living in denial is over”: “Mike Schragger speaks with Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles & Apparel Limited, about his team’s pioneering and surprising breakthrough in the area of textile recycling, his deep conviction that to accelerate the development and uptake of sustainable solutions our industry needs to do R&D very differently, and why industry innovation - for its own sake - is misguided” (08 May – 45:28-minute podcast).

Pulse of the Fashion Industry, 2019 Update: “The 2019 Pulse Score shows that the fashion industry has improved its social and environmental performance in the past year, but at a slower rate than the previous year. Despite this improvement, the fashion industry is still far from sustainable. Furthermore, the findings demonstrate that fashion companies are not implementing sustainable solutions fast enough to counterbalance negative environmental and social impacts of the rapidly growing fashion industry. If the Pulse Score stays on its current trajectory, the gap between industry output and the Pulse Score will widen. About 40% of the industry have not yet reached beyond Phase One of the Pulse Curve. As a result, if the industry does not implement changes at a faster rate, it will not be able to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or meet the Paris Agreement. Global Fashion Agenda, Boston Consulting Group and Sustainable Apparel Coalition call upon industry leaders to increase their pace towards a deeper and more systemic change. Companies must push harder, with more focused and coordinated efforts, to overcome technological and economic limitations that hinder progress” (07 May).

Made in Ethiopia: Challenges in the Garment Industry’s New Frontier: “This report provides a close look at the flagship Hawassa Industrial Park, a vast and still only partly filled facility which currently employs 25,000 workers about 140 miles south of the capital of Addis Ababa. For all of its potential, the apparel industry in Ethiopia has already encountered difficulties. The government’s eagerness to attract foreign investment led it to promote the lowest base wage in any garment-producing country—now set at the equivalent of $26 a month. On that amount, workers, most of them young women from poor farming families, cannot afford decent housing, food, and transportation. Even when factory owners provide additional modest payments for regular attendance and meals, workers struggle to get by. It’s common for young women to live four-to-a-room, without indoor plumbing” (07 May).

  • Ethiopia clothes-factory workers ‘worst-paid in world’: “Research focused on the Hawassa Industrial Park which employs 25,000 workers. H&M, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger are among the brands whose items are produced there” (08 May). [Ed’s note: from the BBC, which had earlier incorrectly reported Gap also sourced clothes from the Hawassa Industrial Park.]

Making supply chains safe for women workers: Where compliance programs end, supplier relationships matter: “The Guardian reported on a recent study of Vietnamese clothing, footwear, and outdoor wear manufacturers, which found that “workers in Vietnamese factories have been harassed, groped, and even raped.” This was both sadly shocking and sadly predictable. Though compliance programs are in place, they have not guaranteed harassment-free work environment” (07 May).

Now, metoo will change the global clothing industry: “Female textile workers are physically and mentally abused around the world. Now they are demanding an end to gender-based violence and share their stories on social media” (07 May – in Swedish). [Ed’s note: story is about the #garmentmetoo campaign initiated by Global Labor Justice and Asia Floor Wage Alliance.]

Fight against plastic pollution targets a hidden source: Our clothes: ““This is the microplastic pollution that we don’t talk about as much because it’s unseen,” a researcher said … Some in the apparel industry are heeding this call to action, with companies that specialize in outdoor gear, such as Patagonia, Mountain Equipment Co-op and Arc’teryx, leading the charge” (05 May).

UN chemical regulators approve PFOA ban, with exemptions: “International chemical regulators unanimously approved a global ban on the use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a toxic chemical used to manufacture nonstick and stain-resistant coatings in clothing … Various international industry groups succeeded in lobbying for exemptions and extended implementation timelines for certain PFOA products including … textiles” (04 May).

THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Bangladesh  

Bangladesh garment industry employs gamification to offset automation: “New York-based Shimmy Technologies is one such startup. Presenting at the [Bangladesh ‘Fashionology’ Summit] on May 2nd, Shimmy founder Sarah Krasley explained how the C&A Foundation had funded the first phase of her platform, Shimmy Upskill, which gamifies learning to teach garment workers the basics of computer-aided design” (09 May).

22.8pc female RMG workers sexually harassed in workplace: study: “At least 22.8 per cent female workers in different garment factories in Bangladesh were sexually harassed in their workplaces, said a study. Manusher Jonno Foundation uncovered the study on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Dhaka. MJF conducted the survey in 22 factories in Dhaka and Chattogram in between March and May 2018” (08 May).

Higher education no longer just a dream for RMG workers: “[Asian University for Women] had a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with 14 RMG factories under which the factory authorities pay the basic salary of the selected workers for five years so that their families do not face hardship. Founded in the port city in 2008, AUW initiated the programme in 2016, said Rehana Khan, director of admissions, adding, “Mohammadi Group was the first one to sign an MoU” (08 May).

Bangladesh garment workers protesting against low wages face sweeping crackdown by authorities: “After the Rana Plaza disaster of 2013, when 1,134 died in a building collapse, the government promised better wages and working conditions. But these have been slow to materialise, with the minimum wage set in November at a paltry US$22 a week” (07 May). [Ed’s note: article references Worker Rights Consortium’s report Banning Hope.]

RMG workers demand arrears payment: “More than one thousand workers of [Golden Horizon Limited Factory of Sunman Group of Companies] in Chattogram city yesterday morning surrounded BGMEA Bhaban for two hours as the owners had suddenly closed the factory without paying outstanding salaries and other benefits” (07 May).

Cambodia

Investment growing but at a slower pace: GMAC: “Investment in the garment and footwear sector, one of Cambodia’s economic pillars, is growing at a slightly slower pace in 2019 compared to last year, according to an official from the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC). The deceleration is likely the result of the European Union’s decision to review Cambodia’s Everything-but-arms (EBA) status as well as increases in the sector’s minimum wage” (07 May).

China

China’s regional governments reluctant to raise the minimum wage: “As China’s economic growth slows, local governments are increasingly reluctant to jeopardise their competitive advantage by raising the minimum wage. So far this year, only three out of 32 regional governments have reportedly increased their statutory minimum wage, although several others are expected to follow suit later in the year” (08 May).

Workers protest wage arrears owed by garment company in Hanquan, Hubei: From China Labour Bulletin’s strike map (08 May).

India

Awareness programme on labour laws and IMV Act held for garment workers: “As part of an initiative to educate garment workers on Labour Laws and Indian Motor Vehicles (IMV) Act, the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), in association with Mysore Bar Association and Labour Department, held an awareness programme at Shahi Exports (P) Ltd., Koorgalli Industrial Area in city, on Monday” (09 May).

South Africa

Law amendment will rid sham cooperatives from South Africa’s textile sector: “Taking advantage of loopholes in the laws governing cooperatives, employers in the garment and textile sector have been turning their factories into fake cooperatives to avoid paying decent wages and benefits” (08 May).

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan unions oppose oppressive new laws: “The unions are alarmed by the replacement of the Prevention of Terrorism Act with the more drastic Counter Terrorism Act, which they say will be further used to crackdown on unions, rights activists and opposition politicians. The unions are also worried about a new all-in-one labour law currently being prepared by the government, which is set to benefit employer investors but which they fear will be used to discipline society under the pretext of national security” (07 May).

Uzbekistan

State quotas drive corrupt practices throughout cotton sector: “The Supreme Court of Uzbekistan will soon pass judgment on a failed appeal against the verdict of the criminal court of the Syrdarya region in December 2018 in a case of embezzlement at the “Sardoba Pakhta Tozalash” cotton gin plant in the Akaltyn district” (06 May).

MANUFACTURERS

From agricultural waste to textile fibre – Spinnova becomes part of Fortum’s bio-based ecosystem: “Spinnova and Finnish energy company Fortum have entered into a disruptive strategic partnership within Fortum’s bio-based business focusing on resource efficiency. Their objective is to turn agricultural waste streams into textile quality fibre with Spinnova’s technology” (08 May).

Huntsman’s eco-friendly products at Techtextil 2019: “Huntsman Textile Effects is bringing its innovative disperse dyes and inks, comprehensive range of durable water repellents and deep technical expertise to Techtextil 2019, which opens its doors in Frankfurt next week” (08 May).

IIT Mandi's self-cleaning glass can purify water using sunlight: “Scientists at IIT Mandi [in India] have developed a self-cleaning glass that can remove microbes and organic pollutants -- like dyes, detergent and drugs -- from waste water, using only sunlight” (07 May).

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories expands production footprint in Vietnam: “Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc., the leading developer of spider silk based fibers, announced today that, through its subsidiary Prodigy Textiles, the Company has signed a new 5 year lease on a factory, expanding its production footprint in Vietnam. The roughly 50,000 ft2 facility in Quang Nam province is expected to play a major role in supporting the Company’s increasing production capacity of its proprietary recombinant spider silk technologies” (07 May).

Renewcell starts to sell the fabric of the future: “Sweden’s Renewcell recycles clothes to make new fibers, which can be made into new garments. Now the company has sold 22 tons to a manufacturer. "It’s actually the first delivery in the world of cellulose fiber made of textile waste," says the company’s CEO Mattias Jonsson” (07 May – in Swedish).

Arvind joins Fashion for Good: “The latest organisation joining Fashion for Good is Arvind Limited, the global leader in apparel manufacturing and trailblazer in advanced materials. With Arvind, the Fashion for Good Innovation Platform gains a well-experienced partner that is committed to testing and implementing sustainable innovations” (07 May).

Project seeks to promote green garment-textiles industry: “A project is being implemented in Vietnam to improve the eco-friendliness of the local textile-apparel industry, which is a big foreign currency earner of the country but also has considerable impact on the environment. The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) held a meeting for the VITAS’ environment committee in Hanoi on May 7 to seek ways to step up the sector’s environmental responsibility” (07 May).

Are manufacturers the missing link in fashion’s circular economy story? “As Kia Jiehui, principal strategist at international sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future says: “There is a gap between the buzz of niche innovations and large-scale solutions that disrupt entrenched wasteful practices in value chains. Large manufacturers in brands’ supply chains hold the key to bridging this gap because they are already producing at quality, speed, and volume, she says. “They will therefore be the ones to deliver circular solutions at scale”” (06 May).

PFGHL group launches organic silk company committed to high quality products, sustainability and social responsibility: “Profits Fund Global Holding Ltd (PFGHL Group) announces today the launch of Bombyx to provide high-end silk fabric to markets in the United States. Over the course of the next three years, the Company will move to manufacture Bombyx silk from an organic growing and production process with certified eco-friendly practices. This approach reflects PFGHL Group’s 23-year legacy of innovation and technology advancements that honor nature and corporate social responsibility best practices” (06 May).

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

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

Amazon: Fashion Sustainability Program Manager (London)

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

Amazon: Japan Environmental Manager (Tokyo)

* ASOS: Ethical Trade Assistant (Hong Kong)

BSR: HERproject Associate (Hong Kong)

BSR: Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability (New York)

C&A Foundation: Programme Manager, Circular Fashion (Amsterdam)

Canada Goose: Sr. Manager, Corporate Sustainability (Toronto)

Center for Child Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (CCR CSR): Social Worker (Shenzhen)

Columbia: Corporate Responsibility Manager (Jakarta)

Columbia: Corporate Responsibility Specialist, Japan Direct Sources (Zhuhai)

Common Objective: Global Community Manager (London)

Cotton made in Africa: Project Manager for Verification Management (Hamburg)

END.: Head of Facilities and Health & Safety (Washington, England)

* Ethical Trading Initiative: Senior Advisor, Gender & Social Inclusion (London)

* Ethical Trading Initiative: Membership Services Assistant (maternity cover) (London)

* Ethical Trading Initiative: Assistant Strategic Lead (London)

Fair Labor Association: Social Compliance Program Manager (Washington DC)

Fair Wear Foundation: Brand Liaison and Member Community Officer (Amsterdam)

Gant: Sustainability Internship (Stockholm)

G-Star RAW: Intern GSRD Foundation (Amsterdam)

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

GoodWeave: Director of Communications (Washington DC)

GoodWeave: Senior Program Officer (Washington DC)

W.L. Gore & Associates: APAC Sustainability Communication Leader - Fabrics Division (Hong Kong)

Gucci: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Scandicci)

Gymshark: Sustainability Manager (Solihull)

H&M: Chemical Compliance Specialist (Stockholm)

Hop Lun: Sustainability Manager (Hong Kong)

Herschel Supply Company: Product Quality & Compliance Manager (Vancouver)

* Impactt: Principal Consultant (London)

* Impactt: Project Officer (London)

* Kering: Ready To Wear Materials Research & Sustainability Specialist (Novara)

* Levi Strauss: Manager, Community Affairs (San Francisco, CA)

Lululemon: Director, Product and Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

Macy’s: Facility Management Energy Manager (Woodbridge, NJ)

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

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

Moncler: Sustainability Project Specialist (Milan)

Nakd: CSR Coordinator (Gothenburg)

Nakd: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Gothenburg)

Nike: Director of Supplier Relationship Management – Supply Chain (Beaverton, OR)

Nike: Senior Director Labor, Health & Safety, Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing (Beaverton, OR)

Nike: Sustainability Professional II (Jakarta)

* ONE Jeanswear Group: Social Compliance Specialist (New York)

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

Primark: Product Compliance Coordinator (Dublin)

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

REI: Senior Administrative Assistant, Brand Stewardship & Impact (Kent, WA)

Ross Stores: Director, Sustainability (Hacienda, CA)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition: Senior Manager, Public Affairs (Amsterdam)

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)

TAL Apparel: Environmental Sustainability Executive (Hong Kong)

Ted Baker: Sustainability Coordinator (London)

Ted Baker: Ethical and Sustainability Assistant (London)

Ted Baker: Ethical Specialist (London)

Textile Exchange: Standards Coordinator

The North Face: Director, Global Sustainability (Denver, CO)

* 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)

Vestiaire Collective: Chief Sustainability Officer (Paris)

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

Wearable Collections: Drivers, Route Helpers and Market Coordinators (New York)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

13 – 17 May, Iceland: Textile Academy Bootcamp 2019: “An amazing week full of Workshops + Guided tours + Social events”

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 June: Online course: Fashion’s Future and the Sustainable Development Goals: “explore the fashion industry’s impact on people and planet, what the Sustainable Development Goals are, and how they are intrinsically linked.” From Fashion Revolution.

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.)

13 – 13 June, Bangkok: Responsible Business & Human Rights Forum 2019: “[A] multi-stakeholder event addressing an array of priority issues under the Responsible Business Conduct and Business and Human Rights Agendas.”

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: Driving impact through integrity and preferred fiber & materials.

23 – 24 October: Amsterdam: European Textile Polyester Summit 2019: “an insight into the European polyester market and its drivers and developments, as well as focus on feedstock availability and sustainability challenges.”

* 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.

12 – 14 November, San Jose, California: BSR Conference: Note: this link is only to sign up for updates; registration will begin in May.

(Photo Dimitris Vetsikas, 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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