THIS ISSUE

Brands in this issue include: Adidas (shows how hard it is to recycle clothes), G-Star Raw (uses upcycled beetroot for dye), H&M (revisiting racist monkey sweatshirt; adopting a new virtual 3D apparel design system), Nike, H&M, ASOS, Gap Inc., PVH, Kering and VF Corporation (brands meeting GFA targets), Parole (collection made by prisoners), River Island (recalls clothes over chemical fears), Wrangler (launches 100 percent sustainable cotton collection), and more.

In general news:

  • Texfusion New York dedicates program to sustainability trends

  • International Talent Support Contest ready to kick off new edition with first sustainable fashion prize

  • Responsible Down Standard 3.0 released

  • Levi Strauss Foundation exec director on importance of backing social change

  • The global fashion industry designs a sustainable future

  • ‘Green Button’ puts sustainable fashion in sight

  • Think tank: harnessing the growing power of eco-apparel

  • Traceability importance continues to grow

  • Textile companies reveal how they deal with the risks of abuses

The supply chain

  • Bangladesh: award-winning project to improve women’s health; govt tells companies to clear garment workers’ dues before Eid-ul-Azha

  • Cambodia: MoU inked with GIZ to improve garment sustainability; ministry issues reminder on seniority indemnity; Now Corp garment factory compensation dispute to be sent to Arbitration Council

  • Ethiopia: ILO launches a programme on advancing Decent Work and inclusive industrialization

  • Myanmar: unions call on brands to join ACT in fight for living wage

  • Turkey: CCC report highlights denim worker health concerns

Manufacturers in this issue include: Eurofins | BLC (enhanced leather traceability), Hansae (pushing sustainability forward), Kivanç Tekstil (ties up with Reliance for eco-friendly fabric), SupplyCompany (£1.5m in seed funding), Unmade (new funding), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 4 new jobs listed this issue (at Brands Of, Fair Wear Foundation, Hugo Boss and Kmart Australia).

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

BRANDS & RETAILERS

The real story behind H&M’s racist monkey sweatshirt: “The retailer committed one of the most infamous PR disasters in fashion history. But how they responded and rebuilt will determine their future” (11 Jul). [Ed’s note: a long article exploring the backstory behind the H&M’s “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” sweatshirt controversy from last year.]

Wrangler launches 100 percent sustainable cotton collection: “In its new sustainability program, American jeans brand Wrangler has launched The Rooted Collection, a premium menswear line using 100 percent sustainable cotton. According to an announcement from the denim company, Wrangler is working with local farmers in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas — which are each known for its cotton industry — to create a limited collection of jeans and T-shirts made from 100 percent sustainable cotton that represent each state” (10 Jul).

Abhishek Dutta launches ‘Parole’ a collections made by prisoners: “Kolkata-based designer Abhishek Dutta has launched Parole a brand of clothing made by prisoners. The brand’s debut collection features a mix of traditional and western wear split into four groups--a formal wear line, a prints line, a denim traditional wear line, and a fusion wear line. It’s a sustainable label, which has men’s wear, women’s wear, a pret line, western, Indo-western with lots of stripes, checks and interesting prints. In the promotional photo shoot for the brand, inmates themselves are the models” (10 Jul).

Closing a virtual loop: “In a bid to cut down on sampling, H&M has adopted a new virtual 3D apparel design system from Japanese company Shima Seiki” (10 Jul – From Ecotextile, subscription needed to read full article).

G-Star Raw uses upcycled beetroot in new ‘Dyed By Nature’ collection: “The Dutch fashion brand has joined forces with the Swiss chemical company Archroma on the creation of a sustainable new fall collection dubbed ‘Dyed By Nature’. The series spans separates such as jackets, sweatshirts, jeans and t-shirts for men and women, all dyed with natural ingredients such as upcycled saw palmetto leaf leftovers and beetroot waste that the brand promises are “traceable from earth to product”” (09 Jul).

River Island recall clothing items over fears they contain harmful levels of dangerous chemicals: “River Island have been forced to recall a number clothing items over poison concerns, telling buyers to stop wearing the product immediately. Retail brand, River Island, issued a recall on a number of clothing items for fear that the items could poison the wearer. According to a post on RiverIsland.ie, the products may contain dangerous levels of cadmium and lead” (09 Jul).

Government to launch exclusive portal for khadi retail: “India’s small scale and khadi manufacturers can sell their goods on a portal specially devised for them. The inspiration has come from Alibaba and Amazon, which provide a big global platform for micro, small and medium players. Micro, small and medium enterprises contribute about 29 per cent to the country’s GDP and the target is to increase that share to 50 per cent in the next five years. Problems being faced by these enterprises include the cost of credit, marketing of products, labor issues, management issues, and cost of working capital. Four design houses will be set up across the country with an investment of Rs 5 crores each to create modern designs and ethnic wear with regional variations” (09 Jul).

Regulation can lift barriers to fashion circularity: “Fashion brands need to speed up moves towards circularity according to a new report published today by Global Fashion Agenda, which shows only modest progress towards a set of ambitious targets by 90 brands and retailers who signed up to its 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment in 2017. Today’s two year status report reveals that just 21 per cent of the original 213 targets, from four key ‘action points’, have so far been met by brands such as Nike, H&M, ASOS, Gap Inc., PVH, Kering and VF Corporation” (09 Jul – From Ecotextile, subscription needed to read full article).

Adidas nails sustainability again with two new projects: “The first unveiled piece is a 100% recyclable hoodie, the first of its kind. Made of garment waste, 60% NuCycl, and 40% organic cotton diverted from landfills, the Infinite hoodie is unique and eco-friendly … The second product, a tennis dress made from Microsilk and cellulose blended yarn, is also the first of its kind. Made of Microsilk, a protein-based material comprised of renewable ingredients such as water, sugar, and yeast, the dress is completely biodegradable” (08 Jul).

  • Adidas’ liquefiable sweatshirt shows how hard it is to recycle clothes: “Don’t get too excited, though: The Infinity is more of a limited-edition pilot project than a wholesale fashion revolution. Only 50 of the sleek cream sweatshirts are being made, and while the hoodie is a step in the right direction—typical garment creation requires mind-boggling amounts of water, pesticides, and chemicals—it’s also a reminder that fashion has a long way to go to create truly sustainable clothing” (09 Jul).

Livia Firth awards Osklen the Green Carpet Challenge brandmark; promises John Galliano’s Green Challenge show will happen: “Eco-activist Livia Firth has awarded  Osklen, the hip, sustainable fashion brand led by Brazilian creative Oskar Metsavaht, the latest Green Carpet Challenge brandmark award for his revolutionary use of Pirarucu fish skin in fashion collections” (08 Jul).

Sustaining Voices honors fashion brands and retailers for advancing sustainability: “This month, Sourcing Journal announces the honorees in the brands and retailers category. They include:

  • Adidas, for cleaning up ocean waste and reducing its reliance on virgin plastic

  • Allbirds, for neutralizing its ecological impact with a self-imposed carbon tax

  • Asics, for reducing its carbon footprint by giving old clothes a second life

  • For Days, for scaling up its closed-loop clothing line

  • Kering, for pushing for healthier soils and traceable supply chains

  • Pangaia, for taking an innovative, plant-based approach to textile materials

  • Patagonia, for driving sustainability through inventive collaboration

  • Reformation, for identifying the names, addresses and affiliations of more than 10,000 factories and mills worldwide

  • ThredUp, for standing at the frontlines of the resale revolution

  • Vaude, for driving the future of sustainable outdoor gear through R&D” (08 Jul).

NEWS & REPORTS   

Texfusion New York dedicates program to sustainability trends: “Organised by the London Textile Fair’s Textile Events, the event promotes an ‘eco-friendly culture’, which aims to reduce the impact of the fashion industry on the global environment. Accordingly, the organization said in a press statement that the primary theme of the upcoming Texfusion event will be “sustainability and new trends within the fashion industry”” (10 Jul).

International Talent Support Contest ready to kick off new edition with first sustainable fashion prize: “Over 800 applications from 80 countries arrived at the ITS headquarters this year. Finally, 26 emerging talents from 15 countries were decided on by the jury which was led by Barbara Franchin  and the designer Aitor Throup, winner of the fifth edition of the prize, along with 20 other personalities including Y/Project’s creative director Glenn Martens, Kering’s sustainable development director Marie-Claire Daveu, and Diesel and OTB Group founder and long-time supporter of the event, Renzo Rosso” (10 Jul).

Responsible Down Standard 3.0 released: “Textile Exchange has released version 3.0 of its Responsible Down Standard (RDS), representing its first substantial revision since 2014. The standard covers more than 500 million birds ensuring brand and retail partners, of which it counts 60 including RDS co-founder The North Face, Adidas and Patagonia, adopt humane animal welfare practices” (10 Jul – From Ecotextile, subscription needed to read full article).

Levi Strauss Foundation exec director on importance of backing social change: “Founded in 1952, the foundation is an arm of the company receiving funding from Levi Strauss & Co. with a mandate to operate in the places where the company has a business presence. With an annual grant of around 8.5 million dollars, the foundation focuses primarily on three areas: [HIV/AIDS stigma, worker wll-being, and pioneering social justice]” (09 Jul).

The global fashion industry designs a sustainable future: “But while the fashion industry wants to help the planet—the apparel business creates around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions—companies are also responding to consumer demand for products with more sustainable origins” (09 Jul).

‘Green Button’ puts sustainable fashion in sight: “Textile professionals in the sustainable fashion space descended on Berlin earlier this month at Neonyt, Messe Frankfurt’s trade show for sustainable fashion where 170 labels from 20 countries presented their 2020 spring/summer collections – and where pilot-scale details of a new ’green label’ for German consumers was released. International organisations such as Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) attended the event, where it showcased the new Grüner Knopf (Green Button) sustainability label for consumers” (09 Jul – From Ecotextile, subscription needed to read full article).

Think tank: harnessing the growing power of eco-apparel: “[A.T. Kearney’s 2019 Earth Day Consumer Sentiments Survey] say[s] more consumers are incorporating “green thinking” into their buying decisions. But is the apparel industry prepared to meet their needs?” (09 Jul).

Traceability importance continues to grow: “Authentication and traceability backbone solutions have become a key technology for many a brand to prevent not only product forgery, but also to prove the truthfulness of on- and off-product claims. Pamela Ravasio reports. What few people realise is that product authentication is just one half of a two-part system, whereby authentication is applied to a product at its point of origin, and a traceability backbone ensures that the product reaches its destination – for example, textiles delivered to the consumer – safe and untampered” (09 Jul – From Ecotextile, subscription needed to read full article).

Textile companies reveal how they deal with the risks of abuses: “Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile: Openness about risks in sector ‘the new normal’. Companies are opening up about malpractices that they have encountered in garments and textile manufacturing – and what they are doing in response. Some fifty brands that have participated in the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile since the very start will be making their findings public no later than today. Their disclosure marks an important step towards meeting their obligations under the Agreement. Transparency in communication must become the new standard so that stakeholders can see how companies are taking responsibility for their operations. Transparency also helps consumers make informed choices” (04 Jul).

THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Bangladesh

An award-winning project to improve women’s health in Bangladesh: “Thanks to $25,000 in seed money from two Tufts competitions, Farah Momen, F20, is piloting a project this summer to aid Bangladeshi women who work in the garment industry. Her venture, called The Now Exchange, will provide free contraceptives at a Dhaka factory as the first step toward improving women’s health there” (09 Jul).

Clear garment workers’ dues before Eid-ul-Azha: Monnujan: “State Minister for Labour and Employment, Begum Monnujan Sufian on Monday urged the garment factory owners to clear the due wages and allowances of workers before Eid-ul-Azha” (08 Jul).

  • RMG core committee yet to fix deadline for payment: “A meeting of the crisis management core committee in the garment sector yesterday ended without any decision on fixing the deadline to pay monthly salary and festival bonuses to apparel workers before Eid-ul-Adha” (09 Jul).

Cambodia 

MoU inked with GIZ to improve garment sustainability: “The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Germany’s international development organisation, the Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The MOU serves to implement the second phase of a multinational project aimed at improving the sustainability of the textile and garment sector” (10 Jul).

Ministry issues reminder on seniority indemnity: “The Labour Ministry yesterday issued a reminder to the garment sector that companies are required to pay seniority indemnity to their workers. It noted that some in the sector still do not understand how the policy works” (10 Jul).

Now Corp garment factory compensation dispute to be sent to Arbitration Council: “Now Corp garment factory’s owner and representatives of more than 200 of its workers have decided to send their case to the Arbitration Council after negotiations failed following the firm’s latest compensation offer” (08 Jul).

Ethiopia

ILO launches a programme on advancing Decent Work and inclusive industrialization in Ethiopia: “The ILO in collaboration with the tripartite partners; Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions, Ethiopian Employers’ Confederation and Ethiopian Industry Employers’ Confederation officially launched the programme ‘Advancing Decent Work and Inclusive Industrialization in Ethiopia’ on July 3, 2019” (03 Jul).

Myanmar

Myanmar unions call on brands to join ACT in fight for living wage: “The call was made at a living wage strategy meeting in Yangon on 2-3 July. The unions said that working families could not make ends meet with the new minimum wage of 4,800 Kyat (US $3.60) announced by the government in March 2018. The trade union leaders welcomed the commitments of the nineteen global brands, including H&M, Zara and Calvin Klein, who have agreed to work with IndustriALL and national trade unions to improve wages for garment workers” (08 Jul).

Turkey

CCC report highlights denim worker health concerns: “Bleached Souls – A report by Clean Clothes Campaign Turkey – has put pressure on the Turkish denim industry after it revealed workers using Potassium Permanganate to create the faded look in denim were suffering skin and respiratory problems” (11 Jul – From Ecotextile, subscription needed to read full article).

MANUFACTURERS   

SupplyCompany raises £1.5m in seed funding: “SupplyCompany, a London, UK and Mumbai, India-based design-to-delivery sourcing platform, raised £1.5m in seed funding” (12 Jul).

App scans chemical inventory, helps compliance: “A new time-saving mobile app that makes it easy for textile mills to create their own chemical inventories on the factory floor will soon be available on the market. Inspired by the popular wine app Vivino, which scans the label on a bottle with a mobile phone to reveal what’s inside, the new chemical app works in a similar way – giving dyehouses a new tool to create accurate chemical inventories and help brands track compliance” (11 Jul – From Ecotextile, subscription needed to read full article).

Chinese tech to help textile units cut water use by 70%: “Amid water scarcity becoming a burning problem across the country, some textile units in the city are all set to embrace new technology that will drastically cut down their water requirement. South Gujarat Textile Processors’ Association (SGTPA) has tied up with Chinese manufacturers to introduce first-of-its-kind digital printing machine that will reduce water consumption by almost 70%” (10 Jul).

Unmade receives new funding: “Fashion software company Unmade [‘demand-driven’ manufacturing technology], is set to receive a new funding round of £4.75M, with venture capitalist Octopus Ventures as lead investor and additional support coming from MMC Ventures, Felix Capital and existing backers” (10 July – From Ecotextile, subscription needed to read full article).

RIL ties up with Turkey's textile manufacturer Kivanc Tekstil to manufacture and market eco-friendly fabric: “Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) on Monday said it has tied up with Turkish textile manufacturer Kivanç Tekstil to manufacture and market its sustainable and eco-friendly fabric brand R|Elan’s GreenGold fabric in Turkey” (09 Jul).

Scarcity driving growth of water solutions industry in India: Report: “Water-intensive industries such as the manufacturing and hospitality sectors are increasingly reducing their water usage and investing in improved waste treatment systems to conserve water, as per a report in The Economic Times. With major Indian cities and vast regions suffering from water shortage, the country’s water solutions industry is expected to be worth $1 billion inclusive of the annuity. In fact, in July 2018 the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) launched the CEO Water Alliance (CEWA). CEWA brings together CEOs of Indian companies, government representatives and NGOs to address India's water challenges and promote sustainable water usage. The platform has evaluated the possibility of reducing water consumption by 30 percent by 2027, via individual and collective CSR initiatives” (09 Jul).

3 apparel units in Tirupur get eco-friendly certification: “Three apparel units, including a dyeing unit, have obtained ‘GreenCo’ rating certification given by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) this year in Tirupur. The certificate would be awarded by assessing performances in parameters such as effective utilization of energy, water conservation, waste minimization and reuse, and installation of renewable energy” (08 Jul).

Hansae underscores commitment to pushing sustainability forward: “Hansae’s sustainability efforts extend from the creation of smart factories that reduce waste via advanced IoT technologies and production data analysis, to the elimination of more than a dozen hazardous chemicals involved with fabric knitting, dyeing, printing and garment washing” (08 Jul).

Gain enhanced leather traceability through supply chain mapping with Eurofins | BLC: Enhancing leather traceability and transparency are two key areas in today’s global marketplace. Consumers are becoming increasingly knowledgeable and therefore placing pressure on brands and retailers to provide evidence of traceability of finished leathergoods. While most brands and retailers can trace back to the manufacturer, many are uncertain of who their suppliers are and so on. The leather supply chain is truly globalised which presents a number of challenges; It is difficult to prove the traceability of leather back to the slaughterhouse and beyond. Eurofins | BLC has upgraded supply chain mapping services to help business understand the supply chain in detail so as to be able to scrutinise against different data sets, allowing companies to increase efficiencies and make better commercial decisions (03 Jul).

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

Adidas: Manager Sea Program Operations (Portland, OR)

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

Aldi: Corporate Responsibility in Supply Chain (Salzburg)

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

Amazon: Japan Environmental Manager (Tokyo)

* Brands Of: Social & Environmental Affairs Officer (London)

BSR: HERproject Associate (Hong Kong)

BSR: Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability (New York)

C&A Foundation: Data Analyst (Gurgaon)

Canada Goose: Sr. Materials Developer, Fabric Research, Development & Sustainability (Toronto)

Canada Goose: Corporate Citizenship Department Coordinator (Toronto)

Canada Goose: Sustainability Programs Specialist (Toronto)

Canada Goose: Manager, Sustainability and Social Compliance Programs (Toronto)

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

Centric Brands: Global Sourcing & Compliance Analyst (New York)

Chanel: Sustainability Project Coordinator – Internship (London)

Circle Economy: Project Manager - Dutch Circular Textiles and Apparel (Amsterdam)

Circle Economy: Project Manager Circular Textiles and Apparel (Amsterdam)

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

Decathlon China: Supplier Quality Engineer (Shenzhen)

Disney: Manager, Audit Analysis, ILS (Glendale, CA)

* Fair Wear Foundation: Brand Liaison (Amsterdam)

Fjällräven: Brand Experience Coordinator (Stockholm)

Global Brands Group: Social & Environmental Affairs Officer (London)

Global Brands Group: Social & Environmental Affairs Assistant (London)

Good Business Lab: Marketing and Partnerships Associate (Bengaluru/Delhi)

Good Business Lab: Data Associate (Bengaluru/Delhi)

Good Business Lab: Data Intern (Bengaluru/Delhi)

Good Business Lab: Research Associate (Bengaluru/Delhi)

GoodWeave: Director of Communications (Washington DC)

GoodWeave: Program Officer (Washington DC)

Groupe ETAM: Sustainability & Compliance Manager Asia (Hong Kong)

H&M: Sustainability Developer (Yangon)

* Hugo Boss: Corporate Sustainability Manager (Metzingen)

Hugo Boss: Internship, Sustainability Communication and Event Organization (Metzingen)

Hugo Boss: Sustainability & Innovation Manager (Metzingen)

ÏDKIDS: CSR Internship (Supplier Social Audits) (Pas-en-Artois)

Impactt: Senior Consultant – Social Auditing (London)

Impactt: Marketing Manager (London)

Kenneth Cole: Fall Internship Program – CSR (New York)

* Kmart Australia: Human Rights Manager (Melbourne)

Kmart Australia: Sustainable Materials Manager (Melbourne)

Kmart Australia: Community Relations Advisor (Melbourne)

Marc Fisher Footwear: Production Compliance Manager (Greenwich, CT)

Marc Fisher Footwear: Compliance Coordinator (Greenwich, CT)

Miles: Area Vendor Compliance/Sustainability (Norderstedt)

Nakd: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Gothenburg)

New Era Cap: Senior Manager, Global Social Compliance (Buffalo, NY)

Nike: Project Manager, Social Community Impact APAC (Tokyo)

Nike: Community Impact Director Latam (Mexico City)

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

PVH: Manager, Environmental Sustainability & Product Stewardship (New York)

PVH: Director, Corporate Social Responsibility – Calvin Klein (New York)

Ralph Lauren: Associate, Global Employee Communications & Philanthropy (New York)

REI: Director, Communications and Public Affairs (Kent WA)

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

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

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

Solidarity Center: Deputy Country Program Director (Phnom Penh)

Sustainable Apparel coalition: Operations Coordinator, Europe (Amsterdam)

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

TAL Apparel: Environmental Sustainability Executive (Hong Kong)

Tommy Hilfiger: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

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

VF: Manager, Worker Rights (Hong Kong)

VF: Specialist, Supply Chain Sustainability (Shanghai)

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

WSR: Director of Outreach and Communications (New York)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

22 – 23 July: New York: 2019 Sourcing & Sustainability Summit: “This is the only sourcing summit focused 100% on footwear.”

05 September, Shanghai: How to assess a factory on Social, Health & Safety and Quality issues: “Be able to grasp the overall vision of an efficient quality process and avoid the critical non conformities in terms of social and health & safety performance.”

08 September, Dhaka, Bangladesh: GOTS Bangladesh Seminar 2019: “The theme of this year´s seminar is ‘Connecting for Success’. In 2018, Bangladesh reached second position (after India) in terms of GOTS certified facilities in the country. This growth trend showcases the commitment of the Bangladeshi textile industry to not only use organic fibres, but also to environmental and social compliances. Fire and Building Safety are included in GOTS criteria and the country has made significant progress in all these areas.” Speaking opportunities available: contacts at link. Click here to register.

20 – 21 September, Dhaka, Bangladesh: Global Textile Forum – Gearing up for New Generation Textiles: “Global Textile Forum is an initiative, a platform to promote region’s textile and garment industry through Collaborative efforts.”

09 – 10 October, San Diego: The Responsible Business Summit West 2019: “The Responsible Business Summit West focuses on what business needs to do to show leadership on key social and environmental challenges and opportunities.”

12 September, Shanghai: Environmental Awareness Training: “Know the requirements to control & reduce the environmental risks in the textile wet processing units, and understand how to better address critical topics such as Chemical Management and Wastewater Management in the factory with Effluent Treatment Plant.”

17 September, Hong Kong: Environmental Awareness Training: “Know the requirements to control & reduce the environmental risks in the textile wet processing units, and understand how to better address critical topics such as Chemical Management and Wastewater Management in the factory with Effluent Treatment Plant.”

19 September, Hong Kong: Chemical Management Training: “What are the key requirements in terms of proper chemical management in a textile factory to reduce the environmental & social risks?”

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.”

29 – 30 October: Washington DC: “Brands Taking Stands – What’s next?”: “bringing corporate leaders together on a fast-paced main stage, keenly focused on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind their thinking”

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.

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 Bruno Glätsch, 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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