Brands in this issue include: H&M, Target and PVH (back CircularID tool), Inditex (sets out environmental strategy), Lidl, Lindex, Bestseller and Orsay (working with new chemical inventory app), LVMH (signs Stella McCartney as sustainability fashion focus surges), Outerknown (teams up with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Reebok (new vegan shoe), Zalando (expands ‘sustainable fashion’ choice), and more.
In general news:
Can we remove all the toxic, invisible plastic from our clothes?
Is linen the new cotton?
Australian states fight for mulesing pain relief
Quality and value beat eco concerns for Gen Z in UK and US – survey
Will Shanghai’s waste sorting law lead to more sustainable luxury?
Fabrics with the best and worst environmental impact
The supply chain
Cambodia: GMAC calls for halt to union negotiations due to uncertainty over EBA
Pakistan: garment factory fire
Vietnam: Five garment firms ink collective labour agreements
Manufacturers in this issue include: Bossa (wants to change the denim world), and more.
Sustainable fashion jobs: 1 new job listed this issue (at Fur Europe).
By Stephen Frost, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
BRANDS & RETAILERS
Zalando expands ‘sustainable fashion’ choice: “Zalando says that following an increase in environmental search terms on its web platform, it will onboard apparel brands such as Ecoalf, Mud Jeans, Swe-s, Girlfriend Collective, and Stripe + Stare over the next few weeks as it continues to flag up ‘sustainable’ choices on its website” (18 Jul – from Ecotextile News, subscription needed to read full article).
Reebok unveils new colourways of Cotton + Corn vegan shoe: “Building on the success of the original Cotton + Corn collection, Reebok is launching new three new versions of the vegan sneakers in Blue Slate, Lavender Luck and Industrial Green” (17 Jul).
H&M, Target back CircularID tool: “The development of a new industry tool which could greatly improve transparency and communication throughout fashion supply chains has been backed by H&M, Target, PVH Corp, Microsoft and an array of sustainable fashion organisations ahead of its launch in November” (17 Jul – from Ecotextile News, subscription needed to read full article).
Outerknown teams up with foundation for sustainability initiative: “Sustainable fashion brand Outerknown — which was co-founded by professional surfer Kelly Slater — has partnered with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for its first Jeans Redesign initiative, which plans to tackle waste, pollution and harmful practices during the production of jeans” (16 Jul).
Inditex sets out environmental strategy: “At its AGM today in Spain, Inditex says that by 2025, 100 per cent of the cotton, linen and polyester used by its eight clothing brands will be made from either organic, ‘sustainable’ or recycled fibres” (16 Jul – from Ecotextile News, subscription needed to read full article).
LVMH signs Stella McCartney as sustainability fashion focus surges: “LVMH will enter a partnership to develop the Stella McCartney fashion brand as luxury companies race to show consumers and regulators their commitment to reducing their environmental impact” (15 Jul).
Galeries Lafayette invites Vivienne Westwood to launch sustainable fashion project: “After introducing a fresh slogan, “Changeons de mode” (“Let’s change approach,” playing on the French word ‘mode’ which also means ‘fashion’), French department store chain Galeries Lafayette has fleshed out the details of its new corporate identity, going hand in hand with the plan to promote more sustainable fashion. The new approach will be launched in conjunction with a major commercial campaign next autumn, whose guest of honour will be British fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood” (15 Jul).
App scans chemical inventory, helps compliance: “The Hong Kong business that’s launching the tool is already working with a number of leading textile chemical suppliers and brands such as Lidl, Lindex, Bestseller and Orsay. Speaking exclusively to Ecotextile News at the recent ITMA in Barcelona, the company says that in future, the app could also be integrated into existing textile industry chemical management tools as the industry works towards harmonisation” (11 Jul – From Ecotextile, subscription needed to read full article).
NEWS & REPORTS
The big fashion fight: can we remove all the toxic, invisible plastic from our clothes? “More than half of all textiles produced each year include plastic. Now the urgent search is on for a more sustainable way to clothe the world” (16 Jul).
Is linen the new cotton? “Eco-friendly brands have been turning to innovative new materials like Tencel and Pinatex to increase the sustainability of their apparel but what if a solution could be found in a more ancient process?” (16 Jul).
Australian states fight for mulesing pain relief: “The Legislative Council of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has reaffirmed its ambition to introduce a bill through which it will become a requirement for all sheep subjected to mulesing be administered adequate pain relief in advance” (16 Jul - From Ecotextile, subscription needed to read full article).
Quality and value beat eco concerns for Gen Z in UK and US – survey: “The Unidays Affdex report sampled 14,500 Gen Z consumers in the US and 3,000 in the UK, providing insights into the shopping attitudes of those born between 1995 and 2010. It found that, for this age group, ethical concerns are less important than other more practical considerations such as product quality and style, with eco claims only making the top three considerations in 1 of the 12 industries included in the study … In fashion, students in the UK and US said it was more important for brands to produce ‘stylish’, ‘high quality’ clothes, with ‘great new ranges each season’ rather than behaving in an ‘environmentally responsible’ or ‘ethical’ way,” Net Imperative reported” (15 Jul).
Will Shanghai’s waste sorting law lead to more sustainable luxury? “…China’s first waste sorting law was implemented in Shanghai on July 1st, and it might have the power to change the country’s “green” inertia. Having been the “world’s wastebasket” for decades, China is now enforcing waste sorting policies across its most economically advanced states — like Shanghai — to tackle its enormous garbage problem. The policy has quickly taken Chinese social media by storm” (14 Jul).
The real cost of your clothes: These are the fabrics with the best and worst environmental impact: “Fast fashion is putting the future of the planet at risk - Sarah Young speaks to a number of industry experts to find out how different fabrics impact the environment and what we, as consumers, can do to help” (13 Jul).
THE SUPPLY CHAIN
GMAC calls for halt to union negotiations due to uncertainty over EBA: “The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has, for a second time, called for the suspension of negotiations with the Trade Union Negotiation Council due to uncertainties surrounding the EU’s “Everything But Arms” agreement” (17 Jul).
Garment factory in SITE Area goes up in flames: “A garment factory, Fair Deal Textile, located in SITE [Sindh Industrial Trading Estate] Area, caught fire early on Sunday morning. The blaze that spread rapidly through the factory’s building couldn’t be controlled even six hours since after it erupted” (15 Jul).
Hung Yen: Five garment firms ink collective labour agreements: “Five garment companies based in Van Lam district, the northern province of Hung Yen, signed collective labour agreements with their employees on July 14. Ha Hung JSC, Viet Phat Co., Ltd., Suntex Co., Ltd., Nhat Hoa Production and Trade Co., Ltd., and Y&I Co., Ltd. and representatives of their workers inked the deals in an event hosted by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour” (15 Jul).
Plasma Power: the Australian project aiming to do better than wet coating for textiles: “The development of such systems will provide a viable alternative to conventional wet coating methods used in the textiles industry. Compared to wet coating methods, the new plasma system will provide environment benefits including reduced chemical and water consumption of the coating process as well as improved durability of the coatings. Compared to low pressure plasma systems, the new plasma system will provide significantly improved efficiency through the use of a continuous process that is faster and more cost effective than batch processes utilised by low pressure systems. Equipment cost and complexity will also be reduced due to the elimination of the vacuum chamber” (15 Jul).
How Bossa wants to change the denim world: “Specialized denim manufacturer Bossa recently held its second of a series “A New World Sustainable Denim Program” in Stra, near Venice, Italy in June. This event followed a previous one held in Amsterdam in May 2019 and aimed to inform key Italian players and brands of denim market and bring attention to the importance of taking action against conventional and highly polluting jeans industry practices” (15 Jul).
SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS
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Adidas: Manager Sea Program Operations (Portland, OR)
Aldi: Corporate Responsibility in Supply Chain (Salzburg)
Amazon: Social Responsibility, Senior Program Manager (Shenzhen, China)
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)
Circle Economy: Project Manager - Dutch Circular Textiles and Apparel (Amsterdam)
Circle Economy: Project Manager Circular Textiles and Apparel (Amsterdam)
Decathlon China: Supplier Quality Engineer (Shenzhen)
Disney: Manager, Audit Analysis, ILS (Glendale, CA)
Fair Wear Foundation: Brand Liaison (Amsterdam)
Fjällräven: Brand Experience Coordinator (Stockholm)
* Fur Europe: EU Policy and Environment Intern (Belgium)
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)
Gymshark: Sustainability Manager (Solihull)
H&M: Sustainability Developer (Yangon)
Hugo Boss: Corporate Sustainability Manager (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)
Lululemon: Community Programs Lead AU/NZ (Melbourne)
Marc Fisher Footwear: Production Compliance Manager (Greenwich, CT)
Marc Fisher Footwear: Compliance Coordinator (Greenwich, CT)
Nakd: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Gothenburg)
Nike: Environmental Health & Safety Manager - Air MI (Phoenix, AZ)
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)
Ralph Lauren: Associate, Global Employee Communications & Philanthropy (New York)
REI: Director, Communications and Public Affairs (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)
TAL Apparel: Environmental Sustainability Executive (Hong Kong)
TetraGlobal: Director of Sustainability, Compliance & Safety (Norfolk, VA)
Tommy Hilfiger: Corporate Responsibility Coordinator (Amsterdam)
University of Leeds: Research Fellow in Sustainable Materials and Renewable Fibres (Leeds)
VF: Sustainable Operations Assistant Manager (Shanghai)
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
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22 – 23 July: New York: 2019 Sourcing & Sustainability Summit: “This is the only sourcing summit focused 100% on footwear.”
* 04 September, Northampton: 1 Day Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Training Course: “An introductory one-day leather sustainability course covering supply chain management, traceability and materials sources, the leather making process, chemical management risks, environmental impacts and stewardship, NGO activity and the leather life cycle.”
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.
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?”
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.”
* 20 – 21 September: Sacramento: WB/Camp on Water-Based Printing: “first-of-its-kind summit on water-based ink printing, powered by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) THREADX conference. Hosted by Motion Textile.”
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.”
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.
* 07 November, Chennai: 1 Day Chemical Compliance & Product Safety in the Supply Chain: “Manufacturers and suppliers who attend this one-day course can understand the importance of RSL and MRSL obligations for their business, key restricted substances and topical global legislation, as well as best practice guidance for implementation of MRSL compliance to satisfy the leather, footwear and apparel industries.”
12 – 14 November, San Jose, California: BSR Conference: “The 27th annual BSR Conference, one of the longest-running and most prestigious sustainable business events. This year, we will explore the transformations that are creating a new climate for business and help to pave the way for companies, people, and planet to thrive in this era of rapid change.”
* 20 November, Hong Kong: Half Day Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Training Course: This half-day leather sustainability course covers key aspects of traceability and material sourcing, chemical management risks, environmental impacts and stewardship, NGO activity and the leather life cycle.”
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.”
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.