THIS ISSUE  

Brands in this issue include: Chiara Boni La Petite Robe (receives prestigious European sustainability certification), Closed (partners with Candiani for expansion of sustainable denim line), H&M (bids to make online shopping more sustainable with RePack; halts leather purchases from Brazil), H&M, C&A and Zalando (questioned over use of “sustainable”), Kering and Nike (say consumers are pushing sustainability in fashion), Numero Uno (one of several Indian brands saving water), Starbucks and Bauer Hockey (investigating factory in Thailand after expose), Tesco, Whistles, Hobbs and John Lewis & Partners (criticised in new report from Better Buying), Timberland (commits to plant 50 million trees), and more.

Recently released reports:

In general news:

  • Fast fashion on agenda at major sustainability conference

  • Tailoring a sustainable future for fashion

  • New laws for the fashion police

  • It’s too late for ethical fashion

  • Vegan Fashion Week returns to Los Angeles

  • Hong Kong hosts fashion summit to promote sustainable development

  • Maddie Williams wins Redress Design Award

In the supply chain

  • Cambodia: gap in proposed minimum wage

  • Myanmar: NSSA issues national-level skill certificates to over 13,000 workers

  • USA: garment restitution fund for workers receives $16.3 million

Manufacturers in this issue include: Esquel (says water scarcity is a financial risk), Jeanologia (presents Laundry 5.Zero), Vollebak (T-shirts made from wood and algae), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 2 new job listed this issue (at Levi Strauss and Steve Madden).

Quotes of the week:

  •  “Sustainability is not a passing trend…It is excess that is a passing trend, and this is the trend that we have to face right now.” Orsola De Castro, co-founder of Fashion Revolution (05 Sep).

  • “[W]hen Kaepernick became a prominent Nike pitchman […] the brand once accused of sweatshop abuses put a swoosh next to his face and all of a sudden became conscious.” Jamil Smith, on the NFL and social justice (04 Sep).

  • “I can count 50 examples of companies that have shut, I can count 500 examples of companies that are going to shut in the next 10 years if they don’t do something about [water management] right now.” Vishal Sharma, the Asia Pacific senior vice president for Nalco Water, a chemical and water treatment company, on the risk of water scarcity to business (04 Sep).

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

FROM ECOTEXTILE NEWS 

Bid to control air pollution from textile factories: “Direct air emissions from more than 150 textile dyeing and printing facilities in an Indian city are to be measured in a new pilot project aimed at tackling pollution. The Emission Trading Scheme, being launched in the industrial city of Surat where textile and dye factories are a major source of air pollution, is the first of its kind in India and could be extended nationally if it proves effective” (09 Sep).

Microfibre Consortium adds three members: “The Microfibre Consortium has added three members to its ranks, with The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and Textile Exchange having signed up as research and affiliate members” (03 Sep).

New platform helps brands find ethical suppliers: “A new platform has been launched to help fashion brands ensure the manufacturers in their global supply chains work in an ethical and sustainable way. The THR3EFOLD Ethical Manufacturing Platform was launched in beta after nine months of development by THR3EFOLD Founder and CEO Jessica Kelly at New York Fashion Week” (09 Sep).

Brands make progress on meeting UN charter targets: “Leading brands are making progress to meeting the targets of the UN’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, which aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, but still have a long way to go, according to a new report. The report, entitled ‘Sustainable fashion: Committing to a sustainable future through the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action’, was commissioned by the Hong Kong Fashion Summit 2019” (06 Sep).

Textile machine builder tackles UN SDGs: “A leading textile machine builder has been selected by the Japanese government as one of several innovative companies that are tackling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as outlined by the United Nations. The move to select Shima Seiki – a leader in advanced flat knitting technology – as an example of innovation around SDG goals, comes in the run up to the UN SDG Summit later this month, which review progress of implementation of SDGs by participating national governments” (06 Sep).

H&M bids to make online shopping more sustainable: “The H&M Group has teamed up with Finnish packing firm RePack to make its online shopping experience more sustainable. By using RePack’s reusable delivery pouches, the retail giant says it will be able to use the same packaging over and over again. Online customers of its Weekday youth fashion brand will be offered discounts if they return the packaging by dropping it into a post box or taking it to any Weekday story. (05 Sep).

BRANDS & RETAILERS

When “sustainable” is on the non-sustainable T-shirt: In two separate articles, Der Tagesspiegel takes a close look at the sustainability claims in the fashion industry and at labour conditions in the garment supply chain. Experts claim that the term ‘sustainable’ is often used to greenwash businesses, and consumer advocates demand that the term ‘sustainable’ be given legal protection. The sustainability efforts of H&M, C&A and Zalando are discussed in the article (09 Sep – in German).

Closed partners with Candiani for expansion of sustainable denim line: “German fashion brand Closed has teamed up with responsible Italian denim mill Candiani for the second round of A Better Blue, its reduced-impact jeanswear line” (07 Sep).

How consumers are pushing the global fashion industry toward greater sustainability: “The pressure for fashion brands to go greener comes not just from governments but also from consumers, especially the millennial and Gen Z markets, who are demanding more sustainable products, said representatives from Kering, sportswear giant Nike, and textile manufacturer Esquel Group, in a Thursday panel at Fortune’s Global Sustainability Forum  in Yunnan, China” (06 Sep).

UK firms ‘among world’s worst’ for ethical and sustainable fashion sourcing: “According to Better Buying’s 2019 Index report, the supply chain practices of some of the UK’s largest retailers are generally worse than those implemented by corporates in nations such as Bangladesh, China and India … UK retailers assessed by Better Buying include the likes of Tesco, Whistles, Hobbs and John Lewis & Partners” (05 Sep).

Thai garment factory investigated by Starbucks after illegal wages expose: “Garment factories in Thailand that supply to global brands such as coffee giant Starbucks and sports gear maker Bauer Hockey are under investigation after an expose found workers illegally underpaid in a region described as a “black hole”” (05 Sep).

Timberland commits to plant 50 million trees over next five years: “Timberland today announced a new commitment to plant 50 million trees around the world by 2025 as part of its pursuit of a greener future. This bold goal builds on Timberland’s longstanding commitment to make products responsibly, strengthen communities, and protect and enhance the outdoors. One key area of focus has been tree planting; since 2001, the brand has planted more than 10 million trees worldwide” (05 Sep).

H&M halts leather purchases from Brazil due to Amazon wildfires: “H&M, the world's second-biggest fashion retailer, said on Thursday it had stopped purchasing leather from Brazil for the time being due to environmental concerns highlighted by Amazon wildfires” (05 Sep).

Indian brands use tech to save water: “Denim brand Numero Uno uses the ‘One Glass Water Technology’, that is used during the washing and finishing process of jeans, to minimise high consumption of water as well as the harmful chemicals. The technology involves laser technology, ozone treatment with minimal water and chemical usage to achieve the desired final output” (04 Sep).

Chiara Boni La Petite Robe receives prestigious European sustainability certification: “The women’s wear company is the first Italian fashion house to obtain the Product Environmental Footprint certification, defined in 2013 by the European Union Joint Research Centre. To obtain the prestigious certification, Chiara Boni La Petite Robe teamed up with its textile partner Eurojersey, which provides the brand with the signature stretch, breathable and shape-retaining patented Sensitive Fabrics, by selecting eight iconic pieces, including three short dresses, a maxi frock, a jumpsuit, a pair of pants and a shirt, that were deeply analysed” (02 Sep).

NEWS & REPORTS   

Fast fashion on agenda at major sustainability conference: “Recycling plastic into new trainers, replacing chemicals with natural dyes and finding new ways to produce crystals for accessories are among the issues on the agenda at a major conference on sustainable fashion this week. But one of the biggest dilemmas at the event at the Prince of Wales’ Dumfries House estate will be how to wean shoppers away from so-called “fast fashion”. The conference will see contributions from leading names, including Patrick Grant, of TV’s The Great British Sewing Bee, businesswoman Nadja Swarovski and Christiane Arp of Vogue Germany” (09 Sep).

Tailoring a sustainable future for fashion: “New York Fashion Week kicked off this weekend with designers' latest collections on full display. But global worries about the environmental impact and cheap labor involved in clothing production are sparking a growing movement in the industry toward sustainable clothing. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Dana Thomas, author of “Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes””(08 Sep).

New laws for the fashion police: “Fashion and sustainability – there’s so much to talk about. But today with all the chatter by fashion brands, the industry and the media, the conversation is getting difficult to follow. There is no doubt that we are in the midst of grave environmental distress. Any resident of smog-bound Delhi or water-deprived Chennai will attest to this. Pollution and environmental disasters are staring us in the face. The conversation about sustainability is unavoidable” (07 Sep).

It’s too late for ethical fashion: “A sustainability expert explains that progress in the industry is cancelled out by the rate at which the fashion economy is speeding up … According to Anika Kozlowski, a sustainable fashion expert and Assistant Professor of Fashion Design, Ethics & Sustainability at Ryerson University, the fashion industry should have started to make adjustments in terms of more ethical responsibility long, long ago” (06 Sep).

Vegan Fashion Week returns to Los Angeles: “Returning to Los Angeles for its second installment, Vegan Fashion Week, the ethical-fashion runway and trade-show event, will be hosted Oct. 10–15. Produced under the theme “Fashion Is Activism,” this installment of VFW challenges the apparel industry to explore ecology and climate-change connections to fashion by education regarding innovation, ethics, science, technology and legal practices” (05 Sep).

Hong Kong hosts fashion summit to promote sustainable development: “Fashion Summit (HK) 2019 kicked off here on Thursday, gathering over 50 delegates worldwide from apparel manufacturing industry, academic circles and NGOs to discuss how to promote sustainable development” (05 Sep).

  • Hong Kong fashion summit 2019: sustainable fashion on the rise in Asia: “The ‘Good Fashion Fund’ was announced officially yesterday by C&A Foundation board director Albert Brenninkmeijer and Fund director Bob Assenberg … With a target size of $60 million, the Good Fashion Fund aims to “to catalyse positive change in an industry that clearly requires disruption”, Investment Manager at Fashion for Good Rogier van Mazijk told Euronews Living. The investment fund will act as a means of “taking innovation to the mainstream, on a manufacturer level”, hoping to make a lasting impact that “ripples through the fashion value chain”, says van Mazijk” (06 Sep).

Maddie Williams wins Redress Design Award: “Womenswear designer Maddie Williams and Fashion Design graduate of the Edinburg College of Art has won first prize in the Redress Design Awards 2019 on Thursday. The finale show and award ceremony were organized during the Centrestage fashion trade fair currently taking place in Hong Kong. Redress was launched in 2011 and is a global sustainable fashion design competition, open to designers worldwide” (05 Sep).

SUPPLY CHAIN 

Cambodia

Gap in proposed minimum wage: “Unions and employers have proposed starkly differing figures of what the minimum wage for garment and textile factory workers should be next year. Minimum wage negotiations between employers, the government and unions began on August 29 and are expected to end before September 25. After their latest meeting on Friday, the National Committee of Minimum Wage at the Labour Ministry issued a statement noting that unions have demanded $199 and employers $184. Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour said the $15 gap will need to be closed during another meeting scheduled for this Friday” (09 Sep).

Myanmar

NSSA issues national-level skill certificates to over 13,000 workers: “Till August since 2014, National Skill Standard Authority (NSSA) has issued national-level skill certificates to over 13,000 workers for 23 types of jobs, said Thein Swe, Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population, at the certificate-presenting ceremony held at the Construction Ministry’s Central Training School (Thuwunna) in Yangon on September 7” (09 Sep).

USA

Garment restitution fund for workers receives $16.3 million: “Some Los Angeles–area garment workers will finally be able to cash checks long denied to them. On Aug. 31, California state senators Holly Mitchell and Maria Elena Durazo joined a celebration to mark $16.3 million being placed in the state’s long underfunded Garment Restitution Fund. More than 60 workers and dignitaries attended the event, held at the Workers United hall near downtown Los Angeles” (05 Sep).

MANUFACTURERS   

Shut down Barmer textile units: NGT: “The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on September 4, 2019 directed the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) to revoke consent to operate and permissions under the Air Act and Water Act to 23 textile industries at Gandhipura, Balotra in Barmer District. The board was asked to ensure they do not function in non-conforming area anymore” (08 Sep).

These comfy T-shirts made from wood and algae can be composted once you’re done with it: “For the first time ever, a clothing company has come up with a sustainable way of making tee-shirts out of wood pulp and algae so they can be composted at the end of their life. London-based tech startup Vollebak designed the Plant and Algae T-Shirt so that wearers can simply compost the shirt by burying it in their backyard” (08 Sep).

Jeanologia presents Laundry 5.Zero: “Jeanologia will take part in trade show Colombiatex, January 23-25, presenting the world’s first ever laundry plant 5.Zero that guarantees “zero” waste and pollution. This pioneering plant allows a saving up to 85% on water and chemical usage in the textile industry, contributing considerably to the protection of the environment, at the same time as having a more productive and efficient industry” (06 Sep).

Water scarcity is a financial risk that’s blindsiding business: “Marjorie Yang, the chairman of Chinese textile manufacturer Esquel Group, said that better water management is “the biggest opportunity” for companies in China to become more sustainable, and to turn a profit in the process. “In China, I believe that that is the area where you can do it, and people will make more money,” Yang said” (04 Sep).

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

Amaro: Sustainability & Social Impact Lead (São Paulo)

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

Arcadia Group: Ethical Trade Manager (London)

Ascena: Analyst Community & Philanthropy (New York)

Asos: Ethical Trade Assistant (Hong Kong)

BSR: HERproject Associate (Hong Kong)

BSR: Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability (New York)

C&A Sourcing: Chemicals Project Manager (Hong Kong)

C&A Sourcing: SSC Manager for China Sourcing Office (Shanghai)

C&A Foundation: Data Analyst (Gurgaon)

Canada Goose: Manager Fabrics Research, Development, Sustainability (Toronto)

Canada Goose: Sustainability Programs Specialist (Toronto)

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

CIEL Textile Company: Sustainability Officer (Mauritius)

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

Copenhagen Fashion Week: Bæredygtighedspraktikant (Copenhagen)

Cutso: Lead Developer - Sustainable Fashion Marketplace (London)

Decathlon China: Supplier Quality Engineer (Shenzhen)

Disney: Director, Environmental Science And Policy Analysis (Glendale, CA)

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

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

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

Good Weave: Director, Apparel and Fashion Jewelry (Washington DC)

GoodWeave: Program Assistant (Washington DC)

Guess: Apparel Testing & Environmental Sustainability Specialist (Bioggio)

H&M: Country - Sustainability Developer (Environment) (Guangzhou)

House of Anita Dongre: Fashion Designer – Sustainability (Mumbai)

Hugo Boss: Corporate Sustainability Manager (Metzingen)

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

Impactt: Senior Consultant – Social Auditing (London)

ISKO: CSR Marketing Expert (London)

JCPenney: Project Specialist – Corporate Social Responsibility (Plano, TX)

Kmart Australia: Human Rights Manager (Melbourne)

* Levi Strauss: Manager, Global Product Strategy (San Francisco, CA)

Levi Strauss Foundation: Program Coordinator (San Francisco, CA)

Li & Fung: Assistant Manager - Vendor Compliance (Hong Kong)

Lojas Renner: Sustainability Environmental Analyst (Shanghai)

Lululemon: Director, Chemicals & Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

Michael Kors: Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (New York)

Nakd: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Gothenburg)

NCBI Retail: Corporate Sustainability Manager (Naas)

Nike: Environmental Health & Safety Manager - Air MI (Phoenix, AZ)

Nike: Community Impact Director Latam (Mexico City)

Pegas Nonwovens: Global Safety, Regulatory and Sustainability Specialist (Znojmo)

PVH: Corporate Responsibility Coordinator (Amsterdam)

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

Ralph Lauren: Manager, Sustainability (New York)

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

QuizRR: Internal Sales Representative (Stockholm)

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

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

SAXX Underwear: Product Quality and Compliance Manager (Portland, OR)

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

* Steve Madden: Social Compliance Manager (Long Island City, NY)

Superdry: Executive Assistant to Sourcing and Sustainability Director (Cheltenham)

Sustainable Apparel coalition: Operations Coordinator, Europe (Amsterdam)

TAL Apparel: Environmental Sustainability Executive (Hong Kong)

Tommy Hilfiger: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

Turnahead: Sustainability Manager (Bangladesh)

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

Unravelau: Internship Sustainability Researcher (Utrecht)

Velcro Companies: EHS Manager (Somersworth, NH)

Vetta Brands: Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Analyst (Columbus, OH)

VF: Manager, Worker Rights (Hong Kong)

Walmart: Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (Beijing)

WSR: Director of Outreach and Communications (New York)

ZDHC: Legal Intern (Amsterdam)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]  

10 September, Webinar: See What’s New – C2C Certified Version 4 Draft Standard: “introduce the Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4 draft standard … free webinar.”

11 September, Webinar: See What’s New – C2C Certified Version 4 Draft Standard: “introduce the Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4 draft standard … free webinar.”

12 September, Webinar: See What’s New – C2C Certified Version 4 Draft Standard: “introduce the Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4 draft standard … free webinar.”

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.”

17 – 18 September, Northampton, UK: Leather Training Course: “The improved understanding you will gain from this leather course will help you avoid problems when sourcing and specifying leather products as well as providing confidence when dealing with suppliers, manufacturers and tanners.”

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 October, Northampton, UK: Leather Training Course: “The improved understanding you will gain from this leather course will help you to avoid problems when sourcing and specifying leather products as well as providing confidence when dealing with suppliers, manufacturers, and tanners.”

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.”

10 October, Northampton, UK: 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.”

* 10 – 15 October, Los Angeles: Vegan Fashion Week: “This event is designed to empower conscious brands and humans globally with an elevated platform for achievement, inspiration, and discovery.”

11 October, Coimbatore: Top Ten Best Practices – ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

15 – 18 October: Vancouver: Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference: Driving impact through integrity and preferred fiber & materials.

16 October, Delhi: Top Ten Best Practices – ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should con tact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

21 – 25 October, Turin: International Labour Standards and Corporate Social Responsibility: “course offered by the International Training Centre of the ILO.”

23 October, Dhaka: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

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 October, Shanghai: Top Ten Best Practices – ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

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.”

30 October, Istanbul: Top Ten Best Practices – ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should con tact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

01 November: Hong Kong: Crisis Management & Modern Slavery: “[The Mekong Club’s] intensive 3.5-hour workshop will equip you with the right tools to anticipate and prepare for a crisis, and teach you how to use crisis management principles effectively. A realistic modern slavery crisis scenario will be used so participants can practice these principles.”

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.”

13 November, New York: Leather, Compliance & Sustainability New York Conference (organised by Eurofins | BLC and held at Tapestry HQ): “Calling all brands and retailers: How to ensure your brand is compliant with chemistry legislation and can take advantage of the opportunity of adding value through sustainability.”

14 November, Brussels: Ready, Set, Substitute it Now!ChemSec invites you to a full-day event, which will include messages from policy makers, inspiration from progressive companies and hard facts from scientists, as well as panel discussions and workshops on how to best substitute hazardous chemicals.”

20 November, Delhi: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

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.”

22 November, Coimbatore: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

26 November, Dhaka: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

03 December, Northampton, UK: Leather Training Course: “The improved understanding you will gain from this leather course will help you to avoid problems when sourcing and specifying leather products as well as providing confidence when dealing with suppliers, manufacturers, and tanners.”

11 – 12 December, Istanbul: Chemical Management - ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

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 by Enrique Lopez Garre, 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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