THIS ISSUE  

Brands in this issue include: C&A (new video on C2C collection), Finisterre (first recyclable wetsuit), FW (new outdoor brand commits to make clothes last), H&M (tenth anniversary of the Conscious Collection), Moncler and Wesfarmers (top new sustainability index), Target (delves into fashion sustainability during Hypebae Fall Formal), Uniqlo (to recycle old down jackets and plastic bottles), and more.

Recently released reports:

In general news:

  • The future of fashion week

  • ‘Revolutionizing the fashion industry leads to only positives’ - Sustainability, more than a trend

  • How London Fashion Week attempted to tackle the big sustainability issue

  • Impact: Who’s Next response to the eco-trend

  • From recycled leather to natural dyes, fashion tries to limit environmental damage

  • Fast fashion: Is it hard to be sustainable and plus-size?

  • Fast fashion is cheap, wasteful and hurting the planet — and you can stop it

  • Could fungi save the fashion world?

  • Deforestation is a threat to rainforests in Madagascar as well as other regions globally…

  • It’s time to kill free return shipping

  • Phoebe English is leading the London charge for sustainability in fashion, one WhatsApp message at a time

  • Fur ban a signature away from becoming California law

  • It’s not only up to shoppers to buy less fast fashion- retailers need to stop selling us so much rubbish

In the supply chain

  • India: garment sector layoffs; garment workers protest lack of minimum wage; government seeks report on sanitation facilities for women in textile units

  • Myanmar: industry grows although headwinds remain

  • Pakistan: seven years after deadly fire, not much has changed

  • Ukraine: activists expose illegal garment workshop

Manufacturers in this issue include: Canclini (increasingly sustainable), Chargeurs (eco-responsible technical interlinings), LSJH (new technology to advance textiles recycling), Schoeller (introduces line of sustainable, biodegradable textiles), Waste2Wear (first collection of ocean plastic fabrics verified with Blockchain), YKK (begins manufacturing eco-friendly zippers in the USA), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 12 new job listed this issue (at Ann Inc., Cotton On, Elevate, Hugo Boss, KAS, Kathmandu, Levi Strauss, Makeshirt, Macy’s, Ralph Lauren, Seasalt and Wardrobe).

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

FROM ECOTEXTILE NEWS    

Textiles firm develops new eco-fabric from cork: “Portuguese textiles firm Têxteis Penedo is developing cork into a new eco-fabric for home textiles” (19 Sep).

Textile factories face closure over illegal river dumping: “Seven textile and dyeing factories in Bangladesh will be ordered to shut down production in three months unless they establish effluent treatment plants (ETPs) to stop dumping untreated waste into the badly-polluted Buriganga River” (19 Sep).

New toolkit to help fashion brands source more sustainably: “A new toolkit of resources to help fashion brands and retailers source products more sustainably is to be launched next month. The Sustainable Fashion Resource Toolkit, created by the Fashion Takes Action non-profit organisation and PwC Canada, will be launched at the annual World Ethical Apparel Roundtable (WEAR) event in Toronto on October 7-8” (19 Sep).

New campaign aims to inspire shoppers to buy organic cotton: “A new campaign aimed at boosting consumer understanding of organic cotton and the benefits it brings to the planet is to be launched next month. The campaign, run by Soil Association Certification in partnership with environmental charity Hubbub, aims to raise awareness of organic cotton at a time when concern about the environmental impact of the global fashion industry has never been higher” (18 Sep).

Here come the robots! “Advances in robotics and automated technology could potentially reduce the impact of textile and garment manufacture, but how does this play out for impoverished workers in developing nations?” (18 Sep – 17:42-minute podcast).

Social auditing ‘protects brands but lets down workers’: “The multi-billion dollar social auditing industry protects brands' reputation and profits but is failing to protect the safety of garment workers, according to a new report from the Clean Clothes Campaign. The report, Fig Leaf for Fashion: How social auditing protects brands and fails workers, says the industry is operating as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) tool for brands while actually aggravating risks to workers” (17 Sep).

Bluesign extends consultation deadline: “In a departure from its usual protocol, Bluesign is for the first-time holding consultations with both external and internal stakeholders to update its Bluesign system criteria. The consultation which has been extended from system partners, to NGOs, trade associations, and various textile industry authorities has also been extended to 30th September. Bluesign takes a holistic look at environmental health and safety in the textile industry with strict criteria placed on input streams, raw materials, chemical formulations along with resource use. A draft version of the updated criteria is still available on the bluesign website” (17 Sep).

Textile additive may be classified ‘carcinogenic’: “One of the most widely used pigments in the textile industry could be controversially listed as a category 2 carcinogen by the European Commission in the coming weeks despite opposition from experts who say the ruling would be a ‘mis-reading’ of the scientific evidence” (13 Sep).

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Be a hero for planet earth: “Organic, socially responsible and respecting nature. With the Cradle to Cradle Certified Collection you can wear the change you want to see” – from C&A (19 Sep – 1:00-minute video).

New outdoor brand commits to make clothes last: “The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and QSA Partners have announced the first major milestone in their Circular Fashion Fast Forward project, as Full Stack Supply Co launches a new premier outdoor clothing brand, FW, pronounced forward. “The aim of our project is to demonstrate how the circular economy can help brands to hit their environmental and economic targets and succeed in today’s marketplace. We are working with several market players across the fashion sector to illustrate the competitive advantage of circular business models. And how they can help to build not just a more sustainable business but customer loyalty too,” commented Andrea Crump, project lead for Circular Fashion Fast Forward” (19 Sep).

Target delves into fashion sustainability during Hypebae Fall Formal: “On September 5, Hypebae partnered with Target to host a sustainability-focused panel during our Fall Formal celebration, centered around emerging creatives who are advocating for change from within the fashion industry. Held at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral Youth Center in New York — which was made over to look like a high school gym — the “Next Generation of Changemakers” panel welcomed moderator and co-owner of Liberty Fairs trade show, Sharifa Murdock along with sustainable designer Hillary Taymour of Collina Strada, Olivia Cheng of eco-conscious line Dauphinette and Marina Testino, an activist and advocate for sustainable fashion” (18 Sep).

Moncler and Wesfarmers top new sustainability index: “Italian luxury brand Moncler, and Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers – which operates the Kmart and Target stores in Australia and New Zealand – are among the sustainability leaders topping this year’s Dow Jones Sustainability Index” (18 Sep).

Surfing gets sustainable with first recyclable wetsuit: “A combination of salt water, UV rays and the wear-and-tear of life in the surf means most wetsuits only last a couple of years before they start to lose warmth and elasticity. Made from non-biodegradable rubber neoprene, surfers are often stuck with their old gear. “There’s a lot of wetsuits out in people’s garages and houses,” Tom Kay, founder of sustainable outdoor wear brand Finisterre, told Reuters from the company’s headquarters near the rugged headlands of St Agnes in Cornwall” (18 Sep).

Garments for lease: ‘rental’ apparel brings new wrinkles for retail stores: “From New York & Company, owned by RTW Retailwinds Inc., to Bloomingdale’s and Banana Republic of Gap Inc., more retailers are offering to lend out their clothing for a monthly rental rate. Even fast-fashion stalwart H&M, with nearly 5,000 stores globally, said in August it would include a limited rental service featuring its premium-priced collection made from recycled fibers in a revamped central Stockholm store” (18 Sep).

Uniqlo to recycle old down jackets and plastic bottles with Toray: “Uniqlo apparel chain operator Fast Retailing will partner with materials maker Toray Industries to turn used down jackets and plastic bottles into new clothes, which will go on sale in 2020” (17 Sep).

H&M’s latest conscious collection celebrates their 10 years committed to sustainability: “Sustainable fashion may be a buzzword right now but one high street chain was championing it long before the rest of the industry caught on. One of the first high street labels truly engaging in the supply of sustainable fabrics is H&M, who have just launched their tenth Conscious Exclusive collection. Embellished dresses, statement shoulder detailing and monochrome sequins are all key features of the H&M Conscious collection AW19, which is launching on 26th September” (17 Sep).

NEWS & REPORTS   

Opinion: The future of fashion week: “As the debate around Fashion Week continues [Fashion Revolution] decided to ask the next generation of industry professionals for their thoughts on what future Fashion Weeks may look like. Our network of student ambassadors rose to the challenge and told us their visions for change” (19 Sep).

‘Revolutionizing the fashion industry leads to only positives’ - Sustainability, more than a trend: “While fashion may make you look and feel good, it's not having that same effect on the planet. In the past decade the conversation around sustainable fashion practices when it comes to protecting the environment and the people who produce it has evolved. More than 400% more clothing is made now than 20 years ago, with 97% outsourced to poor nations where factory owners compete on price for contracts and regulation is lax, leading to discarded clothing piling up in landfills and harmful chemical runoff from factories. Actress Rosario Dawson and former Bottega Veneta executive, Abrima Erwiah created Studio 189 in order to create jobs and stop the depletion of the world through fashion” (19 Sep – includes 2:02-minute video).

How London Fashion Week attempted to tackle the big sustainability issue: “The question - which remained unanswered by many designers - was what exactly is the fashion industry doing to slow down the climate crisis?” (19 Sep).

Impact: Who’s Next response to the eco-trend: “The September edition of the Paris fashion fair Who’s Next (6 to 9 September) came up with a novelty this year. Under the name “Impact - act now for positive fashion”, WSN launched a new offer that was even open to a non-professional audience. The special event occupied around one third of Hall 2 of the two exhibition halls. Separated from the rest of the stands by a hip-high wooden barrier, Impact united an eclectic range of companies, brands, clubs and associations committed to a more sustainable and clean fashion industry” (18 Sep).

From recycled leather to natural dyes, fashion tries to limit environmental damage: “Fashion is supposed to make you look and feel good, and the apparel industry is finally making efforts to have the same effect on the planet” (18 Sep).

Fast fashion: Is it hard to be sustainable and plus-size? “Although there are some sustainable brands selling bigger clothes, she says the move to sustainable fashion has “left plus-sized people behind completely. You don't have enough choice and you end up wearing fast fashion. It's cheap, mass produced brands that you end up going to. I see new shops opening that are using ethical fabrics, organic cotton, and still there are no plus sizes. I feel like we’re forgotten.” Sam says that even in second-hand shops she very rarely find clothes which will fit her” (18 Sep).

Fast fashion is cheap, wasteful and hurting the planet — and you can stop it: “Los Angeles Fashion Week begins in October in the biggest clothing manufacturing center in the country. But what do you find when you go beneath the clothes — not the nudity but something much more revealing: how the world’s wardrobes are made, and what real damage is done to the planet and to humans who create your $10 “bargain”?”(18 Sep). [Ed’s note: interview with Dana Thomas, author of “Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes.”]

Could fungi save the fashion world? “Attempting to reduce the demand for new clothes is certainly going to be an important part of a more sustainable future. But what this ignores is the fact that the fashion industry is not a system that is about need. Rather, it is driven by desire, aspiration, gender politics and celebrity culture. Changing behaviour — by encouraging consumers to stop buying new things at all — would, to us, seem more immediately difficult and multifaceted than creating an alternative, aesthetically viable material solution” (18 Sep).

Deforestation is a threat to rainforests in Madagascar as well as other regions globally…: “While the world’s attention has been drawn to the slash and burn practices causing massive deforestation of the Amazon, Fashion Revolution’s global network raises the alarm bells for the protected rainforests of other regions, in particular Madagascar, where over grazing and ranching are rife in the six national parks which make up the Rainforests of Atsinanana in eastern Madagascar” (17 Sep).

It’s time to kill free return shipping: “But I now realize that those “free” returns were not free at all. For starters, returns will cost companies $550 billion by 2020, which is 75% more than four years prior. But there are other costs that are harder to quantify. Shipping goods back and forth generates unnecessary greenhouse gases that are accelerating climate change, as I’ve reported in the past. In the U.S., transportation has overtaken power plants as the top producer of emissions, and the bulk of this comes from last-mile deliveries, in the form of trucks delivering our packages. And speaking of packaging: Let’s not forget the massive quantity of cardboard boxes and plastic wrappers that are generated in the returns process” (17 Sep).

Phoebe English is leading the London charge for sustainability in fashion, one WhatsApp message at a time: “But meanwhile, London’s long tradition of collaborative youth-generated do-it-yourself creative resistance is working away on making things better more energetically than I have ever witnessed, certainly more intelligently, resourcefully, and nonconfrontationally than its parents’ generation of punks ever did in the ’70s and ’80s. At the heart of it is Phoebe English, the designer who, on June 4 of this year, invited her peers around to her studio to share all the information she’s accumulated about enacting systemic change, which she’s researched and put into practice—a solution-seeking, conscience-driven self-revolution that places her and her designer friends on the same page as anti-industry fashion protesters who will turn up to demonstrate this weekend” (13 Sep).

Fur ban a signature away from becoming California law: “California is closer to becoming the first U.S. state to ban sales and the manufacture of fur. AB44, the bill banning the sale of fur, is headed to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom after the state senate passed the bill 27–8 on Sept. 10. The bill was then approved by the state assembly in a concurrence vote. If Newsom signs the bill, a fur ban will go into effect Jan. 1, 2023. No schedule has been set to send the bill to Newsom’s office, said Blake Dellinger, a spokesman for Assembly member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), who authored the bill” (12 Sep).

It’s not only up to shoppers to buy less fast fashion- retailers need to stop selling us so much rubbish: “It’s all very well putting the onus on shoppers but the quality issue is one for retailers. They’re the ones cutting costs and selling stuff that barely has one life let alone two. No wonder 300,000 tonnes of clothes end up in UK landfills every year; they’re unwearable” (10 Sep).

 SUPPLY CHAIN 

India 

Garment sector layoffs: What has lead to this ‘extraordinary’ situation? “In this ground report from one of the hubs of the garment industry in North India, Udyog Vihar Phase-I in Haryana,The Wire speaks to workers who say they have lost jobs due to production cuts and a slump in demand. We also spoke to union leaders who are trying to organise these workers and claim lakhs of jobs have been lost due to an ‘extraordinary’ slowdown this year. The primary reasons for this slowdown are said to be a delay in Goods and Services Tax refunds, causing a liquidity crunch. Other reasons include cuts in duty drawback and state levy, and the migration of industry to neighbouring countries due to cheap labour, better technology and tax benefits” (17 Sep).

Garment factory workers protest lack of minimum wages: “The Garments and Textile Workers Union (GATWU) staged a protest on 12th September, to oppose the apathetic attitude of the government and the factory owners. The protest, held in front of the Labour Department office at Dairy Circle, highlighted the inordinate delay in the fixing of minimum wages in the garment industry. It also pointed to the discrimination towards garment workers by the minimum wages committee, which had recommended extremely low wages” (14 Sep).

Report on sanitation facilities for women in textile units sought: “The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) during a full bench hearing [in Chennai] on Friday sought a status report from the government on the steps being taken to ensure sanitation facilities for garment and textile industries across the State” (14 Sep).

Myanmar

Garment industry continues to grow although headwinds remain: ““In the near term, more Chinese businesses are also relocating here as the US-China trade war is intensifying. Some 80 percent of the new investments in the cut-make-pack businesses in Myanmar are from China,” U Myint Soe said, adding that garment factories from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have entered Myanmar. “There are about six new garment factories being set up every month. These are huge factories that can employ at least 3000 people, unlike the smaller factories set up in the past,” he said” (18 Sep).

Pakistan

Seven years after deadly fire, not much has changed in Pakistan's garment industry: ““The biggest hurdle in unionization is that they expel workers seeking to organize. Even if they see two people talking to each other, they expel them from work,” says a 40-year-old woman who works as a clipper in one of Pakistan’s 300,000 textile and garment factories” (17 Sep).

Ukraine

Activists expose illegal garment workshop in Odessa: “RSL activists rushed into the building at 130 Balkovskaya Street, which housed an illegal sewing factory. Inside were more than a dozen illegal immigrants from Vietnam. At the police station they said their documents were “with the owner”. Puma and Columbia apparel are sewn at the factory. Note, people spend the night where they work – they sleep on pallets” (15 Aug – in Russian).

MANUFACTURERS   

Canclini’s production of shirt fabrics is increasingly sustainable: “Significant attention has been paid to yarns from regenerated cotton, wool or PET. This approach, related to reuse and regeneration, has always been part of Canclini 1925’s DNA, for a production which is increasingly sustainable and mindful of the environment on our planet, aiming at a true circular economy” (19 Sep).

Schoeller introduces line of sustainable, biodegradable textiles: “Swiss textile solution provider Schoeller launched its new ProEarth collection of sustainable, biodegradable textiles, which is comprised of Bluesign-approved fabrics made of biodegradable polyester. ProEarth is part of its Schoeller FTC line, which is a joint venture with Taiwanese Formosa Taffeta Co” (18 Sep).

Waste2Wear presents world’s first collection of ocean plastic fabrics verified with Blockchain: “Waste2Wear, the Dutch company that makes fabrics out of recycled plastic bottles, has presented the world’s first collection of recycled ocean plastic fabrics that is fully traceable using blockchain technology at the international textile fair Première Vision, taking place from 17th to 19th September in Paris. By implementing blockchain technology, Waste2Wear wants to bring more transparency to the supply chain of recycled textiles” (17 Sep).

New technology to advance textiles recycling in Finland: “A new infrared-based technology promises to give textiles recycling a giant leap forward by replacing manual sorting with an automated method, according to its developers. Southwest Finland-based recycling firm LSJH has developed technology for sorting waste textiles in collaboration with the Lahti University of Applied Sciences and materials sensor equipment manufacturer Spectral Engines” (17 Sep).

Chargeurs launches Sustainable 50™, first complete collection of eco-responsible technical interlinings: “Chargeurs*PCC Fashion Technologies, the world’s largest apparel interlinings manufacturer, today announced the launch of the Sustainable 50. The product line is the first complete collection of interlinings—the technical components that give garments their shape and structure—to be made with eco-responsible materials, including BCI cotton, hemp, recycled polyester textiles, recycled plastics and Bemberg” (17 Sep).

YKK begins manufacturing eco-friendly zippers in the USA: “YKK, which has saved millions of plastic bottles from landfills in the past five years with its materially recycled NATULON zipper, announces that it will begin production of NATULON in Macon, Georgia, further reducing the environmental impact from sourcing the products overseas and reducing lead time” (17 Sep).

GENESIS:M&J GROUP back at the Kingpins China tour to show authentic responsible-quality in garment making: “GENESIS:M&J GROUP has been developing significant improvements. To stay at the forefront of garment washings, while developing new sustainable practices, the company adopted a new washing process to recycle 50% of treated effluent from WWTP/ETP (Wastewater Treatment Plant). Currently the company is recycling 10% of treated effluent in non-manufacturing utility requirement. However, with this new upgrade, the GENESIS facility will be able to recycle the treated effluent directly in the garment washing process, thereby reducing fresh water requirement by 50%. This improvement is important because it allows reductions in costs while keeping the garment price the same, saving lots of water as well. The main long-term goal of the company remains to reach a “near zero” input of fresh water in the process, contributing to manage this precious resource at its best” (13 Sep).

New industrial drying system promises to save water and reduce energy use by 65 percent: “Today, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI) announced they have successfully demonstrated a new industrial drying technology that uses far less energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and saves money. The new technology can be used for drying or heat processing across a broad spectrum of industrial, agricultural and commercial applications—including drying livestock feed, textiles and pharmaceutical ingredients” (13 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)

* Ann Inc: CSR, Strategy and Communications (New York)

Arcadia Group: Ethical Trading Manager (London)

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

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)

CIEL Textile Company: Sustainability Officer (Mauritius)

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

* Cotton On: Environmental Project Lead (Geelong)

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

* Elevate: Sustainability Analyst (Hong Kong)

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

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

Guess: Apparel Testing & Environmental Sustainability Specialist (Bioggio)

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

* Hugo Boss: Manager Corporate Sustainability Reporting (Stuttgart)

Hugo Boss: Corporate Sustainability Manager (Metzingen)

Impactt: Senior Consultant – Social Auditing (London)

Indigo: Specialist, Product Quality & Sustainability (Toronto)

ISKO: CSR Marketing Expert (London)

* KAS: Senior Project Specialist (Hong Kong)

* Kathmandu: Project Manager (Christchurch, NZ)

Kmart Australia: Human Rights Manager (Melbourne)

* Levi Strauss: LEAN Project Manager Distribution (Unna)

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

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

Lojas Renner: Sustainability Environmental Analyst (Shanghai)

Lululemon: Director, Chemicals & Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

* Makeshirt: Kommunikationspraktikant (Copenhagen)

* Macy’s: Vice President, Sustainability (New York)

Nakd: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Gothenburg)

Nike: Sustainabilty Professional II (Jakarta)

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: Director, 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)

* Seasalt: Product Compliance and Ethics Intern (Falmouth)

SML: Manager – Global Sustainability (Hong Kong)

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

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

Sustainable Apparel coalition: Operations Coordinator, Europe (Amsterdam)

Target: Regional Director Production Safety & Quality Assurance (PSQA) (Shanghai)

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

Tommy Hilfiger: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

Turnahead: Sustainability Manager (Bangladesh)

Uniqlo: Sustainability Officer (Bangkok)

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

Unravelau: Internship Sustainability Researcher (Utrecht)

Velcro Companies: EHS Manager (Somersworth, NH)

Walmart: Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (Beijing)

* Wardrobe: Director of Operations (New York)

WSR: Director of Outreach and Communications (New York)

ZDHC: Legal Intern (Amsterdam)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]  

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.”

* 27 September, Webinar: An overview of the proposed Chemical Act vs the current Hazardous Substance Act (in Thailand): “Thailand published the 1st draft of the “Chemical Act” which will replace the currently effective Hazardous Substance Act and its amendments.”

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

18 October, London: Kingpin Transformers: Ed: “the first of what we hope will be an annual educational conference focusing on fashion students who are still at university and are about to enter the wider fashion industry.”

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

22 October, Amsterdam: Kingpins Transformers: Catalysts: “At our Catalysts edition of Kingpins Transformers, we will spotlight the members of the denim supply chain focused on redefining the rules for the future.”

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 Matthias Böckel, CCO)

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