THIS ISSUE  

Brands in this issue include: Allbirds (tells Amazon to stop stealing designs), Amour Vert (teams with ThredUp), Anthropologie (rated by Good on You), Arc’teryx (future of fashion), Asics (solution dye approach offsets emissions), Farfetch (under pressure from PETA to ban angora), Fast Retailing (funds ILO social security probe), Forever 21 (the consequences of fast fashion), Frank And Oak (receives B Corporation certification), H&M (embraces circular economy), Hanes (teams with How2Recycle), Kering (commits entire group to carbon-neutrality), Kontoor Brands (announces forest derived materials policy), LVMH (new sustainability strategy), Matt & Nat (‘exaggerated’ green credentials), Uniqlo (says it is not fast fashion), Yoox (adds to exclusives with ethical Stella Jean link-up), Zalando (private delivery test sees “excellent” results), and more.

In general news:

  • Why you should stop buying new clothes

  • Sustainable fashion retail platforms leave you with no excuse not to buy eco-friendly clothes

  • All the winners of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards’ third edition

  • After water ATMs, reverse vending machines for plastic bottles collection installed in 'plastic-free' Ooty

  • Indian online apparel retailers face size issues, return clause

  • ‘A new awareness’ spotlights sustainable fashion in Milan

In the supply chain

  • Bangladesh: update on the Bangladesh Accord; success with green RMG production

  • Cambodia: workers still being killed in road accidents

  • Egypt: new deal with Switzerland to boost textile and clothing sector

  • Manufacturers in this issue include: Lectra (on-demand technology), Lenzing (introduces Tencel for footwear in India), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 1 new job listed this issue (at Bestseller).

Quotes of the week:

  • “It should have come as no surprise that Forever 21 was planning on filing for bankruptcy. In fact, one wonders why it had not reached its death knell sooner.” Lauren Kelly (22 Sep).

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

FROM ECOTEXTILE NEWS    

[Ed’s note: the latest edition of the Ecotextile News magazine is due out next week.]

Delicate wash settings release more microfibres: “Scientists have revealed the surprising results of new research which reveals that washing clothes on a delicate setting is more environmentally damaging as it releases hundreds of thousands of extra microfibres into rivers and oceans” (26 Sep).

H&M embraces circular economy to target climate change: “The H&M Group plans to embrace a circular economy after a new report said energy efficiencies and switching to renewable energy can never do enough to combat climate change” (25 Sep).

BlockTexx, Infinited Fiber amongst ’50 to watch’: “Research and consultancy firm, the Cleantech Group, has announced a ‘50 to watch’ list of innovators from across industry, the technologies of which are said to represent impactful solutions to the environment’s most pressing issues” (25 Sep).

Alarming levels of toxic chemical found in textiles hub river: “A new study has found alarming levels of nonylphenol - a toxic chemical widely used in the textiles industry - in the Tapti River in the Indian city of Surat. The study, by the Delhi-based Toxics Link non-profit organisation, found nonylphenol levels eight times over the recommended limit” (24 Sep).

Researchers find way to dye textiles with coffee grounds: “Researchers say they have found a natural way to dye fabrics for clothing - by using leftover coffee grounds. Changhyun ‘Lyon’ Nam, of the Iowa State University (ISU), said his own coffee habit gave him the idea to experiment with the grounds in a bid to reduce the two million tonnes of chemical and synthetic dyes used each year by the textiles industry” (24 Sep).

Asics solution dye approach offsets emissions: “Footwear brand Asics is the latest company to join the United Nation’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (UNFCCC), and has announced its ambition to expand its use of technology to offset carbon emissions in the dyeing process by 45 per cent from 2020” (24 Sep).

Fast Retailing funds ILO social security probe: “Japanese fashion behemoth Fast Retailing has partnered with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to hone in on labour markets throughout Asia and improve social security and working environments. The owner of the Uniqlo brand, Fast Retailing will provide US$1.8 million over two years (2019-2021) to enable ILO to undertake research in production hubs such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam” (23 Sep).

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Antoine Arnault on the luxury giant’s new sustainability strategy: “LVMH unveiled a major new plan on the environment and sustainability Wednesday, which included the launch of an animal-based raw material charter; creation of a scientific committee and a series of strategic link-ups covering Amazon firefighting and a Man & Universe partnership with UNESCO” (25 Sep).

Yoox adds to exclusives with ethical Stella Jean link-up: “YNAP’s off-price Yoox brand continues to boost its new-season offer with the retailer having partnered with Stella Jean for a see now, buy now offer that was part of the designer’s recent runway show” (25 Sep).

Amour Vert teams with ThredUp to encourage more fashionistas to recycle: “Fashion retailer Amour Vert has partnered with resale platform ThredUp to create an easy way for shoppers to recycle unwanted clothing. In a tweet from Sept. 21, Amour Vert announced the partnership and provided a link for more details. Through the partnership, Amour Vert will provide a shopping credit to customers who send back unwanted apparel” (24 Sep).

HanesBrands partners with How2Recycle to encourage consumers to join company’s focus on zero waste: “Hanes has partnered with How2Recycle, a standardized labeling system that will help the company clearly communicate packaging recycling instructions on the nearly 500 million packages of product it sells in the United States and Canada. Hanes has begun submitting its packaging components for recyclability assessments by How2Recycle, which provides the proper recycling label for each packaging configuration” (24 Sep).

Kontoor Brands announces its forest derived materials policy designed to minimize impacts on the world’s endangered forests: “Kontoor Brands, a global lifestyle apparel company, with a portfolio led by two of the world’s most iconic consumer brands, Wrangler and Lee, today released its first Forest Derived Materials (FDM) policy, which sets formal standards for the company’s purchasing and use of sustainable forest materials and products. The policy strengthens Kontoor’s commitment to responsibly sourcing materials throughout its global operations and supply chain” (24 Sep).

Eco-fashion brand ‘exaggerated’ credentials: “Popular ethical fashion brand Matt & Nat given watchdog warning after misleading customers about its green credentials … The complaint concerned a flyer with the image of a backpack made from one of the most environmentally damaging plastics, polyvinyl chloride or PVC, but with the tagline, "Vegan.Cruelty Free.Recycled" suggesting that this bag in particular, and the brand in general, is eco-friendly”” (24 Sep).

Kering commits entire group to carbon-neutrality: “Just weeks after Kering announced that Gucci is now carbon-neutral, the luxury group said Tuesday that the whole organisation is set to become carbon-neutral too within its own operations and across the entire supply chain” (24 Sep).

Frank And Oak receives B Corporation certification: “Montreal-based fashion and lifestyle brand Frank And Oak announced on Tuesday that it has received B Corporation Certification, reiterating its commitment to sustainable development” (24 Sep).

PETA launches campaign to get Farfetch to ban angora: “A PETA US representative will use the organisation’s right as a shareholder in Farfetch to ask for clarification regarding its no-fur policy. Utilizing the same strategy it has followed with other fashion companies to push for the ban of certain animal products, Peta became a Farfetch shareholder in September 2018 after its IPO” (24 Sep).

Zalando says private delivery test sees “excellent” results: “[Zalando] sees community members, known as “Din Nabo” (or, “your neighbour"), becoming service points for packages and Remko Bakker, the company’s head of Logistics Platform Services, said that 95% of customers who had their package delivered to a Din Nabo reported an “excellent service” when collecting or returning their package” (24 Sep).

The future of fashion might come from Vancouver: “Veilance, Arc’teryx’s luxury diffusion line, is quietly attracting attention from Paris and Milan … for the past decade, Veilance, a diffusion line of the performance outdoor company Arc’teryx, has been making some of the most purely and severely utilitarian clothing in the world. Given that we’re entering a period where sartorial malaise is inevitable, where what’s cool and what’s popular are now, essentially, the same, Veilance makes a compelling case that the future of clothing might look like what’s coming out of its factory southeast of Vancouver”” (24 Sep).

Uniqlo dismisses the idea that it's fast fashion through the concept of lifewear: “Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo may be under a parent company called Fast Retailing, but don’t assume that it’s a fast fashion brand.   “Part of the frustration we have in marketing is that Mr. Yanai [Tadashi Yanai, chairman, president and CEO of Fast Retailing] wanted to say, “I'm going to build a company that moves very quickly in being innovative,” said John C. Jay, Fast Retailing’s president of Global Creative, “So he called it Fast Retailing. But the press look at Fast Retailing and go, Aha, so you are fast fashion. But we are not” (24 Sep).

Allbirds to Amazon: Don’t steal our design, steal our sustainable practices: “Amazon is notorious for brazenly making cheaper lookalikes of popular products on the market, from Warby Parker glasses to the Instant Pot. The retail giant’s latest target? Allbirds, the three-year-old shoe company that has made sustainability the cornerstone of its growing sneaker empire. Last week Amazon’s in-house shoe brand, 206 Collective, launched a shoe called the “Galen,” a wool-blend sneaker with a foam sole that looks remarkably close to Allbirds’ flagship product, the Wool Runner. Amazon’s version comes in grey, with either a white or grey sole, making the resemblance even more obvious, since these are two of Allbirds’ best-known color combinations. (Amazon declined to comment for this story.) But while Allbirds’ sells its sneaker for $95, Amazon’s version sells for $45” (23 Sep).

Forever 21 and the consequences of fast fashion: “In 2016, the U.S. Labor Department investigated Forever 21 for unethical business practices occurring here in the United States. The Los Angeles Times reported that garment factories in Southern California paid workers a little less than $4 an hour, and $7 an hour on average. This was $3 less than the minimum wage in California. Forever 21 was one of the many retailers embroiled in this wage theft scandal, and was responsible for some of the worst offenses” (22 Sep).

How ethical is Anthropologie?Anthropologie defines itself as “a portal of discovery—a brush with what could be. A place for [women] to lose—and find—[themselves]”. But in its search for adventure, has Anthropologie forgotten about its impact on people, the planet, and animals? Let’s find out how ethical Anthropologie really is” (20 Sep).

NEWS & REPORTS   

Why you should stop buying new clothes: “The need for change is tentatively being acknowledged by fashion brands and manufacturers. Many different market sectors in fashion, from high street to high end, are increasingly taking action. But it’s very conservative. For example, high street retailer H&M are boycotting the use of Brazilian leather over concerns that the country’s cattle industry has contributed to the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Meanwhile, other brands, such as Adidas, Stella McCartney and Patagonia, are focusing their action on the use of waste products in the development of textile materials for new collections” (25 Sep).

Sustainable fashion retail platforms leave you with no excuse not to buy eco-friendly clothes: “We’re entering a golden age of sustainable online shopping. When e-commerce first emerged, it was hard to find eco-friendly products or brands at all. To find a sustainable alternative to a product, you would have to dig deep into Google and Amazon listings, and even then, it was hard to ascertain whether the item was truly green or just greenwashing. But today, 75% of consumers say that sustainability is important to them. This has led to a range of new websites that do the legwork of curating sustainable brands” (25 Sep).

All the winners of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards’ third edition: “GCFA Visionary Award was presented by Ginevra Elkann to Kering’s boss François-Henri Pinault; the GCFA Circular Economy Award was presented to Healthy Sea. In the Technology and Innovation category, the statuette went to the President of Italian green tannery operator SICIT, Walter Peretti, and its CEO Massimo Neresini … The ‘I was a Sari’ project by Gucci won the Responsible Disruption Award”(23 Sep).

  • Glamour and sustainability: Inside the Green Carpet Fashion Awards that closed Milan’s Fashion Week: “Milan’s Fashion Week closed on Sunday with a soirée held at the sumptuous La Scala theater, celebrating the industry’s engagement with sustainability, climate change, and social responsibility. For the third time, the Green Carpet Fashion Awards (GCFA) were granted to members of the fashion community effectively committed to embracing real changes in the system’s production chain—reducing waste, finding alternatives to plastic, protecting small sustainable businesses, and innovating and researching cleaner, less planet-harmful technologies” (23 Sep).

After water ATMs, reverse vending machines for plastic bottles collection installed in 'plastic-free' Ooty: “Ooty hill station, one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Southern India, which became single-use plastic-free last month has now taken another step in keeping the environment clean by installing reverse vending machines … According to the administration, these bottles will be further turned into flakes and granules which will be used to prepare textile thread to produce T-shirts, athletic shoes, luggage, upholstery and sweaters; fiberfill for sleeping bags and winter coats”  (23 Sep).

Indian online apparel retailers face size issues, return clause: “Online buyers in India return purchases mainly because of size issues. The e-tailing industry is dominated by high returns and cancellations, with the difference between shipped and fulfilled gross merchandise value being more than 30 per cent. As Arun Sirdeshmukh, Business Head at Amazon Fashion points out when they look at reasons for return of products, most is to with customer’s looking for alternative size” (23 Sep).

‘A new awareness’ spotlights sustainable fashion in Milan: “The Milanese might not have taken to the streets to shout about climate change over the weekend, but that doesn’t mean they’re not thinking about it — or committing to change. During Milan Fashion Week, designers, campaigners and eco-advocates got together at the 10 Corso Como outlet space for a multiday exhibition of sustainable ideas and collaborations. The exhibition, “A New Awareness,” was organized by Sara Sozzani Maino, head of Vogue Talents and Vogue Italia deputy editor for special fashion projects, who brought on board 10 Corso Como, Fashion Revolution Italy, Politecnico di Milano School of Management and WRAD Living” (22 Sep).

SUPPLY CHAIN 

Bangladesh 

Update on the Bangladesh Accord — and its global apparel impact: “The Accord contends that very little will change for global companies, stating “through the MoU, all operations, staff, infrastructure and functions of the Accord will continue. All existing transparency features of the Accord will also be maintained, including full disclosure of all results of inspection and remediation activities on a public web site.” But trade union leaders don’t seem to agree, implying that the era of human rights compliance is coming to a close. Such representatives have expressed their displeasure with the results, indicating that the arrangement would give too much power to the factory owners, to the detriment of the safety and security of garment workers. With the clock ticking on the 281-working day extension, around 13 to 14 months from May 2019, much remains to be seen on how the apparel sector will continue to operate vis-à-vis human rights in Bangladesh. Hopefully, questions pertaining to remediation and the likelihood of further arbitrations continuing to occur will be demystified in the upcoming joint work products from the Steering Committee of the Accord and the RSC” (24 Sep).

A story less told: Bangladesh’s success in green RMG production: “Around the same time that Made in Bangladesh premiered in Toronto, Washington-based non-profit organisation US Green Building Council (USGBC) declared Bangladesh to be the leader in green RMG production—6 out of the top 10 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified factories are situated in Bangladesh, with 25 Bangladeshi factories credentialed with the highest certification from the USGBC” (24 Sep).

Cambodia

Road to ruin for Cambodian garment workers: “Poor safety standards mean that traffic accidents continue to maim and kill employees” (25 Sep).

Egypt

Egypt, Switzerland sign cooperation agreement for GTEX at SwF 1.5 million: “Egypt and Switzerland inked on Sunday a cooperation agreement to provide technical and financial support for the Egyptian textile and clothing sector through applying the GTEX international programme in Egypt with a total fund of SwF 1.5 million (about $1.5 million)” (22 Sep).

MANUFACTURERS   

Responding to fashion market changes with on-demand technology: “Similar to how the fashion industry is responding to and driving consumer demand for personalization, at Lectra, we are both responding to market demands and proactively helping to drive the shift to more innovative and sustainable solutions. The on-demand revolution is not a trend, really; it is a long-term change in the way customers interact with brands. It is more of a conversation, and a major part of that conversation is understanding that consumers are smarter and more well-informed than perhaps ever before on a mass scale” (25 Sep).

Lenzing introduces Tencel for footwear in India: “Austrian fibre producer Lenzing Group announced plans today to enter the footwear segment in India, introducing Tencel for Footwear, its unique and globally acclaimed concept of the botanic shoe, in the country for sustainable options in footwear. The launch comes at a time when the Indian government has committed to ending the use of single-use plastic in the coming years” (24 Sep).

The problem big manufacturers have with recycling—and how to fix it: “For the normal consumer, recycling is pretty easy—when you finish something that comes in a jar, bottle, or any type of recyclable packaging, you rinse out the container and throw it in a bin. Maybe you have to roll the bin to the curb once a week. For a large manufacturer, however, scale becomes a big problem. In fact, for many US manufacturers, recycling is nearly impossible. Sustainability should be a priority—especially for the companies that create vast amounts of the waste we need to account for. But there are a ton of challenges to actually achieving that goal, and the manufacturing industry is behind” (24 Sep). [Ed’s note: by the sustainability lead for a company called Accumold.]

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]  

Ace & Tate: Corporate Social Responsibility Intern (Amsterdam)

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)

Asos: Ethical Trade Assistant (London)

* Bestseller: CSR/Sustainability Coordinator (Brande)

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)

G-Star RAW: Intern Corporate Strategy (Amsterdam)

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)

Lidl: Compliance Administrator (Hong Kong)

Lojas Renner: Sustainability Environmental Analyst (Shanghai)

Lululemon: Director, Chemicals & Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

Makeshirt: Kommunikationspraktikant (Copenhagen)

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

Michael Kors: Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (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)

prAna: Sourcing Analyst (San Diego, CA)

PVH: Corporate Responsibility Coordinator (Amsterdam)

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

Quiz Clothing: Ethical Compliance & Sustainability Manager (Glasgow)

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 *]  

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.”

18 October, New York: Decoded Future: “Decoded Future 2019 will have an underlying theme: sustainability and social good.”

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 Kerstin Riemer, 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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