THIS ISSUE  

Brands in this issue include: Adidas (launches recycling initiative to customers), ArmedAngels (mapping the chain of custody in wool and viscose supply chains), Ermenegildo Zegna (why protecting the environment needn’t be bad for business; and launches charity initiative supporting education), Fast Retailing (complaint lodged against Uniqlo over sacked workers), Freitag (biodegradable denim), Gucci (launches campaign against child marriage), H&M (says fashion industry to grow 65pc by 2030), H&M, Inditex, Gap, Macy’s, Kohl’s, American Eagle and Abercombie & Fitch (overvalued says Morgan Stanley), IKEA and H&M (shed light on chemicals in recycled textiles), Inditex (opens first international “for&from” store in Italy to foster the integration of people with disabilities), Laflore (designer bag that’s made from trees), Lululemon (Bangladeshi factory workers claim they are beaten), Madewell (partners with ThredUp to sell upcycled denim), Sports Direct (calls for probe into Nike and Adidas), Uniqlo (three videos highlighting sustainability), Zalando (announces new diversity targets for leadership team), and more.

Recently released reports:

  • No reports this issue

In general news:

  • 54% of UK shoppers believe social media influencers behind rise in fast fashion

  • Despite the Modern Slavery Act, poor labour conditions are prevalent in the fast fashion industry

  • How sustainable is organic cotton, really?

  • Textile Exchange announces new 2030 sustainability strategy

  • How to make activewear without killing the planet

  • Tags and green stamps: what companies are certified as sustainable?

  • Fashion waste to hit £4.5bn

  • A new dawn in the fight against gender-based violence at work?

  • Clothing industry in decline as conscious consumers cut back

  • Inside the world of sustainable vegan fashion

In the supply chain:

  • Bangladesh: Nirapon and BGMEA locked in talks on factory safety; how to make the Bangladesh apparel industry sustainable; and is automation a threat for RMG workers in Bangladesh?

  • Cambodia: unions and NGOs criticise government for ignoring human rights in post-Brexit Cambodian trade deal

  • India: major fire guts three textile shops in Surat’s Silk City market

Manufacturers in this issue include: Jeanologia (trains young people for a sustainable future), Schoeller (introduces Pro Earth biodegradable textiles), Spinnova (world’s first wheat straw-based clothing), WPT Nonwovens (earns Global Organic Textile Standard for organic cotton nonwovens), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 13 new jobs listed this issue (at Adidas, AVI, Big W, Burberry, Burton, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Good On You, Hugo Boss, KappAhl, Lojas Renner, Milliken, Quiz Clothing, and VF).

Quotes of the week:

  • “Everything man does creates more harm than good. We have to accept that fact and not delude ourselves into thinking something is sustainable. Then you can try to achieve a situation where you’re causing the least amount of harm possible. That’s the spin we put on it. It’s a never-ending summit. You’re just climbing forever. You’ll never get to the top, but it’s the journey.” Yvon Chouinard (16 Oct).

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

FROM ECOTEXTILE NEWS    

Nirapon and BGMEA locked in talks on factory safety: “Nirapon, the body set up to continue the work of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, has announced that it is still in talks with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on factory safety” (17 Oct).

Textile Exchange announces new 2030 sustainability strategy: “At its annual conference, non-profit Textile Exchange has announced its new Climate+ sustainability strategy which includes a bold ambition of reducing CO2 emissions from textile fibre and material production by between 35-45 per cent” (17 Oct).

IKEA and H&M shed light on chemicals in recycled textiles: “IKEA and H&M have teamed up to identify what sort of chemical contaminants are typically found in pre-owned cotton textiles in a bid to improve the safe reuse of these materials within a ‘circular system’”(17 Oct).

Complaint lodged against Uniqlo over sacked workers: “A complaint has been lodged against fashion brand Uniqlo’s parent company Fast Retailing with the Fair Labour Association (FLA) on behalf of garment workers at two factories in Indonesia who lost their jobs overnight” (17 Oct).

Wool, viscose the focus of Textile Exchange blockchain project: “Textile Exchange has partnered with blockchain technology provider TextileGenesis in a pilot scale study that will assess the feasibility of mapping the chain of custody in wool and viscose supply chains. TextileGenesis is once again working with Lenzing – which it recently collaborated with to demonstrate the ease with which transactional information can be logged on an immutable, decentralised database – as well as German brand ArmedAngels and its native wool supplier the Schneider group to gauge the benefits of logging data in-line with Textile Exchange’s various standards, including the Recycled Claim Standard, Global Recycled Standard and Responsible Wool Standard” (17 Oct).

Podcast: Financing sustainable textile production: “Impact investor Tanvi Karambelkar, of the newly-launched Good Fashion Fund, and Abhishek Bansal, of Arvind - a vertical manufacturer based in India, discuss some of the challenges of funding the technological innovations needed to make the industry sustainable with Michael Schragger in the Planet Textiles Pod in Barcelona” (16 Oct).

Adidas launches recycling initiative to customers: “Adidas has launched a new recycling initiative in the UK, entitled Infinite Play, in which customers are incentivised to pass on their old sportswear instead of sending it to landfill” (16 Oct).

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Inditex opens its first international “for&from” store in Italy to foster the integration of people with disabilities: “Managed by the non-profit organization Cometa, the store will sell accessories and footwear from previous seasons from all of the Group’s brands. The store, which is located in Como’s top shopping area, has more than 270 m2 of retail space distributed over two floors. Inditex’s “for&from” programme already boasts a total of 15 stores that have generated more than 200 jobs for people with disabilities” (17 Oct).

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard talks about the sustainability myth, the problem with Amazon—and why it’s not too late to save the planet: “Patagonia’s Yvon Chouinard set the standard for how a business can mitigate the ravages of capitalism on earth’s environment. At 81 years old, he’s just getting started … Look at Amazon. Amazon doesn’t make a profit. They don’t pay any taxes. Nothing. But they’re growing like crazy. It’s all growth, growth, growth—and that’s what’s destroying the planet. I’m dealing with that myself. We’re a billion-dollar company, over a billion, and I don’t want a billion-dollar company. The day they announced it to me, I hung my head and said, “Oh God, I knew it would come to this.” I’m trying to figure out how to make Patagonia act like a small company again”” (16 Oct).

Can biodegradable denim solve the industry’s notorious waste problem? “In 2015, Freitag, a Swiss brand best known for making bags out of recycled truck tarpaulin, debuted what it claimed to be the world’s first 100 percent compostable jean. Part of a line of European-grown and -produced workwear, the five-pocket design contains no polyester trims, nylon threads or Lycra blends, only bast fibers like hemp and linen. Rivets are verboten. To button up, it eschews plastic in favor of tagua nut, the so-called “vegetable ivory.” The only exception is the main pant closure, which demanded something more robust” (16 Oct).

Adidas doubles down on sustainability with new clothing-return initiative: “The sportswear giant has teamed up with Stuffsr to encourage UK customers to return Adidas items purchased within the last five years to the brand, in exchange for vouchers to spend on the label, Business of Fashion reports. The returned items will be repaired and resold where possible, or recycled and turned into new items. The initiative is being rolled out for UK consumers signed up to the brand's loyalty program, but could expand into other countries in 2020” (16 Oct).

Uniqlo releases three videos highlighting sustainability: Three new videos were released on YouTube highlighting Uniqlo’s commitment to sustainability, innovation, and positive work environments. The theme is “The Power of Clothing.” The three videos are Denim, Sweatshirts and Down (16 Oct).

Sports Direct calls for probe into Nike and Adidas: “Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has called for sportswear giants Nike and Adidas to be investigated over their domination in the industry. The news comes after an article from The Sunday Times published this week said Nike would be ending supply deals with several independent retailers, stating that their way of stocking its goods was “no longer aligned” with Nike’s distribution strategy. According to the report, retailers are now concerned that Adidas will do the same” (15 Oct).

Zalando announces new diversity targets for leadership team: “Zalando has announced a target to have a balanced representation of women and men across its top six management levels, including the management board and the supervisory board, by the end of 2023” (15 Oct).

Global fashion industry to grow 65pc by 2030: H&M: “Worldwide apparel consumption is set to increase by 65 percent by 2030 when the population will go up by 16 percent, creating huge business potential for Bangladesh’s garment industry, a top H&M official said yesterday. Environmental pollution will appear as a big challenge then, as it is spreading at the same rate of the global apparel consumption, said Ziaur Rahman, H&M’s country manager for Bangladesh, Pakistan and Ethiopia. Currently, the Swedish retail giant makes the largest purchase of over $3 billion worth of fashion items from Bangladesh a year” (15 Oct).

Madewell partners with ThredUp to sell upcycled denim: “Denim and apparel brand Madewell is furthering its commitment to sustainability through a new initiative with online thrift store, ThredUp” (15 Oct).

The designer bag that’s made from trees: “Natacha Seroussi and her father Elie are the owners of Laflore, a Paris fashion brand which created the “Bobobark bag.” “I’m a young designer and my father co-founded Cécile et Jeanne and has 30 years of experience. We wanted to share our passion for design, as well as a mutual concern for our environment’s future. We didn’t want women to have to choose between luxury, style and ethics”” (14 Oct).

ACT brands adopt accountability on purchasing practices: “In September 2019, ACT adopted a joint due diligence framework for member brands, ensuring that purchasing practices facilitate the payment of a living wage. This is the first time that international brands have collectively agreed to be held accountable by a global union federation for changing their purchasing practices” (14 Oct). [Ed’s note: see list of ACT brands here.]

Workers making £88 Lululemon leggings claim they are beaten: “Lululemon, an athleisure brand whose £88 leggings are worn by celebrities and Instagram influencers, are sourcing clothing from a factory where Bangladeshi female factory workers claim they are beaten and physically assaulted. The Canadian brand recently launched a partnership with the United Nations Foundation to reduce stress levels and promote the mental health of aid workers” (14 Oct).

  • Lululemon factory workers allegedly subjected to physical and verbal abuse in Bangladesh: “Billion-dollar activewear brand Lululemon is the latest company to be implicated in allegations of the abuse of women workers in the Bangladeshi factories that supply its clothes. A new report from The Guardian found that female workers who make the brand's clothing in Bangladeshi factories are subjected to physical and verbal abuse. It found workers were commonly humiliated with sexual slurs levelled at them by their managers. Women workers told the outlet they were called “sluts” and “whores”” (16 Oct).

Gucci launches campaign against child marriage: “Every year across the world, 12 million girls under the age of 18 are forced into marriage. Gucci has decided to take a stand and make a concrete commitment against early and forced marriage on the International Day of the Girl, by launching the #LetGirlsDream awareness campaign on Friday, October 11th” (14 Oct).

Sustainable luxury fashion the Ermenegildo Zegna way – why protecting the environment needn’t be bad for business: “Italian luxury designer Ermenegildo Zegna’s #USETHEEXISTING campaign emphasises upcycling and pledges to innovate environmental processes – recognised at Italy’s Green Carpet Fashion Awards” (14 Oct).

Ermenegildo Zegna launches charity initiative supporting education: “In its quest to redefine masculinity, which kicked off with the latest communication campaign, the Ermenegildo Zegna Group is launching a charity initiative called “From A to Zegna,” aimed at promoting educational programs globally. Partnering with Italy-based humanitarian organization Cesvi, the Ermenegildo Zegna brand is selling white T-shirts bearing words such as love, change and freedom, all qualities seen as making a man today. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Cesvi’s projects” (14 Oct).

Low prices aren’t fun anymore—consumers have reached peak happiness with clothing purchases: “Consumers already own so many clothes that each new item they purchase doesn’t spark happiness, according to a Morgan Stanley analyst. He says leading apparel retailers such as H&M, Inditex, Gap, Macy’s, Kohl’s, American Eagle and Abercombie & Fitch are overvalued. The only way apparel markets can grow is if clothing becomes more expensive, but he says that’s also unlikely to happen” (11 Oct).

NEWS & REPORTS   

54% shoppers believe social media influencers behind rise in fast fashion: “54% of shoppers believe the rise in fast fashion retail has been caused by social media influencers. Only 10% disagreed that influencers had any impact. 1/3 of Brits turn to social media adverts for fashion inspiration” (16 Oct).

Despite the Modern Slavery Act, poor labour conditions are prevalent in the fast fashion industry: “Concerns have been raised by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the Government does not monitor whether statements made under the Modern Slavery Act comply with the legislation, writes Dods Monitoring’s Andy Frain” (16 Oct).

How sustainable is organic cotton, really? “It isn’t completely eco-friendly, but organic cotton uses 91 per cent less water than regular cotton and it produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Vogue unpacks the confusion around organic cotton and asks environmental experts about how we can all shop more sustainably” (16 Oct).

How to make activewear without killing the planet: “As demand for activewear booms, so do customer expectations for sustainability. How easy is it for the category to become sustainable? And what compromises do brands have to make?” (16 Oct).

Tags and green stamps: what companies are certified as sustainable? “Global Organic Textile Standard, Organic Content Standard, Better Cotton Initiative, Cradle to Cradle, LEED or BREEAM are some of the most important tags in the sector … Fashion companies begin to accumulate ecological stamps on their labels. There are two types of certifications or sustainable standards. On the one hand, those that assure that the raw materials of the products, of vegetable or animal origin, and on the other, those that state that the garments have been made under sustainable criteria, from the traceability of the product, packaging, environmental policy and labour conditions” (15 Oct).

Fashion waste to hit £4.5bn: “Fashion waste is predicted to cost the UK economy £4.48bn by 2050 if the industry doesn’t clean up its act and bolster its recycling efforts, new data has found. The global fashion industry is responsible for 1.7 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions and a loss of more than £414bn every year as a result of wasted clothing, research from direct lender Money Boat has found” (15 Oct).

A new dawn in the fight against gender-based violence at work?Olivia Windham Stewart reflects on her week at the United Nations General Assembly, where C&A Foundation launched the joint statement: Our Commitment to a Future with Fair Work” (14 Oct).

Clothing industry in decline as conscious consumers cut back: “The clothing industry is facing a long-term structural decline as consumers with ‘too much stuff’ cut back on the number of new outfits they buy, even as prices fall. Consumers have been buying clothes in ever-increasing quantities over the past 20 years as fast-fashion retailers such as H&M and Zara and budget retailers” (14 Oct).

Inside the world of sustainable vegan fashion: “But isn’t the concept of sustainable fashion a contradiction? How can something that is designed to change season-to-season also be built to last? The truth is, it’s very difficult as consumers to determine the true sustainability of fashion. There are so many stages of the supply chain to consider, from sourcing raw materials to shipping and packaging. For example, clothing made from recycled plastic may seem like a great way to reduce our impact, but did you know that one wash load of polyester clothing can release 700,000 microplastic fibres? This can cause pollution in our water streams, impacting our health and wildlife” (14 Oct).

SUPPLY CHAIN 

Bangladesh  

How to make the Bangladesh apparel industry sustainable: “The second edition of the Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF), scheduled to be held in Dhaka on November 05, is aiming to make the apparel and clothing industry of Bangladesh more sustainable” (15 Oct).

Is automation a threat for RMG workers in Bangladesh? “The fourth industrial revolution is underway and is bringing with it a series of upheavals. Robotics, automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are gradually making their way into the production process all over the world. Such major breakthroughs in the production process will have adverse effects on the job market and the Bangladesh economy. As a result of automation the demand for workers in the RMG sector is declining and the future for RMG workers is rather bleak. The introduction of machinery in the production process has a higher probability of affecting unskilled and semi-skilled workers adversely compared to the skilled workers” (15 Oct).

Cambodia

Unions and NGOs criticise government for ignoring human rights in post-Brexit Cambodian trade deal: “Labour Behind the Label have today criticised the UK Government for unconditionally promising that Cambodia will retain trade privileges with the UK after Brexit. A joint letter with the Trades Union Congress, to the foreign office, made clear that the UK’s commitment to a trade deal with Cambodia undermines international efforts to address the dire state of human rights in the country” (09 Oct).
India

Major fire guts three textile shops in Surat’s Silk City market: “A major fire erupted in three textile shops at Silk City Textile market on Ring Road on Monday. As many as six fire tenders were pressed into service for six hours to douse the fire” (15 Oct).

MANUFACTURERS   

Jeanologia trains young people for a sustainable future: “Jeanologia, world leader in sustainable technology development, is collaborating with international prestigious universities, bodies and institutions to contribute to the development of a more efficient, sustainable and transparent textile industry by supporting the training of young people for a sustainable future. The company is backing a model that combines training and practice to address the new needs and profiles required for the digitalization and transformation of the textile industry” (16 Oct).

UBC lab spins nanofibre ‘gold’ from waste fabrics: “In the materials engineering labs at UBC, surrounded by Bunsen burners, microscopes and spinning machines, professor Frank Ko and research scientist Addie Bahi have developed a simple process for converting waste cotton into much higher-value nanofibers” (16 Oct).

Fortum and Spinnova present the world’s first wheat straw-based clothing: “Fortum, a major European energy company building new business options in the circular economy, together with the sustainable fibre technology company Spinnova have today introduced the first prototype product born out of their joint development of using wheat straw in the production of highly sustainable textile fibre” (15 Oct).

Schoeller introduces Pro Earth biodegradable textiles: “Schoeller’s new Pro Earth collection of biodegradable textiles is comprised of bluesign approved fabrics with biodegradable polyester, will debut as part of its Schoeller FTC (SFTC) line, a joint venture between Schoeller Textil AG and Formosa Co. Ltd, a leading Taiwanese textile ingredient supplier” (15 Oct).

These algae tiles can turn any building into a pollution-scrubbing machine: “Thanks to algae’s natural talent for sucking pollutants and toxins out of water, the tiles offer a passive, accessible way to clean wastewater. The aquatic plants referred to as algae are single-celled, nonflowering organisms, untethered to the ocean floor beneath them. A phenomenon known as bioremediation allows these microorganisms to remove pollutants from their surrounding environment as they move—and a new project from the Bio-Integrated Design Lab at London’s Bartlett School of Architecture puts this natural process to work scrubbing polluted water” (14 Oct).

WPT earns Global Organic Textile Standard for organic cotton nonwovens: “WPT Nonwovens has been inspected and assessed according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Version 5.0, and is now accredited with this certification. This makes WPT Nonwovens one of the first nonwovens manufacturers to be awarded with this accreditation” (11 Oct).

More than a trend, the search for sustainable materials brings buyers to LA Textile: “After evolving from a fringe trend among the hippie set, sustainability has taken a front seat in sourcing within the apparel industry. Nowhere was this more apparent recently than at the October edition of the LA Textile trade show, which was held at the California Market Center Oct. 2–4. While there were exhibitors who were featured exclusively as sustainable brands, many others joined the charge toward an ecologically beneficial supply chain by offering a selection of eco-friendly fabrics, notions and services” (10 Oct).

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]  

* Adidas: Flagship Retail Sustainability Expert (Parley) (London)

Allbirds: Manager, Materials Innovation (Footwear) (San Francisco, CA)

AllSaints: Corporate Responsibility Manager (London)

Amaro: Sustainability & Social Impact Lead (São Paulo)

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

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

* AVI: Packaging Graduate (Sustainability & Quality) (Sandton)

* Big W: Sustainability Specialist (Sydney)

Brooks: Corporate Responsibility Analyst (Seattle, WA)

* Burberry: Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (SA8000 Auditor) (Tokyo)

* Burton Snowboards: Sustainable Production Analyst (Burlington, VT)

C&A Foundation: Data Analyst (Gurgaon)

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

Carhartt: Social Compliance Manager (Dearborn, MI)

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

* Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute: Manager, Built Environment EMEA (Amsterdam)

Disney Parks: Strategic Sourcing Specialist, Disney Cruise Line (Celebration, FL)

Geox: CSR & Sustainability (Montebelluna)

Global Fashion Agenda: Global Partnership Intern (Copenhagen)

Global Fashion Agenda: Senior Sustainability Manager (Copenhagen)

Global Fashion Agenda: Exhibitor Manager (Copenhagen)

* Good On You: Sales Manager (Europe or Australia)

Groupe ETAM: Sustainability Manager (Hong Kong)

Higg Co: Director, Customer Success

* Hugo Boss: Internship Sustainable Social Compliance & Supplier Management (Stuttgart)

Hugo Boss: Manager Corporate Sustainability Reporting (Stuttgart)

JCPenney: Sustainable Sourcing Manager (Plano, TX)

* KappAhl: Sustainability Manager (Gothenburg)

Kmart Australia: Human Rights Manager (Melbourne)

Levi Strauss: LEAN Project Manager Distribution (Unna)

* Lojas Renner: Environmental Analyst - Textile Field (Shanghai)

Lululemon: Director, Chemicals & Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

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

* Milliken: Global Sustainability Director (Spartanburg, SC)

Nike: Director – Carbon and Energy (Beaverton, OR)

Nike: Sustainability Manufacturing and Sourcing Internship (Beaverton, OR)

Nike: Graduate Sustainability Innovation Internship (Beaverton, OR)

Patagonia: Environmental Responsibility Associate (Ventura, CA)

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

Pure Strategies: Sustainability Advisor (Boston, MA).

PVH: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

* Quiz Clothing: Ethical Compliance & Sustainability Manager (Glasgow)

Salomon: Sustainability Program Manager (Annecy)

SAC: Manager, Member Services – APAC (Hong Kong)

SAC: Senior Manager, Human Resources (San Francisco, CA, or remote)

SanMar: Factory Compliance Analyst (Seattle)

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

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

Stitch Fix: Packaging Program Manager (San Francisco, CA)

Sustainable Apparel coalition: Operations Coordinator, Europe (Amsterdam)

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

Tommy Hilfiger: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

Vans: Senior Manager, Social Responsibility (Costa Mesa, CA)

Velcro Companies: EHS Manager (Manchester, NH)

* VF: Sustainable Operations Assistant Manager (Shanghai)

WSR: Director of Outreach and Communications (New York)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]  

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, Shenzhen: Higg Index Manufacturer Forum: “The manufacturer forum targets apparel and textile manufacturers, brands/ retailers who would like to start capturing their Environmental and/or Social/labor performance using the Higg Facility Tools in 2020.”

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

31 October, Shanghai: Higg Index Manufacturer Forum: “The manufacturer forum targets apparel and textile manufacturers, brands/ retailers who would like to start capturing their Environmental and/or Social/labor performance using the Higg Facility Tools in 2020.”

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.

05 November, Webinar: Looking Beyond the Regulation, Potential Safety Hazards: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.

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 Gerhard Gellinger, 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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