THIS ISSUE  

Brands in this issue include: Alibaba (promotes “greener” 11.11 shopping festival), Bestseller (launches new local sponsorship concept), Decathlon (signs global climate charter), Eileen Fisher (long-term vision for sustainable fashion), H&M (CEO criticised by Labour Behind the Label), Moss Bros (releases eco suit), Muji and Uniqlo (flaunt ‘Xinjiang Cotton’ despite Uyghur human rights concerns), Selfridges (opens secondhand clothing concession), Son of a Tailor (launches 3D-knitted Zero Waste garments), Zalando (net-zero targets the first step to net-positive businesses), and more.

Recently released reports:

In general news:

  • Does fast fashion have to die for the environment to live?

  • So long cotton: why we’ll all soon be wearing mushroom leather, seaweed yarn and orange-peel silk

  • Empowering women through making

  • Could visiting a landfill transform fashion students into more sustainable designers?

  • Innovating fashion reality for a sustainable future

  • 18 Shades of Black: The Indian women using fashion to challenge tradition

  • BAT faces landmark legal case over Malawi families’ poverty wages

  • Does your favorite feminist merchandise actually support women's causes?

  • Beware companies that promote “buy one, give one” charity

  • Returning to Los Angeles, Vegan Fashion Week goes ethical and green

  • Retailers in China understand the potential of CCTV and facial recognition

  • Global sustainability performance holds, despite corporate commitments to create a more responsible economy

In the supply chain:

  • Bangladesh: automation brings prospects and risk to garment industry

  • Cambodia: warning over Cambodia's garment workers as EU tariff threat looms

  • Cameroon: Donald Trump to suspend Cameroon from AGOA

  • Malaysia: labour shortage fears as Malaysia pushes ahead with plan to cut foreign workers

  • Mexico: 1,700 jobs lost as Gildan moves out

  • Nigeria: textile workers hail closure of borders, says it will revamp local industries

  • Thailand: seek talks with US on trade privileges loss

Manufacturers in this issue include: Radici Group (new sustainability report), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 4 new jobs listed this issue (at Farfetch, GIZ, Global Fashion Agenda and NA-KD).

Quotes of the week:

  • Reformation may be the most fashionable eco-friendly brand there is, and it has surely pushed many of its customers to think about disposability and everyday carbon impact. But it is hard to echo, with a straight face, the company’s proposition that looking cute is a way of protecting the earth.” Jia Tolentino in The New Yorker (01 Nov).

  • “It’s been a very big push for the team. What’s been most exciting is the engagement from Zalando employees, they’re very eager to push for higher aspiration.” Zalando’s director of corporate responsibility and sustainability Kate Heiny on the company’s new net-zero targets (01 Nov).

  • ““Sustainable” fashion is just more snob appeal, a way to set oneself apart from the crowd. It’s a variation on the quest for the authentic, just more palaver in a status seeking market. How about the fruit of the loop sweatshirts I buy from Wal-Mart? They last several years of steady use. Sustainable enough for you??” William Burpitt, commenting on a story about Eileen Fisher’s long term goals for sustainability (31 Oct).

  • “Retailers have a long, troubled history of hijacking feminism for profit, not progress.” Huffpost (31 Oct).

  • “Despite six years of engagement, Thailand has yet to take steps to provide internationally recognized worker rights in a number of important areas identified in a 2015 petition from the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), such as providing protections for freedom of association and collective bargaining.” US Government on suspending $1.3 billion in trade preferences for Thailand under the GSP (28 Oct).

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

FROM ECOTEXTILE NEWS    

How fashion could become 'sustainable' by 2035: “The fashion industry will not become 'sustainable' under current business practices - but 'sustainability' could be possible within 16 years if key changes are made, according to a new report. Entitled The Future of Sustainability in the Fashion Industry, the report was commissioned by the C&A Foundation and carried out by consultants Future Impacts and 4CF who questioned carefully selected experts from across the global industry” (04 Nov).

US plastic waste Bill to prompt textile microfibre action: “Working with the National Stewardship Action Council (NSAC), US senators from New Mexico and California have circulated a discussion draft of what could be landmark legislation that would ban certain plastic products and require manufacturers to take responsibility for collecting and recycling materials they produce” (04 Nov).

Four new organisations join up with ZDHC: “Four new organisations have become contributors to the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme which aims to substitute hazardous chemicals for safer ones in textiles and clothing production” (04 Nov).

Radici reflects with 2018 sustainability report: “Chemicals, plastics and synthetic fibre producer Radici Group has released its 2018 sustainability report, in which it notes the progress the company continues to make to mitigate resource consumption” (01 Nov).

H&M CEO criticised over fast fashion comments: “Labour Behind the Label has lambasted recent comments made by H&M’s CEO Karl-Johan Persson after saying that if consumers were to ditch fast fashion, it would lead to “terrible social consequences”” (01 Nov).

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Zalando: Net-zero targets the first step to net-positive businesses: “Zalando’s director of corporate responsibility and sustainability Kate Heiny believes that operating at net-zero emissions both operationally and across the value chain can act as a catalyst for businesses to truly move beyond mitigation and “less bad” to help regenerate the planet” (01 Nov).

Japanese brands Muji and Uniqlo flaunt ‘Xinjiang Cotton’ despite Uyghur human rights concerns: “Japanese clothing brands Muji and Uniqlo have raised eyebrows for spruiking “Xinjiang Cotton” products, while brands in Australia are distancing themselves from the region that has become synonymous with China’s mass internment of Uyghur Muslims. “Made of organic cotton delicately and wholly handpicked in Xinjiang, the men’s Oxford Shirts of MUJI are soft and breathable with a clean design,” Muji says on its website” (01 Nov).

Moss Bros releases eco suit: “A single eco suit reuses up to 45 plastic bottles. Its fibres will not emit harmful chemicals. They have selected suppliers known for sustainable manufacturing. It has recycled polyester shoulder pads, sleeve head roll and chest foam that are REACH-compliant. The thread has been made from 100% recycled polyester yarns. Corozo nut buttons are 100% natural material” (01 Nov).

Decathlon signs global climate charter: “In order to achieve its sustainability goals, the company has sought approval on its targets from the Science Based Target (SBT) initiative, which has approved its Climate Change commitments. Decathlon has committed to reducing its CO2 emissions associated with direct and indirect emissions linked to buying electricity by 75% and getting its main suppliers to set their own science-based targets by 2024” (01 Nov).

IKEA and H&M study sheds light on chemical standards for recycled textiles: “This study consists of over 8,000 tests made on recyclable cotton textiles, which were randomly collected from different organisations and recyclers in Europe. “We now know which specific chemicals within the tested groups are likely to be found. It enables us to better understand which tests need to be conducted in order to make use of recyclable cotton textile, while meeting our strict safety standards [said Mirjam Luc, Project leader for Circular Materials at IKEA Range and Supply]” (01 Nov).

Selfridges opens secondhand clothing concession with Vestiaire Collective: “Selfridges has opened its first permanent space dedicated to secondhand clothing, reflecting a significant shift in the fashion industry’s approach to “pre-loved” goods. The glossy boutique – which is run by the resale site Vestiaire Collective and housed at Selfridges’ flagship store on Oxford Street in central London – feels as aspirational as any of the traditional designer concessions around it” (31 Oct).

Can fashion brands make green products interesting to Chinese consumers? “Brands are investing more advertising money in consumer-facing sustainability campaigns, with many choosing China as a strategic region because it’s the most important market for the industry. One example is the Italian fashion house Prada with its latest Re-Nylon initiative serving as a good case study on how to educate Chinese consumers by leveraging short video stories, celebrity power, and expert opinions” (31 Oct).

Good company: Eileen Fisher’s long-term vision for sustainable fashion: “In 2012, fashion designer Eileen Fisher took a trip to further explore the complexities of her company’s supply chain. She ended up learning much more about environmental impact than her own company’s trajectory. She saw that several of the regions where they produced finished products and sourced raw textiles were also at risk of severe water shortages. When she returned, she asked her Social Consciousness team to devise a way to accelerate the company’s response to climate change and deepen their work around environmental and social issues” (31 Oct).

Start-up launches 3D-knitted Zero Waste garments: “Clothing brand Son of a Tailor is taking an innovative approach to production to combat the problem of chronic waste. The company adheres to two core values – no fabric waste and no unsold inventory. Its Zero Waste pullover went on sale via a Kickstarter campaign on 21 October, reaching its target of US$ 15,000 in just 39 minutes, primarily with donations from the USA” (30 Oct).

Li & Fung signs Arctic Ocean shipping pledge: “Supply chain solutions firm Li & Fung has signed a pledge under its logistics business LF Logistics to support an initiative to prohibit shipping through the Arctic Ocean. The initiative was launched by its customer Nike with Ocean Conservancy. Although LF Logistics does not use any Arctic sea routes, the commitment indicates the firm’s willingness to share responsibility for preserving the Arctic” (30 Oct).

Alibaba promotes “greener” 11.11 shopping festival, but criticism remains: “Trumpeting massive sales figures and mentioning big data upgrades has become par for the course from Alibaba in the run-up to its annual 11.11 event. But one area that has gotten less scrutiny — although still a rising amount in recent years — is the environmental impact of the event. As major brands look to become — or appear — eco-friendlier or at least to lower their use of plastics or non-recyclable materials, being associated with an event that sees millions of cardboard boxes, tons of plastic tape, and mountains of bubble-wrap being deployed can be a minefield” (29 Oct).

Bestseller launches new local sponsorship concept: “Six organisations in Bestseller’s hometown of Brande have received support from our new local sponsorship concept. Throughout Bestseller’s long history in Brande, our company has always supported the local community and the new ‘Brande-pulje’ – as it is known in Danish – is simply a continuation of that tradition” (28 Oct).

NEWS & REPORTS   

Does fast fashion have to die for the environment to live? “Fast-fashion retailers became giants by quickly churning out fresh, low-priced styles that pull trend-seekers into stores. But that comes at a price. Rapidly producing clothes in large batches can save money, but if the items don’t all sell, that creates waste. Encouraging shoppers to buy as often as trends change means old clothes can end up in landfills. Can fast fashion exist in a more sustainable world? The answer is complicated” (03 Nov).

So long cotton: why we’ll all soon be wearing mushroom leather, seaweed yarn and orange-peel silk: “As the fashion industry slowly pivots to a more sustainable future, it’s increasingly favouring innovative vegan fabrics” (02 Nov).

Empowering women through making: “Below, [Fashion Revolution] speak to the founders of 3 organisations that are living out our manifesto through their work and championing fashion as a force for good. Secret ProjectsCustom Collaborative, and Sambhali Trust are 3 very unique organisations that empower women and improve their chances of meaningful work by teaching valuable making and business skills. With oceans between them, each deal with unique challenges, but are alike in their mission to empower women, confront gender inequality, and create products that change the lives of their makers” (01 Nov).

Could visiting a landfill transform fashion students into more sustainable designers? “[W]hile some people prefer not to think about landfills and what they might say about the societies that fill them with garbage, sustainability advocate Céline Semaan thinks that having designers visit landfills could actually transform their outlook so they can create fashion in a way that reduces waste by designing things differently before those things ever reach a landfill” (01 Nov).

Innovating fashion reality for a sustainable future: “When fast fashion first came to prominence in the early 21st century, it was heralded as a savior to the upheaval caused by e-commerce, social media. A 2006 article published in the academic journal The Socio-Economic Review questioned, “Can fast fashion save the U.S. apparel industry?” The theory was that if speed and flexibility became a competitive edge, the mass model would be replaced with localized supply chains, smaller-scale production and more flexible retailing. But that’s not what happened because fast fashion adopted only speed but not the corresponding flexible supply chain and small-scale manufacturing. Thus, the industry ended up with astronomical overproduction through a buy-wear-replace cycle in which half the garments produced are discarded within a year” (01 Nov).

18 Shades of Black: The Indian women using fashion to challenge tradition: “Black, which has ruled the global fashion landscape for decades, has never been dominant in traditional Indian clothing. But now Indian sari designer Sharmila Nair is using the colour to make a forceful political and feminist statement, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi” (01 Nov).

BAT faces landmark legal case over Malawi families’ poverty wages: “The case, potentially one of the biggest that human rights lawyers have ever brought, could transform the lives of children in poor countries who are forced to work to survive not only in tobacco but also in other industries such as the garment trade” (31 Oct).

Does your favorite feminist merchandise actually support women's causes? “The fashion industry is fraught with controversy when it comes to women’s issues. But clothing retailers, especially those that produce fast fashion, are regularly found guilty of co-opting feminism while engaging in practices that undermine women” (31 Oct).

Beware companies that promote “buy one, give one” charity: “The fashion industry has embraced this philanthropic model. But it misses the point … How can a brand like Nike advocate for civil rights in the USA while turning a blind eye on the workers they exploit in faraway places? Clothing companies rarely make actual attempts to aid causes or give people what they need. Instead, brands create responses to whatever social issues are hot at the moment. The fashion industry has failed to offer real solutions, instead offering us “buy one, give one” solutions that use consumerism to assuage our guilt” (31 Oct).

Returning to Los Angeles, Vegan Fashion Week goes ethical and green: “The second edition of Emmanuelle Rienda’s Vegan Fashion Week took place in downtown Los Angeles under the theme “Fashion Is Activism,” which not only focused on cruelty-free fashion but also examined the apparel industry’s impact on the planet’s ecological systems. Held Oct. 10–15, Vegan Fashion Week coincided with Los Angeles’ mainstream fashion-week productions and L.A. Market Week, affording access to an expanded audience” (31 Oct).

Retailers in China understand the potential of CCTV and facial recognition: “Wired recently reported that China has over 176 million CCTV cameras scattered around the country, and the number is growing by 12 percent per year. Furthermore, CNBC quotes data from CB Insights that indicates that China is ahead of the U.S. in facial recognition patents, with over 900 — a number that is almost ten times higher than the number of patents filled in the U.S. Given the technology and market size, it’s not surprising that the luxury industry in China has found a new usage for monitoring technology. “For luxury brands, facial recognition has the potential to build a bridge between the online and offline worlds,” says Tony Wong from Wired. Indeed, facial recognition is likely to reshape the luxury retail sector, but that doesn’t eliminate serious ethical and security concerns” (31 Oct).

Global sustainability performance holds, despite corporate commitments to create a more responsible economy: “EcoVadis, the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, released today the third annual edition of its Global CSR Risk and Performance Index. The report offers comprehensive insights into the supply chain sustainability performance of more than 30,000 companies worldwide, evaluated by EcoVadis across the calendar years of 2016 through 2018”  (30 Oct).

SUPPLY CHAIN 

Bangladesh

Automation brings both prospects and risks to Bangladesh’s apparel industry: “Thanks to automation, the apparel plant of Softex Sweater Industries at Savar on the outskirts of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka reduced the number of workers to 22 from 700 in the knitting unit. The plant needs fewer workers as they just sort the items manufactured by the machines, according to the company’s Head of Operations Tahzeeb Ul Gani Shahjee” (03 Nov).

Cambodia   

How the EU’s pending EBA decision affects garment workers in Cambodia: “Since the European Commission announced on 11th February of this year that Cambodia could possibly lose its trade status "Everything but Arms" (EBA), some 800,000 seamstresses in Cambodia have been living in fear of losing their livelihood. In a short documentary film, non-profit think-tank Mekong Future Initiative (MFI) provides an insight into the daily life and work of a seamstress, as well as the fears about a future that is being decided upon by the European Parliament” (01 Nov).

  • Warning over Cambodia's garment workers as EU tariff threat looms: “Tens of thousands of garment workers in Cambodia could face exploitation if proposed EU trade sanctions cause major fashion brands to downsize there, labour rights activists have warned … A sourcing manager at Britain’s Primark said last week that European companies would “pull out of production” in Cambodia if trade preferences ended, while the head of production at Sweden’s H&M warned of a “substantial backlash”” (04 Nov).

Cameroon

Donald Trump to suspend Cameroon from AGOA: “The United States President, Donald Trump has written to the Congress, informing the house of his intent to suspend Cameroon as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country, from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The US President cited gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, said to have been committed by the country’s security forces” (01 Nov).

Malaysia

Labour shortage fears as Malaysia pushes ahead with plan to cut foreign workers: “Malaysia is incentivising companies to turn to automation and hire more high-skilled locals. But many businesses say they still need low-skilled foreigners to do dirty, dangerous and difficult jobs that Malaysians shy away from” (30 Oct).

Mexico

Mexico stung by 1,700 job cuts as global textile giant moves out: “Mexico’s low production costs have made it a winner in the global trade war. Yet it just lost a big textile investment to countries where operation is even cheaper. Canadian apparel giant Gildan Activewear Inc. on Thursday said it’s moving out of Mexico, where it employs about 1,700 people. It will transfer the equipment there to its cheaper, existing production hubs in Central America and the Caribbean. At the same time, it’s building a major production complex in Bangladesh to serve European and Chinese customers” (31 Oct).

Nigeria

Textile workers hail closure of borders, says it will revamp local industries: “General Secretary of the Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), Comrade Issa Aremu, has commended the Federal Government for the closure of Nigeria’s land borders to end smuggling of goods into the country” (31 Oct).

Thailand

Thailand to seek talks with US on trade privileges loss: “The Office of the United States Trade Representative announced Friday it was suspending $1.3 billion in trade preferences for Thailand under the Generalized System of Preferences, or GSP, because of its failure to adequately protect worker rights” (28 Oct).

MANUFACTURING   

Denim supply chain players seek new ways to elevate efficiency: “Companies throughout the denim supply chain are developing techniques and fabrics designed to streamline traditional processes in new sustainable ways. At Kingpins Amsterdam last week, mills, chemical companies and finishing technology companies rolled out their Spring/Summer 2021 solutions to speed up processes and reduce the industry’s environmental footprint” (01 Nov).

Maroc in Mode trade fair hosts more than 140 exhibitors: “The 17th edition of the recently held Maroc in Mode-Maroc Sourcing trade fair hosted more than 140 Moroccan and international exhibitors this year. More than 700 visitors came from Morocco, over 300 from European countries like Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, UK, and Japan. Visitors were interested in topics of fast fashion and sustainability” (31 Oct).

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]  

Adidas: Internship - Social and Environmental Affairs (6 Month, Jan 2020) (Hong Kong)

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)

BRANDS: Manager Nachhaltigkeit (Ökologie) (Buchholz)

Brooks: Corporate Responsibility Analyst (Seattle, WA)

Burberry: Corporate Responsibility Manager (London)

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)

Clean Clothes Campaign: European Coordinator (Louvain-la-Neuve)

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

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

Diadora: Sustainability Specialist Intern (Caerano di San Marco)

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

Epic Group: Senior Manager / DGM Sustainability (Dhaka)

Epic Group: Sustainable Product Specialist (Dhaka)

* Farfetch: Sustainable Business Analyst (London)

Fashion for Good: Programme Associate for South Asia (Mumbai)

Fashion for Good: Innovation and Investment Analyst for South Asia (Mumbai)

Geox: CSR & Sustainability (Montebelluna)

* GIZ: Technical Advisor - Regional Leather Value Chain (Gaberone)

* Global Fashion Agenda: Senior Sustainability Manager (Copenhagen)

Global Fashion Agenda: PR & Communications Intern (Copenhagen)

Global Fashion Agenda: Sustainability Intern (Copenhagen)

Global Fashion Agenda: Production Intern (Copenhagen)

Global Fashion Agenda: Global Partnership Intern (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: Intern – Quality Management and Sustainability Shirt & Neckwear (Coldrerio)

Hugo Boss: Manager Corporate Sustainability (Stuttgart)

ISKO: CSR Marketing Expert (London)

JCPenney: Sustainable Sourcing Manager (Plano, TX)

KappAhl: Sustainability Manager (Gothenburg)

Kmart Australia: Human Rights Manager (Melbourne)

Levi Strauss: LEAN Project Manager Distribution (Unna)

Lidl: Compliance Officer (Singapore)

Lojas Renner: Environmental Analyst - Textile Field (Shanghai)

Lululemon: Director, Chemicals & Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

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

Mey: Corporate Responsibility Manager (Albstadt)

* NA-KD: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Göteborg)

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: Corporate Responsibility Coordinator (Amsterdam)

PVH: Director, Supply Circularity (New York)

PVH: Corporate Responsibility Programs Specialist (New York)

PVH: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

QHQ: Sustainability and CSR Technologist (London)

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)

Successori Reda: Sustainability, Safety and Environmental Intern (Biella)

SupplyCompass: Freelance Writer – B2B Sustainable Fashion (London)

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

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

Tapestry: Director, Corporate Sustainability Strategy (New York)

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

Tommy Hilfiger: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

University of Arts London: Knowledge Exchange Project Coordinator, Centre for Sustainable Fashion (London)

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

Velcro Companies: EHS Manager (Manchester, NH)

VF: Senior Manager, External Engagement & Reporting (Denver, CO)

VF: Sustainable Operations Assistant Manager (Shanghai)

WSR: Director of Outreach and Communications (New York)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]  

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.”

13 November, Webinar (free): Sourcing Sustainable Cotton: The myths, the reality, and how to make the transition (by Common Objective with industry expert): “Cotton is the most used natural fibre - making up around 21% of of all fibre used in apparel production. In this masterclass, we'll be discussing the ins and outs of sourcing sustainable cotton.”

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.” [Agenda here.]

15 November, Yangon: Employers Briefing on Labour Laws: “[Free] briefing for employers on 2019 updates to labour laws, 2019 OSH law.” By Luther Law in cooperation with SMART Myanmar (in Burmese and English). Anyone interested in attending should contact: khinoo@smartmyanmar.org

16 November, Yangon: Conducting Internal Waste Audits in the Factory: “[Free] half-day workshop for factories on waste management, conducting internal company waste audits and how to implement recycling programs.” By Thant Myanmar in cooperation with SMART Myanmar (in Burmese and English). Anyone interested in attending should contact: khinoo@smartmyanmar.org

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

26 – 27 November, Yangon: Managing Across Cultures: “Workshop on cross-cultural management, conducted jointly with the ETI.” In cooperation with SMART Myanmar (in Mandarin Chinese only). Anyone interested in attending should contact: khinoo@smartmyanmar.org

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 December, Webinar (free): Sourcing Sustainable Packaging: What options exist that are planet-friendly and meet quality requirements? (by Common Objective with industry expert): “In this masterclass, we'll be exploring what sustainable solutions exist, and where you can find them.”

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 Peggy Choucair, 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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