Brands in this issue include: Amazon (rising air shipments fly in the face of climate plan), Canada Goose (loses court bid to shift London protesters), Fast Retailing and s.Oliver (probed over sacked garment workers), Gap (works with Arvind to save 2.5 bn litres of water per year; releases puffer jacket made from 40 water bottles), Inditex (workers win right to leave work on Fridays at 3pm), Masai Copenhagen (first Danish fashion brand to gain FSC certification), Plum (China’s The RealReal?), Reformation (how ethical?), The RealReal (shares plunge as poor training and tough quotas cast doubt on ‘no fakes’ pledge), Zalando (will sustainability push drive sales growth?), and more.
Recently released reports:
In general news:
AAFA writes to Bangladesh PM after Nirapon shut down
New body aims to empower ethical fashion designers
Future Fabrics Expo speakers revealed
How ‘conscious consumerism’ is driving demand for blockchain
Future Fashion Lab: Hong Kong’s first sustainable apparel industry festival
How CMU is preparing graduates to create a more sustainable fashion future
The future of faux fur has arrived
20% of water air pollution is from your clothes
Cotton Inc. promotes circularity with first ever denim stack challenge
Emma Watson checked the green credentials of everything she wore on her British Vogue shoot
It’s never too late to build social good into retail
Chinese artist Wan Yunfeng is turning trash into high fashion
Tide is changing for China’s millennials on environmental issues
ECAP publishes eight case studies
Sustainability amid fast fashion
The fabrics of the future will be eco-friendlier, cooler and reusable
Understanding sustainable and organic fabrics
Cotton made in Africa releases new video
In the supply chain:
Bangladesh: updated table on brands accused of taking insufficient action on sacked workers
Cambodia: concern over exploitation of women with EU tariff threat
China: US-China trade war accelerates apparel factories’ shift from China to Southeast Asia and
India: skill development schemes are creating a pool of poor, rural, women workers
Manufacturers in this issue include: Canclini (new shirt fabric with GRS certification), HKRITA (honoured in the 2019 R&D 100 Awards), Lenzing (awarded for blockchain technology), Primaloft (cuts 48% of CO2 from production), Sourcemap (partners with Common Objective for supply chain transparency) and more.
Sustainable fashion jobs: 8 new jobs listed this issue (at Fashion Workie, Gymshark, Hofer, IKEA, JCPenney, Kering, Li & Fung, and Nike).
By Stephen Frost, CUHK Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
FROM ECOTEXTILE NEWS
AAFA writes to PM after Nirapon shut down: “Fashion brands trade group American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has written to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh expressing its fears for garment workers after the Nirapon safety monitoring organisation was shut down by the courts” (07 Nov).
New body aims to empower ethical fashion designers: “FreedomeE, a new global body aimed at promoting ‘sustainability’ among smaller scale players in the fashion industry, has been launched in London. Billed as a community of fashion brands, suppliers, artisans and creatives, it provides a platform to showcase and sell products and services direct to the public” (07 Nov).
Lenzing awarded for blockchain technology: “Cellulosic fibre supplier Lenzing has been awarded for its work in introducing blockchain technology for fibre identification along the textile value chain” (06 Nov).
Future Fabrics Expo speakers revealed: “Organisers of the Ninth Future Fabrics Expo, due to be held in January, have revealed the line-up of speakers for the seminar programme which runs alongside the show. The Sustainable Angle said the speakers would be made up of “outstanding thought leaders, innovators, industry insiders, textile producers, and designers”. The line-up is headed by Mary Creagh MP” (06 Nov).
Uniqlo probed over sacked garment workers: “The Fair Labour Association (FLA) has launched a formal investigation into claims that fashion brand Uniqlo’s parent company Fast Retailing and German brand S. Oliver owe US$5.5 million to sacked Indonesian garment workers” (05 Nov).
Primaloft cuts 48% of CO2 from production: “The introduction of a new proprietary manufacturing technique from material innovator Primaloft will reduce CO2 emissions from production by as much as 48 per cent” (05 Nov).
BRANDS & RETAILERS
Why are so many of us still working as though this were the last century? “After a lengthy campaign, workers at Inditex, the company behind fashion mega-retailer Zara, have finally won the right to leave work on Fridays at 3pm … as well as choosing to work either a 9 am to 6.30 pm or a 9.30 am to 7.00 pm shift, and have been given transport options. A milestone for employees of the Spanish multinational, but that barely reflects the growing trend toward flexible working hours already widespread in many sectors” (06 Nov).
Canada Goose loses court bid to shift London protesters: “Canada Goose, which is known for its down jackets, has lost a legal battle to prevent animal rights activists from protesting outside its European flagship store in London … The court found that an individual’s right to protest is a deeply embedded legal right, and the judge refused to restrict it when the court could not be satisfied that the protesters had committed a civil wrong.” (06 Nov).
Amazon’s rising air shipments fly in the face of climate plan: “Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions from the online retailer’s delivery operations. Yet the company’s use of airplanes - the most climate-damaging mode of transportation - is on the rise, according to data provided to Reuters” (06 Nov).
Hyundai and partner make clothing from recycled car-seat waste: “Hyundai Motor Group and affiliate Hyundai Transys have debuted a series of fashion collaborations created from recycled car seat waste … It featured seven collaborations with the recycled design elements under the project’s chief designer Zhang Na, founder and designer of fashion brand Reclothing Bank. Zhang was the first Chinese designer to collaborate with Starbucks and is one of Forbes China’s Top 30 fashion designers” (06 Nov).
2019 Living Wage Report: ‘Progress Overall’: “Human rights are one of the three pillars of ASN Bank’s sustainability policy. We take our responsibility for human rights by investing in one specific human right: a living wage, particularly in the garment industry … ASN funds invest in garment companies. If you invest in a company, you have an influence on its policy and how this is put into practice. The garment companies in the ASN investment universe meet our sustainability criteria. But they do not yet ensure that their own textile workers and those in the supply chain receive a living wage. ASN Bank uses all its leverage to positively influence the garment sector so that the following goal can be reached … [The goal of implementing a living wage by 2030 concerns] Adidas, Asics, ASOS, Esprit, Gildan Activewear, Hanesbrands, H&M, Inditex, KappAhl, Lojas Renner, Marks & Spencer, Puma and V&F Corp” (05 Nov).
GAP, Arvind’s new water treatment facility to save 2.5 bn litres a year: “In what could save as much as eight million litres of fresh water per day or 2.5 billion litres a year, global apparel retailer Gap Inc and textile conglomerate Arvind Limited unveiled a new water treatment facility in apparel manufacturing” (05 Nov).
The RealReal’s shares plunge as poor training and tough quotas cast doubt on ‘no fakes’ pledge: “The RealReal is an online luxury consignment store that differentiates itself by saying everything is 100% real. The CEO has said there are “no fakes on our site” and “every single item [is] authenticated.” CNBC spoke with nearly three dozen former employees and obtained internal company documents that show not everything is authenticated by an expert and employees work under strict quotas that lead to fakes being sold on the site” (05 Nov).
The RealReal responds to counterfeit accusations: “In an email sent to customers, Chief Executive Julie Wainwright acknowledged that spotting fakes isn’t an exact science” (06 Nov).
Can Plum become China’s The RealReal? “Beijing-based startup Plum, a second-hand luxury resale app, achieved its Series B round financing this August, collecting $20 million from a group of VCs that includes Matrix Partners China and Qiming Ventures. Featuring a similar consignment and resale model to the U.S.-based luxury reseller The RealReal, Plum is one of the few Chinese resale e-commerce sites specializing in luxury apparel and accessories” (05 Nov).
Will a sustainability push drive sales growth for Europe’s largest fashion e-tailer? “Zalando has launched a new sustainability strategy, “do.MORE,” that includes an immediate commitment to carbon neutrality. While driven in part by corporate social responsibility, Europe’s largest online fashion retailer also sees a major “business opportunity,” hoping growth stemming from the do-good initiatives offsets extra costs” (05 Nov).
Masai Copenhagen is the first Danish fashion brand to gain FSC certification: “This September, the design brand Masai Copenhagen became the first Danish fashion brand ever to gain FSC certification. In Denmark, FSC certification is best known in the paper, furniture and wood products industries, but Masai is the first Danish company in the fashion industry to gain certification. It is one thing for Masai’s paper goods to be FSC certified, but the fact that the brand’s wood-based textiles are now also certified is such a significant achievement in the brand’s overall sustainability and CSR strategy because large parts of Masai’s collections are made from wood-based viscose fibres” (04 Nov).
How ethical is Reformation? “Launched in 2009 by Yael Aflalo, Reformation is best known for its knockout party dresses and cute mix’n’match separates. Based in downtown Los Angeles, this fashion brand states that sustainability is at the core of everything it does. But is that really the case?” (04 Nov). [Ed’s note: assessment by Good On You.]
Gap’s upcycled puffer was made from 40 water bottles: “Ethical fashion is on the rise, and with a Lyst report stating an increase of 47% of shoppers looking for vegan-made goods and 100% cotton, brands are beginning to answer their call. Gap is launching an upcycled puffer jacket to remind you that sustainable fashion is possible (and cute). Who knew 40 plastic bottles could look so chic?” (04 Nov).
Ralph Lauren corporation unveils digital product identities to tens of millions of products: “Ralph Lauren’s Digital Product IDs give consumers the reassurance of authenticity paired with a connected product experience. By scanning the Digital Product ID on the product label with a smartphone, consumers can confirm whether their purchase is authentically Ralph Lauren, learn about the product detail and receive styling tips and recommendations” (01 Nov).
NEWS & REPORTS
How ‘conscious consumerism’ is driving demand for blockchain: “Leanne Kemp, founder of Everledger, shares insights into how blockchain can meet the needs of shoppers seeking product sourcing transparency” (06 Nov).
Future Fashion Lab: Hong Kong’s first sustainable apparel industry festival: “Future Fashion Lab, initiated by DBS in collaboration with Hong Kong’s upcycling fashion company Fashion Clinic, will be popping up this November in Wanchai’s Kapok and The Mills in Tsuen Wan. This will mark the city’s first sustainable fashion festival, which aims is to challenge irresponsible consumption habits at the core of our planet’s ecological crisis” (06 Nov).
How CMU is preparing graduates to create a more sustainable fashion future: ““[Carbon neutrality] one of the first questions young people today are asking,” says Professor Michael Mamp regarding sustainability and the new students he encounters in the school's Fashion Merchandising and Design program. Mamp, Professor of Fashion, Merchandising & Design, has been at [Central Michigan University] for the past seven years and believes, “Gen Z really is extremely aware of, and concerned with, issues related to the environment. Upfront they’re asking questions about, how do we integrate sustainable practice — practice that could help transform the industry.” Thankfully, these are questions that speak right to CMU’s DNA” (07 Nov).
20% of water air pollution is from your clothes: “Why textile dyes are so harmful. When clothes [are] dyed, about 80% of the chemical substances keep on the material, whereas the remainder go down the drain. Issues exist not solely with the dyes themselves but in addition with the chemical substances used to repair or set the colours onto the materials. In line with Kant: “The textile dyeing and ending trade has created an enormous air pollution downside because it is among the most chemically intensive industries on earth, and the No. 1 polluter of fresh water (after agriculture). Greater than 3600 particular person textile dyes are being manufactured by the trade at the moment. The trade is utilizing greater than 8000 chemical substances in varied processes of textile manufacture together with dyeing and printing … Many of those chemical substances are toxic and dam- getting old to human well being straight or not directly”” (05 Nov).
The future of faux fur has arrived: “With the launch of the first-ever bio-based faux fur, Koba by Ecopel, DuPont Biomaterials launches a new era of sustainable alternatives to fur” (05 Nov).
Cotton Inc. promotes circularity with first ever denim stack challenge: “In honor of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, Cotton Incorporated invites denim lovers to “snap their stack.” The organization’s denim recycling program, Blue Jeans Go Green, announced its first ever Denim Stack Challenge, which encourages consumers to take inventory of their wardrobe and recycle unused clothing. Participants stack up their old denim shirts, jackets, pants and shorts, take a photo and share it on Instagram with the tag and hashtag @DiscoverCotton and #DenimStackChallenge. They are encouraged to tag three friends in the post and invite them to join to the challenge” (06 Nov).
Emma Watson checked the green credentials of everything she wore on her British Vogue shoot: “Emma Watson has been a pioneer when it comes to championing ethical dressing and cites Good On You, a free fashion evaluation app, as the best means of informing her wardrobe choices. The actor worked with the Vogue team to curate her looks for the December cover shoot using the tool to rate the environmental impact of the brands” (05 Nov). [Ed’s note: companies mentioned include Kering, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta and Stella McCartney.]
The Outside View: It’s never too late to build social good into retail: “Andrea Weiss on how to build social good into an established business … Another area where many traditional retail companies have struggled is in developing corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and making them a core part of their operations. On that front, the legacies have a high bar to reach, as popular digitally native brands like Toms have built CSR into their very foundations, integrating both charity and profit-making into their business models” (05 Nov).
Chinese artist Wan Yunfeng is turning trash into high fashion: “His distinctive gowns are crafted from discarded items, draped and twisted around his body and photographed to send a message about the destructive power of human consumption. “I make clothes to bring awareness to the environment, it is performance art. So of course you can't wear these clothes in daily life, it is to deliver a message of environmental protection,” he said” (05 Nov).
Tide is changing for China’s millennials: “The country’s tech-savvy generation is waking up to environmental issues, says sci-fi writer Chen Qiufan. China’s millennials are increasingly pursuing happiness and sustainable living rather than wealth and luxury” (04 Nov).
ECAP publishes eight case studies: Eight ECAP recycled fibre trials case studies are now available to view. They cover our work with brands and retailers to trial actions to reduce the use of virgin materials in the production of their clothing and textiles” (04 Nov). [Ed’s note: case studies are Asos, Blycolin Group, HAVEP, JBC, Moodstreet, Schijvens Corporate Fashion, TRICORP Workwear, WE Fashion, and Suitsupply.]
Another Day, Another Dollar, Part II: “A new breed of online clothing retailer has emerged. They start by aiming at much lower profit than their traditional competitors. Saddled with brick and mortar costs, corporate debt, investor expectations and employees who may be unionized and who expect reasonable pay, the long-standing industry leaders simply run out of steam … Consider how to get the better of such large, Goliath-like competitors. Suppose you could: Pay less for labour; Cut transportation costs significantly; Operate quietly out of the direct view of the law; Find willing workers who may not have the legal paperwork; Discover an inexpensive place to operate in a large city where the Certificate of Occupancy allows for manufacturing. Here is a model for financial success! These companies will not win awards for ethics and some of their profits may be diverted to teams of lawyers. But they can make deals with major companies” (04 Nov). [Ed’s note: Part 1 here. Companies mentioned in the article include: Romwe, Oliver Sweeney, Everlane, DSTLD, M. Gemi, Makers Row, Sqetch, Walmart, Amazon, and Kompass.]
Sustainability amid fast fashion: “Fast fashion has invaded the global industry and it has taken its toll on the environment. Retail brands try to keep up with ever-changing trends mass produce new fashion goods almost every week. But most of these items get discarded in landfills. Can the Philippine fashion scene keep the industry sustainable amid all this?” (04 Nov – 11:24-minute video).
The fabrics of the future will be eco-friendlier, cooler and reusable: “An investment data dive turned up dozens of fabric-focused startups funded in the past three years. Collectively they’ve brought in more than $600 million to shake up fashion, bedding, and athletic-wear with materials that are more ethically sourced, higher performance, and cooler” (04 Nov).
Understanding sustainable and organic fabrics: “As many consumers try to make more sustainable choices when it comes to fashion, one of the first places they often look is the fabric from which a garment is made. However, reading the label is one thing, understanding what it truly means is another. To help navigate the sometimes confusing world of sustainable and organic fabrics, I’ve pulled together a bit of a cheat sheet to help you know which fabrics are truly best” (04 Nov). [Ed’s note: by Lori Cunningham, Founder of Loskey, a brand of sustainable, certified organic cotton t-shirts.]
Cotton made in Africa - Image film: “Pictures say more than a thousand words - watch our new image film and immerse yourself in the world of Cotton made in Africa” (09 Oct – 02:-5-minute video).
2019 crackdown: Fired. Blacklisted. Arrested, Imprisoned: “The table below, updated on October 25, 2019, lists major apparel brands linked to factories that filed unsubstantiated cases against workers who demonstrated for higher wages. As a result of campaign efforts, the charges filed by Hameem Group and Shin Shin Apparels have now been dropped and several other factories have filed a petition to withdraw their charges, which could result in the dismissal of more cases before the end of 2019. At least 25 other cases are still underway, however, with no sign yet of the buyers taking sufficient action to press for the dismissal of the charges” (25 Oct). [Ed’s note: brands listed are C&A, H&M, Zara, Mango, M&S, Next, and Primark.]
Could EU tariff threat on Cambodia lead to exploitation of women? “Many women could lose their jobs and turn to other industries, where they may be sexually exploited, warns a new report” (04 Nov).
US-China trade war accelerates apparel factories’ shift from China to Southeast Asia and Bangladesh: “Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, Crocs and Uniqlo have moved their production out of China as costs rise and nation moves up value chain. As others follow, Vietnam is first choice for footwear, Bangladesh has a skilled workforce, Indonesia is modernising factories, and Cambodia is also a player” (04 Nov).
Skill development schemes are creating a pool of poor, rural, women workers: “Globally competitive pricing and a labour-surplus economy drive garment exports to reproduce the vulnerabilities of this group … The ‘Skill India’ policy operates through specific skills programmes and offers training by private agencies, government-appointed agencies or by non-governmental organizations. There is thus a convergence between the State’s new skills initiatives and the need of industries like the RMG for a consistent supply of workers. The impact of these initiatives reflects complex processes that may heighten, rather than diminish, the vulnerabilities of underprivileged youth, particularly women” (06 Nov).
Canclini 1925 presents Techno Shirt fabric for maximum of eco-performance: “Canclini Biker fabric is made of 88% polyamide and 12% elastane, a unique patented fabric where a recycled nylon fabric is used. This approach has been chosen in order to keep focusing strongly on product sustainability exactly because plastic materials, more specifically polyamide fibres, can be recycled indefinitely without ever becoming waste, thus continuously regenerating their life cycle. For the weft of Biker a Nylon 6,6 fibre is used, obtained thanks to the mechanical regeneration of waste raw materials from the manufacturing company. It is exactly thanks to this fibre that this range has obtained the prestigious GRS certification (Global Recycled Standard): it is an actual environmental statement, verified by third-party organisations which includes all products made at least with 20% recycled materials, in this case pre-use recycling” (07 Nov).
HKRITA’s research honoured in the 2019 R&D 100 Awards: “The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA)’s research project – “Revolutionary Relaxation Process for Sweater Manufacturing” – was selected as one of the winners of the R&D 100 Awards in the category of Process/Prototyping. The project involved joint collaboration with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)” (06 Nov).
Sourcemap partners with Common Objective to support fashion brands in their supply chain transparency journey: “Sourcemap, the leading platform for supply chain transparency and traceability, today announced their partnership with Common Objective (CO), a B2B sustainability-focused information and sourcing network. The partnership is designed to support brands in their journey to supply chain transparency and will see over 20,000 of Common Objective’s users - fashion and supply chain professionals from over 130 countries - able to map their supply chain digitally through Sourcemap’s open-source technology” (04 Nov).
Women’s jobs under threat from AI: “Technological advancements and artificial intelligence (AI) are revolutionising manufacturing for industries around the world. The International Federation of Robotics estimates that by 2020, the worldwide stock of operational industrial robots would have increased to 3,053,000 units, with the capability to help produce cars, electronics and new machinery … Sewbots or autonomous sewing machines are redesigning the textile and apparel supply chain where they can potentially do the work of 10 people” (04 Nov).
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)
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 Workie: Paid Responsible Sourcing Internship (London)
Geox: CSR & Sustainability (Montebelluna)
GIZ: Technical Advisor - Regional Leather Value Chain (Gaberone)
Global Fashion Agenda: PR & Communications Intern (Copenhagen)
Global Fashion Agenda: Production Intern (Copenhagen)
Good On You: Sales Manager (Europe or Australia)
* Gymshark: Sustainability Manager (Solihull)
Higg Co: Director, Customer Success (US, flexible)
* Hofer: Manager Corporate Responsibility (Sattledt)
Hugo Boss: Intern – Quality Management and Sustainability Shirt & Neckwear (Coldrerio)
Hugo Boss: Manager Corporate Sustainability (Stuttgart)
* IKEA: Sustainability Manager (Carugate)
ISKO: CSR Marketing Expert (London)
* JCPenney: Director of Responsible Sourcing (Plano, TX)
JCPenney: Sustainable Sourcing Manager (Plano, TX)
KappAhl: Sustainability Manager (Gothenburg)
* Kering: Material Innovation Lab - Sustainability Intern (Novara)
Levi Strauss: LEAN Project Manager Distribution (Unna)
* Li & Fung: Senior Manager - Vendor Compliance & Sustainability (Hong Kong)
Lidl: Social 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: Environment Health & Safety Manager (Hilversum)
Nike: Director – Carbon and Energy (Beaverton, OR)
Nike: Sustainability Manufacturing and Sourcing Internship (Beaverton, OR)
Nike: Graduate Sustainability Innovation Internship (Beaverton, OR)
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)
Solidarity Center: Senior Specialist for Organizing – Trade Union Strengthening Department (Phnom Penh)
Successori Reda: Sustainability, Safety and Environmental Intern (Biella)
Steve Madden: Social Compliance Manager (Long Island City, NY)
Stitch Fix: Packaging Program Manager (San Francisco, CA)
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)
CONFERENCES & SEMINARS
[New listings or updated information marked with *]
* 01 – 15 November, Hong Kong: Future Fashion Lab, Kapok: Screenings, talks, exhibitions and workshops. Hong Kong’s first sustainable fashion festival.
* 08 – 15 November, Hong Kong: Future Fashion Lab: The Mills: Screenings, talks, exhibitions and workshops. Hong Kong’s first sustainable fashion festival.
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 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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
20 November, Delhi: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
26 November, Dhaka: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com
* 29 – 30 January, London: 9th Future Fabrics Expo: “The Future Fabrics Expo is the largest dedicated showcase of globally sourced, commercially available sustainably and responsibly produced fabrics and materials.”
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.”
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.