THIS ISSUE

Brands in this issue include: Adidas (vows to make 11 million pairs of shoes using ocean plastic), Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd (announce water conservation project), Asos (commits to tackling modern slavery), FashionPass (renting fashion fashion), H&M (using plant-derived materials), LVMH (prize finalists focus in on sustainability in fashion), Nike (earns third Fair Labor Association reaccreditation), Otto Group (sustainable bonds for corporate financing), Pildora (wants to become Etsy of sustainable fashion), Target (viscose transparency, and appeals human rights benchmark rating), The North Face and Raeburn (team up to create compact eco-friendly bags), and more.

Reports released this week:

In general news:

  • Global database maps fashion factories to crack down on slavery (Open Apparel Registry)

  • Meet the modern-day ‘ragmen’ tackling fashion’s waste problem (Helpsy)

  • Bold policies needed to mainstream sustainable fashion

  • McKinsey: Luxury consumers open to sustainability premium

  • Banning exotic leather in fashion hurts snakes and crocodiles in the long run

  • A national living wage is on the table. Now let’s talk about a global living wage

  • Gearing up for fair globalisation and accountable business

  • Blockchain, meet supply chain

  • Sustainability in supply chains remains front of mind for industry

  • The next wave of sustainable fashion is all about regenerative farming

  • Fast fashion slow down (Lucy Siegle podcast)

  • Fashion for Good and Plug & Play: 59 sustainable startups to know

  • Scientists to produce plastic replacement with yeast derivatives

  • Apparel industry urged to adopt transparency requirements

In the supply chain:

  • Bangladesh: global investors now seek BGMEA support; Accord finds faults in all 35 boilers of 17 Bangladesh RMG units

  • Cambodia: PM supports fired W&D garment factory workers (W&D workers back to factory following Hun Sen’s appeal); Hun Sen plays down risk from EU trade sanctions as delegation arrives in Cambodia

  • Ethiopia: workers strike for a union in Hawassa industrial park

  • India: intimate apparel factory manufacturing empowering 18,000 women in rural Andhra Pradesh; Gram Vaani helps Tamil Nadu garment workers air their grievances

  • Indonesia: Indonesian wage theft and the massacre premium

  • Macedonia: towards living wages in North Macedonia

  • Mexico: Tamaulipas strike losses now estimated at US $500 million

  • Morocco: FTA coverage expands for women’s clothing

  • Myanmar: campaigners target firms doing business with Myanmar’s military

Manufacturers in this issue include: SoftWear Automation (sewing robots set to bring jobs to Little Rock), Trident (rallies 5% on receiving US patent for environment-friendly fabric), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 2 new jobs listed (at Nike and VF).

Quotes of the week:

  • “Rather than attempting to gain control over the 1,688 Accord-covered factories, the government of Bangladesh should focus safety inspections & remediation on the nearly 30,000 industrial facilities that urgently need its attention and places like FR Tower.” Tweet from International Labour Rights Forum after at least 19 die in office tower fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh (29 Mar).

  • “I think less than 1% of clothing that gets made in the world has any sustainability consideration put into the design process.” Claire Farrell, founding member Extinction Rebellion (27 Mar).

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

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Are plant-derived materials the future of fast fashion? H&M makes clothes from pineapple leaves, orange peels, and algae: “Consider H&M’s latest Conscious Exclusive collection—its ninth yet—which is introducing three materials the brand is using for the first time: Piñatex, a leather alternative made from the cellulose fiber of pineapple leaves (which become waste after the fruit is harvested); Orange Fiber, a silk like fabric made from the peels of oranges at the end of the juice production cycle; and BLOOM Foam, a high-performance foam made from algae biomass, which “cleans the environment and reduces the risk of algal blooms while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels,” according to the company’s website” (27 Mar).

Meet the entrepreneur launching the “Etsy of sustainable fashion”: “In addition to daily original content promoting such brands and events, Pildora will soon be launching its own marketplace. “The marketplace is set to launch in six months and we hope to sell internationally within a year,” Almeida adds. Her ambition is to become the “Etsy of sustainable fashion”” (27 Mar).

This year’s LVMH prize finalists focus in on sustainability in fashion: “[M]ost of the contestants are putting sustainability at the forefront of their brands & priding themselves on environmental consciousness & implementing ethical changes in fashion” (27 Mar).

  • Here’s what you need to know about this year’s LVMH prize finalists: “The finalists are also unified by their individual approaches to sustainability. Most of them, Arnault says, integrate upcycling into their work. She explains that while a candidate’s creativity comes first and foremost, “if it is combined with an ethical and environmental awareness at the service of creation, then so much the better””(27 Mar).

The North Face and Raeburn team up to create compact eco-friendly bags: “The North Face and Raeburn used scrap material from old tents to design three different bags available in bright colors, dominated by yellow: a tote bag, a drawstring bag, and the Rae bag. The three items feature the bright color along with the now-ubiquitous Raeburn slogan: "Remade, Reduced, Recycled, Raeburn” (27 Mar).

Asos commits to tackling modern slavery: “Online fashion retailer Asos is returning to the House of Lords for a modern slavery forum with Baroness Young and a host of its third party brands, including Boohoo and Missguided, as it pushes forward with its commitment to tackle modern slavery” (26 Mar).

Otto Group to rely on sustainable bonds for corporate financing: “With its comprehensive Corporate Responsibility (CR) Strategy, the international retail and services group is pursuing ambitious goals in expanding a sustainable value chain in the key Textile and Furniture assortments. Institutional and private investors will be able to contribute to this strategy in future” (26 Mar).

Adidas vows to make 11 million pairs of shoes using ocean plastic: ““With Adidas products made from recycled plastic, we offer our consumers real added value beyond the look, functionality, and quality of the product, because every shoe is a small contribution to the preservation of our oceans,” said Eric Liedtke, Adidas Executive Board Member. “After one million pairs of shoes produced in 2017, five million in 2018, we plan to produce eleven million pairs of shoes containing recycled ocean plastic in 2019”” (26 Mar).

Nike earns third Fair Labor Association reaccreditation: “The Fair Labor Association (FLA) announced today that its board of directors voted to re-accredit Nike’s social compliance program, the third FLA accreditation for the company. Nike, Inc., is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities is a multinational company headquartered near Beaverton, Ore., and an original FLA member company” (25 Mar).

Instagram influencers constantly need new clothing. This startup wants to rent it to them: “FashionPass is a Rent the Runway-style subscription service for fast fashion” (25 Mar).

Aldi Nord, Aldi Süd announce water conservation project: “Discounters Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd have announced the publication of a joint water protection policy, which will focus on the supply chain for fruit and vegetables as well as textiles. The discounters have also joined the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), the world’s largest network promoting sustainable use of water” (22 Mar).

Target aims for viscose textile transparency: “Target has … joined over 170 brands and apparel industry stakeholders by committing to the CanopyStyle initiative in a bid to ensure the use of ancient and endangered forest fibre is not found in its own viscose textile supply chain” (21 Mar).

Target appeals Corporate Human Rights Benchmark rating: Target has appealed the human rights rating from the 2018 report, and its score rose from 15.9 to 19 (rising from #64 to #56 in the ranking), but not enough to move into a higher band (18 Mar).

NEWS & REPORTS

Global database maps fashion factories to crack down on slavery: “A fashion data organisation aims to crack down on slavery and worker abuse by mapping every clothing and footwear factory in the world, with a free, open-source tool launched on Thursday. The Open Apparel Registry (OAR) seeks to untangle often opaque supply chains by identifying every factory by name and address, increasing transparency for workers and businesses” (28 Mar).

Meet the modern-day ‘ragmen’ tackling fashion’s waste problem: “Helpsy is the first for-profit B-Corp.-certified company in the used clothing industry and largest clothing collector in the Northeast U.S.” (28 Mar).

Bold policies needed to mainstream sustainable fashion: “According to Ecopreneur’s new report, Circular Fashion Advocacy, a set of policy instruments to accelerate and mainstream a European circular fashion economy should be based on … five pillars” (28 Mar). [Ed’s note: see full report here.]

McKinsey: Luxury consumers open to sustainability premium: “McKinsey & Company consultancy said at an Italian Fashion Chamber round-table Tuesday that 70 percent of consumers were willing to pay some premium for items produced sustainably, based on responses of 90 department store buyers in 25 countries responsible for 50 billion euros in annual purchases” (26 Mar).

  • Sustainability is key issue for department store fashion buyers: “Sustainability matters, but does it sell? A report commissioned by the governing body of the Italian fashion industry explored the question with buyers from over 80 department stores spanning 25 countries and the results indicate that the future looks bright” (27 Mar).

Banning exotic leather in fashion hurts snakes and crocodiles in the long run: “The issue came to a head in February when major UK-based retailer Selfridges announced it would no longer sell “exotic” skins – those of reptile species such as crocodiles, lizards and snakes – in order to protect wild populations from over-exploitation. But this decision is not supported by evidence” (27 Mar).

A national living wage is on the table. Now let’s talk about a global living wage: “The obvious solution would be for countries to cooperate and raise minimum wages collectively and incrementally (at an agreed percentage every year). This approach would help overcome “first mover risk”. Business would have less incentive to look for cheaper labour elsewhere” (27 Mar).

Gearing up for fair globalisation and accountable business: “We know, for instance, that forced labour in global supply chains is generating $150 billion a year in profits whilst delivering goods for sale to EU consumers. These massive profits are going to businesses not undertaking human rights due diligence; who do not afford the time and effort to ensure their supply chains are free from human rights violations” (27 Mar).

Blockchain, meet supply chain: “Blockchain certainly isn’t the be-all, end-all solution to better supply chain traceability. But more companies seem willing to explore [it] … The latest proof point grows out of the cotton sector, and it involves a number of startups along with several forward-thinking fashion and apparel companies: luxury brand Kering; shoemaker Zalando; men’s clothing powerhouse PVH; and fashion retailing maverick C&A” (27 Mar).

Sustainability in supply chains remains front of mind for industry: A blog post from Just-Style covering industry initiatives aimed at supply chain sustainability, reinforcing how this has become a top priority for the fashion, apparel and textile industry (27 Mar).

The next wave of sustainable fashion is all about regenerative farming: “The promise that regenerative farming practices could literally reverse climate change is staggering, but there's data to back it — and pioneering companies like Patagonia, Kering and Prana are investing in it as a result” (27 Mar).

Fast fashion slow down: “Can fast fashion be forced to slow down? Lucy Siegle reports” (27 Mar – 28-minute podcast).

Fashion for Good and Plug & Play: 59 sustainable startups to know: “Since spring 2017, Fashion for Good, together with startup accelerator Plug and Play and corporate partners, has been promoting startups from all over the world that are working towards this goal. FashionUnited has put together all 59 extraordinary companies at a glance” (26 Mar).

IOM and the Fair Labor Association sign memorandum of understanding to promote ethical recruitment, protect migrant workers: “The International Organization for Migration and the Fair Labor Association yesterday (26/03) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote cooperation and mutual assistance in relation to ethical recruitment and protection of migrant workers in global supply chains” (26 Mar).

Full disclosure: toward better modern slavery reporting: “A new report, Full Disclosure: Toward Better Modern Slavery Reporting, by ICAR and Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) takes stock of progress made under current modern slavery reporting requirements and issues recommendations to improve these laws and corporate reporting practices under them” (26 Mar).

UN launches drive to highlight environmental cost of staying fashionable: “In a bid to halt the fashion industry’s environmentally and socially destructive practices, and harness the catwalk as a driver to improve the world’s ecosystems, 10 different United Nations organizations established the UN Alliance on Sustainable Fashion, launched during the 2019 UN Environment Assembly, which took place in Nairobi in March” (25 Mar).

Scientists to produce plastic replacement with yeast derivatives: “There is a potential now to use yeast, or indeed other microbes, to produce the molecules that are used to make biodegradable plastics” (25 Mar).

Apparel industry urged to adopt transparency requirements: “In response to requests from trade unions, and other independent labour rights and human rights organisations, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) voted to require its company affiliates to publicly disclose their supplier lists. If the FLA follows this decision with robust enforcement of this requirement for its member companies, it could be a significant development towards greater transparency and corporate accountability for garment workers’ rights in global supply chains” (25 Mar).

Realizing the Benefits of Digital Tools in Worker Engagement Efforts: “This white paper seeks to promote broader – and meaningful – adoption of digital tools (phones, tablets, and web sites accessed via SMS, smartphone apps, hotlines, polls, social media, or other methods) used to gather information from workers in global supply chains about their needs, working conditions and experiences” (Mar 2019). [Ed’s note: the report provides numerous examples from the field, including Amada Kotha, &Wider, Apprise, Gajimu Garment, Ganaz, and others.]

THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Bangladesh  

Global investors now seek BGMEA support: “A coalition of 190 global investors has urged the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to negotiate with the government for the extension of the Accord in the country. The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), based in New York, sent a letter to BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman this week, seeking his support so that the Accord can operate until the Remediation Coordination Council (RCC) takes over the charge of inspection and remediation of garment factories” (27 Mar).

Accord finds faults in all 35 boilers of 17 Bangladesh RMG units: “Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a platform of European brands and buyers, has found safety faults in all the readymade garment factory boilers it inspected recently under a pilot programme in Bangladesh. Under the programme, the platform inspected 35 boilers of 17 Accord-covered RMG factories and found faults in all the boilers, the platform said in a statement. According to the summery of findings, 19 of the 35 inspected boilers could not undergo all stages of inspection as the boiler equipment at the factories was inadequate or defective” (26 Mar).

  • Deprioritising worker safety hurts industrial growth: “Workplace safety in the industrial sector improves but slowly, taking toll on worker’s lives. In recent times, boiler explosions have been a major safety concern. In five years, as Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies records say, at least 69 died and 237 became injured in such explosions in factories across the country” (27 Mar).

Cambodia

PM supports fired W&D garment factory workers: “Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday appealed to the owners of W&D Garment Company to allow more than 1,000 garment factory workers to return to work after they were fired for holding a strike that started in December” (26 Mar).

·        W&D workers back to factory following Hun Sen’s appeal: “W&D Garment Company has accepted the return of more than 1,000 of its sacked workers following an appeal by Prime Minister Hun Sen” (28 Mar).

Hun Sen plays down risk from EU trade sanctions as delegation arrives in Cambodia: “Hun Sen told garment workers in Pursat province the Cambodian economy could stay afloat without the added competitiveness provided by the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme” (26 Mar).

Ethiopia

Ethiopia: workers strike for a union in Hawassa industrial park: “With no commitment towards addressing their grievances, thousands of textile and garment workers at Ethiopia’s biggest industrial park, Hawassa, went on strike 13-15 March demanding that the employers act on sexual harassment, improve health and safety and increase wages” (26 Mar).

India

How this intimate apparel factory manufacturing for the likes of Victoria’s Secret and Calvin Klein is empowering 18,000 women in rural Andhra Pradesh: “Pachipala Dora Swamy, HerStory’s Women on A Mission awardee for HeForHer, speaks about how his intimate apparel company Brandix India is helping thousands of rural women in Andhra Pradesh” (28 Mar).

Gram Vaani helps Tamil Nadu garment workers air their grievances: “A social technology company incubated at IIT Delhi, with the help of labour unions in the textile hubs of Tamil Nadu, has managed to bring forth steady and sustainable change in such unregulated work environments in the last 18 months. The company, Gram Vaani, has been addressing the gap with its interactive voice response (IVR) technology, combined with free-to-air mobile radio stations in Chennai, Dindigul and a recently launched one in Tirupur — all hubs in the global textile and garment manufacturing supply chain” (27 Mar).

Indonesia

Blood Money: Indonesian wage theft and the massacre premium: A long article tracing the lack of powerful worker voices in Indonesia today back to the 1965 massacres of 500,000 communists another others (which led to the Suharto presidency). Jeff Winters calls the low-wage result the “massacre premium” (01 Apr – behind paywall).

Macedonia

Towards living wages in North Macedonia: “There are about 40,000 workers in the textile, clothing, leather and shoe industries in North Macedonia. IndustriAll-affiliated STKC has organized 4,000 of them, and there is considerable potential for union growth” (21 Mar).

Mexico

Tamaulipas strike losses now estimated at US $500 million: “Strikes in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, have generated losses of around half a billion dollars, according to a business group. Luis Aguirre Lang, president of the National Council of the Maquiladora Industry (Index Nacional), said “the illegal stoppages and the cancellation of some orders” have cost businesses between US $500 million and $600 million” (22 Mar).

Morocco

Morocco FTA coverage expands for women’s clothing: “Preferential treatment under the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement will expand to imports of additional women’s clothing, including skirts, blouses and trousers, from Morocco starting April 1, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced” (21 Mar).

Myanmar

Campaigners target firms doing business with Myanmar’s military: “Several groups representing the Rohingya diaspora have come out in favour of the sanctions, arguing the military’s economic interests extend to garment factories and withdrawing trade privileges would help amp up the pressure” (28 Mar).

MANUFACTURERS

TSCA data release does little to end PV29 controversy: “The US EPA’s decision to release additional information underlying its TSCA risk evaluation of pigment violet 29 has not ended the ongoing controversy around the confidentiality of health and safety data, Chemical Watch has learned” (28 Mar).

HKRITA wins Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019: G2G – A Mini Mill within The Mills: “The G2G is a mini production line that recycles post-consumer garments into clean and wearable clothes. It is located at The Mills, a revitalized art and cultural complex in Hong Kong” (26 Mar).

Trident rallies 5% on receiving US patent for environment-friendly fabric: “The present invention enables Trident to manufacture fabric for bed & bath products without the use of chemically harmful fibers” (26 Mar).

Sewing robots set to bring jobs to Little Rock, fight foreign labor: “The idea behind one textile manufacturing plant of the future was dreamed up in a one-story industrial building on Atlanta's west side. Twenty-four “Sewbots” [by SoftWear Automation] will soon churn out a shirt about every 30 seconds in a new factory in Arkansas” (26 Mar).

Biotechnology meets fashion and sports performance: Trends in the apparel industry: “Here are three examples of innovative companies — in Tokyo, New York, and Berkeley — that are letting nature show the way to better, more sustainable materials in a quest to alter the fashion and apparel industries forever” (26 Mar). [Ed’s note: companies are Spiber, EcoVative Design and MycoFlex.]

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

Aldo: Sustainability Analyst (Montreal)

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

Amazon: Japan Environmental Manager (Tokyo)

Ascena Retail Group: Director, Supply Chain Sustainability (Hong Kong)

Asos: Sustainable Sourcing Administrator (London)

Bestseller: Sustainability Reporting & Communications Manager (Copenhagen, Aarhus, Brande or Amsterdam)

Bestseller: Sustainability Lead for Owned & Operated Buildings and Indirect Procurement (Aarhus, Brande or Copenhagen)

BSR: Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability (New York)

BSR: Human Rights Director (Paris or San Francisco)

Burton: Sustainability Analyst (Burlington, Vermont)

Chanel: Group Director, US Corporate Social Responsibility (Piscataway, New Jersey or New York)

Columbia Sportswear: Product Sustainability Manager (Happy Valley, Oregon )

Common Objective: Content Editor/Writer (London)

Common Objective: Product Designer (UX/UI) (London)

Common Objective: Office Manager (London)

Fair Trade: Brand Partnerships Program Manager, Apparel and Home Goods (Oakland, California)

Fashion for Good: Manager Innovation Platform (Amsterdam)

Fashion for Good: Digital Marketing Intern (Amsterdam)

Fashion for Good: Experience Hosts (Amsterdam)

Fashion Revolution: Global Network Manager (London or nearby)

Impactt: Marketing Manager (London)

Levi Strauss: Sr. Analyst, Global Product Sustainability (San Francisco)

Lululemon: Social Responsibility & Compliance Manager (Vancouver)

Lululemon: Global Manager, Corporate and Retail Sustainability (Vancouver)

Lululemon: Director, Product Sustainability (Vancouver)

Lululemon: Director, Product and Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

Nanushka: Sustainability Manager (Budapest)

* Nike: Sustainability Professional II (Jakarta)

Organic Cotton Accelerator: Program Officer (Amsterdam area)

Patagonia: Head of Supply Chain Environmental Responsibility (Ventura, California)

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

PVH: Corporate Responsibility Coordinator, Programs & Operations (New York)

PVH: Sr Manager, Corporate Responsibility (Transparency & Engagement) (New York)

Redress: Sustainable Fashion Associate (Hong Kong)

Redress: Creative Media Designer (Hong Kong)

Selfridges: Senior Sustainability Manager (London)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition: Senior Manager of Verification (San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam, or Hong Kong)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition: Senior Manager of Higg Facility Tools (San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam, or Hong Kong)

Ted Baker: Sustainability Coordinator (London)

Ted Baker: Ethical and Sustainability Assistant (London)

Ted Baker: Ethical Specialist (London)

Tommy Hilfiger: Corporate Responsibility Manager (Amsterdam)

* VF: Manager, Sustainable Products Data (Denver, Colorado)

Wolverine: Product Sustainability Manager (Rockford, Michigan)

Zalando: Director Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (Berlin)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]

08 – 11 April, Budapest: 4th Global Sustainable Fashion Week: “press conference, international conferences, workshops, eco fashion shows and cultural programs.”

09 – 10 April, Amsterdam: Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference: “How brands can transform factories, increase transparency and implement circularity in fashion and textile supply chains.”

10 April, New York: Building a Global Human Rights Program: “By Elizabeth Pulos, an Associate Manager of Social Compliance at Macy’s.”

11 April, Toronto: Ontario’s Textile Diversion Symposium: “this Symposium will delve into various textile diversion strategies…”

17 April, Northampton, UK: Half Day Understanding REACH Training Course: “Understanding the differences between the Candidate List, Annex XVII and Annex XIV.”

19 April, New York: Principles of Fair Fashion: “This course provides an overview of what sustainability actually means and how your organization can move beyond CSR.”

23 – 26 April, Northampton, UK: 4 Day Practical Leather Technology Training Course: “Ideal for those who are heavily involved with leather, such as supply chain staff, tannery staff, leather buyers, footwear technologists or those who need to top up their leather technology knowledge.”

24 April, Los Angles: The Future of Design Workshop: Presented by Sustainable Apparel Coalition for  fashion designers and product developers.

24 – 25 April, Brussels: Circular - Bio-based - Digital: the Keys to Europe's Textile Future: Annual Textile ETP Conference and General Assembly.

02 May, Dhaka: Bangladesh Fashionology Summit: Transparency through technology, technology for decent work and environment, future skills development.

08 May, Manchester, UK: Time for Change – Facing up to fashion’s sustainability and ethical challenges: ASBCI’s 2019 Spring Conference.

15 – 16 May, Copenhagen: Copenhagen Fashion Summit: “Join us this May when fashion’s most visionary and innovative minds gather to discuss the most critical issues facing our industry and planet.”

03 – 06 June: Detroit: SB’19 Detroit: “Navigate your brand’s sustainability journey to deliver business success,” by Sustainable Brands.

10 – 12 June, London: Ethical Corporation’s 18th Responsible Business Summit Europe: “It’s time to Lead: Innovate, Engage and Collaborate.”

12 June, Northampton, UK: 1 Day Chemical Compliance and Product Safety Training Course: “On this chemical course, our in-house chemical expert will guide you through the various legislations and chemicals in a simple step-by-step process, ensuring that you are aware of your obligation and how to comply.” (For the leather industry.)

18 – 20 June, Minneapolis, USA: Circularity 19: “Circularity 19 will bring together more than 500 thought leaders and practitioners to define and accelerate the circular economy.”

22 June, Barcelona: Planet Textiles 2019: “The 10th edition of Planet Textiles will be a seminal event on sustainability in the textile manufacturing sector and will see an unrivalled gathering of experts from the entire fashion value chain.”

08 September, Dhaka, Bangladesh: GOTS Bangladesh Seminar 2019: For sponsorship or speaking opportunities Sumit Gupta at the link.

15 – 18 October: Vancouver: Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference: Textile Exchange call for breakout presentations.

05 November: Dhaka, Bangladesh: Sustainable Apparel Forum: 2nd edition of a forum facilitate by the Bangladesh Apparel Exchange.

12 – 14 November, San Jose, California: BSR Conference: Note: this link is only to sign up for updates; registration will begin in May.

(Photo Andrea Candraja, 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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