THIS ISSUE  

Brands in this issue include: Adidas, Aldi, Coop, Decathlon, Fast Retailing, Gap, G-Star RAW, Gucci, Hugo Boss, H&M, Inditex, KiK, Levi Straus, Lidl, Nike, Nile, Otto, Primark, Puma, Under Armour, and Zalando (evaluated on supply chain wages), Decathlon (sets science-based targets, joins UNFCCC), G-Star RAW (signs up to global fair wages campaign), Guess and IKEA (make climate targets pledge), Veja (releases the world’s first “post-petroleum” running shoe), and more.

Recently released reports:

In general news:

  • Investing in fashion – returns over ethical conscience?

  • Study: Factory audits fail to protect garment workers

  • Ethical fashion campaigner Livia Firth: ‘We have turned a corner finally’

  • Victoria Beckham criticised for ‘plastic pollution’ Instagram post

  • Funeral farewell to London Fashion Week by Extinction Rebellion

  • How LFW set the stage for sustainability

  • Can fashion stop climate change?

  • How the fashion industry is responding to climate change

  • Key study highlights early impacts of BCI on smallholder cotton farmers in India

  • ThredUp, H&M and Calvin Klein to attend Decoded Future summit in New York

  • The importance of chemical management as part of a textile sustainability strategy

  • Which cotton merchants and mills are sourcing the largest volumes of ‘Better Cotton’?

  • Greenwashing: What it is & how to pinpoint brands that do it

In the supply chain

  • Bangladesh: 50 small RMG units shut in six months

  • Cambodia: raised textile workers’ wages; 3 garment workers die in road crash

  • India: nonylphenol content in Tapi is 8 times beyond limit: Study

  • Romania/Bulgaria: garment workers denied basic rights

  • Vietnam: lawmakers oppose increase in annual overtime cap; textile and garment enterprises must pay more attention to chemical management

Manufacturers in this issue include: Baldwin Technology (zero chemical waste in fabric finishing), Lycra (announces new solutions for the circular economy), and more.

Sustainable fashion jobs: 7 new job listed this issue (at Ace & Tate, Asos, G-Star RAW, Lidl, Michael Kors, prAna, and Quiz Clothing).

Quotes of the week:

  • “Twenty years of voluntary measures have not led to significant improvements in wages.” Public Eye, in a survey of 45 fashion brands and living wages in supply chains (19 Sep).

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

FROM ECOTEXTILE NEWS    

G-Star Raw signs up to global fair wages campaign: “Denim brand G-Star RAW has become the first Dutch company to sign up to the ACT initiative which campaigns for workers in the garment, textile and footwear industries to be paid a living wage” (23 Sep).

Decathlon sets science-based targets, joins UNFCCC: “Sporting goods retailer Decathlon is the latest signatory of the UN’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (UNFCCC), a commitment further underpinned by its concurrent announcement of new emission reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)” (23 Sep).

Award-winning researchers call for new sustainability approach: “The Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion (UCRF), which has won the inaugural North Star Award at EcoAge’s Green Carpet Fashion Awards at Milan Fashion Week, says the industry must take a fundamentally different approach to sustainability” (23 Sep).

Guess, IKEA make climate targets pledge: “87 companies from across industry, which are said to hold a combined market capitalisation of US$2.3 trillion, say they will commit to setting science-based climate targets to mitigate a global temperature increase of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels; this, ahead of the United Nation’s Climate Action Summit in New York today” (23 Sep).

BRANDS & RETAILERS

Ethical sneaker label Veja releases the world’s first “post-petroleum” running shoe: “Today, Veja is releasing The Condor, which breaks new ground in terms of sneaker sustainability. Veja has dubbed it the world’s first “post-petroleum” sneaker. It’s also the brand’s first running shoe. Ninety-nine per cent of materials used in running shoes is plastic – specifically a polymer that is 99 per cent petroleum. We chuck out hundreds of thousands of such sneakers every year, which end up out of sight, and out of mind. But not out of existence” (20 Sep).

Evaluation of textile enterprises 2019: “In 2014, Public Eye evaluated the textile companies’ pay policy on their supply chain. Some brands said they were making efforts, mentioning voluntary programs and initiatives. Five years later, have these commitments been fulfilled? What progress has been made to guarantee a living wage for the staff of suppliers? How many people in producing countries today receive such a salary? … Of the 45 firms surveyed, only 27 have committed to guaranteeing a living wage on their supply chain. The main finding of our assessment is very disappointing : only two brands - Swiss Nile and Italian Gucci  - provided us with indications that some of the workers on their supply chain are receiving a living wage” (19 Sep – in French). [Ed’s note: brand evaluated include Adidas, Aldi, Coop, Decathlon, Fast Retailing, Gap, G-Star RAW, Hugo Boss, H&M, Inditex, KiK, Levi Straus, Lidl, Nike, Otto, Primark, Puma, Under Armour, and Zalando.]

  • Swiss fashion brands slow to ensure living wage: “Campaigners are calling on Swiss fashion brands to step up efforts to ensure workers in their supply chains are treated fairly. The latest analysis by civil society shows Swiss firms are not meeting global standards on transparency and a living wage. Of the 19 Swiss brands evaluated by Swiss NGO Public Eye, only clothing brand Nile confirms that at least some of the workers in its supply chain are paid a living wage” (19 Sep).

NEWS & REPORTS   

Investing in fashion – returns over ethical conscience? “Investing in fashion can generate good returns but at what point does environmental responsibility kick in - from the point of view of the fashion industry or investors? Lucinda Gregory of The Share Centre gives an overview” (23 Sep).

Study: Factory audits fail to protect garment workers: “The findings from a labor rights group could be worth a review by promotional products companies that source apparel internationally” (23 Sep).

Ethical fashion campaigner Livia Firth: ‘We have turned a corner finally’: “Ethical fashion used to be unfashionable. When Livia Firth launched her consultancy, Eco-Age, a decade ago, she says, “it was something no one was talking about”. During the current round of fashion shows – from Extinction Rebellion’s protests to dresses made from recycled plastic bottles – people have talked about little else. In the last two months, says Firth, “we have turned a corner finally. It is a beautiful moment, but it is also very dangerous. Fast fashion is the first offender in sustainability and there is greenwashing at a level there has never been before”” (22 Sep).

Victoria Beckham criticised for ‘plastic pollution’ Instagram post: “Victoria Beckham has been criticised by some of her fan base for posting about plastic pollution on Instagram” (21 Sep).

Funeral farewell to London Fashion Week by Extinction Rebellion: “The London Fashion Week ended on funereal note with the Extinction Rebellion’s protest outside the venue of the fashion week in London.  The group criticized the fashion industry for being one of the major offenders in the climate crisis” (20 Sep).

How LFW set the stage for sustainability: “September is a big month on the fashion calendar - both in the UK and globally - thanks to London Fashion Week taking place. Now that the bi-annual event has come to a close, just how effective was this year's #PositiveFashion theme that focused on sustainability?” (20 Sep).

Can fashion stop climate change? “Limiting the damage from climate change requires cutting net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, and every industry has a part to play. The fashion industry is responsible for around 5% of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions, and that percentage is set to grow. Most emissions come from raw materials, so improving the way we produce polyester and cotton could have a huge impact. Challenging the current fast fashion ethos of the industry is going to be essential in the fight against global warming” (20 Sep).

How the fashion industry is responding to climate change: “And if there’s one industry out there that knows something about trends, it’s the fashion industry. Long known for churning out cheap garments and burning through resources, some fashion labels like fast fashion giant H&M are now embracing sustainable fashion trends. But can this industry—which is responsible for 8% of global carbon emissions—really shed its wasteful business model in favor of one with a lower carbon footprint? Marc Bain, a fashion reporter at Quartz, Maxine Bédat from the New Standard Institute, and Linda Greer, global policy fellow with the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs talk with Ira about the industry’s effort to reduce its climate impact” (20 Sep – 36:06-minute podcast).

Key study highlights early impacts of BCI on smallholder cotton farmers in India: “BCI Farmers in southern India are adopting Better Cotton Principles at high rates, according to a key study that enables the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to improve our impact potential throughout the region and beyond. The three-year independent impact study, ‘Evaluation of the Early Impacts of the Better Cotton Initiative on Smallholder Cotton Producers in Kurnool District, India’, was conducted from 2015 to 2018. The research, funded by the Ford Foundation and commissioned by the ISEAL Alliance, monitored farmers’ participation in BCI activities, through a baseline assessment (2015), an interim monitoring exercise (2017), and a final evaluation (2018). Despite challenges faced by the project’s smallholder farmers like widespread illiteracy of farmers, small average landholding size, unpredictable rainfall, and an under-regulated agrochemicals market among others, the report indicated early positive progress in organising farmers, raising awareness on a range of more sustainable practices, and increased uptake of some practices including improved crop protection” (19 Sep).

ThredUp, H&M and Calvin Klein to attend Decoded Future summit in New York: “The one-day summit, which held its inaugural event in New York last year, will take place at Convene at 117 W 46th Street on October 18. Founded by trend intelligence service Stylus, the summit will discuss contemporary trends and their effect on brands, with a focus on sustainability and social good” (19 Sep).

The importance of chemical management as part of a textile sustainability strategy: “In the textile industry previous chemical management strategies have often relied on Restricted Substance Lists or “RSLs,” which focus on restricting the chemicals present in or on a finished product. However, this is no longer an area where having the classic RSL model is enough because while managing to an RSL is important, a majority of chemicals used in the production and manufacturing of textile products do NOT end up in or on the finished product. Herein lies the problem and the opportunity, as well as the responsibility to manage hazardous chemicals used in the production and manufacturing stages. To address these challenges, companies are increasingly beginning to utilize the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) program’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) as a mechanism to address and reduce the use of hazardous chemicals at the beginning of the manufacturing and production process, as opposed to at the end” (19 Sep).

Which cotton merchants and mills are sourcing the largest volumes of ‘Better Cotton’? “As demand for Better Cotton – cotton grown by licensed BCI Farmers in line with the Better Cotton Principles and Criteria – increases, more and more organisations throughout the cotton supply chain are joining the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and supporting increased uptake of Better Cotton*. Earlier in the year, we announced the BCI Retailer and Brand Members that sourced the largest volumes of cotton as Better Cotton in 2018. Now we are launching the Cotton Merchants and Mills Leaderboard. The Merchants and Mills Leaderboard highlights the top 20 cotton merchants and top 50 mills, based on volumes of cotton sourced as Better Cotton. Access the 2018 Better Cotton Leaderboard” (18 Sep).

Greenwashing: What it is & how to pinpoint brands that do it: “It’s becoming increasingly apparent (I mean, our planet is literally on fire) that we need to start integrating sustainability and eco-friendly practices into our everyday lives, and businesses are jumping on the bandwagon. It seems like everyday brands are releasing “eco-friendly” products or promoting a new sustainability initiative. Some of these initiatives are important and impactful. But let’s face it, a fair amount of the initiatives you see are mostly for show without meaningful action. Enter, greenwashing” (18 Sep).

SUPPLY CHAIN 

Bangladesh 

50 small RMG units shut in six months: “About 50,000 workers have lost their jobs as 50 small and medium-sized garment factories have shuttered their operations since April mainly because of higher cost of production and lower prices offered by foreign buyers. The closure will take the number of SME apparel factories that went out of business in the last one year to more than 200 units, according to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA)” (22 Sep).

Cambodia 

Cambodia, faced with losing European trade status, raises textile workers’ wages: “Cambodia on Friday raised next year’s legal minimum wage for workers in its crucial textiles and footwear industry to $190 per month, an increase of 4.4%, amid pressure from the European Union over its human rights and political record, officials said” (20 Sep).

Three garment workers die in road crash: “Three garment workers were killed after the motorcycles they were riding on were hit by an overtaking pickup truck on National Road 41 in Kampong Speu province on Wednesday, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training said. A truck carrying 28 garment workers was also involved in the crash, which happened at around 6:25pm” (20 Sep).

India

Nonylphenol content in Tapi is 8 times beyond limit: Study: “Findings of a study by Delhi-based Toxics Link has found alarming levels of ‘Nonylphenol’ a toxic chemical in Tapi river waters … Release of untreated water and textile effluents into Tapi by over 150 industrial units located in the jurisdiction of Surat Urban Development Authority is a major source of pollution in Tapi river” (22 Sep).

Romania/Bulgaria

Made in Eastern Europe: Garment workers denied basic rights: “Widespread mistreatment reported at Romanian and Bulgarian garment factories, including unpaid overtime and bullying … On July 10, on the outskirts of Covasna, a small mountainous town in Romania's central region of Transylvania, about 30 garment factory workers who were recently made redundant launched a protest outside their workplace - the Textile Blue Wash factory. With the building's gate locked behind them, and its yard empty, they demanded their jobs back and called for salaries of up to two months to be paid” (22 Sep).

Vietnam 

Lawmakers oppose increase in annual overtime cap: “Vietnamese lawmakers are opposed to a proposal that will increase the maximum allowed overtime from 300 to 400 hours per year. Current laws dictate that a worker’s maximum number of overtime hours cannot exceed half the number of working hours per day, 30 hours per month and 300 hours per year” (21 Sep).

Textile and garment enterprises must pay more attention to chemical management: “Textile and garment enterprises consume a large amount of chemicals for their production activities. However, most have paid little attention to chemical management, leading to passive reactions when any incident occurs, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has said” (20 Sep).

MANUFACTURERS   

Zero chemical waste in fabric finishing with TexCoat G4: “With contactless spraying technology for fabric finishing, TexCoat G4 saves 50% in chemical, water and energy consumption. This important solution by Baldwin Technology attracted great interest from visitor during ITMA 2019” (20 Sep).

The Lycra Company announces new solutions for the circular economy under its planet agenda sustainability platform: “The Lycra Company announced today that it is amplifying its Planet Agenda sustainability platform with the launch of Lycra EcoMade fiber, its first branded elastane made with pre-consumer content. The company also announced plans to convert the majority of Coolmax and Thermolite fiber products to include recycled content by the end of 2021. The official launch will take place at Intertextile Shanghai, September 25-27” (19 Sep).

SUSTAINABLE FASHION JOBS

[New listings or updated information marked with *]  

* Ace & Tate: Corporate Social Responsibility Intern (Amsterdam)

Amaro: Sustainability & Social Impact Lead (São Paulo)

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

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

Arcadia Group: Ethical Trading Manager (London)

* Asos: Ethical Trade Assistant (London)

C&A Sourcing: Environmental Project Manager (Hong Kong)

C&A Sourcing: Chemicals Project Manager (Hong Kong)

C&A Sourcing: SSC Manager for China Sourcing Office (Shanghai)

C&A Foundation: Data Analyst (Gurgaon)

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

Canada Goose: Sustainability Programs Specialist (Toronto)

CIEL Textile Company: Sustainability Officer (Mauritius)

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

Cotton On: Environmental Project Lead (Geelong)

Disney: Director, Environmental Science and Policy Analysis (Glendale, CA)

Elevate: Sustainability Analyst (Hong Kong)

* G-Star RAW: Intern Corporate Strategy (Amsterdam)

Global Brands Group: Social & Environmental Affairs Officer (London)

Good Weave: Director, Apparel and Fashion Jewelry (Washington DC)

Guess: Apparel Testing & Environmental Sustainability Specialist (Bioggio)

H&M: Country - Sustainability Developer (Environment) (Guangzhou)

Hugo Boss: Manager Corporate Sustainability Reporting (Stuttgart)

Hugo Boss: Corporate Sustainability Manager (Metzingen)

Impactt: Senior Consultant – Social Auditing (London)

Indigo: Specialist, Product Quality & Sustainability (Toronto)

ISKO: CSR Marketing Expert (London)

KAS: Senior Project Specialist (Hong Kong)

Kathmandu: Project Manager (Christchurch, NZ)

Kmart Australia: Human Rights Manager (Melbourne)

Levi Strauss: LEAN Project Manager Distribution (Unna)

Levi Strauss: Manager, Global Product Strategy (San Francisco, CA)

Li & Fung: Assistant Manager - Vendor Compliance (Hong Kong)

* Lidl: Compliance Administrator (Hong Kong)

Lojas Renner: Sustainability Environmental Analyst (Shanghai)

Lululemon: Director, Chemicals & Materials Sustainability (Vancouver)

Makeshirt: Kommunikationspraktikant (Copenhagen)

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

* Michael Kors: Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (New York)

Nakd: Corporate Social Responsibility Internship (Gothenburg)

Nike: Sustainabilty Professional II (Jakarta)

Nike: Environmental Health & Safety Manager - Air MI (Phoenix, AZ)

Nike: Community Impact Director Latam (Mexico City)

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

* prAna: Sourcing Analyst (San Diego, CA)

PVH: Corporate Responsibility Coordinator (Amsterdam)

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

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

Ralph Lauren: Director, Sustainability (New York)

Ralph Lauren: Associate, Global Employee Communications & Philanthropy (New York)

QuizRR: Internal Sales Representative (Stockholm)

REI: Director, Communications and Public Affairs (Kent WA)

Seasalt: Product Compliance and Ethics Intern (Falmouth)

SML: Manager – Global Sustainability (Hong Kong)

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

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

Sustainable Apparel coalition: Operations Coordinator, Europe (Amsterdam)

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

The North Face: Director, Global Sustainability (Denver, CO)

Tommy Hilfiger: Communications Manager Sustainability (Amsterdam)

Turnahead: Sustainability Manager (Bangladesh)

Uniqlo: Sustainability Officer (Bangkok)

University of Leeds: Research Fellow in Sustainable Materials and Renewable Fibres (Leeds)

Unravelau: Internship Sustainability Researcher (Utrecht)

Velcro Companies: EHS Manager (Somersworth, NH)

Walmart: Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (Beijing)

Wardrobe: Director of Operations (New York)

WSR: Director of Outreach and Communications (New York)

ZDHC: Legal Intern (Amsterdam)

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS                                        

[New listings or updated information marked with *]  

27 September, Webinar: An overview of the proposed Chemical Act vs the current Hazardous Substance Act (in Thailand): “Thailand published the 1st draft of the “Chemical Act” which will replace the currently effective Hazardous Substance Act and its amendments.”

09 October, Northampton, UK: Leather Training Course: “The improved understanding you will gain from this leather course will help you to avoid problems when sourcing and specifying leather products as well as providing confidence when dealing with suppliers, manufacturers, and tanners.”

09 – 10 October, San Diego: The Responsible Business Summit West 2019: “The Responsible Business Summit West focuses on what business needs to do to show leadership on key social and environmental challenges and opportunities.”

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

10 – 15 October, Los Angeles: Vegan Fashion Week: “This event is designed to empower conscious brands and humans globally with an elevated platform for achievement, inspiration, and discovery.”

11 October, Coimbatore: Top Ten Best Practices – ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

15 – 18 October: Vancouver: Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference: Driving impact through integrity and preferred fiber & materials.

16 October, Delhi: Top Ten Best Practices – ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should con tact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

18 October, London: Kingpin Transformers: Ed: “the first of what we hope will be an annual educational conference focusing on fashion students who are still at university and are about to enter the wider fashion industry.”

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

21 – 25 October, Turin: International Labour Standards and Corporate Social Responsibility: “course offered by the International Training Centre of the ILO.”

22 October, Amsterdam: Kingpins Transformers: Catalysts: “At our Catalysts edition of Kingpins Transformers, we will spotlight the members of the denim supply chain focused on redefining the rules for the future.”

23 October, Dhaka: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

23 – 24 October: Amsterdam: European Textile Polyester Summit 2019: “an insight into the European polyester market and its drivers and developments, as well as focus on feedstock availability and sustainability challenges.”

29 October, Shanghai: Top Ten Best Practices – ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

29 – 30 October: Washington DC: “Brands Taking Stands – What’s next?”: “bringing corporate leaders together on a fast-paced main stage, keenly focused on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind their thinking.”

30 October, Istanbul: Top Ten Best Practices – ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should con tact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

01 November: Hong Kong: Crisis Management & Modern Slavery: “[The Mekong Club’s] intensive 3.5-hour workshop will equip you with the right tools to anticipate and prepare for a crisis, and teach you how to use crisis management principles effectively. A realistic modern slavery crisis scenario will be used so participants can practice these principles.”

04 – 05 November: Stockholm: Transforming Products for the Circular Economy: “This two-day forum will feature leading innovators, product designers, manufacturers and brands using Cradle to Cradle Certified to design and make safe, healthy materials and products for the circular economy.”

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

07 November, Chennai: 1 Day Chemical Compliance & Product Safety in the Supply Chain: “Manufacturers and suppliers who attend this one-day course can understand the importance of RSL and MRSL obligations for their business, key restricted substances and topical global legislation, as well as best practice guidance for implementation of MRSL compliance to satisfy the leather, footwear and apparel industries.”

12 – 14 November, San Jose, California: BSR Conference: “The 27th annual BSR Conference, one of the longest-running and most prestigious sustainable business events. This year, we will explore the transformations that are creating a new climate for business and help to pave the way for companies, people, and planet to thrive in this era of rapid change.”

13 November, New York: Leather, Compliance & Sustainability New York Conference (organised by Eurofins | BLC and held at Tapestry HQ): “Calling all brands and retailers: How to ensure your brand is compliant with chemistry legislation and can take advantage of the opportunity of adding value through sustainability.”

14 November, Brussels: Ready, Set, Substitute it Now!ChemSec invites you to a full-day event, which will include messages from policy makers, inspiration from progressive companies and hard facts from scientists, as well as panel discussions and workshops on how to best substitute hazardous chemicals.”

20 November, Delhi: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

20 November, Hong Kong: Half Day Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Training Course: This half-day leather sustainability course covers key aspects of traceability and material sourcing, chemical management risks, environmental impacts and stewardship, NGO activity and the leather life cycle.”

22 November, Coimbatore: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

26 November, Dhaka: Higg FEM 3.0 training: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

03 December, Northampton, UK: Leather Training Course: “The improved understanding you will gain from this leather course will help you to avoid problems when sourcing and specifying leather products as well as providing confidence when dealing with suppliers, manufacturers, and tanners.”

11 – 12 December, Istanbul: Chemical Management - ZDHC: Training by Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS) – Those interested in attending should contact: roy.rima@sustexsolutions.com

11 – 12 February, Cologne: 1st International Conference on Cellulose Fibres: “New International Conference on Cellulose Fibres, the fastest growing fibre group in textiles, the largest investment sector in the bio-based economy and the solution for avoiding microplastics.”

11 March, London: Drapers Sustainable Fashion 2020: “[With a] focus on collaborating for change within the fashion retail industry.”

(Photo by Manolo Franco, 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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