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  • Running brand On rolls out sportswear subscription service
    Swiss high-performance running brand On has announced a new subscription-based service to drive zero waste in sportswear and bring fully recyclable sportswear to consumers. Read more »
  • Fashion Industry Charter launches climate action playbook
    Signatories of the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action have developed a new guide to help companies identify what climate actions to take and which initiatives and programmes could take them closer to decarbonisation. Read more »
  • Sustainability initiatives team up to align resources
    Amid growing concerns and confusion over the sheer number - and duplication - of fashion industry sustainability efforts, four organisations have formed a new alliance to take the first steps towards integrating their sustainability initiatives into a shared resource. Read more »
  • New digital tagging project could transform fashion
    Microsoft has partnered with Internet of Things platform Eon on a project that aims to provide millions of garments with a digital identity to allow brands and retailers to track their products and tap into circular business models such as resale, reuse and recycling when each item reaches its end of life. Read more »
  • New IP-Realtime tool helps boost manufacturing productivity
    Production systems developer IPE is launching a new plant floor visibility and control solution to help boost productivity and efficiency for sewn products and other textile-related manufacturers. Read more »
  • Cone Denim offers forensic verification of cotton origin
    Cone Denim has partnered with supply chain traceability specialist Oritain in a move it claims makes it the first denim mill globally to provide forensic verification of cotton traceability. Read more »
  • UK retail sales continue to rise but clothing falls behind
    UK retailers enjoyed a fourth consecutive month of sales growth in August, but clothing sales are still down on their pre-pandemic levels. Read more »
  • Top stories this week on just-style...
    Top stories on just-style this week include H&M Group cutting ties with a Xinjiang yarn mill following allegations it was engaged in forced labour, while five new US detention orders have been issued on cotton and apparel from the region. Turkey's clothing manufacturing sector has reached an agreement with brand buyers regarding late payments, and Next Plc is to acquire a majority stake in the UK business of Victoria's Secret. Read more »
  • Jack Wolfskin rolls out Germany's 'Green button' eco-label
    Outdoor gear and clothing retailer Jack Wolfskin is rolling out products bearing the 'Grüner Knopf' (Green Button) textile seal - the German government's eco-label for sustainable clothing and textiles. Read more »
  • Debenhams owner puts Magasin du Nord up for sale?
    Celine, the hedge fund owner of Debenhams, has reportedly put its Danish business Magasin du Nord up for sale. Read more »
  • Next optimistic despite H1 profit plunge
    UK retailer Next has booked a 97% drop in pre-tax profits for the first half of the year but has remained optimistic, raising its full-year guidance for the second time in two months.  Read more »
  • Report kick-starts standard for setting net-zero targets
    A new process has been launched to develop the first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero targets, in a bid to ensure that company commitments to reach net-zero emissions by the middle of the century will actually meet these goals. Read more »
  • Brandix backs plans for renewable energy in Sri Lanka
    Sri Lankan apparel and textile manufacturing giant Brandix has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote renewable energy in the country and ensure the biomass it uses is responsibly sourced from certified suppliers. Read more »
  • US sets lower annual apparel import cap under AGOA
    The US has set new - lower - annual limits on duty and quota-free imports of apparel articles assembled from regional and third-country fabric under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in the upcoming fiscal year. Read more »
  • Digital-first supply chain platform makes debut
    Software provider CGS has launched a digital-first supply chain platform for consumer goods companies, which it says will help companies to accelerate digital transformation. Read more »
  • Inditex and H&M join call for EU to cut emissions by 55%
    More than 150 businesses, investors and business networks, including Inditex, H&M and VF Corp, are calling on European Union leaders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. Read more »
  • Euratex calls for simplified GSP trade rules
    The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) has called for a simplification of the rules surrounding the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) in order to boost export diversification. Read more »
  • US retail sales continue to rally in August
    Sales at US clothing retailers continued their upward trajectory in August, but growth waned for a second consecutive month as federal stimulus benefits tapered off at the end of July and Covid upended back-to-school spending. Read more »
  • John Lewis axes bonus as losses slump to GBP635m
    John Lewis & Partners has said it will not pay a staff bonus next year as it revealed a loss before tax in the first half of GBP635m (US$822m). Read more »
  • New Higg PM assesses environmental impacts of finished products
    The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and Higg Co have launched the first edition of a new tool called the Higg Product Module (Higg PM) that measures and assesses the environmental impacts of finished products with credible, science-based data.  Read more »