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  • Lenzing Tencel fibres use more recycled raw material
    Lenzing Group's Tencel Lyocell fibres with Refibra technology can now feature up to 30% pulp made from upcycled cotton scraps collected from the garment manufacturing process. Read more »
  • Adidas makes circular commitment with Infinite Play
    Sporting goods giant Adidas has launched a new service that will allow its UK customers to trade worn or unused gear, diverting it from landfill. Read more »
  • Birla Cellulose viscose uses pre-consumer cotton waste
    Birla Cellulose, the pulp and fibre business of Indian textile conglomerate Aditya Birla Group, has achieved what it claims is a breakthrough in manufacturing viscose fibre using pre-consumer cotton fabric waste. Read more »
  • ACT brands adopt accountability on purchasing practices
    Brands who are members of the Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) living wage initiative have adopted a joint due diligence framework to ensure their purchasing practices facilitate the payment of a living wage. Read more »
  • Sports Direct calls for sportswear industry probe
    UK-based retail business Sports Direct has called for a UK and Europe-wide probe into the sportswear industry amid complaints about the dominance of global players Adidas and Nike. Read more »
  • Vietnam must invest in technology to stay competitive
    Relying on cheap labour is not enough to ensure Vietnam's garment and textile industry remains competitive, a recent seminar in Hanoi has heard, with investment in new technology key to increasing competitiveness and reducing environmental impact. Read more »
  • Australia sourcing panel to focus on transparency
    The co-founders of Australian fashion brands ELK and David Jones will take part in a panel discussion exploring transparency in the fashion supply chain at the upcoming International Sourcing Expo Australia.  Read more »
  • Cobian to boost product development with PLM
    California-based footwear company Cobian has invested in a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution for emerging enterprises to help improve the product development process and be more agile to market trends. Read more »
  • PepsiCo makes foray into Indian fashion sector
    Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has announced its foray into fashion with the launch of Huemn, an ethical and sustainable apparel brand in India. Read more »
  • Hugo Boss cuts FY outlook as US challenges continue
    German fashion brand Hugo Boss has slashed its full-year outlook, blaming a lack of local demand in North America and political unrest in Hong Kong for preliminary third-quarter results that were below the group's expectations. Read more »
  • Study shows UK fashion manufacturing is 47% greener
    A study into the environmental impact of offshore manufacturing has revealed that producing clothes closer to home - such as in the UK - results in 47% fewer emissions. Read more »
  • California first state to ban sale of new fur products
    California has become the first US state to ban the sale and manufacture of new items made from the fur of animals including, mink, rabbit and coyote. Read more »
  • Trump administration plans to pause October tariff hike
    The US has announced it is delaying plans to raise tariffs on US$250bn worth of Chinese goods to 30%. Read more »
  • Dunkerton to serve as Superdry chief until 2021
    UK clothing retailer Superdry has appointed the firm's co-founder Julian Dunkerton as its CEO until 2021. Read more »
  • Sequential Brands explores strategic alternatives
    Sequential Brands Group, owner of Joe's, Ellen Tracy, Jessica Simpson, And 1, William Rast and Heelys, is investigating options for the business, including the possible sale of some brands. Read more »
  • Walmart US looks to Sam's Club for new CEO
    Retail giant Walmart has named Sam's Club boss, John Furner, as president and CEO of Walmart US, succeeding Greg Foran.  Read more »
  • Public disclosure key to compliance on labour issues
    Publicly disclosing the compliance performance of individual firms in global supply chains is key to increased compliance over time in some "critical issues" such as occupational health and safety, work time and child labour, a new study has found. Read more »
  • Khaadi Fashion rescued from administration
    The UK business of Asian clothing retailer Khaadi Fashion has been rescued from administration in a pre-pack deal that will save most of its 100-strong workforce. Read more »
  • Apparel firms failing on conflict minerals reporting
    Companies have been accused of complacency in their action and reporting on conflict minerals and cobalt - with the average score for apparel manufacturers and retailers falling on last year. Read more »
  • Indian apparel exports remain sluggish
    Indian apparel exports continue to be sluggish even after registering an 11% growth in July compared to June this year, after three months of continuous decline. Read more »