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  • Series of events to explore fashion's impact on ecosystems
    Environmental not-for-profit Canopy, in partnership with The Environmental Funders Network, conservation charity Synchronicity Earth, and The Sustainable Angle, has launched a series of events that aim to highlight the threat the fashion industry poses to ecosystems and species. Read more »
  • US$30m funding to scale up "natural silk" coating
    A Massachusetts, US-based natural chemistry company has closed a $30m investment round that will be used to scale up production of its Liquid Silk product, which replaces synthetic finishing chemicals. Read more »
  • Dozens of garment workers injured in Myanmar protests
    Dozens of garment workers are understood to have been injured while protesting outside a factory in Yangon earlier this week. Read more »
  • Buyer sought for Made-By as it enters administration
    A buyer is being sought for the intellectual property assets of non-profit Made-By UK Ltd, which entered into administration last week. Read more »
  • Decathlon rolls out dynamic pricing strategy in UK
    Global sporting goods retailer Decathlon has invested in new software to drive its pricing strategy in the UK as it gears up to open more than 300 stores in the country over the next ten years. Read more »
  • Myanmar garment exports hit $2.2bn in H1
    Myanmar reaped earnings of US$2.2bn from garment exports during the first six months of its financial year, new figures show. Read more »
  • Coats opens first of three global innovation hubs
    Coats has opened the first of three innovations hubs planned by the industrial thread manufacturer for collaboration with customers, brands, suppliers, universities and start-ups. Read more »
  • Kids clothing under scrutiny in Sainsbury's-Asda merger inquiry
    Children's clothing is among the key areas to be considered by UK Government watchdog CMA in its in-depth investigation into the proposed merger between supermarkets Asda and Sainsbury's.ury's. Read more »
  • New Look to exit China retail amid poor performance
    UK-based fashion retailer New Look has confirmed it is to exit its retail business in China where "performance has been below expectations." Read more »
  • US mulling short supply request under KORUS
    The US has received a request from the government of South Korea to modify the rules of origin for certain textile and apparel products under the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). Read more »
  • Miami sourcing show to double in size for 2019
    A new sourcing markets pavilion and three days of seminars covering topics from best practice and trade agreements to procurement and logistics will feature at the next Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami show. Read more »
  • Nine West files amended bankruptcy plan
    Nine West Holdings Inc has filed an amended Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan it says will reduce the company's pre-bankruptcy debt obligations by more than US$1bn. Read more »
  • Protests expected as Haiti workers reject new minimum wage
    More than 52,000 Haitian garment sector workers are likely to be demonstrating on the streets of the island's capital city, Port-au-Prince, next week after trade union representatives rejected an increase in the minimum wage proposed by the government. Read more »
  • Bangladesh Q1 garment exports rise 15% to US$8.2bn
    Bangladesh's exports of ready-made garments have risen more than 14.5% year-on-year to US$8.19bn for the quarter to September. Read more »
  • Canada approves CPTPP implementing bill
    Canada's House of Commons has approved the implementing bill for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for TPP (CPTPP) - or TPP-11. Read more »
  • Call for Canada legislation to tackle supply chain slavery
    Canadian investors have placed their support behind the recommendation made in a Parliamentary report calling for legislation to ensure businesses disclose steps they are taking to address child labour and forced labour in global supply chains. Read more »
  • US to negotiate trade agreements with Japan, EU, and UK
    United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer has notified Congress that the Trump Administration intends to negotiate three separate trade agreements with Japan, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. Read more »
  • Call for full enforcement of 'Made in USA' labelling standard
    Three US Senators are calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to fully enforce its 'Made in the USA' labelling standards, placing further support behind the steady growth of domestic manufacturing. Read more »
  • Dutch investors push for living wage in garment supply chains
    Eight Dutch financial institutions managing assets worth a combined EUR725bn (US$836) have launched a coalition to campaign for fairer wages in the garment industry. Read more »
  • re:source monthly trade programme roundup - September 2018
    The latest monthly round-up of updates to key free trade agreements and trade preference programmes involving the US, EU and Japan covers developments in September 2018. Trade agreements, rules of origin, tariffs and schedules are all covered in depth in the re:source by just-style strategic planning tool. Read more »