America's first contract to supply US-grown textile grade hemp for use in apparel production has been agreed with a Los Angeles-based clothing company, marking a milestone in the use of the previously outlawed fibre.
Leather chemicals and coatings company Stahl has opened a new Application Lab in Arzignano in Italy, and has joined forces with New Zealand's Lowe Corporation which will use the company's EasyWhite Tan tanning system.
A workshop in Vietnam has seen 33 trade union leaders from Inditex supplier garment factory unions review their network's activities for 2017, exchange best practices and set the agenda for 2018 as part of their role to implement a pledge made by the Spanish clothing giant to protect and promote labour conditions throughout its entire supply chain.
Five members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have questioned China's import ban on solid waste, particularly for certain scrap materials, that could have a negative impact on the global textile recycling progress.
One of India's leading textile research institutes is to intensify its research and development into the textile and apparel industry in a bid to try to overcome challenges facing the sector and capitalise on rising costs in China.
More than 45 textile, apparel and retail companies-including Adidas, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc, H&M, Lindex, Target and Timberland-have pledged to commit to or support an increase in their use of recycled polyester (rPET) by at least 25% by 2020.
The trade association representing US retailers has said many of the key proposals for the modernisation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are not forward-looking enough and may do more harm than good.
A decision by the Uzbek government to recall university students and some health and education workers from forced labour the country's cotton fields is being seen as a positive step - but calls remain for the complete end of government-orchestrated forced labour in Uzbekistan.
The majority of brands and retailers take no action against climate change or water pollution, with only a select few - including H&M, Nike, Adidas and Mammut - concerned about the environment, a new report suggests.
French children's clothing retailer Orchestra-Prémaman has reaffirmed its calls for Destination Maternity shareholders to vote for the removal of four directors it believes are contributing to the decline in value of the US maternity wear retailer.