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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
First US hemp fibre contract signed for clothing  (2017-10-16)
  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.
UK sportswear retailer Footasylum to list on AIM  (2017-10-16)
  UK high street sportswear chain Footasylum has confirmed its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange, describing it as a "logical next step" as it looks to bolster its multi-channel presence.
Stahl steps up on sustainable leather solutions  (2017-10-16)
  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.
Inditex supplier unions work to boost labour rights  (2017-10-16)
  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.
WTO members question China waste import ban  (2017-10-16)
  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.
India research institute to ramp up textile R&D  (2017-10-16)
  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.
Apparel brands pledge to use 25% more recycled polyester by 2020  (2017-10-16)
  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.
US retailers warn of "backward looking" NAFTA deal  (2017-10-16)
  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.
Levi Strauss has greenest textile supply chain in China  (2017-10-16)
  Jeanswear giant Levi Strauss & Co has been named as the apparel company with the greenest supply chain in China according to an evaluation of 248 global brands.
Shoe importer fined US$1.5m for misclassification  (2017-10-16)
  A footwear importer in the US has been ordered to pay more than US$1.5m in unpaid duties over "grossly negligent" product misclassification.
US retail sales hit two-year high  (2017-10-16)
  US retail sales booked the largest increase in more than two years in September, as recovery efforts got under-way in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Uzbekistan finally recalls some workers from cotton harvest  (2017-10-13)
  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.
Clothing companies do not care enough about the environment  (2017-10-13)
  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.
BASF buys Bayer Europe and US cotton seed business  (2017-10-13)
  German chemical company BASF has acquired significant parts of the seed and non-selective herbicide businesses of life science company Bayer, including cotton in the Americas and Europe.
New move to oust Destination Maternity directors  (2017-10-13)
  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.

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