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Despite improvements across the apparel industry's global supply chain, viscose, also known as rayon, is causing numerous problems, including environmental degradation and increased risks to public health in nations including India, Indonesia and China.
The parent company of TJ Maxx and Marshall's has been accused of having far too many ties to garment factories in Los Angeles that pay their workers less the local minimum hourly wage - and in some cases, have even shorted them of their promised wages.
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has long been a first mover in the retail sector on supply chain sustainability, garment recycling and human rights. Now the venerable United Kingdom department store chain, which operates about 1,000 locations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, says it is pushing even more boundaries. A decade after its first “Plan A” sustainability commitments, M&S is setting 100 new targets to be reached by 2025.
Wrangler plans to expand a pilot program to boost the supply of more responsible cotton in the U.S., the company announced during the Sustainable Brands conference in Detroit this week.
Patagonia's Clean Color Collection for men and women includes garments dyed with materials such as pomegranate, silkworm excrement, mulberry leaves and agricultural waste.
Gap, Inc. plans to purchase all of its cotton for Gap-branded clothing from sustainable sources by 2021. The company says Better Cotton Initiative-certified fibers, organic cotton, recycled materials and cotton grown in the U.S. will comprise this supply chain strategy.
The UK NGO Fairtrade Foundation has completed a study that insists that fair trade cotton has numerous benefits, including one-fifth of the the social and environmental impacts of conventionally-grown cotton.
Tom Chappell co-founded Tom’s of Maine and revolutionized the personal care industry. He now wants to do the same for clothing, but Americans' preference for cheaply-made apparel is a huge barrier to the success of his new venture, Rambler's Way.
A new report, co-written by several NGOs and human rights organizations, looks at some of the world’s largest companies to give a snapshot of their human rights performance.
Nike will release a high-performance hijab for female Muslim athletes next year, becoming the first major athletic brand to design such an item targeted to the Muslim market.
VF Corp., the $12 billion apparel company that includes brands such as Timberland, The North Face and Vans, plans to root out deforestation from its supply chain.
The NGOs Humanity United and the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre recently issued a report that is pessimistic about the global apparel industry’s efforts to eradicate forced labor from their supply chains. While Adidas scored relatively high, most of the world's largest apparel companies are laggards on labor and human rights.