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Recycling & innovation initiatives dominate retailers’ world

This is a section in BTT for the readers who are fanatical to know what is happening in retail world those are sourcing from Bangladesh. Deeds with them potentially involve and influence Bangladeshi textile & clothing manufacturing sector. Global retail world is important equally for our readers locally and internationally as Bangladesh has been considered as one of leading apparel & textiles manufacturers of the world.

Levi’s new collection from regenerated nylon made from waste materials

01Aquafil’s ECONYL brand has partnered with Levi’s to develop a new men’s collection made from regenerated nylon that has come from waste materials such as fishing nets and spent carpets. ECONYL fiber helps divert global waste streams from landfills and oceans. It is used to produce a wide range of textile products, including socks, sportswear, underwear, swimwear, and carpets. This is the first time the regenerated yarn will be used in jeans.

In the future, there is no guarantee that there will be enough land available to meet the global demand for cotton, which is the main input for Denim apparel. In order to be a successful company in a world where resources are becoming increasingly constrained, Levi’s believes it needs to continue towards achieving closed-loop apparel, while also seeking to incorporate other alternatives to virgin raw materials.

02H&M Aims to Become 100 Percent ‘Circular’

Hennes & Mauritz AB keeps making advances on the sustainability front. In its 14th annual conscious actions sustainability report published, the Swedish fast-fashion giant said 78 percent of its electricity used came from renewable sources in 2015, up from 27 percent in 2014. At the same time, its total emissions were reduced by 56 percent.

Last year, H&M collected 12,000 tons of textiles for reuse through its in-store garment-collection program. That’s the equivalent of 65 million T-shirts. “When it comes to engaging our customers, the garment-collecting initiative is actually the second most well-known sustainability initiative that we do, aside from our Conscious Collection,” Cecilia Brännsten, H&M’s sustainability business expert, told WWD.

The retailer reported that sustainably sourced materials made up 20 percent of the total material it used, up from 14 percent in 2014. Organic cotton, recycled cotton and Better Cotton (certified by the Better Cotton Initiative) represented 31.4 percent of H&M’s cotton intake in 2015, versus 21.2 percent in the prior year. The company’s goal is to only use cotton from sustainable sources by 2020 and set a timeline which will determine when they will reach a stage of using 100 percent recyclable and sustainable sources of materials.

Meanwhile, with its reprocessed polyester products, the brand recycled the equivalent of 90 million PET bottles. In addition, H&M said it signed a global framework agreement with the Geneva-based Industri ALL Global Union and Swedish union IF Metall that aims to promote dialogue about fair wages between employers and employees at the supplier factories working with H&M.

Topshop launches ‘Top Pitch’- great opportunity for leaders of fashion technology

Top Pitch gives the future leaders of fashion technology the opportunity to take part in the pitch of a lifetime. Top Pitch is a program created by Topshop and investment partner L Marks who are inviting entrepreneurs and start-ups from around the world to apply for a ‘bootcamp’ program. The program will facilitate intensive coaching on how to bring participants product to market and the chance to pitch to Topshop and Sir Philip Green.

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Top Pitch challenges wearable tech entrepreneurs to present a product that is stylish, functional and in-demand with the Topshop customer, at a price that’s accessible. To give teams the best preparation for their pitch, each start-up will be invited to join an intensive Top Pitch bootcamp. Split into four one-week sprints, the bootcamp will provide unprecedented access to Topshop through keynote presentations, talks and guidance from a group of expert mentors. Teams will also have access to workshops on everything from growing your business to hardware development, plus desk-space in the Top Pitch hub in Central London.

Pre-retail entrepreneurs and start-ups from anywhere around the world are encouraged to apply. Applications close at 22nd May 2016. More information is available at http://www.toppitch.co

thumbs_zdhcKering and Sustainable Down Source join ZDHC

ZDHC Foundation has announced that two new contributors Kering and Sustainable Down Source are joining the ZDHC Programme to advance its goal of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020. Kering will be joining the Programme as a Signatory Brand, and Sustainable Down Source, A Division of Down Decor, will be joining as a value-chain affiliate.  A world leader in apparel and accessories, Kering develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands. Sustainable Down Source, a division of Down Decor, is a leading bulk down supplier in the outdoor, textile, and apparel industries. By joining the Programme, both have committed to ZDHC’s vision of widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry, wastewater management, and environmental best practices.

In 2015, the Programme released its revised roadmap, which outlines six key areas for affecting industry change. In each, the Programme is focussing its efforts on developing tools, guidance, and support for implementation of ZDHC standards. Since the Programme’s inception by six leading brands in 2011, its contributor base has grown to 22 Signatory Brands and seven value-chain affiliates.

04Brazil, Spain boost Carrefour Q1 sales but China weak

World number two retailer Careefour said that sales growth accelerated in the first quarter, reflecting robust sales in Brazil, Spain and Italy, and a lacklustre performance in France, which suffered from tough year-ago comparables.

Trading conditions however remained difficult in China amid slowing consumption, with sales falling 8.4 percent on a like-for-like basis in the country. Europe’s largest retailer said first-quarter sales were 20.05 billion euros ($22.58 billion), in line with the average of analyst estimates for 20.04 billion in a Thomson Reuters poll. Stripping out fuel, currency and calendar effects, revenue grew 3.2 percent year-on-year, an acceleration from the 2.4 percent growth in the fourth quarter 2015.

05Levi’s named the most transparent global fashion company

Ethical Movement Fashion Revolution published its inaugural Fashion Transparency Index as part of the launch of the Fashion Revolution Week recently. Developed in conjunction with Ethical Consumer, the research includes 40 of the biggest fashion brands and ranks them according to the level of transparency in their supply chain.

Levi Strauss & Co, with brands Levi’s, Dockers, Signature and Denizen was ranked the most transparent fashion company with a 77 percent score. It was followed by Inditex (76 percent), H&M (76 per cent), Adidas (69 percent) and Primark (67 percent), while the worse rated brands included Chanel (10 per cent), Hermes (17 percent), Claire’s Accessories (17 per cent) Forever21 (19 percent), Fendi (19 percent) and LVMH (19 percent).

The research also revealed that 40 percent of companies do not have a system in place to monitor compliance with labour standards and that only 11 company’s show evidence of working with trade unions, civil society or NGOs on the ground in supplier countries to improve working conditions.

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