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More than 260 million children are now employed across the globe, with an estimated 170 million subjected to child labour working conditions

How Britain's retailers can solve the Syrian refugee supply chain quandary

The shock revelation that Syrian refugee children have been found making clothes for a number of British fashion brands serves to highlight the desperate need for more robust procedures and increased collaboration among businesses to drive truly sustainable and ethical supply chains.

The skyline of Sweden's third-largest city, Malmö - where retailers are finding ‘purpose’ and economic growth, beyond shopping and consumption

The best retailers for the world: Driving responsible retail and one-planet prosperity

Low-carbon, resource-efficient retail is the only way forward, but we might also need to dig deeper if we are to find one-planet prosperity. Ahead of Wednesday's Responsible Retail Conference, Mike Townsend explores the real challenges and opportunities - along with evidence of an innovative shift - taking place in Sweden.

The Bangladesh Accord was introduced to ensure tragedies like the Rana Plaza building collapse of 2013 don't happen again

Three years on from Rana Plaza: How The Bangladesh Accord plans to leave a positive supply chain legacy

Three years on from the Rana Plaza tragedy, edie's Matt Mace speaks to the executive director of the Bangladesh Accord Rob Wayss on why the seemingly "slow movement" of improving safety standards in the country shouldn't take away from the "unprecedented progress" shown by willing brand signatories.

Primark will increase its work with WRAP to acquire more sustainable fibre choices, while working to incorporate recycled materials over virgin options as part of the SCAP initiative

Primark signals intention to join WRAP in war on fashion waste

EXCLUSIVE: High street retailer Primark plans to ramp up its ambitions to drive resource efficiency within the fashion sector, after revealing clear intentions to sign up to WRAP's Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) and the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) initiatives.

G-Star and the Plastic Soup Foundation are urging other fashion companies and the textile industry to support the international Ocean Clean Watch scheme

G-Star RAW launches scheme to halt plastic pollution in oceans

Designer clothing company G-Star RAW has joined forces with marine pollution campaign group the Plastic Soup Foundation in an effort to prevent microfibres creating plastic pollution in the world's oceans.

In order to incentivise the #NeverBeenWorn campaign, Oxfam is offering a free service for the first 500 participants

Oxfam tackles fashion waste through redistribution scheme

Oxfam have joined forces with the UK's largest independent parcel delivery service CollectPlus to offer a convenient way for people to return unwanted clothing from the nation's wardrobes, after research showed that a total of 350 million items are unused in the UK.

British-born pilot and adventurer Jeremy Rowsell climbs on board the 'On Wings of Waste' plane to raise awareness of plastic pollution

On wings of waste: Plane fuelled by recycled plastic wins Attenborough's approval

A plan to fly across America in a plane powered by recycled plastic has been welcomed by legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough as a "sign of hope in a very depressing world".

A cotton field in India. Primark has trained 1,251 female smallholders through its partnership with CottonConnect

Primark extends sustainable cotton initiative to 10,000 farmers

Primar­­­­­­­­­­­k is scaling up a sustainable cotton scheme as the discount fashion retailer looks to recruit a further 10,000 female smallholder farmers in India onto the programme.

The events address the issue of throw-away fashion cultures in an attempt to halt the growing amount of unnecessary waste being sent to landfill

Hubbub launches upcycling workshops to 'reinvent' unused clothes

Hubbub is launching a new series of low-cost upcycling events that allow people to 're-fashion' their wardrobes, in an effort to reinvigorate the £30bn of underused clothes that lay dormant in wardrobes in the UK.

Treating products with a bio-polish can increase its lifespan by 20%

'Durable' fashion would save £5bn and cut key footprints, says WRAP

Increasing the durability and expanding the lifespan of items of clothing by nine extra months could reduce carbon, waste and water footprints by 20-30% each and cut resource costs by £5bn, a new report from WRAP has found.

Approximately 350,000 tonnes of used clothing ends up in landfill each year

Scottish designers to create 'high fashion' from discarded clothes

Two fashion designers will create new high-end clothing collections from garments that have been given to charity, after winning a competition organised by Zero Waste Scotland and the Salvation Army.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall sits atop a seven-tonne pile of discarded clothes, which the UK generates in just 10 minutes

Hugh's War on Waste puts fast fashion in the spotlight

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall continued his 'war on waste' last night (9 November), with the second episode of his TV show highlighting the need for a more sustainable fashion industry.

The sector has seen a growing trend in acquiring more sustainable fibre choices

Fashion industry closing in on carbon and water reduction targets

Water impacts in the clothing supply chain have been reduced by 12.5% per tonne of clothing since 2013, while carbon impacts have also been cut by 3.5% per tonne, WRAP has announced.

A cotton harvest in action

Kering: Urgent action needed to protect fashion supply chain

The fashion industry urgently needs to improve its supply chain resiliency as climate change inevitably starts to impact the production of vital raw materials like cotton, leather and silk.

ECAP will task retailers with encouraging consumers to buy less clothing

WRAP targets textile waste reductions across Europe

A new initiative launched has been launched by WRAP to reduce the carbon, water and waste footprints of the textiles industries across 11 European countries.

Primark joins 40 other brands as a member of the SAC, including Adidas, Nike, Burberry, Disney and Marks & Spencers

Primark strengthens supply chain sustainability

High-street retailer Primark has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) - a group of clothing businesses committed to improving the environmental and ethical impacts of their supply chain.

The Global Change Award, launched by H&M aims to create clothes for an expanding population while reducing environmental impact

H&M launch €1m grant for clothes-recycling innovations

Swedish clothing chain H&M will offer a €1m grant for pioneering ideas which 'close the loop' on discarded clothing.

H&M aims to create a closed-loop system for textiles by turning unwanted garments into new apparel

H&M closes the loop with recycled denim range

Swedish clothing giant H&M is making strides towards its goal of creating a closed loop for fashion with the launch of a new denim range made from recycled and organic cotton.

The Facility is being launched today at Edinburgh's Ocean Terminal shopping centre

Scotland opens shared circular economy design hub

A new communal working space designed to encourage fashion and textile workers to work more sustainably has opened in Edinburgh.

Levi Strauss will offer discounts to customers recycling clothing in its stores

Levi's rolls out clothing recycling scheme across US stores

Levi Strauss has announced plans to open clothing recycling collection points at all its local stores.

The partnership comes as part of the Uk-wide 'Love your clothes' campaign

Zero Waste Scotland partners with festival to promote 'eco-friendly' fashion

This year's Edinburgh International Fashion Festival will feature a new focus on sustainability, thanks to a new partnership with Zero Waste Scotland.

Corporate partners are being brought on board to reduce the estimated €200m cost of hosting the conference for the French Government

Paris climate conference announces controversial sponsor

French fashion house Louis Vuitton has been announced as the first major sponsor of the UN climate conference in Paris in December, in a move criticised by consumer groups.

The retailer has agreed to ban dangerous pollutants by the end of June 2016

Aldi commits to hazardous chemical detox

Leading discount retailer Aldi has signed up to Greenpeace's Detox campaign, committing to the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals from the lifecycle and production of all its textile and footwear goods by 2020.

Worn Again say that in 2014 the global production of polyester filament and cotton fibre was approximately 65 million tonnes

H&M and Puma partner to close the loop on textile fibres

Major clothing retailers H&M and Puma have joined forces with textiles innovation company Worn Again to develop a 'circular resource model' for producing polyester and cotton fibres.

H&M collected 7,684 tonnes of used materials in 2014, turning the fibres into new clothing

H&M strives to close the loop on clothing fibres

Swedish fashion giant H&M has released its annual report for 2014, revealing increased renewable energy use, more waste-water recycling and a growing commitment to the circular economy.

The Detox Catwalk assesses how committed companies have performed against key criteria

Detox Catwalk: Greenpeace reveals most sustainable fashion brands

Greenpeace has today announced its Detox Catwalk, listing how major fashion brands rank on removing toxic chemicals from their supply chains and tackling water pollution.

Rhiannon Hunt's winning idea

Clothing design award-winner successfully tackles sustainable fashion

The winning sustainable fashion project in WRAP's inaugural Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) award was announced this week by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Zero Waste Scotland aims to promote sustainable fashion.

Scottish fashion designers encouraged to apply for textile fund to aid circular economy

Textile and fashion designers in Scotland are being encouraged to apply for funding from Zero Waste Scotland to help them reduce textile waste.

Research is underway to evaluate the viability for commercial operation and developing a take-back system for end-of-life fuel cells

Project underway to develop fuel-cell recycling process

Work has begun on the development of a new recycling process to recover and re-use high-value materials from waste fuel-cells.

A new fund from Zero Waste Scotland will help Scottish fashion designers create zero waste, closed-loop clothing and apparel ranges

Scotland continues circular economy drive with sustainable fashion fund

Zero Waste Scotland has launched a new fund to help Scottish fashion designers create zero-waste, closed-loop clothing ranges.

CmiA cotton emits up to 40% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and saves more than 2,100 litres of water

Sustainable cotton 'saves water and reduces emissions'

Sustainable cotton cuts greenhouse gas emissions and saves water, dramatically reducing its environmental impact compared with irrigated cotton.

The Timberland Tires range will be formed of three lines comprising more than 90 sizes of tyre

Timberland and Omni United champion circular economy with 'road-to-shoe' tyres

Global outdoor-wear company Timberland and tyre manufacturer and distributor Omni United have teamed up to produce a line of tyres intended to be recycled into footwear out-soles once finished with on the road.

The Fashion Loved by Forest initiative asks signatories to eliminate commonly-used fibres that originate from rainforest plants

Fashion giants pledge to end supply-chain deforestation

Levi Strauss, H&M and Asos, are among 25 major fashion brands representing more than £45bn in global sales that have committed to an industry campaign to eliminate deforestation from supply chains.

It can take more than 20,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of cotton

Sustainability: fashion's latest trend?

A flurry of new initiatives and awards has thrust the fashion industry firmly into the sustainability spotlight, but is this just a passing fad? Edie investigates...

Gucci-owner Kerring says the new partnership will be an incubator for new ways of thinking about sustainable fashion

Kering and London College of Fashion put sustainability in the spotlight

A new sustainable fashion conference, an award for sustainable fashion and a sustainable design course are all features of a new partnership between French fashion conglomerate Kering and the London College of Fashion (LCF).

Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron and dress designer Jacques Azagury present the stunning TrashFash outfit at London Fashion Week to remind the British public to get more creative with their recycling effort. Copyright Dimitris Theocharis

Trash dressing becomes London's latest fashion fad

"Dressing like trash" has taken on a new meaning at London Fashion Week as two of the capital's most exclusive designers took the opportunity to reveal a unique couture outfit made entirely out of recycled materials.

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