Textiles and apparel sustainability update, December 2021

Textiles and apparel sustainability update, December 2021

Environmental sustainability is of growing importance within the global fibre, textile and apparel industry, and pressures to improve their sustainability credentials have prompted several companies to adapt their business strategies. This report provides information on the latest business developments in relation to environmental sustainability with a particular focus on: corporate social responsibility (CSR); corporate strategy; environmental sustainability; investments; joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; new facilities; recycling; and traceability. Furthermore, the report includes information and insight relating to the following innovative brands, companies and other organisations: Aquafil, BlockTexx, the California Carpet Stewardship Program, Canopy, Eurofins, Fashion for Good, Genomatica, Higg, Infinited Fiber Company, the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry (International Accord), Lenzing, Levi Strauss & Co, lululemon athletica (lululemon), The Microfibre Consortium (TMC), Natural Fiber Welding (NFW), Newlight Technologies, Nike, The North Face, Origin Materials, Patagonia, PrimaLoft, Puma, The Renewal Workshop (TRW), Renewcell, SGS, Södra, Spinnova, Suzano, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), and The ZDHC Foundation.

Eurofins and SGS have become third-party laboratory members of The Microfibre Consortium (TMC)
Leading textile and apparel brands have signed the International Accord for Health and
Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry (International Accord) to ensure global factory and labour safety standards
Puma has partnered with Canopy as part of its commitment to protect forests and source its paper, cardboard and viscose sustainably
The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) has launched The Microfibre 2030 Commitment
The ZDHC Foundation has joined The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) as a research member
lululemon has launched a product trade-in and resale platform as part of its strategy of improving the environmental sustainability of its operations
Levi Strauss & Co has formed a partnership with Fashion for Good
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has established a ten-year sustainability programme called Textiles 2030
lululemon has invested in biotechnology company Genomatica to develop an environmentally sustainable nylon fibre
Renewcell has secured Skr311 mn (US$36.9 mn) worth of investment for the construction of a textile recycling plant
Resale as a service (RAAS) provider The Renewal Workshop (TRW) has secured US$6 mn worth of investment
Lenzing and Södra have entered into a cooperation agreement to expand their capacity for producing pulp using post-consumer waste
Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) has entered into a partnership agreement with Patagonia to improve the circularity of the textiles industry
Nike has formed a partnership with Newlight Technologies to develop products made using an environmentally sustainable biomaterial called AirCarbon
Origin Materials and PrimaLoft have established a programme through which they will collaborate in the development of carbon negative fibres Patagonia has signed a multi-year sales agreement with Infinited Fiber Company relating to the supply of Infinna fibre
The North Face has formed a partnership with Spinnova to develop high performance fabrics which are environmentally sustainable
YKK and Green Theme Technologies (GTT) have entered into a licensing agreement relating to GTT’s EMPEL technology
BlockTexx has started construction of a new textile recycling facility in Australia which will be the first of its kind in the country
Spinnova and Suzano will build a fibre manufacturing facility in Finland
Aquafil has expanded its carpet recycling scheme in collaboration with the California Carpet
Stewardship Program
Technology company Higg has launched a traceability program for textile supply chains

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