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Mushroom ‘Leather’ Is Now A Scalable Alternative To Animal Leathers, Poised For Market Disruption.

Mycelium ‘leather’ has been mooted as a potential replacement for animal leathers for some time, but has been plagued by the inconsistencies brought about by the natural, uncontrolled growth process.  This process typically results in a leather-like material that varies unpredictably in tensile strength, thickness, and breathability throughout the material.  This stood in the way… Continue reading Mushroom ‘Leather’ Is Now A Scalable Alternative To Animal Leathers, Poised For Market Disruption.

Global Powers Must Protect Myanmar People From ‘Atrocities’

Governments and corporations with significant investments in enterprises that support the Burmese military should consider denying the junta the financial support it needs to “sustain itself against the will of the people,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday. “One thing [that’s] clear is that the people of Burma…don’t want to live under military rule,”…… Continue reading Global Powers Must Protect Myanmar People From ‘Atrocities’

Factory Disasters Are Still Happening—and This Is a Big Reason Why

A fire tore through a garment factory in East Delhi’s Gandhinagar district in India Wednesday, drawing 15 fire engines to deal with the blaze, local media reports. While the cause of the fire is still unknown, and no injuries have been reported, the incident is another in a string of industrial catastrophes that continue to…… Continue reading Factory Disasters Are Still Happening—and This Is a Big Reason Why

Walmart, H&M among retailers in US most exposed to Suez Canal disruptions

Dive Brief: Europe is the region expected to experience the largest impact from the days-long blockage of the Suez Canal with the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey and Austria expected to take on the most repercussions, according to an analysis emailed by Dun & Bradstreet. The industries in Europe expected… Continue reading Walmart, H&M among retailers in US most exposed to Suez Canal disruptions

US Suspends Myanmar Trade Relations

The United States government is suspending its trade engagement with Myanmar, also known as Burma, amid ongoing violence and bloodshed in the wake of a Feb. 1 military coup. This suspension under the 2013 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) will remain in effect until the return of a democratically elected government, United States Trade…… Continue reading US Suspends Myanmar Trade Relations

Behind H&M’s Planet-Positive ‘Manifesto’

Eager to shed its reputation as a purveyor of fast fashion, H&M has debuted an accelerated plan for achieving sustainable development goals set forth by the United Nations by 2030. Aptly named the Impatient Manifesto, H&M Foundation’s new social and environmental strategy brings together 30 of its partners and industry experts to devise a new…… Continue reading Behind H&M’s Planet-Positive ‘Manifesto’

Expert Offers Recovery Strategy for Vietnam’s Hard-Hit Garment Sector

Vietnam’s garment industry—and its massive workforce—has faced stingingly harsh headwinds amid the Covid-19 crisis, a new study from the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) revealed. Findings from the chamber’s 2020 business survey, administered in partnership with the World Bank, show that the spread of the coronavirus has had a serious impact on (more…… Continue reading Expert Offers Recovery Strategy for Vietnam’s Hard-Hit Garment Sector

Half of Garment Workers in Bengaluru ‘Forced’ to Resign: Study

Thousands of garment workers in Bengaluru, also known as Bangalore, the largest city of the South Indian state of Karnataka, were asked by factory owners to resign as a result of pandemic-induced financial losses, according to a new report. Nine out of 25 garment factories shuttered as a result of Covid-19, resulting in job losses…… Continue reading Half of Garment Workers in Bengaluru ‘Forced’ to Resign: Study

McKinsey Outlines Threats to Bangladesh RMG and What Will Drive Next-Level Growth

Bangladesh’s garment sector has experienced an “unprecedented blooming” over the past decade, a new report says, yet a one-two punch of pandemic pressures and sourcing shifts means the country is up against steep challenges and must “innovate, upgrade and diversify” more than ever to stay competitive. Ten years since McKinsey & Company published its last…… Continue reading McKinsey Outlines Threats to Bangladesh RMG and What Will Drive Next-Level Growth

Nike, H&M’s Xinjiang Sourcing ‘Concerns’ Ignite Furor in China

H&M and Nike are facing calls for boycotts on China’s social media after netizens called attention to statements by the brands expressing their concerns over reports of forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of northwest China that drew sanctions by the U.S. and its allies this week. Related Articles Chinese state media and… Continue reading Nike, H&M’s Xinjiang Sourcing ‘Concerns’ Ignite Furor in China