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Exclusive Podcasts that tackle the crucial environmental issues impacting today’s global textile and clothing supply chains. Put together by the team that launched the pioneering Ecotextile News magazine back in 2007, we take listeners behind the scenes to reveal how we break the news and also provide deep dive Newscasts on sustainability, ethics, policy, retail, pollution and the carbon crisis engulfing our planet.

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Exclusive Podcasts that tackle the crucial environmental issues impacting today’s global textile and clothing supply chains. Put together by the team that launched the pioneering Ecotextile News magazine back in 2007, we take listeners behind the scenes to reveal how we break the news and also provide deep dive Newscasts on sustainability, ethics, policy, retail, pollution and the carbon crisis engulfing our planet.

    A new due diligence approach to apparel supply chains

    A new due diligence approach to apparel supply chains

    Host Philip Berman talks to Oeko-Tex's Melanie Teutberg about Responsible Business - a new tool launched by the global certification company in a bid to help textile businesses navigate legal obligations under the deluge of new due diligence laws.
    The standard is based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), the OECD Guideline for Multinational Enterprises, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance Textile and Footwear and the OECD Guideline for Responsible Business Conduct.
     
    It also ensures compliance with the German Supply Chain Act and the proposed new European Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence.
    For more information about the new tool visit: https://www.oeko-tex.com/en/our-standards/responsible-business

    • 15 min
    How Timberland and Lenzing tackled traceability

    How Timberland and Lenzing tackled traceability

    In today’s edition host, Philip Berman, talks to Dr. Krishna Manda, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at the Lenzing Group, and Roberta Vernocchi, a Senior Materials Manager at Timberland Apparel, about launching a new traceable apparel collection using Lenzing’s Tencel Refibra technology.
    Manda and Vernocchi talk listeners through the new Timberland Fall 2022 collection that uses Tencel Refibra fabrics derived from a combination of sustainably sourced wood pulp and recycled cotton.
    “As a brand Timberland has this vision for a greener future, which means we look for new materials and innovation to reduce our environmental impact,” said Vernocchi, “Our outdoor customers are not just looking for a new aesthetic but have the environment in mind … and we need to differentiate and add some value to our core outdoor products other than just using cotton.”
    The US outdoor brand also talks about how it overcame some key sourcing challenges and Manda explains to listeners why Refibra was developed in the first place and how it can contribute to circularity.

    • 26 min
    Editor's Picks - 2 September 2022

    Editor's Picks - 2 September 2022

    Welcome to the third edition of Editor’s picks.
    Each week the Editor of Ecotextile News selects a few key stories from the magazine that he thinks you need to hear, read out by AI voices.
    Then a human - Philip Berman - pieces it all together with music and voice-over, and a little magic turns it into a podcast for your aural delight! 
    This week we report on: 
    The UN accuses China of "serious human rights violations" and possible crimes against humanity in the detention and torture of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. (2.03min)
     
    Textile industry body Euratex calls on the EU to take bold steps to tackle the energy crisis. (6.30)
     
    A new 14m US dollar project in Denmark aims to cut back on textile waste and C02 emissions.  (9.15)
    The stories you can hear are just a sample of what's on offer with an Ecotextile News subscription, where you can read all of our exclusive stories and ideas on sustainability in the fashion and textile industry.  
    New subscribers can use our time-limited 15% off by inputting POD15 on this page: https://www.ecotextile.com/magazine-subscribe
    Hope you enjoy the podcast - and let us know who your favourite robot is...

    • 13 min
    Editor's Picks - 26 August 2022

    Editor's Picks - 26 August 2022

    Welcome to the third edition of Editor’s picks.
    Each week the Editor of Ecotextile News selects a few key stories from the magazine that he thinks you need to hear, read out by AI voices.
    Then a human - Philip Berman - pieces it all together with music and voice-over, and a little magic turns it into a podcast for your aural delight! 
    This week we report on: 
    How a shortage of rain is reining in cotton production (2.54 min).
     
    Major plans from the Policy Hub to cut textile waste in Europe (8.19 min).
     
    A look at how innovation could turn some industry C02 emissions back into textiles (12.32).
    The stories you can hear are just a sample of what's on offer with an Ecotextile News subscription, where you can read all of our exclusive stories and ideas on sustainability in the fashion and textile industry.  
    New subscribers can use our time-limited 15% off by inputting POD15 on this page: https://www.ecotextile.com/magazine-subscribe
    Hope you enjoy the podcast - and let us know who your favourite robot is...

    • 17 min
    Editor's Picks - Episode Two

    Editor's Picks - Episode Two

    Welcome to the second episode of Editor’s picks.
    Each week the Editor of Ecotextile News will select a few key stories from the magazine that he thinks you need to hear, read out by AI voices.
    Then a human - Philip Berman - pieces it all together with music and voice-over, and a little magic turns it into a podcast for your aural delight! 
    This week we report on: 
    The Sustainable Apparel Coalition putting a global halt on the use of Higg MSI data on consumer-facing product labels following a legal decision in Norway (3.02)
    Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger owner, PVH Corp, announced a new partnership with bankers HSBC which aims to provide supply chain facilities with the finance they need to reduce their environmental and social impact (8.10)
    Staying with supply chain news, a new open data platform for sectors including apparel, electronics and cosmetics has been launched in its beta phase today, in a bid to improve supply chain transparency (10.40)
    H&M and Bestseller were among the investors which helped agricultural innovator Materra raise US$4.5 million in seed funding to scale its climate-resistant cotton (14.04)
    The stories you can hear are just a sample of what's on offer with an Ecotextile News subscription, where you can read all of our exclusive stories and ideas on sustainability in the fashion and textile industry.  
    New subscribers can use our time-limited 15% off by inputting POD15 on this page: https://www.ecotextile.com/magazine-subscribe
    Hope you enjoy the podcast!

    • 17 min
    Unpicking the problem of organic cotton fraud

    Unpicking the problem of organic cotton fraud

    In our latest Ecotextile Talks podcast, cotton expert Simon Ferrigno gives his own views to host Phil Berman on why he’d like to see a parliamentary-style inquiry into widespread fraud in the organic cotton sector.
     
    Ferrigno also talks about his recent opinion piece on organic cotton fraud which was published as a special eight-page feature in the April/May 2022 edition of Ecotextile News magazine and later posted online here. 
     
    Ferrigno reveals how, since he wrote his article, even more whistleblowers have come forward – many of them unwilling to be quoted for fear of losing their jobs – to shed more light on what Ferrigno says is a long-running problem.
     
    “This has been a running sore,” he says. “It’s a problem we’ve known about in the sector since the late 2000s, about 2008.
     
    But we've started to have more whistle-blowers come forward saying this is a serious problem, the numbers don’t match, the big players know the numbers don’t match but they make far too much money to do anything about it, and the sector is riddled with fraud.”
     
    Many of these whistleblowers work for organic certification bodies who claim the data they are being given by some industry bodies is erroneous and feel like they’re being made the ‘scapegoats’ as trust in data from India – where most organic cotton is grown – is falling.
     
    Ferrigno suggests the problem is - that there is little incentive to report the right numbers because “they would fall dramatically and that means the profits in the sector would fall dramatically”.
     
    Another issue, he says, is the lack of a regulatory body for the organic cotton sector; the nearest being the Indian export agency APEDA (Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Agency) and the International Organic Accreditation Service – a private body that checks that certification bodies are doing what they’re supposed to do.
     
    Ferrigno tells Berman that his key message would be for the organic sector to build a direct relationship with the authentic organic cotton farmers who he says are the main victims of fraud within the current system.
     
    “My post-article thought is that we almost need a parliamentary inquiry type approach. That is a couple of legal minds and a sector specialist to put every single big player in the industry in front of them; all the people who’ve worked in this for years and ask them, how do things work? What's wrong with it? And what do we do?
     
    “You almost need to completely tear up what people have been doing for the last 40 years and start afresh because the system no longer works. People will always try to defraud the system or seek an easy solution so you do need to prepare for those future battles. What we can’t do is keep doing the same thing and hoping that it’s going to turn out different the
    next time.”

    • 33 min

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