Study by Dr. Mark Anthony Brown et al. (2011) says that an important source of microplastic are fibers from washing clothes.
The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA), a multistakeholder initiative which aims to accelerate the uptake of organic cotton, has been launched.
The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) has launched a new CmiA Organic Standard.
Activists from around the world joint for the First Fashion Revolution Day on 24th of April 2014. Exactly one year ago, the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Bangladesh and led to more than 1100 dead and several thousands injured. The first fashion revolution day had the motto “Who made your clothes?” and people from around the world posted selfies with #insideout worn clothes to create awareness for the people who make the clothes.
Today, the European Parliament adopted the long-awaited directive on the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large companies.
The German minister for development said to the “Welt am Sonntag” that they are working on a new textile standard for sustainable garments which is planned to be introduced within this year already.
On the 1st of March 2014, the new GOTS version 4.0. was published. The implementation deadline for the new rules is one year after the publication on the 1st of March 2015. Among the most relevant changes is that it is no longer allowed that up to 30% of the fibers are non-organic in the sense of conventional cotton, conventional angora or virgin polyester. According to the new standard, up to 30% of the fibers may still be non-organic but only in the sense of regenerated or recycled materials.
On February 26, 2014 the European Parliament and Council reached an agreement on Commission proposal that certain large companies in the EU should need to disclose certain social and environmental information in their management reports. The original proposal covered approx. 18.000 European companies, the new agreement applies only to large companies of public interest (mainly listed companies and financial institutions) and thus approx. 6.000 companies in the EU which need to disclose their non-financial performance according to Germanwatch.
On 23 January 2014, the Berne Declaration (BD) and Greenpeace Switzerland gave away the 2014 Public Eye Awards. “Winner” of the Public Eye Award 2014 was GAP. Fashion giant Gap has refused to sign the binding agreement «Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh».
Control Union starts its new “Sustainable Fibre Program” which aims to cover all the three pillars (economic, ecological and social aspects) of sustainable natural fiber production.