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  • [New] Unilever analysed its water risk and found that using its range of products, for cleaning dishes, clothing and people, could account for more than 90% of a household's domestic water use. Reuters
  • [New] Outdoor clothing manufacturer Kathmandu will lead a project to explore renewal and resale of damaged or unwanted clothing. CEBIC
  • [New] If things do not change fast, the fashion industry could use one-quarter of the world's remaining global carbon budget and use 35% more land to produce fibers by 2030. Ideas.Ted.Com
  • [New] Japan will use commercial flights to provide Ukraine with masks and clothing to protect against chemical weapons. Kyodo News+
  • [New] More than 300,000 tonnes of clothing end up in landfill each year in the UK, many items of which could be re-worn or recycled. Canary Wharf Group
  • [New] Neighboring European countries that are taking in Ukrainian refugees will likely need international assistance to provide food, shelter, and clothing. Washington Examiner
  • As jihadist violence, particularly from al-Qaeda's JNIM, continues to spread southward in deadlier fashion, West Africa's littoral states will have to develop more effective strategies and stemming the now more frequent flow of attacks. FDD's Long War Journal
  • The Taliban decree, announced on Saturday, ordered all Afghan women to wear all-covering clothing in public, the traditional burqa, and threatened to punish their male relatives in cases of noncompliance. Al Arabiya English
  • Afghanistan's Taliban rulers on Saturday ordered all Afghan women to wear head-to-toe clothing in public - a sharp, hard-line pivot that confirmed the worst fears of rights activists and was bound to further complicate Taliban dealings with an already distrustful international community. Time
  • Fashion brands and retailers are leaning into technology not only to become more resilient to supply chain and other disruptions, but also to become more responsible and transparent as the world seeks sustainability solutions. The Business of Fashion
  • In 2013, H&M launched a global garment collecting program and has set a goal of having all clothing sold in its stores be made from recycled or sustainably sourced materials by 2030. CNN
  • Fashion brands, courting a growing customer base of plugged-in Gen Z' ers and millennials, must establish a TikTok presence (and learn its language, a formidable task) or risk irrelevance. Highsnobiety
  • Amid demand for products such as virtual fashion and NFTs, fashion companies focused on metaverse innovation and commercialization could generate more than 5% of revenues from virtual activities over the next two to five years. McKinsey & Company
  • In a world where people can go to virtual concerts and buy virtual clothes from virtual stores, Disney may spot opportunities. Tech Xplore
  • Last month, retailer Next said its prices for homeware items would jump 13% and its fashion prices will rise by 6.5% in the second half of 2022. BBC News
  • From August, the EU will ban use of TiO 2 nanos in food and the European Commission recently announced that 12 nanomaterials would soon be prohibited in cosmetics. The Guardian
  • European perfume - and cosmetics-makers face shortages of paper, glass, and some key oils and alcohols, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine adds further disruptions to the supply chains for beauty products, driving prices higher amid robust demand. The Business of Fashion
  • Resale is expected to grow 11 times faster than the broader retail clothing sector by 2025, say Thredup, and 1 in 3 retail executives say resale is becoming table stakes for retailers. Just Style
  • Europe will become the first continent in the world to introduce regulation to improve circularity of textiles, curb overproduction, empower consumers to make more responsible choices and make fashion brands accountable for their massive waste problem. Sourcing Journal
  • The beauty of educational migration is that it can help more people, in America and around the world, reach their maximum potential. The Washington Post
  • Resale is expected to grow 11 times faster than the broader retail clothing sector by 2025, and 1 in 3 retail executives say resale is becoming table stakes for retailers. Yahoo Finance
  • Walmart metaverse shopping will focus on producing and selling virtual goods such as home decorations, sporting clothes and equipment, personal care products, toys, and home decorations. PixelPlex

Last updated: 23 May 2022