New online textile standards and legislation tool launched

New online textile standards and legislation tool launched

MCL Global and the European Outdoor Group today launch a unique, easy-to-use on-line resource that details over 70 textile sustainability labels, regulation and standards, in a bid to cut through the confusion surrounding environmental and social compliance in the global textile industry

The new Textile Standards & Legislation (TSL) website combines all the very best elements of the long established Eco-Textile Labelling Guide from MCL together with the online SIGNS tool developed by the European Outdoor Group, and its members, to bring users a highly valuable resource that will be updated immediately on an on-going basis.

Written and designed by industry experts and leading textile journalists, this new online resource allows the textile supply chain to search and then access key information onTSL_homepage over 70 voluntary and mandatory global social and environmental textile standards and legal requirements. All the information is available in just one place:

Fully searchable by different criteria, TSL monitors changes to existing standards and legal requirements, provides details of new standards and laws on an on-going basis, and updates them within 24 hours to give the most incisive, accurate and timely information on the internet.

High quality content includes: the full range of third party voluntary textile standards; mandatory regulations; management standards as well as all the key frameworks that impact on sustainability and social compliance in the supply chain.

Additionally TSL publishes ‘how to’ articles and other useful features that detail supply chain traceability requirements, standards and labelling.

“Since we have a longstanding and positive relationship with the European Outdoor Group on sustainability initiatives, it was natural that both organisations would work together on the creation of the new Textile Standards and Legislation website. Combining the best elements of our well-known Eco-Textile Labelling Guide and the EOG’s online SIGNS tool has now resulted in a powerful new web portal by two leading organisations that have sustainability embedded into their DNA,” said John Mowbray, Founder and Director of MCL Global.

“If you want your business to comply with the relevant social and environmental issues, need to minimise risk in your supply chain, avoid reputable damage to your brand, or have decided to source your products in a more responsible manner – then TSL is a fantastic and trusted information resource for your business,” he said.

“Our original SIGNS online platform was created back in 2011 by EOG members with the intent of closing an information and knowledge gap that existed in the industry. Textile Standards and Legislation, as its successor, brings this effort to the next level by combining the EOG’s industry knowledge with MCL Global’s publishing and editorial expertise. Both our organisations have sustainability values embedded, and the fact that this collaborative work is now accessible to the textile, sports and outdoor industry at large is a great step forward.

In addition to the TSL web-site, MCL Global will publish a valuable snapshot of the on-line content, which will also be available to subscribers in the form of an 84 page printed booklet. It will include the most significant recent developments and changes from the new web-site but add comment and analysis to address everyday questions on standards such as bluesign, Oeko-Tex, EU Ecolabel, REACH regulations and the Higg Index – along with many more.

The printed edition is also being supported by Messe Frankfurt – a regular and long time partner of MCL Global on environmental and social compliance in the global textile industry.

Existing subscribers to the Eco-Textile Labelling Guide website and European Outdoor Group member companies will be able to gain full access to the new website.

Established in 2004, MCL Global is the UK-based publisher of industry leading magazines, newsletters, reports and online news for the global textile and apparel sectors. These include flagship bi-monthly publication Ecotextile News, as well as Knitting Trade Journal, Sustainable Nonwovens, and Textile Evolution (T.EVO).

MCL has also published several ground-breaking reports on environmental issues that impact the textile industry, such as Detox Deconstructed which analyses the Greenpeace campaign, the Sustainable Sourcing Map, and more recently Closing the Loop – the first publication to examine how the global textile sector can transform from a liner to a circular business model.

MCL’s expertise in cotton and sustainability is second to none, having published two major reports on this subject: the Insider’s Guide to Cotton & Sustainability and most recently, the industry-first Cotton Horizons study.

MCL also organises the Planet Textiles event on sustainability, which successfully launched in Hong Kong in March 2010 and in 2015 took place in Shanghai, China, alongside Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics. The upcoming 2016 Planet Textiles conference will take place on 11 May 2016, sandwiched between the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s annual members’ meeting (9 – 10 May) and the Copenhagen Fashion Summit (12 May). All three conferences will take place in the Copenhagen Concert Hall.

With over 80 brand and retail members, the European Outdoor Group undertakes innovative projects in support of the outdoor industry across Europe.

The EOG was founded in 2003 by 19 of the world’s largest outdoor companies, who recognised the need for a cohesive, cross border approach to representation of the outdoor sector. The combined strength of its members, and a close cooperation with national outdoor associations, means that the  EOG is well position to represent the European outdoor industry in a constructive, positive and forward looking manner.

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