• PRODUCTION DECLINE: Global fabric production fell 3.2 percent in the third quarter of 2006, with all regions posting declines, the International Textile Manufacturers Federation said in a report last week. North America experienced the biggest fall, down 8.1 percent compared with the second quarter. European fabric production declined 7.7 percent, South America's dipped 1.3 percent and Asia's was down 0.9 percent. Global yarn output was also off in the third quarter, falling 1 percent, as a result of lower production in all key regions except Asia. The sharpest fall came in North America, with output down 8.4 percent compared with the previous quarter. Production also slipped in Europe by 6.9 percent and in South America by 4.9 percent, but posted a 2 percent increase in Asia. The ITMF said world fabric stocks fell 0.5 percent in the quarter, while yarn stocks rose 1.7 percent.

  • GREENING OF NORDSTROM: Nordstrom is going green with its catalogue. Starting in April, the retailer will source its catalogues, as well as its company newsletter distributed to 55,000 employees and its annual report, on paper containing 30 percent postconsumer waste (recycled content) from suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Virtually all of the company's printing partners will be FSC certified. That ensures, through independent third-party audits, that Nordstrom suppliers source their paper from well-managed forests that adhere to strict environmental and socioeconomic standards. Nordstrom distributes catalogues about once a month.

  • RECYCLING CHIC: Uniqlo, the fashion retailer owned by Fast Retailing Co., is expanding its recycling program to cover all its merchandise beginning next month. Under the program, customers may bring in Uniqlo clothes they no longer use to Uniqlo stores in March and September for recycling and reuse, the company said. Reusable clothes will be given to refugees and displaced persons through the United Nations and other relief agencies, while nonreusable items will be recycled into fuels or materials for textiles and other products. Uniqlo carried out an experimental project in September that collected 140,000 pieces of clothing, of which about 92 percent was reusable, and 6 percent recyclable into fuels and 2 percent into textile and other materials, Uniqlo said.
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