Outsourced pollution is a convenient effect of outsourced manufacturing. A paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year found that once it was taken into account, developed countries’ apparent 2%...
by Samuel Wade | Jul 14, 2011
Greenpeace has released the results of an investigation into water pollution by Chinese textile plants, and is pressuring Western brands such as Nike and Adidas to push for change. From The Guardian: In their one-year...
by Sophie Beach | Sep 12, 2010
The New York Times reports from Prato, Italy, on how Chinese immigrants are beginning to dominate and transform Italy’s prestigious textile industry: The city is now home to the largest concentration of Chinese in Europe —...
by Jenny Leung | Mar 1, 2009
As the global financial crisis continues, China sees its reach affect its textile factories. The demand for textile has decreased worldwide, causing factories in Shaoxing, China’s textile capital, to be shut down and...
by Liu Yong | Oct 21, 2007
From Xinhua, via China Daily: The Europe Union (EU) will lift the quotas of ten categories of textile imported from China starting January 1, 2008, said the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) Sunday. According to the memorandum signed by the two parties, the EU will lift quotas on China’s textile exports to the EU at the […]
by Michael Zhao | Apr 11, 2007
From the New York Times (photo: imported Chinese worker at a Romanian garment factory, via nytimes.com): To get around the chronic labor shortages hampering this traditional textile center and in other industries across Romania, Sorin Nicolescu, who runs a clothing factory, came up with an original solution: import 800 workers from China. “The explanation is […]
by Sophie Beach | Jul 4, 2006
From Slate.com, via Howard French’s A Glimpse of the World blog: One of the most bruising critiques of China’s emerging role in the global economy holds that the nation is not only taking the jobs of manufacturing workers in rich countries, but is also simultaneously battering the livelihoods of workers in the poorest regions of […]
by Xiao Qiang | Nov 27, 2005
From The Financial Times: China’s textile exports to the European Union rose by 40 per cent in the first eight months of the year, at the expense of other Asian and African clothing exporters, while overall EU textiles imports were little changed. The European Commission’s latest trade figures are likely to confirm fears that developing […]
by Xiao Qiang | Nov 17, 2005
From The Standard: HK set to import 5,000 mainlanders on minimum wages Staggering from Hong Kong’s decades- long industrial downturn, labor leaders capitulated Tuesday to demands by manufacturers to import low-wage textile workers from the mainland. In return, employers agreed for the first time to impose minimum wages in specific cases. The Labour Advisory Board, […]
by Xiao Qiang | Nov 7, 2005
From AFP, via China Daily: The United States and China have agreed to a deal on the import of mainland clothing and fabric, resolving a bitter trade dispute between the two nations, a major Chinese textile association said. “Both the US and China have compromised in reaching this textile pact,” China National Textile and Apparel […]
by Xiao Qiang | Oct 14, 2005
by Sophie Beach | Sep 5, 2005
From Bloomberg: The European Union and China reached an agreement to end a stalemate that has left 400 million euros ($502 million) of Chinese garments stranded at European ports. “The EU and China will share responsibility for the goods which are blocked,” Simon Fraser, chief of staff to European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, told journalists […]
by Xiao Qiang | Sep 3, 2005
From The Sunday Times: Business leaders who will travel with Tony Blair today to China and India are demanding that the European Union immediately lift its blockade on Chinese textile imports. The 40 company bosses are also attempting to spearhead a drive to increase Britain’s exports to China and India. Currently only 1% of UK […]
by Sophie Beach | Aug 31, 2005
From the International Herald Tribune: Even as Washington moves to impose new limits on Chinese garment exports to the United States, textile industry executives here say they are already looking a step ahead. They are trying to figure out how their workers can move beyond the simple cutting and sewing of garments into what is […]
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