Update: Factory Collapse in Bangladesh


Scores Dead When Factory Collapses in Bangladesh
A.M. Ahad/Associated Press April 24, 2013

Mohammed Sohel Rana

Mohammed Sohel Rana, the fugitive owner of an illegally-constructed building that collapsed last week in Bangladesh, is produced before the media by Rapid Action Battalion commandoes in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 28, 2013. Rana was arrested near the land border in Benapole in western Bangladesh, just as he was about to flee into India’s West Bengal state, said Jahangir Kabir Nanak, junior minister for local government,. (AP Photo/Palash Khan)

I have been remiss in not reporting on the factory collapse last week in Bangladesh. If there is any good news from this story it is this: the factory owner, Mohammed Sohel Rana, has been arrested just before he was to flee the country. So often these factory owners disappear, never to be seen again, while leaving death and destruction in their path. Continue reading

Levi Strauss Pledges Zero Discharge by 2020

ECOTEXTILE News reports Levi Strauss has joined adidas Group, C&A, H&M, Li Ning, Nike, Puma and G-Star in a commitment to zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in their supply chain by the year 2020. Continue reading

Levi Strauss Promotes Water-Less Jeans

Levi jeans was made with world water shortages in mind

An article this week in The New York Times, Changes in the Air Stone-Washed Blue Jeans (Minus the Washed), by Leslie Kaufman highlighted Levi Strauss‘ recent focus on water consumption throughout the life cycle of a pair of jeans.  Levi’s has calculated that 919 gallons of water are consumed during this time. Continue reading