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Global Fashion Brands Face EU Crackdown to Clean Up Textiles

  • Environmental initiative may have broad trade implications
  • European regulators weigh tougher production, labeling rules
A pile of unwashed jeans sit at a factory.
Photographer: Asim Hafeez/Bloomberg

Europe’s fashionwear manufacturers and importers may face stricter environmental rules under a push to clean up textiles production.

In a fresh sign of the European Union’s ambitions to expand its green regulatory footprint around the globe, the bloc’s environment chief vowed to zero in on the apparel industry to ensure that it avoids using harmful chemicals and wasting water.