REI has just released its fifth annual stewardship report. One highlight: The outdoor apparel retailer’s net carbon impact of 7.3 percent was less than its 14 percent sales growth. (Press release)

Clear your lunch hours for Loving Eco, a new green private-sale website that launches on Monday. (Email)

Malaysia has introduced a “Clean Batik” initiative to educate textile companies on environmentally friendly best practices. (Fibre2Fashion)

Farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa’s largest producer of cotton, are refusing to plant the crop for the 2011-2012 harvest after union negotiations fell through. (Bloomberg)

With fabric and labor costs on the uptick, garment manufacturers are redesigning their clothes to squeeze out savings—and hoping you won’t notice. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Wages are rising in China and its low-wage Asian competitors (Vietnam, Bangladesh, Indonesia, et. al.)—great for workers, not so hot for apparel companies scrambling to trim their budgets. (New York Times)