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Trending: Textile Startups’ T-Shirts, Purses Clean the Air, Fight Food Waste
Trending: Textile Startups’ T-Shirts, Purses Clean the Air, Fight Food Waste

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - While many aspects of the textile industry have notoriously harmful effects on people and the planet, we’re seeing a variety of solutions emerge that could shape the future of fashion. Two of the latest examples are Kloters’ RepAir t-shirts and Malai’s vegan leather-style accessories.

Rethinking the World’s Waste Dilemma
Rethinking the World’s Waste Dilemma

PRESS RELEASE - China’s shift in recycling waste plastic

Trending: New EMF Collaborative, G-Star RAW, Parsons Students Latest to ‘Make Fashion Circular’
Trending: New EMF Collaborative, G-Star RAW, Parsons Students Latest to ‘Make Fashion Circular’

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) has launched a new industry collaborative to build on the vision outlined in its New Textiles Economy report.

Trending: Global Beauty Industry Joins Forces to Drive Sustainability in Products, Packaging
Trending: Global Beauty Industry Joins Forces to Drive Sustainability in Products, Packaging

COLLABORATION - Collaborative efforts are advancing sustainability in the beauty industry. FIrst, supported by contributions from major brands and retailers, Forum for the Future and The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) have produced a draft assessment tool for evaluating the sustainability of beauty and personal care products, with the goal of simplifying and aligning the wide array of product assessment criteria in use today.

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How the US Food Industry Can Divert 65M Lbs of Glove, Packaging Waste — Immediately
How the US Food Industry Can Divert 65M Lbs of Glove, Packaging Waste — Immediately

WASTE NOT - The US food industry uses roughly 30 billion disposable gloves per year. Estimates vary but between 45-75 percent of these are vinyl (PVC) disposable gloves. There are many scientific studies analyzing the effects of various health and food safety aspects of vinyl — including the dangers of plasticizers such as phthalates and the emission of dioxin at incineration or landfill, as well as at manufacture.

Saved Grains, Zero-Emission Trucks Edging Anheuser Busch Toward 2025 Goals
Saved Grains, Zero-Emission Trucks Edging Anheuser Busch Toward 2025 Goals

THE NEXT ECONOMY - This week, global brewer AB InBev announced two major initiatives helping it advance toward its 2025 Sustainability Goals in different parts of the world.

Trending: Pizza, Water, Frozen Foods Find Plastic-Free Packaging
Trending: Pizza, Water, Frozen Foods Find Plastic-Free Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - People of all ages are more aware of their impact on the planet’s limited resources and ecosystem health than ever before. Packaging is of particular concern, prompting this year’s Earth Day theme: end plastic pollution. “I’d like more people to take care of the Earth,” said Yasmine, a 7th grader in the Garden Club at Montgomery Middle School in San Diego, CA. Fellow club member Daisy, also in 7th grade, agrees. “People can use more reusable bags instead of plastic,” Daisy added. “We have lots of reusable bags at home. When we do get plastic bags, we reuse them.”

WRAP Convenes 42 CPG Giants in Global Pact to Eliminate Plastic Packaging Waste
WRAP Convenes 42 CPG Giants in Global Pact to Eliminate Plastic Packaging Waste

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Building on their individual efforts and those under the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF)’s New Plastics Economy initiative, dozens of businesses have made their commitment to the new UK Plastics Pact.

“A Family Company at Work for a Better World” Highlights SC Johnson’s Global Impact
“A Family Company at Work for a Better World”  Highlights SC Johnson’s Global Impact

PRESS RELEASE - New Tagline Demonstrates Company’s Longstanding Commitment to Improving the Environment, Leadership in Transparency and Improving Lives RACINE, Wis., April 23, 2018 – For the first time in nearly two decades, the company behind such ubiquitous and famous products as Windex®, Pledge®, Ziploc® and Glade® is updating its identity and putting a spotlight on its purpose by adopting a new tagline.

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Timberland Wardrobe Values Survey Uncovers Consumer Eco-Fashion Behaviors
Timberland Wardrobe Values Survey Uncovers Consumer Eco-Fashion Behaviors

PRESS RELEASE - In a world motivated by social cred and “likes,” it comes as no surprise that U.S. consumers on average spend roughly $250 a month on clothes, shoes and accessories. But what you might not expect is that men not only outspend women when it comes to their closet (spending an average of $310.50 per month on their wardrobe, compared to $187.20 for women), they are also 52 percent more likely than women to say they care a lot about eco-conscious fashion. Just in time for Earth Day, outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland shines a spotlight on what consumers value most when it comes to “going green” with their wardrobe.

Trending: Tees, Jeans, App Unlock New Ways to Avoid Waste in the Textile Industry
Trending: Tees, Jeans, App Unlock New Ways to Avoid Waste in the Textile Industry

WASTE NOT - Water and waste are issues at nearly every step of the textile and apparel lifecycles. Luckily, solutions are being developed across the board.

Bangladeshi Garment Suppliers Can Now Evaluate Their Corporate Buyers
Bangladeshi Garment Suppliers Can Now Evaluate Their Corporate Buyers

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Just over a week ahead of the five-year anniversary of the devastating Rana Plaza factory collapse, Better Buying and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) have announced an 18-month partnership in Bangladesh to support and promote responsible buying practices within garment industry supply chains. The two NGOs will invite Bangladeshi garment factories to anonymously evaluate their buyers using the Better Buying online rating platform, which gives buyers anonymized ratings from suppliers on seven key aspects of purchasing practices:

Q&A: Fuji Xerox on the Circular Approach That Redefined Its Business
Q&A: Fuji Xerox on the Circular Approach That Redefined Its Business

WASTE NOT - Long before concepts such as future-fit and circular became buzzwords, Fuji Xerox was already busy redefining business as usual and demonstrating the opportunities to be harnessed by embracing a more sustainable, resource-efficient business model.

Trending: Dutch Task Force, Startups Among Latest to Join Food Waste Fight
Trending: Dutch Task Force, Startups Among Latest to Join Food Waste Fight

WASTE NOT - As much as one third of the world’s food is being wasted. The United States alone wastes roughly 63 million tons, or $218 billion, of food annually. As awareness of this issue has grown over in recent years, a variety of initiatives have taken root.

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Trending: New Sustainable Fashion Collections, Connections, CEO Agenda
Trending: New Sustainable Fashion Collections, Connections, CEO Agenda

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Apparel collections that are less harmful to the environment are on the horizon from G-Star RAW and H&M. Meanwhile, a small Boston-based footwear company is making it easier for customers to connect with their craftsmen, and the non-profit Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) recommended sustainability priorities for senior managers in the fashion world in its first ‘CEO Agenda’ report.

Trending: Sustainable Cocoa for an Ethical Easter?
Trending: Sustainable Cocoa for an Ethical Easter?

SUPPLY CHAIN - The week surrounding Easter has the highest consumption of chocolate in the year. For environmentalists, it can be a bitter reminder that many of the world’s primary regions for growing cocoa are experiencing dramatic decline in forest cover as land is cleared for agriculture. Cocoa is the top driver of deforestation in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire; countries that also rank 1st and 3rd for the highest rates of deforestation in all of Africa.

Garment Factories, Palm Oil Suppliers Mapped for End-to-End Traceability
Garment Factories, Palm Oil Suppliers Mapped for End-to-End Traceability

SUPPLY CHAIN - The team behind digital supply chain mapping platform Sourcemap has been busy. Their latest projects aim to bring a new level of transparency to two of the most notoriously difficult to track industries in the world: clothing and palm oil.

Novacolor launches new decorative effect paints produced with biomass balanced BASF binders
Novacolor launches new decorative effect paints produced with biomass balanced BASF binders

PRESS RELEASE - As of now Novacolor offers new decorative effect paints under the “Africa”, “Puro” and “Patina Minerale” brand names. The textured plasters meet the challenge of combining design and sustainability: Puro is an opaque mineral water-based innovation based on potassium polysilicate, which is odorless and neither contains volatile organic compounds (VOC) nor Formaldehyde. For indoor and outdoor glazing, Novacolor offers the new “Patina Minerale” product, a mineral color wash based on silicates, that recalls the ancient patinas with its chromatic effect. And “Africa”, the finish for interior decoration, which creates a changeable and pleasant play of light and reflected colors based on gentle metallic effects, complements the product range.

New BillerudKorsnas environmental product declarations show greenhouse gas emissions cut by 5–19 percent
New BillerudKorsnas environmental product declarations show greenhouse gas emissions cut by 5–19 percent

PRESS RELEASE - IVL Swedish Environment Research has analysed the environmental impact of ten products from BillerudKorsnäs. The findings reveal that emissions of greenhouse gases have fallen by between 5 and 19 percent since the previous analysis in 2012. The products that have been examined are BillerudKorsnäs Artisan, Carry, Decor, Design, Flute®, Light, Liquid FC, Liquid LC, Supreme and White, and the results demonstrate that the company has succeeded in cutting the associated greenhouse gas emissions by 5–19 percent* since 2012. The majority of the reduction is attributable to cuts in the consumption of fossil fuels.

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Conserving Water, Preserving Life
Conserving Water, Preserving Life

PRESS RELEASE - Knowing water is a critical resource that sustains life, Shaw takes significant measures to use it wisely. Troy Virgo, director of sustainability and product stewardship, details Shaw's commitment to conserving water and creating a better future.

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