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LanzaTech, lululemon Partner to Create First Fabric Made from Recycled Carbon Emissions
LanzaTech, lululemon Partner to Create First Fabric Made from Recycled Carbon Emissions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The carbon-capture experts and the high-end yoga pants purveyor have developed a waste-gas-based polyester with the same appearance, properties and functionality of virgin polyester — a lower-carbon potential game-changer for the apparel industry.

Report: Circular Apparel Market Projected to Reach $77B by 2026
Report: Circular Apparel Market Projected to Reach $77B by 2026

WASTE NOT - thredUP’s 2021 Resale Report estimates that the secondhand clothing market will double in the next 5 years, reaching $77 billion. Policy incentives to end fast fashion production and disposal would fuel the movement.

The Root of Sustainability: US Cotton Farmers Dig Deeper in the Name of Healthy Soil
The Root of Sustainability: US Cotton Farmers Dig Deeper in the Name of Healthy Soil

SUPPLY CHAIN - US cotton growers know that sustainability must start at the soil. Ensuring sustainable production for decades to come requires more than conscious growing practices — farmers must also have access to credible data on the soil’s health.

Trending: Burberry, Gucci Strut Ever Closer to Sustainability
Trending: Burberry, Gucci Strut Ever Closer to Sustainability

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The luxury fashion giants continue to lead the industry toward a cruelty-free and climate-resilient future — Gucci with its new, biobased, animal-free textile; and Burberry with its bar-raising goal to be climate positive by 2040.

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Canopy Welcomes LVMH, 29 More Brands to Coalitions Working to Preserve the World’s Forests
Canopy Welcomes LVMH, 29 More Brands to Coalitions Working to Preserve the World’s Forests

SUPPLY CHAIN - Corporate participation in Canopy’s CanopyStyle and Pack4Good initiatives — which work with the world’s biggest brands to protect forests and transform destructive supply chains in the fashion and packaging industries, respectively — is at an all-time high.

Trending: Fashion, Beverage Industries Continue to Advance Solutions to Plastic Waste
Trending: Fashion, Beverage Industries Continue to Advance Solutions to Plastic Waste

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The $1.2M Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize seeks scalable, alternative solutions for thin-film plastic; while Paboco has eliminated plastic from Absolut’s bio-based beverage bottle, making it fully recyclable.

Trending: Fashion Industry Advancing Transparency, Circularity – Thread by Thread
Trending: Fashion Industry Advancing Transparency, Circularity – Thread by Thread

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Two new initiatives leveraging connected products and scaling recycled polyester aim to accelerate industry transparency and circular materials and business models.

2021’s 'World-Changing Ideas' Cutting Waste and Emissions, Correcting Societal Imbalances
2021’s 'World-Changing Ideas' Cutting Waste and Emissions, Correcting Societal Imbalances

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s that time of year again, when Fast Company calls out its favorite World-Changing Ideas. Here are a few of that we’re especially keen to keep an eye on.

How Able Made’s Circular Products Are Fueling Healthier Communities
How Able Made’s Circular Products Are Fueling Healthier Communities

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Able Made is a purpose-driven lifestyle brand created to help empower city youth and support nonprofits with its sustainably made apparel and accessories, and programming aimed at a creating healthier communities through the power of design and sport.

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Does Waste Have an Image Problem?
Does Waste Have an Image Problem?

WASTE NOT - For circularity to become mainstream, where nothing is wasted and everything is fed back into the system, it requires businesses to find value in resources already in circulation — and reframe how they perceive waste in the first place.

Trending: The North Face, Timberland, Vans Scaling Regenerative Supply Chains
Trending: The North Face, Timberland, Vans Scaling Regenerative Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - Three of VF Corporation’s top outdoor apparel brands have committed to bold goals around circularity and scaling regenerative ag practices — including having all of their top materials be recycled, regenerative or renewable by 2025.

Rising to the Challenge: Meeting the World’s Demand for More Cotton While Using Less Land
Rising to the Challenge: Meeting the World’s Demand for More Cotton While Using Less Land

SUPPLY CHAIN - US cotton growers have long been stewards of the land. They continue to adapt and innovate to develop more cotton with the space they have. The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol intends to build on this progress and create a smarter cotton future.

The Luxury Consumer, Sustainability and Social Responsibility: It’s Complicated
The Luxury Consumer, Sustainability and Social Responsibility: It’s Complicated

WALKING THE TALK - Whether environmental or social, luxury brands *will* have to contend with issues related to corporate social responsibility — it’s in the zeitgeist. “Being your best self” is the essence of luxury. Values and purpose are thus luxury essentials, not just nice-to-haves.

Best Foot Forward: Could Fashion Be the Next Big Thing in Corporate Social Purpose?
Best Foot Forward: Could Fashion Be the Next Big Thing in Corporate Social Purpose?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A growing breed of fashion brands has adopted social purpose to propel their business models. They are transitioning themselves and the entire industry to be a force for good in the world. And that’s fashionable.

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Trending: Major Brands Partner to Cultivate Regenerative Ag Supply Chains
Trending: Major Brands Partner to Cultivate Regenerative Ag Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - Allbirds, icebreaker and Smartwool throw their weight behind the industry’s first regenerative wool platform; and The North Face and three other companies join Indigo Ag’s program to incentivize farmers to shift to regenerative practices.

30+ Fashion Brands, Manufacturers Collaborating to Recycle Textile Waste in Bangladesh
30+ Fashion Brands, Manufacturers Collaborating to Recycle Textile Waste in Bangladesh

WASTE NOT - The Global Fashion Agenda's Circular Fashion Partnership (CFP) aims to achieve a long-term, scalable transition to a circular fashion system; beginning in the heart of fast-fashion production, Bangladesh.

Lenzing Rolling Up Its Sleeves to Lead Textile Industry on Climate Action
Lenzing Rolling Up Its Sleeves to Lead Textile Industry on Climate Action

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - In its first year disclosing to CDP, the fiber maker earned ‘A’ scores for its global climate and forests stewardship. Here’s what got it there.

#WhoMadeMyClothes: Transparency Has Become a Fashion-Industry Imperative
#WhoMadeMyClothes: Transparency Has Become a Fashion-Industry Imperative

SUPPLY CHAIN - When it comes to one of the world’s most polluting and exploitative industries, more and more consumers are demanding transparency. We have the technology to deliver end-to-end transparency and to support the reinvention of the fashion industry.

Global Innovation Competition Seeks Solutions to Microplastic Pollution
Global Innovation Competition Seeks Solutions to Microplastic Pollution

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Conservation X Labs’ $650,000 challenge aims to “harness planetary genius” to create solutions to replace plastic in textiles and textile manufacturing.

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No Compromises: How Eastman’s Naia™ Renew Is Transforming the Fashion Industry
No Compromises: How Eastman’s Naia™ Renew Is Transforming the Fashion Industry

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Here, Shaw’s Kellie Ballew and Eastman’s Ruth Farrell discuss the opportunities created by Eastman’s Naia™ Renew textile, and the need to show the market that sustainability and circularity can be achieved without compromise.

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