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What Makes a Resale Company Truly Sustainable?
What Makes a Resale Company Truly Sustainable?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - With the resale market for apparel alone estimated to grow to $77B billion by 2026, sustainability is sure to become an increasingly important factor for consumers to consider when debating where to sell and buy their used goods.

Shein Acknowledges Textile Waste with $50M EPR Commitment; But Critics Say It’s Small Change
Shein Acknowledges Textile Waste with $50M EPR Commitment; But Critics Say It’s Small Change

WASTE NOT - What some are calling 'a significant step toward accountability' for fast fashion brands, others say is lip service and an inadequate approach to supporting waste-management efforts in communities deeply impacted by textile waste.

Fashion Is Still Rife with Greenwashing; But There Is a Bigger Picture for the Guilty Brands
Fashion Is Still Rife with Greenwashing; But There Is a Bigger Picture for the Guilty Brands

MARKETING AND COMMS - Many would also argue that the fashion industry is not being judged harshly enough and gets away with a lot. But there are steps in the right direction and nuances within sustainability ‘misses’ which, if built on, will generate needed momentum.

New Traceability Playbook Aims to Accelerate Sustainable Transformation of Fashion Supply Chains
New Traceability Playbook Aims to Accelerate Sustainable Transformation of Fashion Supply Chains

MARKETING AND COMMS - The open-source playbook from TrusTrace, Fashion Revolution and Fashion for Good offers a one-stop guide for fashion brands wanting to fulfill on the new business imperative for transparency.

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Fashion’s Supply Chain Visibility Comes Into Focus
Fashion’s Supply Chain Visibility Comes Into Focus

SUPPLY CHAIN - It remains to be seen whether the SEC’s proposed climate-disclosure rules will go into effect; but with the EU bringing in sustainable textile regulations and states passing laws on supply chain due diligence, increased scrutiny over the climate impacts of brands and retailers will continue to grow.

eBay UK’s ‘Imperfects’ Marketplace Gives Flawed Fashion Items a Second Chance
eBay UK’s ‘Imperfects’ Marketplace Gives Flawed Fashion Items a Second Chance

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The platform features items from over 100 high-street and high-end designers at up to 60% off. All items are considered new, but feature minor defects that would prevent brands from selling them in stores at full retail prices.

The Humble Crab Shell Could Upend a Variety of Polluting Industries — Starting with Wastewater
The Humble Crab Shell Could Upend a Variety of Polluting Industries — Starting with Wastewater

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Washington-based startup Tidal Vision upcycles discarded crab shells to produce chitosan — a positively charged biopolymer with myriad applications in sustainable water treatment, textile production, agriculture and more.

Savvy, Circularity Driving PANGAIA’s Continued Expansion Into Conscious Consumer Market
Savvy, Circularity Driving PANGAIA’s Continued Expansion Into Conscious Consumer Market

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Watch out, consumer products industry: Materials-science company PANGAIA could be evolving into a one-stop shopping destination for waste-conscious consumers.

When It Comes to Cotton Production, Sustainability Is in the Water
When It Comes to Cotton Production, Sustainability Is in the Water

SUPPLY CHAIN - Through new technologies, data collection and third-party verification, brands and retailers now have the critical assurances they need to show that the cotton fiber in their supply chain is more sustainably grown, with lower environmental and social risk.

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Organic Cotton Industry Still Sowing Seeds for Sustainability
Organic Cotton Industry Still Sowing Seeds for Sustainability

SUPPLY CHAIN - As consumer demand for organic cotton soars, so does skepticism over the sustainability of the sector. The response must not be to retreat from organic cotton, but to invest more in supporting farmers to help them make the often-difficult conversion to organic on the ground.

Transparency and Traceability Must Drive Sustainable Fashion
Transparency and Traceability Must Drive Sustainable Fashion

SUPPLY CHAIN - Traceability is the foundation upon which we can truly revolutionize the fashion industry, revealing the actual costs of products and ensuring that the wealth generated from production gets redistributed more fairly.

How Can Apparel Brands Solve a Problem Like Deadstock?
How Can Apparel Brands Solve a Problem Like Deadstock?

WASTE NOT - A growing number of niche brands are finding success with apparel repurposing; but many larger apparel companies have no best practices in place for managing their enormous volumes of unsellable merchandise. Fortunately, a new sub-industry of upcycling partners is stepping in to ‘reimagine’ increasingly large volumes of deadstock.

New Platform to Help Apparel Brands Illuminate Darkest Corners of Supply Chains
New Platform to Help Apparel Brands Illuminate Darkest Corners of Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - Laudes Foundation’s Transparency in Action portal features best practices, expert advice, tools and resources — including information on existing and upcoming legislation — for brands to take informed steps towards transparency and expand their current efforts.

To Ensure Our Future in Business, We Must Make Sustainability Accessible to All
To Ensure Our Future in Business, We Must Make Sustainability Accessible to All

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As consumer-product companies, we have a unique ability to make meaningful change in the broadest sense — and a shared responsibility to our consumers to help make doing the right thing an easy, affordable choice.

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Report: Regenerative Ag Practices Fundamental to Long-Term Health of Fashion and Textile Industries
Report: Regenerative Ag Practices Fundamental to Long-Term Health of Fashion and Textile Industries

SUPPLY CHAIN - Far from simply the latest buzzword, regenerative agriculture is an opportunity for brands to invest in a fundamentally different system that drives numerous benefits for people and the planet — from boosting climate resilience and reversing biodiversity loss to prioritizing justice, equity and sustainable livelihoods.

When It Comes to Sustainable Cotton, Transparency Is Material
When It Comes to Sustainable Cotton, Transparency Is Material

SUPPLY CHAIN - Raw material sourcing is more important than ever. Evolving attitudes among brands, retailers and consumers are creating demand for greater sustainability and transparency — starting at the seed and throughout the entire supply chain.

Different Paths, Common Goal: How More Companies Are Providing Living Wages
Different Paths, Common Goal: How More Companies Are Providing Living Wages

SUPPLY CHAIN - Paying living wages throughout supply chains can mean changing business models, which can seem insurmountable. But a series of case studies from IDH shows how companies and coalitions are making real progress on their commitments.

Timberland Gives Worn Items New Life Through Timberloop™ Take-Back Program
Timberland Gives Worn Items New Life Through Timberloop™ Take-Back Program

WASTE NOT - Timberloop enables Timberland and its community to work together to keep products and materials in circulation for as long as possible — critical to the company’s goal for 100% of its products to be designed for full circularity by 2030.

Improving the Sustainability of Wet Processing: An Investment Pot of Gold
Improving the Sustainability of Wet Processing: An Investment Pot of Gold

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - In the textile industry, one area ripe for investment is making wet processing more sustainable. As with most pots of gold, it’s not without its challenges — but data indicate that the returns are well worth the effort. Investors keen to seize this nascent opportunity should consider three primary steps.

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Report Presents Decarbonization of Fashion Industry as $1T Investment Opportunity
Report Presents Decarbonization of Fashion Industry as $1T Investment Opportunity

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Estimating an investment opportunity of $1 trillion, a new Fashion for Good-Apparel Impact Institute report breaks down the funding needed by solution category and identifies the types of funders best placed to take advantage of the opportunity and benefit from the positive returns.

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