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Marci Zaroff: Regenerative Ag Can Heal the Textile Industry — and the Planet
Marci Zaroff: Regenerative Ag Can Heal the Textile Industry — and the Planet

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Entrepreneur and author Marci Zaroff coined the term ‘eco-fashion’ back in the mid-‘90s. Here, we discuss why sustainable fashion has taken so long to have its ‘moment’ and how regenerative ag could heal the planet along with the damaging textile industry.

Large-Scale Study from H&M, IKEA Shows Safer Path Forward for Recycled Textiles
Large-Scale Study from H&M, IKEA Shows Safer Path Forward for Recycled Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - On completion of a two-year, collaborative industry study, the two companies will share the findings to understand potentials and challenges with recycled textiles from a chemical-contamination perspective and to impact circular economy legislation.

Holistic Approach to US Cotton-Growing Yielding Benefits for Flora, Fauna and Farmer
Holistic Approach to US Cotton-Growing Yielding Benefits for Flora, Fauna and Farmer

SUPPLY CHAIN - As consumers demand that brands and retailers provide more sustainable products and ask for transparency, companies understand that these need to start at the very beginning — in the dirt, so to speak.

How eCommerce Can Reduce Both Shoe Returns and Their Environmental Effects
How eCommerce Can Reduce Both Shoe Returns and Their Environmental Effects

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Retailers and brands that view themselves as leaders in a customer's online shopping journey, and want to keep their trust in sustainability initiatives, need to solve the root of the return culture problem: Fit. Sizeable advancements in AI and machine learning have put the perfect fit in the hands of everyone.

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Trending: lululemon, Pangaia Push Plant-Based Fabrics Further
Trending: lululemon, Pangaia Push Plant-Based Fabrics Further

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - lululemon’s latest partnership aims to replace conventional nylon in its products with bio-based; while two new blends from Pangaia are the brand’s latest step to delivering sustainable alternatives to overproduced materials such as cotton.

Closed-Loop Tech Aims to Change Textile Industry’s Water Use from ‘Waste2Fresh’
Closed-Loop Tech Aims to Change Textile Industry’s Water Use from ‘Waste2Fresh’

CLEANTECH - With textile manufacturing responsible for 20% of global water pollution, Waste2Fresh's closed-loop water-recycling system aim to revolutionize the industry’s exploitative methods for dyeing and manufacturing our clothes.

Trending: Could Food Waste Be the Future of Fashion?
Trending: Could Food Waste Be the Future of Fashion?

WASTE NOT - A recent study analyzes agricultural waste streams in Asia and charts a roadmap for establishing alternative textile value streams at scale; while Lenzing puts this into practice with a lyocell fiber made from orange pulp and wood fibers.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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