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Industry Collaboration Critical for Sustainable Denim
Industry Collaboration Critical for Sustainable Denim

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s no secret that "denim is a dirty business.” But does this mean our love affair with denim is over? To open the KingPins 2016 Amsterdam Show on October 24, 10 leaders transforming the denim industry were invited to answer one question: Is the scary part of hazardous chemicals on the way? The day, dubbed the “Transformers,” invited a range of perspectives from the chemical industry, along with manufacturers, brands, and industry coalitions - and while there was certainly some debate, common themes emerged.

Fashion Brands Lagging in Efforts to Stop Exploitation of Refugees in Turkish Factories
Fashion Brands Lagging in Efforts to Stop Exploitation of Refugees in Turkish Factories

SUPPLY CHAIN - Many clothes are now made in Turkey because of its proximity to Europe, allowing retailers to fill last-minute orders and get new designs into shops more quickly. But Turkey is a challenging place to do business, especially following the influx of almost 3 million refugees escaping war and bloodshed in Syria. With under-resourced humanitarian assistance, jobs and wages are critical to refugee families’ well-being and security.

Trending: Breakthroughs in Biomimicry, Recycling Unlock ‘Tarantula Blue’ Textiles, Closed-Loop Tencel
Trending: Breakthroughs in Biomimicry, Recycling Unlock ‘Tarantula Blue’ Textiles, Closed-Loop Tencel

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The latest textile innovations include a new TENCEL® made from cotton fabric waste, recently picked up by Patagonia, and a research breakthrough that could lead to ‘tarantula blue’ textiles.

Timberland Supports Next Generation of Sustainable Business at NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge
Timberland Supports Next Generation of Sustainable Business at NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge

PRESS RELEASE - For the past three years, Stratham, NH-based Timberland has partnered with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) to encourage and support the next generation of sustainable business through the university’s annual New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC). Now in its fourth year, the global outdoor lifestyle brand is working with UNH to challenge students and community members to develop innovative business solutions as part of the company’s long-standing commitment to addressing social and environmental challenges in communities across the world.

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Goodwill Works with Ray Products to Launch Textile Recycling Solution
Goodwill Works with Ray Products to Launch Textile Recycling Solution

PRESS RELEASE - A series of Goodwill goBINs, thermoformed by Ray Products, are being deployed to Goodwill chapters around the country. The goBINs make it easier and more convenient than ever for city dwellers to recycle clothing and textiles. "Convenience is the most important factor for people deciding what to do with the items they no longer need," said SF Goodwill Director of Donations Leslie Bilbro.

Levi Strauss Expanding, Publicly Sharing Industry-Changing Worker Wellbeing Initiative
Levi Strauss Expanding, Publicly Sharing Industry-Changing Worker Wellbeing Initiative

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Marking the 25th anniversary of its industry-changing supplier code of conduct, called Terms of Engagement, Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) announced a new commitment to expand the company’s pioneering Worker Wellbeing initiative – both within and outside the company. By 2025, the company aims to:

H&M Solidifies Workers’ Rights Framework, Debuts Upcycled Clothes at London Fashion Week
H&M Solidifies Workers’ Rights Framework, Debuts Upcycled Clothes at London Fashion Week

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In the past, H&M has faced criticism for labor issues in its supply chain and its “fast fashion” business model that relies on high rates of consumption.

Stella McCartney’s First Environmental Profit and Loss Account Reinforces ‘No Leather, No Fur’ Ethos
Stella McCartney’s First Environmental Profit and Loss Account Reinforces ‘No Leather, No Fur’ Ethos

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Stella McCartney brand reduced the overall environmental impact of its materials by 35 percent in the last three years, whilst enjoying its best business performance since its launch in 2001. The brand announced its first Global Environmental Profit and Loss Account this week, with positive results for 2015 that reinforce its responsibility commitments.

Give Back Box, Goodwill Helping Growing List of Retailers, Consumers Eliminate Waste
Give Back Box, Goodwill Helping Growing List of Retailers, Consumers Eliminate Waste

WASTE NOT - Mission-driven startup Give Back Box® was founded in 2012 by Monika Wiela, who at the time was running an online shoe store. The idea was inspired by a homeless man she encountered in Chicago, who was holding up a sign saying he needed a pair of shoes. Wiela returned later that day with shoes for him, but he was gone. She spent that night thinking about what she could do with all the empty boxes in her warehouse and also help people like that man, and a new social enterprise was born.

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H&M, WWF Launch Kids Collection to Raise Funds for Endangered Species
H&M, WWF Launch Kids Collection to Raise Funds for Endangered Species

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - H&M and WWF have joined forces on a children’s collection featuring realistic prints of iconic animals at risk. For every item sold, 10 percent of the sales price will be donated to support WWF’s work in conserving endangered species.

Patagonia Spending $1M to Get Out the Green Vote
Patagonia Spending $1M to Get Out the Green Vote

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “The activist company” Patagonia is making donations, hosting events and stressing the importance of local- and state-level voting in a $1 million push to combat apathy and ‘get out the green vote.’

Gap, Mr Black Campaign Asks Consumers to ‘Clean Less, Do More’ with Their Denim
Gap, Mr Black Campaign Asks Consumers to ‘Clean Less, Do More’ with Their Denim

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - High street apparel brand Gap and garment aftercare expert Mr. Black have partnered on a new campaign that highlights the links between denim care and sustainability. The two brands have joined forces to educate consumers that by adopting a simple aftercare routine it’s possible to prolong the lifespan of garments while saving water and energy.

Timberland Unveils Restoration Project in First City of its Five-Year Urban Greening Commitment
Timberland Unveils Restoration Project in First City of its Five-Year Urban Greening Commitment

PRESS RELEASE - Stratham, NH based outdoor lifestyle brand, Timberland, opens its first completed project in its five-year commitment to create and restore urban green spaces starting with New York City. In partnership with local nonprofit GrowNYC, Timberland and volunteers transformed a vacant lot in the Mott Haven Neighborhood of South Bronx, New York into a vibrant community garden. The restoration project came full circle with a service event that kicks off Timberland’s busy fall season of service, and also commemorates 9/11; something Timberland has done each year since September 11, 2001 when employees volunteered at a Bronx elementary school as tragedy struck.

NRG Made This ‘Shoe Without a Footprint’ from Power Plant Emissions
NRG Made This ‘Shoe Without a Footprint’ from Power Plant Emissions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s no mystery why an energy company might explore applications for gaseous waste emitted from its power plants, but making shoes isn’t usually on the agenda. For NRG, shoes made from carbon dioxide emissions are just the beginning.

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Distilling Complexity: Designing an Effective Sustainability Plan
Distilling Complexity: Designing an Effective Sustainability Plan

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - On Black Friday of 2011, Patagonia released a now-famous New York Times advertisement with a picture of a jacket and a simple plea: “Don’t buy this jacket.” The response, ironically, was a surge in sales. Some analysts deemed the whole thing a cheap trick. But the underlying message was clear.

H&M Partners to Develop More Textile Recycling Technologies
H&M Partners to Develop More Textile Recycling Technologies

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Recycling single-fibre fabrics – such as denim jeans and wool sweaters – is mechanically possible, but garments are often made from a blend of different fibres, which has historically caused a host of challenges for recycling them. Even for many of the most popular blends such as cotton and polyester, commercially viable separation, sorting and recycling technologies are not yet available. As a result, used apparel of blended or unknown materials are typically discarded in landfills or down-cycled into insulation, carpeting or other low-value applications.

Impact Over Compliance: The Trouble With Certification
Impact Over Compliance: The Trouble With Certification

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Have you heard the one about the fire extinguisher? An auditor was completing an onsite assessment of a production facility for a major apparel brand when he noticed that fire extinguishers were mounted on devices that allowed them to slide up and down the wall. The auditor asked about this. “Well,” the facility manager said, “you require that our fire extinguishers be 4 feet from the floor, but Brand X requires that they be 3 feet from the floor, and Brand Y requires 2 feet from the floor.”

Design Awards Seek Cradle to Cradle Products, Circular Fashion Innovations
Design Awards Seek Cradle to Cradle Products, Circular Fashion Innovations

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Two design challenges are back and accepting new entries for products designed to help enable a sustainable future. The non-profit H&M Foundation is accepting applications for the second edition of its Global Change Award through October 31st, 2016. The competition is seeking early stage ideas that present new circular approaches for the fashion industry – whether by changing the way garments are designed, produced, shipped, bought, used, or recycled – by adding disruptive technology or using a new business model.

Nike Forms Strategic Partnership for Apparel Manufacturing in the Americas
Nike Forms Strategic Partnership for Apparel Manufacturing in the Americas

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - NIKE, Inc. has announced a new strategic partnership with private equity firm Apollo Global Management, LLC, aimed at building a transparent and ethical apparel supply chain in the Americas. Through the partnership, Nike aims to increase regional manufacturing capabilities, enable quicker delivery of more customized product to consumers and drive investment in sustainability.

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PACT | Organic Wants to Help Clean Up Fashion, Starting with Your Underwear
PACT | Organic Wants to Help Clean Up Fashion, Starting with Your Underwear

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ethical apparel brand PACT | ORGANIC today launched a new campaign that aims to show how dirty the fashion industry really is. “The Skidmark,” a new digital campaign produced by the creative firm Denizen Company, shines a light on the proverbial (and in this case, literal) stain the $3 trillion global fashion industry is leaving on the environment and people affected by its production. What starts as your basic sexy underwear ad quickly shifts gears, and (fair warning) comes to a rather explosive conclusion.

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