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COP21: adidas, Parley Unveil Latest Innovation, Call on Industry to Collaborate on Sustainable Solutions
COP21: adidas, Parley Unveil Latest Innovation, Call on Industry to Collaborate on Sustainable Solutions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, at the “Parley Talks” at COP21, adidas and Parley for the Oceans showcased their latest footwear concept, the 3D-printed Ocean Plastic shoe midsole, to demonstrate how the industry can rethink design and contribute to stop ocean plastic pollution.

‘Get Your Hands Dirty:’ How a Small Print Company Diverted 2,500 Lbs Waste from the US Open
‘Get Your Hands Dirty:’ How a Small Print Company Diverted 2,500 Lbs Waste from the US Open

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Diverting waste from landfills and the innovative reuse of textiles are becoming higher priorities for businesses large and small. From pro baseball teams to grocery stores, partnerships are helping companies send less waste to the dump.

Levi’s and Goodwill Are Making It Easier to Donate Clothes This Holiday Season
Levi’s and Goodwill Are Making It Easier to Donate Clothes This Holiday Season

WASTE NOT - Only 15 percent of textile waste is donated or recycled in the United States. About 21 billion pounds of clothing, footwear, towels, bedding, drapery, and other textiles end up in American landfills every year, which adds up to more than 5 percent of the country’s municipal solid waste. At the same time, textile recyclers claim that up to 95 percent of textiles can be reused or recycled.

Adidas Kicks Microbeads to the Curb
Adidas Kicks Microbeads to the Curb

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Athletics brand adidas will end the use of microbeads in its body care products by January 1, 2016. With the help of its license partner Coty, adidas has outpaced body care industry giants in eliminating the plastic beads from their products.

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Trending: Sustainable Clothing Sees 12% Water Use Reduction in UK, New Products on Kickstarter
Trending: Sustainable Clothing Sees 12% Water Use Reduction in UK, New Products on Kickstarter

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Around the world, more and more action is being taken to create a more sustainable clothing industry. In the U.K., waste reduction charity WRAP is seeing significant progress on its Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP). Meanwhile, two U.S.-based Kickstarter campaigns are offering sustainable, certified organic options: men’s denim made in America; and temperature-regulating base layers that use nanofibers from Austria.

H&M Becomes Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Latest Global Partner
H&M Becomes Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Latest Global Partner

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced today that H&M has become its latest Global Partner accelerating the transition to the circular economy.

Trending: New Fashion Innovations Include Textiles Made from Deadstock, Synthetic Spider Silk
Trending: New Fashion Innovations Include Textiles Made from Deadstock, Synthetic Spider Silk

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A synthetic spider silk parka, luxury knitwear made from deadstock yarns, and one-of-a-kind pieces from unwanted locally sourced materials are the latest sustainable clothing options.

Tsk Tsk! Levi's Says Thoughtful Clothing Care Could Have Saved Californians 35B Liters of Water
Tsk Tsk! Levi's Says Thoughtful Clothing Care Could Have Saved Californians 35B Liters of Water

WASTE NOT - Levi Strauss & Co. claims its consumer care recommendations could have saved California 35 billion liters of water over the past four years — the amount of time that the state has been experiencing a severe drought.

Could Nanotechnology Dramatically Reduce Clothing's Environmental Impact?
Could Nanotechnology Dramatically Reduce Clothing's Environmental Impact?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - If washing and drying clothes is a major culprit in the environmental waste wars, what if there were more natural fabrics that repelled stains, resulting in fewer washings? One such solution, introduced by Kelby & Co. at the Fashion Tech Lab demo day this summer, is being rolled out in the market next month.

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€3.6M WRAP Project Targets European Clothing Waste
€3.6M WRAP Project Targets European Clothing Waste

WASTE NOT - UK waste-reduction charity Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has announced a three-year commitment to reducing clothing waste through a new €3.6 million pilot project. Funded by EU LIFE, the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) aims to divert over 90,000 tonnes per year of clothing waste from landfill and incineration across Europe by March 2019.

World's Leading Apparel Brands, Industry Groups Join Forces to Transform Global Labor Conditions
World's Leading Apparel Brands, Industry Groups Join Forces to Transform Global Labor Conditions

LEADERSHIP - Today, a group of some of the world’s biggest brands, retailers, NGOs and industry groups launch a Social and Labor Convergence Project, with the aim of improving working conditions in apparel manufacturing across the world.The group says the project seeks to achieve real, sustainable change through the collective development of an industry-wide, standardized methodology for social and labor performance assessment in apparel and footwear supply chains. Through this, the industry believes that it will be able to significantly reduce the amount of money that it spends on duplicated auditing and invest the money saved in improving social welfare for millions of people employed in apparel manufacturing around the world.

H&M Accused of Dragging Feet on Worker Safety in Bangladesh
H&M Accused of Dragging Feet on Worker Safety in Bangladesh

SUPPLY CHAIN - Earlier this month, H&M was accused of being “dramatically behind schedule” in meeting the requirements of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh in a joint report from the Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network, and Worker Rights Consortium.

Levi's New Wellthread Collection Launches Water<Less Fabric, Holistic Approach to Sustainable Design
Levi's New Wellthread Collection Launches Water<Less Fabric, Holistic Approach to Sustainable Design

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Levi Strauss &amp; Co. has led the charge in dramatically reducing the environmental impact of its garments by improving the efficiency of its processes: As the company announced in March, it has saved more than 1 billion liters of water since the inception of its Water&lt;Less™ process in 2011.

What Can the Ethical Fashion Movement Teach Us About Tackling Sustainability In Challenging Industries?
What Can the Ethical Fashion Movement Teach Us About Tackling Sustainability In Challenging Industries?

SUPPLY CHAIN - The sustainability challenges facing the clothing industry today are immense. In 2013 the Danish fashion institute estimated it to be the second-most damaging industry in the world, with 25 percent of the world’s pesticides used to grow cotton alone, and one-fifth of industrial water pollution stemming from the dyeing and treatment of fabric. The U.S.

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From Backyard Hoodies to Bionic Yarn: How Innovative Business Partnerships Could Help Us Achieve the SDGs
From Backyard Hoodies to Bionic Yarn: How Innovative Business Partnerships Could Help Us Achieve the SDGs

COLLABORATION - This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post, "What's Working: Sustainable Development Goals," in conjunction with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The proposed set of goals was the subject of discussion at the UN General Assembly meeting on Sept. 25-27, 2015 in New York; they cover 17 key areas of development — including poverty, hunger, health, education, and gender equality, among many others.

adidas Reveals Plans to Close Materials Loops with Custom, Recyclable, Zero-Waste Sporting Goods
adidas Reveals Plans to Close Materials Loops with Custom, Recyclable, Zero-Waste Sporting Goods

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, adidas announced Sport Infinity, the sportswear giant’s plan for a new breed of sporting goods that will never be thrown away. Instead, football (soccer) players will be able to constantly reimagine and recycle their dream products using an inexhaustible 3-D “super-material.” Every gram of sportswear, including the boots of Argentine soccer star Leo Messi, will be broken down to be remolded again in a waste-free, adhesive-free process that gives consumers more scope for personalization than ever before.

How Avery Dennison Helped Christopher Raeburn Produce Sustainable Style for London Fashion Week
How Avery Dennison Helped Christopher Raeburn Produce Sustainable Style for London Fashion Week

COLLABORATION - Award-winning British designer Christopher Raeburn showcased his new Spring/Summer 2016 SARAWAK collection on Tuesday at London Fashion Week. Raeburn worked closely with apparel branding, labeling, packaging and embellishments company Avery Dennison RBIS (Retail Branding and Information Solutions) to explore sustainability throughout the design process, from mood board to the runway.

Avery Dennison RBIS Continues Collaboration with Christopher Raeburn at London Fashion Week
Avery Dennison RBIS Continues Collaboration with Christopher Raeburn at London Fashion Week

PRESS RELEASE - Who: Avery Dennison RBIS, a global leader in apparel branding, labeling, packaging, embellishments and RFID solutions, collaborated with award-winning designer Christopher Raeburn at London Fashion Week. What: RBIS builds on four seasons of successful collaborations with Christopher Raeburn, providing creative and sustainable embellishments and branding solutions for the Spring/Summer 2016 ‘SARAWAK’ collection. This standout collection features flock designs and studs, which were heat applied to the garments. Additionally, the entire collection incorporates sustainable branding, including high-definition woven labels made from recycled yarns.

5th Future Fabrics Expo Featuring Innovations Poised to Reduce Fashion's Formidable Footprint
5th Future Fabrics Expo Featuring Innovations Poised to Reduce Fashion's Formidable Footprint

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Sustainable Angle is a UK-based not-for-profit organization that initiates and supports projects that help minimize the environmental impact of industry and society. Its principal project, The Future Fabrics Expo, now in its fifth year, focuses on the fashion industry and how its egregious environmental impacts can be reduced through innovation in textiles, and novel ideas to transform the fashion system and design practice.We recently spoke with Researcher and Project Manager Charlotte Turner about the impetus for the organization and its impacts to date.

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Ashoka, C&A Foundation Launch Challenge to Improve Working Conditions in Apparel Industry
Ashoka, C&A Foundation Launch Challenge to Improve Working Conditions in Apparel Industry

COLLABORATION - Today, C&amp;A Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers launch Fabric of Change: Innovating for a Sustainable Apparel Industry, an online challenge that seeks innovations for building a fair and sustainable apparel industry. Winners will receive prizes totaling more than €100,000 to support their solutions.

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