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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.

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.

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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.

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&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.

H&M Film Asserts, 'There Are No Rules in Fashion But One: Recycle Your Clothes'
H&M Film Asserts, 'There Are No Rules in Fashion But One: Recycle Your Clothes'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - H&M has released an inspiring film emphasizing that there is only one rule in fashion – to recycle your clothes! Starring and narrated by icon Iggy Pop, and featuring appearances by blogger Pardeep Singh Bahra, emerging designer Loza Maleombho and artist Daniel Lismore, the piece supports H&M's Close the Loop collection and Global Recycling initiative, which to date, has recycled more than 260 billion pounds of unwanted clothing.

Timberland Plants 2 Millionth Tree In China
Timberland Plants 2 Millionth Tree In China

PRESS RELEASE - Timberland’s ongoing environmental mission has reached a major milestone. This week, the footwear brand announced that it has planted its 2 millionth tree in the Horqin Desert in northern China as part of its efforts to stem deforestation in the region.The Stratham, N.H.-based company, a division of VF Corp., has a long track record of outreach in the area. In 2001, an employee suggested the brand take part in the reforestation of the Horqin Desert in inner Mongolia, which was the root cause of sandstorms in Japan.

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Trending: How the Circular Economy Continues to Clean Up Fashion
Trending: How the Circular Economy Continues to Clean Up Fashion

WASTE NOT - Striving toward sustainability is an ongoing trend in the fashion industry, as companies and consumers continue to find alternatives to cheap, disposable clothing and wasteful production practices. The latest: American textile manufacturer Polartec this week celebrated recycling its billionth plastic bottle.

Trending: Compostable Jeans, Single-Stitch Ts, H&M Recycling Contest the Latest in Sustainable Apparel
Trending: Compostable Jeans, Single-Stitch Ts, H&M Recycling Contest the Latest in Sustainable Apparel

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - From startup designers to major retailers, the fashion world continues to battle our culture of fast fashion and wasteful wardrobes with innovative designs and recycling efforts.

New Denim Collection Helping H&M 'Close the Loop'
New Denim Collection Helping H&M 'Close the Loop'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Next month, H&M will introduce 16 new denim styles made using recycled cotton from textiles collected in the Garment Collecting initiative in H&M stores. The pieces for men, women and kids are the latest steps toward H&M’s goal of creating a closed loop for fashion, and will be available in all stores worldwide, as well as online.“Creating a closed loop for textiles, in which unwanted clothes can be recycled into new ones, will not only minimize textile waste, but also significantly reduce the need for virgin resources as well as other impacts fashion has on our planet,“ says CEO Karl-Johan Persson.

The Future of Denim
The Future of Denim

PRESS RELEASE - The future of denim – where does it stand as a category? This question was addressed in the conversation panel – held in L.A. on August 19th – at the Avery Dennison RBIS Customer Design & Innovation Center. The panel hosted some of the fashion industry’s most denim-focused professionals to discuss, alongside the audience, how consumer trends are shifting, and some of the influencing factors that might be contributing to an underlying conversation on the category.

Patagonia Partners With Buffalo Ranchers to Restore Great Plains, Produce Sustainable Jerky
Patagonia Partners With Buffalo Ranchers to Restore Great Plains, Produce Sustainable Jerky

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Patagonia Provisions — a initiative from conscientious outdoor apparel brand Patagonia aimed at rethinking our food chain — has launched a groundbreaking partnership with family-owned meat company Wild Idea Buffalo to conserve and restore the grasslands of South Dakota, while producing a sustainably sourced Buffalo Jerky. This is the latest addition to the company’s food line designed to create positive change in the food industry.

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Dutch Design Students Turning Fruit Waste Into Leather
Dutch Design Students Turning Fruit Waste Into Leather

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Not to be confused with the Fruit Rollups many of us probably grew up with here in the States — we’re talking about a solution to one of South Holland's (not to mention the rest of the Western world’s) biggest social issues (food waste), developed by a group of undergraduates from Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam.

Patagonia Out to Change the 'Filthy Business' of Denim
Patagonia Out to Change the 'Filthy Business' of Denim

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Knowing how conventional cotton is grown and denim is made, always-a-better-way outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has set out to change the industry. The company has partnered with chemical company Archroma on a new denim collection, launched this week — which is Fair Trade certified and said to use 84 percent less water, 30 percent less energy and 25 percent less CO2 compared to conventional denim dyeing processes — as well as a campaign telling us all about it.

New Report Exposes Human Rights Abuses on Frontlines of Forest Fabric Production
New Report Exposes Human Rights Abuses on Frontlines of Forest Fabric Production

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new report released today from Rainforest Action Network (RAN) documents decades of human rights abuses suffered by communities at the frontlines of plantation expansion for tree-based fabric production. Lessons from the Incense Forest implicates popular American brands, which RAN has dubbed the ‘Fashion Fifteen’, as being at risk for deforestation and human rights violations in their supply chains. Prominent brands include fashion giant Ralph Lauren, whose Annual General Meeting (AGM) is to take place in New York City this Thursday, August 6th.

Aquafil, Speedo USA Launch World's First Fabric Take-Back Program for Swimwear Industry
Aquafil, Speedo USA Launch World's First Fabric Take-Back Program for Swimwear Industry

WASTE NOT - Just weeks after partnering with surfer Kelly Slater on his new men’s apparel line, Outerknown, upcyled fiber supplier Aquafil today announced it has partnered with Speedo USA on a take-back program that will allow Speedo’s post-manufacturing swimwear scraps to be upcycled into Aquafil’s 100 percent regenerated ECONYL® nylon.

Reformation Partners with Community Recycling to Ignite Fashion Reuse Movement
Reformation Partners with Community Recycling to Ignite Fashion Reuse Movement

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As only 15 percent of clothes, shoes and accessories are recycled each year — with the remaining 85 percent, 10.5 million tons, ending up in landfills — more and more apparel brands (including H&M, The North Face, American Eagle Outfitters, and most recently, Levi-Strauss) are taking initiative to collect and recycle textiles

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MadeRight Helping Apparel Designers Customize Sustainable Supply Chains
MadeRight Helping Apparel Designers Customize Sustainable Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - If you’re a small-scale designer or apparel brand, managing your supply chain efficiently and sustainably can be a challenge. MadeRight, a startup that recently launched out of Y Combinator, wants to change that.MadeRight is helping designers simplify the textile manufacturing process through its consortium of ethical, global factories and its procedures to streamline product movement.

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