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G-Star, Ted Baker Lead Fashion Sustainability Disclosure with MADE-BY’s Revamped Scorecards
G-Star, Ted Baker Lead Fashion Sustainability Disclosure with MADE-BY’s Revamped Scorecards

NEW METRICS - Fashion brands’ sustainability performance has lacked independent verification and true transparency. European non-profit MADE-BY is hoping their ‘ground-breaking’ new tool, called MODE Tracker, will change that.

H&M, M.I.A. Aiming to Rally 1,000 Tonnes of Garment Donations for World Recycle Week
H&M, M.I.A. Aiming to Rally 1,000 Tonnes of Garment Donations for World Recycle Week

THE NEXT ECONOMY - To celebrate the first World Recycle Week April 18th to 24th, fashion retailer H&M is partnering with artist and singer M.I.A. on an ambitious global garment collection campaign. H&M aims to collect 1,000 tonnes of unwanted or worn out clothing items across its over 3,600 worldwide stores. To raise awareness, an exclusive M.I.A. music video will debut on April 11th at hm.com.

IFC Partners with VF Corporation and Target Corporation to Promote Manufacturing Sustainability in Vietnam’s Textile and Apparel Industry
IFC Partners with VF Corporation and Target Corporation to Promote Manufacturing Sustainability in Vietnam’s Textile and Apparel Industry

PRESS RELEASE - Hanoi, Vietnam, March 15, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is partnering with global leading apparel and footwear company VF Corporation and consumer products retailer Target Corporation to improve resource efficiency at their supplier factories in Vietnam. Under the first phase of this program, energy and water efficiency assessments will be conducted at about 30 factories over the next 12 months to help them reduce operating costs and improve productivity while contributing to the country’s green growth and climate change targets.

Avery Dennison RFID Labels Improve Efficiency, Cut Waste in Apparel Industry
Avery Dennison RFID Labels Improve Efficiency, Cut Waste in Apparel Industry

WASTE NOT - Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is transforming both consumers’ shopping carts and companies’ supply chains by allowing intelligent barcodes to talk to a networked system that tracks products from Point A to Point Z. A technology once limited to tracking cattle, RFID tags are now tracking consumer products worldwide. Many manufacturers use the tags to monitor the location of each product they make from the time it's made until it's pulled off the shelf and tossed in a shopping cart.

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6 Chinese Rayon Producers Join Effort to End Use of Ancient Forest Fiber in Fabrics
6 Chinese Rayon Producers Join Effort to End Use of Ancient Forest Fiber in Fabrics

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Today, Canadian environmental NGO Canopy welcomes six large Chinese viscose producers to the growing roster of fashion and textile leaders committed to eliminating the world’s ancient and endangered forests from their fabrics. While to date 60 brands and designers, representing more than 85 billion USD in annual revenues, have signed on to the CanopyStyle campaign — triggering the need for deep shifts within the viscose supply chain — the real change will come from producers, who must provide the industry with alternatives.

The North Face Scales Locally & Domestically Produced 'Backyard Project' Collection
The North Face Scales Locally & Domestically Produced 'Backyard Project' Collection

SUPPLY CHAIN - Today, outdoor apparel company The North Face launches the second installment of its locally and domestically produced clothing line, The Backyard Project. For this new line, The North Face challenged itself to find ways to expand and scale its pilot project with a goal of increasing both domestic production and impact. The Backyard Project again brought together a collective of farmers, artisans and small businesses to achieve increased production, new styles and colors and a lower price point for consumers.

How a Partnership with Parley for the Oceans Is Driving Engagement at adidas
How a Partnership with Parley for the Oceans Is Driving Engagement at adidas

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Leading up to her trip to the Parley Ocean School, adidas Group designer Jasmin Bynoe was unsure of what to expect. She was about to take to the seas for a 5-day adventure in the Maldives alongside 17 of her colleagues from adidas; they would be learning about plastic pollution and what they could do to help from Parley for the Oceans educators, and it was sure to be a unique experience.

Start Now: The Benefits of Annual Impact Reporting from the Beginning
Start Now: The Benefits of Annual Impact Reporting from the Beginning

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - There aren’t many businesses that dedicate a fifth of their team to measuring impact. Luckily at Thread, we recognized early on that if we were going to produce the most responsible fabric in the world with a completely traceable and transparent supply chain, in an industry that is notoriously opaque and dangerous, we would need the data to back it up.

Trending: Food, Fashion Providing Employment for Refugees
Trending: Food, Fashion Providing Employment for Refugees

LEADERSHIP - More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, and over 50,000 more arrived by boat in January 2016. While most asylum seekers are trying to escape the war in Syria, tens of thousands are also fleeing Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iraq, Albania, Pakistan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Serbia, and Ukraine. Once they arrive in Europe, they face numerous barriers to employment – not the least of which are the influx of people, tough economic times, and employers’ perception of refugees.

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Vote to Allocate Part of €1M Global Change Award to Your Favorite Circular Textile Innovation
Vote to Allocate Part of €1M Global Change Award to Your Favorite Circular Textile Innovation

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the US alone generates an estimated 24 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste (PCTW), which ends up in landfills each year — the equivalent of about 70 pounds of textiles per person.

‘Unfree and Unfair’ Report Prompts Brand Commitments to Improve Labor Conditions
‘Unfree and Unfair’ Report Prompts Brand Commitments to Improve Labor Conditions

SUPPLY CHAIN - Labor conditions in the apparel industry are an ongoing struggle even for brands with substantial purchasing power.

Trending: These Nordic Clothing Companies Are 'Relooping Fashion' for the Next Economy
Trending: These Nordic Clothing Companies Are 'Relooping Fashion' for the Next Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Circular and sharing economy models are the latest trend in sustainable fashion – it seems there are new initiatives popping up all the time! Just last week, we covered startups reKindness and Hubbub, which are making clothes swapping easier in the U.S. and U.K., respectively.

Trending: ReKindness, Hubbub Creating Circular Model for Clothes Through Swapping, Upcycling
Trending: ReKindness, Hubbub Creating Circular Model for Clothes Through Swapping, Upcycling

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - There are new options for Americans and Brits alike who want to “re-fashion” their wardrobes. ReKindness is an Atlanta, Georgia-based startup that is allowing members to swap clothes through its online platform. On the other side of the pond, environmental charity Hubbub is running events to help people learn how to repair and upcycle clothes and accessories, in addition to “clothes swapping boutiques.”

Interface Expands Recycling Operations with Network of ‘Regional Recycling Allies’
Interface Expands Recycling Operations with Network of ‘Regional Recycling Allies’

WASTE NOT - Carpet tile manufacturer and sustainability leader Interface is expanding its ReEntry recycling program by “creating a new network of regional recycling allies,” beginning with Oakland, Calif.-based Rethink Green. The company is seeking additional strategic partner recyclers in order to increase carpet recycling across North America each year.

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The North Face Fall 2016 Line Will Use 100% Certified Responsible Down
The North Face Fall 2016 Line Will Use 100% Certified Responsible Down

SUPPLY CHAIN - One year earlier than expected, The North Face will use 100 percent certified responsible down in all of the retail and wholesale down products in its Fall 2016 line.

Progress for Fashion and Forests: Two Years of CanopyStyle
Progress for Fashion and Forests: Two Years of CanopyStyle

COLLABORATION - Viscose and rayon fibers are made from wood pulp and are some of the most widely used in clothing and textiles, threatening endangered forests. Approximately 120 million trees are logged annually for fabrics and about one third of them are sourced from ancient and/or endangered forests. Since its launch in October 2013, 60 companies have committed to eliminate endangered forests from their fabric supply chains by 2017 through the CanopyStyle initiative.

Trending: European Brands, Initiatives Pushing Linear Textile Production Out of Fashion
Trending: European Brands, Initiatives Pushing Linear Textile Production Out of Fashion

WASTE NOT - While the circular economy package adopted by the European Union earlier this month was bashed by critics as being too weak, Europe seems to be hitting the ground running with its efforts to follow through: The following week, the European Commission put its money where its mouth is and opened up €24 billion (~US$26.4B) in funding for businesses looking to transition to a circular economy model. And a variety of smaller-scale efforts from both the public and private sector are continuing the momentum – here, we highlight a few specific to textiles.

Trending: While WRAP, Scottish Designers Tout Merits of ‘Durable’ Fashion, MANGO Has a Different Idea
Trending: While WRAP, Scottish Designers Tout Merits of ‘Durable’ Fashion, MANGO Has a Different Idea

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Waste reduction charity WRAP’s new Clothing Durability Report reveals that extending the active life of clothing items by nine months could reduce carbon, waste and water footprints of clothing in the UK by 20 to 30 percent each and cut resource costs by £5 billion.

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.

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‘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.

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