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Worn Again Joins Forces with H&M, Kering to Create Circular Resource Model for Textiles
Worn Again Joins Forces with H&M, Kering to Create Circular Resource Model for Textiles

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - After years of searching for a solution to the worldwide problem of textile waste, pioneering textile upcycler Worn Again has joined forces with fashion retailer H&M and luxury, sport & lifestyle group Kering to bring to market a revolutionary innovation in clothing production and recycling.

Patagonia Invests in Natural Textile Treatments
Patagonia Invests in Natural Textile Treatments

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Patagonia today announced a strategic investment in a chemical company focused on making high-performance textile treatments based on natural raw materials.Beyond Surface Technologies, a Swiss firm, was founded in 2008 by scientists and marketing experts with more than 40 years of experience in the textile industry. They left careers at big chemical companies to build a business based on the premise that it is possible to make textile treatments based on natural raw materials — without sacrificing performance or reducing the lifespan of a product.

From Crab to Handbag: Tidal Vision’s Mission to Upcycle Fishery Waste
From Crab to Handbag: Tidal Vision’s Mission to Upcycle Fishery Waste

WASTE NOT - With two billion pounds of waste generated by the seafood industry in Alaska alone, finding creative ways to repurpose this waste represents an economic opportunity as well as an environmental imperative. We’ve seen shrimp shells turned into everything from bioplastic to solar cells … but upcycling seafood byproducts into clothing likely wouldn’t be a top-of-mind solution for most people.

REI Delivers Record Returns for Outdoor Community
REI Delivers Record Returns for Outdoor Community

PRESS RELEASE - $2.2 billion in sales; $168 million for members; $8 million for outdoor accessToday, leading outdoor retailer REI announced that it is sharing more than ever with the outdoor community through its annual dividend, returning $168 million to its members1. In 2014, 945,000 new members joined the co-op, taking active membership to a high of 5.5 million. The co-op reported record annual revenues of $2.2 billion, a 9.9 percent increase from 2013.

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EILEEN FISHER Says 'No Excuses' in Drive Towards 100% Sustainability by 2020
EILEEN FISHER Says 'No Excuses' in Drive Towards 100% Sustainability by 2020

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - International fashion brand EILEEN FISHER has announced its new Vision2020 campaign, detailing the strides it plans to take in the next five years to attain 100 percent sustainability in its practices.

Levi's Has Saved 1B Liters of Water Through Its Water<Less Process — Now It's Asking You to Wash Less
Levi's Has Saved 1B Liters of Water Through Its Water<Less Process — Now It's Asking You to Wash Less

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Levi Strauss and Co. today announced it has saved one billion liters of water since 2011 through its Water&lt;Less™ process, which reduces the water used in garment finishing by up to 96 percent. This announcement coincides with the release of LS&amp;Co.’s new Product Lifecycle Assessment (LCA), an update on the company’s groundbreaking 2007 study on the environmental impact of its products.

Fairtrade International Seeking Industry Feedback on New Textile Labor Standard
Fairtrade International Seeking Industry Feedback on New Textile Labor Standard

SUPPLY CHAIN - Fairtrade International — a coalition of 28 organizations working to make trade fairer throughout the world — is welcoming comments from throughout the garment and textile supply chains on the new Fairtrade Textile Standard, now under development.

BASF brings polyamide solutions based on renewable feedstock to the world of fashion
BASF brings polyamide solutions based on renewable feedstock to the world of fashion

PRESS RELEASE - - Ultramid® polyamide derived from renewable feedstock&nbsp;helps save fossil resources and reduce greenhouse gas&nbsp;emissions- Maintains trusted Ultramid® quality and technical properties- Italon is first textile company to use new solution from BASF&nbsp;

Reformation Showing Fashionistas They Can Change the World Without Changing Their Style
Reformation Showing Fashionistas They Can Change the World Without Changing Their Style

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Los Angeles-based fashion brand Reformation is helping to challenge the paradigm of wasteful “fast fashion.” Designed and produced in its factory in downtown LA, Reformation’s limited-edition collections of everything from ready-to-wear staples to bridesmaids dresses, all made with a cheeky attitude and sustainable or reclaimed textiles, are filling the wardrobes of celebrities and fashionistas across the country.

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soleRebels: Rising to the Top of the Footwear Industry Through Decent Work
soleRebels: Rising to the Top of the Footwear Industry Through Decent Work

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “It was pretty basic. We self-financed. Five workers plus myself working inside a workshop situated on my grandmother’s plot of land inside our village of Zenabwork,” recalls Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, now CEO and managing director of soleRebels, one of the first global footwear brands to emerge from a developing country.“Right from the start of 2004, we aimed to create, grow and control a world class footwear brand that would bring even more jobs and prosperity for the workers by leveraging the artisan skills of our community.”

adidas Group Exceeds 2014 Better Cotton Target
adidas Group Exceeds 2014 Better Cotton Target

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Today, the adidas Group announced that in 2014, it sourced more than 30 percent of all of its cotton as Better Cotton, exceeding the originally planned 25 percent target. This marks the sportswear giant’s highest volume of sustainable cotton use to date. The Better Cotton used in 2014 was predominantly sourced from farmers located in India, Pakistan and Brazil.

#BusinessCase: Big Savings Through Waste Reduction Enables Rapanui to Drop Prices
#BusinessCase: Big Savings Through Waste Reduction Enables Rapanui to Drop Prices

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - L-R: Mart and Rob Drake-Knight | Image credit: RapanuiAs more and more brands begin to tout their sustainability credentials, increasingly savvy and conscientious shoppers are looking for companies that are walking their talk, with products and practices that reflect an authentic commitment to doing better business.

Closed-Loop Fabric Producers Still Ironing Out Wrinkles in Circular Textile Supply Chain
Closed-Loop Fabric Producers Still Ironing Out Wrinkles in Circular Textile Supply Chain

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Interest is growing in new synthetic fabrics and textiles made from waste materials that have the potential to be used again and again. Designed from the outset to work within closed-loop supply cycles, Returnity and Econyl are perhaps the two best-known examples of branded products in this field. The level of innovation that is built into these regenerative fabrics is impressive – they outline a wealth of environmental benefits and savings. In the case of Econyl, there is a clear social value driver in terms of delivering a more community-minded, inclusive business model.

tonlé's Creative Approach Showing Fashion Industry How Zero Waste Is Really Done
tonlé's Creative Approach Showing Fashion Industry How Zero Waste Is Really Done

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Cambodian fashion brand tonlé is revolutionizing the textile industry not only with its ethical business model, but also a creative approach to zero-waste: The company incorporates even its smallest scraps back into “yarn,” which is hand-woven back into new fabrics, creating unique and delicately woven garments perfect for shoppers who are conscientious about how their clothing is made.Sustainable Brands caught up with Rachel Faller, tonlé’s designer and founder, to learn more about the company’s motives and impact.

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Inditex Bans Use of Angora, Donating Leftover Stock to Syrian Refugees
Inditex Bans Use of Angora, Donating Leftover Stock to Syrian Refugees

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Inditex, one of the world's biggest fashion firms, has banned the sale of angora wool after activists highlighted the cruel treatment of rabbits by farms in China.The parent company of Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bershka said it would stop selling angora garments in all of its 6,400 shops after facing months of pressure from animal rights campaigners.A PETA campaign against angora wool showed videos of live angora rabbits screaming while fur is pulled from their skins on ten Chinese farms. The video also showed rabbits being stretched on boards and cut as their fur is hacked off.

What Can You Do to Create Positive Change in the Fashion Industry?
What Can You Do to Create Positive Change in the Fashion Industry?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “What does it mean to be ‘eco’ or ‘green’ today? We need to redefine that. We need to modernize the fashion industry. This is where we need to be in the 21st century — all products need to be created with thought.”This statement was made by actress, fashion icon and social entrepreneur Amber Valletta at the public launch for Fashion Positive in New York on November 14, 2014. The occasion was the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s Innovation Celebration and the audience was a room full of the next-generation thinkers of sustainability, fashion icons, industry leaders and vision makers.

Documentary Looks at Innovations, Sustainable Practices in Fashion That Could Become 'The Next Black'
Documentary Looks at Innovations, Sustainable Practices in Fashion That Could Become 'The Next Black'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Next Black, a documentary that explores how out-of-the-box thinking and more conscious design are shaping the future of our clothes, had its first screening in Brooklyn earlier this week. The event kicked off a weeklong exhibit at the BF+DA about the growing intimacy between technology and fashion.

Norwegian Reality Series Shows Fashionistas the Dark Side of 'Dead Cheap Fashion'
Norwegian Reality Series Shows Fashionistas the Dark Side of 'Dead Cheap Fashion'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - What happens when you send three young fashionistas to a Cambodian sweatshop for a month? Aftenposten, Norway’s biggest newspaper, answered this question with a five-part, online reality TV series.In “Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion,” fashion-conscious Norwegians Anniken Jorgensen, Frida Ottesen and Ludvig Hambro fly to Phnom Penh, where they work with and interview people that work in the type of facility that produces clothes for some of their favorite brands. The three step fully into the life of the average textile worker, sleeping on concrete, living on $3 a day and sewing for eight hours a day.

Two Birds Apparel Bring Sustainable Fashion Home to Canada
Two Birds Apparel Bring Sustainable Fashion Home to Canada

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - If you ask Daniel and Tiffany Andrew — the husband-and-wife team behind Canadian men’s fashion brand Two Birds Apparel — what sustainability means to them, they’d say local, ethical supply chains and environmentally friendly materials, which is exactly what their brand encapsulates.Launched in 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, and now headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Two Birds is fairly new to the stage, but is trying to diverge from the status quo by sourcing, manufacturing and distributing all of their clothing domestically.

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REI, adidas, Timberland and More Commit to Sourcing Down Responsibly
REI, adidas, Timberland and More Commit to Sourcing Down Responsibly

SUPPLY CHAIN - Six more global brands have committed to the Textile Exchange’s Responsible Down Standard (RDS). The adidas Group, Black Diamond, Kathmandu, NAU, REI and Timberland have agreed to bring certified, responsible down to the marketplace.

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