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DuPont Biomaterials Joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 – A Pre-competitive Innovation Program Accelerating the Transition to a Circular Economy
DuPont Biomaterials Joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 – A Pre-competitive Innovation Program Accelerating the Transition to a Circular Economy

PRESS RELEASE - In another step toward promoting sustainability and the bio-economy, DuPont Biomaterials has elevated its partnership with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation by joining the organization’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100) initiative. The pre-competitive innovation program brings together corporates, governments and cities, academic institutions, emerging innovators and affiliates in a unique multi-stakeholder platform to learn and collaborate for a circular economy.

New Global Map of Ancient, Endangered Forests Brings Conservation Science to Boardrooms
New Global Map of Ancient, Endangered Forests Brings Conservation Science to Boardrooms

SUPPLY CHAIN - Today marks the public launch of a new online tool that will enable global companies to identify the world’s ancient and endangered forests.

#NewMetrics18: The ROI of Sustainability Strategy — and 6 Ways to Get There
#NewMetrics18: The ROI of Sustainability Strategy — and 6 Ways to Get There

NEW METRICS - Last week at Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics ’18 conference in Philadelphia, PA, over 300 delegates from brands, NGOs, strategists and practitioners across sectors gathered to share their latest tools and findings regarding measuring the risks and impacts of previously unmeasured forms of value, the newest credible tools and solutions for assessing the ROI of Sustainable Business.

Trending: Nike, Native Shoes Projects Helping Shoe Industry Tread Lighter
Trending: Nike, Native Shoes Projects Helping Shoe Industry Tread Lighter

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Earlier this month, Nike announced the winners of its Circular Innovation Challenge, which called for new products using Nike Grind — Nike's ground-up post-factory and post-consumer materials — and new technologies to advance footwear recycling.

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Give a Sh!rt™ About Our Environment, One Thrifted Item at a Time
Give a Sh!rt™ About Our Environment, One Thrifted Item at a Time

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The apparel and footwear industry accounts for 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions — that’s almost as much as the total emissions of the European Union. And the number of fashion cycles for clothing production has increased from two a year to as many as 50-100. Each cotton T-shirt we own withdrew more than 700 gallons of water from our natural resources during production.

Four new members join the Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 Network
Four new members join the Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 Network

PRESS RELEASE - Procter & Gamble, a multi-national consumer goods corporation which specialises in cleaning agents, personal care and hygiene products, and has operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. The company has been working to incorporate circularity into their supply chain for many years, and indeed, P&G's focus on waste has allowed their global facilities to successfully divert over 5 million tonnes of would be waste from landfills since 2008. They have recently announced their Ambition 2030 for the decade ahead which includes commitments to reduce their supply chain footprint and striving to drive circular solutions.

Waste not, want not: P&G venture aims to squeeze new life out of Italy's dirty diapers
Waste not, want not: P&G venture aims to squeeze new life out of Italy's dirty diapers

PRESS RELEASE - A joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Italian healthcare group Angelini is working to create a sustainable recycling loop that would allow dirty diapers to be turned into plastic bottle caps and viscose clothing. More than 20 million tonnes of disposable diapers are burned or dumped in landfills globally every year - a major environmental problem since their use became widespread in the 1960s and 1970s. Part of the problem is that collecting, cleaning and breaking diapers into their component parts - plastic, cellulose and super absorbent polymer - is tricky and expensive. The other issue is that no-one has been able to establish a market for the recycled output, dooming previous commercial efforts to failure.

Member Spotlight: Ann Starodaj of Optoro connects the dots on transforming retail waste, attracting top talent and achieving professional fulfillment
Member Spotlight: Ann Starodaj of Optoro connects the dots on transforming retail waste, attracting top talent and achieving professional fulfillment

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - Ann Starodaj (@AnnStarodaj), director of sustainability at Optoro, spoke with us recently to discuss her passion for promoting sustainable consumption, how Optoro’s software solutions enable this for clients, and how leveraging a strong appetite within the business to measure product impact is helping her expand the sustainability team. Keep reading to learn more about the inspiring army of changemakers Ann is seeing in the marketplace, her desire to collaborate with members on reverse logistics, and the insights she gained as a pastry chef before diving head long into sustainability.

Trending: Wood Pulp, Kelp Shaping New Crop of Plant-Based Textiles
Trending: Wood Pulp, Kelp Shaping New Crop of Plant-Based Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - While it might be cliche to say that plant-based fabrics are the latest trend in fashion, the recent emergence of luxury textiles made from everything from kapok tree fibers, apples, orange waste and coffee grounds, to a vegan wool alternative made from hemp and coconut fibers suggests these innovations are more than a seasonal blip.

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Global Practitioners Gather to Compare Notes on Redesigning the #GoodLife
Global Practitioners Gather to Compare Notes on Redesigning the #GoodLife

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Last year, the Sustainable Brands community gathered around the world throughout the year to share insights on how they – and their customers – were “redefining the good life.” This year, the conversation has progressed from the ‘what’ to the ‘how’ of designing the sustainable future in which we all want to live.

Report: Scaling Circular Economy in China Could Save Businesses, Households ¥70T by 2040
Report: Scaling Circular Economy in China Could Save Businesses, Households ¥70T by 2040

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - New research from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) finds that a transition to a circular economy in China’s cities could make goods and services more affordable for citizens while reducing the impacts normally associated with middle-class lifestyles. The findings are being presented today at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China.

KPMG, Textile Exchange Develop SDG Roadmap for the Apparel, Retail and Textile Sector
KPMG, Textile Exchange Develop SDG Roadmap for the Apparel, Retail and Textile Sector

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer many business opportunities for companies while addressing critical operational risks, according to a new report produced by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP; in partnership with the non-profit organization, Textile Exchange: Threading the Needle: Weaving the Sustainable Development Goals into the Textile, Retail and Apparel Industry.

GCAS: 1/8 of Global Market Cap Now Committed to Science-Based Targets
GCAS: 1/8 of Global Market Cap Now Committed to Science-Based Targets

NEW METRICS - Companies representing roughly one-eighth of total global market capitalization are now using climate science to define their future direction. Nearly three years on from the Paris Agreement and with time running out before greenhouse gas emissions must peak, 2018 has seen an unprecedented rise in the number of companies committing to reduce their emissions in line with the levels required to prevent dangerous global warming.

How Young People Are Changing the Fashion Industry
How Young People Are Changing the Fashion Industry

THE NEXT ECONOMY - New York Fashion Week is here and there is a growing fashion movement that has the potential to fundamentally change the industry: sustainable fashion. If designers want to endear themselves to Gen Z, they’ll take note of this important shift.

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H&M Opens Hydrothermal Recycling Facilities, Calls for Latest Class of Circular Innovators
H&M Opens Hydrothermal Recycling Facilities, Calls for Latest Class of Circular Innovators

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - This week, the nonprofit H&M Foundation and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) opened two first-of-their-kind textile recycling facilities in Hong Kong, where HKRITA’s breakthrough hydrothermal recycling technology will for the first time be put into practice at scale, and a miniaturized Garment-To-Garment Recycling System is opened for the public.

GlobeScan, Sustainable Apparel Coalition Partner on Consumer Engagement Initiative
GlobeScan, Sustainable Apparel Coalition Partner on Consumer Engagement Initiative

MARKETING AND COMMS - Sustainability research consultancy GlobeScan and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) have partnered on a study to develop communication guidelines and materials for engaging consumers on the Higg Index — a holistic suite of tools for measuring sustainability performance across the textile industry value chain.

Fashion for Good, Partnership for Sustainable Textiles Take Shape with Museum, Roadmaps
Fashion for Good, Partnership for Sustainable Textiles Take Shape with Museum, Roadmaps

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - 60 members of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles have revealed concrete action plans to ensure humane working conditions, greater environmental protection and fair wages in their own companies and in their suppliers’ production facilities. The Partnership — a multi-stakeholder coalition made up of companies, associations, NGOs, trade unions, standards organisations and the Federal German Government, formed in 2014 with the aim of making improvements along the entire textile supply chain —considers this a major step forward, as it means that many members agree on revealing even sensible information for the first time.

secondtoNAKED, adidas by Stella McCartney Boost Ethical Activewear Market
secondtoNAKED, adidas by Stella McCartney Boost Ethical Activewear Market

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Earlier this month, adidas by Stella McCartney launched its Fall/Winter 2018 sustainable women’s activewear collection, paying tribute to the power of nature. Designed to equip female athletes whatever the weather, the animal-inspired pieces serve as a reminder that everyone can do their part to protect the world around them. The campaign features supermodel Ming Xi as its new global ambassador who is charged with bringing the brand’s continued mission of LESS IMPACT = MORE POWER to life.

Sustana Group - Breaking Barriers With 100% Recycled Food Packaging Fiber
Sustana Group - Breaking Barriers With 100% Recycled Food Packaging Fiber

PRESS RELEASE - 3 reasons why Sustana Group is changing the game with EnviroLife™ Unmatched purity. Unlimited potential. No other recycled fiber on the market can match the purity of EnviroLife. With Envirolife, we’ve created a fiber that is free from contaminants such as dirt and stickies present in most post consumer fiber. With it’s unlimited potential, it can be used for takeaway containers, coffee/tea cups, pizza boxes, soup containers, coffee bags, cheese/meat interleaving paper, clam shell containers, bread bags, etc. EnviroLife is the only recycled fiber that can be used at 100% inclusion with no added barrier.

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Developing a Circular Narrative: The Case of Relooping Fashion
Developing a Circular Narrative: The Case of Relooping Fashion

THE NEXT ECONOMY - It is often said that transitioning towards a circular economy requires a number of changes in the way businesses operate. For example, the linear supply chain will need to be re-organised into a circular ecosystem, which decouples growth from the use of virgin raw materials and resources.

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