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C&A Releases First-Ever C2C Certified™ GOLD Denim Garment, Shares Recipe
C&A Releases First-Ever C2C Certified™ GOLD Denim Garment, Shares Recipe

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, MBDC — the world’s foremost advisors in material health, product design and the Cradle to Cradle Design® framework co-founded by William McDonough and Michael Braungart — is proud to support C&A as the world’s first retailer to offer Cradle to Cradle Certified™ GOLD denim jeans.

Confessions of a Former Fast Fashion Executive
Confessions of a Former Fast Fashion Executive

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - I have been an executive for large fashion companies most of my career. I held senior management positions in buying and production in Footwear and Accessories for multi-chain retailers. It was not clear to me at the time, but truth be told, I played a part in the explosion of fast fashion and mass consumerism, as we know it today.

Braskem launches new renewable resin in Allbirds shoes
Braskem launches new renewable resin in Allbirds shoes

PRESS RELEASE - Braskem launches new renewable resin in Allbirds shoes Made from sugarcane, the new product is the first with its characteristics to be made from a renewable resource and should supply the footwear, automotive, flexible packaging industries, as well as others

Thread Forges 'Better Backpack' with 'Most Responsible Fabric on the Planet'
Thread Forges 'Better Backpack' with 'Most Responsible Fabric on the Planet'

WASTE NOT - Thread, the Pittsburgh-based startup that's collected over 41 million plastic bottles from landfill communities in Haiti and Honduras and created fabric for some of the world's leading brands, today launched its own product on Kickstarter with a first-of-its-kind bag — the Better Backpack.

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Can Lessons from the Slow Food Movement Fuel Slow Fashion?
Can Lessons from the Slow Food Movement Fuel Slow Fashion?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops have wholeheartedly embraced the slow food movement, with phrases such as "certified organic," "fair-trade" and "all-natural" plastered across product packaging and menus. While each of these designations means something specific, in the eyes of many along the supply chain including the end user, they all can deliver a similar message of high quality.

Levi Strauss Sets Industry Bar with Science-Based Targets for Global Supply Chain
Levi Strauss Sets Industry Bar with Science-Based Targets for Global Supply Chain

LEADERSHIP - Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today announced a new climate action strategy, which sets aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions across its owned-and-operated facilities and global supply chain by 2025; among its goals are using 100 percent renewable electricity in its company-owned facilities.

The Case for Change: Why We Need to Address Our Clothing Footprint Now
The Case for Change: Why We Need to Address Our Clothing Footprint Now

WASTE NOT - It’s time to face the facts. By 2030, we will consume 102 million tons of apparel per year, an increase of 63 percent from 2017. And by 2050, the global-fashion industry will consume a quarter of the world’s annual carbon budget — which represents the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions that can be emitted to keep climate change “tolerable.”

Trending: New Spins on Wood, Hemp, Coconut Recognized as Winning Natural Fibers
Trending: New Spins on Wood, Hemp, Coconut Recognized as Winning Natural Fibers

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A process that turns wood pulp into yarn and a vegan wool alternative made from hemp and coconut fibers have respectively earned a spot in Fashion for Good’s Scaling Programme and a prize in the 2018 Biodesign Challenge.

adidas, Neste Bolstering Markets for Recycled Plastics
adidas, Neste Bolstering Markets for Recycled Plastics

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Amidst the anti-plastic frenzy dominating corporate sustainability news lately, adidas and Neste have announced plans to increase their efforts to utilize more waste plastic.

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6 Considerations to Create a Sustainable, Ethical Fashion Brand
6 Considerations to Create a Sustainable, Ethical Fashion Brand

SUPPLY CHAIN - When Otero Menswear first decided to create an innovative, fashion-forward line of menswear, promoting both style and confidence, we were also committed to manufacturing every article of clothing with a high respect for both the environment and the people who are involved in every stage of manufacturing. As reasonable as these goals may seem, it turns out that the odds were stacked against us … but with a little heart and soul, we found a way. This article is to give you some tips on how you, too, can find a way through an industry that seems dead set on continuing in its harmful ways.

Greenpeace: Clothing Industry Showing Progress Toward Detox Commitments
Greenpeace: Clothing Industry Showing Progress Toward Detox Commitments

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - For the first time, Greenpeace has released a report on the progress of its Detox campaign to eliminate hazardous chemicals from clothing production by 2020. The 80 companies who have signed on over the first seven years of the initiative represent a combined 15 percent of global clothing production — and all of them are “making good progress” to cut 11 priority chemicals and improve transparency.

Why Apparel Brands Should Work Together to Build a Sustainable Future
Why Apparel Brands Should Work Together to Build a Sustainable Future

COLLABORATION - I recently spent time in Copenhagen for the Fashion Summit. There were a lot of statistics thrown around but there is one that I can’t get out of my head. 50 million tons of clothes are produced every year and 87 percent of them will end up incinerated or in a landfill. And our industry is expected to double. That math is 87 million tons per year burned or tossed!

Q&A: How Wrangler, MyFarms Plan to Leverage Field-Level Sustainability Data
Q&A: How Wrangler, MyFarms Plan to Leverage Field-Level Sustainability Data

NEW METRICS - From remote sensors to digital field mapping, information technology (IT) is rapidly becoming a part of day-to-day farm management. When a state-of-the-art cotton picker, for example, records crop yield and moisture every few seconds, along with the GPS coordinates of the machine, that data can be analyzed against water and fertilizer applications — or other farm practices — to determine optimal growing conditions. Technology also can enable reporting up and down the agricultural value chain of all farm practices and conservation metrics associated with a particular field.

Microsoft, Tiffany & Co Lead Global Agreement on Responsible Industrial-Scale Mining
Microsoft, Tiffany & Co Lead Global Agreement on Responsible Industrial-Scale Mining

SUPPLY CHAIN - Led by leading companies Anglo American, ArcelorMittal, Microsoft and Tiffany & Co — and after a full decade of consultation among large numbers of stakeholders from the mining industry, organized labor, nonprofits, impacted communities and businesses — a global Standard for Responsible Mining was released today.

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How a Practical Guide to Sourcing Sustainable Cotton Could Help Transform the Industry
How a Practical Guide to Sourcing Sustainable Cotton Could Help Transform the Industry

SUPPLY CHAIN - ‘I would like to source more sustainable cotton, but I’m not quite sure where to start. There seems to be an awful lot of standards out there, and I’m not quite sure what the differences are between them.’

Fashion for Good Adds PVH - Parent of Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein - as Latest Partner
Fashion for Good Adds PVH - Parent of Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein - as Latest Partner

COLLABORATION - Fashion for Good and PVH Corp., one of the largest apparel companies in the world that owns brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, today announced their partnership to accelerate the transition towards a good fashion industry.

Trending: C&A, Looptworks, John Lewis Spin Out More Circular Apparel Solutions
Trending: C&A, Looptworks, John Lewis Spin Out More Circular Apparel Solutions

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Increasing circularity in the apparel sector will require a variety of initiatives and some of the most valuable ways to bridge the implementation gap will be to provide funding, design new products with closed-loop design and launch take-back programs for would-be-waste items. Announcements on Monday revealed that these are exactly the contributions being made by the C&A Foundation, Looptworks and John Lewis.

Innovation in Apparel: 2018 Pulse Check
Innovation in Apparel: 2018 Pulse Check

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The fashion industry has made strides towards increased sustainability in the clothing we produce, but as outlined by the 2017 Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) report, A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion's Future, the need to advance these goals is paramount. Global apparel production has doubled in the last 15 years, and if growth continues as expected, it will triple by 2050.

The Future Looks Brighter Thanks to Prospective Sustainability Innovations for Procter & Gamble’s Tide®
The Future Looks Brighter Thanks to Prospective Sustainability Innovations for Procter & Gamble’s Tide®

PRESS RELEASE - Today Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced presentations given on new research into sustainability innovations for its Tide® laundry detergent. The presentations discussed the potential for improved cleaning performance in cold water conditions with detergents containing a patented branched surfactant. While machine washing in cold water can reduce a household’s energy footprint, detergents may not perform as well on this setting, which can compel consumers to use more energy and water to compensate. Tide Research Fellow Phillip Vinson, PhD, and Tide Senior Scientist Patrick Stenger, PhD, gave presentations at the 2018 American Oil Chemists Society Annual Meeting and the 22nd International Symposium on Surfactants in Solution, respectively.

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Startups Shine in SB Innovation Open, 'Shark Tank' for Retailers
Startups Shine in SB Innovation Open, 'Shark Tank' for Retailers

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Startups that positively impact people, planet and profit often bring the most exciting innovations to the sustainability space. Once again, Sustainable Brands did its part this week at SB’18 Vancouver to highlight the latest emerging companies addressing intractable issues — inspiring audiences and building connections with established brands. Shark Tank: Circular Economy Innovations for Retail First, in a Tuesday afternoon “Shark Tank,” startups pitched their solutions to retailers.

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