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Gildan Receives Bronze Class Distinction in the RobecoSAM 2018 Sustainability Yearbook
Gildan Receives Bronze Class Distinction in the RobecoSAM 2018 Sustainability Yearbook

PRESS RELEASE - Gildan has been included in the 2018 RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook for the sixth consecutive year. This year, the company received the Bronze Class distinction. RobecSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook is one of the world’s most comprehensive publications on corporate sustainability. The index has been built using a selection of criteria that best captures a company’s quality of management and its potential to create long-term value. “We are proud, once again, to be a part of the RobecoSAM Yearbook in the category: Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods industry, knowing that over the years inclusion in the index became more difficult and only the top 15% of the companies within each industry are selected,” said Claudia Sandoval, VP, Corporate Citizenship, Gildan.

Trending: CO2 Dyeing, Biosynthetics Driving Transition Towards New Textiles Economy
Trending: CO2 Dyeing, Biosynthetics Driving Transition Towards New Textiles Economy

CLEANTECH - A new textiles economy is on the horizon as innovative textile and chemical firms develop new chemical- and petroleum-free processes to produce fabrics and materials.

Unbelts Is Creating a Better Way to Do ‘Made in China’
Unbelts Is Creating a Better Way to Do ‘Made in China’

SUPPLY CHAIN - A garment’s country of origin isn’t that garment’s full story. Canadian belt manufacturer Unbelts is looking to prove that the fashion industry and consumers have a responsibility and an existing means to provide high-quality clothing-production jobs around the world. Plus, this 2017 Best for the World honoree is out to make women feel awesome in their pants — a goal that is also worthy of global adoption.

The North Face: Successful Programs Start with Motivated Workers
The North Face: Successful Programs Start with Motivated Workers

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship — in an era when the private sector is increasingly expected to play a positive role in improving our lives and societies. This is the 16th article in the series.

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Trending: New Apparel Industry Commitments Push New Textiles Economy Forward
Trending: New Apparel Industry Commitments Push New Textiles Economy Forward

WALKING THE TALK - Fashion and textile industry heavy-hitters are heeding the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent call for a New Textiles Economy with the rollout of new agreements and action plans that consider the full life cycle of garments.

BBC Targets Environmental Impacts of Plastics, Textiles in New Documentaries
BBC Targets Environmental Impacts of Plastics, Textiles in New Documentaries

MARKETING AND COMMS - In response to the success of its “Blue Planet II” nature documentary series and the substantial social media response that followed, the BBC will launch two new programs that explore the impact of plastics and textiles on the environment.

Trending: Circular Sportswear Is Next on Sustainable Fashion’s Checklist
Trending: Circular Sportswear Is Next on Sustainable Fashion’s Checklist

WASTE NOT - Circular design principles continue to infiltrate the fashion industry as fast fashion giants and emerging labels alike turn their attention to sustainable activewear. Despite recent criticism over its decision to send its discarded clothing to Swedish incinerators, H&M continues to stride forward on its mission to accelerate the circular fashion movement.

NRDC Mapping Tool Links Apparel Brands to Their Suppliers’ Environmental Performance
NRDC Mapping Tool Links Apparel Brands to Their Suppliers’ Environmental Performance

MARKETING AND COMMS - A new mapping tool created by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and China’s Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) is ushering in a new era for transparency in China. The IPE Green Supply Chain Map — the only of its kind in the world — openly links multinational corporations to their suppliers’ environmental performance.

Change Your Shoes: Report Explores Better Practices in Footwear Industry
Change Your Shoes: Report Explores Better Practices in Footwear Industry

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Change Your Shoes, an international campaign working towards a more equitable and sustainable footwear industry, has published a new report providing an overview of best practices in the shoe industry in an effort to encourage progress on workers’ rights.

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C&A Foundation Proffers €1.5M to Bridge Circular Economy Implementation Gap
C&A Foundation Proffers €1.5M to Bridge Circular Economy Implementation Gap

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The global apparel sector is becoming more open to a circular economy both on a technical and a business model level. The latter is of particular importance, as it implies a shift from ownership to use so that materials and apparel are provided as a service, not a product to be rapidly discarded. These new business models are fundamental for the systemic change of the sector and will result in better use of materials and support better working conditions.

Trending: Fashion Positive, ZDHC Launch Resource Hubs to Drive Collaboration, Circularity
Trending: Fashion Positive, ZDHC Launch Resource Hubs to Drive Collaboration, Circularity

COLLABORATION - Circularity is slowing making its way into the fashion industry, aiming to transform one of the most polluting sectors into a shining example of sustainability, but it still has a long way to go before it can truly shed its bad reputation. Technology has been an important driver of change, allowing brands to improve efficiencies and reduce impacts, but the sharing of resources and best practices is proving to be just as critical in nudging the industry forward towards a circular future.

More Gifts That Keep on Giving: Sustainable Brands' 2017 Holiday Gift Guide
More Gifts That Keep on Giving: Sustainable Brands' 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Sustainable products geeks rejoice, for 'tis once again the season of giving! And what better way to celebrate and participate than with gifts whose buying and giving creates more cheer, health, beauty and financial stability while eliminating waste, pollution and carbon emissions around the world? Here are just a few of our favorite discoveries this year of products we'd be proud to give. Waste Not You know we’re big fans of upcycling, here at SB! Here are just a few of the waste-turned-products we loved this year:

Braskem signs partnership with Haldor Topsoe to develop biobased MEG
Braskem signs partnership with Haldor Topsoe to develop biobased MEG

PRESS RELEASE - The companies will invest in the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark.    

2018 Circulars Nominate 43 Changemakers Paving the Path to a Circular Future
2018 Circulars Nominate 43 Changemakers Paving the Path to a Circular Future

THE NEXT ECONOMY - 2017 was a big year for the circular economy, with innovative new products, initiatives and tech tools popping up almost daily, and making it easier than every for corporates and consumers alike to engage in circularity. An initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, The Circulars are awarded to individuals, companies (from startups to multinationals) and public and social organizations in recognition for their contributions to the circular economy. This year, 43 innovators have been nominated for pushing the circular agenda forward and paving the way for others in their field.

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Trending: Improved Resource Efficiency Signals Major Win for Circularity in Fashion, Carpet, Steel
Trending: Improved Resource Efficiency Signals Major Win for Circularity in Fashion, Carpet, Steel

WASTE NOT - Circular principles continue to drive a more sustainable future, as the fashion, carpet and steel industries zero in on resource efficiency and innovative raw materials.

G-Star RAW Unveils First-Ever C2C Gold Certified Denim
G-Star RAW Unveils First-Ever C2C Gold Certified Denim

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Denim has rightfully earned its reputation as a dirty business, but denim brand G-Star Raw is continuing its efforts to shape a new future for the fabric with the development of the first-ever Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Gold level certified denim.

VF Corporation Joins the International Fur Free Retailer Program
VF Corporation Joins the International Fur Free Retailer Program

PRESS RELEASE - VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, has joined the Fur Free Retailer program by partnering with the Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition of 43 animal protection organizations. As a Fur Free Retailer, VF is reinforcing its commitment to fur free products and communicating its no fur policy, which covers its more than 20 brands, including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland®, Wrangler®, Lee® and Napapijri®. VF released its first-ever Animal Derived Materials Policy earlier this year and announced that its brands would no longer use fur, angora or exotic leather.

Target Taps Tech Startup to Reinvent Inspection Process, Advance Supply Chain Transparency
Target Taps Tech Startup to Reinvent Inspection Process, Advance Supply Chain Transparency

SUPPLY CHAIN - Technological advancements, circular design principles and innovative raw materials are rapidly transforming the apparel industry, but lack of transparency continues to present a significant obstacle to sustainable sector-wide improvement across environmental, social and governance issues.

Braskem Strikes Up New Partnerships to Take Sustainable Packaging to the Next Level
Braskem Strikes Up New Partnerships to Take Sustainable Packaging to the Next Level

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Thermoplastics resin producer Braskem has been keeping busy, entering into a series of new partnerships to make bio-based packaging the mainstream choice for the personal care and consumer goods industries.

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SAC's Latest Higg Module Improves Apparel Supply Chain Transparency, Reduces Audit Fatigue
SAC's Latest Higg Module Improves Apparel Supply Chain Transparency, Reduces Audit Fatigue

COLLABORATION - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has released early registration of the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), a self-assessment tool that globally standardizes sustainability measurement for apparel, footwear and textile manufacturing facilities. Optimized for use at an industrial scale, Higg FEM enables factories of any size to assess sustainability performance and easily share results with supply chain partners.

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