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Coded Yarns Poised to Weave Transparency, Traceability into Textile Supply Chain
Coded Yarns Poised to Weave Transparency, Traceability into Textile Supply Chain

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Traceability is an ongoing concern for the textile industry. Technologies such as barcodes, QR codes and RFID tags have been put in place to enhance supply chain transparency, but they often fail to provide complete traceability. Researchers at the University of Borås in Sweden have developed a novel coded yarn-based tracking system that promises to overcome existing limitations and deliver improved traceability.

Apparel, Textile Industry Giants Unite Around SDGs at 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference
Apparel, Textile Industry Giants Unite Around SDGs at 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference

WALKING THE TALK - Big news has been rolling out of the Textile Exchange 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference near Washington, D.C. this week, providing evidence of the major paradigm shift taking place in the apparel and textile industry.

This Team Traveled the Globe to Kick off Target’s New Sustainable Cotton Sourcing Goal
This Team Traveled the Globe to Kick off Target’s New Sustainable Cotton Sourcing Goal

PRESS RELEASE - It’s been nearly a year since Target announced its commitments around responsible sourcing and sustainable products, and since then, we’ve shared a closer look at our goals and progress in several areas, including forest products, chemicals, packaging, and eliminating forced labor.

Disruptive Suppliers Giving Big Business Boost Towards Achieving Sustainability Goals
Disruptive Suppliers Giving Big Business Boost Towards Achieving Sustainability Goals

COLLABORATION - Isle of Wight-based ethical apparel startup Rapanui has come a long way since its conception in 2009, when brothers Rob and Mart Drake-Knight launched with a mere £200. Now, with almost a decade of experience under its belt, Rapanui is helping other UK businesses achieve their sustainability goals.

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Trending: Stella McCartney, Patagonia, Target Deliver Big Wins for Ethical, Sustainable Fashion
Trending: Stella McCartney, Patagonia, Target Deliver Big Wins for Ethical, Sustainable Fashion

WALKING THE TALK - While faced by a myriad of social and environmental challenges, the fashion and textile industries continue to edge ever-closer to a more sustainable, equitable and circular future thanks to the innovative thinking of industry leaders.

Why Halloween Is the Perfect Holiday to Consider Thrift
Why Halloween Is the Perfect Holiday to Consider Thrift

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - North Americans love to celebrate Halloween — from trick-or-treating to costume parties to haunted houses, there is no doubt a Halloween frenzy takes over even before October hits. In fact, 50 percent of Americans report Halloween is their favorite holiday. However, purchasing new costumes, candy and décorations for the whole family can quickly add up. The National Retail Federation reported that in 2017, Americans are predicted to spend an average $86.13 each on Halloween costumes, décor and candy, collectively spending $9.1 billion on Halloween-related purchases.

Trending: Flyleather, ACR Advance Circular Textiles; But Is True Circularity a 'Fantasy'?
Trending: Flyleather, ACR Advance Circular Textiles; But Is True Circularity a 'Fantasy'?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Putting sustainability at the heart of the fashion industry is no easy feat, but key players across the value chain continue to demonstrate that they’re up to the task. Building on the success of its Flyknit process, which allows synthetic yarn to be woven into practically seamless shoe uppers, Nike has unveiled its latest sartorial innovation: Flyleather — a sustainable leather material made with 50 percent recycled leather fiber.

CVS, Levi Strauss, Nike Among Latest US Companies to Commit to Science-Based Emissions Targets
CVS, Levi Strauss, Nike Among Latest US Companies to Commit to Science-Based Emissions Targets

WALKING THE TALK - Ahead of Climate Week NYC 2017, which runs from September 18–24, a surge of global companies announced their commitment to the Science Based Targets Initiative, driving the number of businesses committed to setting science-based emissions reductions targets upwards of 300. This year, more than 90 new companies have joined, demonstrating the private sector's commitment to aligning its efforts to tackle climate change with the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.

Control Union, H&M Launch Open Platform to Improve Sourcing, Transparency for Apparel Industry
Control Union, H&M Launch Open Platform to Improve Sourcing, Transparency for Apparel Industry

SUPPLY CHAIN - Control Union, a global network of inspection operations and dedicated laboratories, in partnership with H&M has created a new tool to help the apparel industry meet its commitments to supply chain transparency and responsible sourcing. A unique supply chain traceability and data service, CONNECTED is designed specifically for apparel industry supply chains that are complex, distributed over several tiers and countries.

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Trending: Fashion Positive, H&M Launch New Tools, Tech to Accelerate Circular Fashion Movement
Trending: Fashion Positive, H&M Launch New Tools, Tech to Accelerate Circular Fashion Movement

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The fashion and textile industries continue to make strides towards a more circular future with the emergence of new resources and technologies that make a sustainable shift easier than ever before.

Trending: Brands Look to Bio-Based, Upcycled Plastics to Reduce Apparel Industry Impacts
Trending: Brands Look to Bio-Based, Upcycled Plastics to Reduce Apparel Industry Impacts

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Startups and retail giants alike are looking to bio-based materials and recycled plastics to drive innovation and reduce environmental impacts along the value chain within the fashion and textile industry.

Trending: 3D Tech Poised to Revolutionize Garment Industry
Trending: 3D Tech Poised to Revolutionize Garment Industry

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - While alternative materials have largely been dominating the discussion around the future of fashion, startups and industry heavy hitters are like are now looking to 3D-printing technology to revolutionize the apparel market.

Trending: Good News, Bad News for Reducing Textile Industry Impacts
Trending: Good News, Bad News for Reducing Textile Industry Impacts

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - While the textile industry presents endless opportunities to significantly reduce global environmental impacts, progressing towards sustainability and circularity continues to be an uphill battle. As a new technology is revealed to be instrumental in reducing the carbon footprint of textile coatings, a new ban on scrap textile imports in China could curb global textile recycling progress.

Trending: New Water-Saving Tools, Products Drive Textile Industry Paradigm Shift
Trending: New Water-Saving Tools, Products Drive Textile Industry Paradigm Shift

SUPPLY CHAIN - Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the global population, a number which is projected to rise. While about 2.5 percent of the world’s water is freshwater, only 0.5 percent of that is made available to satisfy society’s needs.

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Trending: New Tech Helping Everlane, M&S Clean Up the Dirty Business of Denim
Trending: New Tech Helping Everlane, M&S Clean Up the Dirty Business of Denim

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Jeans are a sartorial staple for consumers around the world, but denim is a ‘dirty’ business. The production process generates a considerable amount of waste water, which is often released — untreated — back into the environment, contaminating water sources and soil with chemicals and heavy metals. Poor practices and lack of regulation are having a negative impact on the health of local populations, with communities near denim manufacturing hubs demonstrating significantly higher instances of reproductive and fertility problems, as well as chemical poisoning.

Could RFID Eliminate Food Waste – or All Product Waste – from Producer to Consumer?
Could RFID Eliminate Food Waste – or All Product Waste – from Producer to Consumer?

BUSINESS CASE - Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, which dates back to World War II radar systems, is increasingly being used to track goods throughout complex global supply chains.

Cotopaxi, truth® Team Up to Empower Communities to Take a Stand Against Tobacco
Cotopaxi, truth® Team Up to Empower Communities to Take a Stand Against Tobacco

MARKETING AND COMMS - In recent weeks, outdoors organizations such as The North Face and Paradox Sports have been making marked efforts to make positive changes in local communities across the US with the rollout of new campaigns and initiatives that aim to spark conversations around inclusion.

Timberland Season of Service Celebrated Around the World
Timberland Season of Service Celebrated Around the World

PRESS RELEASE - Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland celebrates the 25th anniversary of its award-winning Path of Service™ program by kicking off a season of volunteer events around the globe. The events will reinforce the brand’s commitment to be Earthkeepers by working to protect and restore the outdoors and support the communities where it does business.

CmiA Brings 50M Sustainable Cotton Textiles to Market in 2016
CmiA Brings 50M Sustainable Cotton Textiles to Market in 2016

SUPPLY CHAIN - With the publication of its annual report for 2016, Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) demonstrates the growing momentum the sustainable cotton movement continues to gain around the world.

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The North Face Targets Inclusivity with New Social Impact Campaign
The North Face Targets Inclusivity with New Social Impact Campaign

MARKETING AND COMMS - Walls have conventionally been viewed as objects that divide, an idea that has intensified in this new era. But to The North Face, walls are places where people in the climbing community come together to test themselves, build trust and strengthen their bonds. They aren’t meant to divide us, but rather to unite us.

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