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Digital Mapping Initiative Aims to Boost Transparency in Bangladeshi Garment Sector
Digital Mapping Initiative Aims to Boost Transparency in Bangladeshi Garment Sector

NEW METRICS - With its sights set on reducing the social and environmental impacts of its garment sector, Bangladesh has launched an initiative to map all of its apparel factories.

Plug and Play Accelerators Advance Sustainable Energy, Fashion
Plug and Play Accelerators Advance Sustainable Energy, Fashion

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - 2017 has been a busy year for global innovation platform Plug and Play.

Sourcemap, Provenance Harness Blockchain Tech to Power Robust Supply Chain Traceability
Sourcemap, Provenance Harness Blockchain Tech to Power Robust Supply Chain Traceability

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new partnership between Sourcemap and Provenance signals a major win for the food and fashion industries. The two companies have linked their digital platforms for supply chain transparency, allowing brands to address inefficiencies and unsustainable and unethical practices through supply chain mapping, data collection and tracking of verified claims with the movement of product.

Trending: Target, Stella McCartney Strike Up New Partnerships to Drive Sustainable Textile Solutions
Trending: Target, Stella McCartney Strike Up New Partnerships to Drive Sustainable Textile Solutions

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - With greater focus being placed on the fashion industry’s environmental impacts, efforts are emerging almost daily in an effort to help the sector shed its unsustainable rep.

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Trending: New Circular Solutions Aim to Eliminate Waste from Kids' Clothing
Trending: New Circular Solutions Aim to Eliminate Waste from Kids' Clothing

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - When it comes to sustainable fashion, the contribution of children’s clothing to the textile waste problem is often overlooked. While the sector represents only 12 percent of overall market share, it constitutes a considerable portion of the 26 billion pounds of textiles entering landfills each year. Children themselves embody the fast fashion model, with their rapid growth rate requiring a constant flow of new clothing to keep up with lengthening limbs and expanding feet.

Stella McCartney Fall Campaign Targets Overconsumption, Waste
Stella McCartney Fall Campaign Targets Overconsumption, Waste

MARKETING AND COMMS - Stella McCartney has long been an advocate for sustainable, ethical fashion; the luxury label has been busy over the last several months trying to drive the industry away from a take-make-waste model, announcing plans to use Parley for the Oceans’ recycled plastic yarn and Aquafil’s ECONYL® fiber, made from 100 percent regenerated nylon waste, in its line of shoes, accessories and outerwear

Timberland Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Original Earthkeepers® Boot
Timberland Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Original Earthkeepers® Boot

PRESS RELEASE - Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland announces an important milestone in its longstanding commitment to environmental responsibility – ten years since the launch of the Original Earthkeepers® 6-Inch Boot. To mark the anniversary and pay tribute to the product that fundamentally changed the company’s approach to product sustainability, Timberland today released a seasonal exclusive boot called the Eagle Bay.

Trending: Biomimicry, Changing Attitudes Poised to Revolutionize Apparel Sector
Trending: Biomimicry, Changing Attitudes Poised to Revolutionize Apparel Sector

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Fashion continues to make headlines, with news emerging about a new textile breakthrough and shifting attitudes towards clothing across the UK that are helping drive down the industry’s environmental impact.

Trending: New Tech, Cross-Industry Accord Seek to Eradicate Forced Labor from Global Supply Chains
Trending: New Tech, Cross-Industry Accord Seek to Eradicate Forced Labor from Global Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - Across the globe, brands, manufacturers and employers are becoming more aware of the urgent need to address worker exploitation in global supply chains. Through the development of new cross-industry collaborations and technological solutions, industry leaders hope to put an end to forced labor.

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Trending: Stella McCartney, C&A, WRAP Continue Pushing the Envelope on Sustainable Textiles
Trending: Stella McCartney, C&A, WRAP Continue Pushing the Envelope on Sustainable Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Fashion is slowly shedding its negative rep as brands continue to embrace circular and forward-thinking practices that drive innovation and product durability. Only weeks after announcing a new partnership with Parley for the Oceans, luxury label Stella McCartney has made yet another push to keep the world’s oceans waste-free. The brand has revealed that its Autumn 2017 collection of Falabella GO bags will be made with yarn derived from converted ocean waste.

Trending: CanopyStyle, Burberry Further Mainstreaming Sustainable Textiles
Trending: CanopyStyle, Burberry Further Mainstreaming Sustainable Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The sourcing and manufacturing of materials are two of the most environmentally impactful aspects of the fashion industry. In an effort to shift the sector to a more sustainable model, key industry players have revved up efforts to move sustainable materials to the mainstream.

Timberland Recognized for Innovative Partnership with Thread, Combining Sustainability and Social Impact
Timberland Recognized for Innovative Partnership with Thread, Combining Sustainability and Social Impact

PRESS RELEASE - In spring 2017, global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland released a new collection in partnership with Thread, a Certified B Corporation that crafts fabric from plastic bottles littering the streets and landfills of Haiti. The Timberland X Thread collection of boots, bags and t-shirts goes beyond environmental sustainability, creating cleaner neighborhoods and meaningful new job opportunities. The collection recently received three distinct honors – from the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards, The Stevie American Business Awards and Apparel Magazine Top Innovators Awards – for demonstrating innovation, responsible sourcing and social impact.

Trending: Stella McCartney, IKEA Find New Uses for Garbage, Plastic Bags
Trending: Stella McCartney, IKEA Find New Uses for Garbage, Plastic Bags

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Brands continue to uncover new ways to transform waste into valuable materials, providing critical solutions for pressing problems such as ocean plastics. Stella McCartney is the latest label to team up with Parley for the Oceans in an effort to keep plastics out of the world’s oceans. The designer, who previously designed a sneaker for adidas in partnership with Parley, intends to use the nonprofit’s recycled plastic yarn in lieu of woven or recycled polyester in her line of shoes, accessories and outerwear.

Eileen Fisher, H&M, Kering Are Latest Brands to Join Cradle to Cradle's Fashion Positive PLUS
Eileen Fisher, H&M, Kering Are Latest Brands to Join Cradle to Cradle's Fashion Positive PLUS

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The apparel industry continues to make progress towards shedding its bad rep, with even more brands making moves to rethink traditional supply chains.

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Trending: Two New Textile Innovations Aim to Take Circular Fashion Towards the Mainstream
Trending: Two New Textile Innovations Aim to Take Circular Fashion Towards the Mainstream

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The launch of two new textile innovations continues to drive the apparel industry towards greater circularity.

Canopy, Rainforest Alliance Launch First-Ever Audit for Rayon-Viscose Supply Chain
Canopy, Rainforest Alliance Launch First-Ever Audit for Rayon-Viscose Supply Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - Cotton is often king in discussions surrounding the creation of a more sustainable apparel industry, yet over 120 million trees are felled every year — 30 percent of which originate from ancient and endangered forests — to produce textiles such as viscose and rayon.

SB’17 Detroit, Day 3: Show, Don’t Tell; Trust vs Truth, and Transformational Collaboration
SB’17 Detroit, Day 3: Show, Don’t Tell; Trust vs Truth, and Transformational Collaboration

BUSINESS CASE - Learning from Detroit: Designing a More Diverse, Prosperous and Equitable Economy by Mara Slade Image credit: TechTown In an afternoon panel packed with Detroit leaders, we heard firsthand how they are working in human-centered ways to grow the local economy and support Detroit entrepreneurs.

Levi Strauss Funnels $350,000 in Grants Towards Sustainable Apparel Projects
Levi Strauss Funnels $350,000 in Grants Towards Sustainable Apparel Projects

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Levi Strauss & Co. continues to drive the apparel industry towards a more sustainable, circular model, announcing that it has awarded more than $350,000 grants to the inaugural class of its LS&Co. Collaboratory fellowship program. The funding will go towards new approaches and innovations in the apparel supply chain.

Wrangler Launches Soil Health Pilot Program to Bolster Sustainable Cotton Supply
Wrangler Launches Soil Health Pilot Program to Bolster Sustainable Cotton Supply

SUPPLY CHAIN - The fashion and textile industry is in the midst of a paradigm shift with key industry stakeholders working to drive sustainable cotton towards the mainstream.

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Aspiration & Advocacy: How Can Lululemon Help Redefine the Good Life?
Aspiration & Advocacy: How Can Lululemon Help Redefine the Good Life?

MARKETING AND COMMS - SB’17 Detroit is bringing thousands of sustainability professionals together this week to ask one question - what is the role of business in fostering and creating the Good Life? On Day 1 of the conference, BBMG and Lululemon explored this question with a group of curious, passionate sustainability professionals. Using BBMG’s methodology, we all became designers for a few short hours to develop programs and promotions that would authentically connect with the brand’s consumers and enable both to live their purpose.

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