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Columbia Recruits Macklemore to Help Raise Awareness of the Effects of PFCs
Columbia Recruits Macklemore to Help Raise Awareness of the Effects of PFCs

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Columbia Sportswear says its new OutDry Extreme ECO Jacket, which hit shelves last week, marks a milestone in sustainability - as the first high-performance, environmentally friendly, breathable, waterproof jacket made without the use of a common synthetic additive known as perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). As part of the launch, Columbia has partnered with hip-hop artist and environmental advocate Macklemore to help raise awareness on the impact that PFCs can have on the environment. Macklemore (aka Ben Haggerty), who finds inspiration and solace in the forests in the Pacific Northwest and other natural places around the world, shares his thoughts on environmentally responsible rainwear in a new video:

For All the Conscientious Consumers in Your Life: SB's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
For All the Conscientious Consumers in Your Life: SB's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Gifts for our loved ones that also help repurpose waste, benefit people in need, expand the next generation's horizons, and overall provide alternative to "products as usual" ... How is that not a win-win? Here are just a few of our favorite socially and environmentally beneficial gift ideas that will help you celebrate this season of giving (and spending) with a clear conscience.

New Higg Module Empowers Apparel, Footwear, Textile Producers to Design Impacts Out of Products
New Higg Module Empowers Apparel, Footwear, Textile Producers to Design Impacts Out of Products

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) today launches the Higg Index Design and Development Module (DDM). Along with the release last month of its updated Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) - a cradle-to-gate scoring tool that measures and communicates the environmental performance of thousands of materials used in creating apparel, footwear and home textile products - the DDM is the latest tool in the Higg arsenal aimed at empowering product designers and developers to make sustainable choices at the earliest stage of apparel, footwear and textile prototype design.

ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines Streamline Industry Efforts to Eliminate Hazardous Chemicals
ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines Streamline Industry Efforts to Eliminate Hazardous Chemicals

WASTE NOT - On Friday, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme - a collaboration of 22 leading brands, including Kering, Marks & Spencer, Primark, Coop Switzerland and New Balance, along with 13 value chain affiliates and 7 associates - released its Wastewater Guidelines, a unified expectation on wastewater quality for t

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An Ethical Footwear Force Awakens with Po-Zu and Its Better Shoes Foundation
An Ethical Footwear Force Awakens with Po-Zu and Its Better Shoes Foundation

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This week, ethical shoe brand Po-Zu will unveil its Star Wars-themed footwear at the FFANY trade show in New York as part of a major collaboration with the movie franchise. It’s a highly significant launch for Po-Zu, as it will enable the UK-based manufacturer to bring its products to a wider market and raise public awareness over the ‘dark side’ of the shoe trade.

Trending: BioSteel, Self-Healing Protective Fabrics Among Latest Innovations Revolutionizing Textiles
Trending: BioSteel, Self-Healing Protective Fabrics Among Latest Innovations Revolutionizing Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Hot on the heels of its release earlier this month of the world’s first football and running performance products made from upcycled marine plastic waste, adidas continues its journey toward revolutionizing materials with the unveiling of the world’s first performance shoe made using Biosteel® fiber – a synthetic version of spider silk.

Ramblers Way Redoubles Focus on American-Made, Sustainable Clothing
Ramblers Way Redoubles Focus on American-Made, Sustainable Clothing

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ramblers Way, an ethically sourced, American-made sustainable clothing company announced today an extensive rebrand across the company along with the new tagline ‘Clothing for a Good Life.’ The new brand look and feel embodies Ramblers Way’s commitment to protect the planet, support local economies and build its business based on lifelong values.

Fashion Tech Startup Helps Brands Tackle Supply Chain Efficiency and Transparency
Fashion Tech Startup Helps Brands Tackle Supply Chain Efficiency and Transparency

CLEANTECH - Tom Singh, founder of UK fashion brand New Look, has backed a London-based fashion technology company to help apparel retailers and manufacturers manage their supply chains.

Innovative Kimberly-Clark Recycling Program Helps Two Midwestern Universities Turn Used Gloves into Eco-Responsible Durable Goods
Innovative Kimberly-Clark Recycling Program Helps Two Midwestern Universities Turn Used Gloves into Eco-Responsible Durable Goods

PRESS RELEASE - The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University have diverted almost six tons of waste from landfills through an innovative recycling program that turns used lab gloves and garments into shelving, flowerpots and lawn and garden furniture.

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SAC's Updated Higg Tool Provides Industry Baseline for Impacts of Textiles
SAC's Updated Higg Tool Provides Industry Baseline for Impacts of Textiles

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has launched a new version of its Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI), a cradle-to-gate scoring tool that measures and communicates the environmental performance of thousands of materials used in creating apparel, footwear and home textile products.

Trending: C&A Foundation, Volcom Continue to Advance Market for Closed-Loop Textiles
Trending: C&A Foundation, Volcom Continue to Advance Market for Closed-Loop Textiles

WASTE NOT - This past week saw even yet still more circular economic initiatives sprouting up in the apparel industry. First, the C&A Foundation granted €250,000 ($276,000) to the social enterprise Circle Economy, which is dedicated to accelerating the practical and scalable implementation of the circular economy. Circle Economy will use the funding to advance its Circle Textiles Program with a mission to close the loop for textiles and create a zero-waste industry.

Not Buying It: Fast Fashion, Lies & Sustainability
Not Buying It: Fast Fashion, Lies & Sustainability

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Fast fashion has followed a trend similar to the fast food chains that inspired its name - explosive growth, massive popularity, and then consumer skepticism. Turns out that having access to clothes en masse mere days after the latest runway shows requires production practices that aren’t healthy for societies or our planet. Just like factory farming and consuming Whoppers and fries consistently isn’t healthy or sustainable, inexpensive clothing meant to be worn once or twice and constantly replaced isn’t much better for us.

adidas, Parley Unveil First Performance Apparel, Footwear Made from Ocean Plastic
adidas, Parley Unveil First Performance Apparel, Footwear Made from Ocean Plastic

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, sportswear leader adidas and environmental organization Parley for the Oceans unveiled the first football and running performance products made from upcycled marine plastic waste, recovered via Parley’s interception and cleanup operations in coastal areas of the Maldives.

New ZDHC Platform to Provide 'Gateway' to Safer Chemicals in Textiles
New ZDHC Platform to Provide 'Gateway' to Safer Chemicals in Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The issue of hazardous chemicals isn’t new in consumer products; the Romans knew lead was harmful over 2000 years ago. Scheele’s Green, a copper-arsenic-based pigment, was one of the first colourfast greens used for textiles in the early 1860s. However, as the picture below demonstrates, it didn't take long for the toxic effects of this pigment to become known. Something has to be going wrong if hundreds of years ago we knew arsenic and lead were hazardous, and today, we still have to communicate this to the value chain.

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Trending: New Curricula to Teach on Circular Economy, Sustainable Fashion and Building Design
Trending: New Curricula to Teach on Circular Economy, Sustainable Fashion and Building Design

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Apparel company Kering has launched a new curriculum to help fashion students understand the environmental impacts of their designs, just days after the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) partnered to embed systems thinking and circular economy into the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum across Europe.

VIDEO: Guilt-Free Fashion and Coffee with the CEO and Founder of MUD Jeans
VIDEO: Guilt-Free Fashion and Coffee with the CEO and Founder of MUD Jeans

PRESS RELEASE - How do you challenge entrenched patterns of consumption and disposal while growing a fashion business at the same time? Join thinkPARALLAX for a conversation with the founder of MUD Jeans, the upstart Dutch “circular denim” brand that is tearing down the idea that sustainability or the circular economy can’t be fashionable.

Industry Collaboration Critical for Sustainable Denim
Industry Collaboration Critical for Sustainable Denim

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s no secret that "denim is a dirty business.” But does this mean our love affair with denim is over? To open the KingPins 2016 Amsterdam Show on October 24, 10 leaders transforming the denim industry were invited to answer one question: Is the scary part of hazardous chemicals on the way? The day, dubbed the “Transformers,” invited a range of perspectives from the chemical industry, along with manufacturers, brands, and industry coalitions - and while there was certainly some debate, common themes emerged.

Fashion Brands Lagging in Efforts to Stop Exploitation of Refugees in Turkish Factories
Fashion Brands Lagging in Efforts to Stop Exploitation of Refugees in Turkish Factories

SUPPLY CHAIN - Many clothes are now made in Turkey because of its proximity to Europe, allowing retailers to fill last-minute orders and get new designs into shops more quickly. But Turkey is a challenging place to do business, especially following the influx of almost 3 million refugees escaping war and bloodshed in Syria. With under-resourced humanitarian assistance, jobs and wages are critical to refugee families’ well-being and security.

Trending: Breakthroughs in Biomimicry, Recycling Unlock ‘Tarantula Blue’ Textiles, Closed-Loop Tencel
Trending: Breakthroughs in Biomimicry, Recycling Unlock ‘Tarantula Blue’ Textiles, Closed-Loop Tencel

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The latest textile innovations include a new TENCEL® made from cotton fabric waste, recently picked up by Patagonia, and a research breakthrough that could lead to ‘tarantula blue’ textiles.

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Timberland Supports Next Generation of Sustainable Business at NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge
Timberland Supports Next Generation of Sustainable Business at NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge

PRESS RELEASE - For the past three years, Stratham, NH-based Timberland has partnered with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) to encourage and support the next generation of sustainable business through the university’s annual New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC). Now in its fourth year, the global outdoor lifestyle brand is working with UNH to challenge students and community members to develop innovative business solutions as part of the company’s long-standing commitment to addressing social and environmental challenges in communities across the world.

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