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Levi Strauss Expanding, Publicly Sharing Industry-Changing Worker Wellbeing Initiative
Levi Strauss Expanding, Publicly Sharing Industry-Changing Worker Wellbeing Initiative

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Marking the 25th anniversary of its industry-changing supplier code of conduct, called Terms of Engagement, Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) announced a new commitment to expand the company’s pioneering Worker Wellbeing initiative – both within and outside the company. By 2025, the company aims to:

H&M Solidifies Workers’ Rights Framework, Debuts Upcycled Clothes at London Fashion Week
H&M Solidifies Workers’ Rights Framework, Debuts Upcycled Clothes at London Fashion Week

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In the past, H&M has faced criticism for labor issues in its supply chain and its “fast fashion” business model that relies on high rates of consumption.

Stella McCartney’s First Environmental Profit and Loss Account Reinforces ‘No Leather, No Fur’ Ethos
Stella McCartney’s First Environmental Profit and Loss Account Reinforces ‘No Leather, No Fur’ Ethos

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Stella McCartney brand reduced the overall environmental impact of its materials by 35 percent in the last three years, whilst enjoying its best business performance since its launch in 2001. The brand announced its first Global Environmental Profit and Loss Account this week, with positive results for 2015 that reinforce its responsibility commitments.

Give Back Box, Goodwill Helping Growing List of Retailers, Consumers Eliminate Waste
Give Back Box, Goodwill Helping Growing List of Retailers, Consumers Eliminate Waste

WASTE NOT - Mission-driven startup Give Back Box® was founded in 2012 by Monika Wiela, who at the time was running an online shoe store. The idea was inspired by a homeless man she encountered in Chicago, who was holding up a sign saying he needed a pair of shoes. Wiela returned later that day with shoes for him, but he was gone. She spent that night thinking about what she could do with all the empty boxes in her warehouse and also help people like that man, and a new social enterprise was born.

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H&M, WWF Launch Kids Collection to Raise Funds for Endangered Species
H&M, WWF Launch Kids Collection to Raise Funds for Endangered Species

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - H&M and WWF have joined forces on a children’s collection featuring realistic prints of iconic animals at risk. For every item sold, 10 percent of the sales price will be donated to support WWF’s work in conserving endangered species.

Patagonia Spending $1M to Get Out the Green Vote
Patagonia Spending $1M to Get Out the Green Vote

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “The activist company” Patagonia is making donations, hosting events and stressing the importance of local- and state-level voting in a $1 million push to combat apathy and ‘get out the green vote.’

Gap, Mr Black Campaign Asks Consumers to ‘Clean Less, Do More’ with Their Denim
Gap, Mr Black Campaign Asks Consumers to ‘Clean Less, Do More’ with Their Denim

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - High street apparel brand Gap and garment aftercare expert Mr. Black have partnered on a new campaign that highlights the links between denim care and sustainability. The two brands have joined forces to educate consumers that by adopting a simple aftercare routine it’s possible to prolong the lifespan of garments while saving water and energy.

Timberland Unveils Restoration Project in First City of its Five-Year Urban Greening Commitment
Timberland Unveils Restoration Project in First City of its Five-Year Urban Greening Commitment

PRESS RELEASE - Stratham, NH based outdoor lifestyle brand, Timberland, opens its first completed project in its five-year commitment to create and restore urban green spaces starting with New York City. In partnership with local nonprofit GrowNYC, Timberland and volunteers transformed a vacant lot in the Mott Haven Neighborhood of South Bronx, New York into a vibrant community garden. The restoration project came full circle with a service event that kicks off Timberland’s busy fall season of service, and also commemorates 9/11; something Timberland has done each year since September 11, 2001 when employees volunteered at a Bronx elementary school as tragedy struck.

NRG Made This ‘Shoe Without a Footprint’ from Power Plant Emissions
NRG Made This ‘Shoe Without a Footprint’ from Power Plant Emissions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s no mystery why an energy company might explore applications for gaseous waste emitted from its power plants, but making shoes isn’t usually on the agenda. For NRG, shoes made from carbon dioxide emissions are just the beginning.

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Distilling Complexity: Designing an Effective Sustainability Plan
Distilling Complexity: Designing an Effective Sustainability Plan

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - On Black Friday of 2011, Patagonia released a now-famous New York Times advertisement with a picture of a jacket and a simple plea: “Don’t buy this jacket.” The response, ironically, was a surge in sales. Some analysts deemed the whole thing a cheap trick. But the underlying message was clear.

H&M Partners to Develop More Textile Recycling Technologies
H&M Partners to Develop More Textile Recycling Technologies

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Recycling single-fibre fabrics – such as denim jeans and wool sweaters – is mechanically possible, but garments are often made from a blend of different fibres, which has historically caused a host of challenges for recycling them. Even for many of the most popular blends such as cotton and polyester, commercially viable separation, sorting and recycling technologies are not yet available. As a result, used apparel of blended or unknown materials are typically discarded in landfills or down-cycled into insulation, carpeting or other low-value applications.

Impact Over Compliance: The Trouble With Certification
Impact Over Compliance: The Trouble With Certification

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Have you heard the one about the fire extinguisher? An auditor was completing an onsite assessment of a production facility for a major apparel brand when he noticed that fire extinguishers were mounted on devices that allowed them to slide up and down the wall. The auditor asked about this. “Well,” the facility manager said, “you require that our fire extinguishers be 4 feet from the floor, but Brand X requires that they be 3 feet from the floor, and Brand Y requires 2 feet from the floor.”

Design Awards Seek Cradle to Cradle Products, Circular Fashion Innovations
Design Awards Seek Cradle to Cradle Products, Circular Fashion Innovations

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Two design challenges are back and accepting new entries for products designed to help enable a sustainable future. The non-profit H&M Foundation is accepting applications for the second edition of its Global Change Award through October 31st, 2016. The competition is seeking early stage ideas that present new circular approaches for the fashion industry – whether by changing the way garments are designed, produced, shipped, bought, used, or recycled – by adding disruptive technology or using a new business model.

Nike Forms Strategic Partnership for Apparel Manufacturing in the Americas
Nike Forms Strategic Partnership for Apparel Manufacturing in the Americas

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - NIKE, Inc. has announced a new strategic partnership with private equity firm Apollo Global Management, LLC, aimed at building a transparent and ethical apparel supply chain in the Americas. Through the partnership, Nike aims to increase regional manufacturing capabilities, enable quicker delivery of more customized product to consumers and drive investment in sustainability.

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PACT | Organic Wants to Help Clean Up Fashion, Starting with Your Underwear
PACT | Organic Wants to Help Clean Up Fashion, Starting with Your Underwear

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ethical apparel brand PACT | ORGANIC today launched a new campaign that aims to show how dirty the fashion industry really is. “The Skidmark,” a new digital campaign produced by the creative firm Denizen Company, shines a light on the proverbial (and in this case, literal) stain the $3 trillion global fashion industry is leaving on the environment and people affected by its production. What starts as your basic sexy underwear ad quickly shifts gears, and (fair warning) comes to a rather explosive conclusion.

Savers Asks Shoppers to Give a Sh!rt About Their Clothing Footprint
Savers Asks Shoppers to Give a Sh!rt About Their Clothing Footprint

PRESS RELEASE - Thrift store chain challenges back-to-school shoppers to collectively save 700 million gallons of fresh water by replacing one new tee with a thrifted one

Sorona® Celebrates 5th Year of OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Certification
Sorona® Celebrates 5th Year of OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Certification

PRESS RELEASE - The OEKO-TEX® Association congratulates DuPont on the fifth year of OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification for DuPont™ Sorona®, the renewably sourced fiber used in apparel, home textiles, and residential, commercial, and automotive carpets.

Sustainable Apparel Coalition Opens Access to Higg Index Tools to SME Brands, Retailers
Sustainable Apparel Coalition Opens Access to Higg Index Tools to SME Brands, Retailers

COLLABORATION - The industry group Sustainable Apparel Coalition has opened use of its Higg Index suite of tools for measuring and evaluating supply chain impact to non-member small and medium-sized (SME) brands and retailers. SMEs may now take advantage of a special licence for full access to the Higg Index.

Not So Fast (Fashion)! African Countries to Ban Secondhand Clothing Imports
Not So Fast (Fashion)! African Countries to Ban Secondhand Clothing Imports

WASTE NOT - In March, the governments of the East African Community, which includes Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi, proposed a ban on imports of secondhand clothes to their regional trade bloc. The ban would outlaw donations of clothing from wealthier countries by 2019.

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Remade in the USA: Latest EILEEN FISHER Collection Closes Clothing Loop
Remade in the USA: Latest EILEEN FISHER Collection Closes Clothing Loop

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As cool as it is to know a jacket was made with recycled plastic bottles – or even bio-textiles made from cow dung or kombucha – changing the raw materials is only one of the ways to reduce the environmental impact of apparel and footwear.

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