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#BusinessCase: Gap, H&M, Levi's, Target Mills Save $14.7M Through NRDC's Clean by Design Program
#BusinessCase: Gap, H&M, Levi's, Target Mills Save $14.7M Through NRDC's Clean by Design Program

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) this week announced the stunning latest results of its Clean by Design program, a global model for sustainable manufacturing that is working with multinational apparel brand partners Target, Gap, Levi Strauss and H&M

H&M's 2014 Sustainability Report Shows Progress With Garment Collection Program
H&M's 2014 Sustainability Report Shows Progress With Garment Collection Program

NEW METRICS - H&M more than doubled the amount of collected garments with its garment collective initiative in 2014, according to its new sustainability report. In total, more than 13,000 tons of textiles have been collected — as much fabric as in 65 million T-shirts.Now, the apparel company has established a new goal of increasing the amount of products made of recycled fibers by at least 300 percent by the end of 2015.

New Platform Aims to Help Companies Overcome Barriers to Living Wage for Garment Workers
New Platform Aims to Help Companies Overcome Barriers to Living Wage for Garment Workers

COLLABORATION - On Tuesday, the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) — a Dutch non-profit that works with companies and factories to improve labor conditions for garment workers – launched the Living Wage Portal, a platform through which FWF aims to uncover and overcome the many obstacles that prevent garment workers around the world from earning a living wage.FWF says the best wage is a negotiated wage, set by businesses and workers together. But in major garment-producing countries such as Bangladesh and Cambodia, productive dialogue between workers and factories is rare — a key roadblock to better wages. Other major obstacles addressed in the portal include:

Pulp Nonfiction: 'Out of Fashion' Campaign Targets Apparel Brands Contributing to Deforestation
Pulp Nonfiction: 'Out of Fashion' Campaign Targets Apparel Brands Contributing to Deforestation

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - In recent years it’s become common knowledge that companies using palm oil in their snack foods or publishers sourcing paper fiber from Indonesian pulp mills may be at risk of contributing to deforestation and labor rights abuses.

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Worn Again Joins Forces with H&M, Kering to Create Circular Resource Model for Textiles
Worn Again Joins Forces with H&M, Kering to Create Circular Resource Model for Textiles

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - After years of searching for a solution to the worldwide problem of textile waste, pioneering textile upcycler Worn Again has joined forces with fashion retailer H&M and luxury, sport & lifestyle group Kering to bring to market a revolutionary innovation in clothing production and recycling.

Patagonia Invests in Natural Textile Treatments
Patagonia Invests in Natural Textile Treatments

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Patagonia today announced a strategic investment in a chemical company focused on making high-performance textile treatments based on natural raw materials.Beyond Surface Technologies, a Swiss firm, was founded in 2008 by scientists and marketing experts with more than 40 years of experience in the textile industry. They left careers at big chemical companies to build a business based on the premise that it is possible to make textile treatments based on natural raw materials — without sacrificing performance or reducing the lifespan of a product.

From Crab to Handbag: Tidal Vision’s Mission to Upcycle Fishery Waste
From Crab to Handbag: Tidal Vision’s Mission to Upcycle Fishery Waste

WASTE NOT - With two billion pounds of waste generated by the seafood industry in Alaska alone, finding creative ways to repurpose this waste represents an economic opportunity as well as an environmental imperative. We’ve seen shrimp shells turned into everything from bioplastic to solar cells … but upcycling seafood byproducts into clothing likely wouldn’t be a top-of-mind solution for most people.

REI Delivers Record Returns for Outdoor Community
REI Delivers Record Returns for Outdoor Community

PRESS RELEASE - $2.2 billion in sales; $168 million for members; $8 million for outdoor accessToday, leading outdoor retailer REI announced that it is sharing more than ever with the outdoor community through its annual dividend, returning $168 million to its members1. In 2014, 945,000 new members joined the co-op, taking active membership to a high of 5.5 million. The co-op reported record annual revenues of $2.2 billion, a 9.9 percent increase from 2013.

EILEEN FISHER Says 'No Excuses' in Drive Towards 100% Sustainability by 2020
EILEEN FISHER Says 'No Excuses' in Drive Towards 100% Sustainability by 2020

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - International fashion brand EILEEN FISHER has announced its new Vision2020 campaign, detailing the strides it plans to take in the next five years to attain 100 percent sustainability in its practices.

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Levi's Has Saved 1B Liters of Water Through Its Water<Less Process — Now It's Asking You to Wash Less
Levi's Has Saved 1B Liters of Water Through Its Water<Less Process — Now It's Asking You to Wash Less

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Levi Strauss and Co. today announced it has saved one billion liters of water since 2011 through its Water&lt;Less™ process, which reduces the water used in garment finishing by up to 96 percent. This announcement coincides with the release of LS&amp;Co.’s new Product Lifecycle Assessment (LCA), an update on the company’s groundbreaking 2007 study on the environmental impact of its products.

Fairtrade International Seeking Industry Feedback on New Textile Labor Standard
Fairtrade International Seeking Industry Feedback on New Textile Labor Standard

SUPPLY CHAIN - Fairtrade International — a coalition of 28 organizations working to make trade fairer throughout the world — is welcoming comments from throughout the garment and textile supply chains on the new Fairtrade Textile Standard, now under development.

BASF brings polyamide solutions based on renewable feedstock to the world of fashion
BASF brings polyamide solutions based on renewable feedstock to the world of fashion

PRESS RELEASE - Ultramid® polyamide derived from renewable feedstock helps save fossil resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions- Maintains trusted Ultramid® quality and technical properties- Italon is first textile company to use new solution from BASF 

Reformation Showing Fashionistas They Can Change the World Without Changing Their Style
Reformation Showing Fashionistas They Can Change the World Without Changing Their Style

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Los Angeles-based fashion brand Reformation is helping to challenge the paradigm of wasteful “fast fashion.” Designed and produced in its factory in downtown LA, Reformation’s limited-edition collections of everything from ready-to-wear staples to bridesmaids dresses, all made with a cheeky attitude and sustainable or reclaimed textiles, are filling the wardrobes of celebrities and fashionistas across the country.

soleRebels: Rising to the Top of the Footwear Industry Through Decent Work
soleRebels: Rising to the Top of the Footwear Industry Through Decent Work

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “It was pretty basic. We self-financed. Five workers plus myself working inside a workshop situated on my grandmother’s plot of land inside our village of Zenabwork,” recalls Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, now CEO and managing director of soleRebels, one of the first global footwear brands to emerge from a developing country.“Right from the start of 2004, we aimed to create, grow and control a world class footwear brand that would bring even more jobs and prosperity for the workers by leveraging the artisan skills of our community.”

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adidas Group Exceeds 2014 Better Cotton Target
adidas Group Exceeds 2014 Better Cotton Target

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Today, the adidas Group announced that in 2014, it sourced more than 30 percent of all of its cotton as Better Cotton, exceeding the originally planned 25 percent target. This marks the sportswear giant’s highest volume of sustainable cotton use to date. The Better Cotton used in 2014 was predominantly sourced from farmers located in India, Pakistan and Brazil.

#BusinessCase: Big Savings Through Waste Reduction Enables Rapanui to Drop Prices
#BusinessCase: Big Savings Through Waste Reduction Enables Rapanui to Drop Prices

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - L-R: Mart and Rob Drake-Knight | Image credit: RapanuiAs more and more brands begin to tout their sustainability credentials, increasingly savvy and conscientious shoppers are looking for companies that are walking their talk, with products and practices that reflect an authentic commitment to doing better business.

Exit from High Street: Why the Quest for Engagement on Sustainable Fashion Is All About 'Style'
Exit from High Street: Why the Quest for Engagement on Sustainable Fashion Is All About 'Style'

STAKEHOLDER TRENDS AND INSIGHTS - How do we make sustainable fashion … fashionable?That was the question that launched the sustainable fashion consumer research project with Mistra Future Fashion conducted by professors Lucia Reisch, Wencke Gwozdz, and me. While it sounds like a relatively straightforward question, the answer was decidedly less so. When it comes to sustainability, fashion it is out of style.

Closed-Loop Fabric Producers Still Ironing Out Wrinkles in Circular Textile Supply Chain
Closed-Loop Fabric Producers Still Ironing Out Wrinkles in Circular Textile Supply Chain

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Interest is growing in new synthetic fabrics and textiles made from waste materials that have the potential to be used again and again. Designed from the outset to work within closed-loop supply cycles, Returnity and Econyl are perhaps the two best-known examples of branded products in this field. The level of innovation that is built into these regenerative fabrics is impressive – they outline a wealth of environmental benefits and savings. In the case of Econyl, there is a clear social value driver in terms of delivering a more community-minded, inclusive business model.

tonlé's Creative Approach Showing Fashion Industry How Zero Waste Is Really Done
tonlé's Creative Approach Showing Fashion Industry How Zero Waste Is Really Done

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Cambodian fashion brand tonlé is revolutionizing the textile industry not only with its ethical business model, but also a creative approach to zero-waste.

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Inditex Bans Use of Angora, Donating Leftover Stock to Syrian Refugees
Inditex Bans Use of Angora, Donating Leftover Stock to Syrian Refugees

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Inditex, one of the world's biggest fashion firms, has banned the sale of angora wool after activists highlighted the cruel treatment of rabbits by farms in China.The parent company of Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bershka said it would stop selling angora garments in all of its 6,400 shops after facing months of pressure from animal rights campaigners.A PETA campaign against angora wool showed videos of live angora rabbits screaming while fur is pulled from their skins on ten Chinese farms. The video also showed rabbits being stretched on boards and cut as their fur is hacked off.

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