Good News 016 | 18 December 2018
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The Savory Institute x Kering

Luxury fashion company Kering has launched a fashion industry standard capable of verifying raw materials and finished products as 'regenerative', after partnering with environmental charity The Savory Institute to advocate for 'net-positive' sourcing solutions.

The framework assesses the extent to which certain agricultural methods used to produce cotton, wool and leather “give back” to the environment – by restoring soil quality or sequestering CO2 within carbon sinks, for example.

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The State of Fashion 2019 by McKinsey

2019 will be a bumpy ride for most fashion players, according to management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company and online publication Business of Fashion in their new joint report The State of Fashion 2019, on which they lay out the main trends and developments to be expected in the year ahead.

“The ones who will succeed will have to come to terms with the fact that (...) some of the old rules simply don’t work”, they warn. “Regardless of size and segment, players now need to be nimble, think digital-first and achieve ever-faster speed to market. They need to take an active stance on social issues, satisfy consumer demands for ultra-transparency and sustainability, and, most importantly, have the courage to self-disrupt their own identity and the sources of their old success”. 

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‘Catwalk to Creation’

"The documentary shows the reverse journey of two sustainable garments, one made out of natural fibres (wool) and one being a next gen solution within the viscose family. As the title suggests, it is the reverse journey from the finished garment on the catwalk to its beginnings as a thought, an idea, following the whole production process from design to factory. It is a behind-the-scenes-look to really show everything that goes into it making a garment. It is targeted at everyday consumers as well as a B2B and B2C audience."

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Good News 015 | 11 December 2018
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Sustainable fashion x COP24

Key representatives of the global fashion industry have made concrete commitments to address climate change by launching the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action at the Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Poland today. Under the auspices of UN Climate Change, leading fashion brands, supplier organisations, and NGOs, have agreed to collectively address the climate impact of the fashion sector across its entire value chain. The signatories have pledged to progress 16 principles and targets outlined in the charter, including the selecting of climate friendly and sustainable materials, using low-carbon transport, and exploring circular business models.’

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Animal skin ban: is it worth it?

Luxury fashion brands save species. Fact. But the recent announcement by Chanel that it will no longer use reptile skins, will not save species. In our opinion, as leaders within the world’s largest and oldest conservation organisation, the decision may be well-meaning, but it is wrong. It will adversely affect the conservation of wild animals and the livelihoods of the people who live with and depend on that wildlife.

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Ioncell most sustainable fibre yet?

From fibre to yarn and fabric to final product, a diverse team of researchers, experts, and students made the gown a reality on the Aalto University campus. The Ioncell process, developed by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, aims to change the way we make clothes. It creates quality textile fibres from a range of raw materials, including wood, recycled newspaper or cardboard, and old cotton textiles.

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Good News 014 | 4 December 2018
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Chanel ends fur and animal skins for their collection

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LVHM launch 112 sustainability projects

The LVMH Carbon Fund has achieved its objective for 2018, raising €11.3 million in financing for 112 projects designed to control and reduce the group’s greenhouse gas emissions. This result, reflecting the strong engagement of LVMH brands, is all the more noteworthy given that LVMH doubled the price per metric ton of CO2 generated from €15-30 in 2018.

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27th Nov Parliament update

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Good News 013 | 27 November 2018
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UN x Stella McCartney Fashion Charter

Leading fashion designer Stella McCartney has thrown her weight behind a new sustainability charter from the UN which aims to promote low-carbon production methods and cut waste in the fashion industry.

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Insight report on sustainable fashion

A significant number of consumers in Europe’s five largest markets (namely, Germany, UK, France, Italy and Spain) take fashion brands’ social and environmental impact into account when shopping.

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Blue Planet effect

Fishing nets and discarded plastic are finding their way into wardrobes around the world thanks to a rise in the number of fashion designers using materials made from recycled ocean waste.

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Good News 012 | 13 November 2018
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ReMode Available via Livestream

ReMode, the premier event for disruptive and sustainable fashion, today announced that it is taking its message global by making a livestream video of conference programming available to viewers around the world. Over the two-day event, which takes place in Los Angeles November 13–14, a livestream of speaker sessions, panel discussions and presentations will be available on the ReMode website (ReMode.com), starting at 8:30 a.m

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Amazon and ASOS Questioned Over 'Fast Fashion' Sustainability

Lawmakers in the U.K. have questioned online "fast fashion" retailers about the impact of their production processes on workers and the environment.

Mary Creagh, chair of the U.K. government's Environmental Audit Committee, wrote to five online-only fashion retailers — including global firms Amazon and ASOS — to request information on areas including staff wages, the life-cycle of the garments sold, and steps being taken to reduce the environmental and social impact of their businesses.

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Royal Influencer Meghan Wears Sustainable Fashion

It’s not news, of course, that when Meghan Markle wears something, people buy it. But many of her looks this tour were created by sustainable fashion brands, meaning the companies do things like use safe chemicals and dyes, make sure fabrics can be recycled, and make efforts to be socially responsible when it comes to sourcing their materials and hiring.

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Good News 011 | 22 October 2018
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C.L.A.S.S. supports Textile Exchange in Milan

This year’s Textile Exchange’s Sustainability Conference will be held in Milan later this month. The conference offers an opportunity to connect with industry pioneers and learn about cutting-edge solutions and innovations in textile and apparel sustainability. The theme of the 2018 conference is United by Action: Accelerating Sustainability in Textiles and Fashion.

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Fur free expending

Brands from Gucci to Michael Kors and DVF have recently stopped using fur, calculating that the goodwill generated with younger customers, and a reprieve from social media-amplified protests by animal-rights activists, is worth a few million dollars in lost sales.

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Sustainability is the new black for Spring '19



The sustainability conversation was more hushed in Paris. That’s partly because emerging, disruptive designers tend to show elsewhere. At least the sartorial works of art presented by houses like Valentino or Alexander McQueen aren’t going to end up in landfill.

Gucci (which showed at the iconic home of ‘70s Paris disco haunt Le Palace this season) is full steam ahead on its 10-year “Equilibrium” plan, “designed to connect people, planet and purpose” and engage every staff member at every level.

But where are the other luxury leaders championing the use of sustainable textiles or, for that matter, supply chain transparency, on the Paris runways? There’s opportunity here. Who else will step up?

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Good News 010 | 09 October 2018
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MPs on fast fashion

MPs say the fashion industry is a major source of the greenhouse gases that are overheating the planet.

Discarded clothes are also piling up in landfill sites and fibre fragments are flowing into the sea when clothes are washed.

The retailers admit more needs to be done, but say they are already working to reduce the impact of their products.

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THREDUP X Reformation

THREDUP X Reformation

The latest news comes from massive online consignment site Thredup, which on Tuesday launched Upcycle, a new platform that aims to answer the question: How can eco-conscious brands engage with, and even capitalize on, the reselling of their wares?

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The new Fashion for Good experience

The doors have opened on a new museum which informs and inspires end consumers about the latest thinking in sustainable fashion. The new Fashion for Good experience in Amsterdam is an immersive, interactive museum fitted with smart technology which aims to “change the hearts and minds of the visitors by telling stories behind the clothes [they] wear.”

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Good News 009 | 02 October 2018
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Traceability by VF

VF’s traceability initiatives intend to provide visibility into some of our most pressing supply chain issues and risks.

From human rights violations in supplier factories to deforestation, we partner with our suppliers to bring best practices to their businesses and help prevent any occurrence of activities that go against our high ethical and environmental standards

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Live from Paris Fashion Week

Biker jackets made from pineapple leaves and leather tanned with olive extract rather than hugely polluting chemicals are now within reach, experts say.

Everyone from young avant garde designers to the big-name brands are racing to hop on the bandwagon, with trainers with soles made from recycled plastic bottles already selling by the million.

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Fashion For Good x Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney is the latest fashion brand to join Fashion for Good, the global initiative to incentive innovations which can lead the fashion industry towards a circular model. “We are constantly exploring innovative ways to become more sustainable, joining Fashion for Good helps us on this journey. Together we can spark and scale the next generation of circular technologies and help change the fashion industry”, said McCartney in a statement.

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