Good News 008 | 25 September 2018
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The plastic in our clothes

Friends of the Earth are calling on the fashion industry to do more to tackle plastic pollution, as new figures highlight that the sector is a “significant contribution” to the problem.

The environmental campaign group states clothes washing in the UK is estimated to generate around 4,000 tonnes of plastic microfibre pollution every year, of which 1,600 tonnes could be ending up in our rivers and estuaries.

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Primark expands its Sustainable Cotton programme

UK fast fashion brand Primark says it has now sold four million pairs of pyjamas made with sustainably grown cotton from its pioneering programme in Gujarat, Northern India. The company gave details of the initiative as it announced plans to expand production into neighbouring Pakistan.

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Green Carpet awards

The greatest misconception about the Green Carpet awards, which brought Milan fashion week to a close with a celebration of sustainable fashion, is that they are an alternative to the traditional red carpet. The true aim of the Green Carpet project is to rip the red one up entirely and replace it.

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Good News 007 | 18 September 2018
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WWF x H&M

More and more big brands are coming up with better ways of producing the clothes that we buy and wear, including high street stores.

And this week, Swedish retailer H&M – which is known for its Conscious range – became the latest name to inspire people to care for the planet.

Joining forces with the World Wide Fund (WWF) – the world’s leading independent conservation organisation – H&M has launched a new childrenswear collection made entirely of sustainable materials.

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Circular vision

According to the World Bank’s World Development Indicators, clothing production doubled from 2000 to 2015 but the utilisation of clothing items has significantly decreased, leading to an immense amount of waste. It is estimated that one garbage truck full of clothes is burned or landfilled every second, and that half of all fast fashion production gets disposed of under a single year.

This is an immense amount of pressure on our planet’s natural resources. To combat the waste and unsustainable nature of the fashion industry, a few visionaries are talking about redesigning the textile industry with a circular vision.

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UAL Partnership

University of the Arts London (UAL) has been selected for one of the nine game-changing research and development partnerships as part of the government’s investment in the UK’s creative industries, under the banner of the flagship Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund initiative. The project focuses on innovation within the fashion and textile supply chain.

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London Fashion Week

Sustainable opening for the London Fashion Week this season, with Vin + Omi on the catwalk. Clothes woven from cow parsley and discarded bottles feature in St Pancras show

Of all the things you might expect to see on the London fashion week catwalk, cow parsley is probably not one of them. But that’s exactly what designer duo Vin + Omi delivered as they opened the six-day event with their spring/summer 2019 collection.

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Good News 006 | 11 September 2018
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Hong Kong Fashion Summit 2018

The Hong Kong Fashion Summit was held on 6-7 September with hundreds of brands, designers and brilliant initiatives joining the call for circular economy. Hong Kong is becoming the new sustainable fashion hub and here are a few examples of how exciting sustainable fashion is about to become:

ALLBIRDS, in San Francisco, makes shoes out of carbon.

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FASHION FOR GOOD based in Amsterdam. This year, they are launching their fourth ‘Accelerator programme, encouraging start up to innovate sustainably.

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THE MILLS FABRICA is a catalytic hub based in a converted old mill in Hong Kong. With Techstyle, they support startups at the intersection of fashion, textile and technology, making the concept of “wearable technology” focus on fashion and textile industry.

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Fur Free Sustainable Fashion

Fur Free Movement

The luxury fashion is moving away from fur. Gucci and now, Burberry have committed to No Fur.

This week, London has become the first of the main fashion weeks to ditch animal fur in its shows after the British Fashion Council (BFC) said none of the designers participating on the official schedule would be using it.

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Recycling tech close the loop

Hydrothermal Recycling Tech

The H&M Foundation and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) have jointly set up two first of its kind textile recycling facilities in Hong Kong.

The award-winning hydrothermal recycling technology is for the first time put to practice at scale. a miniaturised Garment-To-Garment Recycling System has also opened for the public.

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Good News 005 | 04 September 2018

Good Looping Special

Good Looping is launching its first ever magazine- telling the story of sustainable fashion and beauty. A positive and bright focus on how the industry shake up sustainability through collaboration and innovation.

[…] Fast-forward to 2030, to a vision of fashion in which people look and feel good in clothes low in impact on people and planet. Of products that are long-lasting, fully recyclable, non-polluting and do not degrade our environment. Of supply chains that do no harm, in which people work in good conditions for fair pay. […]

 

GL Mag available here

 

 

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Balenciaga collaborates with The World Food Programme

Demna Gvasalia, creative director of Balenciaga believes that fashion can change the world. Collaborating with the World Food Programme at Balenciaga this season, the world’s most in demand designer is spearheading a radical revolution in how we approach clothes.

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Call for Clean Water Partnership 

H&M group and WWF have worked together on water stewardship since 2011, reducing the water impacts within the H&M group supply chain as well as creating programmes for wider change in key sourcing regions.

Now they are calling on other textiles brands to join global industry efforts on water stewardship, in particular joining efforts to work ‘beyond the factory fence’ — creating multi-stakeholder solutions to water issues and supporting stronger water governance (policy, incentives and enforcement) in high water risk regions.

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Adidas x Stella McCartney

Adidas has revealed a new clothing line with Stella McCartney which aims to focus on the importance of protecting nature.

In keeping with Adidas’s pledge to increase sustainability, the new AW18 line will include eco-friendly fabrics such as recycled polyester, organic cotton, and recycled ocean plastic.

Stella McCartney said: “More than half of our apparel and a third of our footwear in AW18 are made with eco-innovative and recycled materials.”

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Good News 003 | 21 August 2018
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Sustainable cotton is the new black

It has been a busy week for sustainable cotton. Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and Organic Cotton Accelerator have announced that they will work closely together to make sustainable cotton mainstream. C&A has partnered with Fashion For Good to achieve a Cradle to Cradle Certified™ GOLD denim jeans, providing a world's class recipe on how to design the 'most sustainable pair of jeans'. Reebok is exploring sneakers' material mixing corn and cotton together. Let's keep the good work flowing...

Organic Cotton and BCI                       

C&A Most Sustainable Jeans press release 

Reebok Corn + Cotton

 

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Roadmap to sustainable fashion

116 members of the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles have submitted their roadmaps outlining concrete steps for increasing sustainability in textile supply chains. Brands include Adidas, H&M, Primark and Hugo Boss.

 

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UN unveiled a film on sustainable fashion

'Made in Forest'

In her new video, which will be presented to world leaders at the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development in New York, Yeoh sets out to find out “what sustainable fashion could look like, without compromising the beauty of our clothes.” One answer: high-fashion produced with certified sustainable new generation forest-based fabrics.

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Good News 002 | 14 August 2018
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Repair, Clean and Reuse 

Recognising that consumers want to reduce their environmental impact, retailers innovate and set a new trend where they are buying back their used products for resale to consumers.

 

We can see for example The North Face Renewed, “a collection of refurbished products for consumers who want to access affordable gear.” All Renewed items originated as returned, defective or damaged apparel from The North Face’s distribution center. The company then relies on its partners at The Renewal Workshop to professionally clean and repair products, including clothing for men and women, before listing them for resale.

 

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Assessing your material footprint

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has announced an update to its Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) tool that will enable the apparel, footwear, and textile industry to “more effectively” assess the environmental impact of materials used in its global manufacturing.

 

"With the opportunity to play a key role in determining a product's sustainability performance, being a designer today is really exciting," SAC chief executive Jason Kibbey said in a press release. "With the Higg MSI, product designers can access an incredible amount of information, and then use it to significantly reduce environmental impacts of materials production.”

 

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Everyone is talking about it

ELLE is dedicating its Septembre 2018 issue to susstainability, with leaders in the field joigning forces to encouraging a more environmentally-friendly fashion industry to a wide audience.

The groundbreaking issue addresses how the fashion industry and consumers can make meaningful changes to the way they work and shop to help the environment

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Good News 001 | 7 August 2018
 

‘Spotify for fashion’ and ‘Uber for clothes’

WRAP, the UK's resource efficiency agency, has identified leasing as an innovative business model that gives clothes a longer service life, while reducing material use and carbon dioxide emissions. A recent survey conducted by Westfield Shopping Centre in London also proposed that clothing rental would become a key future trend.

The possible value of the clothing rental market in the UK is predicted to be £923m and the model is already well-established for certain items, such as dinner jackets and wedding suits for men. Despite this, there are currently just a handful of fashion companies that have adopted a leasing model. 

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Levi's Sustainable Fashion

Levi's sustainability plan

It’s work that Levi’s now plans to scale up as it aims for a new goal–cutting its emissions as a company in line with the Paris climate agreement, as the latest corporation to set targets under the Science Based Targets Initiative, a nonprofit-led project that helps companies set climate goals. By 2025, the company plans to use 100% renewable energy in all of its own facilities, cut emissions in those buildings by 90% compared to Levi’s footprint in 2016 and–in a move no company has tried before–it also plans to cut the emissions in its supply chain by 40%.

 

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Luxury fashion to lead sustainability efforts

 

BSR’s Responsible Luxury Initiative (ReLI) has launched a new report that offers a roadmap toward a resilient luxury sector and highlights three opportunities for luxury companies to invest in future success. The report, Disrupting Luxury: Creating Resilient Businesses in Times of Rapid Change, was developed in coordination and dialogue with ReLI members, who include Cartier, Chanel, Harvey Nichols Group plc, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Limited, IWC Schaffhausen, Kering, LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton S.A., Michael Kors Holdings Limited, mytheresa.com, OTB, PVH Corp., Ralph Lauren, Richemont International S.A., Swarovski, and Tiffany & Co.

 

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