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Apparel, Textile Leaders Team Up for Sustainable Manufacturing

A three-pronged partnership between textile industry veterans has the potential to create a more sustainable apparel supply chain. Cotton recycler Recover has teamed up with tech-enabled design house and manufacturer Happy Punt and one of Seoul’s leading apparel exporters, Hansae Co., Ltd., for a multi-year partnership aimed at providing end-to-end, sustainable solutions for the fashion…… Continue reading Apparel, Textile Leaders Team Up for Sustainable Manufacturing

How Much Does Sustainability Drive Consumers’ Home Textiles Choices?

Fashion and home textiles often get lumped together into a singular soft goods sector, but there are nuances between the two categories when it comes to sustainability. For starters, home goods are typically purchased less frequently than fashion items. Ben Mead, managing director of Hohenstein Institute, says this gives shoppers more time to research fiber…… Continue reading How Much Does Sustainability Drive Consumers’ Home Textiles Choices?

Fashion Will ‘Weed Out’ Brands Failing on Supply-Chain Transparency

Increasingly, consumers are investigating the impact of their purchases, including the environmental and social cost of production. To keep up with this appetite for information, companies need to raise the level of visibility into their supply chains. During a panel at Fairchild Media Group’s Virtual Tech Forum last month, moderated by Sourcing Journal editor in…… Continue reading Fashion Will ‘Weed Out’ Brands Failing on Supply-Chain Transparency

Scottish Leather Group confirmed as lowest carbon leather manufacturer in the world

Scottish Leather Group has today published its 2021 Sustainability Report, detailing the company’s progress towards its key goal of zero impact leather manufacturing. Already the world’s lowest carbon intensity leather manufacturer, the firm has also announced that it is well on its way to being carbon neutral by 2025 — 20 years ahead of Scotland’s… Continue reading Scottish Leather Group confirmed as lowest carbon leather manufacturer in the world

Sustainable Shellfish Textile Coating Plant Opens in South Carolina

Chitosan, a sugary substance gleaned from the exoskeletons of shellfish like lobster, crab and shrimp, could be the sustainable, bio-based answer to chemical-heavy treatments used to coat a variety of commonly used fabrics. That’s according to Bellingham, Wash.-based producer Tidal Vision, which is betting on the compound’s potential with a newly announced partnership with textile…… Continue reading Sustainable Shellfish Textile Coating Plant Opens in South Carolina

Tesco Joins US Cotton Trust Protocol

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol now counts U.K. retailer Tesco as a member of the system that brings quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurement to more sustainable cotton production. Tesco joins the Trust Protocol as part of its commitment to sourcing 100 percent sustainable cotton by 2025. Tesco’s membership marks a significant step in a…… Continue reading Tesco Joins US Cotton Trust Protocol

Sustainability metrics matter: good intentions are no longer enough

Taking advantage of the pause in long-haul travel to assess the state of the industry, innovators are exploring ways to make tourism in the Covid era more sustainable As the Covid-19 pandemic sent the world into lockdown and put the brakes on travel, the environmental side effects were undeniably beneficial. Air pollution in cities fell… Continue reading Sustainability metrics matter: good intentions are no longer enough

Sustainability

What is sustainability? Sustainability is a philosophy that focuses on the present as well as the future. It is about living in ways that does not harm the environment and allows the needs of the present and future to be met. It has an economic, environmental, and social aspects. It is not about living in… Continue reading Sustainability

Brands Guilty of ‘Straight-Out Robbery’ as Covid-Hit Garment Workers Risk ‘Unbearable’ Debt: Report

Shrinking incomes and deteriorating workplace conditions, exacerbated by exploitative buying practices by brands and retailers amid the Covid-19 pandemic, have made garment workers more vulnerable to indicators of forced labor than ever, new research published Monday has found. The University of Sheffield and the Worker Rights Consortium, which analyzed data from workers from more than…… Continue reading Brands Guilty of ‘Straight-Out Robbery’ as Covid-Hit Garment Workers Risk ‘Unbearable’ Debt: Report

Levi's COO wants to transform the brand's supply chain

NRF RETAIL CONVERGE — In a conversation about supply chain transformation at NRF Retail Converge on Monday, Levi Strauss COO Liz O’Neill said a company goal is to have consumers wear its products for longer. “We want to try to communicate to consumers that our products are sort of the antithesis of fast fashion. They’re… Continue reading Levi's COO wants to transform the brand's supply chain