Sustainability


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    Gap, H&M, others join initiative to decarbonize fashion supply chain

    The Future Supply Initiative will provide brands with financing models and technical support to help their suppliers transition to low carbon technologies and solutions.

    By Zoya Mirza • June 18, 2024
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    Target, FibreTrace and Cargill partner to verify raw cotton

    Luminescent pigments are integrated into raw cotton to track it throughout the global supply chain to verify U.S. and Brazilian cotton.

    By Xanayra Marin-Lopez • June 17, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Fashion Dive

    Fashion faced its share of shakeups in the first half of 2024, but few industries are more adept at reinvention or more suited to change.

    By Fashion Dive staff
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    New York EPR for packaging bill fails to pass before end of legislative session

    The state Senate approved the Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act last week, but the bill stalled in the Assembly. Bottle bill expansion and mattress EPR legislation also didn’t advance.

    By Megan Quinn , Cole Rosengren • June 14, 2024
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    Continued plastic use financially risky for brands: report

    Existing and upcoming legislation ramps up pressure for companies to find more sustainable materials, according to byPlasticFree.

    By Lauren Schenkman • June 13, 2024
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    The fashion industry’s ‘urgent need’ for sustainable practices

    It is “incumbent” on the industry to “bring new solutions forward,” said experts and stakeholders at the United Nations Fashion and Lifestyle Network annual meeting.

    By Zoya Mirza • June 7, 2024
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    Luxe Pack highlights packaging psychology and sustainability trends

    Estée Lauder’s chief sustainability officer and other speakers shared their perspectives on upcoming trends in the cosmetics and luxury packaging sectors.

    By Hayley Lind • June 5, 2024
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    Renewcell lands buyer, will operate under new name

    Following bankruptcy, the Circulose maker was acquired by Sweden-based investment firm Altor in a move to help the company “thrive on a global scale.”

    By June 5, 2024
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    2 major EU sustainability and human rights regulations signed into law

    The rules, which ban destruction of unsold textiles among other things, aim to redefine product standards and promote sustainability.

    By Lauren Schenkman • June 4, 2024
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    Study questions reports of clothing waste in Ghana

    The findings contradict widespread claims of secondhand textile disposal challenges at the Kantamanto market in Accra, Ghana.

    By Lauren Schenkman • June 3, 2024
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    White House looks to bolster carbon market credibility

    The Biden administration released new principles for responsibly participating in voluntary carbon markets in what was called a “pragmatic step” by the CEO of carbon data platform Sylvera.

    By Lamar Johnson • May 31, 2024
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    Mytheresa and Vestiaire Collective expand partnership

    The luxury digital platform will allow all customers in Europe and the U.S. to receive store credit when they sell their pre-worn designer goods.

    By May 29, 2024
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    Mara Hoffman puts namesake brand on hold

    The 2023 CFDA Environmental Sustainability award-winner cited challenges with creating eco-friendly fashion.

    By May 21, 2024
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    Regulations could improve ESG in fashion, but Worldly exec says it’s not enough

    James Schaffer said recent mandates that require companies to disclose financial and environmental risks are a bellwether of the industry’s future.

    By May 15, 2024
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    California Gov. Newsom says climate bills are ‘funded’ in his revised state budget

    The governor’s original budget proposal for 2024-2025 left out funding needed to implement climate disclosure bills SB 253 and SB 261 — an omission met with much criticism.

    By Zoya Mirza • May 15, 2024
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    EU adopts CSRD reporting delay, gives non-EU companies until 2026 to comply

    Exempted companies will now have more time to focus on the implementation of broader sustainability reporting requirements before they start observing sector-specific standards.

    By Zoya Mirza • May 9, 2024
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    Cascale’s new CEO is approaching the role as a mission

    Colin Browne, most recently of Under Armour, was appointed shortly after the nonprofit coalition's rebrand.

    By May 7, 2024
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    Better Cotton audits farms it previously certified following deforestation investigation

    Watchdog Earthsight called the certifier’s audit “so flawed as to be almost worthless.”

    By May 1, 2024
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    Reformation reports spike in direct emissions, misses 2023 carbon intensity target

    The apparel company known for pioneering sustainable practices said it aims to slash its scope 1 and 2 emissions by 42% by 2030, compared to a 2021 baseline.

    By Zoya Mirza • April 29, 2024
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    Human rights and environmental legislation approved by European Parliament

    The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive holds companies and supply chain partners accountable for ESG compliance.

    By Lauren Schenkman • April 25, 2024
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    Eileen Fisher hosts inaugural resale e-commerce ‘Earth Day Takeover’

    The company’s Renew program directed online shoppers toward pre-worn garments rather than new ones as part of a larger take-back initiative.

    By April 22, 2024
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    Nuuly releases capsule collection made from its retired inventory

    The 10-piece line was created in collaboration with Zero Waste Daniel, a designer known for making items from pre-consumer waste.

    By April 19, 2024
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    Asics creates a circular shoe, returns program

    The sporting goods company designed a shoe ready to undergo recycling at the end of its use.

    By Xanayra Marin-Lopez • April 19, 2024
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    Cotton used by H&M and Zara linked to illegal deforestation: report

    A year-long investigation by nonprofit Earthsight found that fiber certified by ethical supply chain organization Better Cotton was grown on "stolen" and "deforested" land in Brazil.

    By Lauren Schenkman • April 18, 2024
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    DHS unveils ‘enhanced strategy’ to fight illicit trade in textile industry

    The plan includes cracking down on small shipments that fall under the de minimis exemption and benefit fast fashion giants such as Shein and Temu. 

    By Lauren Schenkman • April 11, 2024
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    ‘It’s important to get going’: How fashion is navigating the many complexities of sustainability

    Understanding supply chains is key to both regulatory compliance and scaling solutions, executives said at an American Apparel & Footwear Association’s event.

    By Ben Unglesbee • April 10, 2024