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Nike Introduces Recycled Leather Material for Shoes

Nike Introduces Recycled Leather Material for Shoes

Nike has introduced a new material made from at least 50% recycled natural leather fibers, the sports apparel company announced. Called Flyleather, the material is designed to mimic athletic full-grain leather for shoes. Normally during leather manufacturing, as much as 30% of a cow’s hide gets discarded, Nike says. For … Read more »

Retailers Bank on Environmentally-Friendly Clothing for Increased Sales

Retailers Bank on Environmentally-Friendly Clothing for Increased Sales

Many shoppers will shell out a little more money if they know a product, especially clothing, is environmentally friendly, market researchers report. Major retailers like J.C. Penney, H&M, and Target are increasingly tapping into that consciousness with fashion lines made from recycled fabrics. But the catch is that the prices … Read more »

Opinion: Apparel Industry Must Embrace a New, Sustainable Approach to Meet Demand

Opinion: Apparel Industry Must Embrace a New, Sustainable Approach to Meet Demand

Editor’s Note: The fashion industry has been at the top of sustainability news several times in recent months, with efforts such as the Circular Fibres Initiative and Cotton 2040 – as well as some efforts from specific companies – gaining traction with our readers. Judging by open and click rates, you’re … Read more »

Impranil eco

Bayer Launches Bio-Based Polyurethanes for Textile Coating

Bayer MaterialScience is introducing a range of waterborne, bio-based polyurethane (PU) dispersions under the Impranil eco name for apparel, footwear and automotive applications. With a renewable content that reaches as high as 65 percent, this product class contributes to a further reduction of CO2 emissions, thus further improving the sustainability … Read more »


Patagonia Bets $1 Million on Biochemistry

Patagonia is investing more than $1 million in a biochemical company that makes textile treatments as part of the outdoor apparel company’s $20 Million & Change venture fund, created to invest in environmentally responsible startups focused on clothing, food, water, energy and waste. While Patagonia did not disclose the amount … Read more »

Bayer, International Apparel Federation Promote Water-Saving Polyurethane Technology

Bayer MaterialScience has teamed up with the International Apparel Federation to promote its Insqin for polyurethane (PU) coated fabrics. The waterborne PU technology enables PU coated fabrics to be manufactured without solvent and also reduces water consumption by up to 95 percent and energy consumption by up to 50 percent … Read more »

Guide Helps Apparel Industry Minimize Waste, Pollution

The FluoroCouncil has published a best environmental practices guidance document for the global apparel industry to help mills and finishers minimize waste and environmental releases, while also keeping fluorinated product performance in the textile. Guidance for Best Environmental Practices (BEP) for the Global Apparel Industry: Including Focus on Fluorinated Repellent … Read more »

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Higg Index 2.0 Adds Web Interface, Improves Environmental Content

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), whose member including Adidas, Burberry, Coca-Cola and Levi’s represent more than a third of the global apparel and footwear market, has launched an updated version of the Higg Index, a sustainability measurement tool for the industry’s supply chain. The Higg Index 2.0, now available for … Read more »

Ann Taylor, Loft Join Sustainable Apparel Coalition

ANN Inc., the parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and will use the group’s sustainability index to drive environmental responsibility throughout its supply chain. ANN Inc. is the first women’s specialty retailer to join the SAC. It shared the announcement at its Global … Read more »

Adidas Carbon Tool Snafu Keeps Data out of Sustainability Report

Adidas missed the chance to include energy, water and carbon metrics in its 2011 sustainability report because of data deviations caused by a new environmental reporting and management tool. According to the report, Adidas introduced the tool for its sites and suppliers during the 2011 reporting period, and has migrated … Read more »

Anvil Knitwear Chooses CA Technologies Environmental Management Software

Anvil Knitwear Inc. is implementing CA Technologies’ ecoSoftware to help manage its sustainability program worldwide. The century-old apparel company will be using CA ecoSoftware to measure its waste, water and energy, and eventually other aspects its business, such as the amount of yarn used in the manufacturing of products. Anvil … Read more »

Lack of Eco-Clothing Hampers Sales

Lack of Eco-Clothing Hampers Sales

Consumers would increase sustainable apparel purchasing if only they could find it, according to a survey by Ryan Partnership Chicago and Mambo Sprouts Marketing. Some 69 percent of consumers considered sustainability at least sometimes when purchasing clothing in 2011 and shoppers intend to double their eco-apparel purchases this year, according to … Read more »