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Levi’s Automates Finishing Process, Saving Time and Cutting Chemicals

Levi’s Automates Finishing Process, Saving Time and Cutting Chemicals

Levi Strauss & Co. is piloting a new operating model that replaces labor-intensive manual finishing techniques with an automated digital laser-based system. Project FLX shortens the time to market, and cuts chemicals from the finishing process.

Report Reveals Global Apparel and Footwear Industries’ Emissions

Report Reveals Global Apparel and Footwear Industries’ Emissions

Apparel and footwear industries worldwide account for about the same amount of emissions as the European Union, a report from Quantis commissioned by the ClimateWorks Foundation has found.

VF Corporation Shifts To a Circular Business Model

VF Corporation Shifts To a Circular Business Model

VF Corporation’s vice president of global corporate sustainability Letitia Webster talks about recommerce, shifting to a circular business model, and transforming the apparel industry.

G-Star Raw Completely Transforms the Denim Production Process

G-Star Raw Completely Transforms the Denim Production Process

Only a few years ago, Dutch denim-maker G-Star Raw was drawing ire from Greenpeace. Activists pasted posters on store windows in seven countries, urging the brand to sign up for its Detox campaign, which challenges popular clothing brands to stop using hazardous chemicals. “No one likes a greenwasher,” a Greenpeace … Read more »

Supply Chain Transparency Map Reduces Time, Expense for Big Brands

Supply Chain Transparency Map Reduces Time, Expense for Big Brands

Six apparel sector brands have joined a new real-time supply chain transparency tool launched this month by the Natural Resources Defense Council in the United States and the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) in China. Target, Esprit, New Balance, PUMA, Gap Inc., and Inditex are now publicly linked … Read more »

Sustainable Apparel Coalition Increases Analytics for Supply Chain Assessment

Sustainable Apparel Coalition Increases Analytics for Supply Chain Assessment

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is releasing an updated version of its Higg Facility Environmental Module, a global self-assessment tool for apparel, footwear, and textile manufacturing facilities. The new Higg FEM attempts to reduce audit fatigue through tailored questions and increased analytics. First introduced in 2011, the Higg Index suite of … Read more »

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

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 »

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