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C&A Bows Cradle to Cradle Certified T-Shirts, Joins ‘Circular Fashion’ Industry

C&A Bows Cradle to Cradle Certified T-Shirts, Joins ‘Circular Fashion’ Industry

European fashion retailer C&A has debuted its line of “C2C Certified” T-shirts, which the company says are made of 100% organic cotton, produced using only chemicals that are designed for safe cycling as biological nutrients, and manufactured in a socially and environmentally responsible way. The clothing line will be available for consumers … Read more »

H&M’s $6.5M Effort to Advance Textile Recycling

In a $6.5 million effort to develop a new textile recycling technologies, H&M Foundation and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel have formed a four-year partnership with the aim of recycling blended textiles into new fabrics and yarns.

Sustainable Development Goals: Why Business Should Care

Sustainable Development Goals: Why Business Should Care

In September more than 190 world countries adopted the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to tackle climate change, provide clean water and end poverty, among other ambitious targets, by 2030. On Jan. 1 the SDGs will replace the millennium development goals as the new global goals to … Read more »

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COP21: Strong Climate Policy Leads to Lower Business Costs, CEOs Say

Two new draft texts for a climate deal were released today at COP21, with additional drafts expected to follow as governments negotiate a global climate deal in Paris. Business leaders, meanwhile, continue to step up their efforts to influence climate policy. CEOs of seven apparel companies — Levi Strauss & … Read more »

What the World’s Largest Companies Are Doing to Limit Climate Change

What the World’s Largest Companies Are Doing to Limit Climate Change

Despite setting emissions reduction targets, most of the world’s largest companies aren’t doing enough to limit global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, according to analysis by CDP. The report, Mind the Science, assesses emissions targets for 70 energy-intensive companies, which together account for 9 percent of global carbon emissions. … Read more »

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Walmart, General Mills, Anheuser-Busch Improve Freight Efficiency, Cut Emissions

Improving efficiency and environmental management in freight operations is becoming increasingly important to global brands including Kellogg’s, Walmart, Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Adidas, General Mills, H&M, Lowes, CVS and Hershey’s, according to an Environmental Defense Fund blog. Jason Mathers, a senior manager at EDF on supply chain logistics, writes that while some … Read more »

Target, H&M, Gap, Levi’s Textile Mills Save $14.7M, Cut Water Use 36%

Target, H&M, Gap, Levi’s Textile Mills Save $14.7M, Cut Water Use 36%

More than 30 Chinese textile mills, many of which create clothing for major high-volume apparel brands and retailers including Target, Gap,  Levi’s and H&M, are saving $14.7 million annually by adopting efficiency measures in their production processes, according to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council. These improvements have … Read more »

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H&M Reduces Carbon Footprint 16%

H&M improved its carbon efficiency by 16 percent and reduced its total greenhouse gas emissions by 4 percent in 2014 compared to 2013, the company reports in its Conscious Actions Sustainability Report 2014. Having met its its goal one year early to reduce total emissions while growing its business, the … Read more »

Six Steps for Managing Water Risks, Opportunities

In its 2014 Global Risks report, the World Economic Forum identified water crises as one of the risks of highest concern. For businesses, it is important to understand operational and market contexts to manage water risk and leverage opportunity, according to The Guardian. Businesses can manage water resources with a … Read more »

CDP: 68% of Businesses Report Water Risk Exposure

CDP: 68% of Businesses Report Water Risk Exposure

Two thirds of the world’s largest companies — including Merck, Unilever and H&M — are reporting exposure to water risks, some of which have potential to limit growth, according to CDP’s latest annual global water report. The report finds that 68 percent of businesses report exposure to water risk, which … Read more »

H&M, Eddie Bauer, The North Face, Others Commit to More Responsible Down

H&M, Eddie Bauer, The North Face, Marmot, Mammut, Helly Hansen, Outdoor Research, DownLinens, Down & Feather Co. and other leading international fashion, bedding and outdoor brands have adopted the Textile Exchange’s Responsible Down Standard, a third-party certification standard that can be applied to any waterfowl-based supply chain to help ensure … Read more »