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Global Textile Industry Explores Sustainable Dyeing Methods

Global Textile Industry Explores Sustainable Dyeing Methods

Numerous Chinese factories that produce synthetic dyes for the textile industry got shut down for environmental inspections starting last summer. In the wake of those closures, new methods for dyeing textiles are emerging that could help save water, reduce pollutants, save energy, and protect human health.

Wrangler Shows How Sustainability Data Transforms Supply Chains

Wrangler Shows How Sustainability Data Transforms Supply Chains

A white paper published by Wrangler and farm-management software company MyFarms demonstrates how field-level sustainability data can strengthen business relationships and results throughout agricultural supply chains. The paper draws on Wrangler’s cotton supply chain experience.

Hugo Boss Sets Sustainable Material Targets, Emphasizes Circular Fashion

Hugo Boss Sets Sustainable Material Targets, Emphasizes Circular Fashion

The Hugo Boss Group is developing sustainable sourcing strategies for its most important materials based on natural capital valuations, according to the global apparel company’s latest sustainability report. This month Hugo Boss published its fifth sustainability report. For the first time, it contained the non-financial report required by CSR-RUG, the … Read more »

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.

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 »

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 »

Patagonia Pays Premium to Add Two Top-Selling Products to Fair Trade Certified Line

Patagonia Pays Premium to Add Two Top-Selling Products to Fair Trade Certified Line

Clothing brand Patagonia announced that two of its best-selling lines, Better Sweater and Synchilla Snap-T, are now Fair Trade Certified apparel. With the addition of these two lines, 38% of Patagonia’s product line is now

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 »

Has the Sustainable Fashion Industry Reached a Tipping Point?

Has the Sustainable Fashion Industry Reached a Tipping Point?

In the world of environmental management, hearing about clothing manufacturers chasing sustainable textiles, processes, and supply chains is nothing new. But the latest annual, elite fashion-fest in the Big Apple, New York Fashion Week, may just be an indication of how far the industry has come. And we may have reached a tipping point…

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