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Best Global Green Brands Revealed

Best Global Green Brands Revealed

Ford is the no. 1 green brand, stealing the top spot from Toyota, which has been at the top of Interbrand’s Best Global Green Brands report since the list debuted in 2011. In the 2014 list, Toyota falls to no. 2, with Honda, Nissan and Panasonic rounding out the top … Read more »

Clothing Brands Pledge Greener Supply Chains

Clothing brands including Stella McCartney, H&M, Eileen Fisher and Inditex/Zara are working with environmental nonprofit Canopy to develop a roadmap to make their supply chains more sustainable and conserve endangered forests. The group, as part of  profit Canopy’s Fashion Loved by Forest initiative, says it will advance the following priorities: … Read more »

Automakers Dominate Green Brands Ranking

Automakers Dominate Green Brands Ranking

Toyota has retained the top spot on Interbrand’s 2013 Best Global Green Brands ranking for the third year running. Automotive brands account for four of the top five spots in this year’s ranking with innovation driving their success, according to the report, which evaluates and ranks companies on their environmental performance … Read more »

Organic Cotton ‘Shows Signs of Stabilizing’

Organic Cotton ‘Shows Signs of Stabilizing’

Organic cotton farmers produced 138,813 metric tons of fiber in 2011-12, an 8 percent drop in production from the previous year, compared to a 37 percent drop in 2010-11, the Textile Exchange says. In its 2011-12 Farm & Fiber Report, the Textile Exchange says half of the organic cotton-growing countries … Read more »

Gap

Gap Dumping Toxic Wastewater, Greenpeace Says

Gap, Brooks Brothers and other fashion brands are dumping toxic wastewater in Indonesia waterways, Greenpeace says. In its latest report, Toxic Threads: Polluting Paradise, Greenpeace investigates the PT Gistex factory, located near Bandung in West Java, with 60 percent of production located in the Citarum River watershed. The facility does … Read more »

Ecolab Launches Toxic-Chemical Free Industrial Laundry Detergent

Ecolab has introduced an industrial laundry program that it says cleans heavily soiled textiles without using hazardous chemicals and can save industrial laundry customers as much as 3 million gallons of water a year. The Performance Industrial Program is a three-product system that uses Ecolab’s patented Nonylphenol Ethoxylates (NPE)-free chemistry … Read more »

Walmart, Lowe’s Develop Chemical Reporting Tool

The Retail Industry Leaders Association has rolled out an initiative designed to streamline the required safety data sheet process used by suppliers and retailers to exchange chemical and product information. Retailers require detailed information to safely handle chemical products in compliance with regulations from the US Department of Transportation, Occupational … Read more »

Victoria’s Secret, Benetton Commit to ‘Detox Fashion’

Victoria’s Secret parent company Limited Brands and the Benetton Group have agreed to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from their supply chains and products by 2020 after pressure from Greenpeace to sign on to its Detox campaign. Greenpeace says today’s commitment from Limited Brands includes a process to stop using phthalates … Read more »

Waitrose Caves to Greenpeace, Puts Shell Deal On Ice

Waitrose has stalled plans to expand its partnership with Shell, in a victory for Greenpeace, which has been pressing the UK supermarket to abandon the partnership because of the oil company’s plans to drill in the Arctic. In a blog Greenpeace writes that after only 12 days — and 40,000 emails, … Read more »

Gap, Calvin Klein, Levi’s Linked to Toxic ‘Textile Town,’ Greenpeace Says

Textile suppliers for Levi Strauss & Co, Zara and many other global clothing brands likely dump a wide range of hazardous chemicals into China’s wastewater systems, according to a Greenpeace study. In Toxic Threads: Putting Pollution on Parade, Greenpeace says its investigation, which focused on the discharge of effluent from … Read more »

Zara Bows to Greenpeace, Commits to Zero Chemical Discharge

Zara, one of the world’s largest clothing retailers, says it will eliminate all discharge of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain and products by 2020, following a Greenpeace campaign pressuring the brand to end use of toxic chemicals in its products. The commitment covers Zara and seven other brands under … Read more »

Calvin Klein, Zara Among Worst Chemical Users, Greenpeace Says

Calvin Klein, Zara Among Worst Chemical Users, Greenpeace Says

Hazardous chemical residues have been found in clothing made by Zara, Calvin Klein, Benetton, Giorgio Armani, the Gap and 15 other global brands, according to a Greenpeace investigation. The study “Toxic Threads: The Big Fashion Stitch Up” found high levels of toxic phthalates in four of the products, cancer-causing amines … Read more »