VF Corporation Signs UN Climate Change’s Fashion Industry Charter

VF Corporation became the latest apparel company to sign the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action this week. The UN charter aligned with the Paris Agreement launched in December and now has more than 40 signatories. The global apparel, footwear, and accessories company has nearly 70,000 associates and reports $12.4 billion in revenue. The North…

Levi Strauss & Co. Introduces Denim Recycling for Consumers

Levi Strauss & Co. launched a new North American denim recycling initiative today in partnership with Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green program. Consumers can bring dry, clean denim clothing from any brand, in any condition, to dedicated bins at Levi’s stores in the United States and Canada. These denim jeans, tops, and jackets will…

Wrangler Sources 100% Local Traceable Cotton for New Denim Collection

Wrangler introduced a new denim collection today made with sustainably grown, traceable cotton from five US states. The Rooted Collection helps move the brand toward its goal of reaching 100% sustainable cotton by 2025. Each piece in the limited collection of five state-specific jeans was grown, milled, cut, and sewn in the United States, Wrangler…

H&M Reports 57% of All Materials Used in Production are Sustainable

H&M Group recently announced that 57% of all materials it uses to make its products are created using recycled or other sustainably sourced fibers. The company’s recently-released sustainability report covers the progress towards only using recycled and other sustainably sourced materials. In 2018, this was the case for 57% of all materials, which is an increase from…

UN Unveils Alliance to Combat the ‘Destructive Practices of Fashion’

The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion – launched last week at the UN Environment Assembly – seeks to halt the environmentally and socially destructive practices of fashion. The alliance hopes it will “harness the industry as a driver for improving the world’s ecosystems.” The alliance says it will analyze the efforts of UN agencies, identify…

Hey, Fashion Folks: Find a Better Business Model, Report Urges

The fashion industry needs a “new economic model,” and the government should change the law to require clothing manufacturers and others in the industry to perform due diligence checks across their supply chains, says a new report from the UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee. The textile industry uses inordinate amounts of water and energy, and…

Dozens of Fashion Brands Commit To Net Zero Emissions for Industry

Fashion industry leaders including dozens of well-known apparel brands have joined the newly launched UN Climate Change’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. Aligned with the Paris Agreement, this charter envisions the industry achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The 43 signatories represent fashion brands, retailers, supplier organizations, and others. They include Adidas, Burberry, Esprit,…

Stella McCartney Helps Launch New Sustainable Fashion UN Charter

Fashion designer Stella McCartney plans to announce a United Nations fashion industry charter for climate action in early December, the Guardian reports. The new charter will launch on December 10 during the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland (COP 24), according to the news outlet. Besides McCartney, other signatories are expected to include large brands…

Stakeholders Collaborating for a More Sustainable Bioeconomy

Over the last few years, the bioeconomy — a global economy that uses biological resources and waste from the land and sea as inputs to food, industrial and energy production — has been a major point of discussion for scientists and policymakers alike. According to the World Economic Forum, our bioeconomy is far from sustainable…