Levi Strauss & Co. Expands Chemical Screening in its Supply Chain

Levi Strauss & Co. formed a partnership with international testing services provider Hohenstein to use Oeko-Tex Eco Passport chemical product certification in the apparel-maker’s supply chain. LS&Co. said that Eco Passport complements an open-source program that the company had previously developed called Screened Chemistry. As LS&Co. explains, Screened Chemistry scrutinizes chemical formulations to prevent potentially hazardous compounds…

Good Fashion Fund Seeks Sustainable, Scalable Supply Chain Solutions

If we are to really shift the textile industry from one that is harming workers, local communities and the environment to one that is circular and sustainable, scalable solutions will be necessary. A new investment fund, the Good Fashion Fund, aims to address a real need in the garment industry by promoting scalable solutions around key…

Latest C2C Certified Product Standard Open for Public Comment

Today, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is inviting all stakeholders to help shape the fourth version of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard during a 60-day public comment period from 5 August to 4 October 2019. The draft standard and public comment form can be found on the Institute’s website; input received during the public comment period…

Major Fashion Brands Adopt Circular Economy Jeans Redesign

A group of major fashion brands and manufacturers agreed to change the way they produce jeans by adopting new guidelines from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative. These new Jeans Redesign Guidelines are based on circular economy principles. Confirmed participants in the effort to date include denim brands Gap, C&A, H&M Group, Lee,…

Trending: Ratcheting Up to Sustainable Activewear, Inside and Out

Allied Feather & Down — creators of industry-leading responsible down sourcing is announcing the relaunch of its proprietary TrackMyDown.com website, an educational transparency tool designed to provide consumers and brands with all of the information they may need about the down lining their jacket or sleeping bag. After helping to create the now globally recognized Responsible Down Standard (RDS) within…

Levi Strauss & Co. Signs $2.3M Deal to Cut Water Use and Emissions

Levi Strauss & Co. recently signed a $2.3 million cooperation agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. This deal is expected to help the denim maker meet its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water use in its supply chain. By 2025, LS&Co. committed to achieving a 90% reduction…

The Fashion Industry’s Massive Transformation

The fashion industry faces significant challenges when it comes to environmental responsibility. It loses about $500 billion of value every year due to lack of recycling and clothes being thrown into landfill, and it accounts for as much as 10% of global carbon emissions, according to the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion. Meanwhile, the average consumer buys 60%…

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…