Category: Fashion & beauty products

LanzaTech, lululemon partner to create first fabric made from recycled carbon emissions

Read the full story at Sustainable Brands.

The carbon-capture experts and the high-end yoga pants purveyor have developed a waste-gas-based polyester with the same appearance, properties and functionality of virgin polyester — a lower-carbon potential game-changer for the apparel industry.

This sweater is made from old bulletproof vests and firefighting gear

Read the full story at Fast Company.

The ultra-tough materials used in firefighting gear and bulletproof vests are very helpful for stopping flames or bullets, but those same properties make them difficult to recycle, so they usually end up in landfills. But Vollebak, a company that makes innovative clothing—like the world’s first graphene jacket—started thinking about how to use the trash as its newest material, for a garment it’s calling the Garbage Sweater.

Renting clothing is worse for the planet than just throwing it away, study shows

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Brands are trying to convince us that recycling and renting clothes is sustainable. A new study suggests otherwise.

Your sneakers are polluting the planet. Adidas and Allbirds unveil an ultra-green alternative

Read the full story at Fast Company.

In 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, the global sneaker house Adidas and the sustainable, direct-to-consumer shoe brand Allbirds announced they were teaming up to make the most sustainable sneaker ever. Today, we get a look at that shoe for the first time.

It’s called the Futurecraft.Footprint. And while an MIT study from 2013 found the average sneaker had a 30-pound CO2 footprint—about the same as eating about 3.5 Big Macs—the Futurecraft.Footprint comes in at under 3 kilograms of CO2 per pair. It’s 2.94 kilograms to be exact—a number hand written on every shoe.

Luxury brand repairs its and other brands’ handbags in sustainability push

Read the full story from Springwise.

A luxury leather goods company reduces fashion waste by offering lifetime maintenance on both its bags and other brands.

Levi’s COO wants to transform the brand’s supply chain

Read the full story at Supply Chain Dive.

In a conversation about supply chain transformation at NRF Retail Converge on Monday, Levi Strauss COO Liz O’Neill said a company goal is to have consumers wear its products for longer…

O’Neill said part of the retailer’s focus is to educate consumers on how to recycle its products or leverage the company’s tailor shops to mend or personalize items.

What would happen if the world stopped shopping?

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Fast fashion is destructive and exploitative—and yet millions of people rely on it for work. In a new book, J.B. MacKinnon explores these complexities.

Vans unveils its first all-vegan collection of sustainable sneakers

Read the full story at The Beet.

Streetwear and shoe company Vans recently debuted its first sustainable shoe collection in a move to reshape decades-old production practices. Marking what would have been the beginning of the Van’s Warped Tour, the shoe brand decided to start summer off by launching an innovative range for its iconic footwear. The new Eco Theory collection will feature four of the most popular shoe styles sourced solely from ethical materials that promote a vegan and environmentally friendly industry.

Your clothes spew microfibers before they’re even clothes

Read the full story in Wired.

A new report from the Nature Conservancy picks apart the textile supply chain—from the manufacturer who makes synthetic yarn from little pellets of plastic, to the factory that stitches together the clothes—to estimate that this pre-consumer process releases 265 million pounds of microfibers each year. 

Luxury brand Burberry targets supply chain emissions in bid to become climate positive by 2040

Read the full story at ESG Weekly.

Luxury brand Burberry announced a new environmental sustainability initiative today, committing to go exceed its current 2040 net zero target, to become climate positive by that time. Burberry will invest in key climate-focused initiatives, aiming to have a positive climate impact beyond the footprint of the company’s value chain.

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