Marks & Spencer Publishes Interactive Supply-Chain Map

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Marks & Spencer has published an interactive map that reveals for the first time 690 of the British department store’s clothing and home-goods suppliers. The online tool debuted on Thursday as part of the retailer’s annual report—its first under new CEO Stephen Rowe, who took over the reins from Marc Bolland in April. In addition to its 2016 “Plan A” sustainability report—fun fact: about three-quarters of its products now include some kind of eco-friendly or ethical element—Marks & Spencer also issued its inaugural dedicated human-rights report, covering seven salient issues the retailer says it believes it has the greatest influence over: discrimination, freedom of association, living wages, working hours, forced labor, health and safety, and water and sanitation.

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Watch "Living Wage Now," a Documentary About the Struggles of Asian Garment Workers

by , 06/10/16   filed under: Video, Worker Rights

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You won’t find any easy answers in Living Wage Now. Indeed it’s the issues it poses that makes the 32-minute documentary essential viewing. Produced by the Asia Floor Wage Alliance, an international consortium of trade unions and labor-rights groups currently pushing for higher standards at the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Living Wage Now provides an unblinking and by turns heartrending look at the struggles of garment workers across Asia. With painfully stark clarity, the film gives a voice to the roughly 40 million garment workers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, and Indonesia who regularly risk physical violence, sexual harassment, starvation, and even death for the sake of our cheap clothes.

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World's Leading Brands Score Poorly on Use of Sustainable Cotton

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Organic cotton. Better cotton. Fair-trade cotton. Recycled cotton. Cotton made in Africa. You’d think with all the labels and initiatives brands like to bandy about, sustainably sourced cotton would be the new industry norm. Yet the truth is quite the opposite, according to Rank a Brand, an Amsterdam-based consumer-advocacy nonprofit that evaluated 37 of the world’s top cotton-using companies—including Adidas, H&M, and Inditex—based on factors such as policy, implementation, and traceability. In a study commissioned by Pesticide Action Network U.K., Solidaridad Network, and the World Wildlife Fund, only eight businesses scored more than three out of a possible 19.5 points. Because “no company uses 100 percent more sustainable cotton according to the criteria used in this research, or is fully transparent about its policies and cotton supply chain,” Rank a Brand said, none of them achieved the maximum score.

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How Can We Create a More Transparent Fashion Industry?

by , 06/08/16   filed under: Ask a Designer, Features

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Transparency enables brands and retailers to know their supply chain, engage with their suppliers, and improve the environmental and social impacts associated with the production of their products. Only through knowing can you effectively enact change. Fashion is a global network, with millions of people involved in the production of apparel. From farming the cotton, weaving it into fabric, dyeing it to give color, and sewing the fabric to create a garment, each stage in this long production chain, is completed by different groups of people, often in different regions and even different countries.

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Wool and the Gang Launches Yarn Made From Upcycled Denim

 

Turkey Sweatshop Allegedly Using Syrian Children to Make ISIS Uniforms

by , 06/07/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, The Big Idea, Worker Rights

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At least one sweatshop in Turkey is hiring Syrian refugee children to make camouflage uniforms for military groups such as Islamic State and Ahrar al-Sham, according to the Daily Mail. In a report published in the British tabloid on Tuesday, reporters Isabel Hunter and Salem Rizk described boys and girls as young as nine piecing together uniforms in the border town of Antakya for about 40 Turkish lira ($14.50) a day. This isn’t an isolated incident. Cast out of their homeland, thousands of Syrian children are toiling in sweatshops, factories, or farms so they and their families can survive.

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Adidas, Parley Giving Away 50 Pairs of Shoes Made From Ocean Plastic

 

Levi's Launches "Collaboratory" to Boost Innovation in Sustainable Fashion

by , 06/06/16   filed under: Eco-Fashion Brands, Eco-Fashion News

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Meet the “Collaboratory,” an annual three-day fellowship program that promotes innovation in the sustainable apparel industry. Spearheaded by Levi Strauss, with a curriculum designed by the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, the first-of-its-kind initiative will bring together socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneurs who see “design and sustainability as inextricably linked,” according to the denim giant. Each year will hone in on a specific sticking point or theme, say, textile waste, water conservation, or workers’ rights. And if the opportunity to work alongside industry movers and shakers at Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab in San Francisco isn’t incentive enough, fellows may also receive up to $500,000 in funding to develop and implement their own creative solutions. Think of it as the homegrown version of H&M’s Global Change Award but with a catchier, portmanteau-based name.

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Timberland to Make Shoes, Bags From Recycled Plastic Bottles

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Timberland is partnering with Thread, a Pittsburgh, Penn.-based manufacturer of sustainable fabrics, to create a collection of footwear and bags crafted from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. The collaboration, set to debut next spring, will be the largest to date for Thread, a certified B Corp that seeks to create economic opportunities in developing countries such as Haiti and Honduras, where the bottles are collected. Spun in the United States, every yard of Thread fabric is traced from “bottle collection to fabric creation to the delivery of the fabric bolt to the manufacturer,” according to Ian Rosenberger, the firm’s CEO, who cites cleaner neighborhoods and job creation among Thread’s social contributions.

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Parsons Student Designed Fashion Line to Help Syrian Refugees

Parsons Student Designed Fashion Line to Help Syrian Refugees

CROSSING THE BOUNDARIES “This collection is an ode to these people: everyone who can no longer return home due to war and violence,” Luna said. “To those who are on…

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H&M, Swedfund Pilot Sustainable Textile Factory in Ethiopia

H&M, Swedfund Pilot Sustainable Textile Factory in Ethiopia

H&M has signed a long-term sourcing agreement with a new textile factory in Ethiopia that promises to provide up to 4,000 new jobs. Established by development financier Swedfund…

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PETA Claims Eddie Bauer, Lands' End Use Down Ripped From Live Geese

PETA Claims Eddie Bauer, Lands' End Use Down Ripped From Live Geese

A new investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has cast doubt on the validity of the Responsible Down Standard, a widely vaunted chain-of-custody process designed to…

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Your Knock-Off Designer Perfume Could Contain Antifreeze, Urine

Your Knock-Off Designer Perfume Could Contain Antifreeze, Urine

Photo by Jessica Walker/Unsplash Buyer beware: Unscrupulous businesses are passing off urine, antifreeze, and other “unpleasant, flammable, or dangerous chemicals that burn when…

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Pratt Student Responds to "Fast Fashion" With Upcycled Thesis Collection

Pratt Student Responds to "Fast Fashion" With Upcycled Thesis Collection

SLOWING DOWN FASHION Burton described an overseas trip as a turning point in her journey as a designer. “I had the opportunity to go to India and there I visited some factories…

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London's Science Museum Hosts Space-Inspired Fashion Show

London's Science Museum Hosts Space-Inspired Fashion Show

A jumpsuit that converts human sweat into drinking water. A dress with climate-controlled pouches for storing food on the go. Garments studded with sensors or heating units. Those are…

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Could Programmable, 3D-Printed "Fur" Become a Thing?

Could Programmable, 3D-Printed "Fur" Become a Thing?

Scientists from MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group have devised a way to three-dimensionally print hair-like structures on both flat and curved surfaces. The technique, dubbed…

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Zappos's Redesigned Shoe Box is #NotABox at All

Zappos's Redesigned Shoe Box is #NotABox at All

Looks like we haven’t been paying close enough attention. Turns out, Zappos’s signature shoe box isn’t a shoe box at all. From June 1, the online retailer will be…

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Gap, H&M's Supply Chains Promote "Precarious Work," Says Report

Gap, H&M's Supply Chains Promote "Precarious Work," Says Report

Another day, another searing indictment of the capitalist machine we call “fast fashion.” Ahead of the International Labour Conference in June, the Asia Floor Wage Alliance,…

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