closed-loop economy

The Renewal Workshop Wants to Keep Repairable Garments Out of the Landfill

It’s no secret that the fashion industry generates a lot of waste, and not just on the cutting-room floor. From customer returns to overstock, the world’s apparel brands and…

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H&M Will Pay $1 Million for Your World-Changing Ideas

Have an “aha” concept that will revolutionize the fashion industry? H&M is willing to pay you big bucks for it. The Swedish retailer has opened applications for a…

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"Remade in the U.S.A." Brings Eileen Fisher Closer to a Closed-Loop Economy

REMADE FOR THE BETTER “In their year working with us as Social Innovators, Teslin, Lucy, and Carmen supplied both a galvanizing enthusiasm and attainable ideas for a new model of…

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FIT Students Turn Algae, Fungi Into Biodegradable Textiles

BIOMATERIAL But alginate is typically used in sheets, a form that doesn’t lend itself well to fashion designers. Deciding to change the form factor into something more familiar,…

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Inditex, Zara's Owner, Announces Plan to "Close the Loop" on Fashion

The world’s largest apparel retailer wants to close the loop on fashion. Cribbing a page from H&M’s playbook, Inditex is teaming up with Lenzing, the Austrian textile…

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Nike Now Makes Most of Its Products From Recycled Waste

Nike is doubling down on waste. In its annual sustainability report, issued on Wednesday, the sportswear giant revealed that 71 percent of its shoes and apparel today contains recycled…

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Filippa K's Copenhagen Store Presents Fashion's Circular Future

FUTURE OF RETAIL Plus, spot and snap any of the retailer’s ambassadors—who will be tooling around town till Sunday in jackets emblazoned with messages such as “I’ve…

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Evrnu Recycles Old Cotton Garments Into New Fibers

FUTURE OF APPAREL Evrnu’s patent-pending technology “purifies” post-consumer cotton waste first by shredding it, then by breaking it down at a molecular level. Next, a…

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VIDEO: Kelly Slater's Outerknown Label is Turning Used Fishing Nets Into Fashion

When you’re an 11-time world champion surfer, an affinity with the ocean is a given. But even as a child, Kelly Slater says he often wondered about the provenance of his clothing.…

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Is This the Most Sustainable T-Shirt on the Planet?

CLEAN CLOTHES “The Clean Tee is made from the world’s finest, softest, strongest recycled cotton yarns,” Nomadix said in a statement. “It’s also the lowest impact…

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And the Winners of the 2016 H&M Global Change Award Are...

The people have spoken! At a glitzy event in Stockholm on Wednesday evening, the Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden handed out prizes to the winners of H&M’s inaugural…

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5 Ideas That Could Transform the Fashion Industry

CLOSING THE LOOP “The response of the first Global Change Award is overwhelming,” Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of H&M and a board member of the H&M Conscious Foundation,…

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ReWrap: Biodegradable Designer Bags Made From Coconuts

The beautiful ReWrap tree bag, which debuted at Dutch Design Week 2015 in Eindhoven, is not only chic, but also completely compostable. Made entirely from natural fibers, the savvy bag…

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€3.6 Million Project to Tackle Clothing Waste Launches Across Europe

Photo by Shutterstock Last Wednesday saw the launch of the European Clothing Action Plan, a new initiative to reduce textile waste across the European Union. Helmed by the United…

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Finnish Groups to Turn Waste Cotton Into New Fiber for Fashion Industry

A group of Finnish organizations are banding together to transform old cotton garments, particularly those unsuitable for reuse, into new fibers for the textile industry. Led by the VTT…

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Pauline van Dongen's Solar Parka Thrives Among Nature's Elements

SOLAR PARKA The jacket incorporates a single thin, flexible, and waterproof solar panel on one of its front pockets. Manufactured by AltaDevices, the photovoltaic cells generate enough…

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Iggy Pop and H&M Want You to Recycle Your Clothes

Iggy Pop wants you to recycle your clothes. The American singer-songwriter has teamed up with H&M to highlight the retailer’s garment-collecting initiative. In a video…

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H&M is Offering $1 Million for Best Textile-Recycling Innovations

H&M is looking to close the loop on textiles, and it’s willing to pay $1 million to anyone who can achieve it. Announced by the H&M Conscious Foundation, the Swedish…

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