Fashion’s underbelly is decidedly not glamorous. Behind a pretty top or a handbag is a chain of environmental disasters and inhumane conditions for laborers. Fast fashion giants like Zara and H&M (which is trying to push a green image) are the obvious offenders, but luxury fashion houses are far from immune.
JAN 11, 2019
J. Crew is debuting a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity buying back old pairs of jeans to be recycled into insulation material for housing. While J. Crew has made efforts towards denim recycling over the past few years, the brand is putting an increased focus on denim recycling by partnering directly with Habitat for Humanity.
DEC 20, 2018
A new report from Sharecloth revealed that nearly 30 percent of fashion goods produced go unsold. Furthermore, more than 50 percent of fast fashion sold is thrown out less than a year later, with 12.8 million tons of clothing annually dumped into landfills.
NOV 28, 2018
The current dominant modes of enforcing transparency in fashion -- through green capsule collections, sustainability pledges and raw material traceability via blockchain -- are all focused on cleaning up fashion production, but that's not enough to create real change.
NOV 15, 2018
The 25-year Eileen Fisher veteran, in charge of increasing human, environmental and economic sustainability, discussed why the company opens its production playbook to young designers, whether fast fashion and sustainability can coexist, and what drives women’s purchases today.
NOV 13, 2018
Few of the biggest names in streetwear have made any public commitments to sustainability. Supreme, one of the heaviest hitters in streetwear today, offers no information on where or how its materials are sourced, nor does it have any existing sustainable efforts like upcycling or waste reduction. The same goes for other major players in the streetwear world like Palace, Bathing Ape and Off-White (none of which responded to requests for comment for this story).
NOV 09, 2018
The fashion industry is the second largest contributor to global pollution behind the oil industry. This fact, something that fashion brands are only now beginning to reckon with.
OCT 30, 2018
ThredUp, the fashion resale platform, is launching its first clothing line, designed specifically for the resale market.
OCT 25, 2018
On Thursday, Public School and Eileen Fisher launched a four-style collaboration at Eileen Fisher’s Brooklyn-based Making Space concept store. The zero-waste four-piece collection, sold exclusively at the store, was made at Eileen Fisher’s Irvington, New York-based Tiny Factory, using pieces obtained through the company’s take-back program.
OCT 18, 2018
At an event on Tuesday evening hosted by Everlane founder Michael Preysman, along with investors Natalie Massenet and Nick Brown, the brand announced that by 2021, it plans to completely eliminate the use of non-recycled plastic in its products.
OCT 02, 2018
In a shift from even a few years ago, fashion brands have begun actively seeking ways to participate in the “circular economy,” a term that reflects the trading, re-selling and borrowing of apparel and accessories that have previously been worn by someone else. The latest such launch is cool eco-chic brand Reformation, which on Tuesday begins a partnership with resale site ThredUp.
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