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    Degradability of threads and fabrics in the spotlight at Coats and Cocona


    Two relevant textile supply companies just announced new technologies to enhance and speed up the biodegradability of textiles in the landfill. Source: Coats EcoRegen British industrial thread company Coats has developed a biodegradable thread, EcoRegen , to support its customers’ sustainability agendas. The ...

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    New OR short film tells the story of finding community and inclusivity


    Seattle-based outdoor company Outdoor Research ( OR ) continues the important conversation about creating a more inclusive space in the outdoor community with a new film, Escaladoradie. The short film tells the story of OR ambassador Monserrat Alvarez Matehuala , who is creating a space where women of color ...

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    Scarpa renews its support to the Giro d’Italia, with an eye on sustainability


    Scarpa will be an official supplier of the Giro d’Italia for the second consecutive year. The 2021 edition of the iconic bicycle race, organized for the first time in 1909, will start on Saturday, May 8 in Turin. Scarpa will provide the event’s staff with a limited edition ...

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    Arc’teryx partners with upcycling designer McLaughlin


    Source: Arc’Teryx Nicole McLaughlin Vancouver-based outdoor brand Arc’teryx just announced a new collaboration with designer Nicole McLaughlin from New York. She is considered the star among upcycling artists and has more than 600,000 followers on Instagram . Having worked on upcycling projects for ...

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    Ecco takes its waterless tanning process to the next level


    A few years ago, Ecco introduced DriTan™ , a new tanning process that leads to significant improvements in all relevant parameters such as water and energy, chemicals, wastewater and sludge. This innovation has already earned the Danish footwear brand the SOG Award Winter 2019/20 in the technology category. ...

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    Rab launches down collect and recycling program


    As part of its long-term sustainability strategy, British outdoor brand Rab has recently started its own down collect and recycle scheme. The service is offered at Rab’s U.K. headquarters in Alfreton, Derbyshire, and launched in partnership with the Italian recycling down experts at Minardi Piume . Consumers are offered ...

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    Cotton Trust Protocol partners with TextileGenesis blockchain


    The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol will launch initial pilot testing with select farms and mills in June 2021 and has partnered with blockchain platform TextileGenesis to provide full supply chain transparency. In combination with the existing protocol platform developed by Memphis-based technology partner The Seam LLC. , the ...

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    European countries reach their 2021 Overshoot Days in May


    In the next few weeks, the major European countries will reach their calculated “ Overshoot Days “ – that point in time when the ecological footprint is greater than the biocapacity per person (1.63 global hectares). The overshoot day is calculated by the Global Footprint Network based on data ...

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    prAna calls for people to give up eco-unfriendly habits


    As part of a three-week campaign, U.S. brand prAna wants to inspire people to rethink their daily lives and identify an environmentally harmful habit they can give up. They are then asked to post their personal pledge with a photo or video on Twitter , Instagram or ...

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    Timberland to set up regenerative rubber supply chain for footwear


    Timberland , along with parent company VF Corp. and sister brands Vans and The North Face , is partnering with Terra Genesis International in Thailand to build the footwear industry’s first regenerative rubber supply system. Timberland plans to pilot its first regenerative rubber footwear in 2023. ...

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    Kathmandu kicks off circular mapping project


    Kathmandu is partnering with The Renewal Workshop on a new circular mapping project across Australia and New Zealand. The project is set to establish renewal and recommerce programs for Kathmandu’s customers in the two countries in the future. The initiative is said to be the first of its ...

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    VF upgraded to Global Partner of Better Work initiative


    VF Corp. is advancing its commitment to the Better Work initiative by upgrading its partnership status to “Global Partner.” Better Work is a collaboration between the United Nations International Labor Organization ( ILO ) and the International Finance Corporation ( IFC ), a member of the ...

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    SCS launches new global Zero Waste Standard


    SCS Global Services ( SCS ), a specialist in third-party environmental and sustainability certification and standards development, has announced the launch of its new Zero Waste Standard . Companies can use this new global certification standard to communicate the degree to which their waste streams are prevented, reused, or diverted ...

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    Textiles 2030 officially launches in the U.K., to help reduce textile waste


    WRAP , a U.K. waste recycling charity, has officially launched “ Textiles 2030: UK Sustainable Textile Action Plan .” The plan, first unveiled in November 2020, has secured a commitment from leading brands and retailers like Asos , JD Group , John Lewis , M S , Primark , Sainsbury’s ...

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    ​Rumpl teams up with Austrian designer to save green space in NYC


    Source: Rumpl Oregon-based outdoor blanket manufacturer Rumpl has announced a collaboration (video link) with Stefan Sagmeister , a New York City-based Austrian graphic designer, storyteller and typographer, to produce the Beautiful Shapes Down Puffy Blanket , which features 600-fill duck down, 30-denier ripstop polyester ...

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    Nilit introduces a new nylon that is said to break down more rapidly


    Nilit , an Israel-based nylon 6.6 manufacturer, has introduced Sensil BioCare , a new fiber that is described as breaking down faster than conventional nylon. This could help reduce the persistence of textile waste in seawater and landfills when the garment reaches the end of its life. In addition, the ...

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    Lenzing releases its Sustainability Report 2020


    The Lenzing Group has presented its Sustainability Report 2020 . The document, titled “ Stand up for future generations ,” was released on Earth Day . The Covid-19 pandemic dominated FY2020. This extraordinary situation led to short-term measures to safeguard the company’s business operations and mitigate the effects of ...

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    Schöffel releases 2020 sustainability report


    In its 2020 sustainability report, Schöffel is emphasizing the learnings from the Covid-19 crisis and its consequences for the German family-owned outdoor company. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, one focus of Schöffel’s CSR efforts in 2020 has been continuous and responsible collaboration and communication with all production partners ...

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    PrimaLoft P.U.R.E. insulation now also used in footwear


    Kodiak Boots , a Canadian footwear brand founded in Ontario in 1910, announced that it is the first footwear company to use PrimaLoft P.U.R.E. insulation. PrimaLoft P.U.R.E., short for Produced Using Reduced Emissions, is an insulation made from 100 percent recycled PET plastic that reduces carbon emissions by at ...