Susanne Kern

Susanne Kern has a profound background in fashion design, tailoring and year-long experience in PR, marketing and journalism. She worked as sports editor at TextilWirtschaft, co-founded the trade magazine SportBiz, wrote for various sports, outdoor and business media and is now a permanent contributor to EDM's publications.

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    Chouinard family transfers Patagonia ownership to channel dividends to environmental protection

    2022-09-15T08:19:00

    Nearly 50 years after founding Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard and his family (together with his children Claire and Fletcher) have decided to give away their company to ensure all proceeds will be used to fight climate change. The Chouinard family has transferred all ownership to two new entities: Patagonia Purpose Trust ...

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    Bergans puts a spotlight on the need for skilled repair workers

    2022-08-23T07:06:00

    The way to a circular economy is through more and more professional repair services on a larger scale – a topic that was addressed on Bergans’ annual repair tour in Norway. As part of the tour, the Bergans team visited the Sam Eyde secondary school in Arendal, one of the ...

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    Boardriders publishes first ESG and CSR report

    2022-08-05T14:31:00

    Roughly 16 months after Arne Arens, the former The North Face Europe CEO, took over as new chief executive officer of the Boardriders group, the company has released its ESG and CSR report 2020/21, which is the first of its kind.

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    U.S. outdoor industry study examines recreation and outdoor companies’ hiring challenges

    2022-08-05T09:06:00

    The Oregon State University’s center for the outdoor recreation economy, with support from Basecamp Outdoor, Path to Peak education and consulting and the Confluence of States, has conducted a new Outdoor Industry Workforce Assessment for the American Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable. The study aims to ...

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    Hydro Flask releases sustainability improvements and emissions goals

    2022-08-03T08:46:00

    Hydro Flask has released news on its sustainability efforts. As of spring 2022, the Helen of Troy brand has switched to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified packaging, including 80-100 percent recycled content, and eliminated single-use plastic packaging for more than 90 percent of the brand’s products. Working with its parent company, ...

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    New report on Myanmar garment worker’s situation

    2022-08-02T10:58:00

    After Myanmar’s military illegally seized power on Feb. 1, 2021, garment workers – mostly women – have been on the front line of the country’s civil disobedience movement to restore democracy in Myanmar. According to a newly released report by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), at least ...

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    New campaign advocates for new living wage legislation

    2022-07-21T11:30:00

    The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and other activist organizations have partnered to launch a new campaign that is said to be the biggest European campaign on living wages ever. The aim of the “Good clothes, Fair Pay” initiative is to collect one million signatures from European citizens to support the ...

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    Eurobike premiers in Frankfurt, welcomes 61,150 visitors from 105 nations

    2022-07-19T12:20:00

    The new Eurobike format that moved from the former Friedrichshafen venue to Frankfurt, Germany, has attracted significantly more visitors (both professionals and consumers) than the last pre-Covid edition. In its official after-show report, the organizing company Fairnamic speaks of 33,780 visitors from the bike industry and 27,370 consumers who came ...

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    McKinsey study on textile waste recycling sees economic potential – and points out current bottlenecks

    2022-07-15T11:01:00

    In a new online study, consulting firm McKinsey looked at the current state of textile recycling in Europe – and sees the potential to achieve a significant amount of fiber-to-fiber recycling in Europe by 2030.

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    Textile Exchange releases reports on Sustainable Cotton and Recycled Polyester challenges

    2022-07-11T14:12:00

    Textile Exchange, a U.S.-based networking platform for the textile industry, has released its reports on the Sustainable Cotton challenge and Recycled Polyester challenge, two of the platform’s fiber challenges that are set up to replace conventional materials by lower impact solutions. The organization believes that this, coupled with investment in ...

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    The Natural Fibers Alliance calls for suspension of Higg Index

    2022-06-20T11:55:00

    In the wake of the recent New York Times article “How fashion giants recast plastic as good for the planet,” the Natural Fibers Alliance (NFA) is also campaigning for an immediate suspension of the use of the Higg Index. Since its implementation in 2012 by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the ...

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    SAC’s Higg Index faces public criticism from media and Norwegian authorities

    2022-06-17T14:36:00

    The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) faces headwinds for its Higg Materials Sustainability Index from the New York Times and the Norwegian Consumer Authority (NCA). One problem the coalition faces is an article published by the New York Times, accusing the Higg Index of strongly favoring synthetic materials made from fossil ...

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    Bergzeit relaunches its travel and alpine training offerings

    2022-05-24T15:09:00

    German retailer Bergzeit has revamped its range of travel and alpine experiences under the ”Bergzeit Erlebnis” label and will no longer operate as a tour operator, but as an agent only. The travel services were launched in 2018/19 with a soft launch as an add-on to the Bergzeit shop. With ...

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    Restricting the use of PFAS: Multinational and cross-industry activities underway

    2022-05-02T14:36:00

    As early as 2014, a group of researchers had examined the effect of exposure of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) stemming from outdoor jackets. The study showed that among the background population, the highest intermediate exposure was a factor of 3-10 below the estimated average dietary intake, while among individuals occupationally exposed ...

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    50 years after the sale of the brand, the Millet family has taken back the lead

    2022-04-29T10:30:00

    Millet Mountain Group, formerly part of the Swiss Calida Group and owner of the brands Lafuma and Millet, has completed its acquisition by the new main shareholder Jean-Pierre Millet (grandson of the brand Millet’s founders) and Inspiring Sport Capital, a private equity fund specializing in the sports industry and business. ...

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    ThredUp debuts Recommerce 100 report, sees rapid growth of brand’s resale programs

    2022-04-27T14:29:00

    U.S.-based company ThredUP, a large online resale service provider and platform for women’s and kids’ apparel, shoes and accessories, has started a monthly index that tracks which brands and retailers have launched resale programs and monitors their potential impact on the planet.

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    New coalition of Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Fair Wear and the Ethical Trading Initiative

    2022-04-27T14:28:00

    Following the launch of the The Industry We Want (TIWW) project geared towards ensuring ethical pay for workers, thriving businesses along the supply chain and a positive impact on the planet, the three organizations Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Fair Wear Foundation and the Ethical Trading Initiative have joined forces to ...

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    Haglöfs' growth challenges its CSR goals

    2022-04-25T11:39:00

    Swedish company Haglöfs faces a growth-related gap between its sustainability targets and reality. Last year, the company has set a climate goal to cut its carbon emissions by half within ten years. Thanks to the booming interest in outdoor activities in 2021, Haglöfs reports record sales and the most successful ...

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    EOCA launches three-part Earth Day fundraising campaign

    2022-04-20T14:06:00

    On this year’s Earth Day (April 22, 2022), the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is once again hosting an online fundraiser, accompanied by activities initialized by its members and the non-profit Outdoor Gear For Good (OGFG). With the money raised through these three initiatives, EOCA supports a number of conservation ...

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    STeP by Oeko-Tex Research sees need for legislative action to improve workers' wages

    2022-04-20T13:10:00

    Oeko-Tex has published a blog post about a new study conducted by Alva-Louisa Rose of the School of Textiles and Design at the Herriot-Watt University as her master’s thesis. The paper named “Guidance for sustainability standards on supporting decent pay in certified facilities - a STeP by Oeko-Tex case study” ...

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