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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    The Natural Fibers Alliance calls for suspension of Higg Index


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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    Higg and Open Apparel Registry collaborate to improve interoperability


    To provide a seamless flow of data across platforms, Higg is now working with the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) to track sustainability improvements along companies’ value chains effectively. In a blog article, the company describes the multi-pronged sustainability programs necessary to respond to new legislation as “increasingly complex,” making quality ...

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    Rebike Mobility completes another round of financing, expansion outside Germany planned


    Rebike Mobility GmbH, a German provider of used e-bikes founded in 2018, has announced the completion of a new round of capitalization. Leading the round is Circularity Capital, a European investor for growth companies in the circular economy. The new co-investors Tengelmann Ventures and Parkshore Holding bring strategic experience to ...

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    Government-funded VeloLab founded to encourage innovation in the German bike sector


    A new platform called VeloLab was launched in early April 2022 with the goal to strengthen the bicycle as a means of transport in Germany. As a funding project of the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) within the national cycling plan (NRVP) framework, VeloLab is a digital ...

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    Pre-stage in the supply chain puts the pedal to the metal for sustainability


    With the new EU Textile Strategy proposals published on March 30, 2022, as part of a larger package on the circular economy, the industry is under increasing pressure to fundamentally transform both consumer behavior and the entire supply chain.

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    Cotopaxi releases 2021 impact report


    Cotopaxi, the U.S. brand that wants to unleash the potential of “conscious capitalism,” has just published its annual global reporting initiative core impact report. The report gives an overview of the brand’s approach to sustainability topics such as supply chain management, diversity, equity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility, carbon emissions ...

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    EU Textile Strategy criticized by civil rights groups for missing human rights


    In a statement published on their websites, several NGOs and activist groups from the apparel sector have criticized the European Commission’s “Textile Strategy,” published at the end of March 2022, on overproduction, consumption, sustainability and circularity in the textile sector. The civil society groups see the decision to include textiles ...

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    CMF and Licence to Greenwash criticizes certification tools in new report


    In a new report (direct PDF download) by the Changing Markets Foundation (CMF) and its Licence to Greenwash division, a critical light is being shed on certification schemes and voluntary initiatives against greenwashing – they could be helping to promote greenwashing in the fashion industry, the paper says. The report, ...

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    Clean Clothes Campaign Germany quits Alliance for Sustainable Textiles


    After more than seven years of membership in the Alliance for Sustainable Textiles (Textilbündnis), the Saubere Kleidung Deutschland e.V. (Clean Clothes Campaign Germany) has declared its withdrawal as it does not see any improvement in working conditions in global clothing supply chains, a promise made by the textile alliance in ...

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    Performance Days will focus on “The Journey to Carbon Neutrality” for the next three shows


    The Munich-based trade show Performance Days, planned as a hybrid event for its next edition on April 27 and 28, will focus on carbon neutrality for its subsequent three editions (April 2022, Nov. 2022 and spring 2023). As many companies aim to reach carbon neutrality both on a corporate and ...

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    Callaway highlights Jack Wolfskin’s achievements in 2021 sustainability report


    U.S. company Callaway, owner of the Jack Wolfskin brand since 2019, has published its sustainability report 2021 summarizing the group’s global sustainability program across the corporate offices, facilities and global operations of all its brands.

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