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Fashion for Good Selects Twelve Innovators for 2023 Innovation Programme
Meet the Innovator: Ecovative
Meet the Innovator: Infinited Fiber Company
What is textile processing? Understanding the fashion supply chain and its environmental impact
Fashion for Good's Newest Project with BESTSELLER, Inditex, and Reformation Prototypes Kintra Fibers' Biobased Polyester
Fashion for Good Develops a Sustainable Dyestuff Library
Fashion for Good Selects Twelve Innovators for 2023 Innovation Programme
Fashion for Good Sorting for Circularity Advances into the US Market
BESTSELLER Collaborates With Biophilica In Fashion for Good Pilot To Test The Compostable Leather Alternative Treekind®
Fashion for Good Launches the Home-Compostable Polybag Project
Good Fashion Fund's First Investment Demonstrates Impact
Innovation Challenge: Call for Innovation in the Asian Textile Industry
New Cotton Project Launches Exhibit at the Fashion for Good Museum
Creating a Circular System to Accelerate Textile Recycling
Sorting For Circularity Europe: Project findings highlight immense opportunity to accelerate textile recycling
Jill Beraud Named Chair of the Fashion for Good BV Board
Wealth in Waste: India's Potential to Lead Circular Textile Sourcing
Assessing Tracer Technologies to Boost Traceability
Seven Innovators Join Fashion for Good's 2022 Asia Innovation Programme
Fashion for Good Selects Eight Innovators for 2022 Global Innovation Programme
The Next Generation of Materials... From Waste
New Partners Join the Sorting for Circularity Project
From Waste to Black Pigment
Fashion for Good Launches D(R)YE Factory of the Future Project
Ecovative Launches Fashion for Good Cooperative with BESTSELLER and PVH Corp.
Plant-Based Indigo Presents a Solution for the Future of Denim Dyeing
Full Circle Textiles Project Focuses on Scaling Polyester Recycling
Fashion for Good Asia Builds Momentum With New Partner, Consortium and Innovations
Fashion for Good Launches The Sorting for Circularity India Project
Unlocking the Trillion-Dollar Fashion Decarbonisation Opportunity
Fashion for Good Welcomes GORE-TEX Brand
Good Fashion Fund Signs Contract With First Project
From Fibre To Finish To Scale: Tracing Viscose And Beyond
Fashion for Good Launches The Renewable Carbon Textiles Project
Sorting For Circularity; Fashion for Good Launches New Project To Drive Textile Recycling
The Path To Scaling Reusable Packaging In E-commerce
Fashion for Good South Asia Breaks New Territory With Third Batch Of Innovators
Levi Strauss & Co. Joins Fashion for Good
14 Trailblazing Innovators Make Fashion for Good's 8th Batch In Their Global Programme
Fashion for Good Consortium Pilots Resource Efficient Cotton Farming
Understanding 'Bio' Material Innovations: A Primer for the Fashion Industry
Fashion for Good Celebrates Success of First Year in South Asia
From Fibre to Finish: Tracing Sustainable Viscose
Going Beyond Cotton – New Project Harnesses Collaboration & Cutting-edge Technology to Create Circular Fashion
Report Launch: Fashion Innovation Landscape in India
Piloting a Circularity Solution in E-commerce
A New Frontier in Chemical Recycling
Leading NGOs unite as the Fashion Conveners to Accelerate Sustainable Transformation of the Apparel and Accessory Industry
Piloting a Ground-Breaking Solution to Clean Wastewater
9 New Innovators Selected Virtually For Second Batch of Fashion for Good's South Asia Innovation Programme
Good Fashion Fund Welcomes Rabobank
Fashion for Good Presents Findings of Survey Assessing the Impact of Covid-19 on Fashion Startups
In response to COVID-19: a message to our community
Fashion for Good Selects Innovators During First Virtual Selection Day
Fashion for Good Selects First Start-ups for South Asia Innovation Programme
Fashion for Good & BCG launch New Report - Financing the Transformation in Fashion
Fashion for Good Launches a Pilot to Produce a Circular Polybag
Fashion for Good Hosts First Innovation Day in South Asia with Colombo Innovation Tower
Fashion for Good Expands Activities in South Asia, Partners with Welspun
Successfully Tracing Organic Cotton with Innovative Technologies
Meet the 12 Start-ups Driving Fashion's Innovation Revolution
Good Fashion Fund Launches to Invest in Supply Chain Innovation
Fashion for Good Launches Programme Expansion In Asia
Fashion For Good Presents The Future of Fashion
Driving Circular Business Models in Fashion
Arvind joins Fashion for Good
Circle Economy and Fashion for Good join forces to enable circular business models
Scaling Programme Fashion For Good Expands
Fifth Batch Of Innovators Start At Fashion for Good
Norrøna joins Fashion for Good
Fashion for Good and Bestseller Join Forces
Fashion for Good launches partnership with Otto Group, OTTO and bonprix
5 Innovators Join Fashion for Good's Scaling Programme
Stella McCartney Joins Fashion for Good
Fashion for Good and ZDHC call for innovators
Rethinking the business of fashion with 12 new start-ups
Fashion for Good launches ground-breaking Cradle to Cradle Certified Denim and Materials toolkit
Spinnova joins Fashion for Good’s Scaling Programme
Fashion for Good and PVH Corp. Launch Partnership
Fashion for Good celebrates progress with Innovation Fest
Fashion for Good welcomes three innovators to Scaling Programme
15 innovations set to change the fashion industry?
Fashion for Good-Plug and Play accelerator announces third batch of start-ups
Fashion for Good and adidas partner to accelerate and scale sustainable innovation in the apparel industry
Fashion for Good partners with Zalando to accelerate and scale sustainable innovation in the fashion industry
Fashion for Good closes out first year with cross-industry convening to accelerate and scale daring innovation in fashion
Fashion for Good and ColorZen collaborate through Scaling Programme
Fashion for Good invites The Infinited Fiber Company to its Scaling Programme
Fashion for Good invites Worn Again to its Scaling Programme
Fashion for Good invites SoftWear Automation to its Scaling Programme
First edition of start-ups graduate from Accelerator Programme and second batch unveiled
Fashion for Good invites Tamicare Ltd to its Scaling Programme
Katrin Ley named Fashion for Good Managing Director
The Galeries Lafayette group joins Plug and Play - Fashion for Good accelerator
Innovation, collaboration and community
Meet the startups from our early-stage accelerator program
C&A calls upon fashion industry to join the journey towards circular fashion
Innovation, collaboration and community shine at Fashion for Good's launch
First start-ups to join accelerator programme
What are the most promising new innovations?
Fashion for Good brings the Good to Fashion.
Startups key to change in the fashion industry?
How Can Companies Recycle Clothes Back Into Clothes?
Polyester is in almost all of your clothing, and it’s almost impossible to recycle. Some innovators are looking beyond turning plastic bottles into fabric.
The Fashion Charter is on track to miss its key goal. What now?
In a recent report, the UN Fashion Charter said there’s still a long way to go to meet its net-zero emissions goal, and signatories are dropping. It’s raised questions about impact and accountability.
Dress made of orange peel at the GROW exhibition in Budapest
The GROW pop-up exhibition of the Fashion for Good Museum is open in Hungary until 25 March. The interactive exhibition showcases clothes and accessories made from sustainable bio-materials such as banana fibre, orange and coconut shells, and is located at the Budapest Metropolitan University. [HUNGARIAN ARTICLE]
Smart Creation, the podcast. Episode 54
In this new episode of the podcast Smart Creation, Kathleen Rademan, Director of the Innovation Platform at Fashion for Good tells us how the platform works, how it is financed, its innovative projects and the particularity of their museum.
'Truly sustainable?' Vogue's guide to sustainable fashion
What is sustainability? How is it linked to the fashion industry? And what are the essential components when we define sustainable fashion? [DUTCH ARTICLE]
Green is the new black as fashion sector fast-forwards on sustainability trend
Fashion companies to look at making business models more circular in a bid to reduce supply chain risks.
Can textile innovation lead the fashion industry towards a sustainable future?
Can recycled and bio-based solutions accelerate the transformation in an industry that is circular when it comes to textile production? Fashion for Good helps investigating on how sustainable the industry can become in the short term.
Why fabric fraud is so easy to hide
How can we tell if the clothes in our wardrobes really are what they claim to be? Fashion for Good mentions the insights and issues of international fabrics’ certifications along the supply chains.
Fashion for Good launches the home-compostable polybag project
Fashion for Good launches the Home-Compostable Polybag Project, a pilot to test alternatives to conventional single-use polybags,
The vegan leather made from India’s waste flowers
Materials like 100% biodegradable Fleather from Phool, which was part of Fashion For Good’s innovation programme in 2020, stand out as a unique category.
Award Shortlists 2022
Fashion for Good was selected in three categories of the Excellence Category shortlists for the 2022 Awards organised by Just Style
Will We Ever Be Able to Recycle Our Clothes Like an Aluminum Can?
Fashion for Good innovator Renewcell’s new factory is one of the first steps toward a system that turns old clothes into new high-quality clothes made entirely with recycled fabric, addressing the mountains of textile waste accumulating worldwide.
The winners of Bazaar's Women of the Year Awards have been nominated
With pioneering ideas, Katrin Ley, winner Business category, wants to make the fashion industry more sustainable with her innovation platform and museum Fashion for Good and contribute to a better world. [DUTCH ARTICLE]
Recycling of textile waste in Europe could generate €74m per year, report
The Sorting for Circularity Europe Project highlights the significant opportunity for circularity, with only 2% of post-consumer textiles diverted to fibre-to-fibre recycling today.
Increased investment key to accelerating Europe’s textile recycling
As fibre-to-fibre textile recycling commitments increase across Europe, as well as the amount of textile waste collected, the infrastructure required to drive the move towards circular systems requires significant investment to scale.
Travel Through 50 Years of a Pair of Levi 501’s in Latest Buy Better, Wear Longer Initiative
Levi’s launched the next iteration of its “Buy Better, Wear Longer” campaign. The project is built on the brand’s long-term commitment to prolonging the lifespan of its products.
BioMaterials: resource of sustainable fashion
With an average growth between 15% and 20%, the circular fashion industry could reach 75 billion dollars in 2025. As a result, the EU funded the AllThing.BioPRO project to help consumers make more informed choices in bioeconomy.[ITALIAN ARTICLE]
With its soluble sewing thread, Resortecs facilitates the management of unsold garments
For a long time, the fashion industry has been caught up by its excesses such as overproduction. It is with the aim of giving new life to fabrics that the start-up developed two innovations, which, when combined, allow clothes to be easily “unsewn” and thus facilitate fabric recovery. [FRENCH ARTICLE]
Study Explores India’s Potential to Lead Circular Textile Sorting
India has the potential to secure a role as the leading circular textile sourcing region, according to a new first-of-its-kind study that claims to be the most comprehensive analysis of the Indian textile waste landscape.
Georgia Parker: "The Elephant in the Room Continues to be Overproduction"
A Innovation Platform Director at Fashion for Good explains that the pandemic highlighted the challenges that the sector must face when the supply chain is blocked and that, to face this, it is necessary to “implement innovative solutions”. [SPANISH ARTICLE]
Meet the Innovators Turning CO2 into Textiles
Chicago-based LanzaTech made headlines last year by working with Zara and Lululemon to make garments from captured steel mill emissions. Now Rubi Laboratories from San Francisco, recently raised US$4.5 million in a successful seed funding round to develop its method of producing cellulose from CO2.
Circular Startup Circ Raises Thirty Million Dollars from Inditex
Circular fashion company Circ has secured an investment of thirty million dollars, equivalent to thirty million euros. Several large corporations participated in the investment round, including the fashion group Inditex, according to a press release from Circ. [DUTCH ARTICLE]
The Latest Swimwear Takes Back to the 90s, Even the Thong Is Making A Comeback. But Then Made of Ocean Plastic
Swimwear is becoming a lot more sustainable thanks to Econyl, nylon made mainly from old fishing nets. “I immediately thought it was such a good story.” [DUTCH ARTICLE]
Key takeaways from the Global Fashion Summit: More diversity, more collaboration
Fashion leaders gathered in Copenhagen for the annual Global Fashion Summit. Circularity, carbon, community and pre-competitive collaboration, the four C’s of sustainability, dominated this year’s Global Fashion Summit in Copenhagen. The resounding message? Urgently needed progress is reliant on the industry working together to achieve it.
Fashion Brands, Ready To Accelerate Your Sustainable Transformation with Digital Traceability?
TrusTrace, a market-leading platform for supply chain transparency and product traceability within the fashion and retail industries, has joined forces with Fashion Revolution and Fashion for Good to accelerate sustainable transformation in the fashion industry with the help of a one-stop guide.
Bags and Shoes Made From Mushrooms: The Future?
Mycelium-fabrics with muschroom, offer an alternative for leather, hoping to make big fashion brands such as Stella McCartney and Adidas more sustainable. The production takes place in a nursery in the Gelderse Hedel. [DUTCH ARTICLE]
Fashion for Good Welcomes Asian Innovators
Sustainability initiative Fashion for Good has announced the seven innovators to take part in this year’s Asia Innovation Programme. Those selected – Picvisa, Gaiacel, An Herbals, Fermentech Labs, Sodhani Biotech, Vaayu and UKHI Hemp Foundation – are said to offer solutions which focus on raw materials, processing, and end-of-use.
Pangaia, Vivobarefoot, Ecovative to Research Mycelium in Fashion
The collective mycelium research pairs Vivobarefoot and Pangaia with Ecovative’s team of mycologists, engineers and designers, to develop a line of fungus-based, petroleum-free foams and hides for their products. It also sees the three join the Fashion for Good Cooperative.
Are These the New Heroes of Fashion?
At the heart of this growing revolution sits Fashion for Good (FFG), a global initiative that is catalysing and supporting innovators dedicated to reimagining the industry. Today it announced the eight change makers that will join its 2022 Global Innovation Programme.
Project to Transform Agricultural Waste into Green Fibers for Fashion Sector
“This ambitious project explores a new source of feed stocks for the fashion industry that, if scaled, will help drive both the agriculture and textile industry towards net-zero. We see great potential for these various agriculture waste streams that would otherwise have few secondary uses. By applying innovative technologies to develop natural fibers, we can diminish the pressure on existing natural fibers and shift away from unsustainable materials and sources,” says Katrin Ley, managing director, Fashion for Good.
Turning Waste into Black Pigments
Fashion for Good launched the Black Pigment Pilot project on Tuesday with partners Bestseller, Birla Cellulose, Kering and PVH Corp., in collaboration with Paradise Textiles, and innovators Graviky Labs, Living Ink and Nature Coatings. The project aims to validate and scale black pigments derived from waste feedstocks such as industrial carbon, algae and wood that could replace synthetic dyes and offer a more sustainable means of textile production with a lower carbon impact. [SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED]
Fashion's Race for New Materials
“The race to develop new materials and processes is gaining momentum thanks to rapidly maturing technology and more substantial and deeper partnerships between brands and innovators who were often “slow on the action front””, said Georgia Parker, Head of Innovation at Sustainable Project Fashion for Good accelerator. This case study of Business of Fashion examines three innovations in the production of raw materials that are gaining momentum and providing opportunities for the fashion industry to reinvent the destructive materials and practices it has long relied on.
How a Kering and adidas-Led Consortium Aims to Dry Out Fashion’s Water Problem
Global accelerator Fashion for Good has announced a new consortium, the D(R)YE Factory of the Future project, backed by Kering and adidas, among others, aimed at reducing water use in textile production. The initiative is directed at accelerating the fashion industry’s shift to dry textile processing—methods that use little to no water, produce no wastewater and reduce overall energy use.
Is this the Future of Fashion?
Fashion for Good has launched the D(R)YE Factory of the Future initiative in a bid to clean up one of the most polluting processes in the industry. It is in the pre-treatment and colouration phases of textile production that the highest emissions of the fashion value chain are generated. To combat this, the new global consortium project led will bring together innovations that can transform these stages and pave the way for a seismic shift in processing techniques from wet to dry.
Fashion Players Team Up to Slash Textiles' Water and Carbon Footprint
From Deodorant to Digital Fashion: Design and Innovation Go Hand in Hand
Design is present on all levels of our society. With every design, it’s a matter for designers to stay one step ahead of us. They work now on the designs of tomorrow, seemingly requiring a crystal ball of some sort. But lacking that, an innovative mindset is crucial. Our Marketing & Communications Director, Anne-Ro Klevant Groen, discusses what design and innovation exactly mean for all the fashion industry stakeholders involved.
PVH, Bestseller Get ‘Priority Access’ to Ecovative’s Mycelium ‘Forager Hides’
PVH and Bestseller are first in line to trial Ecovative’s mycelium “Forager” hides in a new cooperative revealed today. Alongside the brands, Amsterdam-based nonprofit Fashion for Good (which Ecovative has been working with for the past three years) is also a strategic partner as Ecovative refines production.
Levi's in Pilot to Use Plant-Based Indigo
Fashion for Good is working with Levi’s Strauss & Co. and natural dye start-up Stony Creek Colors to pilot the use of plant-based indigo at scale in the denim’s industry supply chain. Stony Creek Colors will provide their IndiGold indigo dye to select denim mills used by the two companies to run performance trials, with the aim to have Levi garments dyed with IndiGold pre-reduced dye on the market by late 2022 or early 2023. [SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED]
Fashion for Good Asia Builds Momentum
The Fashion for Good Asia Programme celebrated another successful year, sharing the highlights of 2021 at their Innovation Fest this week. Continuing to drive innovation across the region, Japanese fibre and textile manufacturer Teijin Frontier was officially welcomed as a partner, establishing a footing in East Asia where the programme is gaining momentum.
Fashion for Good’s Latest Project Spotlights Polyester Recycling
The writing is on the wall for polyester and its crude oil origins. Today, Amsterdam-based innovation firm Fashion for Good announced a new polyester-focused project, Full Circle Textiles Project – Polyester, borrowing from the findings in its Full Circle Textiles Project, which launched formally in September. The current project aims to validate and scale up promising technologies in polyester recycling. [SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED]
Fashion for Good Turns to Polyester
Launch of Sorting For Circularity India
Project to Build a New Textile Waste Value Chain in India
Together with partners Adidas, Levi Strauss & Co, and PVH Corp, Fashion for Good is backing a new consortium project to understand both the pre-consumer and post-consumer textile waste streams in India, and to pilot sorting and mapping solutions. The Sorting for Circularity India Project aims to build an infrastructure towards greater circularity in the years to come.
The Fashion Industry Could Reduce Emissions—if It Wanted To
It’s common practice for apparel brands to hop from factory to factory in search of cost savings. This needs to change, but this requires the necessary funding. The Apparel Impact Institute and Fashion for Good estimate that it will take a trillion dollars in global investment to decarbonize the industry. Their new report calls it an investment “opportunity,” but brands are not exactly climbing over each other to get involved.
Fashion's Climate Goals Have a Funding Problem
The fashion industry cannot meet its COP26 climate commitments, nor can brands meet their individual goals to decarbonise, if they don’t address the major lack of funding needed to overhaul the supply chain, experts say. There’s a significant funding gap in fashion’s sustainability commitments, made clear in a new report estimating a $1 trillion deficit in reaching decarbonisation goals. We unpack where, why and how to fix it. [MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED]
Seaweed-Based Sway Against Single-Use Plastic Packaging
Annually, we use about about 500 billion plastic bags to store, transport, and protect garments, footwear and accessories. Less than 15% of polybags in circulation are collected for recycling, according to Fashion for Good. However, if the startup Sway has its way, more thin film packaging like polybags, retail bags, and wrappers will be compostable and even carbon negative. The packaging company makes seaweed-based, home-compostable replacements for plastic packaging, which even come in bright, cheerful colours.
GORE-TEX as Official Partner of Fashion for Good
The global initiative Fashion For Good has formally announced its partnership with technical textile supplier Gore Fabrics, home to the GORE-TEX brand. The cross-industry collaboration demonstrates the newly affiliate partner’s commitment to achieving its environmental goals and driving systemic change within the fashion industry. [ACCOUNT REQUIRED]
Gore Fabrics Joins Up with Fashion for Good
Technical textile supplier Gore Fabrics, which owns the GORE-TEX brand, has officially joined the Fashion for Good initiative. The newly affiliate partner said that it looked forward to the cross-industry collaboration through this partnership, demonstrating that they want to accelerate their sustainability efforts. Gore Fabrics officially partnered with Fashion for Good in early 2020 and is already participating in the recently announced Renewable Carbon Textiles Project, together with other partners from Fashion for Good. [SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED]
Sustainable Fashion: Mycelium Leather, A Wood Pulp Dress, and Banana Fibres
It is clear to everyone involved that the current state of the apparel industry has detrimental impacts on our environment. A handful of brands and tech or bio-startups have been focusing on better solutions, but collaboration was lacking within the industry. However, ‘bridge builder’ Fashion for Good aims to put all these heads together. Its current exposition “GROW: the future of fashion”, demonstrates this by connecting young Dutch design talent with textile innovators and displaying the results in their Museum. [DUTCH ARTICLE, SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED].
Sustainability Scanner: Making Fashion Good Again
Amsterdam-based fashion and textile innovation platform Fashion For Good’s funding initiative to aid sustainable manufacturing, the Good Fashion Fund (GFF) has signed its first deal with Pratibha Syntex Limited (PSL). The Indian textile and apparel manufacturer receives a $4.5 million long-term loan as part of the deal. Initiated in 2019, GFF provides long-term funding to the textile and apparel industry in Asia to achieve the Five Goods — Good Energy, Good Water, Good Materials, Good Lives, and Good Economy.
Good Fashion Fund To Assist Pratibha Syntex To Go Sustainable
Pratibha Syntex Limited, an Indian manufacturer, has struck an agreement with the Good Fashion Fund, a fund established by Fashion for Good to promote sustainable manufacturing practices. Pratibha Syntex’s anticipated capital expenditures for updating machinery and expanding sustainable equipment in several divisions will be supported by the $4.5 million long-term loans. The $4.5 million investment will be used to replace gear in the spinning, processing, and garmenting divisions, as well as to purchase new equipment to expand their operations and facilities.
Fashion for Good Celebrates The Success Of The Viscose Traceability Pilot Project
On World Rainforest Day, Fashion for Good celebrates the success of the Viscose Traceability Pilot Project, a consortium to trace sustainable viscose in clothing using the company’s blockchain tracing solution. TextileGenesis innovator. With around 30% viscose coming from threatened forests, the validation of TextileGenesis’ solution is an important step towards transparency in the value chain and ensuring that the fibers come from renewable sources.
From Textile Waste To Sound Insulation – The Acoustic Felt Made From Recycled Polyester
Hope still exists. Concerted efforts to remedy the reliance on plastic fibers has already begun, with the most recent launch of innovation consortiums like The Renewable Carbon Textiles Project in June with Fashion for Good, funded by the Laudes Foundation. In collaboration with global players including PVH Corp, the group are committed to developing replacements for fossil fuel-based fibers. By experimenting with PHA polymers, which provide a bio-based, marine and soil compostable alternative to materials like polyester, the project is pioneering viable alternatives.
GFA Figures Highlight Bangladesh Recycling Potential
Intrinsic to this is building robust recycling infrastructure within the country, which is the target of the Circular Fashion Partnership – an initiative the GFA launched late last year alongside Reverse Resources and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
The claim comes as the project today welcomes its latest cohort of signatory brands, manufacturers, recyclers and organisations, including Primark, Gymshark, Benetton, Evrnu, Natural Fiber Welding and Fashion for Good.
Consortium Plans PHA Fibres For Fashion
Amsterdam-based Fashion for Good is launching the Renewable Carbon Textiles Project, bringing together a powerful consortium to accelerate the development of polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHA polymer fibres – a promising biosynthetic alternative to fossil based fibres with the potential to reduce carbon emissions in the fashion supply chain.
Sustainable Materials Are A Vision Of Fashion’s Future
The conglomerate has also partnered with the Amsterdam-based incubator Fashion for Good to help identify and grow start-ups working at the intersection of fashion and sustainability. Daveu points to Balenciaga’s October 2020 catwalk collection, comprised of 90 per cent recycled, upcycled or certified-sustainable materials, as an example of the changes brought about by these investments.
Sustainable Fashion: Fashion for Good And The Biomaterials Project
If you have ever wondered what biomaterials are, a trip to plan as soon as possible in this post-pandemic summer is in Amsterdam, where the Fashion for Good Museum has inaugurated a new exhibition dedicated to sustainable innovation in the field of materials, which sees protagonists fabrics from fruit peel , “skin” grown thanks to special fungi, spider silk, dyes produced by bacteria and algae.
Brands Back Bid To Boost Textile Recycling Premium Article
The Fashion for Good initiative is bringing together industry leaders – including Adidas, Bestseller, Zalando and Zara owners Inditex – in a new initiative aimed at increasing the recycling of waste textiles.
The Sorting for Circularity Project will use innovative near infrared (NIR) technology to analyse textile waste more accurately, while also mapping the capabilities of textile recyclers.
The Path To Scaling Reusable Packaging In E-commerce
To highlight the positive impact reusable packaging could generate, Fashion for Good, in partnership with Utrecht University and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, have collaboratively authored a white paper, “The Rise of Reusable Packaging: Understanding the Impact and Mapping a Path to Scale”, presenting an overview of reusable packaging in the fashion industry and providing the industry with key considerations for wide scale adoption.
Innovating Sustainably in South Asia with Fashion for Good
Katrin Ley, managing director of Fashion for Good, on fashion and textile innovations in South Asia and why the Indian region matters
It has been a little over a year since Fashion for Good, the Amsterdam based platform for fashion and textile innovation, launched its South Asia Innovation Programme. Yesterday, April 13, the organisation announced its third batch of graduates from the region—a cohort of 10 innovators including three from India.
Fashion for Good South Asia Announces 3rd Batch of Innovators
Fashion for Good, the global platform for innovation, has selected ten new innovators to participate in the third batch of its South Asia Innovation Programme. The batch includes innovators from 8 countries adding Singapore and Indonesia to the roster. 3 out of 10 innovators are from India, who are making a global footprint with their sustainable approach.
The Future of Fashion Materials
The Dutch Fashion for Good Museum developed an in-house exhibition called GROW which shows biomaterials which might just be the future of fashion materials.
With the GROW exhibition, visitors are shown conventional biomaterials, like ecological (lab-grown) cotton, flax and hemp, but also innovative materials like fabric made of citrus peels, mushroom leather, spider silkand dye made with bacteria and algae.
Levi Strauss & Co. Joins Fashion for Good
Levi Strauss & Co. has long been an innovator in sustainable design and production practices. Many of the programs we talk about most often – Water<Less®, Screened Chemistry, cottonized hemp – came from within. It’s a record of scaling internal innovations that we’re quite proud of.
But we also know that we can’t work alone if we’re going to do our part to deliver solutions on an industry-wide scale or reach the ambitious goals we’ve set for ourselves. There are networks we need to tap into, innovations we can benefit from, and solutions we can help to scale. And that is precisely why we have joined Fashion for Good.
The Race for Fashion’s Leather Alternatives Heats Up
Ecovative wants to become the first to offer a plant-based leather alternative that’s ready to scale, and could up the ante in fashion’s race for leather replacements that are both more sustainable and higher quality, with a more attractive look and feel, than plastic-based vegan materials.
“Oftentimes with these different materials, you get a proof of concept that comes out and it takes time for these materials to then scale,” says Georgia Parker, innovation manager at Fashion for Good.
Fashion for Good Chooses New Innovators
Wasting no time, Fashion for Good has gotten the 14 start-ups recently selected for its accelerator program get started.
The latest roster was selected from among 22 entrepreneurial companies during Fashion for Good’s virtual selection day. The chosen start-ups are offering solutions for raw materials, processing, end-of-use, digital acceleration, plastics and impact tracking, among other topics. As participants, they are receiving mentoring, guidance and industry expertise to help scale up their technological businesses.
Building the Business Case for Circular Business Models Part 2: Rental
Both one-off rentals and rental subscriptions can be profitable circular business models in fashion, based on the 2019 analysis by Accenture and Fashion for Good, ‘The Future of Circular Fashion’. The economic analyses presented in the report are encouraging but we must note that the assessment was done at garment level, and does not fully take into account investments needed to operate and build these models to scale.
Katrin Ley of Fashion for Good Tells Us How They are Making All Fashion Good
Katrin Ley: For many years, I worked in the apparel and footwear industry, both on the strategy consulting side and the corporate side. And for the last couple of years, I was in the world of impact investing, investing in early-stage startups with circular ambitions.
The path that led me to Fashion for Good wasn’t that clear cut, and the career choices I made didn’t seem to connect for a while. I became more and more aware of the problems and challenges that face the fashion industry — the need for change as well as the potential solutions and innovations that exist.
Mountains Of Unsaleable Clothing Due to Lockdown Show That the Fashion Industry Can Be Much More Sustainable
“Online sales at retailers may have increased enormously, but many entrepreneurs say it is nowhere near what they would sell in their stores”, says Anne-Ro Klevant Groen, marketing and communication manager at Fashion for Good, a organization that focuses on innovation in the fashion industry. “There is still a large stock.”
The Single-Use Plastic Overhaul Is Coming For Fashion
The polybag, the clear plastic film used to store and transport clothes before reaching store, is one of fashion’s most ubiquitous packaging products: approximately 180 billion are produced each year and less than 15 per cent of those in circulation are collected for recycling. At the end of 2019, Fashion for Good, an Amsterdam sustainable fashion accelerator launched a circular polybag pilot programme with support from Adidas, Kering and PVH among others that tested Spanish technical recycling company Cadel Deinking’s polybags, which de-inks and removes adhesives from consumer plastic waste, allowing it to be recycled into new polybags for a circular alternative.
The Search for Fashion Supply Chain Transparency
In 2019, Zalando partnered with platform for sustainable innovation Fashion for Good on its “Organic Cotton Traceability Pilot”, which combines on-product authentication markers and blockchain technology to track organic cotton from farm to consumer. In December 2020, the German etailer started supporting Fashion for Good’s newest project, the Viscose Traceability Project, which uses blockchain technology to trace viscose. It also supports the Open Apparel Registry (an open-source map and database of global apparel facilities) to map garment facilities worldwide and allocate a unique ID to each facility.
How to Make Technology a Tool for Connection
For instance, Local Projects designed tech-enabled bracelets for Amsterdam-based Fashion for Good, a museum, store and think tank to educate on and combat climate change. The bracelets were made from plastic dredged from the city’s canals, and visitors could use them to make pledges about behavioural changes throughout the museum.
Cotton Grown in ‘Resource-Efficient’ Pilot Will Make Calvin Klein Fashion
Sourcing sustainable cotton—whether it’s regeneratively grown, recycled or organic—has become a common goal for fashion companies looking to prove an eco-minded ethos. Fashion for Good, a sustainability-focused organization whose partners include Adidas, Target and Chanel, is looking to investigate a new way to address some of the environmental issues associated with growing cotton, namely water and pesticide usage.
Consortium Around Fashion for Good Starts Pilot Project for More Efficient Cotton Construction
Fashion for Good is today launching a two-year pilot project that will experiment with more efficient technologies for growing cotton. The organization works together with fashion conglomerates Kering and PVH Corp, as well as textile producer Arvind Limited, it reports in a press release.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Sustainable Fashion Innovation
Even before the COVID-19 crisis, the fashion industry had begun to make changes, many of which have been accelerated by the crisis. Innovation, particularly in challenging times, has proven its relevance time and again to reinvigorate business as usual to achieve organisational objectives, and brands, manufacturers and retailers that are looking to innovation at this time, are better prepared to emerge stronger from the crisis.
Will Clothing In The Shops - After The Lockdown - Be Out Of Fashion?
Anne-Ro Klevant Groen, who works at Fashion for Good, an international innovation platform that strives for “circular fashion”:
“Many retailers now have a surplus of stock due to COVID-19, many stores are closed and clothing cannot be sold. However, online sales have skyrocketed at many retailers, but in general sales have gone down and unsold or not shipped clothing is a problem for many clothing brands. The solutions for this are, for example: selling in a later season, adjusting clothes and selling, reselling, renting out, recycling or ‘downcycling’.
The Hidden Obstacle to Circular Fashion: Chemicals
Fashion for Good, which launched an industry coalition last September to advance and promote textile recycling, said that can impair the economics of recycling — particularly when clothes contain chemicals that were once commonplace in fashion, but are now banned out of concern for health or environmental impacts — and managing director Katrin Ley says that’s another reason to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals in new clothing.
Best of 2020: Sustainable reads
In the ‘New Cotton Project’, a consortium of brands, manufacturers, suppliers, innovators and research institutes will have to prove that circular, sustainable fashion “is not only an ambition, but can also be realized today”. The twelve participating fashion companies and brands include Adidas and the H&M Group, the Finnish biotechnology group Infinited Fiber Company, Aalto University, Fashion for Good, Frankenhuis, Inovafil, Kipas Textiles, REvolve Waste, Rise, Tekstina and Xamk.
Bio doesn't always mean better, need to validate sustainability claims
Bio-materials, however, remain an ill-defined category, with words such as bio-fabricated, bio-synthetic or bio-based used in relation to innovations in this space. Fashion for Good, a global platform for sustainable fashion innovations, teamed up with Biofabricate, a platform for bio-material innovators and brands, to conduct interviews of more than 30 global material innovators and consumer brands, and has compiled the learnings to help the fashion industry understand these various terms and innovations.
Fashion for Good celebrates success in South Asia
Dutch sustainability initiative Fashion for Good (FFG) has reported that its South Asia Innovation Programme has enjoyed a fruitful first year, with nine of its promising start-ups becoming graduates of the scheme.
Blockchain’s potential tested in new viscose project
Dutch sustainability initiative Fashion for Good has kick-started a Viscose Traceability Project which assesses blockchain technology’s performance in tracing the cellulosic fibre throughout the textile supply chain.
Why big brands are investing in sustainability start-ups
When Fashion for Good first launched four years ago, it started with a handful of brands and retailers as its corporate partners. Now, it counts manufacturers among its collaborators too. “We realised how important it was to get those upstream suppliers at the same table,” said Brittany Burns, director of strategy and development at Fashion for Good. “We felt like it was really important to create these opportunities for a cross-pollination of ideas, but [also] co-development across the industry.”
H&M and adidas join industry consortium partners delivering a blueprint for circular fashion
Industry giants Adidas and H&M are partners on this project and will work together to facilitate “the scale and volume needed to properly test this (technology),” said Infinited Fiber’s CEO Petri Alava during a recent video call. Representing Fashion for Good, who are facilitating stakeholder collaboration during the project, was Kathleen Rademan: “What we (at Fashion for Good) have noticed is, in order to get something like chemical recycling off the ground, more than one brand is needed.”
Back to the future: the role of technology in solving major challenges
In Robert Zemeckis’ film Back to the Future , the main characters navigate between the past and the future in a long process of discovery and transformation. Throughout these trips, Marty (one of the protagonists) has as main mission to repair the damage created by him in history. Although fiction and reality intersect more than we think, we still do not have the ability to travel through time or repair the damage that we have been creating throughout history. We know today that the great environmental or, in general, society challenges result from human intervention (global warming, social inequality, etc.). We also know that reversing these damages is particularly difficult because, unlike the characters in the film, we cannot change the past. We can, however, change the future and the consequences of our actions.