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MADE-BY: providing a model for sustainable fashion

Not-for-profit agency aims to transform industry by helping it become more socially and environmentally conscientious<p>Clothing is a basic human need. But with "fast fashion" dominating the high streets, the environmental and social costs are huge.<p>In fact, the textile industry is the third largest …

H&M: can fast fashion and sustainability ever really mix?

H&M's recycling scheme is a step in the right direction, but when the retailer's focus is on selling more and more – it won't save the planet<p>Register to watch Sustainability 24 live 12 hour broadcast on May 15.<p>Happy shoppers: men and women heading to the high street and returning laden with bags of …

8 Rising Stars On The Ethical-Fashion Scene

Fashion Week in New York City is always a fast-paced, no-sleep, running-on-fumes time for anyone even close to the industry. But, some designers have …

Alternative business models for sustainable fashion – live chat roundup

We round up the highlights from a recent live chat exploring how business, consumers and design students can help to shift our patterns of fashion consumption<p><b>Why should the fast fashion industry change?</b><p>For a fast fashion giant like Primark, which recently reported a 22% rise in revenues to £4.27bn …

Sustainable designs from students at London College of Fashion

Students at London College of Fashion (LCF), which is widely regarded as a leader in research and education of sustainable design, used a beta version of the MAKING app to create a collection of sustainable outfits. Nike also worked with LCF to collect additional insight and feedback that was …

Sustainable fashion: top 20 tweeters

We’ve rounded up a selection of the best eco-conscious fashionistas tweeting sustainable fashion news, views and tips<p>As we near the first anniversary of Bangladesh's Rana Plaza factory collapse, it's a good time to take check on the fashion industry and where it's at in terms of its social and …

Fashion designers in Philippines support communities with sustainable textiles

While a new wave of Philippine designers use indigenous materials and social enterprise to support communities, textile innovation could also address consequences of Typhoon Haiyan<p>Last month's International Fashion Showcase saw more than 30 foreign embassies and cultural institutions present young …

Fashion's Dirty Little 'Sustainable' Secret; Wear More and Wash Less

Last year Tommy Hilfiger made headlines when he stated that he 'didn't wash his jeans for months,' and then, after a pause, added 'never.' The comment set off a maelstrom over the hygienic implications but also something else -- more and more people started to come forward and admit that they too …

Watch This New Documentary About The High-Tech, Sustainable Future Of Fashion

Fabric grown from bacteria. T-shirt designs that “refresh” themselves. Or how about a new way to dye fabrics without water or pollution? These are ideas for the future of fashion that blend style and sustainability.<p>The fashion world tends to look forward no further than the next season, and …

What do fashion students need to know about sustainability? - live chat

Join a panel of experts online from Wednesday 9 July, from 1pm (BST) to explore how today's fashion students can shape the sustainable fashion industry of the future<p>The next generation of fashion designers, manufacturers and businesses face an uncertain future. They will have to be prepared for the …

Top seven books on sustainable fashion

Recommended reads on eco-fashion offer critiques of the fashion industry and sustainable solutions<p>• Add your favourite sustainable fashion books to the comments section<p>Whether you're a long time follower of sustainable fashion, new to the scene or just a little curious, these seven books offer …

How can the fashion industry act for a sustainable water future? - live chat

Join us during World Water Week on Tuesday 2 September from 1pm BST to discuss how fashion brands can measure their water footprint, clean up pollution and work with NGOs<p>Looking at the Earth from afar and seeing some 70% of it blue, you might think we couldn’t possibly run out of water. But the …

Sustainable fashion should tap into power of millennials

With huge purchasing power, millennials are the ideal audience for sustainable fashion, but ethical brands could be doing more to engage them<p>It’s time for ethical fashion brands to decide on to whom they are speaking and why. The movement’s current blind spot is young millennials, who have largely …

The New Secret To Sustainable Fashion Comes From The Sea

We already know that fish is good for your diet, your teeth, your hair, and your skin. But, what about your closet? The newest font of sustainable …

Emma Watson and Will.i.am back sustainable fashion

Featuring Pharrell Williams and Michelle Obama, these 10 household names have shown their support for a more sustainable fashion industry<p>Celebrity endorsement is one of the advertising world’s most popular tools. Having a widely admired athlete, actress or musician attached to your product can work …

Green Is the New Black: Fashion Industry Aims to Increase Sustainable Practices

<i>Photo by Toby Talbot/AP</i><p>With the rise of fast fashion stores like Forever 21 and H&M, clothes and accessories are easier – and cheaper – to come by than ever. And while a pair of $10 jeans and an $8 necklace are hard to pass up, there’s also a dark side to production on such a mass scale – namely, …

Neemic: Sustainable Fashion from Beijing

Despite a growing awareness about sustainability, China is not yet one of the places where green ideas come to fruition. In particular, the local fashion industry isn't sensitive toward environmental issues and the textile industry in the south of the country has often been blamed as one of the …

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Why London is Fast Becoming an Epicenter for Sustainable Fashion

Is London becoming a center of gravity for sustainable fashion thinking? Maybe soon, because Kering has just thrown students at the London College of Fashion the challenge and the opportunity to learn and invent new solutions. <b>François-Henri Pinault</b> was in London yesterday to announce an educational …

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We're One Big Step Closer To A More Sustainable Fashion Industry, Thanks To This New Initiative

Efforts to create a more sustainable fashion industry have long been the norm for some people. Designers like Stella McCartney and advocates like Amber Valletta have rallied and emphasized the importance of creating sustainable goods for many years. But when it comes to the fashion industry at …

Suzy Amis Cameron aims to bring sustainable fashion to the red carpet

Environmentalist Suzy Amis Cameron talks about dressing stars sustainably at the Oscars and creating a new line of affordable ethical fashion<p>Suzy Amis Cameron, the environmental activist and former model and actor, uses the unlikely metaphor of jet fighters to explain how we are running out of time …

Why the future of sustainable fashion needs to be design-led

Style is supreme in the world of fashion. Ethical companies must recognise this and focus on innovation to make sustainability on trend<p>Ten years ago, a definition of sustainable fashion by a high street shopper might have included the words hemp, natural and definitely organic. I too would probably …

Fashion Icon Eileen Fisher Talks About Creating Sustainable Fashion

<i>"We don't want sustainability to be our edge, we want it to be universal.</i><p>- Eileen Fisher<p>Who knew that 30 years ago, this small-framed woman from Des Plaines, Illinois would not only revolutionize women's fashion, but would also be a pioneer at saving the earth? This woman is fashion icon Eileen …

What is the future for sustainable materials in fashion?

Join a panel of experts online on Wednesday 25 March, 1.30-2.30pm GMT to discuss eco-innovations in materials for the fashion industry<p>For an industry that revolves around seasons, two fibres are popular all year round. The first is cotton, a natural fibre with links to forced labour that is as …

Proof That Sustainable Fashion Found At The Mall Can Be Beautiful

We've been told before that good things take time. But, if that notion is true, H&M hasn't heard it. Or, at least, they're willing to prove …

Sustainable fashion: the top five stories of 2014

From feminism to fur, worker’s rights to renewable energy, here’s what was most read over the last 12 months<p>It’s hard to forget the photos of Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg wearing “this is what a feminist looks like” t-shirts this year, although sadly for all the wrong reasons after it was alleged …

Meet Fashion's Cool New Wave of Sustainable Chic Designers

Another year, another Earth Day, and more signs that the fashion industry is evolving toward greener practices and products. Many of the latest wave of sustainably minded designers, however, are shifting their focus away from strictly organic materials (which tend to be basic) in favor of a more …

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kiwi labels sewing up the sustainable fashion market

By thinking local and acting global, New Zealand designers are fashioning a new world in which environmental and ethical sustainability reigns.<p>For years New Zealand's political leaders have carefully curated a "clean and green" image to attract the lucrative film and TV industries. But as news of …

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H&M’s “sustainability” report hides the unsustainable reality of fast fashion

On April 9, H&M released its annual sustainability report for 2014. The document details—at great length—how the company is implementing more eco-friendly practices in its supply chain and stores to reduce the harm it causes the environment, as well as its efforts on a variety of social welfare …

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