Zalando, Yoox Net-a-Porter and About You launch climate platform for brands

Fashion Act and other commitments to the environment are increasing, but complex problems rarely have easy answers. Decarbonisation and the energy transition in the service of long-term sustainable growth will require collective will in the coming years. COP26 meetings led to several engagements involving governments, civil society and business. Now is the time to act to safeguard the planet and promote sustainability goals, so the pressure to imagine a more sustainable future increases. Many entrepreneurs around the world point to net zero as a new organizing principle for companies.

2022 August, 2nd update

Zalando, Yoox Net-a-Porter and About You launch climate platform for brands. Working with sustainability consultancy Quantis, the three online fashion retailers will offer a free service to help brands they stock measure greenhouse emissions, set reduction targets and submit them to the Science Based Targets (SBTi) for approval. (Read more)

2022 July, 27th update

U.S. legislation to limit PFAS in industrial wastewater will broaden the very definition of PFAS. The American Chemical Society@C&ENargues that plastic manufacturers will be among the first industries to meet PFAS pollution limits in wastewater under legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Textiles and makers of electrical and electronic components follow, then paint formulators, companies that mold plastics and leather tanneries. The measure will increase the number of chemicals for which manufacturers must supply data to the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency. (Read more)

Review on the “Heat Apocalypse“. The “Heat Apocalypse” is sweeping Europe and the UK. [Europe’s heatwave moves north… – Guardian]. In Gironde, an area equal to the extent of the whole of Paris has gone up in smoke.  [En Gironde, la surface de Paris partie en fumée… – Libération]. The west of France hit by completely new temperatures. [Au pic de la canicule, l’ouest de la France… – Le Monde]. The fierce heat in Europe heads north. [Heatwave: Ferocious European heat heads north – BBC]. Because Europe is becoming an epicenter for heat waves. [Why Europe Is Becoming a Heat Wave Hot Spot – NYT]. (Read more)

2022 June, 29th update

Water scarcity is the most serious problem we have: it is an epochal challenge for agriculture and livestock and therefore for textiles and leather. An unprecedented water crisis is underway in Italy: (As Po dries up, Italy’s food and energy supplies are at risk – WP). Agricultural water scarcity is expected to increase in more than 80% of the world’s cropland by 2050. For the “future of water” (see Report) the agricultural techniques that retain rainwater in the soils and the reduction of consumption in industry are relevant. A single cotton shirt requires over 2500 liters of water. Leather, for bags and shoes, needs 160 liters per kilo. Machine and plant engineering suppliers can play a key role as producers of sustainable energy and water systems (i.e. Green Label). (Read more)

2022 June, 23rd update

Behind the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) hides a large Greenwashing operation. The Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act, introduced in the New York State Assembly in October 2021, obliges all fashion companies that generate more than $100 million to track at least 50% of value chains and disclose environmental impacts. However, the Higg MSI index used seems to favor the use of low-cost net fibers derived from fossil fuels. [industry-linked sustainability standard allows clothing giants to ramp up emissions – The]. (Read more)

2022 June, 8th update

Namibia, public tenders to invest in green industrial programs downstream of agriculture and livestock. Namibia, as stated by the Minister of Agriculture Calle Schlettwein has chosen to offer investment opportunities in 11 green project schemes in the agricultural and livestock sectors to local and international investors through a process of assignment by public tenders. Opportunities also abound in the activities of the livestock value chain, such as meat processing and the leather subsector, tannery and leather products. (Read more)

2022 May, 30th update

Growing Urgency of Transparency in the Fashion Industry. The Roadmap to Net Zero report, published by the World Resources Institute and the Apparel Impact Institute, commented by Material Exchange. One of the main takeaways of the report is the estimated emissions produced by the fashion sector. (Read more)

REPowerEU. The European Commission has today presented the REPowerEU Plan, a plan to rapidly reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels and fast forward the green transition. It is the response to the hardships and global energy market disruption caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Read more)

2022 May, 18th update

Overcoming environmental risks and human rights violations in value chains. A proposal for a European directive obliges large companies to introduce systems to identify and prevent environmental risks and violations of workers’ human rights along the supply chain. It is a breakthrough that fills a regulatory gap. [Nelle filiere globali arriva l’obbligo di due diligence sui diritti umani –]. (Read more)

2022 May, 9th update

Fashion’s sustainable journey on Fall/Winter 22-23 by eco design. A new report by retail analytics firm Edited examined the steps designers took to lessen their environmental footprint, from using botanical dyes (Gabriela Hearst) and biodegradable materials (Stine Goya) to repurposing sets like Prada, which plans to resell the carpeting it used. [On the Runway, Innovation Trails Upcycling Deadstock Fabrics – Sourcing Journal]. (Read more)

2022 May, 4th update

AAFA does join the “Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action” to bring emissions to net zero by 2050. The fashion industry has engaged in and remains fully committed to enhancing sustainability and social responsibility within the apparel, accessories, and footwear industry’s supply chains, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) said in a statement published on Earth Day (Friday 22 April). [AAFA says apparel sector must align with global efforts on climate change – Just Style]. (Read more)

2022 April, 27th update

Takapas, a registered trademark that recycles safety shoes. Vincent Bia, manager of Bia Supplies in Calais, a company specialized in the sale of personal protective equipment, has registered the Takapas brand, specialized in the recycling of safety shoes. In France it is the only one to have faced this market. [Takapas, une marque déposée qui recycle les chaussures de sécurité – La Gazette Nord-Pas de Calais]. (Read more)

2022 April, 11th update

Tougher rules for fashion industry under new EU strategy. The Commission is presenting the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles aimed at making textiles more durable, repairable, reusable and recyclable, to tackle fast fashion, waste and the destruction of unsolds, and ensure their production takes place in full respect of social rights. Here the link to the “Press statement by Commissioner Sinkevicius on the adoption Circular Economy package (Ecodesign for Sustainable Products and Textiles)”. (Read more)

EU Circular Fashion Directive would harm Cambodia’s clothing-footwear sector. According to the Khmer Times, the new EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles harms Cambodia’s largest export sector, Garment Footwear and Travel Goods (GFT). (Read more)

2022 March, 29th update

Relocation of tanneries in the Sialkot Tannery Zone (Pakistan) is under implementation. Sialkot: Tanneries have begun to move from the city to the tannery industrial zone, which should greatly reduce environmental pollution. [Tanneries shifting to Sialkot tannery zone to help improve environment’-]. (Read more)

2022 March, 23rd update

KEEN Footwear’s new slip-on line is made with recycled leather car seats. The fashion industry is notoriously polluting. KEEN makes shoes with recycled leather from car seats. This is reported by Green Matters. In addition to upcycling waste, KEEN operates with Gold Certified tanneries from the Leather Working Group.” Fashion is increasingly rich in recycling. Clothing with recycled deadstock and shoes with recycled plastic. (Read more)

2022 March, 21st update

Fashion isn’t becoming more sustainable, but next-generation materials can help. Using data from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Textile Exchange, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has estimated that emissions from the garment industry will be 1,025 gigatons of CO2e in 2019, or 2% of global emissions. On Forbes, fashion insider Brooke Roberts-Islam presents an overview of next-generation materials to reduce the environmental impact of textile and leather. (Read more)

2022 March, 8th update

Promoting circularity in the Tamil Nadu leather clusters for solid waste management. SDGS (Sustainable Development Goals): Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation, Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth, Goal 9: Industry innovation infrastructure, Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production. Key partners: (i) Solidaridad Regional Competence Centre, India (ii) PISIE, Italy [Promoting circularity in the Tamil Nadu leather clusters for solid waste management – SWITCH-Asia -European Union]. (Read more)

OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Apparel and Footwear Sector. OECD Deputy Secretary-General Yoshiki Takeuchi explained from Paris how the fashion, apparel and footwear industry can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that protects the environment and vulnerable workers in the supply chain. (Read more)

2022 February, 26th update

Argentina, 30 tanneries will be transferred from Riachuelo so that they do not continue to pollute They are about half of those dedicated to activity in the basin. They are taken to a new industrial area that is almost finished in Villa Jardín, Lanús. [Medium environment. Sacan a 30 curtiembres del Riachuelo para que no sigan contaminando – Clarìn]. (Read more)

2022 February, 9th update

Thanks to Fashion Act Fashion is increasingly turning its gaze to legislation on restricted substances and more, as the news focuses on environmental and human rights. “A number of countries around the world are increasingly sensitive to ‘greenwashing’ and want transparency in the supply chain,” Neri Karra Sillaman told WWD. These criteria are applicable to each “priority” sector, including tanneries and textile industries. (Read more)

2022 February, 3rd update

New York targets the fashion industry with a proposed legislation on sustainability and social responsibility, the Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act, presented in The National Law Review on January 24, 2022. (Read more)

The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), has planned to build three leather industrial areas, according to The Business Standard. These include complementary areas for mechanics, with the aim of creating more than four million jobs over the next five years. (Read more)