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H&M Signs Animal Welfare Pledge With HSI. 08 September 2015 Lisa Niven H&M is collaborating with Humane Society International to promote the ethical treatment of animals across the fashion and beauty industries. The collaboration aims not only to protect the farm animals from which wool, hair or down is derived, but also to work towards banning cosmetics testing on animals globally. "Animal welfare is important to us at H&M and we want to contribute to improved animal welfare practices in our industry, which is why we are committing ourselves not only to further improve our own requirements, but also to work collaboratively with HSI to elevate standards throughout the industry and globally," explained H&M sustainability business expert Madelene Ericsson in a statement.

"HSI is a globally recognised organisation with long experience within this area, so we believe they will be a very good partner in pushing for change and we hope that other companies will be inspired to do likewise. " Shopping With Ethics :: A 5 Step Guide - Tiny Twig Goes Out on a LimbTiny Twi... This post was written by Danielle L. Vermeer, a social impact consultant by day, and social justice storyteller and emerging social entrepreneur by night. A long-time advocate in the anti-trafficking sector, she is learning to live more consciously one upcycled dress at a time. Connect with Danielle on Twitter at @DLVermeer or on her blog:

After the deadly garment factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh earlier this year, consumers started asking some hard questions about how our clothing was made. They wanted to better understand the (lack of) transparency, sustainability, and ethics of the global fashion industry and how it impacted the environment and people around the world. But most consumers simply didn’t know where to start, and felt overwhelmed by the opaqueness and complexity of global supply chains. But a more serious motivation also inspired this challenge to not buy any new clothing unless it was ethically made.

Like this: Like Loading... Clemence heugel- necklace created using safety pins. Dress created from bottle tops, can rings and disposable plastic spoons. Hanger hooks created into a necklace. Capsule Wardrobe — The Note Passer. Speedo Makes Closed-Loop Swimwear From Its Own Upcycled Scraps. Speedo is closing the loop, one swimsuit at a time. Together with Aquafil, the Italian manufacturer behind the Econyl line of regenerated (not to mention “endlessly recyclable”) nylon fiber, the world’s leading swimwear brand has launched a first-of-its-kind fabric-recycling program to turn its post-production waste into new swimsuits.

The Speedo PowerFlex Eco collection, which debuts this week, comprises 78 percent reengineered Econyl nylon. Blended with Extra Life Lycra, the resulting fabric is said to retain its shape up to 10 times longer than traditional swimwear fabrics. It’s also highly durable, resistant to chlorine, and won’t yield easily to sagging and bagging, according to Speedo. “We are challenging apparel manufacturers to be more sustainable and restructure their supply chain to divert waste from landfill,” Giulio Bonazzi, chairman and CEO of Aquafil, said in a statement on Tuesday. RELATED | Speedo, From Somewhere Launch Upcycled Swimsuit Couture + Speedo + Aquafil. Topshop Goes Green With "Reclaim" Collection of Upcycled Clothing. Trish Clarke, Topshop’s head of technical services, says the collection provides an “ethical solution to disregarded material” through the retailer’s design lens.

“We are inspired to challenge textile waste across our product areas, whilst still creating versatile designs that are wardrobe essentials for our customers,” Clarke says. “From ‘70s button-down dresses, to sheer-panel printed blouses, we want everyday fashion to be sustainable in Topshop’s portfolio and blueprint.” RELATED | Topshop Debuts Third Upcycled “Reclaim to Wear” Line Prices for the collection range from $22 for a ribbed camisole to $125 for a one-piece romper. Reclaim to Wear’s de Castro says she’s proud of the legacy her consultancy has left behind. “We have now left Topshop design team with the tools and the inspiration to carry this collection forward and expand on their upcycling should they wish to do so,” she tells Ecouterre. + Topshop Reclaim + Topshop. 7 Eco-Friendly Sunglasses Made From Unexpected Materials. Looking for some extra specs appeal this summer?

Sidestep the plastic versus metal debate with a pair of sunglasses that veer just slightly off the beaten track. From reclaimed skateboards to repurposed denim, here are seven unexpected—yet eco-friendly—ways to shade your peepers in style. Above, a sample from Shwood's "Newspaper" collection, which features a wood-like veneer made out of, well, you know. Vinylize’s line of recycled-LP eyewear is still handcrafted in Budapest, where the first pair was constructed from salvaged Communist vinyl more than 10 years ago. Thick, rugged, and patterned in distinctive grooves, each limited-edition frame embodies the “quality and style of the music they are made from,” according to the company. + Vinylize Putting a new spin on a rugged workwear staple, Mosevic uses resin-infused layers of recovered denim to make its “Solid Denim” line of frames. + Mosevic Eyeglasses made from cannabis?

+ Hemp Eyewear. Sustainability, craft and creativity at the copenhagen fashion fair. Buyers and press descended on Denmark last week for the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF), which took the traditional trade show and pushed it into an exciting new territory with offshoot Raven Projects, curated by LN-CC's John Skelton. Skelton selected 20 brands to create a buzz, with Grace Wales Bonner's spring/summer 16 collection taking pride of place, alongside James Long, Skelton's "favourite collection out of London this season. " Skelton told i-D, "I wanted to try and give it a bit more flavour. There were three elements I was after. Craft is the main one, because I feel like at the moment the industry is very fast fashion. A lot of this stuff is handmade, artisanally-designed and quite expensive. Tigran Tigran Avetisyan's Best Hits Collection was an exciting prospect. Curieux The Raven section of the fair was no less a showcase for great global talent.

Champion. ​h&m is launching fashion recycling week. Last year, H&M became the first fashion multinational to launch a garment collection initiative, encouraging shoppers to bring old and unwanted garments (from any brand) into stores, so that they can be reworn, reused or recycled. A year later and the high street giants have teamed up with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion to challenge second year fashion students to create window installations from clothing donated via the garment collection initiative.

The students' installations will go on display in the windows of stores in eight key cities across the UK and Ireland to promote H&M's Fashion Recycling Week, which will take place from 31 August to 6 September 2015. Shoppers will be given the opportunity to win £250 to spend in store by guessing how many donated garments the LCF students used to create their window installations. To take part, you simply have to post your guess on Instagram, tagging @hm and using the hashtag #CloseTheLoop. @hm #CloseTheLoop. Rotterdam Students Turn Fruit, Vegetable Waste Into Durable “Leather” A group of undergraduates from Willem de Kooning Academie have taken it upon themselves to solve one of South Holland's biggest social issues: food waste.

Every day, Rotterdam's market vendors discard more than 7,700 pounds of overripe or cosmetically unattractive produce. Inspired by a technique that chefs use to mash, cook, and then dry fruits to create a candy-like "leather," the students—Hugo de Boon, Aron Hotting, Koen Meerkerk, Maaike Schoonen, Bart Schram, and Miloy Snoeijers—developed their own hide-like material, one that not only has a host of potential applications, including fashion, but also promotes awareness of the food we throw away.

The resulting textile, according to de Boon, isn’t unlike animal leather, with slight variances depending on the type of produce used. “Every centimeter is unique. It is a material with a clear structure and texture, that differs by each type or fruit that is used”, he told in July. Among the prototypes the team created? [Via NL Times] CFDA, Lexus Launch Fashion Initiative to Create "Meaningful Change" Within Fa... Photo by magicinfoto/Shutterstock The CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge is relaunching in a major way. Now dubbed the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative, the erstwhile competition has expanded into a full-fledged business-development program, complete with a 17-month virtual residency program for 10 participating brands.

The initiative’s goal? To “inspire thought leadership, facilitate the implementation of innovative business practices and create meaningful change” within the American fashion industry, according to the organizers, which include such eco-insiders as Linda Greer from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Timo Rissanen from Parsons The New New School of Design, fashion consultant Julie Gilhart, Jason Kibbey from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Lewis Perkins of Fashion Positive, Barbara Burchfield and Olivia Wilde from Conscious Commerce, Amber Valleta of Master & Muse, Alabama Chanin’s Natalie Chanin, and Scott Hahn from Loomstate.

Photo by Shutterstock. The Big Guns Are Blazing | Intelligence, Market Pulse | BoF. LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury index (“SLI”) rallied over 6 percent in the month, leaving the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) in the dust, with a comparatively paltry increase of 1.3 percent. The bigger groups posted impressive first half sales growth and came out more optimistic than expected as to the outlook for 2015 and beyond. Big news • LVMH and Kering posted strong results for the first half of 2015 led by Louis Vuitton and Gucci respectively, following two sluggish years. The devil is in the detail though. Vuitton’s growth was accompanied by price increases across the brand’s products and bodes well for margins. On the other hand Gucci’s sales recovery was largely due the discounting of old collections ahead of the new designer’s products hitting the shelves later this year.

. • Other companies similarly echoed strong performances in the first half of the year, with the laurels going to Moncler, which stunned the market with a 53 percent increase in core profit. Going up.