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How can the fashion industry become more sustainable?

How can the fashion industry become more sustainable?

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George Zimmer Takes On Men’s Wearhouse With Tuxedo Start-Up Photo Last year, George Zimmer was ousted from Men’s Wearhouse, the company he founded. His latest start-up, an online tailoring platform, is not doing so well. But now, Mr. Zimmer is sure he has a winner. On Tuesday, the graybeard ambassador of affordable suits will unveil his newest venture, Generation Tux, a website for tuxedo rentals. More Intelligent Life It’s a buzzword of the moment, but is it also a contradiction in terms? Our undercover reporter goes in search of true sustainability From INTELLIGENT LIFE Magazine, Winter 2010 Buying truly sustainable fashion is a huge challenge. Sustainability means using resources in a way that does not impoverish the planet for the next generation. Fashion, on the other hand, is wedded to novelty and consumption, neither of which mesh naturally with the concept of sustainability.

Fashion meets renewable energy – clothes that charge your smartphone When you think about how fashion will work alongside technology in the future, it might be hard to break from science-fiction-heavy ideas. However, fashionably using solar, wind and even kinetic energy to charge devices, keep us connected and even donate our energy to non-profits is being explored by a number of design houses. Solar textiles Meg Grant, of Solar Fiber, says she and co-collaborators Aniela Hoitink, Marina Toeters, Ralf Jacobs, and Professor Derek Schlettwein from Giessen University are already pushing the textile boundaries in terms of solar fibres. "If you look around you, textiles cover so many surfaces, so why not give them a 'super power' that can take advantage of this, like solar energy harvesting," says Grant.

Pure Waste Textiles - Sustainable Fashion Evolution - Nordic Style Magazine Sustainability is more than just avoiding waste, it is about creating from it, this is the premise behind Pure Waste Textiles a young Green Company from Helsinki, Finland founded in 2013. Pure Waste creates its fabrics in its own factory recently opened in India and they are at the forefront of the Sustainable Evolution as they produce textiles out of 100% recycled materials, yes over 100,000 products made of 100% recycled materials up to date. The Helsinki based textile company is pushing boundaries on what being green is, they are not compromising quality as their fabric made out of recycled materials can easily compete with virgin textiles in quality. Hannes and Anders Bengs along with partners Lauri Köngäs-Eskandari and Jukka Pesola have not only started a sustainable phenomenon in the Finnish fashion scene but have made waves in the tech industry as they make merchandise for tech giants such as Supercell, Rovio and F-Secure.

H&M is Offering $1 Million for Best Textile-Recycling Innovations H&M is looking to close the loop on textiles, and it’s willing to pay $1 million to anyone who can achieve it. Announced by the H&M Conscious Foundation, the Swedish retailer’s philanthropic arm, the so-called “Global Challenge Award” is the first initiative of its kind. The goal? To catalyze “green, truly groundbreaking ideas” to protect the planet’s natural resources by lowering fashion’s environmental burden. It’s a publicity coup for the world’s second-largest apparel company, which, despite lingering questions about overproduction and worker exploitation, has been angling itself as the ethical answer to affordable clothing.

A Brief History of Sustainable Fashion Type the words ‘future’ and ‘fashion’ into any search engine, and you’ll get a stream of results on 3-D printing, wearable technology and e-commerce websites – sustainability is but a mere mention. Yet, the S-word has undeniably made its way into the modern apparel-making process and increasingly influences what lands on runways and store racks. The fashion industry’s growing focus on sustainable practices has even prompted business publications such as Forbes to hail “Green is the New Black.” Through innovative business practices, the fashion industry has come a long way in improving environmental and social conditions along complex global supply chains. Still, it has a way to go. A brief look into the industry’s storied past illuminates how corporate style setters have responded to shifting consumer demands, market trends and natural resource constraints over the years – signaling what the future of sustainable fashion might hold.

Fashion future: Eco-couture, smart clothes and sustainability Trend forecast analyst Harleen Sabharwal offers insights on why we're on the verge of the 'slow fashion era' People will own fewer but high-quality clothes Think metallic...think alien...think techno-chic! Fashion needs to do better than this to adapt to the shift brought about by climate change, resource scarcity, rise in population, economic conditions and ever-evolving consumer behaviour.

Sustainable Development Overview The World Bank Group integrates the principles of sustainable development into its work with clients across all sectors and regions. Those principles are also at the heart of the World Bank Group’s mission statement released in 2013 and are aligned with its overarching goals to end extreme poverty and promote share prosperity: “Ending extreme poverty within a generation and promoting shared prosperity must be achieved in such a way as to be sustainable over time and across generations. Wearable pineapple fibres could prove sustainable alternative to leather At weddings and formal events in the Philippines, men can often be seen wearing the Barong Tagalog, a thin and transparent embroidered garment worn over a shirt. One of the more surprising materials used in its manufacture are fibres from pineapple leaves – and long strands of the leaves could soon also be used to make a host of other products, from trainers and clothes to bags and car upholstery. Called Piñatex - piña is Spanish for pineapple - the new material was created by Carmen Hijosa, who worked as a consultant in the Philippines leather goods industry in the 1990s. She was unimpressed with the standard of goods produced and started to look for alternatives. It was the strength and the fineness of the pineapple leaf fibres used in the Barong Tagalog that first alerted her that there was another option: “I was looking for an alternative to leather. That was the beginning of my thinking.

The Apparel Industry's Answer to Global Water Shortages Smart water usage is at the heart of a sustainable fashion industry. This isn’t a new realization; the fashion industry has always relied upon abundant amounts of water to produce the clothes and shoes we wear. That favorite T-shirt in your closet, the well-worn leather loafers under the bed and those cozy wool sweaters couldn’t have been produced without ample resources of H20. In fact, both cotton and wool – two favorite natural fibers — are insatiable water hogs.

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