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Gucci launches 'zero-deforestation' handbag March 07, 2013 Green Gucci handbags. Courtesy of Gucci Gucci has rolled out a collection of 'zero-deforestation' handbags. Each handbag comes with a "passport" that provides the history of the product's supply chain going back to the ranch that produced the leather. The line emerged out of concerns that leather in the fashion industry is contributing to deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, where roughly two-thirds of forest destruction is for cattle production. A 2009 Greenpeace campaign targeting the fashion industry and shoemakers led cattle producers to agree to introduce supply chain tracking and other safeguards to phase out deforestation.

The Sustainable Fashion Academy - Industry Development SFA believes that to significantly improve the sustainability performance of the apparel industry, a holistic approach is needed, so that actions by different actors, including public agencies, profit-driven companies and civil society advocates, are optimized so they accelerate sustainable practices. Examples of our industry engagements include: Our planet is under great pressure. We now know this. Natural resource depletion and accelerated environmental degradation along with social inequality threaten future economic growth and social welfare. Sustainable development goals 2015: all you need to know What are the sustainable development goals? The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. The SDGs follow and expand on the millennium development goals (MDGs), which were agreed by governments in 2001 and are due to expire at the end of this year. Why do we need another set of goals?

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Manufacture New York Manufacture New York is anchored in our CEO and Founder, Bob Bland’s, practical experience over a decade as a NYC designer, and her desire to help create social good within the fashion industry at large, especially here in New York City. If something like Manufacture New York already existed, she would be a member & produce her fashion label there. However, with the current infrastructure of domestic apparel manufacturing dwindling, we simply have to create a new model and ecosystem. There are old factories sitting empty, and industrial space in the Garment District is being rezoned as residential/commercial. There are excellent, hard-working production managers and sewers who are now working out of their homes, have had to change industries, or are simply unemployed.

s Shopping Guide to Compassionate Clothing Finding cruelty-free clothing and accessories has never been easier! Whether you’re looking for a cozy wool-free sweater or vegan combat boots, you’re sure to be able to find it at your local mall. Use this guide to get started! Sections Featured Companies Offering Fabulous Vegan Products Rana Plaza two years on: Challenges and concerns Two years ago today (24 April), one of the world’s worst industrial disasters took place when the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,134 garment workers and injuring 2,378 more. The tragedy was undoubtedly a catalyst for change in the way the apparel industry looks at its responsibility towards the entire supply chain, but new concerns and frustrations are now coming to the fore for industry executives. The progress that's been made in Bangladesh over the past two years is "monumental," according to Rick Darling, executive director of government & public affairs at sourcing giant Li & Fung, who also sits on the advisory boards at both the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. "The two groups put $100m of their own private sector funds to do the inspections, the remediation, the corrective action plans. The Bangladesh government last year put in $14m towards its portion of the project." Darling agrees.

Ecoterre Sign up with Ecouterre to submit comments, stories, events and listings to us. Becoming an ecouterre member is free, takes 30 seconds and allows you greater access and participation in our active creative community of designers, influencers and makers. You can also sign up for our free weekly newsletter, which keeps you in the loop every week on the hottest new innovations in eco fashion. Ecouterre is a website devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design. We’re dedicated to showcasing and supporting designers who not only contemplate cut, form, and drape, but also a garment’s social and environmental impact, from the cultivation of its fibers to its use and disposal. Our ethos: To follow the evolution of the apparel industry toward a more environmentally sound future, as well as facilitate a conversation about why sustainable fashion matters.

Acumen Global Fellows are the Next Generation of Impact Leaders Program Overview Now in its 11th year, the Global Fellows Program is a 12-month fellowship for individuals dedicated to changing the way the world tackles poverty. We are looking for potential social sector leaders who embody service above self. Leaders who take a systems change approach to the world’s biggest problems and have the moral imagination to effect long term change.

Fashion Industry 2043: Risk Mitigation and Long-Term Competitive Strategy Through Scenario Work Image credit: Iris van Herpen The fashion industry has gone through dramatic changes in the last 20-30 years. Indeed it finds itself in the present at a crossroad: Resource scarcity is triggering shifts in business models and supply chains; waste is the new resource; customers are the sales channel of the future; and legislation is becoming ever more stringent. Christie Turlington to Fashion Industry Image credit: A.M. Ahad/AP When over 1,100 garment workers died in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in April 2013, it shined an unflinching light on the untenable conditions that many in the industry have long been forced to endure. Since then, consumers, activists and other stakeholders around the world have demanded that brands take immediate action to ensure that workers are not only safe, but paid fairly while they’re constructing the clothing we wear every day.

Fashion Week is Getting Out of Hand There aren’t subcultures like there used to be. Fashion has become so driven by mass consumerism that everyone looks the same and it’s hard to be really inspired anymore. It’s easy for people to dismiss fashion as being frivolous and superficial, (frankly most of it is), but when you look back at some of the most seminal subcultures in history, how people dressed played an important role in shaping identities, attitudes and beliefs. You only have to look at mods, punks, skinheads, new romantics, etc. They all had a point of view and you were either with them or against them.