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    Veja launches a lighter performance sneaker

    2021-05-02T07:11:00Z

    Veja , the French sustainable sneaker company, is introducing its second and lighter performance running shoe, made with special materials. Manufactured in Brazil, the Marlin features a 65 percent bio-based rubber outsole, made from Amazonian rubber and rice waste, and a 60 percent sugar cane midsole. The lining is ...

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    Pikolinos aims to be carbon neutral this summer

    2021-04-18T14:14:00Z

    The Spanish footwear company Pikolinos , which operates under the eponymous brand and the Martinelli label, plans to be carbon neutral in July. It claims to have already reduced its carbon footprint by 65 percent since 2016 at its headquarters and Pikolog logistics hub. The company’s sustainability policy ...

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    Allbirds to release an open-source version of its Carbon Footprint Calculator

    2021-04-18T14:06:00Z

    On April 22, with the celebration of Earth Day, Allbirds will release an open-source version of its Carbon Footprint Calculator on Freethefootprint.com . “For too long, many brands have focused on marketing sustainability rather than actually implementing holistic, high-impact solutions — and to an extent, it’s worked,” ...

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    Allbirds shifting to regenerative wool

    2021-04-15T16:23:00Z

    Allbirds has pledged to be sourcing nothing but “regenerative” wool by 2025. The U.S. direct-to-consumer brand plans by that same year to have made its supply carbon-neutral as well. Rather than change suppliers, Allbirds will be encouraging a technique called regenerative agriculture, which – as defined by the non-profit ...

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    Nike is now refurbishing sneakers

    2021-04-15T10:09:00Z

    Nike has begun selling reconditioned sneakers at “up to” 15 stores in the U.S., with plans for more. The program is not going to be implemented in Europe until further notice. Inaugurated on April 12, the Nike Refurbished program operates with Nike sneakers returned within 60 days ...

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    Teva works to divert products from landfills with new sandal recycling initiative

    2021-04-08T17:04:00Z

    U.S. company Teva , founded in 1984 and part of Deckers Brands , has partnered with international recycling company TerraCycle to launch the TevaForever program to give worn-out Teva sandals a new life. The recycling program underscores Teva’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact and keeping waste out ...

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    Riri makes recycled poly the standard for its zipper range

    2021-04-05T15:13:00Z

    Riri Group , a Swiss fashion accessories manufacturer with zipper and button brands Riri , Meras and Cobrax , is introducing the use of recycled polyester as the production standard for its zipper range. Riri’s slogan “Excellence in Details” becomes “Sustainability in Details,” representing the company’s commitment to ...

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    Lycra introduces fibers made from 100% textile waste

    2021-04-05T15:09:00Z

    The Lycra Company has developed its first performance products made from 100 percent textile waste. The Coolmax EcoMade and Thermolite EcoMade are the results of a partnership with Itochu Corp. , one of the largest general trading companies in Japan, with strength in consumer-related sectors, including ...

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    Covid-19 accelerates the shift to sustainability in the fashion industry

    2021-03-29T08:51:00Z

    The Covid-19 pandemic has acted as an economic and social game changer in many respects, causing a strong disruption of previous business models as well as supply chain and production processes. This is also true for the fashion industry, where it also accelerated a clear shift toward sustainability in ...

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    Covestro uses CO2 to make shoes

    2021-03-08T08:57:00Z

    The German chemical group Covestro is using CO2, along with recycled and more sustainable materials, to produce elegant, casual and sports shoes with its footwear partners. The campaign is part of the group’s efforts to expand the use of cardyon , a raw material for the production of ...

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    Germany plans to protect human rights in global supply chains

    2021-03-04T11:59:00Z

    On March 3, the German federal government approved a bill that aims to force local companies to respect human rights in their global supply chain. Parliament is expected to pass the draft legislation, commonly referred to as the Supply Chain Act, by the middle of the year. The legislation ...

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    Steve Madden lauches an eco-friendly brand

    2021-03-03T17:47:00Z

    Steve Madden has launched Cool Planet by Steve Madden , which aims to offer affordable eco-friendly footwear targeted at younger consumers. The Cool Planet’s women’s collection kicks off which 19 styles retailing from $50 to $80 a pair. The brand was initially scheduled to be launched in April ...

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    Vibram wants those who care to resole their shoes

    2021-03-02T18:22:00Z

    Vibram has presented the new digital “ Repair if you care ” campaign to encourage consumers to have their shoes resoled and avoid waste. The campaign focuses on the concept of reuse and repair as a sustainable approach. It also aims to reintroduce people to the fact that ...

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    ​Boohoo reportedly faces U.S. ban over supplier practices

    2021-03-02T17:10:00Z

    The British fast-fashion retailer Boohoo has been again forced to defend supplier practices after a report said it faces a potential U.S. import ban due to slave labor allegations. The U.S.’ Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has seen enough evidence to start a probe after petitions from lawyer ...

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    New Zealand Merino launches 100% regenerative wool platform with Allbirds, Icebreaker, Smartwool

    2021-02-22T16:55:00Z

    The New Zealand Merino Company ( NZM ) and global Merino wool apparel and footwear brands Icebreaker, Smartwool and Allbirds will work collectively with 167 sheep growers in New Zealand to create ZQRX , the world’s first regenerative wool platform. “ZQRX is an important and necessary evolution ...

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    Tapestry joins Black in Fashion Council Active Allyship Pledge

    2021-02-21T17:01:00Z

    The New York-based fashion group Tapestry announced its participation in the Black in Fashion Council Active Allyship Pledge . Members of the program commit to joining together to secure the advancement of Black individuals in the fashion and beauty industry. “We have committed to expanding diversity in our ...

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    Skechers has raised over $6m for dogs and cats

    2021-02-21T17:01:00Z

    Through sales of its BOBS from Skechers collection, the American footwear company has contributed more than $6.2 million to date to help save and support over one million shelter dogs and cats in the U.S. and Canada. It said that more than $2.7 million of the contributions have benefited ...

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    VF discloses the allocation of its green bond proceeds

    2021-02-21T09:18:00Z

    VF Corp ., the mother company of The North Face , Timberland and other brands, has released its Green Bond Impact Report , in which it shows that the net proceeds of around €493 million from its inaugural green bond have been fully allocated. The money has ...

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    Scarpa introduces Green Manifesto

    2021-02-21T09:12:00Z

    The Italian producer of outdoor footwear Scarpa has announced the Green Manifesto, comprehensive strategy that summarizes the company’s pledge and initiatives for sustainability. The spirit of the manifesto revolves around five principles that start with the letters that compose the name of the company: S for ...

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    VF to promote labor diversity

    2021-02-15T13:36:00Z

    In line with its Council to Advance Racial Equity (CARE) and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) initiative, VF Corp. is implementing a number of new measures in its labor policy. “All VF employees will participate in a foundational inclusion and diversity learning journey to ensure they share a ...