Sustainability News:

Mechanical Engineers Institution mark fabrics pollution
September 20, 2018 (United Kingdom)

Each time an item of clothing is washed, up to 700,000 microscopic fibres are released which enter the oceans, are then swallowed by sea life and become part of the food chain, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The report has suggested urgent action like incentivising development of more environmentally friendly fibres.

AlgiKnit among winners of green challenge
September 18, 2018 (Netherlands)

The American start-up AlgiKnit is among the winners of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. It has won EUR 100,000. Tessa Callaghan, 26, impressed the international jury with her environment-friendly seaweed textile, a kelp (a seaweed) which is spun into yarn. LettUs Grow from the UK and AquaBattery from the Netherlands also win the same amount.

12 start-ups become part of Accelerator Programme
September 17, 2018 (Netherlands)

Twelve start-ups have become part of the Accelerator Programme that has been designed to help innovative technologies and business models with the greatest potential to reshape the fashion industry for good. This involves a 12-week curriculum, including mentorship from corporate partners Adidas, C&A, Galeries Lafayette, Kering, PVH Corp, Target and Zalando.

Textile Exchange, KPMG develop SDG roadmap for textiles
September 14, 2018 (United States Of America)

Non-profit organisation Textile Exchange in association with KPMG has developed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) roadmap for the apparel, retail and textile sector. It is a set of 17 universally agreed-upon goals addressing the top current environmental, social and economic issues. SDGs address critical operational risks, according to a report.

Redress Design Award finalists turn waste into want
September 11, 2018 (Hong Kong)

The 11 finalists of the Redress Design Award have skillfully demonstrated that textile waste is an opportunity at the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition held in Hong Kong. Their incredible array of collections based entirely from waste, included secondhand clothing industry surplus, vintage kimonos, umbrellas and sofa fabric.

 
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