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Sustainability news, features and comment

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Our Fashion Life: Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan, co-founders of BeulahVideoSubscription

19 June 2018 By

The founders of ethical womenswear brand Beulah, Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan, talk to Drapers about building their brand and launching their new, Chelsea store. 

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Toms, Disney and female empowermentSubscription

19 June 2018 By

Ethical footwear brand Toms has teamed up with Disney for a collaboration that celebrates “princess power”.

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John Lewis trials clothing buyback schemeSubscription

18 June 2018 By Tim Clark

John Lewis is launching a pilot scheme which will allow customers to sell unwanted clothing back to the retailer.

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M&S sustainable cotton passes 75% thresholdSubscription

7 June 2018 By Tim Clark

Marks & Spencer has announced that over three quarters of its cotton has been sourced from sustainable methods for the first time.

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My Fashion Life: Manny Kohli, president and owner of Matt and NatSubscription

5 June 2018 By

Manny Kohli, president and owner of Canadian vegan accessories brand Matt and Nat, talks to Drapers about veganism, sustainability and pioneering future fabrics.

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Rebranded Make it British Live wins ethical fansSubscription

29 May 2018 By Kaisha Langton

Exhibitors at newly rebranded London sourcing event Make it British Live reported higher footfall this year prompted by greater interest in supply chain transparency.


Doing good with Antibad: a new sustainable fashion etailer Subscription

29 May 2018 By

Drapers speaks to former Burberry and Tom Ford buyer Agatha Lintott about Antibad, her newly launched sustainable and ethically focused ecommerce site.

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Drapers Awards: Are you driving sustainability? Subscription

29 May 2018

As the industry increasingly strives to become more sustainable, the Sustainability award at this year’s Drapers Awards recognises a fashion retailer or brand that can demonstrate a corporate sustainability campaign or strategy that sets the highest standards in the market.

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Quiz appoints ethical managerSubscription

15 May 2018 By Tim Clark

Online multichannel fashion brand Quiz has appointed Natasha Staddon as the firm’s ethical compliance manager.

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Sustainability improves in 75% of fashion businesses Subscription

9 May 2018 By Emily Seares

Three quarters of fashion companies have improved their environmental and social performance over the last year, a new study has revealed.

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Retailer insight: making sustainability your foundationSubscription

2 May 2018

VF Corporation’s head of sustainability, Anna Maria Rugarli, explains how the multi-billion dollar business is approaching sustainability from the ground up.

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How far has transparency progressed since Rana Plaza?Subscription

30 April 2018 By

Five years on from the Rana Plaza disaster, Drapers examines whether the fashion industry has stepped up its efforts to improve supply chain transparency, and how it can benefit brands and retailers.

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Softly softly: Woron’s premium, ethical lingerieSubscription

27 April 2018 By

The Woron sisters are harnessing the power of the conscious consumer with their ethical approach to lingerie.

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Fear of landfill led to on-demand clothingSubscription

27 April 2018 By Tim Clark

The thought of seeing a product line ending up in landfill spurred Misha Nonoo to launch her on-demand manufacturing process, the womenswear designer has revealed.

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Pure London launches sustainable fashion areaSubscription

25 April 2018 By Emily Seares

Trade show Pure London is launching a new section at its July event, Pure Conscious, which will be dedicated to sustainable brands.

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Lindex targets 80% sustainability by 2020 Subscription

25 April 2018 By Emily Seares

Swedish womenswear retailer Lindex aims for 80% of garments to be made from more sustainable sources by 2020, as it introduces environmentally friendly processes across the entire supply chain.

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Seven things we learned from John Lewis's annual reportSubscription

25 April 2018 By Emily Seares

John Lewis Partnership published its annual report yesterday, following up from its results last month, when it reported a drop in pre-tax profits to 62.7% for the 12 months to 27 January.

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Adidas and Reebok ranked ‘most transparent’ brandsSubscription

23 April 2018 By

Adidas and Reebok have been named as the brands with the most transparent supply chains, according to the latest report from lobby group Fashion Revolution.

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Burberry and RCA hire sustainable materials research chairSubscription

19 April 2018 By Tim Clark

Burberry and the Royal College of Art (RCA) have appointed professor Sharon Baurley as chair of the Burberry Material Futures Research Group.

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Sustainability on the rise in womenswear Subscription

12 April 2018 By Tim Clark

New product lines and store openings from H&M as well as improvements from Next and Matalan have stoked a 128% increase in the number of sustainable womenswear products online in the UK, according to new research from WGSN.

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Retailers rally behind sustainable industry targetsSubscription

9 April 2018 By Kaisha Langton

Drapers speaks to retailers about the British Retail Consortium’s drive to make the retail industry more sustainable by 2030.


Veja’s sustainable secret for sneaker success Subscription

27 March 2018 By

 With new styles for autumn 18, Parisian trainer brand Veja is satisfying ethical consumers’ desire for stylish sneakers

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Asos to host modern slavery event at House of LordsSubscription

27 March 2018 By

Asos is co-hosting an event at the House of Lords with Baroness Lola Young today to identify and address risks in the clothing sector.

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Moral fibres: People Tree chief plans for sustainable growthSubscription

22 March 2018 By

Sustainable brand People Tree won Drapers’ CSR Award in 2017. Managing director Melanie Traub explains the delicate balancing act between being ethical and being fashion forward

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Retailers get behind BRC sustainability action planSubscription

13 March 2018 By Kaisha Langton

The BRC has launched an action plan to advance sustainability, development and equality in the retail sector.