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Sustainability news, features and comment

Helsinki Fashion Week

Helsinki Fashion Week bans leatherSubscription

13 August 2018 By

Helsinki Fashion Week in Finland will not accept labels that use animal leather for its spring 20 collections.

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Better bags: fashion wakes up to eco-friendly packaging Subscription

31 July 2018 By

As sustainability becomes an increasingly hot topic within the fashion industry, Drapers looks at what fashion retailers are doing to cut down on packaging waste and pollution.

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Brexit and sustainability dominate at London Textile FairSubscription

20 July 2018 By

Exhibitors reported mixed results at the autumn 19 edition of the London Textile Fair, as market concerns and nervousness were offset by the presence of good-quality buyers and a strong British showing.

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M&S launches ‘behind the scenes’ podcastSubscription

19 July 2018 By

Marks & Spencer has launched a podcast series that goes behind the scenes at the retailer, looking at sustainability, the history of the high street and the changing world of retail.


Asda to tackle clothing microfibresSubscription

18 July 2018 By Tim Clark

Asda has become the first UK supermarket to join the Microfibre Consortium, which seeks to reduce the impact of micro-plastics on the environment.

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Adidas aims to axe virgin polyester by 2024Subscription

16 July 2018 By

Adidas is aiming to use only recycled plastics for all of its footwear and clothing by 2024, its head of global brands Eric Liedtke has said.

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Retailers cut chemicals under Greenpeace campaignSubscription

12 July 2018 By

A total of 80 companies, including Marks & Spencer, H&M, Burberry and Primark, have made significant progress towards cutting hazardous chemicals from their clothing production by 2020, a new report from Greenpeace shows, but it highlights that more must be done across the fashion industry.

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Denim giant Isko's quest for greener jeans Subscription

5 July 2018 By

The world’s largest denim supplier, Turkish manufacturer Isko, is prioritising sustainability.

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Solving fashion's sustainability problemSubscription

5 July 2018 By

Fashion is one of the world’s most polluting industries.

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Sustainability is no longer optional for fashion retail Subscription

4 July 2018 By

Sustainability and ethical retailing have long been on the agenda for fashion retailers. 

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The VF brand powerhouse: purpose behind the profitsSubscription

4 July 2018 By , Photography by Benjamin McMahon

The EMEA president of VF Corporation, Martino Scabbia Guerrini, reveals the philosophy and strategy behind the brand owner’s sustainable double-digit growth

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My Fashion Life: Carry Somers, co-founder of Fashion RevolutionSubscription

4 July 2018

Carry Somers co-founded sustainable fashion campaign group Fashion Revolution following the Rana Plaza disaster. She talks to Drapers about the history of the project and its goals.

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Sustainability Scandi-style with Filippa K Subscription

3 July 2018 By

Environmental initiatives have been placed at the core of Swedish brand Filippa K, as founder Filippa Knutsson and sustainability director Elin Larsson explain

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'If we can do it, everyone can': M&S's sustainable cotton missionSubscription

3 July 2018 By

Marks & Spencer has led the way in sustainable cotton sourcing, and is now providing guidance for other retailers to follow suit


Retailers demand action on slaverySubscription

2 July 2018 By Grace Whelan

Marks & Spencer, Clarks and Tesco have joined the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner in calling for government to take stronger action to eliminate slavery in the supply chain.


LVMH parts ways with EdunSubscription

29 June 2018 By

French luxury group LVMH is cutting ties with Edun, the sustainable fashion label founded by U2 frontman Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson.

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Asos to pilot circular design courseSubscription

27 June 2018 By Tim Clark

Asos has announced plans to pilot a training programme on circular fashion for its designers in partnership with the London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion. 

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Fast fashion to be put under the microscope Subscription

22 June 2018 By

The social and environmental impact of disposable fast fashion will be investigated by MPs amid concerns about cheap clothing.

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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.