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Sustainability news, features and comment

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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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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. 

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Fashion's war on plastic pollutionSubscription

2 March 2018 By

As the issue of plastic pollution and micro-plastics moves into the spotlight, Drapers speaks to industry insiders to find out more on how fashion is contributing to the problem and what can be done to start the clean-up.


Levi’s to automate design and development Subscription

28 February 2018 By Caroline Parry

Levi Strauss & Co is automating its denim finishing process to become more responsive to customer trends and reduce its environmental impact.

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Kering to launch online course in sustainable luxury fashionSubscription

20 February 2018 By Matthew Chapman

Kering and London College of Fashion have partnered to launch an open-access online course in sustainable luxury fashion.


Kering named most sustainable luxury fashion firm Subscription

24 January 2018 By

Brand house Kering has been named the most sustainable textile, apparel and luxury goods corporation in the Corporate Knights’ Global 100 index.

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Stella McCartney tackles 'wasteful' textile industry Subscription

28 November 2017 By

Clothes must be designed differently, worn for longer and recycled much more to prevent huge amounts of waste in the textile industry, a new report has argued.

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Lindex launches eco denim rangeSubscription

1 November 2017 By

Lindex has launched an environmentally-friendly denim range that uses less water in its creation process.

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M&S launches recycled suitSubscription

10 October 2017 By

M&S’s menswear team has launched a recycled wool blend suit for autumn 17.

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Cheap Monday issues sustainability pledgeSubscription

18 September 2017 By

Swedish streetwear brand Cheap Monday has vowed to use eco-friendly materials in all of its menswear and womenswear ranges by autumn 18.


H&M Foundation launches third annual Global Change Award Subscription

13 September 2017 By

H&M’s non-profit foundation is kicking off the third round of its annual Global Change Award, a €1m (£902m) grant and coaching initiative designed to encourage “innovative” sustainability.

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House of Fraser opens first sustainable storeSubscription

24 August 2017 By

House of Fraser has opened its first sustainable store at the Rushden Lakes shopping and leisure complex in Northamptonshire.

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Industry demands support for ethical UK manufacturingSubscription

15 August 2017 By

The debate over how to eradicate poor employment practices in some UK factories flared up again this week, prompting retailers and manufacturers to call for more support from the government.

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New coalition seeks to promote sustainable cottonSubscription

17 May 2017 By

A group of international brands, retailers and other stakeholders have come together to form a new cross-industry coalition that will promote sustainable cotton.

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‘Bold leadership’ needed to make fashion sustainableSubscription

11 May 2017 By

Fashion firms, industry associations and regulators must collaborate and innovate on an “unprecedented scale” to drive significant improvements in the supply chain, the authors of a new report have argued.


New sourcing database promotes sustainable firmsSubscription

11 May 2017 By

The Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF) is launching an online sourcing database that ranks firms with  strong sustainability credentials higher in its search results.

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LCF students to launch sustainable lingerie labelSubscription

13 April 2017 By

London College of Fashion students Cindy Liberman and Faith Lees are set to start a crowdfunding campaign for their new sustainable lingerie label, Lara Intimates.