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Carbon-Negative: U.S. Burger Restaurant Shake Shack Tests Regenerative Cutlery Made From AirCarbon

4 Mins Read The New York City-based cult favourite burger restaurant Shake Shack recently announced a pilot of sustainable AirCarbon cutlery and straws at six Shake Shack locations across the U.S. Joining forces with Restore Foodware, the world’s first regenerative foodware brand, Manhattan-based Shake Shack plans to test sustainable AirCarbon utensils across its restaurants in the U.S. as part of […]

Vestiaire Collective Becomes Unicorn After Kering & Tiger Global Back US$216M Round

4 Mins Read Vestiaire Collective, the Paris-headquartered global resale site for premium pre-owned fashion, has announced the closing of a €178 million (US$216 million) financing round, led by luxury group Kering and New York-based investment firm Tiger Global Management. The funding, which propels the startup to unicorn status, will be used to accelerate its global expansion plans amid […]

Levi’s X Ganni: Fashion Duo Joins Forces To Launch Denim Collection Made Out of Cottonized Hemp

5 Mins Read In August of last year, American denim brand Levi’s and millennial-favourite brand Ganni joined forces to create a rental-only collection of three staple denim pieces, all created from upcycled vintage Levi’s and repurposed denim. Now, the duo is back again with their second denim collaboration showcasing a bunch of pieces developed using cottonized hemp fabric. Copenhagen-based label Ganni […]

Science Story: H&M Debuts Sustainable Collection Made From Renewable Castor Bean Leather

3 Mins Read Clothing giant H&M recently launched its new sustainable concept, Innovation Stories that will feature a range of collections all through 2021 and its debut collection is out, developed using plant-free leather and other eco alternative materials. H&M announced its new concept which will launch multiple collections in this year, each representing a sustainable process starting […]

Cyclon: Meet The 100% Recyclable, Zero-Waste Running Shoe You Use But Never Own

4 Mins Read Swiss-based high-performance running brand On launched a 100% recyclable shoe, Cyclon with the brand describing it as ‘the shoe you will never own’ given that runners can avail of the shoes through a subscription service. Slated to release in autumn of this year (2021), On’s 100% recyclable shoe does not compromise on performance rather it […]

Fast Fashion Giants Back Bangladesh Recycling Scheme In Industry Push To Go Circular

3 Mins Read Big fashion labels are hopping on the sustainable bandwagon, backing a new recycling scheme in Bangladesh garment factories. The program will see brands like H&M, Bershka, Marks & Spencer, Bestseller and others forge commercial partnerships with textile and garment manufacturers and recyclers to reintroduce post-production fashion waste back into their products, as well as find […]

H&M: 7-Times Oversubscribed Sustainability-Linked Bond Draws US$4.6 Billion In Orders

3 Mins Read H&M Group’s newly issued €500 million (US$606 million) sustainability-linked bond (SLB) garnered huge interest on the market. The bond was 7.6-times oversubscribed, attract ingmore than US$4.6 billion orders in a strong sign of the greener investment sentiment taking over the financial industry.  H&M has issued a €500 million (US$606 million) SLB with a maturity of […]

Pre-Loved Fashion: A Guide To Shopping Second Hand In India

10 Mins Read According to a recent report, the second-hand clothing market will reach US$51 billion within 5 years and will overtake the fashion market by 2028 as used clothing is increasingly finding value in the hearts of consumers, particularly with millennials and Gen Zs shoppers, who are rejecting the idea that fashion relies on having the latest […]

Asian Example: Here’s How South Korea Is Recycling 95% Of Its Food Waste

4 Mins Read South Korea used to recycle just 2% of its food waste, but has since impressively brought this figure up to 95%. How? The country has tapped innovative technologies such as smart bins and bolstering local food production by setting up urban farms, as well as introducing compulsory household food waste recycling. It’s setting an example […]

Nutrapharma Creates Protein Powder Supplements From Scraps To Fight Food Waste

3 Mins Read U.K.-based Nutrapharma has recently pioneered a food waste solution that involves creating protein powder for saleable supplements from excess fruits and vegetables to lessen carbon emissions produced by scraps and provide a plant-based solution to the protein industry. Located in the UK, Nutrapharma has developed a way to tackle food waste by making protein-rich powder […]

Michelin’s Green Star Rating Explained: What Is It, How It Came About & Restaurant Awardee Highlights

5 Mins Read The Michelin Guides first debuted their new emblem for sustainable gastronomy in 2020 in France and Nordic countries, with the new clover leaf icon recognising “green” practices in the F&B industry. Now, for their 2021 edition, the world’s most prestigious dining guide has rolled out their new Green Star internationally, including in Hong Kong, Beijing, […]

Ralph Lauren-Backed Materials Company Develops Plant-Based, Plastic-Free Leather

4 Mins Read Supported by Ralph Lauren, Natural Fiber Welding, a technology company commercialising sustainable materials for a circular economy, will be setting up a new facility in Illinois to develop plastic-free, plant-based leather. Set to open on West Jefferson Avenue in downtown Peoria, Illinois, the facility will span over 10,000-square-feet and will be utilized to manufacture its […]

Robert Downey Jr. Launches Venture Fund To ‘Catalyse’ Sustainable Tech Investment

3 Mins Read Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. has formed a new venture fund focused on sustainable technology. Launched on AngelList, the new rolling fund FootPrint Coalition Ventures aims to “catalyse more capital” to multiply the impact of tech-forward climate solutions and innovations, said Downey Jr.  Announcing the launch during a high level panel at the World Economic […]

L’Occitane Hong Kong Opens First Sustainability Concept Store Featuring Refill & Reusable Packaging

3 Mins Read L’Occitane en Provence, the French beauty and skincare brand, has recently opened its first eco-friendly themed storefront in Hong Kong. Located in Pacific Place mall, the store caters to the city’s rising group of conscious consumers, featuring the brand’s select low-waste range with refill options, a take-back program to recycle empty bottles, green workshops and […]