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This Indian Startup Is Upcycling Floral Waste Into Vegan Leather

3 Mins Read Phool is an Indian startup using floral waste to make vegan-friendly leather materials. While vegan leather alternatives on the market might be cruelty-free, they aren’t always eco-friendly if they are derived from plastic or synthetic substances. Crafted out of natural plant-based waste matter, the company’s ethical solution embraces circularity and sustainability.  Called “fleather”, the biomaterial […]

Redress Awards: 2020 Virtual Event Spotlights The Radical & Circular Future Of Fashion

5 Mins Read Environmental charity pioneer Redress, the organisation kickstarting the sustainable fashion movement in Asia over a decade ago, presented the 2020 Redress Design Award Show last night. This year’s event represents Redress’ 10th anniversary cycle, and for the first time in its history, the Grand Final took place virtually to showcase the groundbreaking low-waste collections created […]

First ‘Sustainable September’ Circular Fashion Campaign Kicks Off In Hong Kong

3 Mins Read Hong Kong is welcoming the city’s first “Sustainable September” campaign to encourage consumers to build eco-conscious wardrobes. The campaign, launched by preloved fashion platform Vestiaire Collective in partnership with environmental charity EcoDrive, will see influential individuals donate their preloved garments to be sold online on the platform, with proceeds going towards local initiatives to reduce […]

The Future Of Takeaway & Delivery Food Packaging: Q&A w/ BarePack Co-Founder Roxane Uzureau

7 Mins Read Founded just last year, barePack is a Singaporean startup that offers a convenient solution to make takeaway orders more sustainable and fight the mounting waste crisis caused by disposables. It is touted as the “world’s first unlimited returnable container subscription platform”, which allows its members to connect with reusable-friendly vendors for discounts and rewards. We […]

Selfridges Makes 5-Year Sustainability Pledges, With New Circular Retail Models

4 Mins Read Selfridges & Co., also known simply as Selfridges, has launched a new sustainability initiative called “Project Earth” and made five-year commitments to green its operations. The high-end department store says that it will take a three-pronged approach, including exploring new circular retail models, using more sustainable materials in products and ultimately, to “inspire a shift […]

Levi’s & Ganni Team Up To Launch Rental Capsule Upcycled Collection

3 Mins Read Levi’s and millennial-favourite brand Ganni have collaborated to create a new rental-only collection of three staple denim pieces – all crafted from upcycled vintage Levi’s and repurposed denim. Customers will be able to lease out garments from the new low-impact line through Ganni Repeat, the brand’s online rental platform.  Copenhagen-based label Ganni and American outfitter […]

Levi’s Launches Most Sustainable Jean Yet Made With Circulose

3 Mins Read Levi’s, perhaps one of the most famous denim brands in the world, has just launched what it calls its “most sustainable jean ever”. Available through the brand’s Wellthread collection, the jean is made using organic cotton and Circulose, a material made from recycling worn-out old denim fabrics.  Debuted in late July, the new jeans by […]

Hong Kong Startup Føerni Launches City’s First Dedicated Online Furniture Rental Platform

3 Mins Read Føerni is a Hong Kong-based online furniture subscription platform where customers can rent out high-quality furniture, home appliances and electronics, marking the first of its kind in the city. While other companies offer furniture rental services, this is the first website that allows you to conduct the entire transaction online, firmly anchoring itself in the […]

Refashioned: Upcycled Couture Service Allows You To Design Your Own Circular Fashion

3 Mins Read Hong Kong-based upcycled fashion brand The R Collective has just launched its first-ever “made-on-demand” collection. Called Refashioned, the collection is made from rescued waste fabrics and customers can select their size, style and materials for their tailored garment. By only making pieces that are in demand, this business model further reduces waste by limiting excess […]

Champion Introduces Upcycled Streetwear Collection Dubbed Re:Bound

3 Mins Read American sportswear and streetwear brand Champion will be launching a new upcycled collection called Re:Bound. It is part of a collaboration with Australian influencers Philip O’Donahoo and Jaida The Creator. The collection will contain at least 45% recycled cotton fabric that has been spun out of recovered textile waste from the garment making industry.  With […]

‘The Fashion Industry Is Entering A Period of Reflection And Reinvention’ – Exclusive Extract From New SDG Book

7 Mins Read In an excerpt from their new book “Leading Sustainably: The Path to Sustainable Business and How the SDGs Changed Everything,” Trista Bridges and Donald Eubank illustrate how the rise of ‘Consumer Culture’ pushed the fashion industry to embrace sustainability. There are few sectors that have been under as much scrutiny when it comes to sustainable business […]

Global Fashion Brands Complicit In Uighur Forced Labour, Warns Rights Groups

3 Mins Read Some of the world’s largest fashion houses and retailers are complicit in human rights abuses and forced labour being carried out against the Uighur minority Muslim people in the Xinjiang region of China, says a coalition of human rights organisations. According to the coalition, as many as one in five cotton products sold across the […]

Sustainable Sneaker Brand Veja Opens First Repair & Recycle Test Hub

3 Mins Read French sustainable sneaker label Veja has just opened its first Test Hub dedicated to clean, recycle and refurbish old pairs of Veja shoes. It will also offer customers prototypes of the brand’s shoes that hadn’t made the cut to go to market, which will be sold at reduced prices, as well as pairs from old […]

Johnnie Walker To Launch 100% Plastic-Free Paper Bottles Next Year

3 Mins Read Johnnie Walker, the famous brand of Scotch whisky, will be introducing a new plastic-free bottle made from paper next spring. It is a part of a new collaboration between the brand’s parent corporation Diageo and venture management firm Pilot Lite to launch a new sustainable packaging company called Pulpex Limited.  Announced on July 13, British […]

Condé Nast Develops Sustainable Fashion Index Showcasing Key Eco Fashion Terms

2 Mins Read Developed by mass media company Condé Nast, whose publications include Vogue, Vanity Fair and Tatler, alongside the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) in London and sustainability researchers around the world, The Sustainable Fashion Glossary is a new index of the key sustainability terms and topics emerging in the world of fashion.  The Glossary is an […]

Circular E-Com: Reusable Packaging Startup Loop Partners With Tesco In UK For Online Orders

3 Mins Read Loop, the reusable packaging e-commerce platform, has partnered with supermarket giant Tesco to launch its circular delivery service in the United Kingdom. It marks the first time groceries will be available in reusable containers in the country, reigniting hopes that the anti-plastic movement will regain momentum after months of stagnancy during the coronavirus pandemic.  Founded […]

Muji Launches Furniture Rental Subscription Service With Work-From-Home Sets

2 Mins Read Japanese homeware retailer Muji is introducing a furniture subscription service as working from home becomes the new normal after months of the coronavirus pandemic. Launching this Friday (July 17), consumers in Japan will be able to rent furniture and interior items at selected stores through monthly or annual subscription plans. The retailer is scheduled to […]

Value-Led Recruiting: Patagonia’s Purpose Mission Attracts 9,000 Applications Per JD (Including Interns)

4 Mins Read Patagonia, the famed outdoor apparel brand known for its green credentials and do-good mission, is attracting the top talent amongst younger generations. In a recent speech at Columbia Business School, the brand’s CEO Rose Marcario shared that Patagonia now receives around 9,000 applications for every single open internship and full-time position, and that those who […]