'Durable' fashion would save £5bn and cut key footprints, says WRAP
Increasing the durability and expanding the lifespan of items of clothing by nine extra months could reduce carbon, waste and water footprints by 20-30% each and cut resource costs by £5bn, a new report from WRAP has found.
Council emissions savings down 3% as recycling rate stalls
The amount of CO2 being saved by local councils in England and Wales through recycling fell by 3%, between 2011/12 and 2012/13, according to a new recycling report released last week.
Lack of data is hampering efforts to drive sustainable fashion
Despite claims that the fashion industry is starting to adopt more sustainable practices, the majority of brands are failing to back this up with hard evidence, new research has shown.
EXCLUSIVE: H&M reiterates support for circular economy
Clothing giant H&M has reiterated its support for the development of a circular economy.
Clothing giants including Stella McCartney and Next sign green pledge
UK clothing powerhouses including Tesco, Next and designer Stella McCartney are among 53 retailers, suppliers, charities and recyclers in the textiles sector who have committed to significantly reduce the environmental impacts of clothing across its lifecycle.
H&M to start selling denim made from old clothes
Clothing giant Hennes and Mauritz is set to debut a denim collection made from old clothes next month after gathering used items from customers over the past year.
Young designers call on fashion world to drop sustainability 'stigma'
The fashion industry has "no excuse" to continue shunning sustainability given the wealth of materials that can now be recycled into clothing, a leading designer has argued.
Levi's shows real bottle in 'waste less' designer denim drive
Levi's has unveiled its latest innovation in sustainable design with the launch of jeans made from recycled plastic bottles and food trays.
Trials called for to test recovery potential of 'difficult' textiles
Local schemes could offer potential recovery solutions for stuffing materials from bedding and furniture as the waste industry shifts its focus to tackling more challenging waste streams.
Clothes retailer takes recycling to the Maxx
High street clothes retailer TK Maxx has increased its recycling rate by almost 80% across its 297 UK stores since April 2012.
Upcycling to strut its stuff at London Fashion Week
Liora Lassalle, the winner of this year's sustainable fashion award, the Estethica / Veolia Re-Source competition, will launch her first collection during London Fashion Week February 15 - 19 2013.
Harley Davidson gives used leathers an 'easy ride'
Harley Davidson has launched its Spring Clothing Clear Out Campaign in partnership with the Salvation Army in an attempt to encourage bikers to donate their old leathers.
Carpet waste diversion up 30% as demand for recovery grows
Recovery of carpet waste has accelerated over the past 12 months due to sustained efforts across the supply chain in capturing this material stream.
H&M rolls out global 'Shwopping' scheme for textile recycling
H&M is set to become the first fashion retailer to roll out in-store clothing takeback worldwide, following the success of Marks & Spencer's Shwopping initiative.
B&Q and IBM first to sign up to corporate Shwopping
B&Q and IBM are among the first businesses to take advantage of Marks & Spencer's Shwopping textile recycling scheme for offices.
Resource minister urges greater reclaim for textiles
Used clothing is an increasingly valuable commodity, but this message needs to be drilled home to businesses and consumers, resource minister Lord de Mauley warned today.
Premiership stars back Nike's renewable football boots
Nike has unveiled its latest environmental low impact product - the GS2 football boot, constructed using a range of renewable plant-based and recycled materials.
Greater collaboration will hike up value of textile recycling
Closer partnerships between textile recyclers, local authorities and waste management companies are needed if greater volumes of household textiles are to be diverted from landfill.
Recycling textiles from comingled collections 'not profitable'
Local authority comingled collections of unwanted textiles for reuse and recycling is economically unviable, trials have found.
Pilots to test best methods of collecting kerbside textiles
Local authorities and their partners are being invited to pitch to take part in a series of pilots to test the effectiveness of textiles 'survival' bags.
New research highlights sorry state of textiles recycling
Less than one-third of textiles thrown away each year in the UK are recovered for reuse or recycling, according to latest research.
WRAP to unveil 'business case' for textiles recycling
Commercial opportunities around textiles reuse and recycling will be revealed in new research due to be released by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) next week.
In brief: local authority waste contract news
Recent council agreements have been secured for a leading textiles recycler and a waste consultancy, both home and abroad.
WRAP moots retailer 'buy back' for unwanted clothes
Retailers could soon be paying cash for used items of clothing handed in by their customers under novel proposals detailed today.
Topshop steps into zero waste fashion market
High street fashion chain Topshop will launch a line of clothing next month made entirely from surplus stock and production off-cuts.
High street retailer streamlines waste operations
Retail firm Crew Clothing has embarked on an extensive recycling drive and appointed SWR to handle all waste generated across its distribution centre and 70 high street stores.
Puma goes 'shwopping' as well with in-store takeback
Puma has launched an in-store footwear and clothing takeback scheme across all of its stores and outlets in Germany.
Joanna Lumley goes Shwopping as new face of Plan A
Joanna Lumley has become the new worldwide ambassador for Marks & Spencer's Plan A programme as she unveils an initiative that aims to take textiles recycling to another level.
Patagonia puts reuse before profit and asks customers to 'buy less'
Patagonia, the US outdoor clothing company, has launched an initiative to encourage customers to repair, reuse and recycle items of clothing and equipment bought from its stores - effectively getting them to buy less.
Water company donates old uniforms to African charity
Sembcorp Bournemouth Water (SBW) has donated its old uniforms to African charity Mission Direct, following a company rebranding.
Recycling rates risk falling under Scotland's carbon metric
Household recycling rates across Scotland could plummet in the short-term once the country's new carbon metric comes into force in 2013, research has shown.
Textiles collections hit record tonnage for Salvation Army
Donated clothing for recycling hit an all-time high over the past trading year with Britain's largest textiles recycler, the Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCoL), collecting over 35,000 tonnes of material.