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Globally, more than 100 billion garments and 20 billion pairs of shoes are produced every year

Fashion giants urged to decrease clothing production as part of their sustainability plans

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is urging big-name companies to go beyond setting headline sustainability targets to cut emissions and waste in-house, and reduce the number of garments they are producing.

Asos will also ensure that at least 50% of leadership-level positions within the company a represented by women by 2030

Asos targets net-zero value chain by 2030 as part of sweeping new ESG strategy

Online fashion retailer Asos has launched a new sweeping sustainability strategy, outlining plans to deliver a net-zero value chain, embed circular design principles, increase human rights transparency and improve leadership-level diversity across the organisation, by 2030 at the latest.

The global fashion sector is responsible for around 5-8% of annual emissions - more than aviation

Major fashion brands accused of failing to phase out fossil fuels, despite net-zero pledges

A new index ranking 47 large fashion brands on their efforts to remove fossil fuels from their supply chains and products has given most a failing grade, with the likes of Primark, Uniqlo and Marks & Spencer named as laggards.

The UN estimates that more than one-third of the global population is living in water-stressed regions

Fashion, finance and fossil fuels creating 'critical' water risks, CDP warns

The apparel, fossil fuel and financial services sectors are among those dealing the most damage to the world's water systems, according to a new analysis from CDP.

The pilot will run for nine months. Image: UKFT

Fashion giants collaborate for blockchain-powered supply chain transparency trials

Retailers including H&M Group, New Look and Next have joined a new pilot scheme assessing how digital technologies can be used to improve supply chain transparency, thereby enabling targeted improvements to environmental sustainability and efficiency.

Pictured: A member of the RETURE team working on a repair at the Oxford Street store. Image: Selfridges 

Selfridges unveils circular economy offerings for weddings as SEEN launches beauty packaging recycling

Retail giant Selfridges has launched a new service enabling wedding parties to rent outfits and accessories or to buy second-hand, in the same week that beauty agency SEEN Group is debuting a new recycling scheme for beauty product packaging.

#SustyTalk: Model and activist Arizona Muse on restoring soil and nature

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with model and environmental activist Arizona Muse.

The research warns that agriculture is lagging behind, with just 0.1% of its annual $8trn going into circular initiatives

Circular economy attracting $1.3trn in annual investments, but dwarfed by linear spending models

Governments, investors and corporates collectively funnel more than $1.3trn annually into circular economy initiatives, but this is just a fraction of the money that is currently spent on linear methods of consumption and resource use.

Both businesses are aiming for net-zero by 2040 at the latest

Inditex and Elsevier commit to net-zero emissions by 2040

Clothing giant Inditex and research publishing firm Elsevier are the latest corporates to have updated their corporate strategies, setting ambitions to reach net-zero emissions by 2040 at the latest.

Asos has also confirmed plans to set science-based emissions goals next year

Asos reduced emissions by 13% in 2020, despite pandemic parcel boom

Online fashion giant Asos has revealed a 13% year-on-year reduction in its carbon footprint for 2020, despite a surge in sales as lockdown restrictions forced physical stores to close.

For most large fashion brands, emissions from production, manufacturing and materials will all be higher than from direct operations

Most fashion brands 'failing to disclose supply chain emissions', despite net-zero pledge

Just one-quarter of apparel giants are disclosing emissions from manufacturing and processing and less than one-fifth have revealed the carbon footprint of their raw materials, Fashion Revolution's annual ranking of 250 of the world's largest fashion retailers and brands has revealed.

The report forms part of the Foundation's ongoing 'Fossil Fashion' campaign

Report: 60% of sustainability claims by fashion giants are greenwashing

A study of the websites of 12 of the biggest British and European fashion brands, including Asos, H&M and Zara, has found that 60% of the environmental claims could be classed as "unsubstantiated" and "misleading".

In 2019, Burberry set a science-based target aligned to the 1.5C trajectory of the Paris Agreement

Burberry to become 'climate positive' by 2040

Luxury fashion firm Burberry has updated its science-based targets in a bid to become "climate positive" by 2040, a move that will aim to decarbonise the value chain and utilise a bespoke carbon insetting fund.

Across all metrics, Primark was the lowest scorer while John Lewis was the highest 

Report: Half of UK fashion giants failing to support supply chain workers' rights

A ranking of 18 of the UK's most influential high street and online fashion retailers has revealed weak progress across the board on labour practices and supply chain worker conditions, with half of the brands generating a negative impact.

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Boohoo links executive pay to ESG targets after supply chain scandal

Online fast-fashion giant Boohoo Group has pledged to link executive bonuses to progress against new ESG targets, after allegations of worker exploitation at supplier factories last year were found to be "substantially true".

Last year, Chanel set 1.5C science-based climate targets

Chanel partners with CISL for sustainability skills and innovation schemes

Luxury fashion house Chanel has partnered with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) in a drive to help businesses deliver an embedded approach and develop a strong skills pipeline.

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Asda launches second-hand fashion offering in 50 UK stores

Following a successful trial in 2019, Asda is rolling out a second-hand fashion aisle to 50 of its UK stores, in a bid to encourage a more circular economy for clothing.

Rosie has been with Mulberry for 11 years and joined the brand's sustainability function in 2017

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Rosie Wollacott, Mulberry

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Rosie Wollacott, group sustainability manager at Mulberry England.

Last year, Timberland pledged to ensure that it has a net-positive impact on nature within a decade

Timberland, Vans, The North Face to develop regenerative rubber supply chain

The VF Corporation, which owns brands such as Timberland, Vans and The North Face, is partnering with a Thailand-based design consultancy to create the fashion industry's first regenerative rubber supply system.

The news comes after BooHoo was accused of using UK factories paying staff less than half of minimum wage

BEIS mulling fashion adjudicator to tackle human rights abuses

MPs have proposed the creation of a clothing sector adjudicator, in a bid to hold fashion firms accountable for labour abuses and environmental issues in their supply chains.

Globally, the fashion sector accounts for 8-10% of annual emissions and results in a bin lorry of waste every second

Textiles 2030: Fashion giants pledge to halve climate impacts

A string of big-name fashion brands including Primark, JD Sports and ASOS have joined a new WRAP initiative mandating them to halve emissions by 2030, with a longer-term view to reaching net-zero.

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Sustainable Business Covered Podcast: Marking Fashion Revolution Week 2021

In episode 100 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, senior reporter Sarah George delivers three exclusive interviews with sustainable and ethical SMEs to mark Fashion Revolution Week.

Carbon footprint calculator tool provider Doconony also works with the likes of Mastercard

Klarna to show consumers the carbon footprint of their shopping

'Buy now, pay later' platform Klarna has launched a new tool that lets customers track the carbon footprint of their purchases.

#SustyTalk: Interviewing VF Corp's Marianella Cervi for Fashion Revolution Week

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with VF Corp's senior manager of sustainability & responsibility Marianella Cervi.

Mulberry's new strategy comes ahead of Earth Day on Thursday (22 April)

Regenerative and circular net-zero transition: Inside Mulberry's new sustainability strategy

In an exclusive interview with edie, Mulberry's chief executive Thierry Andretta explains how its new ambitions to reach net-zero by 2035 and champion transparency, regeneration and circularity will be delivered.

The service is being piloted at 15 US Nike stores initially. Image: Nike 

Nike Refurbished: Shoe giant launches new service to help combat waste

Nike has launched a new service whereby shoes can be refurbished and resold, thereby extending their lifespan.

By some estimates, the global fashion sector uses 90 billion plastic bags and covers every year - with most being 100% virgin plastic 

Retailers including Morrisons and Superdry roll-out recycling solution for plastic fashion packaging

A string of big-name UK retailers have started rolling out recycled polythene packaging for garments and accessories, ahead of a new tax on plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content.

Charlotte led Vivobarefoot through the B Corp certification process

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Charlotte Pumford, Vivobarefoot

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Charlotte Pumford, Vivobarefoot's sustainability manager.

The proposed policy changes are designed to reduce waste at the source while also increasing recycling capacity

Fashion brands set to cover recycling costs under new UK Government plans

The UK Government has today (18 March) begun consulting on measures to reduce waste from sectors including fashion, furniture, electricals and electronics - including new charges that would see businesses contribute to recycling costs.

Pictured: UGG's new 'Plant Power' platform shoes

Clarks and UGG unveil sustainable shoe innovations

Clarks has launched what it claims is its 'most sustainable sneaker yet', while UGG is debuting shoes made using responsibly sourced, plant-based materials.

BooHoo group has faced several allegations of worker underpayment in recent months, relating to factories in Leicester, where some 40% of its product lines are made

Boohoo could lose right to export to US over forced labour claims

US authorities have reportedly launched an investigation into online fast-fashion giant Boohoo Group's supply chain practices, following allegations of worker exploitation at supplier factories in Leicester.

The bond has an 8.5-year maturity

H&M Group issues €500m sustainability bond

Fashion giant H&M Group has launched a bond that will finance initiatives to reduce emissions and improve resource efficiency, priced at €500m.

The initiative is being supported by Reverse Resources, The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and P4G

Fashion giants collaborate on Bangladesh textile reuse scheme

A group of 30 fashion brands, manufacturers and waste management firms have launched a new collaborative scheme to capture and reuse textile waste in Bangladesh.

The report argues that legislation is needed to stop fast fashion's negative environmental impact from spiralling 

Fast fashion: Polyester production has doubled since 2000, with huge climate implications

The production of fossil-based synthetic textiles has doubled globally within 20 years, as fast fashion production and consumption has increased. According to a new report, this will have sizeable implications for climate change.

Kering's fund for nature and a new green hydrogen plant: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Depop has more than 26 million users, and 90% of them are aged 24 or under. Image: Depop

Sustainable fashion: Depop targets climate neutrality by the end of the year

Marketplace app Depop, best known for second-hand and custom fashion, has pledged to compensate for its entire climate footprint by the end of 2021 and to do more to prevent waste.

Wylie's career with Mars spanned more than a decade

Kate Wylie to step down as Mars' global sustainability lead for new role at Chanel

Kate Wylie has confirmed plans to step down as Mars' global vice-president for sustainability after more than 10 years at the food and beverage giant. She has been named as luxury fashion house Chanel's next global chief sustainability officer.

Zalando’s online platform caters to 35 million customers in 17 markets

Zalando completes brand assessments as part of environmental disclosure drive

Online fashion retailer Zalando has disclosed its Tier 1 private fashion label suppliers in an efforts to drive transparency across the value chain, and is expecting brand partners to gain a full understanding of their key suppliers also.

Looking to 2050: How the Northern Powerhouse can drive the transition to net-zero

It's fair to say that 2020 has been a dispiriting start to the new decade. The chaos and uncertainty around the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as well as the cliff edge of a Brexit deadline, has made it a challenge to extract any positive messages from today's headlines.

Image: US Cotton Trust Protocol

Gap targets 100% sustainably sourced cotton by 2025

Fashion giant Gap Inc has pledged to only source cotton which is certified as sustainable within five years, through the US Cotton Trust Protocol.

While many circular economy programmes are in their infancy, customers seem to be responding well, warming to the idea of more sustainable, circular products

The Great Reinvention: Cracking the code for circular economy business model innovation

After participating in edie's 'Business Model Innovation' open roundtable at Net-Zero Live earlier this month, sustainable business expert and commentator Mike Townsend explores four key shifts in search of the 'holy grail' - how we can transition to circular business models that are sustainable and profitable, yet also attractive for customers and suppliers.

Many have taken time during lockdown to clear out their wardrobes, repair clothes and educate themselves

WRAP: Lockdown has made Brits more aware of fashion's environmental impact

Almost two-thirds of adults in the UK say that lockdown has brought home the importance of their clothing lasting longer, and been a time in which they've learned more about the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

Primark is one of the world's largest fashion retailers with 385 stores and more than 70,000 employees 

Primark commits to deliver net-zero value chain by 2050

Fashion giant Primark has signed the UN's Fashion Charter, committing it to reducing emissions by 30% by 2030 and achieve net-zero by 2050.

Moncler had already signed the Fashion Pact, coordinated by Kering to deliver a sector-wide transition to net-zero 

Moncler commits to carbon neutrality and 100% renewable electricity

Luxury fashion brand Moncler has pledged to ensure that its direct operations are carbon-neutral within a year and to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2023.

Representatives of large, high-street brands were interviewed alongside executives at smaller brands

Report: 6 in 10 fashion giants see sustainability as 'key priority' amid Covid-19

In a survey of 150 executives from some of the world's biggest fashion firms, including H&M Group, Puma and Adidas, 60% named implementing sustainability measures as their top strategic priority in the wake of Covid-19.

'Made to be Remade' is Adidas' tagline for the model

It's a shoe-in: Adidas unveils recyclable trainers as UGG reveals new climate and materials commitments

Adidas has started fresh pilots for a recyclable mono-material shoe made using recycled plastic, in the same week that UGG launched new social and environmental sustainability commitments.

Many luxury fashion brands see digital technologies playing a role in creating more transparent and sustainable supply chains

Burberry and IBM collaborate on blockchain initiative to boost fashion supply chain traceability

Burberry has revealed that it has supported IBM interns to develop a prototype cloud and blockchain tool aimed at tracing materials and products across the fashion supply chain, including information about their environmental and human impact.

Customers will be able to watch their used items being recycled

H&M brings 'garment-to-garment' recycling machines in-store

H&M has installed a machine which disassembles old clothing and re-assembles the material into new textiles in one of its stores, in what it claims is a first for the fashion industry.

Chanel is the first unrated issuer to have a public set of bonds linked to sustainability ambitions

Chanel links €600m sustainability bond to science-based targets

Luxury fashion and fragrance giant Chanel has issued a €600m transaction for bonds linked to the company's progress against its 1.5C science-based targets.

#SustyTalk: Timberland's Zach Angelini on regenerative agriculture and the circular economy

edie's SustyTalk series continues with Timberland's environmental manager Zach Angelini discussing how the fashion brand plans to scale up regenerative agriculture practices in supply chains and align with circular economy principles.

Pictured: An ROC-certified, California-based apricot farm which supplies to Patagonia Provisions. Image: Keri Oberly for Patagonia

Patagonia: Regenerative agriculture is the next sustainability frontier for fashion and food

EXCLUSIVE: Patagonia's vice president for social & environmental responsibility has told of how she witnessed a "groundswell" in regenerative farming in recent months, of a scale that has been unprecedented during her 10+ years working across supply chains.

The strategy includes 24 targets in total, with 2025 targets bolstering 2030 ambitions

Tommy Hilfiger vows to become 'fully circular' by 2030

PVH-Corp-owned Tommy Hilfiger has launched a new environmental and social sustainability strategy, headlined by ambitions to make products "fully circular" and to operate "with sensitivity to planetary boundaries".

Timberland last year committed to plant 50 million trees within a five-year period

Timberland targets net-positive nature impact by 2030

Fashion giant Timberland has pledged to ensure that it has a net-positive impact on nature within a decade - a vision underpinned by commitments to regenerative agriculture and the circular economy.

Supply chains are a major source of emissions for the fashion sector

Report: Global fashion sector will emit double its Paris Agreement limit by 2030

The global fashion sector is currently generating more emissions each year than the UK, Germany and France combined, and will fail to align with the Paris Agreement without transformational change over the next decade.

Selfridges has worked with charity partners and 300+ brands to develop and deliver the 'Project Earth' initiative

Resale, repair and environmental labelling: Selfridges accelerates efforts to sustainably 'reinvent retail'

Selfridges has outlined a string of new commitments and pilot projects around sustainable materials sourcing, environmental communications and resource-efficient business models like repair, resale and rental.

60% of the products listed on ASOS are from third-party brands

After ditching Boohoo, ASOS sets new sustainability and ethics requirements for brands

ASOS will require third-party fashion brands to comply with new ethical manufacturing and supply chain sustainability standards if they wish to be listed on its website, after it dropped Boohoo over allegations of human rights abuses at a supplier factory.

Primark has pledged to ensure that no donated items are landfilled

Primark launches UK-wide fashion recycling scheme

Primark has installed take-back boxes for clothing, textiles, footwear and bags in all 190 of its UK stores, in a bid to reduce the amount of these items sent to landfill.

The 'Sustainability Innovators' mindset

What is the right mindset for sustainability innovation? This blog introduces four characteristics to help innovators adopt the right mentality and approach for a sustainable future.

Other fashion brands targeting net-zero by 2050 include Zalando, Mango, Inditex, Kering and Nike

Hugo Boss to halve operational emissions within a decade

Hugo Boss has had its new emissions targets green-lit by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), including an ambition to reduce operational emissions by 51% by 2030.

The brand is hoping to create a closed-loop system for its products. Image: Vivobarefoot

Vivobarefoot launches resale platform for repaired shoes

Shoe brand VivoBarefoot has launched an online resale platform for repaired and returned shoes, in what it claims is a world first.

As a 'non-essential' industry, fashion is still feeling the fallout of the pandemic

Fast fashion giants face mounting pressure to protect supply chain workers through Covid-19

Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists are gathering on London's Oxford Street this week to urge fast fashion brands to financially support suppliers overseas throughout the pandemic, as media exposés drawing links between Leicester's Covid-19 spike and its garment manufacturing industry emerge.

Deforestation will be mitigated through supply chain engagement, recycled material sourcing and investment in innovation

World Rainforest Day: Dozens of retailers commit to deforestation-free fashion supply chains

Ralph Lauren, Ted Baker, Sainsbury's and Asda are among a coalition of 45 major businesses jointly pledging to eliminate deforestation from their fashion supply chains, as part of a collaborative initiative coordinated by non-profit Canopy.

#SustyTalk: Farfetch's Tom Berry on spurring circular economy models for fashion

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Farfetch's global director of sustainable business Tom Berry, who discusses circular economy engagement and innovation in the fashion sector.

The secondhand luxury fashion market is currently worth $24bn and is growing more rapidly than the primary luxury fashion market

Fashion footprint: Farfetch's new tool to highlight the environmental impact of clothing

Luxury fashion platform Farfetch has launched a new tool helping online customers to choose products with lower environmental impacts, including secondhand goods and those made using innovative renewable materials.

The tool's purpose is to give brands and retailers deeper insight into environmental impacts at all tiers of their supply chains

Google partners with WWF on digital data platform for sustainable fashion sourcing

Google has joined forces with WWF to develop an environmental data platform for sourcing professionals in the fashion industry, providing them information on the pollution and emissions impact of their business decisions.

EP&L assigns a monetary value to environmental and social impacts

Gucci cuts negative environmental impacts by two-fifths

Luxury fashion house Gucci has reduced its overall negative impact on the environment by 39% since 2015, putting it on track to exceed its 2025 target of a 40% reduction.

Zalando has committed to placing solar panels and low-carbon technology on all its new and existing fulfilment centres by 2023

Zalando unveils science-based targets, commits suppliers to set carbon goals

Online fashion retail platform Zalando has built on its commitment to carbon neutrality across its own operations by having targets to reduce operational carbon emissions by 80% and emissions from the production of private label products by 40% approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Zalando’s online platform caters to 28 million customers in 17 markets

Zalando and Sustainable Apparel Coalition issue sustainable metrics for brands and retailers

German online fashion retailer Zalando has confirmed it will be the first retailer signed up to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to use a new module that will make sustainability assessments mandatory for its private labels and partner brands sold on its platform.

Adidas has committed to a 30% reduction in its carbon footprint by 203

Adidas and Allbirds to develop sports shoes with 'lowest recorded' carbon footprint

Sporting giant Adidas has teamed up with shoe brand Allbirds to develop solutions that would create one of the lowest carbon footprints ever recorded for a sports shoe.

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Net-Zero Week Podcast (Two-part special): Green recoveries and net-zero strategy deep dives

For Net-Zero Week, the edie podcast is split into two parts, first to discuss green recoveries with Christiana Figueres, Jonathon Porritt and Paul Polman, before embarking on a deep dive of what makes a net-zero target with engineering firm Jacobs, online retailer Zalando and episode sponsors Centrica Business Solutions.

The company has developed a Life Cycle Assessment tool with third-party experts to evaluate the carbon impact of every process across the value chain

Allbirds running shoe made from renewable materials to feature 'carbon count' label

B Corp Allbirds has debuted a new running shoe made from renewable and natural materials and is the first product from the company to feature a physical "carbon count" label, detailing the lifecycle emissions of the product to consumers.





Each of these success stories exemplifies how businesses are ramping up ambitions and actions in all areas of sustainable development 

Google's green software and New York's innovation drive: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

The natural pulp is produced at biorefineries that utilise recovery mechanisms to reuse energy.

John Lewis unveils sustainable womenswear collection

John Lewis & Partners has teamed up with luxury sustainable womenswear brand Mother of Pearl to launch a new sustainable clothing collection made from organic cotton and certified renewable wood fibre sources.

H&M Group has pledged to become a "fully circular" business by 2030. Image: H&M

H&M reaches clothing take-back target early, collecting 29,000 tonnes of used garments

The H&M Group collected more than 29,000 tonnes of used clothing though its in-store network of take-back points last year, surpassing its 2020 goal to collect at least 25,000 tonnes a year ahead of schedule.

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: A circular economy road trip

For episode 83 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, the edie team brings you four exclusive interviews with businesses innovating to bring about truly circular models - Elvis & Kresse, Teemill, Mulberry and Young Planet.

Surfdome found that the polybags only account for 5% of a garment’s overall carbon footprint. Image: Surfdome

Patagonia and Surfdome trial removal of plastic polybags for clothes

Online sports retailer Surfdome has partnered with outdoor clothing firm Patagonia to trial the removal of plastic polybags from clothes orders in a way that doesn't impact product quality or generate an increase in lifecycle carbon emissions.

Collaboration can transform how businesses look at sustainability

Businesses are increasingly aware of the role they need to play in sustainability, but often find it daunting. This article looks at key learnings for how businesses can effectively collaborate together to be more sustainable.

Chanel sets 1.5C science-based targets, pledges 100% renewable energy

Luxury fashion and fragrance giant Chanel has committed to halve its carbon emissions by 2030, under a new 1.5C-aligned set of sustainability targets.

According to the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, a bin lorry full of fashion is landfilled every second globally. Stock image.

Fashion industry must cut resource use by 75%, experts warn

A group of academics, businesses and thought leaders have penned a plan to help fashion firms align with planetary boundaries and address the climate and nature emergencies, headlined by a call to dramatically cut virgin resource use.

A bin lorry of fashion waste is landfilled or burned every second globally. But brands striving to buck this trend are emerging and growing rapidly. Image: E&K

Zero-waste is the new black: How SMEs are disrupting fashion's waste crisis

In the second of a two-part feature, edie's senior reporter Sarah George spotlights the businesses working to combat fashion's growing waste problem by pioneering truly circular systems in what is widely regarded as one of the world's most linear sectors.

Amid call to boycott new clothing, many famed high street fashion retailers are grappling with losses and rethinking their business models. But online businesses? Not so much, argues senior reporter Sarah George

How online retailing is allowing fast fashion to thrive

In the first of a two-part feature, edie's senior reporter Sarah George explores how booming profits for online retailers are driving a fast fashion mindset in the UK that could undermine efforts to champion sustainability in the fashion sector, unless business and consumers find their voice.

Burberry has set a targeted 30% absolute reduction in scope 3 emissions by 2030. 

Burberry introduces carbon 'insetting' fund

Luxury fashion firm Burberry will create a "regeneration fund" to support a new portfolio of "carbon insetting projects" that aim to deliver regenerative agriculture practices across its supply chain - a move that will see its Autumn/Winter 2020 runway show at London Fashion Week become carbon-neutral.

The aim is to funnel more investment into projects working to minimise fashion's negative impacts on people and planet. 

Fresh funding for initiative to help investors support sustainable fashion

Laudes Foundation, Brenninkmeijer family's recently-launched philanthropic organisation, has backed a project working to engage investors with sustainable fashion, in a bid to scale up low-carbon, resource-efficient materials and business models across the global sector.

Helmersson is H&M's first female CEO, and its first CEO with a background in sustainability. Image: H&M Group 

H&M appoints former sustainability manager as chief executive

Fashion giant H&M has named Helena Helmersson, who spent five years as sustainability manager, as its first female chief executive.

Tom joined Asos in 2019, bringing his green learnings from almost six years at Landsec to the table

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2019: Tom Byrne, Asos

This series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Next up: Tom Byrne, senior sustainability manager at Asos.

Sourcing sustainable cotton forms a key part of the new commitments. Image: Debenhams

Debenhams sets sweeping new fashion sustainability targets

Department store retailer Debenhams has set a string of new green targets for its fashion and homeware departments, in a bid to set new sustainability benchmarks for the sub-sector following a difficult financial year.

ASOS is one of the world's largest online fashion retailers and saw a 13% year-on-year increase in sales in 2019. Image: ASOS

ASOS to trial reusable packaging in drive to cut plastics waste

Online fashion retailer ASOS is set to trial reusable packaging in early 2020, after months of work to develop an alternative to single-use plastic mailing bags.

Benedict moved into his present role four months ago, after seven years at Southwald-based brewer Adnams

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2019: Benedict Orchard, Superdry

This series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Next up: Benedict Orchard, energy and environment manager at Superdry.

Image: The North Face

VF Corporation sets 1.5C science-based targets

VF Corporation - the fashion giant behind brands including Vans, The North Face and Timberland - has set new science-based emissions targets in line with the Paris Agreement's 1.5C trajectory.

M&S launches digital viscose map to boost fashion supply chain transparency

Retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a digital map highlighting all textile suppliers through which it sources man-man cellulosic fibres (MMCF) including viscose.

Black Friday isn’t dead (yet) – but it is evolving rapidly

As climate change and resource efficiency climb the public agenda, declarations that Black Friday is "dead" are abound. But with shoppers saying they want to spend more than last year and circular business models emerging at a pace, it's probably time for a rebrand rather than a post-mortem, edie's senior reporter Sarah George argues.

Green Friday: The retailers championing sustainability over spending for Black Friday 2019

Today (29 November) is Black Friday, the biggest sales event of the year. But with consumers increasingly prioritising purpose over profit and climate change climbing the ranking of public priorities, some retailers are taking note and using the occasion to champion resource efficiency, social sustainability and environmental conservation.

Each of these success stories exemplifies how businesses are ramping up ambitions and actions in all areas of sustainable development 

Tesla's 'Cybertruck' and Timberland's London eco-store: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

The media giant's content reaches more than 390 million people each month. Image: Conde Nast

Vogue publisher vows to phase-out plastics and align with Paris Agreement

Condé Nast, the publishing house behind titles such as Vogue, Glamour and GQ, has committed to removing non-recyclable plastics from its products and reducing emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

The report claims companies to have used CV factories are allowing their manufacturers to deliver viscose-based products with little information on their origin or environmental impact

Fashion retailers delivering mixed progress on 'damaging' viscose supply chains

High-street retailers New Look and Morrisons have joined the likes of Inditex, ASOS, H&M and Tesco in signing up to a new sustainability roadmap to ensure they are sourcing sustainable viscose that doesn't contribute to environmental pollution, but luxury fashion brands have been named as laggards.

Pictured: Inside Newlife stores' shop in Moreton, Merseyside. Image: Newlife stores

'Pre-cycling': Closed-loop scheme for surplus fashion stock grows

The number of high-street fashion giants to have entered an agreement to sell their end-of-line surplus stock through a third party at a discount, in order to benefit charity, has reportedly grown this year.

Zalando will set a science-based target in 2020

Zalando: Net-zero targets the first step to net-positive businesses

EXCLUSIVE: Zalando's director of corporate responsibility and sustainability Kate Heiny believes that operating at net-zero emissions both operationally and across the value chain can act as a catalyst for businesses to truly move beyond mitigation and "less bad" to help regenerate the planet.

Zalando will rollout a range of energy efficiency and green transport measures. Image: Zalando

Online retailer Zalando commits to net-zero emissions and plastic-free packaging

Online fashion platform Zalando has confirmed it will operate as a net-zero carbon emissions business from today (30 October), as well as committing to eliminating single-use plastics from its packaging by 2023.

Regenerative sourcing, in theory, sequesters more carbon than it emits, while also providing a boost for biodiversity. Image: Timberland

Timberland takes first steps towards 'regenerative' leather supply chain

Outdoor clothing brand Timberland has forged a partnership Other Half Processing - an organisation advocating for 'regenerative' animal supply chains - in a bid to bring products incorporating 'net-positive' leather to market during 2020.

Pictured: Representatives from the Fashion Pact's 56 member businesses and French President Emmanuel Macron meet in Paris. Image: Kering

Dozens of fashion giants sign pact to eliminate emissions and single-use plastics

Mango, Farfetch and Decathlon are among a coalition of 24 big-name fashion brands to have signed Kering's Fashion Pact this week, committing them to net-zero emissions globally by mid-century.


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