Continuing from our previous blog post, here are more recent developments and news related to sustainability and circularity in the textile and fashion industry:
Burberry Launches Carbon-Neutral Collection
In January 2023, Burberry launched its first carbon-neutral collection, called "Regeneration." The collection includes a range of products made from sustainable materials, including recycled polyester and organic cotton. The company has also implemented a range of initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint, such as using renewable energy sources and improving its transportation practices.
Nike and Adidas Commit to Reducing Plastic Waste
In February 2023, Nike and Adidas announced their commitment to reducing plastic waste in their products and packaging. Nike has pledged to use 50% recycled content in all of its products by 2030, while Adidas has committed to using only recycled polyester in all of its products by 2024.
Stella McCartney Launches Biodegradable T-Shirt
In March 2023, Stella McCartney launched a new biodegradable t-shirt made from a blend of organic cotton and a biodegradable polymer. The t-shirt is designed to break down naturally in the environment, reducing its impact on the planet.
Patagonia and The North Face Launch Circular Economy Initiatives
In February 2023, outdoor apparel companies Patagonia and The North Face announced new circular economy initiatives aimed at reducing waste and promoting more sustainable practices. Patagonia is launching a new program to repair and resell used clothing, while The North Face is working on a new material that can be recycled endlessly.
H&M Launches Clothing Rental Service
In March 2023, H&M launched a new clothing rental service called "H&M Rent." Customers can rent clothing from the company's Conscious Collection for a fraction of the price of buying new. The service is part of H&M's broader efforts to promote more sustainable and circular practices in the industry.
Levi’s Announces New Water-Saving Technology
In February 2023, Levi's announced a new water-saving technology that can reduce the amount of water used in the denim finishing process by up to 96%. The technology, called "Waterless," uses a combination of ozone and nanobubble technologies to achieve this reduction.
Adidas Launches Sustainable Swimwear Collection
In March 2023, Adidas launched a new sustainable swimwear collection called "Ocean Love." The collection includes swimsuits and bikinis made from recycled materials, including recycled fishing nets and plastic bottles. The collection is part of Adidas' ongoing efforts to promote sustainable and circular practices in the fashion industry.
Burberry and Gucci Sign Sustainable Fashion Pact
In January 2023, Burberry and Gucci joined more than 50 other fashion companies in signing the "Fashion Pact," a commitment to reducing the industry's impact on the environment. The pact includes targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting sustainable materials, and eliminating plastic waste.
The textile and fashion industry is making progress towards sustainability and circularity by launching new sustainable collections and implementing circular economy initiatives. However, systemic change is needed and all stakeholders, including governments and consumers, must play a role. Consumers can make a difference by buying from sustainable brands, choosing high-quality clothing, and repurposing old clothing. Together, we can create a more sustainable and fashionable industry that positively impacts the planet and its people.