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    Lululemon to host World Mental Health Day activities around the globe


    Canadian company Lululemon is launching a series of interactive wellness events in communities around the world in honor of World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10, 2023. The day aims to raise awareness and create positive change around the world through mental health education. Planned events range from collaborative sweat ...

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    Freitag celebrates 30 years with a fake turned original


    In the fall of 1993, two brothers made bags from used truck tarps in a Zurich apartment. Today, this has grown into a company that puts unique recycled bags on the road from Europe to Asia. The idea is to keep used materials in circulation for as long as possible ...

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    Lululemon releases latest Impact Report


    In its third annual Impact Report, released Sept. 12, Lululemon provided a detailed account of progress and lessons learned from its multi-year strategies and commitments to advance the well-being of people and the planet. At the heart of the Power of Three ×2 growth plan is Lululemon’s Impact Agenda, which ...

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    Coats and Lenzing join forces for Circle’s synthetic-free running shoe


    Source: Circle Sportswear Circle Sportswear SuperNatural Runner Coats Footwear, a UK-based yarn and structural component manufacturing company, announced its collaboration with Lenzing Group, an Austrian manufacturer of specialty cellulose-based fibers for the textile industry. By combining Coats Footwear’s ProWeave™ technology with Lenzing’s Tencel™ lyocell filament, the two ...

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    Anta signs sustainable business initiative at SDG summit


    Chinese sportswear maker Anta Group announced that it has signed the “Business in Action—Sustainable Industrial Development Commitments” during the Second United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit, the highest-level United Nations summit in the field of sustainable development, which was held on Sept. 18-19 in New York. Furthermore, Anta Group’s ...

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    Patagonia releases new neoprene-free wetsuits with more stretch and comfort


    The US magazine Surfers reports that Patagonia has released a redesigned line of its Yulex neoprene-free wetsuits. After searching for a way to get rid of neoprene – a synthetic rubber – since 2008, the outdoor brand released its first neoprene-free line of wetsuits in 2014, made from natural Yulex ...

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    Nike x Feng Chen Wang: Unconventional and sustainably-minded


    Source: Nike Transform Jacket, Nike x Feng Chen Wang Nike and Chinese-born, London-based designer Feng Chen Wang have unveiled their first collaboration. It sees them break with conventions of apparel construction to reinterpret sportswear pieces as highly functional blends of different cultural and design elements, led by ...

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    Nike shareholders reject human rights proposals


    At Nike’s annual meeting on Sept. 12, shareholders rejected proposals calling for more detailed reporting on employee pay by race and gender and better tracking of forced labor and wage theft risks in the company’s supply chain. The wage gap proposal came from Arjuna Capital and was supported by proxy ...

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    Muntagnard launches mono-material apparel via Kickstarter to avoid overproduction


    Source: Muntagnard Muntagnard founders Dario Pirovino and Dario Grünenfelder Muntagnard, a young startup from Switzerland, has been offering its latest two sustainable products – the MIUtec Iso Vest and the MIUtec Iso Hooded Jacket – exclusively and internationally on Kickstarter since Aug. 24. The company uses Kickstarter ...

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    Tecnica presents first ski boot based on new eco design principles


    For the 2023/24 season, Tecnica has redesigned its successful Cochise model to reduce its carbon footprint and support the circular economy. “The Cochise is our first ski boot to benefit from what we have learned from the ‘Recycle Your Boots’ program,” explains Matteo Murer, Product Manager Tecnica Ski Boots. “By ...

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    UK fashion sector launches Circular Fashion Innovation Network (CFIN)


    The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), the British Fashion Council (BFC) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have announced the launch of the Circular Fashion Innovation Network (CFIN). This new partnership will bring together industry, innovators, investors, academia and broader stakeholders “to accelerate the UK to a leading Circular ...

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    Asics releases lightest CO2 emissions sneaker


    Source: Asics Asics has launched the Gel-Lyte™ III CM 1.95 sneaker, calling it the lightest CO2 emissions sneaker on the market, based on a calculation conducted by Asics and validated by SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance) Japan, in accordance with ISO14067 standard in August 2022. Inspired by ...

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    FESI supports rugby world cup team with a difference


    The Rugby World Cup may have kicked off in Paris on Friday, but last week also saw the culmination of another rugby competition: The Parliamentary Rugby World Cup. Taking place at the Stade de la Faisanderie in Paris, the final game was between the UK Parliament rugby team and ...

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    UYN banks on new biotech fibers


    Source: UYN Evolutyon Biotech Italian brand UYN (Unleash Your Nature) has developed a range of new high-performance biomaterials. From Kapok, the so-called “plant wool,” to Flexicorn, an elastic fiber made from corn seeds, these fibers are designed to replace those synthetic ones derived from fossil fuels that ...

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    Saucony launches vegan Triumph RFG sneaker


    Source: Saucony Triumph RFG Saucony has launched the Triumph RFG (“Running For Good”), described by the performance running lifestyle brand as “its most sustainable shoe to date.” The new shoe features plant-based, petroleum-free CovationBio PDO Susterra propanediol. Specifically, the Triumph RFG is the first athletic shoe to ...

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    Puma's head of sustainability says EU reporting requirements are challenging


    Puma’s Head of Sustainability Stefan Seidel has said that meeting new European Union requirements for corporate reporting on sustainability is a challenge, according to Reuters. Speaking at the Reuters Impact conference in London during the panel discussion, “Collecting consistent, comparable and quality data,” Seidel is quoted as saying: “We are ...

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    Salomon gives competitors insight into its winter sports product LCA


    Salomon has unveiled the results of its winter sports product life cycle assessment, which was conducted across the company’s entire ski and snowboard range. The study, which began in 2019, was conducted with the goal of understanding the environmental impact of Salomon’s entire product offering using a science-based approach. Now, ...

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    Zalando appoints VP of Sustainability and Diversity & Inclusion


    Source: Zalando Pascal Brun Online retailer Zalando has hired Pascal Brun, a renowned expert in the textile and apparel industry, as its new Vice President of Sustainability and Diversity and inclusion (D&I). In his role, he will report directly to Padmaja Bommareddy, SVP of Corporate Development. The ...

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    Traceability specialist Haelixa receives capital injection from ZSIG


    Switzerland-based Haelixa has announced that it has received a new capital injection from the Zürich Silk Association (ZSIG). Haelixa offers proprietary solutions to physically mark, trace, and authenticate products along the consumer goods supply chains, empowering textile and fashion companies to make more responsible choices. Its founders developed the concept ...

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    Nike introduces the ISPA Link Axis, a fully circular shoe


    Source: Nike ISPA Link Axis production Nike is launching the ISPA Link Axis, described by the brand as its “first exploration into creating a fully circular shoe,” a closed-loop system that yields no waste. Every part of the Link Axis can be recycled, claims the company. ...