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Rewriting Fashion – a reflection on the past 10 years from Eva Kruse A globally recognised voice in sustainability, Eva Kruse is the CEO of Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), the world’s foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion.

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Detoxing the Fashion Industry for Dummies

Detoxing the fashion Industry for dummies sets out to demystify the world of chemistry. In the words of the authors: “This book was created for fashion lovers by people who love fashion – but who also love people and this planet.”
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Textile Exchange 2020 Preferred fibres and Materials

The go to document if you are looking for information on sustainable fibres and materials, published annually by the global nonprofit organisation the Textile Exchange.
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When Caring for People & the Planet Means Profit

Alvanon’s whitepaper ‘When Caring for People & the Planet Means Profit’ is a great read for senior to middle management who are trying to contextualise the strategic value of sustainability.
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UN Sustainability and Circularity in the Textile Value Chain Report

If you are interested in understanding the sustainability impacts of our industry from a supply chain perspective, the UN sustainability and circularity in the textile value chain is is the report to read.
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The CFDA Guide to Sustainable Strategies

The CDFA toolkit can be best described as a sustainability guide for executives. It is a great resource if you are planning to shape strategy and manage implementation of sustainability with organizations.
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Nike Circularity Guides

The Nike Circularity Guides & principles can be customised to suit your individual needs and to support designers and product developers to think ‘circular’.

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Know the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Commissioned by the Secretary General of the UN the 17 sustainable business goals are often foundation pillars for governments and businesses alike when building their strategies and policies.
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The Sustainable Development Goals 2019 Report

Read the full report, to understand more about the 2030 Agenda, a blueprint for shared prosperity in a sustainable world. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019 provides evidence-based insights and reports on the progress made in critical areas.
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Fashion Transparency Index 2020

The Fashion Transparency Index 2020 published by Fashion Revolution ranks brands by their sustainability credentials, it’s quite an eye opener!

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10 Years of Rewriting Fashion

Rewriting Fashion – a reflection on the past 10 years from Eva Kruse A globally recognised voice in sustainability, Eva Kruse is the CEO of Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), the world’s foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion.

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Detoxing the Fashion Industry for Dummies

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Foundation/promoting standards to reduce the industry’s chemical footprint. They have a training academy…
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This book sets out to demystify the world of chemistry in the fashion industry, using simple language that we can all understand, and icons to sign post key points, it is an easy read with a very important message. 

Written by Frank Michael (Executive Director of ZDHC) and Steve Kaelble (a seasoned journalist) this book arms you with enough knowledge to challenge misconceptions about chemistry and highlights the ‘nasty’ chemicals to look out for in garment and textile production. 

If after reading detoxing the fashion Industry, you remember what ZDHC stands for and how a MRSL can be a foundation for change, then you are already well on your way to making fashion more sustainable.

Here are a few things we’ve learnt from it:

  • Purple is a power colour and rare in nature, have you seen a purple flower lately?
  • Clothing production doubled between 2000-2014, and we are buying 60% more clothes than we did a decade ago. No wonder my wardrobe is packed!
  • Not all chemicals are BAD!
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Textile Exchange 2020 Preferred fibres and Materials

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The go to document if you are looking for information on sustainable fibres and materials, published annually by the global nonprofit organisation the Textile Exchange.

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The report includes enlightening statistics on the global textile market. The term ‘preferred’ is used throughout the report to categorise fibres and materials which have a lower environmental impact than conventional textiles and therefore defined as more sustainable.

The information in this report is invaluable if you are building a sustainable materials strategy to guide your choices in terms of potential sourcing territories, quality standards and certifications, availability and key market trends.

The foreword of the report summarises; As the author and businessman, Max De Pree, said, “We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” Within these pages you’ll read success stories from steps taken and, while we pause to celebrate those successes, you’ll also read about the need for greater acceleration and adoption of preferred materials.

Here are a some facts:

  • In 2019, global fiber production was around 111 million mt.
  • Fiber production has more than doubled in the last 20 years and is expected to increase by another 30 percent to 146 million mt in 2030 if business as usual continues.
  • Yet, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that less than 1 percent of all clothing is recycled back into apparel.
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When Caring for People & the Planet Means Profit

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Alvanon’s whitepaper ‘When Caring for People & the Planet Means Profit’ is a great read for senior to middle management who are trying to contextualise the strategic value of sustainability.

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As co-writers of this white paper MOTIF must include this 2019 report in its top picks. The forward of the report from Alvanon’s CEO Janice Wang says it all. Doing the right thing in business is no longer synonymous with philanthropy. Sustainable business strategies are now essential for anyone looking to future-proof their businesses. It now means investing in your people, future talent, environmental impact, and long-term business priorities. In this new age of corporate governance, issues like people & training, transparency, privacy, community engagement and process efficiency are becoming second nature in daily business discussions.

This paper draws on the experiences of seasoned professionals and includes case studies which demonstrate that sustainable business practices require a re-invention of old concepts and a return to business efficiency.

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Detoxing the Fashion Industry for Dummies

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If you are interested in understanding the sustainability impacts of our industry from a supply chain perspective, the UN sustainability and circularity in the textile value chain is is the report to read.

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If you are interested in understanding the sustainability impacts of our industry from a supply chain perspective, the UN sustainability and circularity in the textile value chain is is the report to read. The format includes a comparison of linear and circular supply chain models, flags hotspot issues and related environmental, social and economic impacts to the UN sustainable development goals. One fact which I learnt which I can’t equate is the fashion industry uses 215 trillion litres of water a year. Water we need to grow food to feed people!

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The CFDA Guide to Sustainable Strategies

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The CDFA toolkit can be best described as a sustainability guide for executives. It is a great resource if you are planning to shape strategy and manage implementation of sustainability with organizations.

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The CDFA toolkit can be best described as a sustainability guide for executives. It is a great resource if you are planning to shape strategy and manage implementation of sustainability with organizations.

Developed by The Council of Fashion Designers of America, to educate leaders, employees and stakeholders in using their learned knowledge to create and achieve sustainable impact. The guidelines focus on how collaboration, commitment and focus can drive ownership of sustainability, regardless of your role within an organisation.

Often described as the bible for sustainability, you can use this reference material in digestible chunks to answer specific business challenges .

Reading 233 pages of content at your perusal might feel heavy but everything you need to know about circularity is probably covered in these three documents, from project management and sustainability KPI’s to people strategies and design principles.

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Nike Circularity Guides

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The Nike Circularity Guides & principles can be customised to suit your individual needs and to support designers and product developers to think ‘circular’.

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A snapshot on how one of the world’s leading brands develops products with sustainability in mind. Based on the Nike 10 principles for circular design this tool box is both informative and practical to adopt.

It’s packed full of information, video clips and specific examples or tips on how sustainability can be embedded in a product at the concept stage through to the end of life and beyond.

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