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The Digital Party is Here: How Technology is Making Fashion More Sustainable

COVID-19 has fast-tracked the digital revolution. From the growing popularity of working remotely from our couch to virtual catwalks, this pandemic has forced all of us to innovate and evolve. 

Major fashion brands are being called out on social media for failing to pay for canceled clothing orders by the  #payup movement.  As these social and environmental concerns continue to dominate our newsfeeds and our minds, it has become clear that we need all to play our part in changing the fashion industry; and a lot of this change needs innovations and technologies.

So which technologies are accelerating the transition towards sustainability in fashion?

1. Increased Transparency via Blockchain 

At some point, you have probably heard somebody try (and fail) to clearly explain what blockchain is at a dinner party. Don’t worry, we won’t bore you with the details. 

In Fashion, the role of blockchain is to increase supply chain transparency.  The supply chain is the link between raw materials, the factories where clothing is made, and distribution to customers. Essentially, it’s everything it takes to bring a piece of clothing to you.  According to the Harvard Business Review, “Supply chain transparency requires companies to know what is happening upstream in the supply chain and to communicate this knowledge both internally and externally.”

Neliana Fuenmay, founder of A Transparent Company, explains blockchain in the context of the fashion supply chain simply: 

“It is an information layer that allows anyone, in this case, from the supply chain, to prove a claim. Be it about sustainability, quality, and even authenticity. Its name sums it up: blocks [of information/transaction] in a chain.”

For instance, when a cotton shipment leaves the farm, it is typically recorded through private information systems, or sometimes pen and paper. Usually, a sales invoice is created that contains information about this specific batch of cotton, which is kept between the buyer and seller. When the cotton reaches the textile company, they sign a form and create more paperwork, and so on. These administrative processes follow the raw material through each step of the chain, up until it becomes a finished product. By storing all this information in a blockchain system, the information blocks collect and self-validate. Once the information is there, it stays there forever and cannot be altered. It is also easily accessible to anyone who can read QR codes on their cell phone, hence the transparency. It holds multinational companies accountable for their supply chain and makes it visible to all. No need for old PC’s!

Transparency alone does not hold much weight, as we state in our Glossary. Knowing which factory a garment was made in is a start, but it will not tell you about the working conditions, wages, or policies. Once companies have invested in the technological infrastructure for a traceable supply chain and that information becomes accessible, ensuring safe working conditions and environmental safeguards should follow. In this way, we can all establish trust, ensuring that there is nothing to hide. 

 

2. Big Data and Sustainability Metrics

At the 2019 Copenhagen Fashion Summit, Google Cloud partnered with vegan designer Stella McCartney (available on Renoon!)  to create a tool that uses data analytics and machine learning to help brands measure the environmental footprint of their production.

The partnership set out to focus on the impact of cotton and viscose, two of the most popular fibers used in fashion. Their goal: create a tool that can measure the impact at each individual link in the fashion supply chain.

Image Credit: Stella McCartney

Earlier this month, Google announced a partnership with WWF Sweden to build an environmental data platform that will enable more conscious sourcing decisions in the fashion industry. This collaboration will build on the insights from the ongoing partnership with Stella McCartney, examining 20 raw materials, ranging from synthetics to natural products. The findings will be put together into services that will help brands take more sustainability-led decisions when sourcing materials.

This project, along with the work that Renoon does to evaluate sustainability at the product level will help bring sustainable fashion closer to you!

3. Material Innovation & Waste Reduction

Material innovation is an excellent example of how fashion and technology can work together to promote sustainability. One of the materials of the future goes by the name of Piñatex®.

How technology is making fashion more sustainable
Piñatex Shoes l Image Credit: Mochni

The process of growing pineapples inherently creates waste. The remaining leaves once the pineapples have been harvested are called a “byproduct” of the industry.  Normally, byproducts such as these are burned or discarded – that is until Piñatex® came along. To create Piñatex®, these pineapple leaves are repurposed into a leather-looking sustainable material.

Their use also creates an additional income stream for farming communities that otherwise rely on a seasonal harvest.

So, in the making of Piñatex® there is 

#1 Better use of natural resources

#2 Support for local farming communities

Browse Renoon’s collection of Pinatex here.

4. Digital Tools and Availability of Information 

Finally, since information has become easily accessible online, tools like Renoon have emerged to index the world of online shopping like a giant internet filter and help you navigate the sea of scattered sustainable products with the click of a button!

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This is How to Start Your Sustainable Fashion Journey

Even before the pandemic, the topic of sustainable fashion was becoming increasingly prevalent in the news and social media. All this time at home has many of us considering our own fashion footprint. After wearing exclusively sweatpants and hoodies for the past few months, you may be questioning whether you really need all of the stuff in your closet after all. Having a sustainable wardrobe sounds intriguing, but how do you actually start?  How can you move beyond the trendiness of sustainable fashion and integrate it into your lifestyle?

1. Educate yourself: Read more, shop less

The first step in embracing sustainable fashion is to educate yourself. What is the social and environmental impact of the current fashion industry? Which fabrics are most sustainable? How can I ensure that my clothes were produced ethically? Why does sustainable fashion matter? 

Once you are able to answer these questions, you are well on your way to a more sustainable lifestyle. 

Below are some great resources to get you started:

Read:

Blogs:

Renoon’s ‘read’ section is an excellent place to start. Below are some eye-opening articles by industry expiry Elena Picci.

 

Books:

  • “Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes” By Dana Thomas 
This is How to Start Your Sustainable Fashion Journey
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Follow:

  • @Fash_rev is an account dedicated to the Fashion revolution Global movement calling for greater transparency in the fashion industry, famous for #WhoMadeMyClothes?
  • @Carmitive and @candicemtay are some great slow fashion bloggers
  • And of course, @Renoon posts sustainable outfits, trends and interactive stories 
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Watch:

  • The True Cost is a must-see documentary on your next Netflix binge. This exposé on the fast fashion industry which shows that if the price tag looks too good to be true, then it probably is

 

Listen:

  • Renoon’s Sustainable Fashion Podcast is a great way to make your daily commute a little more educational. Each episode, Renoon’s founder Iris Skrami interviews founders of sustainable brands, diving into their unique career paths and goals.

2. Define your values

Once you have educated yourself on the basics of sustainable fashion, the next step is to decide what matters most to you. While it would be great to shop only for items that are made from recycled, vegan materials, pay competitive wages, and support local artisans; the reality is that most companies are not perfect and there are often trade-offs that need to be made. By uncovering your core values, you can filter through the sea of options and ensure that your purchases align with what matters most to you.   

Lucky for you, Renoon has a created a fun and easy quiz to help you identify which values are of most importance to you 

Take the free quiz: here

Why is ethical fashion important?
Image Credit from left to right: People Tree; People Tree garment worker

3. Evaluate your current closet & shop accordingly 

Now that you know the basics of sustainable fashion and have a strong understanding of your own personal values, it’s time to open up your closet.  Pull out some of your favorite items and check the label to find out where and how they were made. What kinds of fabrics are they made of?  Do your favorite brands align with your values? 

If the answer is no, that’s ok. 

But now that you know better, you can do better.

Every euro you spend on clothing that supports people and the planet is a vote for those values. By supporting sustainable businesses, you are shaping the future of the industry. 

But investigating sustainability standards can be time-consuming. That is why Renoon has done the work for you. On Renoon’s website, you can filter clothing by values such as Vegan, Organic, and Upcycled clothing.   

Want to feed your shopping addiction a more sustainable way? Check Renoon’s selection of second-hand options. 

Need something dazzling for a special occasion? 

We won’t stop you – find something that catches your eye at a local boutique and rent it from there.

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Embracing a sustainable fashion lifestyle doesn’t need to be difficult or daunting. By educating yourself, uncovering your values, and shopping according to those values you are well on your way to a more sustainable future!

 

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This is How You Buy Clothes that Stand the Test of Time

It’s that time of year again. As you pull out your summer clothes and start to organize your closet, you may have accumulated a large “donate pile”. 

While you may have removed the ghosts of fashion trends past that no longer fit with your style or “spark joy” if you follow the Marie Condo method – something lingers. Glancing at those bags of clothing, it’s hard to ignore the feeling of guilt – the energy that was used to create the garments, the money that you spent on them, and the knowledge that they will eventually end up in a landfill. Some of the items might still have the tags on them.

Looking at this manifestation of overconsumption, I bet you’re wondering “if I create this much clothing waste as an individual, how much is created globally?” An average American consumer throws away a whopping 75 pounds (34 kilograms) of clothing per year (world wear project). Globally, we produce 13 million tons of textile waste each year 95% of which could be reused or recycled.

While donating clothes may make you feel like you’re contributing to something positive, the unfortunate reality is that most clothing doesn’t end up in the arms of someone who will love it as much as you once did. 

While the best clothes are resold at thrift stores, the vast majority of items are wrapped into enormous plastic bundles and shipped to developing countries. Pakistan is the top importer of used clothing, with 11 percent of the market, followed by Malaysia, with 7.1 percent, according to M.I.T.’s Observatory of Economic Complexity

So what’s the problem with shipping unwanted clothing to developing countries?

Foreign clothing imports can have detrimental consequences for emerging economies by creating an oversupply. When there is an oversupply of clothing, prices and demand are driven down, inhibiting the development of local textile sectors. This problem has become so significant that three East African countries have fought back and initiated a ban on secondhand clothing (New York Times). This move has created tension with the U.S., as these East African markets are worth over $43 million and provide 40,000 American jobs, including sorting and packing clothes.  Instead of being dumped in East Africa, the clothing now gets shipped to a U.S. landfill. 

How to Buy Clothes that Stand the Test of Time
Bales of clothing to be shipped abroad courtesy of HorizonEX

So how can this all be avoided?

You can keep your clothes for longer and consume less. When shopping for new clothing, here are some important questions to ask yourself to ensure that your new item will not end up in a landfill next summer. 

4 Questions to ask yourself to find garments that last:

1. Will I wear it again?

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When deciding on a new shirt or pair of shorts ask yourself if you can see yourself wearing a year from now. Does it fit well? Does it match with your other clothes?

One unfortunate trend of the digital age is that many people feel pressure not to repeat outfits in their Instagram posts. In a recent Barclay survey, 9 percent of shoppers in Britain admitted to buying clothes online for the sole purpose of posting Instagram. After the photos, they simply return it.

There is no reason to be ashamed of re-wearing your clothing. Take a page out of Kate Middleton’s book and repeat your outfits!

2. Does it feel good to the touch?

Let’s face it: if a piece of clothing isn’t comfortable, you won’t wear it. If quarantine has taught us anything about the fashion industry, it’s that in times of crisis, people prefer comfortable clothing. 

One of the few apparel companies that has been thriving during COVID-19, at least online, is Lululemon, thanks to its wide array of hoodies and leggings that keep you comfortable in your home office (New York Times).

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Note: Year-over-year change in sales through April 29  ·  Source: Earnest Research

3. What is it made of?

How to Buy Clothes that Stand the Test of Time
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For professional suits and dresses, a lining can greatly extend the life of your item.  For everyday work clothes, Tencel is an excellent option. Made from dissolved wood pulp, Tencel is strong, durable and comfortable. Luckily, Renoon has a wide selection of Tencel products for you to get started. 

For sweaters, pilling is the main issue as nobody wants to find themselves covered in those unsightly balls of fuzz. Synthetic fibers and blends have a tendency to pill more than natural fibers such as cotton or wool.

For T-Shirts, look for organic cotton. Organic cotton is typically more durable than conventional because it is less processed and not treated with harsh chemicals (like chlorine bleach and formaldehyde) that can wear down fibers. Once again, Renoon has you covered with our wide selection of organic cotton clothing. 

The bottom line: When it comes to materials that last, look out for linings, Tencel, and high-quality organic cotton.

4. Can I maintain it?

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Buying high-quality clothing is the first step to ensure the longevity of your wardrobe, but like most good things in life, you need to treat them well. 

For example, bras tend to last longer when you hand wash them or use a lingerie bag on a delicate cycle. 

Elastic based items such as underwear, workout gear, and swimwear should never go on the dryer as the heat destroys the elastic. This rule extends to jeans and T-shirts as well.

The bottom line: To make your clothes last, wash them in cold water and hang to dry.

Beyond washing, you need to learn to replace buttons and stitch holes or find a trustworthy tailor who can do it for you. 

You can extend this level of care to your shoes by spraying them with a protective spray, which can prolong the life of leather and suede when exposed to the elements. If your favorite pair of booties start to fall apart, you can have them re-heeled at your local cobbler.

While overproduction and planned obsolescence in the clothing industry is a major systemic problem to tackle, the best way to start is with your own closet. But buying fewer “forever” items that you intend to wear well into the foreseeable future, you not only reduce your impact but signal to the industry where your values lie.

By next year, you may find that there is no need to clean out your closet at all. 

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Here is where to find Sustainable Swimwear made from ECONYL® 

First things first, what exactly is ECONYL?

ECONYL was designed by the Italian company Aquafil as a sustainable alternative to nylon.

ECONYL is made by taking synthetic waste such as consumer plastic, deadstock and abandoned fishing nets, and regenerating it into a new material that is equal in quality to virgin nylon.

While ECONYL is a fantastic brand of sustainable material, recycled nylon is another eco-friendly alternative to look out for.

So, where can I find sustainable swimwear?

Don’t worry, Renoon has you covered.

Here are 3 beach-worthy, ECONYL based sustainable swimwear brands on Renoon that make us say, shell yeah.

1. Holiday Romance

Your Guide to Sustainable Swimwear made from ECONYL

Inspired by the romance of travel and the irresistible idea of a life lived away from the mainland and mainstream, Holiday Romance is an environmentally conscious swimwear label designed for the faultless female form and founded on principles of sustainability.

Find Holiday Romance on Renoon.

2. SEAY

Your Guide to Sustainable Swimwear made from ECONYL

SEAY designs, produces and distributes collections of sustainable beachwear using certified materials, a short supply chain and a marketing plan that encourages environmental awareness of the consumers by aiming for a circular economic system closed through the project called RE3.

Find SEAY on Renoon.

3. FISCH

Your Guide to Sustainable Swimwear made from ECONYL

Launched in 2017, FISCH was born from the desire to create statement swimwear with a superior fit and timeless design that helped to keep waste out of the ocean by up-cycling.

Find FISCH on Renoon.

Don’t forget to check out Renoon’s full selection of sustianable swimwear.

So, is Econyl swimwear truly the most sustainable option?

Your bikini can now be made sustainably with recycled material,  so what are we missing here?

Microplastics. These tiny pieces of plastic are released in the environment when we put our swimwear through the wash. These microscopic fibers cannot be seen with the naked eye, but end up in the ocean, where they can be swallowed by sea animals, and make their way through the food chain.

The good news is that microplastic pollution from your washing machine can be reduced by using filters like GUPPYFRIEND . You can also reduce your impact by washing in bigger loads and avoiding the tumble dryer whenever possible.

The verdict: While there isn’t currently a biodegradable material with the durability and qualities necessary for a swimsuit, recycled swimwear is the next best alternative. So, even if it’s not 100% sustainable, Eoonyl is a step in the right direction.

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This is How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe in 5 Steps

First things first: what is a capsule wardrobe?

You can call it a “mini wardrobe” made up of high quality, versatile clothes that never go out of style. 

The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to select 30-40 well-fitting items you will wear all season (including accessories). It’s not about how many items are in your closet, but rather being thoughtful about how they all work together cohesively.

As the weather gets nicer and you start to run out of quarantine activities, how can you not consider your capsule wardrobe for this spring?

And here is your time back

As Carmen Jenny, journalist and sustainability enthusiast, emphasized on her recent IG live interview with Renoon, a capsule wardrobe will be the dream for all of us who struggle with time: ready in the morning in a snap. If you are like us, the staring-at-the-wall experience is not new (also known as decision fatigue). Just substitute it with your capsule: fewer items to choose from and ready-made combinations.

Polish up your Style

Narrowing your wardrobe down to the pieces that you can’t live without is also a great way to define your style. Many of us face the problem of a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear. Limiting your wardrobe to your favorite pieces will ensure that you always have something great to put on and make your style more refined and consistent. 

The top quality you needed

Finally, creating a capsule wardrobe actually reduces your desire to buy useless clothes. When everything in your closet matches perfectly together, you won’t feel like there is anything missing. You know that feeling when you buy a new skirt and wish you had that perfect top to match? By pre-planning the items you will wear for a season, you can break the cycle of always needing to buy something to match that new thing you just bought. 

The 5 steps you were waiting: Build Your Own Capsule Wardrobe

Step 1 – Style: found

Ready to ask yourself the right questions? Go through your current closet and evaluate what you currently have. What clothes do you wear most often? How well does your wardrobe match your lifestyle?

Not 100% satisfied with your current wardrobe?

Look for inspiration.

Pinterest is a great place to start (check out Renoon’s sustainable outfits board here). Try searching for words that define your ideal style. Some ideas include feminine, quirky, minimalist, sporty, classic, colorful, and bohemian.

This is How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe in 6 Steps
Image Credit: @best.dressed and @katybellotte via Instagram

Step 2 – Out: Empty Your Closet

Divide clothes into the following piles: love, maybe, donate/sell, occasion wear, seasonal wear, & sportswear. Store away out of season items that you don’t need right now.

Step 3 – Create Your Capsules

Colors:

Choose 3 or 4 of your favorite colors for the season, being sure to include a few neutrals to balance out your palette. 

Not sure what colors will work together?

Filter by color on Renoon to get a better sense of how your colors will mesh across a variety of pieces. 

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Capsules:

Choose 30-40 items that you will commit to wearing for the next 3 months. If you have space, move them to separate rack or dresser where you can easily distinguish them from the rest of your clothes. 

Need more inspiration to structure your capsules?

Check out some capsule wardrobe bloggers, like the popular Danish blog, Use Less

Or check out these Instagram bloggers based on your style Mariejedig (Colorful), carinasstyle (Classic), best.dressed (Vintage), Carmitive (Neutrals).

How to Build Your Own Capsule Wardrobe
Image: @carmitive

Step 4: Shop Better! 

Take a look at the capsules you have created and note any essentials that you may be missing. When you shop, look for sustainable basics, prioritizing neutrals, and versatile items. 

Looking for a specific item? Check out Renoon’s sustainable fashion search engine to find sustainable capsule wardrobe-essentials. 

Step 5: Care For Your Clothes 

Take Care & Repair

Always store your clothing properly and be sure to read care labels when washing! 

Find a local seamstress or tailor to make sure your favorite pieces last (your clothes will thank you).

Ok, now tell me how much is the bill going to be?

While building a high quality capsule wardrobe needs to be expensive looking at it first, investing in items that stand the test of time will reduce the quantity you buy each year and save money (and Planet) in the long run. For example, having 2-3 great pairs of jeans that you will wear for years is better than replacing cheap jeans each season.

How will you build your capsule wardrobe for spring?

Creating a capsule wardrobe is a long term project that will save you time and stress when putting together outfits.

By following these 5 steps and investing in a few high quality pieces each year, you are well on your way to the wardrobe of your dreams! 

So, how will you build your capsule wardrobe for spring?

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Earth Day is Over, What Now?

The 22nd of April marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. It is a day to celebrate how far we have come in addressing sustainability, but also a day to reflect on areas and industries in which change is imperative. 

During this unprecedented pause in reality sparked by COVID-19, we are starting to see the positive impacts of reduced consumption. The air is a little cleaner, highways are less congested, and wild animal sightings have risen significantly. The virus has given us a glimpse of how quickly the earth can recover with changes in human behavior.

Earth Day is over: what now?
The Indian capital New Delhi, one of the world’s most polluted cities saw a 60% reduction in PM2.5 levels from March 23 to April 13 from the same period in 2019. (awar Nazir/Getty Images, SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images)

But halting entire economies is not sustainable, and as life starts to regain its normal pace, so too will carbon emissions and environmental degradation. COVID-19 has taught the world the hard way what can happen when nobody is prepared for a crisis. The effects of the virus have stretched to all corners of the earth, solidifying its status as a global health emergency. However, we needn’t forget that the climate is also in a state of emergency, one with the potential to outlast the effects of COVID-19. 

While it would be easy to call this pandemic a win for the environment, the United Nations has instead called for “a profound, systemic shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet.” 

The Fashion Industry & The Environment 

When it comes to the environment, the fashion industry has a bad reputation. According to a recent McKinsey report, the industry accounts for 20 to 35 percent of microplastic flows into the ocean and outweighs the carbon footprint of international flights and shopping combined (2019). 

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Microplastic Pollution; Courtesy of Orlando Barria/EFE via ZUMA Press

While awareness about sustainable fashion has certainly grown (Internet searches for “sustainable fashion” tripled between 2016 and 2019),  consumers are not following through. A US McKinsey survey revealed that while 66 percent say that they consider sustainability when making a luxury purchase, only a minority are willing to pay more for sustainable products (33 percent of Gen-Z and just 12 percent of baby boomers).

This discrepancy between values and actual purchases is worsened by greenwashing and unclear guidelines. Consumers are unsure of what “sustainability” really means and how they can identify sustainable brands. The Global Fashion Agenda’s Pulse report revealed a pervasive lack of consumer trust, amid accusations of greenwashing, using sustainability as a marketing strategy without a significant positive impact on the environment. This is where Renoon comes in, a platform that evaluates brands at the item level to ensure that they align with stringent social and environmental criteria.

What progress have we made?

Early 2019 saw the launch of the  UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion. This past June, France became the first country to ban the destruction of unsold fashion goods, mandating that manufacturers and retailers donate, reuse or recycle. In September, the German government started “the Green Button” a sustainable textile certification based on the UN guiding principles of business and human rights. The EU has created a circular economy action plan with the goal of ensuring that products can be repaired or recycled, with a special focus on textiles. This surge of activity has brought fashion’s environmental impact to the global stage. At the G7 summit in August, over 150 brands signed on to French President Emmanuel Macron’s Fashion Pact.

Major brands are also starting to get on board. LVMH has committed to several initiatives, setting a target of 70 percent of the group’s leather to be sourced in Leather Working Group (LWG) certified tanneries, up from their current 48 percent. Brands such as Everlane and Reformation have proven that sustainability can be scaled, sparking the emergence of several new sustainable fashion startups in 2019. 

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What can you do?

As a consumer, the most sustainable thing that you can do is to consume less.  “The single best thing we can do for the planet is to keep our gear in use longer and cut down on consumption,” Patagonia says on its website.  While it is important to shop for sustainable products, it is also important to recognize the reality that shopping itself is inherently unsustainable. “There is no sustainable material, per se, because for everything you need a resource,” says sustainable fabric entrepreneur Nina Marenzi. 

So this earth day, I challenge you to slow down. When you do need to buy clothing, look on Renoon for brands that are contributing positively to the sustainable fashion movement. But above all, I urge you to shop for quality over quantity, buying less clothing that you will love for a long time.

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From Sustainable Streetwear To Stylish Coronavirus Masks

Each week, Re-news brings you fresh information about the latest trends and breakthroughs in sustainable fashion. Find new content every week on our  Read page. Share this post and spread the word (we need more sustainable fashion in this world).

Ahluwalia’s Sustainable Streetwear for the 21st Century

From patchwork tracksuits to multinational football jerseys, designer Priya Ahluwalia centers notions of memory and heritage using repurposed fabrics.

From Sustainable Streetwear To Stylish Coronavirus Masks
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When considering “What is a truly global fashion garment?,” look no further than the track pant. As Ayesha A. Siddiqi wrote last year, “A track pant is the single article of clothing as likely to be worn in a refugee camp in Calais, or by a south London DJ, an Asian grandfather on a walk, or a supermodel. Today’s track pants are not a ‘new trend,’ they’re a culture shift.”

Read more on vice.com 

Pandemic, Plastics And The Continuing Quest For Sustainability

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the global economy and disrupted the waste, plastic, and recycling industries.

From Sustainable Streetwear To Stylish Coronavirus Masks

While waste management, plastics production, and recycling sectors at first glance appear only tangentially linked to essential services, they are intimately connected to a thriving economy and critical public health roles. The uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have caused significant limitations on recycling and municipal waste services in the U.S. and beyond. Meanwhile, the likely decrease in plastic waste generation—due to the global decline in economic activity, reduced collection rates and halt in container redemption programs where inventory may not make it into the waste and recycling system until post-pandemic—has been significantly muted by the needs associated with the pandemic. As a result, more recyclables are being disposed of in the traditional waste processes- landfill and incineration. 

Read more on Forbes.com 

30+ Fashion Brands Pivoting To Make Stylish Coronavirus Masks

By pivoting to make face masks instead, many brands finding a way to keep their businesses going while also serving a great need.

From Sustainable Streetwear To Stylish Coronavirus Masks
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With healthcare workers facing critical shortages of face masks during the coronavirus pandemic, people like fashion designer Dexter Flawk are dealing with their own anxiety by directing their energy towards making as many masks as their two hands can handle. Others are organizing networks to sew and distribute masks. For example, Irene Lee, founder of kids’ clothing brand Bash + Sass, and her friend and chef Michael Hung launched SewMuchLove to spread awareness to individuals, brands and companies that can sew, then support and connect them to distribution channels.

Read more on Forbes.com 

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From Rihanna’s Vegan Collection to Cartier’s $1 Million Female Entrepreneur Award

Each week, Re-news brings you fresh information about the latest trends and breakthroughs in sustainable fashion. Find new content every week on our  Read page. Share this post and spread the word (we need more sustainable fashion in this world).

Rihanna’s Vegan Capsule Collection Is Finally Here

The American singer has just launched an ultra-chic ‘vegan leather’ collection for her FENTY line.

From Rihanna’s Vegan Collection to Cartier’s $1 Million Female Entrepreneur Award
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The first to wear pieces of Rihanna’s vegan leather fashion was Bella Hadid, this past March, during Paris Fashion Week. Rihanna’s vegan capsule collection includes jackets, trousers, skirts and much more. Part of the FENTY label, this limited edition collection proves that, finally, vegan fashion is getting celebrity attention. Create an account and get notified when FENTY drops on Renoon.

Read more on WTVOX.com 

Meet the masterminds of sustainable fashion and lifestyle Malaysian brands

From Earth Heir to Biji Biji, we talk to the masterminds behind Malaysian sustainable fashion and lifestyle brands.

From Rihanna’s Vegan Collection to Cartier’s $1 Million Female Entrepreneur Award
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This month of April, we want to pull your focus to get acquainted with the local sustainable fashion and lifestyle Malaysian brands whose creations promise to make you feel as good as they look.

From Earth Heir who works with over 100 craftspeople sourced through women’s cooperatives, indigenous tribes and refugee groups to Biji Biji who upcycles materials collected into renewed fashion collections and products, here are four amazing masterminds behind these brands.

Read about them on L’OFFICIEL.com 

Cartier’s Women’s Initiative Is Awarding $1 Million To Female Entrepreneurs: Here Are All The Finalists

One of the largest fashion-funded competitions between female entrepreneurs has just announced its shortlist — and the candidates are as strong as you’d expect.

From Rihanna’s Vegan Collection to Cartier’s $1 Million Female Entrepreneur Award
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 Each year, for the past 14 years, the Cartier Women’s Initiative selects 21 enterprises (in the fashion industry and beyond) with socially conscious roots, using their business models to solve problems and close white spaces in their global community. This year, Cartier’s awarding more than $1 million to female entrepreneurs through the initiative, including several subsequent cash prizes for winners at the laureate and runner-up levels. 

Get to know the finalists on thezoereport.com 

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From Female-led Luxury Fashion to 3D Printed Handbags

Each week, Re-news brings you fresh information about the latest trends and breakthroughs in sustainable fashion. Find new content every week on our  Read page. Share this post and spread the word (we need more sustainable fashion in this world).

9 Women-Run Fashion Brands Rewriting History, Including One That’s Disrupting The Luxury Market

March is Women’s History Month, but amid the current global health crisis, it hasn’t necessarily been top of mind. 

From Female-led Luxury Fashion to 3D Printed Handbags
Courtesy of Sahroo

But times of great uncertainty and fear are also times for reflection. And hopefully, through darker times can also come both hope for the future and change. The fashion industry will change, but a number of women-run fashion brands are already leading the charge towards a more inclusive future. Create an account and get notified when these brands are live on Renoon.

Read more on TheZoeReport.com 

The Future of Fashion: Philippine Brands and Local Designers Focus On Sustainability

Think green: the fashion industry goes full circle with local designers and retail brands shifting to sustainable methods.

From Female-led Luxury Fashion to 3D Printed Handbags
Models wearing Hindy Weber’s Every.Day collection courtesy of Hindy Weber

In the Philippines, this surge of interest in sustainability is present on all fronts, with a growing number of local designers and brands giving their production cycles a rethink. The ‘buy local’ movement has reached our shores, with fashion entrepreneurs aiming to produce clothing and accessories in a ‘seed-to-assembly’ manner, in efforts to reduce environmental footprint. Small businesses supporting the livelihood of local communities are on the rise, due to a growing need from local consumers, many of whom are making a permanent lifestyle change and switching to eco-friendly purchases. Create an account and get notified when Hindy Weber  drops on Renoon.

Read more on AsiaTalter.com

Julia Daviy Launches World’s 1st 3D Printed Sustainable Luxury Collection

Julia Daviy’s 3D printed sustainable luxury collection of handbags is here.  

From Female-led Luxury Fashion to 3D Printed Handbags
Julia Daviy at NYFW courtesy of WTVOX

Over the last three years, Julia Daviy has produced the fashion industry’s most innovative sustainable creations. With growing followers and brand popularity, Daviy’s 3D printed and digitally customizable skirts got featured in the ‘must-have’ list of Vogue UK Spring-Summer 2019 Issue and were presented at New York Fashion Week.

Read more on WTVOX.com

Cover image: Julia Daviy, Hindy Weber &  Mother of Pearl

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From Circular Fashion in India to Sustainable Sunnies

Each week, Re-news brings you fresh information about the latest trends and breakthroughs in sustainable fashion. Find new content every week on our  Read page. Share this post and spread the word (we need more sustainable fashion in this world).

The Growth Of Sustainable Fashion Ecosystem In India

Today in India, approximately 60 percent of the consumer population buys from the pre-owned section. 

From Circular Fashion in India to Sustainable Sunnies
Image: Livaeco Show at India Fashion Week courtesy of FDCI

Circularity and reusing fashion have sought great popularity on the global front in the last five years. But this concept has existed in India for ages now. It has been an age-old tradition for Indians to wear pre-used clothes and hand-me-down clothes from their elder siblings or relatives. A garment bought in a family was usually first used by the intended person, only to be then passed down to whoever it would fit. Once the garment became unfit for wearing it was used as a washcloth or dusting purposes.

Read more on entrepreneur.com 

We’re obsessed with this Sustainable Swedish Brand 

House of Dagmar was established in Stockholm in 2005 by Karin Söderlind, Kristina Tjäder, and Sofia Wallenstam, three sisters on a mission to create truly sustainable, low-impact fashion — meaning, unlike much of the competition, they’re not just throwing around buzz-words. 

From Circular Fashion in India to Sustainable Sunnies
Image: Founders Karin Söderlind, Kristina Tjäder & Sofia Wallenstam courtesy of Dagmar

On their website, there’s a timeline of Dagmar’s accomplishments, from the introduction of certified mulesing-free merino wool in 2008 to the revolutionary launch of what the brand calls “animal-friendly fur,” or mohair wool that is sewn onto cotton, not unlike how wigs are made. The brand has used the technique, continuously adapting it (cruelty-free shearling, anyone?) ever since.  Sign up to get notified when the brand is available on Renoon.

Read more on refinery29.com

Sustainable Sunnies That See A Clean Future

One All Every joins forces with RVS Eyewear and Ugo Rondinone to craft a limited-edition line of fully sustainable sunglasses that pay homage to the elements—and the environmental stewards who champion them.

From Circular Fashion in India to Sustainable Sunnies
Image: Courtesy of surface.com

Earlier in 2019, biodiversity experts at the United Nations released a harrowing statistic: One million plant and animal species face imminent extinction. The report resonated with Lisa Schiff, founder of One All Every, an initiative that commissions creative projects to spread awareness about cleaner, more sustainable ways of living. Prior collaborations include billboards by Ryan McGinley and Donald Moffett, furniture by Porky Hefer, and neon works by Andrea Bowers and Tomás Sánchez. One All Every’s latest endeavor, which debuted at DesignMiami/ Basel in June, is tackling an entirely new medium.

Read more on surfacemag.com

Cover image: FDCI, Surface Magazine