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H&M, Primark and Arcadia Back Revived UK Parliamentary Group to Transform Fashion

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) formed off the back of a recently shunned Environmental Audit Committee report will look to reinforce the need for transformative change across the UK’s fashion industry. The APPG’s inaugural meeting brought together major retailers Arcadia Group, H&M and Primark; trade bodies such as the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan and a representative of Mary Creagh’s office in a bid to catalyze change in the industry. (via EcoTextile News)

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Factory Tour: Inside the World’s Most Sustainable Denim Factory 

Fashionista writer Whitney Bauck takes readers on a tour of the cutting-edge Saitex factory in Vietnam, which produces denim for brands like Everlane and Madewell. Saitex accommodates five different facilities, employs over 4,500 people, produces 20,000 pairs of jeans a day. Along the way, it’s collected a lengthy list of ethics-centric certifications: Fair Trade, Oeko-Tex, LEED, Bluesign, the Higg Index and B Corp have all given Saitex their stamp of approval. (via Fashionista)

New Chinese Startup Gets In on the Plastic-Bottles-to-Textiles Game

China is the world’s leading producer of plastic waste, but things are changing. In July, Shanghai became the first city in China to enforce mandatory waste sorting. And entrepreneur Jane Zhao has launched a company called P.E.T. (Plastic Ecological Transformation) to transform plastic bottles into new synthetic textiles, joining a growing list of companies in this space. Recycled polyester (known as rPET) has a much lower environmental footprint than virgin polyester. (via Asia Times)

Vogue International on 5 Innovative Ways the Fashion Industry Could be Greener

Fashion needs to clean up its act—and fast. The industry is responsible for over 8% of the world’s overall carbon emissions and a report by the Global Fashion Agenda found that fashion is actually slowing down when it comes to improving its environmental impact. “At the moment [we’re] not going fast enough,” Eva Kruse, president and CEO of the Global Fashion Agenda, tells Vogue. The magazine covers five leading ways the industry could transform, including going carbon neutral, investing in new materials, and creating new business models. Click through to read the rest. (via Vogue International)

A New Report Ranks American Clothing Brands on Sustainability

A green economy nonprofit, Green America, released a report ranking 14 top fashion companies based in the U.S. on their sustainability and transparency. Overall, the textile industry uses 43 million tons of toxic chemicals every year, and most companies do not disclose the source of their chemicals so it is difficult to understand the health impacts. Of the brands reviewed, Target, VF (The North Face), and Gap ranked higher, but have a long way to go. On the very bottom, with few demonstrable sustainability goals, are Forever 21, J. Crew, Madewell, and Carter’s. (via Inhabitat)

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