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Feel-Good Fashion Headlines from the Week of April 15

A New Online Fashion School Will Teach Sustainability for Free

Simon Collins, who previously worked Nike, has co-founded WeDesign, a digital platform that houses interviews with founders, academics, and experts on all things art and design. It’ll now also host content on sustainable fashion for free and will be accessible to students in Asia and the West. (via Forbes)

In Italy’s Prato Region, Old Jeans Are Reborn as Chic Sweaters

An Italian startup called Rifo (drawn from a Tuscan expression meaning “I redo”) has figured out a process to recycle jeans back into knitwear, high-quality cotton sweaters to be exact. Each sweater is woven from the scraps of five pairs of jeans. (via Sportswear International)

Walmart Sets a Goal to Eliminate Plastic and to Power Stores With Renewables

The world’s largest retailer has announced ambitious sustainability goals. In addition to introducing reusable shopping bags, Walmart aims to power its stores with 50% renewables, source its synthetics from 50% recycled materials and require its private brand packaging to be 100 percent recyclable, reusable or industrially compostable, all by 2025. (via Waste360)

Dubai Invests $30 Into a Chemical Recycling Plant for Synthetics

Public and private sector leaders from the United Arab Emirates and Japan have revealed plans to establish a clothes recycling plant for synthetics in the city of Dubai that will leverage Japanese company JEPLAN’s technology, which creates a PET resin through a chemical recycling process. (via EcoTextile News)

Minnesota Introduces Bold New Climate Change Bill Crafted by Teens

Teenagers from the group Minnesota Can’t Wait help to craft and introduce a sweeping climate change bill in Minnesota, modeled after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s federal-level Green New Deal. The bill requires the state to run on 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2030 and puts a moratorium on fossil fuel permitting. (via Earther)

Gucci CEO Details to Vogue Australia New Diversity Initiatives

In February 2019, a backlash ensued when a Gucci product was widely condemned for evoking blackface. Then, the brand announced its intentions to hire global and regional directors for diversity and inclusion, set up a multicultural design scholarship, and other initiatives. Gucci’s CEO Marco Bizzarri explains how the brand plans to make diversity part of its “infrastructure” rather than just a soft talking point. (via Vogue Australia)

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