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Feel-Good Fashion Headlines From the Week of June 10

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Sustainable and ethical fashion news from the week of June 9, 2019 worth celebrating.

New Report: More Than Half of US, UK Shoppers Want a Sustainable Fashion Industry

A new report, released by the e-commerce and retail artificial intelligence platform Nosto, found that over half of consumers in the UK and the US say they want a more sustainable fashion industry, with 29% saying they are willing to pay more to buy responsibly. (via i-D)

In the UK, £4.7 Million Fund Set Up for Textile and Plastic Recycling Innovations

WRAP, a UK charity aimed at sustainable consumption, has announced the launch of a £4.7 million capital grant scheme for infrastructure projects for the recycling of textile waste and plastic packaging. Funding for textile waste will go towards increasing capacity for sorting, handling and reprocessing of textiles. WRAP Director Peter Maddox says of the grant scheme: “There is a growing public alarm about the impact of plastic and textiles on our planet. To really tackle this, we have to shift from the prevailing make, use and dispose culture to a more sustainable one in which we keep resources in use as many times as human ingenuity can conceive. (via Let’s Recycle)

Dolce&Gabbana Extends Size Range Up to a US 18

Where most designers show their collections exclusively on size 6-8 models, Dolce and Gabbana’s fashion shows have, in the past year, included more voluptuous stars including Monica Bellucci, Ashley Graham and Tess McMillan. Now, the Italian label is extending its size ranges beyond that of any other luxury fashion house up to an Italian size 54, which is a UK 22 and a US 18. The extension begins with its Pre-Fall collection, which is beginning to arrive in shops now. (via The Telegraph)

Could Bread Waste Be a Source of Sustainable Fiber?

Bread waste is among the biggest fraction of food wastes. But one laboratory at the University of Borås in Sweden is to take the bread products wasted by Swedish supermarkets each year and turn it into yarn. Akram Zamani, senior lecturer in resource recycling at the university, and her team are figuring out a technique to use the fungus that grows on bread waste to spin yarn. Specifically, the researchers are separating out the fibrous fungal cell walls, which can be spun into fiber. These threads will be most successful for making non-woven fabrics, such as felt. And when the fabric reaches the end of its life-cycle, it can be composted. (via Atlas Obscura)

Ralph Lauren Sets Goals to Source All Main Fabrics “Sustainably” Within Five Years

Luxury fashion retailer Ralph Lauren has revealed ‘Design the Change’, a new set of sustainability goals. The pledges include 100 per cent transparency of chemicals used during production by 2020, eliminating the use of hazardous chemicals in its supply chain by 2025 and 100 per cent of its key materials – such as cotton, polyester and viscose – being ‘sustainably’ sourced by 2025. It also notes plans to use 170 million recycled plastic bottles in both its products and packaging by 2025. Let’s hold them to it! (via Ecotextile News)

Zappos Launches a Denim Recycling Program

Online retail giant Zappos has partnered with Cotton Inc. on the latter’s Blue Jeans Go Green program to offer a denim take back and recycling program. Zappos will offer consumers a free shipping label to send in used denim to the company. Boxes can be dropped off at any UPS store. The jeans will then be turned into insulation. Each a year, a portion of this insulation will be distributed for building efforts across the country. (via Fashion United)

Refried Apparel Transforms Dead Stock into Fun and Fashionable Goods

There is an astounding about surplus inventory, known as deadstock, in the clothing industry. Companies have often turned to destroying it in the past. But one growing brand has a better solution. New Bedford, Massachusetts-based Refried Apparel custom prints on surplus material and transforms already existing decorated and non-decorated surplus into clothes and accessories. (via ApparelMag)

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