How Fashion Brands Can Create a More Sustainable End-to-End Retail Economy

With the realization that today's shoppers quite literally wear their values on their sleeves, the fashion industry spent 2018 getting more serious about sustainability. From real fur becoming a fashion faux pas to the rise of the luxury rental and resale market, we've entered 2019 with a marketplace hungry to create a more environmentally-conscious fashion landscape and, ultimately, to design a sustainable end-to-end retail economy.

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Paris is aiming to be the sustainable fashion capital of the world

The city of Paris has announced official plans to become the most sustainable fashion capital by 2024. The initiative, entitled 'Paris Good Fashion' will aim to push the fashion industry towards using more sustainable practices, WWD reports.

The process will be carried out through three themes: improving sourcing and traceability, working on making processes more sustainable (including Paris Fashion Week) and creating a circular economy. The proposal was announced on Monday at the Institut Français de la Mode by Frédéric Hocquard (the deputy to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo in charge of cultural diversity and nightlife), Antoinette Guhl (the deputy in charge of social economy and solidarity) and former fashion journalist and the first editor-in-chief of Jalouse, Isabelle Lefort.

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Big Retail Brands Are Waking Up To Ethical Fashion

In their debut Fair Trade collections, J.Crew is launching 18 styles of denim and Madewell added 16 styles, across men’s and women’s denim. "This is our first category that the company is doing with the denim collection with the Saitex factory in Vietnam. Fair Trade is a broader CSR commitment and we’ll be announcing more styles across categories in the near future," says Gonzalo Pertile, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at J. Crew Group.

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Stella McCartney to launch UN Charter for Sustainable Fashion

Stella McCartney is set to launch a United Nations charter to promote sustainable fashion. The British designer will work with high street fast fashion brands to help them come up with plans to reduce their carbon footprint. More details on the charter and the specific fast fashion brands participating will be announced at the UN's annual convention on climate change on Dec. 10 in Katowice, Poland. {The Independent

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Fast Beauty Plagued By Its Fashion Counterparts

Fast fashion has long been harrassed by its negative reputation in the industry, what with its questionable labor practices, rampant counterfeiting issues, poor quality and tons of clothing waste per year. It's no surprise why fast beauty is being dragged by the negativity for prioritizing trends and formulas rather than ethical practices. Thriving companies like Kylie Cosmetics, Winky Lux and Be For Beauty are all the more being questioned for its ethics due to the buzz they generate, withstanding the test of seasons.

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Elonah Bioneda
Is The Fashion Industry Fueling Modern Slavery?

In lieu of Burberry burning nearly $37 million worth of unsold stock -- and getting burned for it, too -- reports have surfaced stating that the fashion industry is one of the five major industries contributing to modern slavery. According to The Global Slavery Index 2018 report, fashion garments are seen to be one of the biggest items at risk of being produced through modern slavery practices. Some of the most at risk garments come from China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil and Argentina.

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Elonah Bioneda
Burberry Is Getting "Burned" For Burning $37 Million Worth Of Clothes

One of the world's largest online secondhand retailer, thredUp, has penned an open letter to Burberry. and it is not a fan made letter for the high-fashion brand. After Burberry received a very controversial backlash due to burning more than $37 million worth of clothing just to keep things exclusive, thredUp invited the brand to send them any unsold product for resale on their secondhand site, promising to donate 100% of the proceeds to the environmental charity of their choice. “At thredUp we believe in extending the life of clothes,” the company said.

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Elonah Bioneda
Here's Why Sustainable Fashion Has Become The New Normal

After the trage Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 which killed more than 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh, many fashion brands has since jumped into a more eco-friendly approach in terms of producing their clothing lines. To debate if sustainable fashion has become a new normal in the industry is out of the question.

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Elonah Bioneda
On the Radar: ASOS Jumps into the Sustainability Bandwagon

When one fashion brand jumps into a bandwagon, another joins in on the group. The latest fashion label to jump into the sustainability bandwagon is none other than ASOS. In recent years, we've seen the rise of eco-friendly fashion brands such as Veja, Simon Miller and Reformation take full circle in terms of dealing with fast-fashion problem. Now, ASOS is taking full responsibility, too.

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Elonah Bioneda
A Sustainable Lingerie Starter-Pack Is Finally Here

A sustainable capsule wardrobe would not be complete without a lingerie... and after years of waiting, it's finally arrived. Some brands have already launched their lingerie starter-packs and people couldn't be more excited! What better way to start a sustainable journey than with your intimates.

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Elonah Bioneda
Is Sustainable Fashion An Inclusive Bandwagon?

While it is a given fact that the fashion industry produces so much waste in the environment, is it true that only the rich people care about sustainability? The rise of eco-friendly brands have gone up in the last few years, but still not so much have jumped into the sustainable bandwagon.

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Elonah Bioneda
Is Your Favorite Beauty Product Safe?

Apart from the fashion industry being “underfire” with a bunch of ugly things, the beauty industry is also under some serious reckoning. Cases involving low-wage factories for high-profile brands, environmental concerns, dangerous working conditions and more, is your favorite beauty product really safe for hygienic use?

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Activewear Brand 'The North Face' is Joining the Sustainable Bandwagon

As the fashion industry faces more backlash when it comes to their "production" practices, a lot of major companies have since jumped into the sustainable bandwagon and reinforced a new system of selling clothes. The most recent member is California-based activewear brand, The North Face. From returned, damaged to defective pieces, the brand aims to repurpose these materials and help bring awareness to different sustainable shopping options.

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From Corporate to Fashion, this Former Lawyer Is Changing the Fashion Scene

What happens when a corporate lawyer transitions her passion towards a sustainable fashion? A bustling e-commerce destination for chic, eco-friendly clothing that's backed with culture, taste and values. Apart from switching out from a nine-to-five pantsuit wardrobe to a more creative and sustainable closet, the New York-based business owner is down to an exciting and invigorating path. “I dug deeper and discovered the social tragedy behind fast fashion,” she explained.

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5 Ways New T-shirt Line 'For Days' is Changing the Future of Fashion

When Kristy Caylor was in the process of moving apartments, she did what so many clotheshorses do: She tried to purge her closet the right away. She gave away clothes to friends and sold things to The Real Real and Buffalo Exchange. “But I was still left with a pile of undignified donations—things like pit-stained tees, single socks, and stretched out pajamas,” she says.

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