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Primark debuts denim jeans made from organic cotton

Primark debuts denim jeans made from organic cotton | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Fast fashion retailer Primark's first ever line of women's jeans made from organic cotton will soon be available in the U.K. and European Union — selling for the equivalent of less than $20, according to a press release. These jeans fall under the retailer's "Primark Cares Initiative" under which the company has used fabric made from recycled polyester and water bottles. Katharine Stewart, ethical trade and environmental sustainability director at Primark, said the brand intends to eventually employ organic cotton "across our entire product range."

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More and more companies in the fashion industry are revamping their business models and improving their supply chains to reduce overall environmental impacts, improve social conditions in factories, etc. One would remember the tragedies of the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013, Bangladesh, where the victims were manufacturing clothes to be supplied to top fashion retail companies. Even when these top retail fashion companies did not own these suppliers, they were implicated in the investigations and suffered a negative association with their brands. 

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Finland wants EU to agree plan for net-zero carbon footprint

Finland wants EU to agree plan for net-zero carbon footprint | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Finland wants the European Union to agree to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050, Environment Minister Kimmo Tiilikainen said on Monday as the bloc's ministers met to discuss a climate protection plan. Finland, which will take over the EU's rotating presidency in the second half of 2019, has called for leadership in combating climate change after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to pull out of the global Paris deal. The EU executive proposed last year that the bloc aims for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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Eleven EU states already met 2020 renewable energy target 

Eleven EU states already met 2020 renewable energy target  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The European Union produced 17.5 percent of its power needs from renewable sources in 2017, while 11 of the bloc's 28 members had already achieved a 2020 goal of 20 percent or more, the latest data released by Eurostat showed.

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EU singles out palm oil for removal from transport fuel

EU singles out palm oil for removal from transport fuel | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The European Commission has concluded that palm oil cultivation results in excessive deforestation and its use in transport fuel should be phased out, setting the bloc on a collision course with major palm oil producers Malaysia and Indonesia. The Commission published its criteria on Wednesday for determining what crops cause environmental harm, part of a new EU law to boost the share of renewable energy to 32 percent by 2030 and determine what are appropriate renewable sources. The use of more harmful biofuel feedstocks will be capped at 2019 levels until 2023 and reduced to zero by 2030.

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Human rights: Council adopts conclusions on EU priorities in UN human rights fora in 2019 

The EU will continue to denounce human rights violations and abuses wherever they are committed, to call on states and non-state actors to prevent them and bring them to an immediate end, as well as to seek justice and accountability. The EU will use all available tools and fora to fulfil its commitments to human rights and promote human rights globally, including in the framework of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Security Council and any other relevant fora, consistent with the EU Treaty and the UN Charter.

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