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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."

EcoVadis's insight:

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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Sustana Meets Needs of Supply Chain Partners with New Sustainability Strategy

Sustana Meets Needs of Supply Chain Partners with New Sustainability Strategy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sustana Group, a recycled fibers and paper products provider, is a supply chain partner for many companies that are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, says chairman and CEO Fabian de Armas. With that in mind, the company has built a new sustainability strategy that will guide the company in its future business operations. The strategy focuses on environmental stewardship, workplace and communities, and a circular value chain. Sustana says it hopes to create a “sustainable, closed-loop fiber future,” and believes it can achieve this future through collaboration, transparency, and strategic decision-making and measurement.

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Renewable straws: Finnish firms to make "world's most sustainable straw"

Renewable straws: Finnish firms to make "world's most sustainable straw" | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Sipping on a gin and tonic hasn’t been the same recently for many drinkers as plastic straws have been cast aside for environmental reasons in some countries – but Finnish inventors are hoping to help the world out with renewable straws. Environmentally-friendly packaging companies Stora Enso and Sulapac have based their straw on biocomposite material made of wood and natural adhesive, which is biodegradable in marine environments and recyclable via industrial composting.

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Big brands pledge to turn tide on global plastic waste

Big brands pledge to turn tide on global plastic waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Big brands - from Coke to Kellogg - pledged on Monday to cut all plastic waste from their operations in what the United Nations called the most ambitious effort yet to fight plastic pollution. The initiative comes as public pressure mounts on manufacturers and retailers to pare back the deluge of plastic packaging that is clogging landfills and choking the seas.

EcoVadis's insight:

Bold move by these big brands towards the protection of the environment. Brands must keep up by engaging their supply base to deliver more sustainable and healthier alternatives. If the supplier can’t change with the times, the brand needs to seek an alternative supply source. The impact on the bottom line is too significant to ignore.

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World waste could grow 70 percent as cities boom, warns World Bank

World waste could grow 70 percent as cities boom, warns World Bank | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global waste could grow by 70 percent by 2050 as urbanisation and populations rise, said the World Bank on Thursday, with South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa set to generate the biggest increase in rubbish. Countries could reap economic and environmental benefits by better collecting, recycling and disposing of trash, according to a report, which calculated that a third of the world's waste is instead dumped openly, with no treatment.

EcoVadis's insight:

Tackling environmental pollution is no easy task, especially in developing countries where environmental laws and regulations are not strictly enforced. In the absence of a strong legal framework, companies have an even greater responsibility to ensure that they adopt a proactive approach within a comprehensive environmental management system that encompasses all stakeholders.

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Retailers take aim at packaging waste

Retailers take aim at packaging waste | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Retailers are looking for waste reduction strategies as packaging waste continues to grow, starting with decreasing the amount of non-recyclable packaging on the products they sell. The amount of packaging waste generated annually in the U.S. has increased by 185% between 1960 and 2015, from 27 million tons to almost 78 million tons. Recycling has become an increasingly common way to deal with this stream. Only 10% of this waste was recycled in 1960, but more than half was recycled in 2015, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The practice of curbside recycling didn't take off until around the 1990s. 

EcoVadis's insight:

As consumers become increasingly aware of the effects their choices have on the environment, and ethical consumption continues to grow as a hot topic, a brand’s reputation for sustainability is of paramount importance. There are several waste reduction strategies a company can adopt  for instance reducing, reusing and recycling packaging materials.

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UK plans to make plastic packaging producers pay for waste disposal

UK plans to make plastic packaging producers pay for waste disposal | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Britain is to set out plans to overhaul its recycling system on Monday, including making plastic packaging producers pay the full cost of dealing with their waste and introducing a deposit return scheme for cans and bottles. The plans, which also aim to make household rubbish collections more consistent around the country, will be introduced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove and go out for consultation for three months. "We will introduce a world-leading tax to boost recycled content in plastic packaging, make producers foot the bill for handling their packaging waste, and end the confusion over household recycling," Gove said in a statement.

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P&G Venture Aims To Squeeze New Life Out Of Italy's Dirty Diapers

P&G Venture Aims To Squeeze New Life Out Of Italy's Dirty Diapers | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Italian healthcare group Angelini is working to create a sustainable recycling loop that would allow dirty diapers to be turned into plastic bottle caps and viscose clothing. P&G aims to be able to recycle absorbent hygiene products (AHP), as diapers, incontinence pads, and feminine hygiene products are known, in 10 cities by 2030, according to its latest sustainability agenda. In the long term, it hopes to use 100% renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging.

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In Hong Kong, disposable fashion gets a recycled makeover

In Hong Kong, disposable fashion gets a recycled makeover | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In Hong Kong, more than 340 tonnes of textile waste is dumped each day into the city's overflowing landfills, according to the city's Environmental Protection Department. But a new textile spinning mill - the first to open in this former textile manufacturing powerhouse in half a century - aims to reuse that waste, harnessing pioneering recycling technology to try to make the fashion industry more sustainable. "These technologies may be the gateway to a fashion industry decoupled from the use of virgin natural resources," said Erik Bang, who heads innovation efforts for the H&M Foundation, a non-profit funded by the family, founders and main owners of H&M Group. The clothing retailer has already placed a first order at the mill, as part of its bid to become "fully circular and renewable," according to Cecilia Brännsten, the group's environmental sustainability manager.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great job Hong Kong! The concept of a ‘Circular Economy’ has been growing in prominence over the past few decades, particularly as corporate social responsibility has become increasingly integrated into mainstream business strategy. This trend is likely to continue as the current linear economic system is challenged by growing resource scarcity. 

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