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It's hard to believe these stylish jackets were once plastic bottles

It's hard to believe these stylish jackets were once plastic bottles | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

One brand that is innovating through recycling is San Francisco-based Everlane. Over the past few years, it has become known for offering quality basics at reasonable prices, while operating with transparency on their ethical supply chain. Recently they announced a line called ReNew - outerwear, such as puffer jackets, parkas and fleeces - made entirely of recycled plastic bottles. The range of classic garments comes in a selection of neutral tones, with offerings for men and women.

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Clothing production consumes resources and contributes to climate change. Therefore making stylish jackets out of plastic bottles will reduce both the level of plastics and the negative impact  on climate. Today’s consumers are more environmentally conscious than previous generations and they’re increasingly calling for companies to make sustainability and corporate social responsibility a major part of their business practice. 

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PepsiCo Latin America’s ‘Recycling with Purpose’ Incentivizes Circular Consumer Practices

PepsiCo Latin America’s ‘Recycling with Purpose’ Incentivizes Circular Consumer Practices | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
On Monday, in honor of Global Recycling Day, PepsiCo launched “Recycling with Purpose,” a circular economy model that promotes recycling across Latin America and the Caribbean. This initiative will support PepsiCo’s commitment to build a world where plastics need never become waste through a vision rooted in three pillars: reducing, recycling and reinventing.
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The Environmental Impact of Livestock Farming 

The Environmental Impact of Livestock Farming  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
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Brazilian Bakery Chain Vows to Go Cage-Free

Brazilian Bakery Chain Vows to Go Cage-Free | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Cristallo, an upscale bakery chain based in Brazil, has committed to using only cage-free eggs in its supply chain, with the promise of being 100% cage-free by 2025. First established in 1953, the chain has five locations spread throughout Sao Paulo, and decided to phase out cruel battery-farmed eggs after discussions with Animal Equality and Humane Society International.

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Volkswagen to launch 70 new electric models by 2028

Volkswagen to launch 70 new electric models by 2028 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Group is planning to launch almost 70 new electric models in the next ten years – instead of the 50 previously planned. Expanding e- mobility is an important building block on the road to a CO2-neutral balance. Volkswagen has signed off a comprehensive decarbonization program aimed at achieving a fully CO2-neutral balance in all areas from fleet to production to administration by 2050. Volkswagen is thus fully committed to the Paris climate targets.

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Primaloft claims polyester circularity breakthrough

Primaloft claims polyester circularity breakthrough | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Advanced material technology company Primaloft has announced that its Primaloft Bio fibres are now renewable in a circular economy, after third-party testing proved the polyester fibres were capable of being chemically recycled.

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The Australian fashion labels paying overseas sweat shop workers as little as 55 cents an hour 

The Australian fashion labels paying overseas sweat shop workers as little as 55 cents an hour  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Australian fashion brands are using factories that exploit workers, a report released this month claims. 
Some clothing brands are using workers in Bangladesh and Vietnam that are paid as little as 55 cents a hour.
Oxfam Australia has rated Australian retailers efforts to improve worker poverty in their supply chains.

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Searches for sustainable fashion have increased by 66% in the past year

Searches for sustainable fashion have increased by 66% in the past year | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In 2018, searches for “sustainable fashion” increased by 66%, while for more specific items, like “sustainable denim” the surge was even higher, with page views up by 187%. Lyst’s research suggests that consumers are being more aware and careful about what they purchase, with customers searching for keywords like “ethical brands”, “econyl” and “organic cotton”.

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Consumer thirst grows for ‘sustainable fashion’ online

Consumer thirst grows for ‘sustainable fashion’ online | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global fashion search platform Lyst has released a new report based on the online shopping behaviour of 80 million shoppers over 12 months that shows there’s been a 66 per cent increase in searches based around sustainable fashion. Search terms were tracked more than 100 million searches across 5 million fashion products from 12,000 designers which picked up search terms such as “ethical brands” and “vegan fashion” as well as a 16 per cent increase in searches for “organic cotton” compared to the previous 12 months.

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Climate change: Pledge to cut emissions from dairy farms

Climate change: Pledge to cut emissions from dairy farms | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A dairy firm is pledging to make its operations carbon-neutral from cow to supermarket by 2050, including more than 2,000 farms in the UK. This will require "radical changes" over the coming decades, including developing new technologies, the dairy co-operative, Arla Foods, said. It admitted the target was "ambitious", but said it was achievable.

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Food traceability efforts hampered by information gap and lack of harmonised standards: Chinese authority

Food traceability efforts hampered by information gap and lack of harmonised standards: Chinese authority | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Food traceability efforts in China are being hindered by challenges arising from information gaps, the absence of harmonised standards, and the lack of policies to support tracking efforts.

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DSM sets science-based reduction targets for emissions

DSM sets science-based reduction targets for emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, announced today that it has set new science-based reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions. DSM has committed to reducing 30% of its greenhouse gas emissions from direct production and purchased energy in absolute terms by 2030 compared to 2016. DSM will decouple emissions from its growth through energy efficiency measures and sourcing more renewable electricity. As a complementary target, DSM will be purchasing 75% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030, with 41% already being renewable in 2018.

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Companies have a clear role to play in protecting our climate and ensuring that the transition to a low-carbon economy is smooth and prosperous.Many companies are making efforts into reducing their carbon footprints, making sure to mitigate climate change. To make sure these efforts actually help curbing climate change, a new trend is currently gaining momentum: science-based targets.

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Business models create downward pressure on labour standards in global supply chains, says ETI 

A report commissioned by ETI has investigated how business models are at the forefront of creating pressures on labour standards in global supply chains. The Business Schools of King’s College London and the University of Warwick find that aggressive price competition and a reliance on supplier sourcing models drive deteriorating standards. Meanwhile, the rise of fast and super-fast fashion compounds problems. As do ‘no-frills discounters’ in food retail. Against this backdrop, the report recommends changes across the business spectrum – at shareholder, consumer, competition and production levels.

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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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Amnesty accuses electric vehicles makers of using unethically sourced minerals

Amnesty accuses electric vehicles makers of using unethically sourced minerals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Human rights advocate Amnesty International has accused the electric vehicle (EV) industry of selling itself as environmentally friendly, while most of the batteries they produce use polluting fossil fuels and unethically sourced minerals. In a report published on Thursday, the rights group says manufacturing batteries can be carbon intensive, while the extraction of minerals used in them has been linked to human rights violations such as child labour.

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Human rights abuse is often more egregious in the electronics sector than other industries since the parts are almost exclusively made in some of the poorest countries in the world. According to the International Labor Organization, an estimated 40.3 million workers are victims of modern slavery, 24.9 million of which are subject to forced labor.

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First Report from the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative « Recycling « Waste Management World

First Report from the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative « Recycling « Waste Management World | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
According to SRTI, since the online platform went live just over two months ago eight large shipowners – operating a combined total of more than 1800 vessels – have voluntarily shared data on their company’s ship recycling policies and practice. All disclosing shipowners have a written policy on ship recycling for their own vessels covering issues related to the environment, labour and human rights in accordance with the Hong Kong Convention.
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Asda has removed 6,500 tonnes of plastic from its own brand packaging

Asda has removed 6,500 tonnes of plastic from its own brand packaging | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Retailer Asda has announced that it has removed 6,500 tonnes of plastic from its own brand packaging since February 2018. The supermarket said that this marks a major step towards its ongoing commitment to reduce the quantity of plastic used in its product packaging. Asda has also taken steps to make its packaging more recyclable, including changing all of its fresh produce trays from black plastic to clear, as it moves towards making all of its packaging 100% recycled by 2025.    

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Lenzing to invest heavily in sustainable production by 2022 

Lenzing to invest heavily in sustainable production by 2022  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Lenzing plans to invest around €100 million in sustainable manufacturing technologies and production facilities by 2022. The Lenzing Group has outlined its sustainable manufacturing technologies investment strategy for the coming years in its latest annual report. The Austrian fibre producer claims to have "developed well” in the 2018 financial year in spite of a "significantly more challenging market environment,” due in no small part to lower selling prices for standard viscose along with higher raw material and energy costs. 

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Go green: The Estee Lauder Companies announces 2020-2025 ESG goals

Go green: The Estee Lauder Companies announces 2020-2025 ESG goals | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Estee Lauder Companies has announced additional Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals in a bid to advance its legacy of responsible corporate citizenship. The goals comprise actions on responsible sourcing of ingredients, including a target of 90 percent of palm-based ingredients to be certified sustainable; building upon its net-zero carbon emissions commitment to reduce emissions; and pledging that 75 to 100 percent of packaging will be recyclable, refillable, reusable, recycled or recoverable by 2025.

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Retailers look to direct operations and supply chains to reduce emissions

Retailers look to direct operations and supply chains to reduce emissions | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Many of the nation's largest retailers have made commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, a decision that could lead to savings on energy expenses. A recent report by the Carbon Disclosure Project estimated suppliers saved $19.3 billion annually as a result of emission reduction efforts.

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FoodTech startup creates portable scanner that detects chemical contamination

FoodTech startup creates portable scanner that detects chemical contamination | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

FoodTech startup Inspecto has developed a portable scanner that detects chemical contamination in food in real-time, expected to be commercially available in 2020. The device, called Inspecto, can detect contaminants at concentration levels as required by regulators, guaranteeing traceability and complete transparency. The scan can be conducted outdoors or indoors, anytime to ensure responsible sourcing. 

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Governments and industry partner on cocoa supply chain sustainability

Governments and industry partner on cocoa supply chain sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana have released action plans to support industry efforts to end cocoa-related deforestation. The plans include three strategic pillars covering forest protection and restoration, sustainable cocoa production and community engagement and have been developed to strengthen transparency and accountability in the cocoa supply chain.

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Schneider Electric 'among world’s most ethical firms'

Schneider Electric 'among world’s most ethical firms' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Schneider Electric, a leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing ethical business standards. It is the ninth year that Schneider Electric has received this accolade, proving the group’s long-term commitment to ethical business in all respects, a company statement said.

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UK Supermarkets Lead in Commitment to Responsible Recruitment Throughout their Supply Chains

UK Supermarkets Lead in Commitment to Responsible Recruitment Throughout their Supply Chains | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

UK supermarkets including Aldi, Co-op, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose & Partners have joined together as Founding Sponsors of the Responsible Recruitment Toolkit (RRT) to offer expert, pragmatic support to their suppliers in order to achieve responsible recruitment in their supply chains. Recruitment and labour provision have been identified as presenting amongst the greatest worker exploitation risks in supply chains. In response, leading UK supermarkets have taken proactive action to collaborate as Founding Sponsors of ResponsibleRecruitmentToolkit.org, the pioneering one-stop, practical capacity building tool supporting businesses to embed responsible recruitment practices in their supply chains.

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CMA CGM, Ikea, Port of Rotterdam to test new sustainable fuel

CMA CGM, Ikea, Port of Rotterdam to test new sustainable fuel | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

CMA CGM will test a new biofuel on one of its container vessels on March 19 in a partnership with the Port of Rotterdam, the GoodShipping Program and Ikea Transport & Logistics Services, according to a press release. The company release did not specify what the next steps are after the test. The new fuel is expected to reduce "well-to-propeller" CO2 emissions by 80-90% and doesn't require any engine modifications.

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Washington State’s Plastic Waste Legislation Presents Opportunity for Packaging Alternative Startups

Washington State’s Plastic Waste Legislation Presents Opportunity for Packaging Alternative Startups | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Washington State lawmakers are considering a hardline measure that would force companies to take responsibility for plastic waste or forgo using it at all. The bill would require some companies to join a plastic packaging stewardship organization by 2022 or be forced to refrain from using packaging made in whole or in part from plastics, The Daily Intake reports. The legislation would apply to “producers of plastic packaging,” which are specifically defined as companies that have legal ownership of the brand using or applying plastic packaging, are the first importers of the product into the state, sell a retail product that bears plastic packaging, or otherwise assumes responsibility for the product.

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Companies that use plastics have a key role to play in changing this unsustainable dynamic. The pressure is not just coming from consumers but also from investors who are demanding firms to reduce their use of plastic packaging. The governments are also acting in this process by signing up environmental campaign and setting up new legislation for instance Washington.

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