Vegan leather = sustainable leather. Right? Well, not exactly. The term ‘vegan’ can be misleading. Better for animals…absolutely. But better for people and the environment? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. To help shed some light on this we reached out to Salma Merchant Rahmathulla - founder of a vegan leather accessories brand, The Essentials Story and Creative Director of Pelicans Group, one of Europe's largest design and manufacturing companies of customized items in leather and man-made materials. Here's what she had to say.
The fashion world is abuzz with talk of NFTs. But what exactly are they and how do they stack up when it comes to sustainability? There is great hope that this new technology will reduce fashion’s environmental impact by offering customers a new way of shopping - one that is not reliant on the constant creation of a ‘physical’ product. However, this may not be the full story. Let’s dig a little deeper to find out exactly what NFTs are and whether they can live up to expectations.
What is WRAP certification? And how can it ensure that production processes within your garment factories are fair and safe for your workers? We explored SA8000 certification in a previous post, today let's take a look at WRAP...
Did you know that over a quarter of household waste generated in the US is from packaging, much of which comes from online purchases. With retail e-commerce sales in the US expected to increase by a staggering 50 percent in the next four years it's time to rethink packaging. Many companies claim to offer ‘sustainable’ packaging solutions, but what exactly is sustainable packaging and how do you choose which is right for you? As with most things in sustainability, there is no easy answer. Let’s take a look at three types of sustainable packaging options currently available, remembering that although not perfect they are a step in the right direction.
Continuing last week's blog post (Why Supply Chain Transparency Is Important Beyond Tier 1), we are breaking down 5 practical things you can start doing to improve transparency in your supply chain.
With Fashion Revolution Week upon us it is timely for us to reflect on the value of transparency in building supply chain standards in fashion. In the nine years since the Rana Plaza collapse, much progress has been made toward improving working conditions for garment workers. However, as the supply chain is decentralized and deep, mapping and sorting beyond tier 1 gets tricky. Let’s take a look at why transparency of the supply chain beyond tier 1 is so important.
How do we select which garment factories to add to our platform? This is one of the most common questions we get, and it's because the social compliance process for suppliers is so unknown and confusing. Our mission at THR3EFOLD is to provide brands with faster discovery and easier decision making in their sustainable sourcing journey. Certification is the first step so let's take a peek at some of the certifications that we use to verify a factory’s ethical credentials for THR3EFOLD.
We often hear that brand transparency is the solution to fixing the fashion industry. The problem is practicing transparency doesn't mean you are actively improving your standards just like not being transparent doesn't necessarily mean you are hiding something. Here's why brand transparency alone, won't make the change we need to create a better fashion industry.
The New York Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act is making headlines across the fashion industry. If passed, this groundbreaking legislation will make the industry legally accountable for its social and environmental impact at a scale never before seen. Let’s dive in and find out more about it and how it may affect you.
Want to hear some good news? There has never been a better time to engage with your garment factory to improve social and environmental standards within your supply chain. The combination of increased consumer demand and tightening government regulation is forcing the fashion industry to get serious about its sustainability claims. Suppliers looking for a competitive edge are responding to this demand by improving their social and environmental practices. So, how can you leverage off this momentum to improve the sustainability standards within your supply chain? We tapped Ellen Saville, one of our expert coaches in the Coaching Club and Co-Founder and Creative Director of the The Endery, for a few tips.