The renewal for the Bangladesh Accord has gone global and there's a reason for that happening. When Rana Plaza collapsed in 2013, the fashion industry was shaken and not only industry professionals saw the need for change, but so did consumers. The Bangladesh trade unions and Global Union Federations, along with labour rights groups, made it their mission to keep workers safe because factory safety is a right.
Online shopping has become the new norm, increasing sales by 32.4% over the last year. Because of this, more shipping material is being used and it's important for brands across all industries, to implement sustainable shipping materials. If your brand is already established, it can be difficult to make the full switch to becoming fully sustainable in one jump. There are many changes that can be made to your brand easily, to get you on the right track on your journey towards sustainability. Something we find very beneficial to brands, is switching to sustainable packaging, and we've got some tips on how to choose the best one that fits your brand.
Before moving forward, your production checklist should have all of it's marks to ensure that you're going to meet your production time goals. Knowing what roadblocks and time delays could cause for delays need to be known ahead of time so you're prepared. Here's what you need to know:
When your brand is in production, all aspects of the supply chain need to be evaluated for standards, but doing this accurately can be tricky. With the number of factory workers in each facility, and so many moving parts, how do you attempt due diligence? Supply chain software and technology is expanding, and here's how they're changing production and making it easier for your factory.
We love seeing brands (all brands) grow in their sustainability journey. One brand we've been impressed with over the last five years is Madewell. From using WFTO certified factories to a brilliant denim take back program, they've been getting their customers excited about sustainable fashion. Now Madewell has partnered with ThredUP to enhance their customers second-hand shopping experience with their new platform "Madewell Forever". Their mission is to lower the amount of denim waste by opening a new window in the world of second-hand shopping and here's how.
There is so much innovation happening in sustainable textiles and it is very inspiring. However it isn't picking up at a mainstream level and you may be wondering, why aren't brands using more sustainable materials? Or you maybe you have experienced why firsthand. Here's the roadblocks we see from fashion brands using sustainable materials more regularly.
Heading into your early stages of product development with no direction on where your brand is heading can lead to a rough production process. If you have an idea of what you want your brand to look like, production should be a breeze and there are a few things that you can map out beforehand. Here's what would be nice to have, and what you need to have before reaching out to factories for your production:
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition kicked off their Facility Tools Summit in June that featured leading voices in the industry and discussed the Higg Facility Tool and how it can improve performance for facilities in your value chain. But how does it work, and who's using this tool in their facility?
In March of 2020, 66 factory fires were reported throughout the global fashion supply chain, meaning more than two fires per day were reported across the globe; India having 20 fires that month alone (Source: GoBlue). All around the world garment factories and workers have fallen victim to factory fires. These fires are typically started by old machinery and chemicals used during production. Although every case is different the trauma and lives lost are equally as upsetting. Even today these garment factory fires are still happening. Here's what we can learn from the garment factory fires that occurred in the last year.
It's that time of year again, and summer trade shows are soon to be in full swing! Trade shows are here to support you in your sourcing needs and help you navigate the upcoming seasons trends to build your brand. They are a fantastic way of finding place to source factory and material options. Here's what you can expect this summer: