Hyundai launches sustainable fashion collection made from discarded car parts including airbags

Korean car company Hyundai have utilised discarded car parts including airbags in a new sustainable fashion collection that it has launched at department store, Selfridges. The car manufacturer has teamed up with a number of ethical designers for the launch of Re:Style 2020 at the department store in London. Garments unveiled as part of the range included a £510 jumpsuit, from E.L.V. DENIM, which was made from … Continue reading Hyundai launches sustainable fashion collection made from discarded car parts including airbags

Prato: Italy’s “textile town” heralded as the birthplace of textile recycling

The recycling of used clothes has been around for centuries in the Italian city of Prato, which has earned itself the title of “textile town”. Famous for its textile district, which represents about 3% of European textile production, Prato has been recycling wool since the mid-19th century, adopting such techniques long before it was coined the “circular economy”. The local tradition includes “regenerated carded wool”, … Continue reading Prato: Italy’s “textile town” heralded as the birthplace of textile recycling

H&M’s Looop garment-to-garment recycling machine spins old jumpers into new garments in efforts to show value in recycling

H&M will install a machine at one of its Stockholm stores that pulls old garments apart, spins them into yarn and knits them into a either a sweater, a baby blanket or a scarf. The fashion retailer, which aims to be carbon positive by 2040, will showcase the garment-to-garment recycling machine in one of its stores in the Swedish capital, where shoppers will be able … Continue reading H&M’s Looop garment-to-garment recycling machine spins old jumpers into new garments in efforts to show value in recycling

Levi’s launches SecondHand service and buy-back scheme in line with circular values

Levi’s has introduced a second-hand fashion service and buy-back scheme, as it looks to operate more in line with circular economy values.  Earlier this week, Levi’s launched Levi’s SecondHand, its first buy-back program allowing customers to purchase secondhand jeans and jackets on Levi.com while also giving customers the opportunity to turn in their worn jeans and jackets in Levi’s stores for a gift card towards … Continue reading Levi’s launches SecondHand service and buy-back scheme in line with circular values

M&S reduces its style range on autumn womenswear collection by 20% to focus on wardrobe staples

British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has reduced the number of styles in its autumn womenswer clothing collection by 20% this season, in a move that will likely be adopted by all retailers in order to adapt to a changing world. M&S has bought in more of what they know will sell – stylish and timeless wardrobe staples – and reassessed their core product offering … Continue reading M&S reduces its style range on autumn womenswear collection by 20% to focus on wardrobe staples

Ictyos: France’s first tannery in over 40 years turns fish skin waste into leather for use in luxury goods

Discarded fish skins are being turned into leather for use in watch straps and wallets by ecological tannery company Ictyos. The French company, based near Lyon, collects fish skins, mainly salmon and sturgeon, from agri-food businesses that would otherwise end up in restaurant trash cans, turning them into leather for use in watch straps and wallets, and pitching them at the high-end luxury market. The … Continue reading Ictyos: France’s first tannery in over 40 years turns fish skin waste into leather for use in luxury goods

Sessile: French company release circular sneakers that are recyclable and repairable

French brand Sessile has released a brand of eco-designed, recyclable and repairable circular sneakers. The modular-designed trainers, which come in four different models, are made mainly from recycled, natural, and recyclable materials sourced from France, as well as neighbouring countries such as Italy and Portugal. The soles are made of recycled rubber, the laces are in organic cotton, and the leather is chrome-free or vegetable-tanned. … Continue reading Sessile: French company release circular sneakers that are recyclable and repairable

Timberland sets out for its product lines to be fully sustainable by 2030

Timberland has announced plans for its products to be fully sustainable by 2030, as the brand turns to nature for inspiration, driving innovation through regenerative agriculture and circular design. The fashion brand has set two specific, measurable goals to achieve by 2030. Firstly, that 100% of products – across footwear, apparel and accessories – are to be designed for circularity. On the front end, products … Continue reading Timberland sets out for its product lines to be fully sustainable by 2030

Designer constructs sustainable leather-like material from SCOBY waste from the kombucha drinks industry

SCOBY-compo, a new material which utilises the waste bacterial cellulose generated by kombucha drink producers, has been developed by designer Riina Õun as an environmentally-friendly alternative to PVC and PU-based vegan leather. Making use of natural oils, waxes and organic compounds, the SCOBY-compo material is water-resistant, flexible and strong. The result is a fully commercial, market-ready product that can be created in large quantities as … Continue reading Designer constructs sustainable leather-like material from SCOBY waste from the kombucha drinks industry

Japan House London window display of artist Takahashi Hiroko’s kimono aims to highlight the sustainable aspects of the garment

Contemporary textile artist Takahashi Hiroko is aiming to highlight the sustainable aspects of the kimono with a window display currently on view at Japan House London. The founder of the HIROCOLEDGE brand, Takahashi Hiroko innovates the kimono tradition with her signature geometric patterns made up of circles and straight lines. Takahashi Hiroko became interested in the kimono while studying dyeing techniques at Tokyo University of … Continue reading Japan House London window display of artist Takahashi Hiroko’s kimono aims to highlight the sustainable aspects of the garment