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Sustainability newsletters & blog posts

Browse through sustainability sourcing articles and updates in our collection of newsletters and blog posts below. You’ll find a diverse range of topics, both high-level and deep investigations. Learn something, ask something, share something – let’s work together to bring the fashion industry to new heights of responsible, low-impact sourcing.

Newsletters

Material Exchange's Sustainability Scoop #3
Material Exchange

Sustainability Scoop No. 3

This 3rd issue of our Sustainability Scoop newsletter is now available with tons of valuable info for you! Read through insightful takeaways from some of the biggest industry events of late, learn more about sourcing for dematerialization, check out what chickens can teach the fashion industry, and so much more. Read it here!

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Sustainability Scoop no 2
Material Exchange

Sustainability Scoop No. 2

The 2nd issue of our Sustainability Scoop newsletter is out and is loaded with tons of useful information. You’ll find action points around circularity, sustainability certification details, water efficiency sourcing strategies, and so much more. Get it all right here!

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Sustainability Scoop no 1
Material Exchange

Sustainability Scoop No. 1

For the latest in education for fashion and material sourcing sustainability, our Sustainability Scoop newsletter series will keep you informed. Check out our first bulletin here for achievable sourcing strategies, plus the latest reports, upcoming events, and valuable information you need to move your business into the future responsibly!

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Blog posts

Textile workers vs chickens
Meg Fisher

Why do chickens have more rights than humans?

Consumers who purchase a carton of eggs at the grocery store are given clear options about their options with labels like “free-range” and “caged.” The clothing industry has no such labels, meaning it’s up to the consumer to do their own research. Perhaps it’s time for the fashion industry to take a page from the food industry.

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Sourcing smart with your heart with colorful thread
Andrea Kennedy

Sourcing smart with your heart

Is the sourcing we’re doing today smart enough? Is keeping up to date with sourcing strategies, landed costs, duty rates, global trade regulations, and economic conditions sufficient? Does staying in the know of all your sourcing data, analytics, time and action charts, vendor contract details, efficiency, and lead times make you better? Has all this smart sourcing caused anything that isn’t smart?

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Repairing jeans for circular fashion
Katie Syk

Creating circularity in the world of fashion

Circularity can be applied to a number of industries, but the clothing industry – worth USD 1.3 trillion – may be one of those most in need of this change. Read more on circularity and fashion, and why it’s up to all of us to make some changes.

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Amy Leverton of Denim Dudes
Katie Syk

Making better jeans for a healthier planet

Trend forecaster, jean expert, and mastermind behind Denim Dudes: Amy Leverton knows what she’s talking about when it comes to denim and all that’s happening in the world of indigo. In a recent chat with Leverton, we got a glimpse of where the industry is today, and where it’s going from here. Click here for our insightful conversation.

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Earth Day 2022: transparency in fashion
Katie Syk

The Growing Urgency of Transparency in the Fashion Industry

The material supply chain is a long and convoluted labyrinth with little information available around each step and what’s come before it. On this Earth Day 2022, the theme of which is Investing In Our Planet, we’re diving into the supply chain transparency issues that surround material sourcing – and what’s being done to change them.

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World Water Day water droplet
Material Exchange

Fashion and water: a complex affair

Water and the apparel industry have been deeply intertwined since the production of apparel first began. For thousands of years, water has been used to dye handmade materials. Now, as a tribute to the value of water on this World Water Day, we thought we’d take a look at the latest when it comes to apparel, footwear, and H2O.

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Alternative material handbags with a mushroom
Andrew Thompson

Material Movements That Matter: Exploring Leather Alternatives

As consumers of today become more aware of the processes behind what they’re wearing, there is a growing need for industry players to consider sustainable alternatives to leather. Whether you’re on the supplier or the brand side, you’ll want to check out thought leader Andrew Thompson’s latest blog post here on Material Exchange covering the latest leather and leather alternative happenings!

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The Roadmap to Net Zero Report
Kelly Burton

The Apparel Sector’s Roadmap to Net Zero

Earlier this week, the Apparel Impact Institute and World Resources Institute jointly published a Roadmap to Net Zero report for the apparel sector. This report offers a tangible estimate of apparel sector emissions as well as recommendations to reduce that impact. Learn more about these findings in our latest blog post – and how Material Exchange has a solution.

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How ocean-bound plastic can be repurposed to make watchstraps
Material Exchange

Material Exchange at the 2021 Sustainability Summit

What do watchstrap maker Thomas Schori in Switzerland, watch designer Greg Verras in Detroit, and scientist-turned-plastic-salvager Dr. Michel Pardos in Thailand have in common? Find out in a recap of our Chief Sustainability Officer Kelly Burton’s presentation at last week’s Sustainability Summit hosted by Fashiondex and LIM College. Salvaging plastic has never been this exciting.

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