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Adidas, una sneaker dai rifiuti oceanici

Adidas, una sneaker dai rifiuti oceanici

Adidas, in collaborazione con Parley for The Oceans, organizzazione il cui obiettivo è sensibilizzare l’opinione pubblica sullo stato degli oceani, ha creato una sneaker caratterizzata da una tomaia interamente realizzata da filati e filamenti di recupero. I materiali utilizzati derivano sia da rifiuti plastici marini sia da reti illegali per la pesca d’altura.

Le reti sono state recuperate da Sea Sheperd, organizzazione partner di Parley, dopo una missione di 110 giorni volta all’inseguimento di una nave da bracconaggio terminata al largo dell’Africa occidentale.

Sembra che il prototipo sia solo il primo di una serie realizzati attraverso il riciclo della plastica oceanica: a fine anno saranno presentati altri prodotti, questa volta destinati alla vendita.

Source: pambianconews.com

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O’Neill zet zich in voor schone oceanen

In navolging van G-Star en Adidas gaat ook O’Neill zich inzetten voor schone oceanen. Het sportmerk heeft een overeenkomst getekend met milieuorganisatie Parley for the Oceans, die de oceanen beschermt tegen plastic afval. O’Neill lanceert daarom volgend jaar een collectie, die gemaakt is van gerecycled plastic uit de oceaan.

De nieuwe collectie zal in het voorjaar 2016 op de markt komen en zal uit T-shirts en shorts bestaan. “We zijn het eerste surfmerk en het derde kledingmerk dat samenwerkt met Parley,” meldt European sales director Kees Scholten. Van het teruggewonnen plastic kan 20 procent gebruikt worden, de rest wordt gerecycled, zegt hij. “De collectie zal gepositioneerd worden met een iets hogere prijs, maar er is geen groot gat.”

De shirts en shorts zullen 39 en 59 euro gaan kosten.

Source: fashionunited.nl

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C&A World Leader in Organic Cotton Use

  • Textile Exchange names C&A as the world’s largest buyer of organic cotton.
  • In 2014, C&A sold more than 130 million products made from organic cotton and is working to increase this further.
  • C&A supports the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA), a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on building a prosperous organic cotton market that benefits everyone from farmers to consumers.

C&A is leading the 2014 Textile Exchange’s Organic Cotton ranking of “Top 10 Users by Volume”. The results were published last week in the latest Organic Cotton Market Report. C&A has used more than 46,000 tons of certified organic cotton in the 2014 fiscal year, more than any other retailer globally. The report also states that C&A came fifth in the “Top 10 Users by Growth” category.

“C&A’s commitment to drive meaningful change in organic cotton is unbroken,” says Liesl Truscott, European & Farm Engagement Director of Textile Exchange. For many years, C&A has played an important, industry-leading role in promoting the use of certified organic cotton. Most importantly, the company’s commitment goes far above and beyond simply selling the final product.”

“Being the world’s largest buyer of organic cotton is a positive signal that C&A’s long-term sustainability efforts are heading in the right direction,” states Jeffrey Hogue, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at C&A Global. “Since 2004, C&A has been committed to supporting the development of organic cotton production, and we remain on track to reach our goal of sourcing our entire cotton collection from sustainable sources by 2020.”

Growing the organic market with the help of strong partnerships

To further develop organic cotton, C&A together with C&A Foundation is working on implementing various social and environmental programs that encourage the production of organic cotton and to improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers. The company together with other brands and stakeholders including Cotton Connect, Textile Exchange and C&A Foundation is a founding member of the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA). Launched in 2014 OCA is a multi-stakeholder initiative which aims to increase the adoption of organic cotton production and its uptake. The idea is to build a prosperous and resilient organic cotton sector that benefits all from farmer to consumer. It will do so by building a Fund that unlocks finance for farmers and processors at the same time improving the traceability and transparency across the sector.

Diversification is a key priority

C&A currently receives almost 90% of its organic cotton supply from India. With a global supply crunch in organic cotton forecast in the near term, C&A is exploring new opportunities to source organic cotton from suppliers in China, Pakistan andAfrica.

“Progress continues to be made and C&A is steadfast in its commitment to strengthen the use of organic fibers and other sustainable materials and products,” Hogue continues. “Exploring new sourcing markets to meet these needs is a priority. We aim to offer durable and high-quality products, made of organic materials and with transparent production processes that protect natural resources, are safe for people and satisfy our customers’ needs. In parallel, our commitment to farmers working in this sector is also important.”

Today, organic cotton represents close to 40% of C&A’s total cotton sales.

About C&A Europe

With more than 1,575 stores in 21 European countries and more than 35,000 employees, C&A Europe is one of the leading fashion retail businesses in Europe. C&A Europe welcomes and provides more than two million visitors per day with good quality fashions at affordable prices for their entire family. In addition to our European stores, C&A also has a presence in Brazil, Mexico and China.

About Textile Exchange

Textile Exchange (TE), founded in 2002, is a global nonprofit organization that works closely with all sectors of the textile supply chain to find the best ways to minimize and even reverse the negative impacts on water, soil, air, and the human population created by this $1.7 trillion industry. TE accomplishes this by providing the knowledge and tools this industry needs to make significant improvements in three core areas: Materials, Integrity and Supply Chain. A truly global organization, TE is headquartered in the United States with presence also in Europe, Latin America, India, China and Africa.

Source: sys-con.com

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GREENPEACE DAAGT CONSUMENTEN UIT: KAN JIJ EEN MAAND ZONDER PLASTIC TAS?

Greenpeace daagt consumenten uit: kan jij een maand zonder plastic tas?

Milieuorganisatie Greenpeace is vandaag een actie begonnen om mensen bewust te laten worden van de tonnen plastic die in de Noordzee terecht komen. Met hun actie ‘Plastic Tasjes Challenge’ dagen ze mensen uit een maand lang geen plastic tasjes aan te nemen in de supermarkt of überhaupt te gebruiken.

Volgens de milieuorganisatie zwerven er duizenden kilo’s afval in de Noordzee rond. “Als iedereen in Nederland één maand geen plastic tasjes aanneemt en gebruikt scheelt dat al snel tonnen plastic afval.” Wie meedoet, maak kans op een trip met de Arctic Sunrise, een ijsbreker van de milieuorganisatie.

Op Facebook is een evenement aangemaakt waar meer dan 10.000 mensen aangegeven hebben mee te zullen doen met de maand zonder plastic tas. Er worden onder andere al veel foto’s gedeeld van katoenen draagtassen.

Source: verpakkingsprofs.nl

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WASTE AND OPPORTUNITY 2015

MOST BRANDS MISSING IN ACTION ON PACKAGING SUSTAINABILITY

Large brands like Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, KFC, MillerCoors, and Kraft Foods are wasting valuable materials through poor packaging sustainability policies – to the tune of $11.4 billion a year. And by selling single-use food and beverage packaging that ends up littering streets or in the oceans instead of being recycled, they’re not just wasting, they’re contributing to global pollution.

Waste and Opportunity 2015, a new report from As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council, analyzes the packaging practices of 47 fast food chains, beverage companies, and consumer goods and grocery companies, highlighting leaders and laggards in these sectors.

We ranked corporate performance in the fast food and beverage sectors, and provide a more general overview of the packaged goods/grocery sectors. What we found is not encouraging: not one of the companies surveyed managed to earn “Best Practices” status. All are failing to sufficiently recover valuable materials and protect our world’s oceans.

However, some companies are wasting less than others. Starbucks, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Nestle Waters NA, New Belgium Brewing, and PepsiCo all emerged as relative leaders in their business sectors, taking proactive steps to recycle, use recycled content, or generate less waste. But as a whole, all three business sectors continue to drag their feet, failing to take sufficient responsibility for the packaging they generate.

Only about half of consumer packaging ends up actually being recycled – the rest becomes litter or goes to landfill. Plastic packaging, a major contributor to ocean pollution, is the fastest growing form of packaging – but only 14 percent is recycled.

The report registers special concern with the rapid growth of flexible plastic pouch packaging which is not recyclable, such as Kraft’s Capri-Sun product. All manner of goods from dried fruit to detergent to dog food that used to be sold in recyclable packaging is shifting to pouch packaging, which can only be landfilled. Green architect and guru William McDonough has called these pouches “monstrous hybrids.”

We surveyed and analyzed companies based on these four pillars of packaging sustainability:

  • Source Reduction: Switching to reusable packaging, or packaging with less material is essential to reducing virgin material sourcing.
  • Recycled Content: Using recycled content to make new products helps create a market for recycled materials and requires far fewer resources (energy, water, raw materials, etc.).
  • Recyclability and Materials Use: Materials that are very difficult to recycle, like flexible laminate pouches, should be avoided.
  • Boosting Materials Recycling: Other materials are recycled but only at low rates because of lack of bins, infrastructure, end markets, or public education. Companies have failed to do enough to ensure their packaging is actually recycled.

While each of these sectors can do much more to increase recycling of the packages they produce, fast food and other quick-service restaurants are a particular concern because of the contribution of plastic packaging to plastic pollution in the oceans and other aquatic environments. Plastic litter from takeout orders — including cups, plates, cutlery, and straws — are often swept into waterways and oceans, where they partially degrade and harm marine life.

The more we boost recycling rates, the more we provide opportunities to reduce the use of virgin natural resources and mitigate emissions that contribute to climate change. Yet few companies have robust sustainable packaging policies or system-wide programs to recycle their packages.That’s also a missed opportunity to create new green recycling jobs.

It’s time for companies to step up and take the lead on recycling. 

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Source: asyousow.org

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FASTFOODKETENS VERSPILLEN 11,4 MILJARD DOLLAR DOOR NIET-DUURZAME VERPAKKINGEN

Grote Amerikaanse fastfoodketens als Burger King, KFC en Dunking Donuts verspillen jaarlijks zo’n 11,4 miljard dollar aan materiaal door het gebruik van niet duurzame verpakkingen.

Dat blijkt uit een onderzoek van de Amerikaanse non-profitorganisatie As You Sow. In het onderzoek werden 47 Amerikaanse fastfoodketens onder de loep genomen, en de resultaten waren allesbehalve goed. “Door kleine porties te verkopen en dus veel verpakkingen te produceren die nauwelijks recycled worden, verspillen ze dat niet alleen maar dragen ze voor een groot deel bij aan wereldwijde vervuiling.”

In het onderzoek werden de fastfoodketens onderzocht op vier belangrijke pijlers:

1.Het gebruik van verpakkingen die nogmaals te gebruiken zijn of minder materiaal
2.Verpakkingen die van gerecycled materiaal gemaakt zijn.
3.Materialen die lastig te verpakken zijn zo min mogelijk gebruiken
4.De verantwoordelijkheid die het bedrijf neemt om te zorgen dat haar eigen verpakkingen daadwerkelijk gerecycled worden.

Tot de grote verbazing blijkt dat geen enkele fastfoodketen op alle vier de punten goed scoorde.

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Volgens de organisatie zijn vooral fastfoodketens een groot probleem als het gaat om recyclen. “Er zijn ontzettend veel verpakkingen, omdat bijna alle producten los verkocht worden. Er worden enorme hoeveelheden plastic gebruikt en er wordt bijna niet omgekeken naar het recyclen van dit afval.

De volgende drie stappen zouden goede verbeterpunten kunnen zijn voor alle restaurants volgens de non-profitorganisatie:

1.Breng in kaart hoeveel verpakkingen en vooral plastic er gebruikt wordt. Zodra je dit in kaart kan brengen, kan je er iets aan veranderen.
2.Zorg voor gerecyclede of biologisch afbreekbare koffielepeltjes, bekers en cupjes.
3.Laat de consument meewerken in het recycleproces: zorg voor gescheiden prullenbakken.

Bekijk hieronder waar de fastfoodrestauranten goed op scoorden en wat beter kan.

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Source: verpakkingsprofs.nl

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Santoni presenta le sneakers eco-friendly

Nel rispetto dei fondamentali principi eco-friendly, le sneakers Santoni sono prodotte a ‘Km 0’, osservando le più severe norme di produzione e qualità del Made in Italy. La collezione, oltre all’iconico modello stringato, si arricchisce della variante slip-on.

Le tonalità di stagione sono accese, i colori verde smeraldo e celeste affiancano i modelli cult realizzati nelle nuance del bianco e del nero, mentre per i modelli in suede la gamma cromatica rispecchia i colori della terra.

Source: fashionmag.com

 

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Nachhaltige Unternehmen: Adidas auf Platz drei

Die Adidas Gruppe wurde mit dem dritten Platz im Ranking der 100 nachhaltigsten Unternehmen der Welt (Global 100 Index) ausgezeichnet und konnte sogar als bestes europäisches Unternehmen und Branchenführer in diesem Berich gekürt. Adidas ist zudem das einzige Modeunternehmen, das eine Top-Platzierung in diesem Ranking erzielen konnte. Als Sieger ging das US-Biotechunternehmen Biogen Idec aus der diesjährigen Erhebung hervor, gefolgt von dem ebenfalls in den USA beheimateten Pharmaunternehmen Allergen, das unter anderem für die Herstellung von Botox verantwortlich ist. Das in Singapur ansässige Immobilienunternehmen Keppel Land folgt Aidas auf Platz vier der nachhaltigsten Unternehmen weltweit, während die schwedische Handelskette Kesko die Top 5 komplettiert.

Der Global 100 Index, der alljährlich von der kanadischen Medien- und Investmentberatungsagentur Corporate Knights veröffentlicht wird, gilt als eine der umfangreichsten datenbasierenden Nachhaltigkeitsbewertungen für Unternehmen. Die Auswertung basiert auf quantitativen Indikatoren, die die Aspekte Wirtschaft, Umwelt sowie Soziales umfassen. Adidas ist bereits seit mehreren Jahren im Global 100 Index gelistet und wurde 2014 auf den achten Platz gewählt.

Bemühungen sollen weiter intensiviert werden

Herbert Hainer, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Adidas Gruppe, ist entsprechend „sehr stolz auf diese Auszeichnung“. Die Wahl zu einem der nachhaltigsten Unternehmen der Welt unterstreiche „die hervorragende Arbeit, die unser Team in den letzten Jahren geleistet hat, sowie die positiven Ergebnisse, die wir erreicht haben“. Zugleich kündigte Hainer an, auch weiterhin „neue Wege im Bereich Nachhaltigkeit gehen und Lösungen für unser Unternehmen und die gesamte Industrie entwickeln“ zu wollen.

Dabei soll die Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie der Adidas Gruppe „tief in den Werten des Unternehmens“ verwurzelt sein. „Sie baut auf den Leistungen und Erfahrungen der Vorjahre auf, berücksichtigt das gesellschaftliche Umfeld und geht auf künftige globale Entwicklungen ein“, so Hainer. Ermuntert durch die aktuelle Top-Platzierung, will das Unternehmen weiter an dieser Strategie arbeiten, um sich langfristig im Ranking zu platzieren.

Source: fashionunited.de

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Sostanze tossiche sui vestiti, la campagna di Greenpeace ‘converte’ le griffe

Valentino, Benetton, Burberry, Zara, H&M, Mango, Levi’s, G-Star, C&A, Puma, Coop, Esprit, Inditex, Limited Brands, Marks & Spencer, e adesso sei delle più importanti aziende tessili italiane (Miroglio, Berbrand, Italdenim, Besani, Tessitura Attilio Imperiali e Zip), quasi tutte fornitrici dei marchi del lusso internazionale si sono impegnate a eliminare le sostanze chimiche pericolose dalle proprie filiere.

E’ il risultato della campagna Detox di Greenpeace che si batte dal 2011 per la messa al bando, nel mercato tessile, di sostanze chimiche pericolose per l’ambiente che, finendo nella catena alimentare o restando sui capi d’abbigliamento, diventano pericolose anche per la salute umana.

“La rivoluzione Detox è iniziata, le cose stanno cambiando – assicura Chiara Campione, responsabile della campagna – molti marchi importanti hanno aderito impegnandosi a mettere online analisi periodiche e verificabili sui loro prodotti. Non solo. Dopo i nostri rapporti che denunciavano la presenza di sostanze chimiche pericolose nei tessuti di diverse case – racconta Campione – tante sono state le griffe che senza neppure darne annuncio, chiamavano i loro fornitori di tessuti chiedendo di seguire il prontuario Greenpeace perché non volevano rischiare di finire nel nostro prossimo rapporto”.

Del resto il pressing fatto da Greenpeace nasce da dati scientifici dopo una serie di analisi condotte sui tessuti di abiti d’alta moda, prêt-à-porter o sportswear dove è stata rilevata la presenza di sostanze chimiche pericolose.

Tra le sostanze indicate da Greenpeace ci sono i composti perfluorurati, sostanze artificiali dalle proprietà antiaderenti e idrorepellenti usati in campo tessile, per capi impermeabili e antimacchia che possono avere effetti dannosi soprattutto a carico del fegato, della tiroide e, in qualità di interferenti endocrini, della fertilità; i nonilfenoli etossilati, usati dall’industria tessile nei processi di lavaggio e tintura che si rivelano tossici per i reni e agiscono anche come interferenti endocrini, perché si comportano come gli estrogeni.

Gli ftalati come il Dehp, usati per rendere più flessibile la plastica, nell’industria tessile si impiegano nella pelle artificiale, nella gomma, nelle stampe colorate che sono interferenti endocrini che alterano la produzione degli ormoni sessuali (testosterone ed estrogeni), diminuendo la fertilità, ma anche il metabolismo dei grassi nel fegato, con possibile predisposizione alla sindrome metabolica (diabete e obesità).

Tutte queste sostanze, spesso al bando in Europa o sottoposte a vincoli stringenti, vengono utilizzate nei distretti dell’Asia dove vengono confezionate le materie prime per molte case di moda.

“Per questo – spiega l’esperta di Greenpeace – ci si può mettere al riparo comprando prodotti che in etichetta indichino che il prodotto è stato realizzato al 100% in Italia”.

Assolutamente sconsigliato poi comprare abiti sulle bancarelle: “Lì abbiamo riscontrato nelle analisi dei tassi altissimi di componenti tossiche. Certe merci non dovrebbero proprio entrare in Italia”, afferma Campione che comunque suggerisce di lavare a prescindere ogni capo nuovo almeno due volte prima di indossarlo.

Source: it.fashionmag.com

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Produrre cotone bio fa bene all’ambiente, giù del 46% le emissioni

Il cotone bio piace all’ambiente e taglia del 46% le emissioni di gas climalteranti. Lo rileva uno studio internazionale, realizzato da Pe International, sulla valutazione del ciclo di vita (Life cycle assessment, Lca) del cotone biologico che dimostra come la coltivazione del cotone biologico sia responsabile di minori impatti ambientali rispetto al cotone convenzionale.

Allo studio, commissionato da Textile Exchange, organizzazione internazionale no-profit che promuove un’industria tessile più sostenibile, ha contribuito direttamente anche Icea, Istituto per la certificazione etica e ambientale e si basa sui dati provenienti da produttori in India, Cina, Turchia, Tanzania e Stati Uniti, che da soli rappresentano il 97% della produzione mondiale di cotone biologico.

In particolare emerge che la coltivazione del cotone biologico riduce del 91% i consumi d’acqua destinata principalmente all’irrigazione e 62% riduzione consumi di energia primaria. E non solo. Questo materiale green consente anche di ridurre del 26% l’eutrofizzazione (ovvero l’eccessivo arricchimento di sostanze nutritive dell’ecosistema) e 70% le emissioni responsabili dell’acidificazione.

Source: it.fashionmag.com

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