H&M is one of fashion’s biggest polluters. Now its foundation is on a $100 million quest to save the planet

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Can the brand that pioneered fast fashion undo the environmental devastation its business model has caused? The world is drowning in clothes. While curbside recycling programs have existed for half a century, there’s no easy way to recycle jeans or dresses, which means many of the 100 billion garments bought each year get thrown out: 92 million tonnes annually, in fact. By 2030, that number is expected to go up to 134 million tonnes. Read Full Story

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Uniqlo’s new winter jackets are made with 100% recycled down and under $100

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The company’s new Re.Uniqlo initiative tackles waste by recycling old clothes into fresh items, starting with down jackets. Uniqlo’s affordable down jackets are one of the company’s signature products. But what happens to these coats once they’ve reached the end of their lifecycle? The Japanese mega-retailer is not exactly fast fashion, but the affordability its clothes makes them seem a little more disposable, which is a big problem for the environment. Unwanted clothes end up in landfill and contribute to carbon dioxide emissions. Read Full Story

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The world’s largest jewelry maker commits to using 100% recycled silver and gold

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Most of that gold and silver is in our old electronics, so for the goal to be possible, it’s going to require a massive increase in e-waste recycling. When you recycle an old mobile phone, there’s a growing chance that the precious metals inside could be turned into jewelry. Pandora, the world’s largest jewelry brand by volume, is moving completely away from newly mined silver and gold in its products—and to reach a goal of 100% recycled silver and gold by 2025, one of the sources it turns to will be old electronics. Read Full Story

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Rebecca Minkoff locks herself in the bathroom so her kids won’t interrupt work calls

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The designer explains how she’s running her $100 million fashion brand from home—as well as a Sunday spent outdoors that felt almost “pre-corona.” Rebecca Minkoff, the doyenne of crossbody bags, has been sheltering in place for weeks, running her $100 million fashion brand from Long Island. Like many working parents, Minkoff now finds herself wrangling three children—including a toddler—while trying to juggle podcast recordings and virtual meetings. So Minkoff has gotten creative with her schedule, carving out time for her kids and exercise. Read Full Story

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Evian’s new 100% recycled plastic bottle comes without a label

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The bottle, which has the brand name engraved onto the recycled plastic, is part of Evian’s effort to become fully circular by 2025. When a plastic bottle ends up in a recycling plant, the label attached to it usually isn’t recycled. That’s why a new bottle from Evian was designed to eliminate the label entirely, with the brand name and other details carved into the bottle itself. Read Full Story

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‘Made in Bangladesh’ may soon mean your clothing is much more sustainable

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Fast-fashion brands, from H&M to Target, are investing in recycling systems in Bangladesh, the second-largest garment manufacturer in the world. If you’re a fast fashion lover, there’s a good chance that many of the clothes in your closet are made in Bangladesh. For decades, the country has been a hub of low-wage garment manufacturing. But soon, it may be known for something else as well: recycling. Read Full Story

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