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Product designers undertake the process of generating and developing ideas through a process that results in new products.
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Resources that will help you make the case for why your organization should get behind a particular initiative.


The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design

IDEO

At IDEO.org, part of our mission is to spread human-centered design to social sector practitioners around the world. The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design reveals our... Read More

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The Business Case for Water Stewardship

CEO Water Mandate

Learn why Water Stewardship is important for BusinessThis resource offers a 60 second video on water stewardship, and in addition provides a summary of:- the worsening... Read More

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From Footprint to Public Policy – The Business Future for Addressing Water Issues (2009)

CEO Water Mandate

Understand basis for corporate action to advance sustainable water management “beyond the fenceline”.This paper illustrates an emerging “roadmap” of water risk... Read More

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The Textile Exchange Responsible Down Standard: What it Does, and What You Can Do

Textile Exchange Standards

The down and feather used for insulation in consumer products is sourced from worldwide production and processing supply chains. As a result, retailers and consumers are... Read More

Cotton 2040: The Scenarios

Forum of the Future

Cotton 2040 brings together stakeholders from across the globe to integrate existing efforts and speed up the shift to a sustainable cotton industry. Its four scenarios... Read More

CRAiLAR Fiber Technologies

Fiber Technologies International, Inc

Natural fiber producer CRAiLAR Fiber Technologies launched a groundbreaking new policy in which it pledges to only source agricultural residues to create next-generation... Read More

Out of Fashion - Stop Fashion from grinding up forests to make clothes

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

Stand with RAN as we demand the fashion industry address the growing global threat to forests, animals and Indigenous communities of dissolving pulp.  Rain-forests are... Read More

The Content Claim Standard

The Goal of the Content Claim Standard (CCS) is to ensure the accuracy of content claims. The CCS accomplishes this goal by verifying the presence and amount of a given raw... Read More

Getting to Know Linen

Zady

Few things get us more excited than a great, sustainable fabric. Fabric is the building block of our wardrobes and an important measure of the quality, durability, and... Read More

Polyester Standard

Zady

When we think of plastic, images of plastic bottles, grocery bags, and food containers instantly come to mind. While those are perhaps the most recognizable forms of... Read More

Fashion x Animals

Zady

Clothing comes from many difference sources, as we discussed here. Included in that is clothing from animals.There are important considerations to consider regarding animal... Read More

Designing for Sustainability

Zady

As we rethink our relationship with fashion, a big part of the evolution involves considering the many features of a piece of clothing beyond how it looks. The future of... Read More

Mistra Future Fashion

Mistra

Mistra future fashion is a research program on circular economy and serves for a future positive fashion industry it holds uniquely a system perspective and operates cross... Read More

Cotton 2040

Forum of the Future

The Cotton 2040 initiative is a unique cross-industry partnership, including leading brands and retailers, cotton standards, producers and industry initiatives. It aims to... Read More

Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) Toolkit Supply Chain Certification

Textile Exchange

The Responsible Wool Standard requires that each stage of wool production is certified against the requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS), up to the seller in the... Read More

Solution paper: From cotton to counter

ChainPoint

An overview of the cotton market and the solutions available to improve sustainability. A step-by-step approach to building a more sustainable textile supply chain. We will... Read More

Chemical Management Module

Leather Working Group

The LWG Chemical Management Module (CMM) will be a voluntary additional module when initially launched, but will ultimately be incorporated as a compulsory new section in... Read More

The Cradle to Cradle Case for Good Business

Cradle to Cradle Certified

The purpose of the research presented was to:Develop a framework suitable for use by the Institute and stakeholders, to determine the impacts of the pursuit of Cradle to... Read More

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Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard Guidance Document

Cradle to Cradle Certified

This guidance document is a supplement to the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard, containing important interpretations and clarifications.

Purchasing guide - Retail outlets

International Association of Natural Textile Industry ( iVN)

This list includes stores specializing in natural textiles, supermarkets, retailers for sustainable goods, fashion boutiques as well as factory outlets. The list includes... Read More

The Business Benefits of Sustainability

Everblu

Businesses around the world are realizing that harmonizing business practices with environmental stewardship is not only the right thing it to do, it is also good business.

Comparison Sets: Business Case Resources

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The Ultimate Guide to Prototyping

UX Pin

Learn the methods, tools, and processes for low- and high-fidelity rapid prototyping.

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Factor Ten Engineering Design Principles

Rocky Mountain Institute

Designers often assume that radical efficiency is too expensive. Yet RMI's Factor Ten Engineering initiative demonstrates that very large energy and resource savings can be... Read More

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Pulse of the Fashion Industry

Global Fashion Agenda and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

This first edition of the Report on the Pulse of the Fashion Industry exposes the challenges in a number of sustainability impact areas and along the industry’s value... Read More

Textile dyeing industry an environmental hazard

Rita Kant

Color is the main attraction of any fabric. No matter how excellent its constitution, if unsuitably colored it is bound to be a failure as a commercial fabric. Manufacture... Read More

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EcoMetrics for Textiles

Colour Connections

An online tool that measures the EDUs (environmental damage units) of textiles. Eco-metrics is a simple tool devised to calculate the environmental impact of the different... Read More

The Recycled Claim Standard

Textile Exchange

The Recycled ClaimStandard (RCS) is an international, voluntarystandard that sets requirements for third-party certification of Recycledinput and chain of custody.The goal... Read More

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Audit Protocol

Road Map to Zero

The ZDHC Audit Protocol provides brands with the capability to initiate and self-assess safe handling of chemicals with objectives at foundational, progressive and... Read More

MODE Tracker

Made-By

MODE Tracker is a holistic, transparent and verified progress tracking tool to support fashion brands and retailers in improving their sustainability performance through... Read More

Getting to Know Wool

Zady

One of the seasonal changes we eagerly welcome as the last days of summer fade into the first few of fall is the opportunity to greet the chill in the air with a warm... Read More

The Truth About Cashmere

Zady

Woven into the soft luxury of a cashmere sweater is a harsh tale involving climate change, capitalism and consumption. As we think more and more about how our clothes... Read More

Fashion x Forests

Zady

When we think about our wood consumption, paper is often the main product that comes to mind. Yet, we find wood in many places beyond our desks, including, of course, our... Read More

Fashion x Soil

Zady

When was the last time you thought about the soil while shopping? We’ll assume it’s been a while. But lurking in our closets, hidden in our cotton t-shirts, wool sweaters,... Read More

Guidelines for Conducting a Life Cycle Assessment of the Environmental Performance of Wool Textiles

International Wool Textile Organization

These Guidelines for assessing the environmental performance of wool textiles using a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach have been developed by the International Wool... Read More

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Advancing life cycle assessment of textile products to include textile chemicals. Inventory data and toxicity impact assessment

Sandra Roos

Textile products are used by almost everybody throughout the world, fulfilling basic human needs such as keeping us warm and contributing to our social position. Every year... Read More

Cotton 2040: Proposals for cross-industry workstreams to mainstream sustainable cotton

Forum of the Future

The purpose of Cotton 2040 is to facilitate greater collective action within the cotton industry to enable sustainable cotton to shift from niche product to mainstream... Read More

Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) - Farmer Guidebok

Textile Exchange

The RWS Farmer Guidebook is intended to support farmers in the implementation of the  Responsible Wool Standard. This is a separate document from the Responsible Wool ... Read More

Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) Toolkit - Sourcing for brands and retailers

Textile Exchange

Content:01. Why RWS?02. Creating a StrategyA. Make a CommitmentB. Read and Understand the RWSC. Set Targets and TimelinesD. Choose Supply Chain PartnersE. Plan for... Read More

bluesign® bluefinder

bluesign

The advanced search engine for textile manufacturers contains data of bluesign® approved chemical products meeting the bluesign® criteria. Moreover, it contains all the... Read More

Canopy- CanopyStyle Audit

Canopy and the Rainforest Alliance

The first ever comprehensive, third party audits of a global viscose and rayon producer to assess their risk of sourcing from the world’s endangered forests. Conducted by... Read More

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Animal Derived Materials (ADM) Policy

VF Corporation

We believe in treating animals with care and respect. In cases where we use animal derived materials in our products, we are committed to ensuring the animal’s ethical... Read More

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

ChainPoint

The Better Cotton initiative aims to improve the livelihood and economic development in cotton producing areas, reduce the environmental impact of cotton production and... Read More

Sustainable Threads

Sustainable Threads

Sustainable Threads was born from our collective professional experience and personal interest in rural development, entrepreneurship and social justice. Among the various... Read More

The Business Case for True Pricing

True Price, Deloitte, EY, PWC

True pricing is a new business methodology that makes it possible to better measure and manage these externalities. Ultimately, it allows companies to restore trust and... Read More

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Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Registry

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Database of products that have been certified by the Cradle to Cradle Products Program. The focus is primarily building materials, but some consumer products are also... Read More

Ecological utilization of leather tannery waste with circular economy model

Jing Hu, Zuobing Xiao, Rujun Zhou, Weijun Deng, Mingxi Wang and Shuangshuang Ma.

Circular economy (CE) focuses on resource-productivity and eco-efficiency improvement in a comprehensive way, especially on the industrial structure optimization of new... Read More

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Sustainable cotton pilot project

Jim Steadman

Wrangler is partnering with a family of Alabama cotton growers on a pilot program to help U.S. cotton farmers achieve greater sustainable growing practices. The pilot... Read More

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Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Danish Fashion Institute

Copenhagen Fashion Summit is the world's most important conference on sustainability in fashion. It is a nonprofit biennial mega-event organized by Danish Fashion Institute.

Responsible Wool Standard

Textile Exchange

The Responsible Wool Standard is a voluntary global standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and of the land they graze on. The RWS is a tool to ensure that wool comes... Read More

Water Scarcity Solutions (2015)

2030 Water Resources Group

Primary Functions:Learn about existing water risk solutions to inform your own approachesIn collaboration with Arup, WRG has developed a new web tool that compiles and... Read More

Getting to Know Cotton

Zady

Historian Sven Beckert has written of cotton that it “is as familiar as it is unknown.” [1] Indeed, cotton is all around us, and yet what do we really know about it? Let’s... Read More

MSI Package

Brown and Wilmanns Environmental

Our MSI Data Submission Support Package includes: BWE Insider's Guide to the MSI: Cradle-to-Gate Guidance for Data Preparation and Submission 2 hours of BWE consulting... Read More

Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL)

Road Map to Zero

The ZDHC MRSL V1.1 is a list of chemical substances banned from intentional use in facilities that process textile materials and trim parts in apparel and footwear. The... Read More

Forest Derived Materials (FDM) Policy

VF Corporation

This forestry policy covers the sustainable and responsible use of forest products, to avoid the issues associated with deforestation and forest degradation including:-... Read More

Made-By

Made-By

A European nonprofit committed to improving environmental and social conditions in the fashion industry, has created benchmarks to evaluate the sustainability of textiles... Read More

EU Ecolabel Textiles and Footwear / Footwear

European Commission

EU Ecolabel Footwear products meet criteria that guarantee:       ✓ Limited water pollution during production       ✓ A reduction of emissions of volatile organic compounds... Read More

Carbon Productivity Tool

The Carbon Productivity Consortium

The Carbon Productivity Tool is a prototype designed to help businesses identify how to measure carbon productivity, improve their performance by generating more value from... Read More

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The Social Blueprint Toolkit: Social Blueprint Business Design Framework

Impact Strategy Advisors

The SB Business Design Framework is a business tool for individuals and companies building, evaluating and/or redesigning a for-profit company, product, nonprofit... Read More

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Doing Biomimicry: Natural Principles

AutoDesk

Series of articles that provides an overview of biomimicry, and how it can be used in the design process.

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Water Stewardship Toolbox

CEO Water Mandate

This Toolbox is a collection of guidance documents, discussion papers, online tools, and other resources that can help your company build its water stewardship practice. It... Read More

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The Circular Fibres Initiative

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Circular Fibres Initiative brings together key industry stakeholders to build a circular economy for textiles, starting with clothing. This group will attempt to create... Read More

Sustainable Apparel Materials

MIT Materials Systems Laboratory. Randolph Kirchain, Elsa Olivetti, T. Reed Miller and Suzanne Greene.

An overview of what we know and what could be done about the impact of four major apparel materials: Cotton, Polyester, Leather, and Rubber. This document does not... Read More

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5 New Solutions For The Fashion Industry’s Sustainability Problem

Adele Peters

We buy–and throw out–more clothes than ever. It’s time for new innovation to lower the footprint of our clothing. It’s the holy grail for the fashion industry: Can... Read More

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Cotton 2040 Webinar

Forum of the Future

The video is an overview of Cotton 2040 an initiative that seeks to enable a systemic shift towards sustainability in the cotton industry by focusing, integrating and... Read More

Responsible Down Standard

Textile Exchange Standards

The Responsible Down Standard ensures that down and feathers come from ducks and geese that have been treated well. This means enabling them to live healthy lives, express... Read More

The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) provides access to a large amount of relevant information about the impacts of material production used in the apparel,... Read More

EcoChic Design Award

REDRESS

The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition organized by Redress, inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing... Read More

Responsible usage of Fluoromaterials

Gore-tex

Gore Fabrics’ Goal and Roadmap for Eliminating PFCs of Environmental Concern.

The Water Network (2015)

AquaSPE

Primary Functions:Connect and share knowledge with water professionals from 185 countriesThe Water Network is a neutral platform for multi-stakeholders to share content,... Read More

Fashion x Water

Zady

We often think of our clothes using water when they’re in the washing machine. Yet washing our clothes represents only one of the many ways our clothes connect to our water... Read More

Closed Loop, A Primer

Zady

Now let’s think about an assembly line. First of all, notice the shape: we’ve got a line, not a loop. Think about the first assembly line, invented for the model T Ford. It... Read More

Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI)

Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI)

Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI) is a network organization established by the Danish fashion industry in 2005. The purpose of DAFI is to develop, strengthen and promote... Read More

Fashion for Good

Fashion for Good

Plug and Play–Fashion for Good is a 12-week startup accelerator based in Amsterdam focused on social and environmental impact within the fashion industry.The accelerator is... Read More

CHEM-IQ℠

VF Corporation, University of Leeds, University of Massachusetts Lowell

CHEM-IQ℠ is VF's innovative chemical management program. It provides a simple, cost-effective and scalable method for identifying and eliminating unwanted chemistries... Read More

Naturtextil iVN certified Best

International Association of Natural Textile Industry ( iVN)

This quality standard, known primarily within Europe, currently defines the highest level of textile sustainability by applying the maximum currently achievable parameters... Read More

NATURLEDER IVN certified - Leather Standard

International Association of Natural Textile Industry ( iVN)

iVN has been involved in developing a standard for sustainable leather since 2001. The quality seal NATURLEDER IVN ZERTIFIZIERT certifies a high level of ecology and... Read More

WeAre SpinDye: new dyeing technology

SpinDye®

SpinDye® is an ingredient brand that offers a technically innovative color system. We deliver a clean, traceable coloring method of textiles with an unparalleled... Read More

Trace your Garment

Where does it come from?

You can trace its journey and get to know the people involved in making it for you.All you need to do is look on your garment and find a label with our logo on, which also... Read More

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred program - Training and Education Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the goal of the BioPreferred program is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The BioPreferred... Read More

Space Between

Massey University’s School of Design

Space Between is a new green business model for fashion design which acts as a platform for social innovation and enterprise. Developed by Massey University's School of... Read More

Chemicals Management Module (2015)

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

Benchmark, establish, build, maintain and improve your chemicals management processes and thus reduce water pollutionThe Chemicals Management Module is a roadmap for... Read More

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Making of Making Powered by NIKE MSI

Nike, Inc. Designed by Dave Cobban, Jana Panfilio, Molly Conroy and Howard Lichter of Nike Inc

MAKING is a tool to inspire designers and creators to make better choices in the materials they use. We know that every decision a designer makes in the product creation... Read More

Critical aspects in design for fiber-to-fiber recycling of textiles

Maria Elander & Hanna Ljungkvist

This report outlines critical aspects found for increased fiber-to-fiber recycling from a stakeholder’s perspective. The interviewed stakeholders from the fashion... Read More

The Organic Content Standard

Textile Exchange

The Goal of the Organic Content Standard (OCS) is to ensure trust in organic content claims. The  OCS  accomplishes  this  goal  by  verifying  the  presence  and  amount ... Read More

Fairtrade Textile Standard

Fairtrade

The Fairtrade Textile Standard is one component of the greater Fairtrade Textile Programme to facilitate change in textile supply chains and related business practices.... Read More

Understanding the environmental impacts of wool: A review of Life Cycle Assessment studies

Australian Wool Innovation, International Wool Textile Organisation

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is increasingly being used as a tool to report on the environmental impacts of products, and LCA impact categories are being used individually... Read More

The Global Recycled Standard

Textile Exchange

The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets requirements for third -party certification of Recycled Content, chain of... Read More

Made-by DETOX package

Made-By

MADE-BY’s Detox package supports you to proactively address the issue of hazardous chemicals within your supply chain.Over 2,000 different chemicals are used by the fashion... Read More

Mapping Materials

Zady

Before we joined the slow fashion movement, we hardly ever looked to see what our clothes were made of. If we liked the style, and if the price was right, that was enough... Read More

Getting to Know Alpaca

Zady

High in the Andes Mountains of South America live one of our favorite animal species, alpaca. What is alpaca?HistoryWhy is alpaca sustainable?Beyond the environment: alpaca... Read More

Fashion x Climate Change

Zady

Of course, at this stage, we are all aware of the concept of global warming. The association we usually have is of gas guzzling cars and oil fields. But did you know that... Read More

Fashion x Toxicity

Zady

Have you ever thought about the relationship between food and fashion? We’re not talking here about the fact that they can both be dictated by trends (hello, cronut!). Nor... Read More

Care for our Clothes

Zady

It’s easy to think of clothing as a static object—a beautiful dress hanging in our closet or a pair of jeans in a window display. But the reality is that a piece of... Read More

The Business of Fashion

The Business of Fashion

The Business of Fashion has gained a global following as an essential daily resource for fashion creatives, executives and entrepreneurs in over 200 countries. It is... Read More

Responsible Wool Standard - Implementation Manual 1.0

Textile Exchange

The RWS Implementation Manual provides interpretations and clarifications for the  Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). All guidance given in the manual shall be considered ... Read More

Naia Cellulosic Yarn™

Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman Naia™ cellulosic yarn, the new name in fashion apparel, offers a differentiated product for brands looking to innovate in their next collection. Create comfortable,... Read More

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