Biodiversity Resources

Issue area related to impacts on vulnerable species and ecosystems.
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Supporting your CEO and their Decision-Making around Sustainability

Embedding Project

This report comprehensively covers research conducted by Dr. Stephanie Bertels, Jess Schulschenk,  Andrea Ferry, Vanessa Otto-Mentz, and Esther Speck. It enables the... Read More

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The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability

Ceres

The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability is a resource to help companies re-engineer themselves for success in a world beset with unprecedented environmental and social... Read More

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CEO Guide to the Sustainable Development Goals

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Sets out clear actions that CEOs can take to begin to align their organizations with the SDGsThe World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched the... Read More

Introducing: Out of Fashion

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

Article introducing “Out of Fashion”. With this campaign, RAN is bringing attention to a growing global threat to forests, animals and Indigenous communities -- a threat... Read More

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The Global Opportunity Explorer

Sustainia, DNV GL, and the UN Global Compact

The Global Opportunity Explorer is a platform which offers direct access to the most innovative solutions and market opportunities.Rooted in over five years of research... Read More

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

Educator's Summit

Danish Fashion Institute

The Educators Summit is a platform for teachers to exchange ideas and experiences on how to effectively teach sustainability and to build a strong international network... 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

The 13 ‘muka buttons’ for ethical & environmental practice

Muka kids

To be accredited a clothing brand needs to earn a certain number of ‘muka buttons’ – each button is for a specific ethical & sustainable practice. A brand that is... 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

State of the Apparel Sector Report on Water

Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel (GLASA), The Sustainable Business Group for the Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA)

A report for the global leadership award in sustainable apparel.There is an urgent environmental, human and business case for accelerating water management improvements in... Read More

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United Nations Global Compact 2018 Toolbox

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

Explore the UNGC's extensive 2018 Toolbox to see how our new tools, resources and activities can help you achieve your sustainability goals and find the right UN Global... Read More

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C-ROADS Climate Change Policy Simulator

Climate Interactive

C-ROADS is a free, award-winning computer simulator that helps people understand the long-term climate impacts of actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You can use... 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

Global Efluent Guidelines

Levi Strauss & Co.

Untreated wastewater discharged from garment operations directly to the environment—such as to rivers, lakes, and creeks—may harm ecosystems, as well as cause health and... Read More

Wet Processing Tool

Made-By

Our Guide to Textile Wet Processing Standards provides an objective and comparative overview of many of the industry certifications related to wet processing. The tool... 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

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

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

Environmental Benchmark for Fibres

Made-By

The Fibre Benchmark compares the environmental impact of the most commonly used fibres in the garment industry, supporting you to shift to more sustainable alternatives.Our... 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.

Basic Criteria for Award of the Environmental Label Textiles RAL-UZ 154 Blue Angel - DOWNLOAD

Blue Angel Environmental Label

There are many textile standards on paper - but on most products they are missing. And not all label guarantee environmentally friendly standards for the entire production... Read More

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

Future-Fit Business Benchmark, Part 1: Concepts, Principles and Goals Release 1

Future-Fit Foundation

This document describes the Future-Fit Goals that all companies must strive to reach. It also explains why these goals are required, how they were derived, and how to get... Read More

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Accumulation of Microplastic on Shorelines Woldwide: Sources and Sinks

Mark Anthony Browne, Phillip Crump, Stewart J. Niven, Emma Teuten, Andrew Tonkin, Tamara Galloway, and Richard Thompson

Plastic debris <1 mm (defined here as microplastic) is accumulating in marine habitats. Ingestion of microplastic provides a potential pathway for the transfer of... Read More

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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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The Sustainability Fundamentals - Fashion

The Sustainable Fashion Academy

The Sustainability Fundamentals course provides the knowledge and tools you need to address your sustainability challenges. A largely self-driven course with built in... Read More

Natural Infrastructure for Business Platform (2015)

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Primary Functions:Make the business case for investing in natural infrastructure, including healthy river basins and wetlandsThe Natural Infrastructure for Business... Read More

Cotton 2040: The Case for Action

Forum of the Future

To better understand the challenges ahead for the cotton industry, we developed a set of scenarios describing plausible future worlds for cotton in 2040.

MySTeP by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

MySTeP by OEKO-TEX® is a database strengthening your textile supply community. The database can be accessed worldwide from any location. As the central database of... Read More

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

A SNAPSHOT OF CHANGE: One Year of Fashion Loved by Forests

Canopy Style

Two years ago, the issue of ancient forests disappearing into fabric wasn’t really on anyone’s radar. One year ago, after significant research into the issue, Canopy... Read More

Engage the Chain: An Investor Guide on Agricultural Supply Chain Risk

Ceres

Engage the Chain overviews the environmental and social risks and impacts of 8 commonly sourced agricultural commodities: beef, corn, dairy, fiber-based packaging, palm... 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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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

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

Material Health Certificate

Cradle to Cradle Certified

The Material Health Certificate uses the acclaimed material health assessment methodology of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard to provide manufacturers with... 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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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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Academic Leaders' Round Table

Danish Fashion Institute

Academic Leaders' Round Table sought to convene the most influential decision-makers from across fashion education, industry and non-governmental organizations for an... Read More

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

RWS Farm Questions - DOWNLOAD EXCEL

Textile Exchange

The purpose of the initial questions are to help prepare for the audit as well as collecting information to help measure the impact of the RWS. Responsible Wool.

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is an independent textile label for highlighting consumer products and semi-finished products at all levels of the textile chain that are made... 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

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

Measuring Socio-Economic Impact

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Companies are increasingly interested in measuring socio-economic impact as part of maintaining their license to operate, improving the business enabling environment,... Read More

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Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas

World Resources Institute

Aqueduct's global water risk mapping tool helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging... Read More

Better Business, Better World: The Business Case for the Sustainable Development Goals (2017)

Business & Sustainable Development Commission

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission, launched in Davos in January 2016, aims to map the economic prize that could be available to business if the UN... Read More

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Blueprint For Corporate Sustainability Leadership

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

The Blueprint is a model for leadership within the Global Compact, designed to inspire advanced performers to reach the next level of sustainability performance. It... Read More

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Youth Fashion Summit

Global Fashion Agenda + Danish Fashion Institute

Youth Fashion Summit (YFS) is a platform that gathers students from around the world to discuss and engage in driving Sustainable Fashion forward. By dreaming the future,... 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

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® is a comprehensive verification and reporting system that prepares facilities along the textile chain for the requirements requested by the Detox... 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

Responsible usage of Fluoromaterials

Gore-tex

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

Water Stewardship in Colombia: How Cooperation Improves Water Governance of the Paramo de Santurban (2015)

Strategic Alliance for Water Stewardship (STA), International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP), GIZ

Primary Functions:Strengthen your collective action practice by learning about real-life examples of collaboration from Colombia

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Natural Capital Protocol Toolkit

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Natural Capital Coalition

The Natural Capital Protocol is a framework designed to help generate trusted, credible, and actionable information for business managers to inform decisions.The Protocol... 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

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

Material Health Certificate Standard

Cradle to Cradle Certified

The official scope of the Material Health Certificate standard, as it relates to the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard.

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

iVN Certified Supplier Data Bank

International Association of Natural Textile Industry ( iVN)

Here are contacts to companies that have certified as IVN BEST or NATURLEDER. The individual quality seal logo displayed under each entry delineates which certification the... 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

Fashion and controversy

Christy Tennery-Spalding - Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

The second post talked about how clothing companies are turning forests into fashion. In order to produce rayon, viscose and other textiles, companies source fiber through... Read More

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The Business Case for Natural Infrastructure

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Natural (or green) infrastructure is a planned or managed natural or semi natural system (such as mangroves or wetlands) that can help companies harness ecosystem services... Read More

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Responsible Down Standard - Communication Tools

Textile Exchange Standards

Help on how to communicate about your use of the Responsible Down Standard.

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

Land Management Self Assessment Tool - DOWLOAD EXCEL

Textile Exchange

Excel tool that can be used for conducting self-assessment against the Land Management module requirements or as an audit tool.

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

SDG Compass (2015) by UNGC, GRI, WBCSD

UN Global Compact, Global Reporting Initiative, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Primary Functions:Learn how you can align your strategies as well as measure and manage your contribution to the realization of the SDGs.The SDG Compass provides guidance... Read More

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Embedding Project Resources for Embedding Sustainability

Embedding Project

The Embedding Project has prepared a curated selection of the most relevant tools and resources to help you better embed sustainability into your company. You can view a... 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

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

Global Fashion Agenda

Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI)

Global Fashion Agenda is a global leadership forum on fashion sustainability founded in 2016 and anchored around Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the world’s principal event on... Read More

Responsible Wool Standard - Kick Start program

Textile Exchange

Take a look at what you are required to contribute and how you will benefit from becoming a “Kick Starter.” The best part is that your contributions will not only make you... 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

Leather Trader Protocol

Leather Working Group

The LWG Assessment Protocol for Traders has been developed and refined over two years as the natural progression to allow Trader LWG members to fully engage in the LWG... Read More

The Cradle to Cradle Case for Good Business Executive Summary

Cradle to Cradle Certified

While the increasing number of companies embracing the Cradle to Cradle concept and the fast-growing number of certified products are important measures of success, until... Read More

Purchasing guide - Mail order companies/ online shops

International Association of Natural Textile Industry ( iVN)

This list includes member firms which offer products for mail order. Links direct you to members' online shops.

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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