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01 Jan
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9 Things to Know in Sustainable Fashion in January

Every month, the Good On You team scours the internet, so you can have easy access to the ethical and sustainable fashion news that matters. Here’s everything you need to know this month.

In the know

Organisations Helping in Sustainable Manufacturing (Apparel Resources)

Apparel Resources highlights the best non-governmental organisations across the globe actively helping the fashion industry move forward with sustainability initiatives by providing certifications, rankings, and sharing essential knowledge.

Towards a Collective Approach: Rethinking Fashion’s Doomed Climate Strategy (Transformers Foundation)

Transformers Foundation’s latest in-depth report examines the failings of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and how fashion must take a collective approach to reducing its footprint.

Thread Carefully: Your Gym Clothes Could Be Leaching Toxic Chemicals (The Guardian)

The Guardian reports that workout wear made from synthetic fabric is treated with chemicals, which research shows can be absorbed through skin.

Why Fast Fashion Brands Are Getting a Visit From a Textile Waste Zombie (Dazed)

In an effort to encourage responsible fashion practices, The Or Foundation teamed up with artist Jeremy Hutchinson to send a clothing waste zombie into high street shops. “I’m trying to trigger this sort of hysterical response, the feeling deep down that we know when we put our shit in trash bags and send it off to somewhere else, that it hasn’t disappeared,” said Hutchinson.

Preaching Sustainability While Hawking Fast Fashion—Meet the Greenwashing Influencers (The Guardian)

Sarah Manavis talks through the epidemic of brands “sticking an influencer on it”, including those that preach responsible fashion but earn money through affiliate links to fast fashion giants like Zara and H&M.

Leading Sustainable Fashion Organisations Seek Next Gen Voices to Inspire Change (Global Fashion Agenda)

Global Fashion Agenda has launched the search for seven leading Next Gen voices in the fashion industry to participate in the Next Gen Assembly, in collaboration with its Academy Partners, London College of Fashion’s (LCF) Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) via the Fashion Values Programme, and Eyes on Talents.

Stella McCartney on Why Fashion Needs a Seat at the Table (Atmos)

Sustainable fashion pioneer Stella McCartney speaks with Atmos about attending COP28, incentivising responsible business practices, and why pushing for accountability in an otherwise unregulated industry has not been the easy route.

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Collaboration Beats Competition, Say Better Brands DAWN Denim and JAN ‘N JUNE

Two people reclining on a couch wearing mid wash lower-impact denim jeans made collaboratively by DAWN Denim and JAN 'N JUNE.

Two better brands, DAWN Denim (“Great”) and JAN ‘N JUNE (“Good”), have come together to collaborate on stylish denim that emphasises the importance of working with each other to ensure a more sustainable fashion future for all: “Together we have developed two styles that combine the high quality and sustainability standards of DAWN and the signature minimalistic design of JAN ‘N JUNE.”

The two fits, ALBA and SELENE, are high-waist jeans, with the ALBA having a straight leg fit and the SELENE having a wide leg fit. Both fits have been launched in three colourways⁠, made from 99% cotton and 1% elastane while maintaining the rigid denim look. “We believe that none of us are as smart as all of us. We want to use this potential even more and are pleased that JAN ‘N JUNE sees it the same way and that we can release our first joint capsule collection together with the Collaboration beats Competition for AW23.”

LVRSustainable for Oxfam: Gender Equality Means Growth Campaign

From November 29th, 2023, until February 1st, 2024, LuisaViaRoma’s LVRSustainable commits to supporting Oxfam’s women-to-women economic growth mentorship programs. In all its programs, Oxfam is committed to championing women’s rights and empowering them to unlock their full potential. Supporting a woman, fortifying her autonomy, power, and skills becomes a catalyst for uplifting her family and community, fostering positive progress.

The concept of women supporting women is a powerful one, as it recognises that empowering women has a transformative effect on the entire community. By providing economic independence to women, the benefits extend beyond individual empowerment, positively impacting the entire community and contributing to the strength of the economic system. In practice, Oxfam’s initiatives focus on enhancing women’s skills and capabilities to ensure the achievement of gender justice in all areas and supporting women’s leadership at all levels, enabling them to gain greater decision-making power and control over their own lives.

“To eliminate all forms of exclusion and oppression, we must recognise that social and economic growth are interconnected. Therefore, it is necessary to rethink our collective wellbeing in terms of positive rights: full participation, complete emancipation, and the thorough recognition and respect of others,” shares LVRSustainable. Shopping on LVRSustainable assists in the empowerment of women worldwide and supporting initiatives that create lasting positive change.

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