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Sustainable fashion jargon you need to know

As the world prepares itself for a sustainable future, there are many acronyms and terms being created causing confusion to many. Words like compostable and biodegradable, that can be misleading without proper explanation, guidelines and labelling. Similarly, terminology within the fashion industry can become overwhelming. Let’s attempt to clear that up!  Sustainable vs Ethical fashion? What is the difference? In essence they end up being similar and interchangeable. But to break it down technically, there are minor differences.  Sustainability is finding a balance in the system that preserves against the future depletion of natural resources that affect our social, environmental and economic future. This is normally done by designing systems that improve the whole supply chain and operations. In the...

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Climate change in the Apparel industry – is it simply down to design change?

The term “carbon offsetting” has been around for a while, but what is it? Simply put, it’s a way for companies to offset their carbon emissions by buying carbon credits that cancels out the carbon they effectively create in order to help them achieve their target of net-zero emissions. With the support of the Science Based Targets alignment to the Paris Agreement, companies can set targets to reduce greenhouse emissions through their supply chains and operations.  Currently there are challenges here, especially within the apparel industry whose operations and supply chain cross many geographical locations and where tiered suppliers are not always known. There are also challenges around acquiring the correct data, from the sourced material through to transportation and...

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Sustainable Fashion – myth or truth?

When Blue Planet came out, the war on plastics became international news spearheading global brands to act. Raised consumer awareness shifted buying behaviour and new legislations and alliances were formed. As the impact of waste on our environment became painstakingly obvious, pressure mounted on producers and manufacturers the world over. Whispers around the transparency on supply chains rippled through the airwaves and discussions of providence generated new platforms for traceability. Plastics remained key priority. And then there were microplastics that came from clothing. The battle for sustainable fashion arrived.   Sustainable fashion has been around for a while in the form of second-hand clothing and garment collecting in exchange for vouchers. The term “sustainable” has been branded around for a...

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ITW Amahle

Amahlé means ‘those who are beautiful’ in Zulu language. Amahlé is an ethical fashion brand inspired by African arts and crafts. Amahlé is a journey: each collection is thought as an invitation to travel and to discover a new African tribe. We met with the founders in Paris for a small interview to share more about who is behind the brand and their love for handicrafts and Africa. Who is behind the Brand Amahle? Amahlé was created by Chloé and Carole, two French friends passionate about fashion, handicrafts and travels.  Please tell us more about you. What is your Background? Both of us are graduated from Business Schools in Paris. We have been working in the same consulting firm for...

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