The annual event brings together business leaders, politicians, and investors committed to sustainability.
Fashion chain Zara is set to switch all collections to 100% “sustainable” fabrics by the start of 2025. The majority of high-street clothes are currently made from textile blends, which are hard to recycle and commonly contain fossil-fuel-derived content. The commitment will see Zara remove all synthetic fibres made using fossil fuels removed from its clothing, shoe and accessory lines – a commitment that also covers the inclusion of such content in notoriously hard-to-recycle textile blends. In tandem, efforts will be made to source a greater proportion of “renewable” natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and hemp from sources certified as sustainable. A 100% sustainable sourcing target has been set for viscose. Once the switch is made for Zara, parent company Inditex will implement measures to help its other owned brands to follow suit. The firm is notably the third-largest apparel retailer in the world and also owns Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Zara Home and Bershka.
What are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications all about? Is a planned, managed forest area really sustainable? Can the status quo be changed? On this podcast episode Amar Deshpande (aka Amar Vyas), Country Manager for FSC in India joins Girish Shivakumar to discuss sustainable forestry and FSC’s role in it.
The future of the circular economy is bright, and the way we think about waste and recycling is about to change.
Entrepreneurs working in the circular economy see both the financial and environmental advantages of rethinking e-waste. Atlanta entrepreneur Stephen Wakeling has watched the space transform over the last decade while building Phobio, a SaaS platform designed to facilitate electronic device trade-ins. “The useful life of a phone is being elongated, and so is the path they travel around the world.” The circular economy, Wakeling says, might be more accurately described as a spiral now, as devices have several owners before ultimately getting recycled. And with key partnerships with Apple and Costco, the bootstrapped startup has big plans to reimagine the life cycle of more consumer products.