The fashion industry remains one of the world’s largest polluters, responsible for 8-10% of global carbon emissions.
Al Rayyan Stadium has been highly commended for its sustainability features by the Gulf Organization for Research & Development (GORD).
Calik is doubling down on its circularity goals as the newest addition to the Ellen MacArthur Jeans Redesign project. Launched in 2019, the initiative set out to scale circularity in denim design by setting universal guidelines surrounding durability, material health, recyclability and traceability. Requirements were developed in partnership with representatives from various points in the denim supply chain, including brands, manufacturers, mills, recyclers and academics. After two years, it has garnered support from 94 leading denim organizations, and facilitated the development of more than half a million pairs of circular jeans. Already a champion of circularity, the Turkish denim mill announced that the decision to join the initiative will help drive new innovations from within.
Bulgaria-headquartered insect producer, Nasekomo, is looking to secure a niche function in the less capital intensive, upstream part of the insect protein value chain.
It has established a joint venture with French animal genetics experts, Groupe Grimaud, to create FlyGenetics, an alliance dedicated to increasing the performance of the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) as proficient transformers of waste biomass.
The JV will investigate different BSF strains, selecting those more efficient at converting several types of waste streams. “We will also look to shorten the life cycle of the BSF,” Xavier Marcenac, co-founder, Nasekomo, told us.
The Nasekomo team held discussions with Grimaud over 18 months on a potential collaboration. “We carried out some trials, the results of which were positive and led us to establish the JV.”
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As many large hotel companies scramble to bake new sustainability initiatives into their business models, a wave of upstarts has come out of the gate with ecofriendly activism and social consciousness at the core of their brand propositions.