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'Green fashion' has a good image. At the same time various prejudices still exist. Higher prices, worse costing figures? But is that really true? Read our newsletter "Sustainability & Textiles" on the subject and find out more about successful store concepts, current research findings and news from the Berlin fashion fairs. 



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Good image, lots of prejudice

How did 'green fashion' get to be a luxury product?


Let's put an end to discussions about the price of sustainable fashion. The proportion of costs for the sustainable manufacture of textiles is relatively low. Neither worse costing figures nor higher prices are a hindrance to 'green fashion' making a breakthrough on the mass market. What is stopping it then? An analysis by Bernd Müller.


Exclusive Article by Bernd Müller


Photo credit: Olly –

Strip for PETA?

The PETA Vegan Fashion Award rewards animal-friendly fashion


This time it's about getting dressed. The animal rights organisation PETA has, for the first time, awarded a prize for animal-friendly fashion in twelve categories. The winners include Umasan, H&M, Esprit and Feuerwear.


PETA Vegan Fashion Award

Consumerism that enhances quality of life

Otto Trend Study: consumers place greater value on social aspects


Ethical consumerism is becoming ever more relevant. This is shown by the fourth Otto trend study. 'Organic' is becoming less important as a notion, instead it is the social implications that are coming to the fore. Buying ethically acceptable products, according to the study, improves both one's own quality of life and that of others. 


Otto Trend Study

A toast to Toast

Store to watch: the vertical lifestyle chain Toast from Great Britain 


There are narratives behind Toast. But the interesting thing about it is; the narratives are told without the telling. Design speaks for itself. 16 years after its foundation, Toast not only runs its own catalogue and online business, it also has eleven shops in Britain.


Store to watch


Photo credit: Toast

Fashion summit in Berlin

Ethical Fashion Show Berlin and Greenshowroom: the first exhibitors, alliances in fashion and several 'Peak…' high points


Things are afoot in Berlin! The Greenshowroom is moving to the Kronprinzenpalais and the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin is launching into its fifth season. Registrations are under way. Many well-known eco-fashion labels have already signed up. The buzzword this year is "Peak…" and it is under this banner that the focus of both international trade fairs from 14 to 16 January 2014 falls, in particular, on topics such as shortage of resources, social standards and economic re-thinking. 


Ethical Fashion Show Berlin & Greenshowroom

Cradle-to-cradle in the Caribbean

The carpet industry is investing massively in ecological product innovations and new, environmentally-friendly manufacturing processes


Carpets from old fishing nets. Floor coverings from castor oil. Fibres that need seven times less electricity. And cradle-to-cradle carpeting on cruise ships. The carpet sector is getting itself noticed where sustainability is concerned and is not shying away from considerable investment.




Photo credit: Aida Cruises

No harmful substances

ZDHC report. How far has the industry progressed down the path to the complete suppression of noxious substances? 


Many new members, Joint Roadmap Version 2 and the announcement of the first joint Manufacturing Restricted Substance List – these are the major issues to emerge from the 3rd Quarterly Report of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme.


Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals


Photo credit: Greenpeace Detox

Upcycling and new design ideas

Heimtextil 2014: forward-looking and fostering young talent 


"WellMade" – a series of seminars by the Fair Wear Foundation will deal with social standards in Lectures Square, the creative talents of tomorrow present examples of upcycling and more than a hundred exhibitors stress the value of ecological quality and sustainable manufacturing methods.


Heimtextil 2014

Focus on China

National report - China: John Mowbray of Ecotextile News reports direct from this year's Planet Textiles conference on current developments in China 


Early details of the new version of the Higg Index, plans for a new report on textile pollution in China, and an explanation of how VF Corporation now sees China as a growing market for its brands – rather than just a manufacturing hub – all featured at the annual Planet Textiles conference on sustainability in textiles. The event was held here in Shanghai on 23 October 2013 alongside the giant Intertextile Apparel Fabrics show.


Report direct from Planet Textiles


Photo credit: Fotolia

"The public must participate"

In demand: interview with Matthew Collins


Texpertise Network asked Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) expert and industry insider, Matthew Collins, about current market development in the textiles sector. Matthew Collins is Project Manager at the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) in Beijing. He was one of the keynote speakers at the international CSR conference 'Planet Textiles' in Shanghai. In this brief interview he talks about participation, green alliances in China and stricter controls.


Brief interview

Texpertise tip: Overdressed

"Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion" by Elizabeth Cline 


In this, her first book, New Yorker journalist Elizabeth Cline examines the mechanics of the fashion industry and takes a critical look at fast fashion. What are the political, economic and social effects of the shift to ever cheaper clothes? And what possibilities exist for the consumer to break the cycle?


Texpertise tip

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