CO is a business network for the fashion industry with the mission of providing industry resources, such as sourcing, and industry connections around environmental sustainability and social good. While paid membership is required for complete access, some articles, resources and the blog are available for free.
A website showing three projects that encompass: "consideration of the entire life cycle of fashion products; the customisation of the products to the consideration of the end user' the efficient use of materials by minimising waste; the reduction of labour costs for assembly; localised ‘on demand’ production' and fewer travel miles; and greater longevity of products by meeting user needs."
"Founded in 2012, The Fashion Law (TFL) is dedicated to providing unparalleled insight into the legal and business aspects of the rapidly evolving fashion industry. Well known for helping to shape the dialogue in fashion and beyond, we do not only break news stories, we define and decode critical legal and business trends." Users can search terms such as 'sustainability' and 'garment workers' to bring up posts of interest.
Fashion Revolution's mission is "a global fashion industry that conserves and restores the environment and values people over growth and profit." The site has a number of great resources, including the annual Fashion Transparency Index which evaluates major levels and their transparency around many issues including traceability, policies and commitment and governance.
Sweden's MISTRA Future Fashion Program consists of eight projects designed to "generate new knowledge and recommendations that can be used by the Swedish fashion industry" to advance sustainable fashion. Watch videos, read updated and learn about the different research projects on this site.
The New Standard Institute is an organization with the aim to "transform the global apparel industry into a force for good, by unifying and driving it to achieve critical, science-based environmental and social objectives. Visitors to the site can go to the action deck to download their slidedeck.
The Permacouture Institute is an educational non-profit "for regenerative design in fashion and textiles." Visitors to the site can access their blog and read about the Institute's projects including an interesting Fiber and Dye Walk map.
"Responsibility in Fashion is a nonprofit founded to empower and inspire responsibility in the global fashion industry through international collaboration, open-sourcing of information and innovative initiatives."
Social Alterations is a website designed to provide social responsibility resources to fashion and textile design educators. In addition the site is also intended to be "a networking platform for anyone interested in social responsibility and fashion design."
"The Sustainable Apparel Coalition was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from global apparel and footwear companies together with leading environmental and social organizations who recognize that addressing our industry’s current social and environmental challenges are both a business imperative and an opportunity."
"Textile Toolbox is TED’s (Textiles, Environment, Design) web platform project with MISTRA in Sweden, aimed at creating systemic change within the fashion industry through ‘interconnected design thinking and processes for sustainable textiles and fashion’. This open innovation website is a platform for designers and experts to engage with new ideas." Read about TED's Ten, ideas for innovative design thinking and sustainability.
"TheCurrent Daily is the leading news site at the intersection of fashion, retail and innovation. Heavily embedded in the worlds of technology and digital marketing, it tracks new launches around everything from artificial intelligence and augmented reality, to sustainability and smart textiles."
Held every two years, the "Youth Fashion Summit is a platform that gathers students from around the world to discuss and engage in driving Sustainable Fashion forward. By dreaming the future, sharing curiosity, and critical perspectives." Visitors can download presentations and view publications.
Internet Resources: Sustainable & Circular Fashion: Consumer Resources
The Good Trade is a website " for ethically-minded consumers and was built on the fundamental idea that consumers are powerful and the dollars we spend each day are a vote for the world we want to live in."
The Good Wardrobe website is a "style-sharing community hub mixing the best of sustainable fashion with services that prolong the life of your wardrobe." It is the philosophical antithesis of fast fashion.
"The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) aims to promote measurable improvements in the key environmental and social impacts of cotton cultivation worldwide to make it more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable. The BCI works with organisations from across the cotton supply chain and interested stakeholders to facilitate a solution for the mainstream cotton sector. The BCI's philosophy is to develop a market for a new mainstream commodity: ‘Better Cotton’ and thereby transform the cotton commodity to bring long-term benefits for the environment, farmers and other people dependent on cotton for their livelihood. "
The Blue Sign system manages all of the input streams in the manufacturing of textiles in order to reduce impacts on people and the environment. Site visitors can download criteria lists for participants, see participating brands and read about the process.
This website of Cotton Incorporated focuses on efforts to create sustainability within the cotton industry. Visitors can watch informational videos, read reports and investigate pages that focus on soil, water, energy, and environmental issues related to the growth of cotton.
Exotextile News, published by Mowbray Communications Ltd promotes itself as "the monthly magazine for the sustainable and ethical textiles and apparel industry." Although the magazine is subscription based, viewers can open a sample copy and access news headlines.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was established in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the world's transition to the circular economy. Visitors can find resources such as reports on a new textile economy and read about the Circular Fibres Initiative.
Fashion Positive offers a database of Cradle-to-Cradle certified suppliers of "yarns, dyes, fabrics, zippers, trims, finishing, and more—creating a growing collective of "positive" materials with which to design from the beginning." In addition, visitors may view educational webinars and review the "Fashion Positive Critical Materials List," a list high-priority, critical materials needed for circular fashion.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres worldwide. It defines high level environmental criteria along the entire supply chain of organic textiles and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Visitors to the site may download the current GOTS certification standards. Visitors may also search the public database for suppliers of GOTS certified textiles and products.
The International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology (OEKO-TEX) is a union of 18 independent textile research and test institutes in Europe and Japan that "offer companies of the textile industry certifications and services to have their products tested for harmful substances by independent institutes, and to optimize their production conditions and their supply chains with regard to sustainability."
The Global Organic Cotton Community platform was "created for active members of the global organic cotton community to share conversations, knowledge and information about organic and fair-trade cotton." Visitors will find a number of educational briefs on both traditional and organic cotton agriculture and markets with links to key organizations as well as an impressive library of downloadable reports.
Based in Central Valley, California, the Sustainable Cotton Project (SCP) "provides growers with information about biological farming techniques" and "educates the public about the importance of reducing chemical use in food and fiber production" through its BASIC campaign aimed at growers and its Cleaner Cotton campaign aimed at manufacturers and consumers. Visitors can access information about all of these campaigns on its website.
Textile Exchange is a non-profit, member-based organization dedicated to expanding the organic/sustainable textiles market. While membership is required for access to some features of the site, viewers may access the Marketplace database to search for member companies and suppliers, download the monthly newsletter, and access a number of educational materials through the Learning Zone and Farm Library sections including audio and videos.