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Sustainability is the dominant overall trend in all aspects of textiles. Some trends in production include:

  • Blended fabrics utilizing fiber technology that reduces synthetic microfiber pollution

  • Blends with natural fibers for sustainability and comfort

  • Natural Plant Dyes / Dyeing with low water usage

  • Environmentally conscious lamination technologies

  • Advanced Recycled/Biodegradable fibers

  • Biodegradable polyester

  • Antimicrobal fibers / fabrics with reduced need for washing

  • Abrasion Resistant fabrics extend life

  • Bio-engineered Fibers / Biopolymers (Ex. Ingeo)

  • PFC Free Hydrocarbons incorporated into the fiber, allowing the retention of functionality for up to 80 washes – longer than conventional coatings

Berry Amendment
The Berry Amendment is a statutory requirement that restricts the Department of Defense (DoD) from using funds appropriated or otherwise available to DoD for procurement of food, clothing, fabrics, fibers, yarns, other made-up textiles, and hand or measuring tools that are not grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States.
Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
a not-for-profit organization bringing together cotton’s complex supply chain, from the farmers to the retailers. BCI seeks make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future, by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.
marine exoskeleton used to reduce water pollution in the denim manufacturing process. It creates a shell to protect the color so dyes will not rub off, and less dye is needed to color the denim. This new process saves chemistry, water and energy and is biodegradable.
Circular Economy
a system of resource utilization where reduction, reuse and recycling of elements prevails. Goal is to minimize production to a bare minimum when it is necessary to use the product, and go for the reuse of the elements that cannot return to the environment.
Circular Fashion System Commitment (CFSC)
launched by Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) for 2020. 90 fashion companies have committed with 213 targets.
Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC)
based on a 2014 report, “Tailored Wages”, the CCC is the 2019 follow up report. Garment industry's largest alliance of labor unions and non-governmental organizations. The campaign focuses on the improvement of working conditions in the garment and sportswear industries.
Closed Loop Design
refers to a product being designed to have another function after its primary use, thus eliminating all waste.
Closed Loop Production
is a form of production designed to eliminate all waste. Loops may be closed, for instance, by recovery, re-use or recycling.
Conscious Consumption
a social movement based around increased awareness of the impact of purchasing decisions on the environment and the consumer's health and life in general. Conscious consumers make an effort to support organic agriculture, fair trade and sweatshop-free products and local and independent businesses.
Corporate Responsibility (CR)
a broad-based movement in business that encourages companies to take responsibility for the impact of their activities on customers, employees, communities and the environment. Companies committed to corporate responsibility also agree to abide by international labor and human rights standards.
Cost Per Wear
the value of a piece in relation to how many times it is worn.
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