Environmental Sustainability

How Strategic Supplier Collaboration Can Reduce Textile Waste
May 31, 2023 at 12:59 pm

Consumers are posing an ultimatum to fashion and apparel brands: Start taking sustainability seriously or they’ll shop elsewhere. A new study of UK consumers found that 81 percent intend to boycott apparel brands that don’t prioritize sustainability within the next two years. These consumers are part of a clear global trend: Growing swaths of consumers…

Going Green: How Brands Can Grow Revenue While Saving the Planet
May 30, 2023 at 9:15 pm

Consumers have become incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to the ways in which companies operate — from technical matters like data usage and privacy to societal issues like diversity, equity and inclusion. In turn, we’ve seen decision making not only become more complex, but also more directly related to individual values and moral standards. And while…

How eBay Refurbished Extends Products' Lifecycles, Wins Customers
May 29, 2023 at 5:53 pm

In episode 403 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Mari Corella, general manager of home and hard goods at eBay, a global commerce leader that connects millions of buyers and sellers in more than 190 markets around the world. Corella discusses her role and career history in e-commerce (0:44), the eBay Refurbished program…

How Green Jobs Can Create Lasting Change
May 16, 2023 at 7:16 pm

Over 90 percent of the impact most consumer goods companies have on the environment can be attributed to their supply chains. Emissions from supply chains are 11.4 times higher than a company’s own operational emissions, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). That is more than double previous estimates. And since the past eight years…

Nike Accused of Greenwashing in New Lawsuit
May 15, 2023 at 5:06 pm

A Nike customer is accusing the brand of greenwashing. In a complaint filed May 10 at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, plaintiff Maria Guadalupe Ellis claimed that Nike uses “deceptive and misleading” statements when marketing its sustainability collection. Specifically, the suit claims that Nike “deceives consumers into believing that they're receiving…

How Renfro Brands Integrates Sustainability Into its Innovation Strategy
May 11, 2023 at 5:35 pm

Jay Robinson is chief innovation officer and senior vice president of global business development at Renfro Brands, a 100-year-old legacy sock and hosiery manufacturer and retailer. In this video interview with Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan, Robinson discusses his role and its impact across the organization, how sustainability is integrated into Renfro Brands' holistic innovation strategy, and…

Clothing Retailers: An Opportunity for Positive Change
May 9, 2023 at 5:02 pm

Diverting textiles from landfills is increasingly becoming a top-of-mind concern for clothing manufacturers and retailers alike. In the face of legislative changes, consumers are more aware of the environmental impact of their clothing choices. The fashion industry generates around 92 million tons of textile waste each year, which not only clogs up landfills, but also…

How This Founder Creates Sustainable Luxury 'Slow Fashion' at Bleusalt
April 24, 2023 at 7:08 pm

In episode 398 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Lyndie Benson, founder of Bleusalt, a luxury apparel brand offering elevated basics made sustainably in the United States. Benson shares an overview of the Bleusalt brand (0:55), her inspiration for launching the business (1:40) and how its sustainable Tencel fabric is produced (3:00). She…

How to Design Sustainable Packaging That Stands Out on Shelves
April 13, 2023 at 7:48 am

More customers are becoming aware of the environmental issues we're all facing. With this in mind, companies need to design packaging that's not only sustainable but also stands out on the shelf. Reducing the environmental impact and attracting customers are important aspects of the design process. Here are some tips for developing visually appealing and…

Sustainable Procurement Hinges on Supply Chain Transparency
April 11, 2023 at 10:06 am

Consumers have long said they prefer sustainable products, and a new study shows that they've been putting their money where their mouth is. Researchers from McKinsey and NielsenIQ studied 600,000 products from 44,000 brands and conclusively found that products that make environmental, social and governance (ESG) claims experienced faster growth than products without them. This…