Nayelli Gonzalez

Nayelli Gonzalez is a writer and sustainability innovation strategist who advises startups, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies on their approach to sustainability, stakeholder engagement and strategic marketing and communications. A trained journalist with an MBA, she writes on sustainable business trends and the apparel industry for a variety of publications.

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Social Media Campaign Calls for Fashion Supply Chain Transparency

In support of Fashion Revolution Day, people around the world are taking to social media today, snapping selfies, tagging brands and asking them “#whomademyclothes. The campaign marks the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, and seeks to use the tragedy “to shed light and bring some transparency to what has become a really hidden and secretive industry.”

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Cradle-to-Cradle Tackles the Fashion Industry

Launched in 2014, Fashion Positive aims to retool the entire global fashion supply chain and help create more sustainable materials, processes and products. Already, the initiative is collaborating with brands such as Stella McCartney, G-Star RAW, Bionic Yarn, Loomstate and Belk department stores. While most of the sustainability conversation in the fashion industry focuses on going to zero – zero waste, zero water, zero energy, zero toxins – Fashion Positive wants to create more good instead of just less bad.

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The Little Black Dress Goes Zero Waste, Thanks to Robots

Fashion designer Natalia Allen has created a new model for sustainable fashion that has made the fashion world take notice. 3p spoke with Allen to learn more about what drives her purposefully-created clothes and how her approach to sustainability is to do more with less.

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A Brief History of Sustainable Fashion

A brief look into the industry’s storied past illuminates how corporate style-setters have responded to shifting consumer demands, market trends and natural resource constraints over the years – signaling what the future of sustainable fashion might hold.

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VF Corp. Looks to Cut Chemicals in Textile Manufacturing

With its CHEM-IQ program, VF Corp. is not only turning a potential reputational risk into an innovative opportunity, but it is also reassuring consumers about the company’s products and heartening other industry players to do the same.

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Why This Top College Apparel Company Pays Living Wages

In an industry that manufactures most of its apparel in developing countries at unlivable wages, Alta Gracia Apparel – a clothing factory in the Dominican Republic that pays employees 300 percent above the legal minimum wage – is a one-of-a-kind social enterprise.

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Why is Slow Fashion So Slow to Catch On?

The realized growth in the fast fashion market has been astounding – and it’s leaving conventional apparel retailers in the dust. Yet recent events have shed light on questionable aspects of fast fashion’s modus operandi that are prompting some consumers to think twice.

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Manufacture NY: The New Model for Sustainable Innovation

New York City’s apparel manufacturing sector is about to get a makeover: To reignite local fashion manufacturing and spur economic development, the city recently announced it will invest $3.5 million to help launch the fashion incubator Manufacture New York, a co-location center with sustainability in its DNA.

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Putting the Brakes on Fast Fashion

Over the past decade, rapidly made garments – sold at low prices and manufactured at even lower price points – have proliferated shopping centers across the nation. In some fast fashion shops, consumers can even buy an outfit for the price of a Happy Meal.

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The North Face Introduces Locally Grown Hoodie

When you hear the words “locally grown,” images of leafy-green-lined farmer’s markets, multi-colored CSA boxes, and interestingly odd-shaped heirloom tomatoes may come to mind – and not necessarily a piece of clothing. Borrowing a cue from the local food movement, The North Face has developed an all-cotton hoodie that was grown, designed, cut and sewn within 150 miles of its corporate headquarters in California.

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Why Taking Care of Your Apparel Workers is Good for Business

Notwithstanding the progress that Western companies, labor unions and the local government continue to make to secure safe working conditions for garment workers, several social enterprises are helping to advance the sustainability of the global apparel supply chain beyond safety compliance.