Loyal readers will remember the tremendously successful series Sustainably Attired we ran this summer to explore the lifecycle of fashion. We're thrilled to announce that Levi Strauss & Co., a longtime proponent of sustainability in the supply chain, has returned for another round. Of course, the company's environmental programs aren't limited to supporting our editorial efforts. In fact, just today the denim giant announced a new partnership with the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corp. to provide financial incentives for garment suppliers in developing countries to upgrade environmental, health, safety and labor standards.
We'll launch part II of this series tomorrow with a focus on consumers: We'll examine how purchasing and clothing care choices affect the overall environmental impact of our clothes. Since we're heading into the holiday season, we'll also dedicate plenty of attention to purchases you can feel good about gifting. You'll hear about Levi's initiatives, as well as those from other leaders in the space.
Tomorrow we'll kick off with a piece that examines what happens at the end of a consumer's time with a garment. If it's donated, what happens next? What happens to the clothes too worn to wear? Are our hand-me-downs finding a second life in our communities, or are they shipped to a far-away country? You can check out the rest of the series here.
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Jen Boynton is the former Editor-in-Chief of TriplePundit. She has an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School and has helped organizations including SAP, PwC and Fair Trade USA with their sustainability communications messaging. She is based in San Diego, California. When she's not at work, she volunteers as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for children in the foster care system. She enjoys losing fights with toddlers and eating toast scraps. She lives with her family in sunny San Diego.
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