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Starbucks unveils ambitious sustainability commitment

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson has announced a multi-decade commitment to be a “resource-positive” company – aspiring to give more than it takes from the planet.

It is not enough anymore to just talk the talk on sustainability, consumers say

When it comes to sustainability, consumers say it is not enough anymore to just talk the talk. They want sustained change for good, according to data from digital commerce consultancy Tryzens. Tryzens’ Customer Insight Report showed 84 per cent of consumers expect brands they shop with to have sustainable practices and 83 per cent expect sustainable packaging. “Whether looking at…

China takes first step to banning single-use utensils, plastic bags

China’s National Development and Reform Commission has revealed plans to cut the production and use of single-use plastic in China in the next five years.

Ikea eco-store under construction in Vienna

A seven-level Ikea eco-store is being built in Vienna – with no car parks, targeting pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.

Kellogg’s tests cereal refill concept in UK supermarket

UK supermarket Asda is undertaking a 12-month trial to test initiatives to reduce, remove and reuse plastic packaging at its Middleton store in Greater Manchester. Shoppers are invited to bring their own containers to stock up on products such own brand coffee, rice and pasta at designated refill stations. The grocery has partnered with FMCG giants Unilever and Kellogg’s to create refill points for cereals such as Rice Krispie…

Hyundai Department Store aims to eliminate paper receipts

Hyundai Department Store says it will launch an electronic receipt issuance service with the aim of “zero” paper receipts within three years. Electronic receipts will be issued in the form of the automatic issuance of receipts through mobile applications instead of paper receipts when purchasing goods. Last year, about 160 million paper receipts were issued by Hyundai Department …

Redress Design Award launches 10th competition cycle

Environmental NGO Redress has opened the Redress Design Award 2020, the 10th cycle of its sustainable fashion design competition.

Five key apparel-sourcing trends for this year

Disruption and uncertainty remain the biggest challenges facing apparel brands, retailers and their global supply chains heading into the new decade, says research house GlobalData, outlining five key apparel-sourcing trends for the year ahead. Unpredictable and fast-moving changes to tariffs and trade, pressure to make smarter and faster decisions, and demands for new levels of sustainability will all weigh on fashion business…

Freitag Japan opens store in Kyoto

Bag and carrying case manufacturer Freitag has opened its fourth outlet in Japan, which was featured in Designboom architectural magazine for its unique interior.

OnTheList reveals 2020 plans while marking fourth anniversary

OnTheList says it will focus on raising awareness of sustainability in the minds of both the retail industry and consumers and open permanent showrooms in Shanghai, Taipei and Singapore this year.

Zalora launches partnership with StyleTribute

Asian online fashion platform Zalora has entered into a partnership with luxury marketplace reseller StyleTribute.

Bangladesh garment factories urged to embrace sustainable practices

Bangladesh garment factories must continue to invest in making their operations more sustainable if they hope to win business over other major competing sourcing countries, says an analyst.