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Circular fashion set to become a long-lasting trend in 2021

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Spanish designer Pablo Erroz stopped showcasing his collections as “seasons” three years ago

Don’t be surprised if models trotting down fashion runaways several times a year, to showcase endless collections, becomes a thing of the past. And the global pandemic is actually not the main reason that packed catwalks have been turned into digital events in 2020.

After years of telling people to buy more and wear more, designers from around the world are turning their talent to creating long-lasting pieces. They are advocating a circular way of fashion where people are expected to reuse and recycle; so they are being encouraged to invest in fewer clothes.

And although sustainable and circular fashion is the latest trend in an industry known for fast and disposable products, some brands have been focused on this approach for a while now.

Three years ago, Spanish designer Pablo Erroz stopped showcasing his collections as “seasons”. Instead, the creative, whom has been part of the design teams of Massimo Dutti and Bershka, now creates timeless garments. His Non-Seasonal 2022 collection, recently showcased at both Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Madrid and 080 Barcelona Fashion, taps into the concepts of sustainability and circularity – with all pieces being digitalized with embedded NFC tags via Blue Bite, a platform helping brands to digitally authenticate products. Blue Bite has worked with global fashion brands Adidas, Pinko and BVLGARI.

“We need a real commitment from brands to put sustainability over short-term profit. As a label, we must create without giving clothes an expiration date. We should always be thinking over the long term. It is also an evolution of our business model, where the concept of seasons has become obsolete. Afterall, we need to increase transparency to speak a common language that customers understand, so we can invite them to make those changes together.” – Believes Erroz, who launched his own label in 2012.

The sustainable business model of Pablo Erroz goes beyond having the same pieces used by several customers during its life cycle.

“The fact of eliminating the seasons and the genres in the garments, basically, is nothing more than a firm commitment to contribute to a more friendly and respectful consumption with the environment. Taking into account that resources are limited, we have also decided not to produce any fabrics for our collections. We buy stocks and thus also promote another type of business and a real circular economy”, says the designer.

Keeping an authentication process for each item guarantees that no-fake clothes enter the circular process. Consumers scans the NFC tag, getting a digitalized version of the piece — identified by a unique digital ID — that tells its full story, from the manufacturing process to a look into the future of the garment.

“We are happy to partner with Pablo Erroz to launch Blue Bite Circularity, which allows consumers to explore the origin story of the garment,” says Mikhail Damiani, CEO & Co-Founder of Blue Bite. “The circle continues as consumers authenticate the item, and, later in the product’s lifecycle, get location-based information on how to resell or upcycle the garment to keep it out of a landfill.”

With brands becoming more conscious with regards to sustainability, the next step will be to educate consumers on how they can embrace one of the pillars of high-end fashion: less is more.

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Amsterdam Schiphol’s capacity to be cut due to noise pollution

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Slowing down: the biggest airport in the Netherlands, Schiphol, could have 20% fewer flights in 2023

The Dutch government is expected to cut the maximum number of flights allowed per year at Amsterdam Schiphol airport in a bid to reduce noise and air pollution.

The country’s busiest aviation hub will see a maximum limit of 440,000 flights per year according to the approved proposal aiming to cut 20% of the current annual flights. The changes could go into effect in November 2023.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed discontent at the announcement by the government of the Netherlands will cut the number of annual flights.

“This sudden decision is a shocking blow to aviation, jobs, and the economy of the Netherlands. It comes on top of a tripling of the passenger tax, and a 37% rise in airport charges. We are seeing a throttling of air connectivity which has been steadily built up for 100 years, and supported large parts of the Dutch economy and the aspirations of millions of Dutch travelers” – says Willie Walsh, Director General at IATA.

The government defends the proposal claiming that the cuts next year will reduce noise and deliver a significant reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions.

“Downsizing Schiphol will permanently destroy jobs that are only now recovering. Moreover, without the possibility to grow at Schiphol, businesses in the Netherlands will need to evaluate their future in an economy that will be moving from global gateway to regional center” – believes Walsh.

Schiphol has been recovering fast since the end of pandemic restrictions and has already set a maximum number of travellers per day this summer, capping the number of passengers that can depart from the airport every day as a result of a shortage of security staff. The maximum number of travellers that Schiphol can handle varies per day and goes up to 67,500 on the busiest days in July and up to 72,500 in August.

“We are taking this measure with an unbelievably heavy heart. Everyone at Schiphol and all our partners want nothing more than to welcome all travellers with open arms, especially after the impact coronavirus has had. A lot is possible at Schiphol this summer, but not everything. Setting a limit now means that the large majority of travellers will be able to travel from Schiphol in a safe and responsible way.” – says Dick Benschop, CEO at Schiphol Airport.

The airport has already had over 280,000 movements this year, putting it on track to reach its existing 500,000 movement limit.

Prior to the pandemic, aviation supported more than 300,000 jobs and €22 billion in GDP to the economy of the Netherlands. Key to this economic contribution was the connectivity driven by Schiphol’s global hub airport role. In 2019, Amsterdam was the third-best internationally connected city in Europe, behind only London and Paris.

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Business apps and services promoting sustainability in 2022

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Conscious minds: driven by a more ethically conscious global population, businesses have been forced to rethink the way they operate.

Sustainability has become a priority for most consumers and businesses alike. IBM surveyed job seekers and found that 71% of employees favour environmentally sustainable companies and find them to be more attractive employers. More than two-thirds of the respondents said they were more likely to apply for and accept jobs with environmentally and socially responsible organisations, even if it meant taking lower pay. Moreover, 48% of consumers surveyed also place their trust in corporate commitments to sustainability.

Case in point, Euro Newsweek recently reported how UK’s leading insurer Aviva commits to sustainability by investing £50 million into venture capital funds, which focus on emerging technology that supports our sustainable future. This follows the company’s pledge to become a Net Zero carbon emissions enterprise by 2040. While many small and medium enterprises may not be able to commit to the same, there are certainly other ways they can promote sustainability – especially given the rise of smartphones. Here are some apps and services available that help accomplish this:

Joulebug Enterprise

Joulebug Enterprise, sometimes called Shine by Joulebug, is a mobile app that aims to motivate employees to do good things for the community, their bodies, and our planet. Joulebug serves as a social network for employees working in the same company, where they can earn points and compete with one another through challenges. Once a challenge is over, everyone can see the impact made — whether it’s reduced energy usage, better waste habits, or less reliance on motorised transport. The gamified tasks not only makes users more conscious of their habits, but also aggregates marginal gains by getting groups of people to engage in green practices. Employees have the option to share their achievements, and companies can reward prizes to the winners for added fun.

Forest

Forest is a mobile app that aims to improve employee productivity, while tackling the problem of deforestation. Forest improves user productivity by letting employees plant a virtual tree when they want to focus on a task. If the user stays focused and achieves a pre-set goal, the tree will grow and become part of a virtual forest. Otherwise, the tree will wither away and die. As you grow more trees, you collect coins; one tree is equivalent to about 100 coins. When you collect 2,500 coins, you can opt to plant a real tree with Forest app’s partner Trees for the Future. It’s a great tool for employees who are looking to stay focused and save the planet.

Doorway

Doorway offers digital business cards that allow you to have your contact details instantly saved 100% of the time without the need for an app or an internet connection. Given that six million trees are cut down every year for paper business card production, and 88% of these business cards are thrown away without the details being saved, Doorway is a more efficient and eco-friendly way to connect with your network. You simply sign-up for an account using your email, then create your free personal business card — which can be scanned as a unique QR code from your smartphone. Businesses can opt to pay for their employees’ Doorway accounts per month, which also allows you to plant new trees and access additional services.

Too Good To Go

Europe-grown service Too Good To Go (TGTG) may not seem relevant to your business unless you’re in the food and beverage industry, but it could be a great way to boost employee morale and support local restaurants, bakeries, and grocers. TGTG combats food waste by letting users buy goods that may become food waste by the end of the day for a few pounds. The goods come as Surprise Bags, which means you’re never sure about what you’ll receive when you pick your order up. TGTG helps reduce the 2.5 billion tons of food that goes uneaten around the world each year, and even allows users to pay extra in donations to provide a meal for someone in need. Every contribution helps, so why not pick up a few Surprise Bags to treat your employees today?

If you are interested in more sustainability trends do check out our other articles on EuroNewsweek.

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Hugo Boss to launch its own premium resale platform

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Conscious shopping: purchasing second-hand items saves an average of 44% of CO2 emissions when compared to buying new

German luxury fashion house Hugo Boss is set to invite customers to buy pre-owned items as they would new, with the launch of a premium resale platform in the third quarter of 2022. The initiative will offer a curated assortment of clothing that has been traded in by existing customers.

An online process will allow customers to return used items to Hugo Boss in exchange for credit that can be spent online, on new or pre-owned items, or in store. Once fully quality checked, the pre-owned products will become part of a curated second-hand assortment for sale on Hugo Boss Pre-Loved. The service will initially feature clothing, with accessories planned to be added in the future.

The resale service will be operated by Faume, a premium provider offering a convenient and seamless online trade-in experience, and will be accessible through the hugoboss.com online store.
Globally, resale is a fast-growing market that reduces the environmental impact of the fashion industry, and already represents a market volume of USD 30-40 billion worldwide. Buying second-hand saves an average of 44% of CO2 emissions when compared to buying new, while the circular nature of the resale business helps to reduce clothing waste.

The brand is also set to launch another initiative, later this year, to extend the lifecycle of its products, with Hugo Boss introducing a care and repair service in selected German stores. The service will cover the repair of suits, jeans, shoes, jersey products, and leather goods. The new initiatives move the company, founded in 1924, closer towards its sustainability ambitions, which include the goal that eight out of ten products are circular by 2030.

Heiko Schäfer, Chief Operating Officer at Hugo Boss

“Our entry into the growing resale market is a natural step for us as a company,” – Heiko Schäfer, Chief Operating Officer at Hugo Boss

“Hugo Boss Pre-Loved will support our move towards a circular business model, while our repair service will allow customers to wear their favourite pieces for even longer and reduce consumption of scarce resources.” – says Heiko Schäfer, Chief Operating Officer at Hugo Boss.

Hugo Boss Pre-Loved will be launched in France, with the platform planned to expand to Germany, the UK, and the U.S. in 2025.

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