Fashion for Good and Mc Donough Innovation supports industry players to reimagine fashion.
McDonough Innovation is helping move forward the global initiative to create more good in the apparel industry, as a founding member and visionary behind the newly-launched Fashion for Good – a joint-industry “open-source” initiative that aims to transform apparel culture toward a Cradle to Cradle1 inspired circular model. Amsterdam-based Fashion for Good is a worldwide laboratory of innovation and practical action. Created with an initial grant from founding partner C&A Foundation.
Prior to launch the partners that built the foundation of Fashion for Good include: the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative, Impact Hub Amsterdam, McDonough Innovation, The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Plug and Play, C&A and Kering.
Fashion for Good aims to inspire the apparel industry to “fashion endlessly”– where both people and planet flourish as we produce, use and recycle apparel in biological and technical cycles. It unites key players across all fronts of the fashion industry, including apparel producers, retailers, nonprofit organizations, innovators, and funders who share a common mission of transforming the apparel industry into a force for good. It supports the scale-up of technologies, methodologies and business models with the potential to wholly transform the industry.
The apparel industry has struggled to realize holistic improvements in a global supply chain that is difficult to navigate, with materials that have been historically hard to source or verify. Guided by the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Certified™ Product Standard, Fashion for Good espouses and supports five basic “goods,”
- Good Materials: Good materials are safe, healthy and designed for reuse and recycling
- Good Economy: A good economy is growing, circular, shared and benefitting everyone
- Good Energy: Good energy is renewable and clean
- Water: Good water is clean and available to all
- Good Lives: Living and working conditions are just, safe and dignified
“Fashion for Good will expedite adoption more broadly in the supply chain, helping to overcome some of the greatest hurdles in aligning sustainability practices in a complex system of international vendors. Meanwhile, the values of the organization will be able to infuse best practices deeply within the industry. The Five Goods represent an aspirational model we can all use to work towards a world in which we will fashion endlessly with grace and dignity.” William McDonough
C&A, one of Europe’s leading fashion retailers, announced that they will be the first worldwide retailer to launch Cradle to Cradle Certified™ GOLD apparel as part of their 2017 summer collection. Developed in partnership with Fashion for Good, and with the guidance of MBDC, these affordable, compostable and fashionable garments served as the case study for the open-source Cradle to Cradle Certified™ ‘How-To’ Guide. Launching at the end of March, the online guide has practical tips, a self-diagnostic tool to show suppliers and manufacturers how to improve their products and production facilities and a step-by-step guide on how to produce Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products.
“This kind of transformation can only be done with others, so today we are calling for brands, manufacturers, funders and innovators to join us and work together to realize our shared vision.” Leslie Johnston, Executive Director C&A Foundation
Cradle to Cradle® and C2C® are registered trademarks of MBDC, LLC. Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Certified™ is a trademark licensed by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
source: PR Newswire / C&A Foundation