The coalition has released two research reports that investigate the current state of natural capital accounting. They are available for download for free:
Environmental Profit and Loss Accounts (E P&L) on the Danish textile industry.
Through the E P&L approach, the Danish EPA seeks to develop new ways of assessing the value chain of the Danish textile industry, which will support sustainable decision-making on three different levels. The analysis will contribute to the Danish EPA’s current work with the apparel industry and other relevant stakeholders in developing a more sustainable apparel sector. The ambition of this project is to explore new ways of aiding the sustainable decision-making process within the apparel industry and thereby adding to the already existing tools, such as the Higg Index.
Toxipedia (http://www.toxipedia.org/) is a free toxicology encyclopedia offering articles and resources about toxic chemicals (such as pesticides and endocrine disruptors), health conditions, ethical considerations, the history of toxicology, laws and regulation, and more. Our goal is to provide scientific information in the context of history, society, and culture so that the public has the information needed to make sound choices that protect both human and environmental health.
Toxipedia is a project of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders. INND is a nonprofit organization that distributes scientific information about the health and environmental impacts of toxic chemicals.
Toxipedia specifically offers a free e-book ‘A Small Dose of Toxicology-The Health Effects of Common Chemicals’ that explains topics such as:
all of which are of relevance specifically for the DWR discussion – to the general public to understand. Link: http://www.toxipedia.org/display/dose/A+Small+Dose+of+Toxicology.
Swiss Private Bank J. Safra Sarasin has published a report – from a sustainability perspective – on the opportunities and risks in the supply chains of textile and apparel companies. The authors, Philipp Mettler and Makiko Ashida, are both senior sustainability investment analysts, and have titled the report “Supply Chains in the Clothing Industry – A House of Cards?!”.
In their introduction, the authors write: “This report discusses the opportunities and risks facing textile and apparel companies in their procurement activities. In addition to the economic importance and organisational complexity of supply chains, the report also highlights trends and problem areas in the procurement process. Finally, it looks at the question of whether – and to what extent – sustainable procurement policies and potentially controversial aspects of the supply chain can have a positive or negative impact on enterprise value. Although environmental aspects are become increasingly important, the focus still tends to be on the social dimension at present.”
Forum for the Future was founded in 1996 by three leading figures of the UK environment movement with a mission to accelerate change to a sustainable future. Particularly interesting is their ‘Futures’ work, where the organisation is focused on the future, improving decisions made today to secure a sustainable tomorrow. This strand of the forum's work identifies future risks and opportunities to discover where to act for long-term success.
Below are the most interesting project outcomes:
’Selling the sizzle’ of sustainability to the consumer is - as most of you know - one of the major challenge our industry encounters. In that, we’re no different than many other industries, where product performance comes first, followed possibly by price. Futerra, a London based communications agency, has a good few guides available for download that help brands to tackle that challenge in a productive, pro-active way.
The most interesting/practical ones are as follows:
Also have a look at their Business Case Builder (http://business-case-builder.com).
The full list of guides and reports can be accessed through the following link: http://www.futerra.co.uk/work#filter=thought-leadership.
DeMontfort University students have done some fundamental groundwork on both the testing procedures for DWRs, as well as the consumer expectations towards treated garments.
The resulting insights can be downloaded in two reports:
The summary of the latter study was also presented at OutDoor 2014. The presentation PDF can be downloaded from: http://www.europeanoutdoorgroup.com/files/Quality_of_the_DWR_presentation.zip.
In 2015, the EOG supported a study into durable water repellent finishes (DWRs) undertaken by De Montfort University (School of Fashion and Textiles) in Leicester, UK. More information and material from this project is availabe here.
The EOG’s role is not to dictate policy in relation to issues such as the use of PFCs. However, we do endeavour to provide businesses operating in the outdoor industry with as much relevant insight as possible into the issues involved, so that they can make fully informed decisions. We asked three independent experts a series of questions and their responses can be found in the reports located here.