Fashion Positive Introduces Materials Collection, An Online Portfolio of Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Materials for the Fashion Industry

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New online materials library makes it easier for fashion designers to find sustainable, certified materials.

The new Materials Collection allows apparel companies and designers to search for certified textiles and other materials - like dyes, buttons and labels - for apparel and accessories.

Fashion designers looking for certified circular materials for their next collection can now look to the Fashion Positive Materials Collection. As of July 1, 2016, designers can access these materials online and browse a portfolio of materials that are Cradle to Cradle Certified™ or have received a Material Health Certificate, which at higher levels of certification ensures safe materials suitable for circular design.

Fashion Positive is an initiative of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, which aims to transform fashion one material at a time. Together, with a community of pioneering brands, designers and suppliers, Fashion Positive identifies and certifies key building blocks of the fashion industry—creating a growing collection of “positive” materials available through the Materials Collection. The goal is circular materials that can be perpetually cycled. Some materials are further along that pathway than others, so each material has been assessed and improved based upon five categories: material health, material reuse, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness. A Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Certification indicates where the material falls.

The new Materials Collection allows apparel companies and designers to search for textiles and other materials—like dyes, buttons and labels—for apparel and accessories. Each entry includes detailed material specifications; available colors, sizes and weights; and information about stock and custom ordering.

"For many brands, designers and suppliers, it’s a long journey to circular fashion. Fashion Positive meets our members wherever they are on that path and provides the leadership, the vision and methodology to assist our partners in the transition to circularity; the Materials Collection is a big step in that direction. Materials are also assessed against our Standard, so not only are they potentially circular, they are also making a positive impact right now. To obtain Cradle to Cradle Certification materials are assessed against requirements in five standard categories ensuring holistic environmental quality that goes beyond circularity,” says Lewis Perkins, the President of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

Currently, there are 14 Cradle to Cradle certifications and 12 Material Health Certificates covering a total of 39 materials for fashion.

Some of the materials included in the new Fashion Positive Materials Collection include:

  •     Lauffenmühle’s infinito® toolkit (elastic bands, buttons, sewing thread, woven labels,
  •     woven ribbon, interfacing, monofilament for 3D printing)
  •     DyStar dyes (reactive, vat and disperse dyes for wool, cotton and polyester)
  •     Maiyet’s FAIR cashmere (cashmere and cashmere/silk yarns)

“Being a part of Fashion Positive’s Materials Collection is huge for us. The assessment process was thorough and incredibly rigorous, which is why we’re proud that our dyes received a Material Health Certificate at the GOLD-level,” says Fanny Vermandel, Vice President, Global Marketing Coloration, DyStar Colours Distribution GmbH.

You can find the growing Fashion Positive Materials Collection here: http://www.fashionpositive.org/fashionpositivematerials/

About Fashion Positive
Fashion Positive is an initiative of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. The Initiative was launched in 2014 with four goals in mind—to identify, innovate, certify and scale the fashion industry’s building blocks for the future.Together with a community of pioneering brands, designers and suppliers, Fashion Positive scales positive materials through industry alliance—growing the building blocks library with Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM high-volume materials and making them available to the industry as a whole.

The Fashion Positive Initiative applies the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard to transform the way apparel and accessories are made. The Initiative spurs the creation of materials and products that aren’t “less bad,” but are “more good”—resulting in a regenerative, beneficial impact on the environment and society. Fashion Positive is made possible in part by The DOEN Foundation, fund of the Dutch Postcode Lottery and Wendy & Eric Schmidt. For more information visit fashionpositive.org.

About the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to turn the making of things into a positive force for people, the economy and the planet. They steward the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program, which is a system for assessing and constantly improving products based upon five categories: material health, material reuse, renewable energy, water stewardship and social fairness. The Institute is headquartered in San Francisco, CA with satellite offices in Amsterdam, NL; and Raleigh, NC. For more information, visit c2ccertified.org.

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