Lewis Perkins

Fashion Positive, an initiative of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, will hold a webinar next month to introduce Fashion Positive Plus.

The new work stream is meant to harness the expertise of the institute in circular systems and drive the availability of Cradle to Cradle Certified materials in the apparel industry through a volume pooling approach.

By joining Fashion Positive Plus, companies can share costs, increase efficiency and get advice and information from industry leaders in the identification and verification of core, foundational building-block materials that can be used in finished apparel.

Fashion Positive said these foundational pieces include precompetitive materials and suppliers such as dyes, chemicals, finishings, trims, base fabrics and yarns.

Last month, Fashion Positive launched the Materials Collection featuring 39 materials for fashion applications 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.

These materials include fabrics and yarns, buttons, labels, elastic and dyes for clothing and accessories. Each entry includes information on available sizes, weights, colors and a range of other specifications. Updated details about available stock and custom ordering are also part of the database.

The webinar is set for Sept. 13 at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., and at 5 p.m. It will also introduce a free resource, the C2C Principles Checklist for the Fashion Industry that will allow members to start implementing Cradle to Cradle methodology.

The webinar will be hosted by Lewis Perkins, president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, and Anne Gullingsrud, director of the textiles and apparel sector at Cradle to Cradle.

Fashion Positive was launched in 2014 to identify, innovate, certify and scale the fashion industry building blocks of the future.

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides thought leadership, initiates programs to transition industries and educates and administers the world-renowned Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard.