Raising Awareness

Check out our awareness channel to get the latest sustainable return insights from us and our partners.

We have embedded sustainability within all aspects of our business, and pride ourselves on being at the forefront of sustainable returns. However, we don’t have all the answers. Fortunately, we are connected with industry experts who can fill our knowledge gaps. 

That’s why we developed our awareness channel–to foster collaboration with field experts, network partners, clients, innovators, and other Reconomy Group businesses. On this page, we share challenges experienced by the industry and ways to overcome them. We invite our partners and clients to share their findings and solutions so that we can achieve a more sustainable world together. Competition has no place here! In addition to industry insights, you can also find highlighted white papers, articles, and case studies to keep yourself up to date.

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Challenges Affecting the Textile Industry

The environmental impact of textile waste is rapidly gaining attention from governments, retailers, and consumers. And it should! Massive changes are needed to improve the textile industry and reduce its impact on our planet and society.

Here you can find articles on the latest challenges which the textile industry face, including information on upcoming legislation.

 

 

The sustainability policy changes that fashion retail needs to know in 2024

From supply chain scrutiny to extended producer responsibility, fashion businesses must stay alert to sustainability policy developments coming in 2024. George Harding-Rolls, director of policy and advocacy at sustainability consultancy Eco-Age – which works with brands and retailers such as Diesel and Matches – reveals the key changes coming in the year ahead.

Fast Fashion and Its Environmental Impact

It is no secret that fast fashion has a significant environmental impact. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the industry is the second-biggest consumer of water and is responsible for about 10% of global carbon emissions – more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. Unfortunately, fast fashion problems are often overlooked by consumers.

Online marketplaces report surge in sales of secondhand goods

Amazon, eBay and others record rise in reselling as cost of living crisis bites and customers try to shop sustainably

Tackling Textile Waste: Australia’s Bold Move Towards Sustainable Fashion

Discover how Australia is championing sustainable fashion through initiatives like the Seamless scheme, despite opposition and challenges. Will the industry stitch a greener future?

The Importance Of Sustainability In Fashion

The majority of carbon emissions in the retail world originate from emissions at every stage of the supply chain, from creating materials to the life the consumer gives the product. By 2030, the industry will need to cut its emissions by about half in order to lessen climate change, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

UK Government publishes full draft Extended Producer Responsibility regulations

Full draft Extended Producer Responsibility regulations have been published by the UK Government with the aim of it coming fully into force by 1 January 2025. Read this article for further information on the regulations.

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Challenges Affecting the Electronics Industry

In 2020, a UN global e-waste monitor report found a whopping 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste had been dumped worldwide in 2019, with only 17.4% being recycled.

Below you can read more about the challenges the electronics industry faces, and the solutions which are coming to help drive down the amount of waste.

Insuring a more sustainable future: The shift to a circular economy for electronics

The circular economy has long been touted as the solution, promised to decouple the pursuit of continuous economic growth from resource extraction. Yet, despite increasing consumer interest and an impetus for businesses and governments to act – progress has remained elusive. Often hampered by ingrained and rigid consumption habits, a lack of meaningful regulation, and industry inertia.

EU project to address global challenges of e-waste, finite electronic materials

The push for more environmentally friendly electronics intensifies with new EU legislation around the corner

Global E- waste management: Can WEEE make a difference?

In this Science Direct article, e-waste trends, legislation, contemporary issues and future challenges are reviewed to see if WEEE really can make a difference.

In The Spotlight

Take a look at some of the initiatives we have spotted that retailers are doing to champion sustainability. Do you have a program or report that showcases your sustainability efforts? We would love to share your work here, so please get in touch by using the form at the bottom of this page!

 

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Oh Polly launch rental trial

Oh Polly have launched an exclusive partnership with ZOA, trialing rental for the party season!

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Salvation Army discuss textile recycling

Head of Environment and Sustainability at Salvation Army talks openly about the work they can do in the fashion industry to divert more items away from landfill.

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Impact Transparency

Asket use the knowledge of their traced supply chain to calculate environmental impact of all their garments.

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Knowledge Sharing

Below, we share our own resources, as well as those from industry experts so that you can be kept up to date with the latest information regarding what ReBound, our clients, and sustainability specialists are up to.

ReBound Webinars and Content

Sustainability and knowledge sharing are critical priorities for us, and we aim to publish content and appear on webinars every quarter to ensure that we are sharing our expertise where we can. Here, you can see some of our most recent content.

 

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To box or not to box? That is the question

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Reducing Retail's Carbon Footprint: A Comprehensive Analysis of Returns and Sustainability

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Carbon- Conscious Returns: Achieving Low Emissions in Reverse Supply Chains

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Upcoming Webinar

Textiles EPR - A Rapidly Evolving Landscape

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'Decoding EPR: Simplifying Textile Compliance for Retail'

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Podcast

Check out our 'Returns Unboxed' EPR podcast, available from wherever you normally download your podcasts!

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Do you want to collaborate with us, or have some exciting news to share? Get in touch!