One of the newest sustainability trends is making old
garments new again. Evrnu, a Seattle-based textile-technology startup, is making
old clothes and fabrics into new fibers that can be used for recyclable fashion.
Although their products are still being tested, Evrnu has
just launched a limited run of recyclable unisex sweatshirts for Adidas by
Stella McCartney, calling them “EVER-new.” The hoodies will not be available
for the public until 2020 but will be given to athletes to promote the new
sustainable line. “Right now, in the U.S., consumers dispose of about 80% of
their textiles directly into their garbage can. That’s the behavior we’re
really trying to tackle,” said Stacy Flynn, chief executive and co-founder of
Evrnu. Recycled textiles can be made into premium fibers which can be dyed and
woven into new fabrics made for all different types and styles of clothing. In
2016, Evrnu teamed up with Levi’s Jeans and launched a prototype of jeans made
only from repurposed cotton T-shirts.
Consumers are becoming more aware of certain industries’
toll on the environment, including the fashion industry. Although creating new
fibers still has some detrimental impact, the process uses a fraction of the
amount of energy and chemicals used to make polyester clothing. These recycled garments
may end up having a higher price-point, but as more people become aware of how
sustainability can help the environment, people may be willing to pay more.
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As the trade finance industry faces challenges related to
logistics and fraud, blockchain technology may help in creating transparency and
assurance of delivery while still providing confidentiality for trade parties. Blockchain
can support cross border trade transactions that otherwise would be difficult due
to costs and the documentation process.
90% of the world relies on trade finance and the
incorporation of blockchain would speed the delivery of funds and reduce the
usage of paper. The trade finance industry still operates in a very old-fashioned
manner, which entails manual inputting documents and physical letters of credit
to ensure that payments will be received. Blockchain may streamline such manualcomplexity by enabling companies to
securely and digitally confirm where products were originated, its transaction
details, and other requisite information. Indeed, through blockchain, payments
can be processed through a tokenized form depending upon the delivery or
receipt of goods. Focusing on just contracts, parties can create their own
rules that would ensure automatic payments and eliminate the possibility of
missed, or repeated shipments. Incorporating blockchain technology will create greater
trust for trade parties that may well result in an increase in global trade.
After meeting with President Xi over the weekend, President Trump announced decisions regarding the bilateral trade dispute. The President announced that while current tariffs will remain in place, he will not move forward with additional tariffs as negotiations continue. Therefore, there are no immediate plans to implement Tranche or List 4 trade-remedy tariffs.
The United States Trade Representative recently concluded seven days of hearings on the proposed List 4. The testimony and comments solicited from the public as part of the List 4 review may influence the products to be included and tariff rate if and when any additional trade-remedy actions are taken. But for now, any action on List 4 is on hold.
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