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EOG and ISPO team up to help first time outdoor retail visitors to the show

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The European Outdoor Group (EOG) and ISPO have announced details of a programme designed to make ISPO Munich 2015 more attractive to new retail visitors. The schedule has been devised to attract outdoor retailers who are keen on developing their business but have not attended ISPO before and help them get the greatest benefit from their time at the show, and in Munich.

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Dec
18

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PrimaLoft joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

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PrimaLoft, Inc. has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group’s sustainability measurement tool, the Higg Index, to drive environmental responsibility across its supply chain.

With its membership in the SAC, PrimaLoft joins more than 140 global brands, including retailers and manufacturers, as well as government, non-profit environmental organizations, and academic institutions, which are collectively committed to improving supply chain sustainability in the apparel and footwear industries.

In its relationship with the SAC, PrimaLoft will contribute both data and resources to support the Higg Index, which gauges environmental sustainability and drives supply chain decision-making to better efficiency and sustainability impact. The Higg Index is an open source, indicator-based tool that allows suppliers, manufacturers, brands and retailers to evaluate materials, products, facilities and processes based on environmental and product design choices.

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15

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FOUR PAWS help consumers choose animal-friendly down

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A unique new website has launched which shows consumers how some of the world’s biggest outdoor clothing and equipment brands are performing in terms of the animal welfare standards in the down they use in their products.

With the ‘Cruelty Free Down Challenge’, FOUR PAWS is inviting top outdoor brands like Vango, Kathmandu, Fjällräven, Jack Logo-ChallengeWolfskin, Mammut, Mountain Equipment, The North Face, Patagonia, and Vaude to take on the traceability challenge. According to the quality of their down traceability standards, they will be placed at different levels on a symbolic mountain. Five steps must be fulfilled to reach the summit. As a company satisfies the next criterion, it can move up the mountain. If a brand reaches the summit, it means they can prove as far as possible that their down did not come from live-plucked or force-fed birds.

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