Lenzing’s Birgit Schnetzlinger on How Brands Can Become Truly Sustainable

The rate of change has never been greater — or faster — for the footwear industry, with new challenges popping up every day in nearly all corners of the business, from navigating cash crunches and supply chain issues to understanding the latest technological advances. In its “Ask An Expert” series, FN asks industry leaders — all solutions-based providers — to take on some of the most timely topics.

Sustainability has been a hot topic for the fashion industry for several years, but despite a number of widely publicized corporate commitments, there is still a long way to go. “Greenwashing” is common, with many companies touting an environmentally friendly product, yet privately falling short in key target areas. In order to achieve a truly sustainable business, brands will need to consider a number of factors and invest in eco-friendly production. Fortunately, growing consumer demand shows that this can still be a

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What to look for when buying a clear face mask, according to experts

There’s a new type of mask in town — and it’s about to make talking while wearing a facial covering a lot easier. After months of muffled conversations and covered faces, masks with clear windows that let you read a person’s lips are becoming more readily available.

We’ve learned a lot about how to shop for cloth face masks in recent months, but clear face masks are uncharted territory for many of us. With this in mind, Shop TODAY reached out to medical experts to find out how to shop for one.

Why are clear masks important?

For those who are deaf or hard of hearing and often rely on reading lips to communicate, face masks that cover the mouth can be a challenging and frustrating barrier.

“Wearing a mask is one of the recommended strategies to mitigate the current global pandemic. Unfortunately, covering the bottom part of one’s face

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Stockholm Fashion Week Returns With a Message for Fashion: Sustainability Can’t Wait

LONDON — It was only last year that Stockholm Fashion Week announced plans to cancel its biannual showcase and become integrated into Copenhagen Fashion Week — the more internationally recognized Scandi fashion event.

But now the showcase is back and show organizers had a lot to contribute to the conversation around the changed fashion landscape.

“We canceled for financial reasons, but decided to come back this year because a digital fashion week would be so suitable for Sweden, which is at the forefront of digital innovation,” said Catarina Midby, secretary general of the Swedish Fashion Association and organizer of Stockholm Fashion Week.

As fashion’s priorities shift toward sustainability, digital innovation and timeless design over seasonal trends, Midby thinks Swedish fashion is well positioned to cater to all these new demands and used the three-day, digital Stockholm Fashion Week to help drive that point home.

“We want to support Swedish fashion

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20 Insanely Cute Dorm Room Transformations To Try With Your Roommate

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Photo credit: courtney chavez

From Seventeen

College move-in season is around the corner and if you’re staying on campus this year, you need to make sure that your dorm room is as cute as your outfit. Not only do you sleep in your room, but you also study, hang out with your roomie, and just overall chill in there. Basically, it should be cozy AF. Unfortunately, most colleges and universities provide you with a super bland, super tiny room that you’re supposed to live in for an entire year (with another person, nonetheless!). Don’t worry, though, because there are a lot of ways to spice up your living arrangement. Check out these 20 cute dorm room ideas to get you inspired as you prepare to makeover a room of your own.

1. Coastal Bohemian

Find one print or piece of wall art that you’re obsessed with and make it the

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Moving in for college, with the fall semester in doubt

MILWAUKEE — Laurie and Scott Dubin, along with their daughter Lindsay, stood outside a rented RV recently with a heap of luggage.

They were about to start the 2,000-mile drive from the San Francisco Bay Area to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Lindsay would start her freshman year at her dream school in the middle of a pandemic.

“I hope school isn’t canceled from Saturday until then,” Laurie Dubin had said earlier that week.

Classes are scheduled to start Sept. 2. Her fear was more than a mother’s intuition. Three days into their road trip, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill canceled in-person classes. On the fourth day, Michigan State and Notre Dame also backed off plans.

“We are in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and I’m getting very nervous,” she texted Aug. 18.

Across the country, college students and their families are weighing the risk of contracting the virus 

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What you need to know before you hire a personal trainer

Boris Johnson has hired Harry Jameson to help him get in shape - Jeremy Selwyn
Boris Johnson has hired Harry Jameson to help him get in shape – Jeremy Selwyn

They stride the gym floor like Titans, prowling for the weak and flabby. They shout orders. Sometimes they make people cry.

These are the personal trainers, or PTs. The men (and sometimes women) whose job it is to whip us into shape for an hourly fee of around £30 to £65, or up to £1,000 if you happen to be a famous actor and need to achieve the superhero look for your next movie.

Once viewed as indulgent eye candy for bored housewives with too much leisure time on their hands, they have become commonplace. For many, a session with a PT is as much a part of a rounded fitness routine as a treadmill and kettlebells. During lockdown, the nation even had its own personal trainer, Joe Wicks, whose chirpy daily online sessions helped

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The 10 Best, Coolest, Most Exciting Bikes From Marin

Photo credit: Trevor Raab
Photo credit: Trevor Raab

From Bicycling

Marin has been making and selling bikes for more than 30 years. And while it’s recently been an under-the-radar brand, a slew of exciting new bike launches have lifted the company’s profile. And across its line, from road to city to mountain bikes, you’ll find some exciting, cool, and attractive options.

Here’s quick info on five of the best Marin bikes from our testing. Keep scrolling for more in-depth reviews and a primer on the brand.

A Brand Rooted in Mountain Biking’s History

The genesis of Marin is entwined with the early history of mountain biking. The company is named after, and headquartered near, Marin County, California, the beautiful piece of earth that’s home to Mount Tamalpais, where competitive mountain biking was born. In 1986, Bob Buckley founded the Marin bicycle company in response to the growing off-road-cycling interest in Northern California. By 1988,

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Is That Product Really Sustainable? Need-to-Know Tips for Becoming a Savvy, Sustainable Shopper

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Emphasis on buying and making sustainable products has grown so much in recent years that the label itself is often questioned for its honesty. Even if someone wanted to become a more environmentally conscious shopper—it’s hard to know where to begin. How do you identify a sustainable product when it’s difficult to even pin down the meaning and properties of sustainability? In an effort to avoid greenwashing and understand what a sustainable product actually is, we asked experts to share their tips for recognizing eco-conscious products when shopping across categories.

Learn what it means, realistically, to be a sustainable consumer.

For anyone looking to develop and maintain a more sustainable lifestyle, everyday product consumption must be revisited. It requires getting curious about where things come from, how materials are sourced, how long they last, and whether or not they’re reusable or recyclable.

“I define sustainability as attentiveness toward

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Nicola Peltz Shares Sweet Photo with Victoria and David Beckham’s ‘Loving’ Daughter Harper

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Nicola Peltz is showing some love for her future sister-in-law, Harper Beckham.

On Tuesday, the 25-year-old actress posed beside her soon-to-be husband’s 9-year-old sister, affirming that she is fitting in with his famous family perfectly.

“h7 is the sweetest most loving and beautiful little human i know!” she wrote alongside the cute black and white shot with Harper, whose middle name is Seven.

Instagram users flooded the comments section of the post, expressing their love for the adorable photo — including Peltz’s future mother-in-law, Victoria Beckham, who replied with a string of pink heart emojis.

RELATED: Nicola Peltz Goes Shopping at Victoria Beckham’s Boutique with Soon-to-Be ‘Little Sister’ Harper

Earlier this year, Peltz spent quality girl time with Harper when she took the youngster out for a fun girls’ shopping trip, complete with a stop to Victoria’s clothing store.

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Peltz and Harper snapped an adorable mirror

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we cannot wait to see our pupils again

Greeting: a student and teacher at Newham Collegiate Sixth Form: AFP via Getty Images
Greeting: a student and teacher at Newham Collegiate Sixth Form: AFP via Getty Images

Never before has there been such anticipation about the start of a new school year. Since schools closed down abruptly in March, teachers have hastily rearranged lessons and spent months running virtual classes, all with the fear of letting down vulnerable children in the background.

They were then hit with an exams fiasco on an unprecedented scale and left to pick up the pieces with heartbroken pupils while navigating a series of U-turns and grade recalculations. But they are almost back in business. Next week they will return to school, welcoming students for the start of the new term.

“I honestly don’t think there will be a teacher in London who isn’t looking forward to getting back to working with his or her pupils. It’s what we know and love and it’s been such a long

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