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CFDA’s New Supply Chain Collective Assembles Eco-Minded Partners

Talon International and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced a partnership for the CFDA’s Supply Chain Collective, a new initiative designed to bring greater value to the nearly 500 American designers in its membership.

“The Supply Chain Collective aims to help alleviate hurdles related to topics such as sustainable solutions for materials, packaging, hangers and plastics, logistics for fulfillment, warehousing and distribution, inventory management, size inclusivity, and artisan sourcing, among others,” Cal McNeil, program manager at the CFDA, said.

In addition to Talon, McNeil said the inaugural Supply Chain Collective partners include ApparelMagic, a Florida-based inventory management firm; New Jersey hanger company Arch & Hook; Bergen Logistics; KEDIC Fashion Workshop, New York sourcing firm Nest, South Korean fabric sourcing company SwatchOn and TIPA, and Israeli sustainable packing solutions firm.

Talon noted that it is an integral piece in moving fashion forward with its offering of trim, packaging and Adjustec stretch technology. Talon International will now be the CFDA’s Supply Chain Collective provider of zippers, trim, packaging and stretch technology, as well as providing a variety of sustainable and Eco solutions. These will be fulfilled with the company’s use of materials such as ocean waste, recycled polyester, Eco Plating, BCI Cotton and oxo-biodegradable polybags, along with offering marketing materials to give CFDA members an edge in the industry.

“As a provider of single-use zippers, trim and packaging products, we are finding imaginative ways our customers may re-use our products rather than just throw them away,” Talon International CEO Larry Dyne said. “Whether it’s our sustainable hang tag that can be planted to grow trees, our Ocean Waste Ghost Nets material that can be transformed into zippers, buckles, D-rings, buttons and more, we focus on reducing our impact on the environment.”

McNeil was not available to provide further comment on the program.