Just a reminder to fill out your survey for AJC's Top Workplaces. The email will be from Energage (not AJC). Today is the last day for the survey. And here are three other things you should know: 1. More upcycling please. As we become more aware of the detrimental impact of clothing fashion and its waste, companies are looking to offset that (and probably keep products off the secondhand market). Women's shoe company Rothy's is the latest to hop on board. After committing earlier this year to fully circular production by 2023, the shoe brand is taking another step toward that goal: From today through October 24, Rothy’s will pilot its first-ever customer takeback program. Customers can return their old shoes at six Rothy’s stores in exchange for a $20 same-day discount on a purchase. The company wants to upcycle 20,000 pairs of shoes by year’s end. The goal is to determine end-of-life use cases for Rothy’s shoes, explained Saskia van Gendt, the company’s head of sustainability. (In preparation, Rothy’s experimented with 1,000 pairs of shoes in existing inventory— like damaged returns—to understand the pain points of footwear disassembly, while preserving the recovered materials.) Retail Brew 2. Choose your brand name carefully. Foot Locker is introducing a new private label, the questionably named Lckr. A name that assuredly went through many people and levels of leadership. "Our position at Foot Locker is 'sneaker culture for the people,'" Milburn says. "Sneaker culture isn't just sneakers, as we always say it is a mindset and apparel is part of that mindset." The initial launch of LCKR by Foot Locker offers up men's size small to double XL with matching fleece pullover hoodies and tapered sweatpants, full-zip hoodies, cargo pants and matching track jacket and pant sets in a mix of both neutral go-to colors and seasonal colorways. Forbes 3. Checking candy. Halloween is right around the corner, which means the pearl clutchers will trickle out with warnings of razor blades and marijuana infused into candy meant for children. Along with them comes hilarious mocking, which you can check out here.
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