Sustainable Reading Nr.4

Fashion

Fast Fashion Is Harming The Planet, MPs Say – Although it is great to see that the government is taking this issue seriously, I find it slightly funny that MPs are saying this now, when it’s been talked about for years and only with the pressure from consumers are MPs even talking about it. However, to those who have been saying that “it is not illegal” there will hopefully soon be a different tone. However, MP asking the biggest fast fashion polluters for advice how to change this can’t be the only option, they should be asking leading sustainable fashion researchers and academics as well as well known ethical fashion companies who are actually creating the innovative solutions. Whereas it is obvious that MPs are looking to keep the capital fast fashion brands bring to the country and provide a pr bandaid to quite the consumers.

Please Stop Clearing Out Your Wardrobe In The Name Of Sustainability – Ethical Unicorn puts it very clearly how clearing out wardrobe isn’t sustainable and what other options there are. I enjoyed reading about how capsule wardrobes came to be and what they actually are meant to be, and how she explained clearing out masquerading as sustainable. I thought her idea of selling your old clothes interesting, as most influencers I’ve followed over the years in Finland do exactly this. They sell their own clothes to their followers who are more than happy to give the clothes a new home. This should definitely be mainstream!

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Sew Be It: The New Eco-Fashion Brand That Helps You Make Your Own Clothes – This brand has taken slow fashion to another level with letting customers sew their garments and make sure they fit them. They have made easier to follow patterns and sewing instructions, on top of sourcing them suitable fabrics. They are working on closing the loop and try to take into consideration the impact they might affect. I would like to see more of brands that operate like this!

H&M Ranked As Number One User Of Sustainable Cotton – Article by the apparel resources discusses how H&M and many other fast fashion companies are using the better materials, however, it doesn’t explicitly explain what sustainable materials. It is great to hear that these companies are trying to clean up their supply chain at least a little bit, on the other hand, it is not surprising they are the biggest uses due to the volume of clothing they produce. They could also consider paying more for their labour.

Fighting Fast Fashion: The Rise Of Ethical Consumerism – The article discusses very well about lack of education and what we can do.

PLEASE Stop Saying Fashion Is The 2nd Most Polluting Industry After Oil – article by Alden Wicker from Ecocult which delves into how difficult it is to tell how polluting fashion industry actually is, and why it is harmful to say it is when there is no data to back up the claim.

Fast Fashion Means Charity Shops Are Getting Too Many Clothes, Head Of Select Committee Says – This is no news, but it is good that it is put out there for the wider public to read about. However, I am not sure how this article will help the shopping at the moment. We should be recycling our garments, but on a bigger scale, it is not feasible at the moment and with the popularity of Depop and other similar stores I do not see many high-quality garments ending up in charity shops, but rather only poor quality garments that can be worn only a few times. Primark saying that they will start a take-back programme where they will be reused by overseas charities just sounds like a money making ploy where they are trying to look good by moving their used poor quality garments out of the UK landfills to other countries landfills. It is great that the poor quality manufacturing companies are getting questioned though and I hope this will be more prevalent this year!

Success Is Sustainable For Designer Turning Waste Into Fashion Statement – A great example of how designers can lead a change in their own label, but also in the industry – Christopher Raeburn.

Consumers Want More Transparency And Action From Fashion Brands – This is not surprising, but I am happy to see how many people are becoming aware of the issues and rooting for the change. This surely is due to the amazing work Fashion Revolution has done!

Why Ethical And Sustainable Jewelry Matters – I am happy to see that more articles are coming out on this topic. It’s been a year since I wrote about this topic and since then have seen so many other articles popping out!

China Experiments With Longer Weekend To Boost Shopping – There are many thoughts when I first read the headline, many positive ones and too many negative ones. Excellent that people are getting longer weekends, it’s time they can spend on hobbies, being with their family or of course shopping. However, the fact that they want retailers to stay open later means that there are employees who will have to work those hours. Increasing the economic wealth of an area is great, however, should it be done at the expense of our environment?

With Its Anti-Fur Fight Gaining Progress, PETA Sets Its Sights On Wool – I am not sure if this is a good thing or not? I am aware that PETA wants to stop the use of wool, which is a great sustainable fibre to use in clothing with its great properties and many possibilities. However, I do agree that the industry should be more regulated to end the cruelty for animals.

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Social

British Doctors May Soon Prescribe Art, Music, Dance, Singing Lessons – “We’ve been fostering a culture that’s popping pills and Prozac, when what we should be doing is more prevention and perspiration,” I am so happy to hear this and am excited to see this starting to roll around in the UK. Although, I do not understand why I read about this first in a US publication rather than a UK one.

London Welcomes It’s First Ever Zero-Waste Vegan Christmas Market – It is great to hear that there are markets that combat the Christmas waste problem.

British Schoolgirl ‘Scared’ To Go To School On Her Period After Teacher’s Wouldn’t Let Her Use The Loo – Reading the article I feel there is part of the story missing, nevertheless, it is incredible that this still happens in the UK!

Scotland Is The First Country To Offer Free Sanitary Products To All Students – Excellent follow up on the previous article, but still raises questions how in some parts of the country the issues might be addressed better than in other parts.

The Army Is Donating Ration Packs To Help Feed Hungry People In The UK – It is heartbreaking that this is still such a big problem in the UK and only raises a question how big of a problem it must be in countries that are not as wealthy as the UK or in refugee camps.

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Climate Change

Grounded: Reframing How I Cover Climate Change By Igniting Enchantment – Holly puts it very eloquently that we need to change the way we talk about climate change.

It Seems So Good… But Here Is Why Solar Power From Space Is A Bad Idea – A very interesting article on technological advances that could happen but also the problems with them.

100% Palm Oil Free Beauty Brands We Love – Although this article delves into beauty brands it also talks about the use of Palm oil in beauty, how the current big beauty brands use it and how it is greenwashed.

How Coral Bleaching Is Changing Marine Life Behaviour – Due to climate change and the change of pH in the oceans the corals are bleaching more often than before. The bleaching has, of course, affected other marine animals and the data is here.

Plastic Pollution

Calls To Fit All Washing Machines With Microfibre Filters – Yes! And how has this call not been made before and how come I only hear it for the UK and not for other countries? This should’ve been done ages ago and hurriedly!

Waste

How Companies Are Innovating Food Waste Solutions – So inspiring!

 

What were the interesting articles you read lately?

With love,

Lii

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Why You Should Feel Gratitude For Having a Home

If you follow my Instagram you might be aware of how the whole of Scotland has been driven crazy by the snow (we have around 20-30cm of it in Glasgow). The public transport closed, most jobs and schools were closed and people stayed at home after stocking up on food as though expecting a zombie apocalypse. I’ve seen people happily spending time outside building snowmen with their family and friends like it was the whitest Christmas. Maybe we have been blessed with another few days to spend quality time with our loved ones. And that is the mindset that I’ve had for the past couple days. I’ve only mastered up to do the bare minimum of work a day as the rest I’ve spent cuddling with the cats and enjoying the rare extra time that I get with my fiance.

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Whilst I’ve been cosied up in my house in the warm, with food and comfort, every now and again I get a pinch of guilt and gratitude. During this cold time, I’ve seen posts about people and animals freezing to death outside. How lucky we are to have a home and the means to provide for us, and what will happen to those who live on the streets? My anxiety grew stronger when I realised that I have no idea how to help homeless in the local area. There is some information online, however, I still find it too limited to how big the problem is in the UK, there is estimated 68,000 women living roughly on the streets, in shelters or temporary homes alone, not counting the children and men as well.

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I feel cocooned in my little comfort bubble, but if nothing else I can find out what I can do on a regular basis or in emergency situations to help out homeless.

  • Check our Shelter, Crisis and Roundabout websites for advice
  • Donations to homeless charities (food, hygiene products, clothes, money and other stuff).
  • Check where your local homeless shelters are so that you can advice homeless where to go, or you could even find out what are the rights of homeless people and encourage them.
  • Talk to them, so they don’t feel socially isolated.
  • Arrange local places which are closed (such as schools, cafe’s etc.) to shelter homeless over the cold nights.

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It might be my Finish upbringing, but I feel that there is a problem with the way charities work. Although, I find it necessary at the moment, however, I believe they shouldn’t be necessary. If the government would accommodate enough financial support towards dealing with the problem at an early stage there would be less need for charities. Leah from Style Wise said it excellently:

Charity is only good now because it is necessary. But the world we should be working toward is one where people are far too important to ever be turned into charity cases, where we don’t get to feel good about giving.

There is a lot of support that is in place, however, people are not knowledgeable about it. Homelessness is seen as an embarrassment and people tend to withdraw, rather than ask for help.

Do you know what you would do if you suddenly became homeless?

I’ve heard people say that homelessness is a problem of drug addicts, however, that is a very superficial and ignorant way of looking at the problem. Often homelessness can occur due to being let go off work, difficult family relationships or numerous other reasons that we couldn’t even imagine. If the support is given at an early stage there could be financial savings for the state, as those supported would become productive members of the society more quickly and wouldn’t require the current structure of various levels of homeless shelters and building their lives up again. In Finland, homelessness is seen as a big problem which needs to be solved first before tackling other problems that might cause the homelessness, as “having a home can make solving health and social problems much easier”.

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I am happy that there are many people who want to help homeless people and many charities in place, however, I see that as a community it should stem from the government and their legislations. There should be more support available to people in need so that homelessness wouldn’t happen, and there should be more information available to young as well as older generation so they know where to turn to if they are hit with these problems. And it should be easier to access help such as benefits when faced with losing once home. What do you think?

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To finish this off, I will do my best to help homeless charities, especially for the wintery cold months, whilst acknowledging the need for systematic change. I wouldn’t know what I would do if I became homeless and even the thought scares me! Therefore I am feeling so much gratitude for having a warm home, food and healthy social life and I think you should too.

Do you have any additional advice on how to help homeless people or homelessness in general?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Family and Home

Seeing our Godson – We did a trip to Finland again just a week ago. We have this adorable little baby godson who we wanted to see, as the last time I saw him was in April. He has grown so much and nearly walks already. It was such happiness seeing him again and playing with him. Food time seemed to be the favourite messing around time. The funniest was his surprise when his mother was able to eat in peace as we took turns feeding the little cutiepie!

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Seeing family – It was lovely seeing the family as well, and this time we actually managed to see people who we haven’t seen in nearly 2 years. It was so relaxing! Although, carrying suitcases home filled with presents from home was not fun… Especially after being rescheduled on flights several times.

Getting home – So when we finally got home, after being rescheduled on to 3 different flight and missing one due to a very delayed flight, I was happy to have two whole days at home to spend it with the cats and winding down from all the ‘excitement’ of travelling. When you are on the road there is nothing more than your dream of but your own home and your own bed!

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Sauna – We went to the sauna way too many times for one week! But they don’t have proper sauna’s in the UK, and you can’t even imagine how relaxing it is to take a proper sauna, sweat out all your toxins and take a cooling shower after which you feel relaxed the rest of the day! I really would’ve needed one after all the problems getting back home!

Euston Station Opening Doors For Homeless – I just read an article about how Euston station, in London, is opening their doors on Christmas for the homeless to provide them with a shelter and Christmas dinner. I think it is an absolutely amazing thing to do and more places should do this. Christmas is not only for giving to your loved ones, it is taking care of those less fortunate as well! Although, I think this shouldn’t be happening only on Christmas but whole year round!

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How was your week?

With love,

Lii