Sustainable reading No.1

Let’s experiment with posting these weekly, at least when I have the time to do so.

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Social

Maybe Your Sleep Problem Isn’t A Problem – Not really from last week, but I thought it was important and interesting. When reading the article and knowing how important sleep is for people I started wondering if the daily schedule of 9-5 is completely wrong and should we have a more relaxed daily schedule in general? I know I can’t handle 9-5 as I feel my brain going to mush, which is part of the reason why I prefer being self-employed.

Living Close To Urban Green Spaces Is Associated With A Decreased Risk Of Breast Cancer – All urban cities should be full of parks and green spaces with all the benefits the research is telling us they provide, so why aren’t they?

Research Identifies All The Different Ways The Sea Supports Human Wellbeing – There is definitely more than we might first think of.

These South African Women Are Using Menstruation Cups To Change The World – And just another proof that when women decide to do something and make others lives better they will succeed!

Migrant Children Could Be Detained Indefinitely Under Trump Administrations’ New Proposal – And they blame it on somebody else of course.

Indonesian Restaurant Law Bans Women and Men Eating Together – Really? This sounds like the government doesn’t trust their citizens nor lets them choose for themselves how well they follow their religion.

Nearly 4 Million Children In the UK Are ‘Too Poor’ To Have A Healthy Diet – A sad reality of food poverty in the UK and I think the government should think what to do about this for a better future for the children when they grow up.

UK Ban On Nuisance Calls From Claims Companies Comes Into Force – About time. These cold calls are not only using energy unnecessarily and disturbing people as well as making it difficult for people to recognise when they are scammed. But where are the instructions on how to put this into practice?

Chief Rabbi Calls On Jewish Schools To Tackle Homophobia – It is great to hear that the heads of religious groups understand that children need to be supported no matter what their sexuality is or what they like.

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Fashion

What It’s Really Like Making Locally – In Finland, locally made and locally sourced clothing is what the consumers are often looking for. Why are we not looking for that everywhere?

Burberry Says It Will No Longer Incinerate Stock – a Great example for the other brands.

 

Ocean

Water Water Everywhere – Clear explanation on how and why water is scarce on our planet and how we could manage it.

Pros and Cons Of Hydropower – Even more sustainable options can have cons.

Norway Pledges To Divest From Ocean-Polluting Companies With $1Trillion Fund – Hurray, I hope to see this from more countries!

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Environment

Environmentally Friendly Farming Practices Used By Nearly One-Third Of World’s Farms – And they are being productive, so why isn’t the rest of the farming changing to this practice as well?

Bio-Based Plastics Can Reduce Waste – If We Invest In Both Making And Getting Rid Of Them – And that is what we should be thinking of.

Ditch The Almond Milk: Why Everything You Know About Sustainable Eating Is Probably Wrong – The sustainable choices you thought you made but weren’t necessarily that sustainable.

 

With love,

Lii

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My 6 Favourite Sustainable Bag Brands

Although I follow several sustainable fashion brands from all them I think handbags are my favourite thing to follow and dream about and I only hope to earn more money so I can afford all my sustainable bag dreams. Here are some of my favourite ones.

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Elvis and Kresse

This is an absolute wonderful brand which doesn’t stop to amaze me with their design aesthetics. More interestingly the brand has an amazing story behind it. Since 2005 started rescuing end of life fire hoses to provide the materials with a second lease of life and in 2017 they partnered up with Burberry to reuse their leather scraps. In other words, Elvis and Kresse only use materials that were heading for the landfill!

If this didn’t sound amazing enough they are a certified B Corporation and a social enterprise that donates a whopping 50% of their profits to charities among them Fire Fighters Charity. The company tries to be sustainable in every way from running on renewable energy to using rescued materials for their packaging. In addition, they are open and transparent and host workshops in their studio in Kent.

Every time I see one of their bags on Instagram I wish I had it, unfortunately for me, they are a luxury brand with prices ranging from £20 for keyfob to £350 for a duffel bag. I can’t yet afford but at least I can dream of one and one day I get my own Elvis and Kresse bag!

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Eve and Andis

A second brand whose bags I cannot stop admiring on Instagram. Eve and Adis make beautiful bags and other accessories from innovative and eco-friendly materials such as cork, pinatex and eco leather. Pinatex is a material made out of pineapple leaves, cork is a highly renewable material grown in Portugal, and the Eco Leather they get from bio-farm in Germany and it is vegetable tanned without any chemicals. All of their timeless pieces are handmade either in their studio in the south of Germany or in a family owned factory in Spain.

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Mollum Vellum

Mollum Vellum is an artisan leather brand from London. They specialise in traditional craftsmanship with traditional tools, which is inspired by the Japanese style leather work. They source their vegetable tanned leather with sustainability in mind from UK and Italy and every piece is handcrafted by them in their studio. Their brand is the model for minimalist and slow design, with all of their timeless pieces.

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Maravillas Bags

Is a Spanish brand of vegetable tanned leather and Pinatex bags which is popular due to their bright colours and innovative designs. Maravillas is based in Mallorca where all of their bags are made in the studio with the help of local craftsmen, or in the local trusted factories. They source their vegetable tanned leather from Spanish trusted tanneries. They rejoice in minimalist style and slow fashion principles, whilst using traditional craftsmanship.

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Marina Kleist

Marina Kleist is a cork bag designer based in Hague, Netherlands. Their beautiful colourful cork bags are a great alternative to any leather bag, as they are Peta approved vegan. They use French know how to create all of their pieces in their studio with natural materials that are organic and eco-friendly. The materials are either Oeko-Tex or GOTS certified and I already have several of them on my wishlist!

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Matt and Nat

This Canadian brand is already world renown for their Peta approved vegan bangs and linings made out of plastic bottles. They are working on making their materials and factories as sustainable as possible and diligently visit the factories in China to ensure high standards and close relationships. They support the dress for success charity. Matt and Nat is definitely one of the front-runners for Vegan handbags and they show it in every aspect of running their business from their HQ being cruelty-free to encouraging their employees to volunteer.

 

What are your favourite sustainable bag brands?

With love,

Lii

 

What Are Fashion Companies Hiding From Us?

Whenever I find a new fashion brand or a shop I am always excited by the imagery and marketing message they are telling me. It is obvious the modern successful brands are good at providing a persuading brand image. They get me wanting a new piece of clothing or buy into their message and it is only after the sustainable fashion movement became a driving force that we’ve learned how the fashion industry works and what we are supposed to be looking for when choosing a new product or a brand to by into. But how available is the information to the general consumer? Not very, as many companies rather through around green buzzwords rather than back them up. In the last 5 days, I’ve stumbled upon 3 new brands which sounded interesting and I had to message all 3 of them questioning the information missing from their sites and confirm whether they are as sustainable as they claim to be.

It is difficult to know what happens behind closed doors and many companies like to hide things that we consumers wouldn’t like to see or we might stop buying from those brands.

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ANIMAL CRUELTY

The public outcry after we saw the tortured angora bunnies in a Chinese factory. Did those companies really not know what was happening to those animals, or were they hiding this from their consumers? Animal cruelty still happens throughout the fashion supply chains.

Leather is a very much unregulated trade, unlike fur, because the consumer presumption is that leather is always a by-product. It is often not so, especially if it’s something else than cow leather. Animals might’ve been kept in poor conditions. Fur on the other hand, due to consumer outcry, is strictly regulated even more so than wool industry. Wool, which is one of the greatest fibres can be cruel to animals. The animals can be kept poorly and shearing them is not always stress-free. In addition, some of the sheep have been bred to provide certain wool for the consumers use.

Look for brands that are selling cruelty-free products, who talk about how they treat their animals. The smaller the brand the better, as with big quantities they don’t have the time to take care of their animals.

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TOXIC CLOTHING

Do you know if your clothes are good for the environment or to you? There is a lot of information about how the production of clothes in many cases is dangerous to the labour and how the factories pollute the surrounding waters and the environment. Companies and factories have tried to keep this a secret, but the truth has come out. However, what is less talked about but as relevant is how the toxins might still be in the clothes we wear every day on our skin. You wouldn’t put toxic beauty products on your skin so how is clothing different? It is not.

When attending a talk in Berlin during a green fashion week about innovative textiles I heard a woman ask why aren’t we just coming up with a new textile which is originally good for us rather than incorporating good ingredients into textiles that are not so great?

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I hadn’t before this thought about how toxic our clothes could be to us and it horrifies me know the way we think about fashion. I’ve come across many young women who want to find fashion that is brightly coloured, sequined, tight, different and CHEAP. Cheap clothing comes from Asian factories which do not have as stringent laws against chemicals as in Europe. The bright colours so sought for are the result of chemicals added to the die. And to transport these clothes without mould and wrinkles into our stores they are sprayed with chemicals. Manmade fibres are made with petrol based fibres that are full of chemicals and cotton is grown with pesticides. All these chemicals still exist in our clothes when we wear them and through friction and heat, they get absorbed by our skin.

We want these clothes and the companies hide these facts from us. In Europe, the law only requires companies to tell what fibres the clothes are made from, not what chemicals were used to make them. However, those chemicals can affect skin irritations, allergies and other more problematic health conditions. Some chemicals often found in our clothes: pesticides, insecticides, formaldehyde, flame retardants, other carcinogens and lead.

Read more about toxicity in clothes from Leotie Lovely, World Threads Traveler, Mochni and Eluxe. In fashion look for brands that produce clothing with toxic free dies and garments made closer to home require fewer chemicals to travel with.

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WASTE

It is widely known that the clothing we throw away becomes waste, but as recently reported to surprised and outraged consumers, companies burn the clothes they have produced too much off. It was Burberry that was under fire lately, but Burberry is only one of the many many big fashion corporations that do this. And it is not only clothes but fabrics and materials as well. When interning for a fashion company even I saw it and couldn’t fathom the waste of all the beautiful fabrics that many of us interns could’ve used on our Uni courses. And this is not talking about the waste that accumulated from designing (all the paper and energy), sampling (fabric cut offs, sample garments) and the production (fabric cut offs, thread etc.). And although that is the waste the company accumulated, you are paying for the waste. The garments are priced to cover for the waste materials as well.

Look for small brands that make fashion in small batches. This reduces the waste they create and supports their trade.

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SALE IS ONLY AN ILLUSION

It should be a common knowledge by now that outlet’s do not really sell designer clothing, but rather poorer quality clothing that they can attach a designer label on. The fact that the design labels have agreed to this is astounding, as those clothes still represent the brand even with the poorer quality.

However, what is not as commonly known are the discounts in stores. They claim to be to sell off the rest of the stock before the next season’s clothing and where that might’ve been the original reason and still one of the reasons, the bigger reason is consumers want the discounted items and wait for it. When much of the stock is sold at the discounted price the original price is steeper so that the stockholders will still get their share from the sales.

Support small brands that might not do so many sales, but who also rarely overprice their products. The customer service you get from them is also priceless!

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CONTRADICTION TO MARKETING MESSAGE (OR GREENWASHING)

  • Using sustainability as a marketing tactic to sell products.
  • Companies providing a good message, but not doing the work behind the message.
  • Marketing a new innovation but not telling the whole truth.

Fashion companies are very skilled at branding and marketing an image that consumers want to see. That image sells, but only few will look behind the image to see whether the message is true to the core. Since sustainability and ethical fashion has become somewhat of a trend movement many companies have seen the potential to make money out of this by either selling a message that they are doing their bit for the fight (and really are not) or selling products with positive messages about saving the planet or feminism, with products that are more harmful for both. Beyonce’s Ivy Park line has been under scrutiny for promoting empowered women, but seemingly not empowering the women who made the clothes. SZA promotes sustainability and dumping plastic on clothes that are made by Champion, a company not so sustainable or one producing without plastic. Even though the proceeds go to fund the charities fighting for these problems the merchandise should not add to the problem. And then there are the feminist t-shirts that are made by women who are definitely not empowered.

Then there is the other side where small companies are trying to innovate something new and promote themselves tot he bigger audience with their innovation but leaving out information. I have been so excited to hear about fashion made out of waste products such as milk, apple waste, banana, lotus flower and seaweed. All renewable and sustainable options, however, not all are what they are marketing. Fabric made out of seaweed only actually has 4% of seaweed and the rest is cellulose, lyocell. However, at least Seacell does provide this information when looking for their specs, whereas other companies don’t. Bags cannot be made 100% out of apple waste, they need a binding agent, however, we do not read about that even though the company claims to be transparent.

Look for the information the companies tell you and question it. Ask them questions about their products and depending on their answers you can see how open they are about their products or whether they still want to hide something.

 

Ethical and Sustainable fashion is not all about making the world a better place. It is also about making better decisions for yourself and your health.

 

Unfortunately, companies are not happy to reveal information that is not entirely positive and often we might be sold something that isn’t entirely true. We can’t always blame the faces for what fashion industry is like, however, if we all question how the clothes are made, who made them and what chemicals were used to make them we might see change. Remember to share your findings with others, but to also be kind to those brands who are striving and working to be better. It is time for the fashion brands to stop hiding behind the closed doors!

Pictures by Godisable Jacob.

What are your thoughts on this subject? Let me know in the comment box below.

With love,

Lii

Sustainable News of July 2018

Climate Change

What’s Warming The World – This is an old article but explains in a clear way what really is warming the planet and explains how other factors can be taken out of the equation.

Trump Tried To Stop These Teens Suing Over Climate Change. It Didn’t Work – And the long-awaited trial is coming. I am very intrigued by how it’s going to go.

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Fashion

Colombian Students Take Home Prize For Sustainable, Eco-Friendly “Vegan Wool” – It is dubbed ‘Woocoa’ and is made out of coconut fibres, hemp and mushroom enzymes. It is a very interesting innovation and definitely something that vegans are looking for. In addition, it is biodegradable and eco-friendly. They won the challenge set by PETA and Stella McCartney.

Circular Fashion Is The Future Of Fashion – An article explaining and introducing the circular fashion movement and how the industry is heading that way.

It’s Not Just Burberry – Burning Clothes Is Fashion’s Dirty Open Secret – Although Burberry is under fire at the moment in the fashion industry it is a general practice that garments not sold are burned or disposed of in other ways, because they want to keep their exclusivity, luxury and keep others from copying their work. It is a problem in the industry that works so fast it often over produces items and because factories that make them require certain minimum orders to actually fulfil orders at a certain price.

Luxury Brands Are Snapping Up Farms To Control Their Supply Chains – A way to take control of their supply chains, but what are the consequences for economies in those countries or for monopolising certain markets?

Who The Hell Wants To Only See White Women In Sustainable Fashion – This article is actually slightly older than from July, but still very relevant! We should see more diversity within the sustainable fashion brands.

Your Messy Closet Is Costing You Money – Do you remember what is in your closet?

Allbirds Is Making Sustainable Shoe Soles Out Of Renewable Sugar Cane – I really wish this would become more widespread, but would also look into how they get their sugarcane and does it contribute to the deforestation.

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Plastic

Starbucks Bans Plastic Straws, Ends Up Using More Plastic – What are they substituting the straws with? Does this sound like they are trying to be more sustainable or rather just jump on the zero waste hype bandwagon and greenwash their company?

10 ‘Stealth Microplastics’ To Avoid If You Want To Save The Ocean – Most of these were not surprising to me, but some were very surprising!

Scientists Created Plastic Wrap Alternative From Seashells And Plants – Excellent! Excited to see if they will bring it to the market.

Wildlife

87% Of The World’s Oceans Are Dying: Report – Due to climate change, overfishing and pollution the majority of the world’s ocean’s ecosystems have been affected. Check from the article why it is important to take action now.

90% Of World’s Largest King Penguin Population Has Vanished – It is a sad reality of Climate Change.

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Social

Google Is Giving Nigeria Free Wifi – What is becoming a third most populated country can benefit from free access to the internet through which they can access technology, increase their earning potential and increase access to health care.

Vegan, Ethically Made Condoms – Quirky Queer explains why the main brand condoms might be harming you and why it might be better to switch to other brands, with links to the better brands. Great post!

Charities Are Failing To Tackle ‘Endemic’ Sexual Abuse In The Aid Sector, Warn MPs – A problem which we hear too rarely about, however, is a big problem that should be talked more about to make a systemic change.

There Are More Statues Of Goats Than Real Women In The UK. But That’s About To Change – I don’t have anything against goats but am surprised why the UK has statues of goats? Now, there will finally be change and there will be a few more statues of women, however, they will be smaller than the gold statues Oscars winners get. Don’t know if that is a win?

There’s A Problem With Outright Banning Plastic Straws – Do we consider every person’s needs when doing this?

Brexit Could Cost Women Their ‘Fundamental Rights’, Warns Human Rights Report – Great…

Measuring The Cost Of Conservation – Conservation can be tough on the poor local economies.

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Energy

Egypt Is Building World’s Largest Solar Energy Park – Great news for renewable energy!

Wealthy Nations Are Pushing ‘Dirty Energy’ Projects Across Africa – Not so sustainable.

Other

One Million Ton Of UK Waste Carpet Diverted – Excellent! I hope this can show how recycling can work.

Watch Out For Greenwashing On Compostable Products – This article is mostly for US audience, however, I think it is fairly transferable to other nations as well and it pinpoints how the eco-industry is trying to capitalise on the hype of eco products without considering whether there is infrastructure to handle its demands.

Fern’s Sequence Genome Holds Environmental Promise – Ferns could be the answer to agriculture as insects, in general, are not fond of the plant.

 

Did you read any other interesting news? Share them with me in the comment box below.

With love,

Lii

Sustainable News of June 2018

Power

How Solar Minigrids Could Brighten Economic Prospects For Unserved Millions In Africa – A way of helping out the small communities be independent.

BP Just Bought The UK’s Biggest Electric Car Charging Network – Great job, although I hope this will also continue the development into the positive direction it’s been going.

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Animal Conservation

Improving Seabird Conservation In Patagonian Ecosystem – Only 3% of the world’s oceans are protected even though their ecosystems are crucial for the rest of the life on our planet. However, researchers have identified an area in Patagonia which if left for conservation could save 20% of the seabird population.

How Brands Can Bee Of Help In Protecting Pollinators – A list of things brands can do to support a healthy bee population. It is also a thing you can do or check if companies are doing it. Bees are an integral part of our ecosystem and the world sustainability!

Belize Praised For Saving It’s Huge Coral Reef From Utter Destruction – Amazing news and I hope to hear more of them soon!

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Nutrition

In India, Swapping Crops Could Save Water and Improve Nutrition – India’s population is expected to grow at a rapid speed whilst the country is already facing malnutrition and water scarcity.

5 Apps Helping To End Hunger And Food Waste – It’s great to hear so many companies and people are fighting this battle!

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Social

War And Climate Change Force Parents To Trade Girls For Cows In East Africa – The sad reality is that the families might not see any other solution and they think they are giving a better life for their girls as well.

South Africa Is One Major Step Closer To Health Care For All – Although it is one of the most economically stable countries on the African continent only 10% of the population can at the moment afford health care.

Corporate

Microsoft, Tiffany & Co Lead Global Agreement On Responsible Industrial Scale Mining – Many big companies have come together to change modern mining to be more responsible, only time will show what will happen.

Hiding In Plain Sight: The Carbon Cost Of Everyday Products – This article explains quite well the different aspects we wouldn’t even think go into everyday products and how they contribute to the climate change.

Nestlé Suspended From Sustainable Palm Oil Group Over Poor  ‘Conduct’ – Although the topic does not surprise me when reading the article I noticed how even such certifications can be very misleading.

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Fashion Industry

How A Practical Guide To Sourcing Sustainable Cotton Could Help Transfer The Industry – We all know it exists, but with all the different certifications it can be difficult to know what sources to trust and what not.

Innovation In Apparel: 2018 Pulse Check – Circular apparel is becoming more and more prevalent topic in discussions about the fashion industry and there are many innovations and support networks coming up to help with it. Check out what is happening at the moment.

Trending: New EMF Collaborative, G-Star Raw, Parsons Students Latest To “Make Fashion Circular” – The major players in fashion are coming together to “Make Fashion Circular” by uniting behind three principles: business models that keep clothes in use, materials that are renewable and safe, and solutions that turn used clothes into new clothes.

A Fabric Bank Is Trying To Turn Brazilian Fashion Accountable and Sustainable – Seeing the economic benefits of all the textiles I hope to hear more about it!

Thermore Presents 100% Recycled Blow-in Insulation – There is finally an alternative to duck down that should work as well as duck feathers but are cruelty-free, recyclable and don’t seep microplastics.

Insects Supply Chitin As Raw Material For Textiles Industry – Insects that are being used for feed industry shed their shell several times which in general is waste but has now been found to have a potential raw material for the textile industry.

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Other

4 Things The UK Government Must Do In ‘Crucial’ Year For Hitting Climate Targets – The UK is far behind their targets for 2020 and 2030 although they are doing slightly better than in 1990.

In A Warming World, Could Air Conditioning Make Things Worse? – Air conditioning worsens the air quality and as the temperatures rise they are being used more and more.

 

If you have any other news to share please share them in the comment box below!

With love,

Liisa

Sustainable News of the April 2018

PEOPLE

160 Babies, Children Rescued In Latest Nigerian ‘Baby Factory’ Raid – This article made me cry even before I read it, but still it is an important issue that we should know about!

Africa’s First Female President Won A $5 Million Price And She’ll Use It To Empower Women – She might be the former president of Libya, but after winning her price she is dedicating to help other women and hopes to see more female presidents.

Morocco Has Built A Solar Farm As Big As Paris – This wasn’t the only article that I saw about different countries concentrating on renewable energy and I am absolutely delighted about it!

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FASHION AND BEAUTY

The Hidden Dangers of Vegan Beauty Products – Vegan doesn’t always mean it’s healthier and better option and we need to know all the facts to be able to make the best decision.

T-Shirt That Clean The Air – This truly sounds like quite an amazing innovation!

The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags In Tuscany – Even that sentence made me go “what?” but then again why should it surprise me in today’s world? It just proves how we really don’t know what happens in companies supply chains, even when they say “Made In Europe”.

Are Lab Grown Diamonds Ethical? – We know that most mined diamonds are unethical, but how about lab-grown ones?

IBM Trust Chain Tracks Diamonds From Mine to Finger – Yet another way to make sure your diamonds are conflict-free.

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BIODIVERSITY

Small Changes In Rainforests Cause Big Damage To Fish Ecosystem –  Scientists believed there was some damage but were surprised to find out how much damage would come from only small changes.

EU Votes To Extend Their Ban On Neonicotinoid Pesticides – Great news!

Australia Pledges $379 Million In Last-Ditch Effort To Save Great Barrier Reef – I hope they also realise to have pre-emptive measures to reduce their footprint.

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PLASTIC

Swiss Mountains Are Covered In Microplastics, Scientists Say – Swiss recycle or incinerate nearly 100% of their plastics and believe the microplastics in their mountains have come with the winds. This could be a new threat to our environment as microplastics can harm the bio-diversity in the soil.

Australia Commits To 100% Sustainable Packaging By 2025 – “Following a Chinese ban on imported plastic waste, Australia has committed to creating 100% reusable, compostable or recyclable packaging by 2025.”

Food Giants Unilever, Nestle And PepsiCo Will Get Together On Single Use Plastic – And hopefully will keep their word and get rid of single-use plastics by 2025 or hopefully earlier.

Kelheim Fibres Presents New Fibre For Disinfectant Wipes – I am excited to hear and see more about this.

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OTHER

Greener and Cheaper Technique For Biofuel Production – Hurray!

 

7 Alternative Social Media Sites We Hope Will Crush Facebook – I am sure I am not the only one who uses Facebook just because everybody is there and therefore it is convenient. But I have been quite annoyed at how it keeps its monopoly over the market, so let’s hope there will be some competition from these.

 

If you have any additional news from last month that you would like to share please let me know in the comment box below!

With love

Lii

Let’s Keep Fashion Revolution Week Going

As I’ve been away for half of the Fashion Revolution week I’ve unfortunately missed most of the events going on around the event. If somebody doesn’t know what it is about the best place to learn about it is the Fashion Revolution website, in short, though it is an organisation rallying behind a change we need to make in the fashion industry, especially after the Rana Plaza accident which killed over 1000 fashion workers. The aim of the movement is to make consumers aware, companies responsible and governments to make legislations so that we wouldn’t have to see another disaster, ultimately gaining a greater transparency in the fashion supply chains.

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I’ve been trying to catch up online with whatever I could. I’ve seen some inspiring articles published, screenings of important documentaries and talks about ethical fashion. Following all the events has made me hopeful that the noise we are making amounts to something, even though there is a lot to do about it. Fashion Revolution week has strongly questioned from all the brands “Who Made My Clothes?” and many brands answered, but I’ve also noticed that most (if none) of the fast fashion brands didn’t answer. To me, it tells a lot when a company doesn’t want to answer to who made their clothes.

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To help you be part of Fashion Revolution week and help make a change you can:

  • Ask a fashion brand who made your clothes either by sending a picture on Instagram, sending a tweet or even sending them an email. Remember to add #whomademyclothes when using social media.
  • Try a #haulternative instead of buying new clothes by shopping second hand, swapping with friends or refashioning garments in your wardrobe that you don’t wear. This article showed some great simple ways how to refashion your clothes.
  • Share a love story of a garment that you love or you are falling back in love with.
  • Donate to a sustainable fashion organisation that helps to make a difference.
  • Write to a policymaker.
  • Spread the word.

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To learn more about the problems we face in the fashion industry and how we are combatting them or how you can combat them check these articles from the past week as well, I found them really interesting:

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I am happy that this movement has gained such a response and hope in the future they will also question “How were our clothes made?” meaning that we need to know if pesticides or toxic chemicals were used in the process, how did the company get rid of waste and what different stages made that garment. I know it is a long way for companies to start revealing this information, mostly because they want to keep trade secrets and it is easier to hide behind something that isn’t told, but that is a topic for another discussion. The way fashion is made and consumed now needs to be changed and therefore I hope everybody pays a visit to Fashion Revolution website as the steps you need to take won’t cost you anything but can make a big difference!

The Fashion Revolution week might be drawing to a close when this post comes up, however, we shouldn’t stop questioning brands who made our clothes or how they were made. I think this week should be just a reminder to keep fighting for a better fashion industry!

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How have you contributed to the Fashion Revolution Week?

With love,

Lii