UK Sustainability

Used Clothes Are Not Ethical Clothes

Jess Berentson-Shaw | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Style
Jess Berentson-Shaw

I talk with people who both buy and sell used clothes a lot and often discuss the role of preloved clothing in conscious and ethical consumerism. Quite often people tell me that they feel used clothes are ethical & sustainable by their nature. Here is why I think this is both true and false.

Let's #DoFashionBetter

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

When people ask me what I do, I am sometimes loathed to admit that I work in fashion. It is not the glamorous industry it sells itself as but rather a vast and reckless monster, bulldozing its way through the seasons.

Leaders From Roland Mouret, H&M, & Vivienne Westwood At UK Houses of Parliament: Taking Sustainable Fashion to Scale

Tamsin Lejeune | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Style
Tamsin Lejeune

On Wednesday 11 November 2015, we brought together more than thirty fashion designers, leading journalists and CEOs of major brands, retailers and manufacturers at the UK Houses of Parliament to discuss how sustainability can be taken to scale in the fashion and textiles industry and how the new platform will make that possible.

The One Degree No Student Wants

Piers Telemacque | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Telemacque

Now we've hit 1C warming, it's never been more urgent to reform our education system. When we talk about a degree, we usually mean something which takes you further in life, opens up opportunities, and contributes to the public good. This degree couldn't be more different, and the fees will be measured in lives rather than pounds.

Fixing Fashion: A Framework to Make Sustainable Fashion the Industry Standard

Jess Berentson-Shaw | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Style
Jess Berentson-Shaw

Often I am part of discussions on the best way to 'fix fashion'. How do we move such a massive industry from the unethical, environment destroying beast that it is, to one in which sustainable fashion is just the industry standard? You know the drill - clean and clever and kind business.

Great Scott! We Need a Better Vision of the Future

Adam Stones | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Adam Stones

This week, we all grabbed our hoverboards and flying cars and celebrated arriving in Marty McFly's future; a place where tiny foods get instantly hydr...

Lucy Sherriff

This Student Brought Electricity To An Entire Indian Village For The First Time Ever | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

For the 76 households in the tiny Indian village of Naro ka Kheda, northern Indian state Rajasthan, walking seven kilometres to charge their mobile ph...

As Companies Embrace the Circular Economy, Are They Missing a Trick?

Robin Boles | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK
Robin Boles

Our approach to using natural resources has changed dramatically over the last 10 years, with companies becoming more aware of the need to shift from ...

Check Out These 7 Incredible Homes Which Are Powered By The Sun - And Designed By Students

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Every year, the US' Department of Energy holds a solar decathlon; a competition for students to design and build energy-efficient houses which are pow...

A Life Dedicated to Fostering Sustainability Leadership

Polly Courtice | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK
Polly Courtice

2015 is a year that I dearly hope will be remembered as a turning point in our determination to assure the long-term health, wealth and security of pe...

Why Generation Y Should Fight Food Waste

Dr Liz Goodwin | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK
Dr Liz Goodwin

Why should young people care about food waste? Because they will be one of the first generations to really feel the effects of the world's rapidly growing population, such as increased food demand, food shortages and higher prices. And what can they do about it? Be the generation that really makes positive change.

The Journey to Sustainable Tea Could Benefit Us All

Sally Uren | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK
Sally Uren

For many of us tea is part of our everyday lives. From providing the centre piece for social functions, to being an integral part of a Buddhist's meditation ritual, tea as a drink is woven into the fabric of millions of lives around the world. After water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. Global consumption of tea jumped 60% between 1993 and 2010 and we now drink more than 3 billion cups a day.

Could High Tech Fabrics Transform Fashion's Impact on Climate Change?

Kristie Wang | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Style
Kristie Wang

Your cotton T-shirt has about the same carbon footprint as driving a car for 5 miles. That may not seem like a lot, but it adds up. Each year, cotton clothing is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to driving to the sun and back more than 1,000 times, or removing about 10% of the US's passenger vehicles off the road, according to an MIT report released this week.

The Tuna Trap: Unsustainable and Illegal Fishing

Frontier | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK

The plight of tuna fish is becoming worse and worse. Despite its place as a household-favourite the saltwater-swimmer is becoming increasingly endangered due to illegal and unsustainable fishing. This week Greenpeace released their Tinned Tuna League Table which highlights some big name brands who are only adding to tuna's troubles.

On Rana Plaza, Living Wages, a Broken Industry - and How to Fix It

Johanna Ramin | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Style
Johanna Ramin

For countries that have experienced an industrial revolution, the apparel industry has almost always spearheaded the shift. The possibility to work in garment factories provides independence to women undreamt of before. But at some point, something must have gone wrong...

Fashion Today: Mourning the Individual

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

To my teenage self, the fashion industry represented originality, diversity and passion. A world I could only dream of. A degree, several jobs later and working in the thick of it, I found myself wondering what exactly had caught my imagination so much?

Global Goals: The Real Work Starts Here

Tracy Clarke | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Tracy Clarke

Today is a landmark day for international development, the starting point for Project Everyone, which aims to share the UN's 17 Sustainable Developmen...

Going Back to the Drawing Board

Christina Dean | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Style
Christina Dean

I often feel that fashion designers don't get the respect they deserve in revolutionising not just fashion's hemlines or hues - but also its very sustainability. Designers are incredibly important. It is estimated that designers influence 80-90% of the environmental and economic costs of a product.

This Week Changes Everything

Adam Stones | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Adam Stones

This week sees one of the most important events in Earth's recent history, so please pay attention... On Friday, world leaders will gather at the UN to ratify the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and set a path for 2030 to eradicate poverty, tackle inequality and fix climate change. Yep, it's pretty significant.

Home-grown Innovation: We Ask the Experts

Loren Treisman | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Tech
Loren Treisman

Technology innovation hubs have sprung up across Africa. These spaces provide tailored support to their communities and create a collaborative environment which can spark innovation, stimulate economic growth and help them tackle societal challenges in novel ways.

Will the Sustainable Development Goals Make a Difference?

Ian Scoones | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Ian Scoones

Lessons show that sustained transformations to sustainability require political coalitions across groups through mobilisation across sites and scales. If the SDGs are to have meaning, it is this new politics that will make the difference - not getting hung up on the many goals or targets.

Can Fashion Save the World? Meet the Famous Designers Campaigning for Change...

Rebecca Pearson | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Style
Rebecca Pearson

Fashion has a reputation for being a greedy and wasteful business, and rightly so: my industry is the second biggest polluter after oil, and I've seen firsthand in Dhaka the shocking conditions sweatshop workers toil in. However, this week was really inspiring...

Sustainable Materials: Discovering the Best at the Future Fabrics Expo

Charlotte Turner | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Style
Charlotte Turner

Since fashion has the potential to be so widely visible, and being one of the highest employing industries globally, the increased action and dialogue surrounding sustainability and ethical issues are positive developments, helping to bring the transformative work of countless organisations, initiatives and brands in to view - but there is more to be done.

Sustainability With Chinti and Parker

Anna Singh | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Style
Anna Singh

There needs to be more transparency as to how clothes are made so that customers can make more considered choices. Well-designed ethical clothes do cost more, but with longevity and cost-per-wear in mind, not by so much.

Lucy Sherriff

From Gun To Plate, The Entrepreneur Trying To Change The Way We Eat Meat | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 18.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

"I rarely order a pizza without asking about the origins of the pepperoni," says 32-year-old Andy Waugh, founder of the recently-opened Mac & Wild res...