UK Sustainability

Flourishing Fashion: Working Together to Complete the Circle

Rebecca Earley | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Style
Rebecca Earley

What concerns me is that the verbal ripostes create a greater degree of negativity around an industry that needs to transform - consumers and producers both need to undergo a huge number of life changes. How are we going to do that, when the most significant players in the industry are seemingly at odds with each other?

Nepal - New Year, New Hope

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

None of this would have been possible without the commitment and dedication of more than 300 volunteers and partners who have gone the extra mile to support people who need it the most, but there's still lots more be done. As this New Year gets underway and recovery and reconstruction continue, we must not lose sight of Nepal's most vulnerable children - girls and children with disabilities - who desperately need an education to escape the cycle of poverty.

Will the Fashion Industry Ever Pay its Way? Three Years After the Rana Plaza Factory Collapse Hope Springs Eternal

Kate Richards | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Style
Kate Richards

Industry wide strategies aimed at improving labour laws are essential; only through freedom of association can the millions of voiceless individuals employed in this multi-billion dollar industry take a lasting stand against systemic injustices. There is an urgent need for both the industry and the public to hear this collective call to action.

The Benefits of Building Product Giving into your Operations

Robin Boles | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Robin Boles

It's Responsible Business Week and a perfect opportunity to reflect on the growth of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes. CSR policies ha...

Be a Fashion Revolutionary

Marianne Caroline Hughes | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Style
Marianne Caroline Hughes

This week marks the beginning of Fashion Revolution Week, but how can you be a fashion revolutionary? For the first time, a global online event will take place which anyone in the world can take part in: the Fashion Revolution Wall.

The Coming of Age for Ethical Fashion

Safia Minney | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Style
Safia Minney

Three years ago who would have imagined how Fashion Revolution and The True Cost movie would galvanize that much interest and action from consumers and businesses? On the environmental sustainability side Greenpeace Detox campaign has forced companies to reduce the most toxic chemicals used in the manufacture of clothing.

An Interview With Carry Somers, The Founder of Fashion Revolution

Ceri Heathcote | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Style
Ceri Heathcote

This week almost three years on from the devastating Rana Plaza complex collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, I managed to catch up with Carry Somers, to find out more about the Fashion Revolution that she has started and why she and many others are resolute in calling for change in the fashion industry.

The Future of Water and Clothing

Marianne Caroline Hughes | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Style
Marianne Caroline Hughes

Last week we celebrated World Water Day. How concerned should we be with water scarcity and safety, especially when we consider the implications for our mental health? Can we better engage with climate change by understanding the impact of what we wear on water?

Blake LDN: Sustainable Knitwear Made in the UK

Xochi Balfour | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Style
Xochi Balfour

Knit by knit, Alice is filling the British fashion landscape with UK-made pieces designed to last forever. I caught up with her and am so happy and honoured to share her journey wisdom here.

Is Sharing Your Stuff Scary or Savvy?

Zoe Morrison | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Morrison

How do you feel about sharing your stuff? Do you break out in a cold sweat at the thought of a stranger driving your car, using your bathroom or borrowing your guitar? Would it make a difference if they were using it in exchange for cash?

Help Us Put Students at the Heart of the Sustainable Food Revolution

Megan Dunn | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Dunn

Student-led food enterprises can be a vibrant part of the answers to these problems - from food poverty in the local community, to corporate takeover of food production. These projects offer a glimpse of the low-carbon, localised food networks we badly need to see. And we're giving thousands of students the skills they need to build these alternatives, putting our movement at the heart of the sustainable food revolution.

Sustainable Finance for the Real Economy

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

In December I attended a session at the Dutch National Bank (DNB) focused on creating a financial system that was able to energise investment in the c...

The Ocean Cleanup

Frontier | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK

It's no secret that we've been dumping stuff in our oceans for years. It's probably also no secret that most of what's dumped are not natural material...

Using Social Media to Communicate Sustainability

Gregory Borne | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Tech
Gregory Borne

How we communicate sustainability and sustainability related issues are crucial. Getting it right can mean having real positive impact and driving ch...

Three Ways the Conscious Fashion Movement Is Raising Its Game With Millennials

Kristie Wang | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Style
Kristie Wang

The sweatshop outrage of the '90s didn't translate into real change, but today, the conscious fashion movement is starting to up its game. Here are three fresh tactics that are inspiring consumers, and particularly millennials, to drive a transformation of the industry.

A Whale Of A Problem

Frontier | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK

Already some of the most endangered species, whales have, in recent years, seemed to come up against two more frequent threats which are slowly but su...

Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Inspiring Interview With the Global Crop Diversity Trust

Frontier | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK

Given the colourful clamour of bright and shiny food packaging on supermarket shelves, not to mention the influx of superfoods to hit the market, we c...

Sparks in the Workplace: How We Run Our Start-Up as a Couple

Tom Cridland | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK
Tom Cridland

As the psychologist and author of Entrepreneurial Couples put it, "When you work with your spouse, you're going to be challenged all the time by the way they think, including the way they think about you. That makes you introspective. It makes you work on yourself and the relationship. And that can't be bad."

A Tortoise And The Hare's Story For The 21st Century

Dr Liz Goodwin | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Dr Liz Goodwin

We've all heard the story about the tortoise and the hare. How against the odds the tortoise beats the hare in a race. You have to hand it to the tor...

It's time for business to stop talking transformation, and deliver

Sally Uren | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK
Sally Uren

The role of business in delivering solutions to society's current set of big and complex sustainability challenges has never before attracted so much...

How to Start a Fashion Revolution

Marianne Caroline Hughes | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Style
Marianne Caroline Hughes

I can still remember that amazing feeling after I had organised the wall of clothing labels last year. I was surprised by the huge amount of support I got, from friends old and new! It got me thinking about how lots of small revolutions, based locally, but part of a global movement, could really be the key to a real revolution.

What the US (and the World) Can Learn From Cuba

Rachel Lankester | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Rachel Lankester

I only spent two weeks in beautiful Cuba but I came away inspired by what the country has achieved despite, at times, great imposed hardship. It seems to me nations around the world can learn a lot from Cuba, especially its nemesis the US.

H&M Expand Beauty Line With Conscious Collection

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Style

H&M are well known for its Conscious fashion collection, but now the high street giant are bringing sustainability to its beauty range too. The new...

Advancing Sustainability Through Innovation: A Major Business Opportunity

Peter Bakker | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK
Peter Bakker

2015 was a historic year for sustainable development. It saw two long processes culminate in success as world leaders adopted the Sustainable Developm...

Celebrating Champions of the Circular Economy

Andy Wales | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK
Andy Wales

There was broad consensus that the climate targets agreed in Paris were a historic success and a huge step forward in the move to cut emissions and limit global warming. But after the euphoria comes the inevitable questions: how will this actually be delivered? Who is responsible? How much will it cost? And, for the private sector, can we continue to grow?