UK Sustainability

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 16.09.2015 | 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...

An Attack on Renewables Is an Attack on the Young

Piers Telemacque | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Telemacque

Imagine if the government took the money it spends on war and fossil fuels and spent it on developing a vibrant renewable energy industry instead. At the moment they're doing the reverse. They're backing the interests of big oil and gas over the interests of young people.

The Decline of the Men of the Forest

Frontier | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK

Orangutans are highly intelligent animals. They are extremely similar to humans, given that they're able to use advanced cognitive skills, and in fact they share 96.4% of our genetic make-up. It is no surprise then that the word 'Orangutan' translates from the Malay language as 'Man of the forest'.

Achieving Sustainable Development That Leaves No One Behind

Dr Nawal Al-Hosany | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Dr Nawal Al-Hosany

As the UAE Government joins global policymakers at the UNGA and COP21, the Zayed Future Energy Prize will continue to identify and reward the businesses, organisations, schools and individuals that may define the success of global commitments on the future of sustainability.

'Make Do and Mend' - Just Another Trend?

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Style
Leeanne Boulton

Not only does making good and mend - refashioning what's already in existence - fulfil us creatively, it's also economically, socially and environmentally beneficial... It is certainly far more eco-friendly on a many number of levels, to give your existing wardrobe a bespoke makeover than to commit to the bin or charity shop without a second thought.

Waste Re-imagined: Throwaway Fashion Comes Back to Life

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

It's time for designers to look at waste as an ally, offering innovation and opportunity and for consumers to give their rubbish a second chance. Not only is this important for the wellbeing of our planet but these visionary brands show us how original and beautiful it can be too.

9 Under-30s Working To Save Our Planet

The Huffington Post UK | Lewis Shaw | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The environment is constantly in the news; whether it's government policy, the merits of solar power or countries banning supermarket waste, it's neve...

Adapt or Fail: The Two Choices for Business in the Face of Natural Capital Depletion

Andrew H. Harding | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Andrew H. Harding

In the time it has taken you to click on this page, wait for it to load, and read the title (let's say five seconds) fossil fuel companies will have e...

So Selfridges Has Just Banned The Sale Of Plastic Water Bottles

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK

Selfridges has announced it will stop selling single-use plastic water bottles as part of a campaign to reduce pollution in the oceans. As part of ...

Lucy Sherriff

Meet Tom Cridland, Who's Making Sustainability Trendy With The Jumper Guaranteed To Last 30 Years | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Tom Cridland isn't afraid of a challenge. The 24-year-old founded his eponymous menswear brand last year and set himself the mammoth task of making, q...

Student Builds His Own Tiny Home So He Can Live Debt Free - And Sustainably

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

You'd be forgiven for thinking Joel Weber was just another wealthy kid living the high life; at 25, he already owns a house, which he designed and had...

We Need to Rewire the Economy

Polly Courtice | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK
Polly Courtice

Economic success is generally measured in terms of growth rather than positive outcomes for people and places. Although the key metric of growth, 'Gross Domestic Product' (GDP), is increasingly recognised as a poor proxy for human progress, it continues to drive fundamental decisions about the way we manage and grow our economies.

THE PIG NEAR BATH: Fine Dining With a Rustic Feel

Rich Wigley | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rich Wigley

We are living in an age where organic eating is becoming increasingly more popular in Britain. Local farmers markets and organic food cafes are the 'in thing' meaning consumers can enjoy a more personable and educational experience, knowing where their food has come from and that local farmers are supported in the process.

The World's First Underground Park Is Powered By The Sun

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Tech

Two New Yorkers are planning to build the world's first underground park using nothing by solar power. James Ramsey, an architectural designer and ...

Building a Sustainable Future for Glastonbury

Georgia Elander | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

Sixty Young Greens have been invited to camp on Pennard Hill. Our task: create a series of camping villages, live sustainably within them, and encourage members of the public to join us and do the same.