How you can give up fast fashion
In today's sustainable news: UK shoppers are buying and selling more pre-owned fashion online now than five years ago, as ‘sustainable’ fashion becomes increasingly popular, eBay has found. According to new consumer spending data from the platform, UK shoppers spent £187million on over 20million pre-owned fashion items on the site in the 12 months to June 2019, a 15% increase compared with 2014, as circular economy values influence today’s mainstream shopping behaviours. The data also shows UK
Will the fast fashion business model ever become outdated?
With most retailers eager to leave 2020 behind them, many fast-fashion designers are in a better shape than they started the year. By definition, fast-fashion offers trendy clothes at affordable prices, which means it requires a highly responsive supply chain to support a constant change in offer. To allow such a quick turnaround, designers and suppliers are often accused of unethical practices when it comes to paying factory workers fairly or limiting the environmental impact “There’s a poin
Not the Year Ahead: Sustainability
Marketing and PR jobs still failing to capitalise on flexibility We may well have spent 2020 waxing lyrical about the revolution afoot in the workplace, yet nearly four in five marketing, media and PR jobs advertised in the UK make no reference to flexible working.
The retailers who are turning Black Friday green
Green Friday 2020: How retailers are turning Black Friday green by donating profits to climate charities With Black Friday falling towards the end of a tough year for retailers, a number of businesses are hoping to use the annual savings event as a force for good Climate change, social purpose and corporate values are becoming more important in the mind of consumers. And with Black Friday falling towards the end of a tough year for retailers, a number of businesses are hoping to use the annual
Here's why I've chosen green living
Georgina Wilson-Powell had an epiphany aged 30 and now strives to live a more environmentally-friendly life I used to work as a travel and lifestyle writer for various publishers. I was flying about 30 times a year all over the world, staying in hotels with gold-plated taps and drinking from a mountain of plastic water bottles as I hopped from country to country. When I hit 30 I had a “what am I doing moment” and became more aware of environmental issues. I started to become interested in orga
Brilliant craft beers made from waste
We might be post-peak craft beer (and possibly post-beard) but independent breweries are the ones pushing what’s possible in terms of sustainable sips. From alternative energy to reimagining the wastewater system, brewers are bonkers for new bio and eco processes.
Fab City: The global project that is developing a local future
Imagine a future where your furnishings and clothes are made locally by artisans and makers who live on your street. Your food is grown a rooftop away and your energy is created by your immediate neighbours. For Fab City this hyper-local future is not a fantasy, it’s the way to make cities sustainable.
Documenting food waste heroes with Food Is
Love food? Hate waste? So does Chris King, a photographer who’s set up Food Is, a website that gathers together positive stories from people working to pick, pack, cook or deliver food deemed to be no good. He talks to us about the issue of food waste and what needs to be done to drag the food industry out of the landfill and into the larder.
Riz - tales of sustainable swimwear
Five years ago Riz Smith decided to take on the world of men’s swimwear, creating a style of boardshorts that would be beautiful and feature the kind of tailoring that Saville Row would be proud of, but also founding (with his business partner Ali Murrell) Riz, a sustainable swimwear company with soul.
Our cities have become larger, busier and more complex and the needs of their inhabitants and the drain of resources on the planet are often at odds.
The best eco-travel ideas for 2017
Eco-travel - while many have been spouting its importance for years - 2017 is the year it goes mainstream.
The British gin brand saving the juniper bushes
While the craft gin boom sees no sign of slowing down and botanicals get ever more inventive, the humble juniper bush barely gets a mention. But Hepple gin, based out on the Northumberland moors, is staking its future in gin by staking out juniper seedlings.
Save the bees: don’t be an urban beekeeper
Bee populations are in decline. Battered by disease, pesticides and a loss of habitat, we know bees need our help. But what should we be making a beeline for?
Behind the bins at Silo
Plant terrorists. Pirate ships filled with coffee. Sourdough Jedi training. Silo owner, Douglas McMaster’s mind is a breath of fresh air in a ‘seasonal’-littered fog created by hip looking restaurants desperate to find an environmental USP
First time farmers: swap the suburbs for soil
How often do you stare out the window imagining a life where you grow your own food, are your own boss and have a more natural, healthy way of living? Yeah, we feel you.
Click for trees: the sustainable search engine
Set up in 2009 by Christian Kroll, Ecosia is an independent search engine in an age where we’ve almost forgotten that Google is a brand name not a verb.
Proud Pour: wine that saves the world
An award-winning wine that also saves the environment? It’s the ultimate in multi-tasking. Proud Pour uses the profits from each bottle of Californian Sauvignon Blanc it sells to restore wild oysters in bays on the American coast. One bottle, 100 oysters.
ReGen's high-tech eco-homes
Housing. It’s often followed by the words ‘crisis’, ‘problem’ or ‘timebomb’. Across the globe more of us live in cities than not, swelling our metropolises and pushing up prices seemingly without end.
Ernest in London
795 million will go hungry tonight. Global poverty, inequality, homelessness and war - there are endless reasons why people aren't sitting down to a decent meal. Overwhelming and complex it’s hard to know where to start to help. Well, how about close to home? Ernest, an ‘incubator’ style community enterprise, looks to help ease food poverty at the local level with lashings of community spirit.