News In Brief

By Eco-Age
22.02.19

In the news today: The world's food supply is under 'severe threat' from loss of biodiversity; motor company Ford is investigating emissions and fuel efficiency data; and UK school curriculums fail to reflect the urgency of the climate crisis. 

World's food supply under 'severe threat' from loss of biodiversity

Plants, insects and organisms crucial to food production in steep decline, says UN

Ford Is Investigating Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Data

Ford Motor Company said on Thursday that it was investigating how it tested the emissions and fuel efficiency of its vehicles after employees reported possible flaws with the company's computer models. The company said it had notified the Environmental Protection Agency about the issue and had hired a law firm, Sidley Austin, to investigate specifications it used in the testing.

School curriculum fails to reflect the urgency of the climate crisis

Informed students are prompting adults to act on the issue

Osklen Founder Oskar Metsavaht Talks Sustainability

To simplify shopping for green-minded consumers, the Osklen company has introduced e-commerce. The company's founder, Oskar Metsavaht, has been championing sustainability for years, having developed environmentally friendly practices and products, including a few sourced from the Amazon Forest. The company also consults with other brands to help them improve their environmentalism.

EXCLUSIVE: Kering Invites Hyères Finalists to HQ to Talk Sustainability

PARIS - With a glass-enclosed tree as a backdrop, Kering's sustainability team offered finalists of the Hyères Festival an introduction to the group's views on sustainability at its head office here.

Would your fashion bargains pass the 30 WEAR TEST?

A million tonnes of clothes discarded every year with 300,000 going to landfill And no wonder, with T-shirts going on sale for £2 and dresses selling for a fiver Recent study of 1,500 women found we only wear clothes average of 7 times Clothing from eight popular retailers has been tested to see if they pass the 30 wears threshold The business model behind the UK's booming 'fast fashion' industry is broken.

Vogue Italia and Yoox Celebrate Upcycling Capsule

MILAN - For the second edition of The Next Green Talents award, Vogue Italia and Yoox invited seven young designers to create a unique silhouette using the sustainable technique of upcycling. Guests flocked to the Palazzo Morando on Wednesday night to discover the selection of international designers handpicked by Sara Sozzani Maino, head of Vogue Talents.

How London Fashion Week totally led the way with activism and sustainability

For an industry so centred around obsessive detailing (just a seam in the wrong place can be the difference between a style super-hit and a badly-fitting catwalk fail), it's incredible, really, how vague the language of fashion is. New trends are 'looks' or a 'thing', designers are 'hot' or 'having a moment'.

Emma Watson supports sustainable fashion service Good On You

Sustainable fashion service Good On You announced Emma Watson as its newest supporter. The English actress has often advocated for ethical issues - having collaborated with fair trade apparel brand People Tree and worked with the HeForShe campaign for gender equality.

Digital Map of Bangladesh's RMG Factories Sets Milestone for Transparency

An interactive platform that plots every export-oriented ready-made garment (RMG) factory in Bangladesh's Dhaka district will establish a new standard for ethics and transparency in the apparel industry, its creators say. By compiling baseline information such as factory names, postal addresses, GPS coordinates, registration statuses, major clients, worker numbers, certifications and affiliations in a publicly...

More brands make 100 per cent sustainable cotton pledge

News / News / More brands make 100 per cent sustainable cotton pledge TEXAS - The number of leading global apparel brands aiming to source 100 per cent sustainable cotton by 2025 as part of a pioneering challenge has trebled from an initial 13 to 39.

Nike partnership slashes water use in dyeing

BARCELONA - In a real-world example of how Planet Textiles 2019 in Barcelona will address some of the practical environmental challenges faced by the textile industry, Nike will explain how working together with a Mexican textile supplier, it's manag...

21st February 2019

In the news today: The first mammal species has been recognized as extinct due to climate change; a White House panel will study whether climate change is a national Security threat; and new research shows European farms could grow green and still be able to feed population.

First mammal species goes extinct due to climate change

Editor's note: This story was originally published June 14, 2016. It was updated February, 20, 2019, when the Australian government officially recognized the species as extinct. A small rodent that lived only on a single island off Australia is likely the world's first mammal to become a casualty of climate change, scientists reported in June 2016.

White House Panel Will Study Whether Climate Change Is a National Security Threat. It Includes a Climate Denialist.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd: , our email newsletter. WASHINGTON - President Trump is preparing to establish a panel to examine how climate change affects national security, to include a White House adviser whose views are sharply at odds with the established scientific consensus that human-caused global warming poses a threat to the nation's economy, health and security.

European farms could grow green and still be able to feed population

Research shows loss in yields could be offset by reorienting diets away from grain-fed meat

Alessandro Michele Taps Into Social Identity for Gucci's Fall 2019 Collection

All eyes have been on Gucci over the course of February.

Why is the skincare industry still ignoring people of colour?

The 'whitewashing of wellness' and myths about darker tones make beauty shopping harder for people with melanin-rich skin. Niche labels are filling the gaps, though

Munroe Bergdorf: 'The more trans models become visible, the more they become normalised'

The model and activist Munroe Bergdorf on changing ideas of beauty - and taking on people who oppose your views

Revealed: asthma's deadly toll on young people in the UK

European health report finds Britain has highest mortality rate of countries studied

The beauty brands that are giving back to charity

While treating yourself to a new make-up or skincare product is always a thrill, it's even nicer when you know that the brands you love are giving back to charity too. We've rounded up our favourite beauty lines that help support causes, from cancer research to endangered wildlife preservation, everytime you buy their products.

20th February 2019

In the news today: Bethany Williams wins Royal award for ethically-focused fashion; according to a BBC analysis gender pay gap grows at hundreds of big firms; and Green MEPs are being held after anti-nuclear protest at Belgian military base. 

Bethany Williams Wins Royal Award for Ethically-Focused Fashion

Bethany Williams receives Royal prize from the Duchess Of Cornwall | Source: Getty Images) By Sarah Kent February 19, 2019 21:13 LONDON, United Kingdom - London Fashion Week got a dose of royalty on Tuesday as the Duchess of Cornwall presented British designer Bethany Williams with the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design - a prestigious prize that recognises young designers making a difference to society.

Gender pay gap grows at hundreds of firms

Four in 10 private companies that have published their latest gender pay gap are reporting wider gaps than they did last year, according to BBC analysis. The BBC looked at a company's median pay gap - that is the difference in pay between the middle-ranking woman and the middle-ranking man.

Green MEPs held after anti-nuclear protest at Belgian military base

UK's Molly Scott Cato among those held after action over stockpiling of US nuclear bombs

The US debate on climate change is heating up

Might the US move from being a laggard to a leader in tackling global climate change? Two recent announcements - the " economists' statement on carbon dividends" and the Green New Dea l - suggest that it might. Intellectually, these proposals are from different planets. But they could be a basis for something reasonable.

New AI Development So Advanced It's Too Dangerous To Release, Says Scientists

The machine learning computer model, called GPT2, generates synthetic text based on written prompts ranging from single words to full pages. The algorithm is able to produce full paragraphs of text that significantly surpass the accuracy that AI has ever been able to achieve previously.

Great Barrier Reef authority gives green light to dump dredging sludge

A million tonnes of spoil to be disposed of in marine park - prompting calls for a ban on all offshore dumping

European farms could grow green and still be able to feed population

Research shows loss in yields could be offset by reorienting diets away from grain-fed meat

Coal's other dark side: Toxic ash that can poison water and people

On December 22, ten years to the day after a dike ruptured at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant near Kingston, Tennessee, pouring more than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash into the Emory River, TVA took out a full-page ad in the local paper to congratulate itself and its contractors on a cleanup job well done.

Oxfam's London Fashion Week show featured only charity shop pieces

Stella Tennant, Bella Freud and Yasmin Le Bon were among the models ditching haute couture for charity shop chic to raise awareness about sustainable fashion. Kesewa Aboah, Lottie Moss, Daisy Lowe and singer Emeli Sandé also joined the stars at the Oxfam Fashion Fighting Poverty show last night.

What Does TerraCycle's Loop Scheme Mean For Beauty Packaging Waste?

The impact of single-use plastics on the environment is no secret, but the beauty industry is still responsible for a huge amount of packaging waste. It's encouraging that companies such as Soaper Duper and Ren have embraced recycled plastics, Lush has opened "naked" stores with zero packaging, and beauty giants such as LVMH and Estée Lauder have published their own sustainability goals.

How to make clothes last and save the world

What's the oldest item of clothing in your wardrobe? Chances are you may struggle to top a 70-year-old dress - which happens to be Hannah's pride and joy. "It was passed down from my grandma to my auntie, then cousin, then me. There are so many amazing dresses like that, built to last."

This is where your old saris end up (and how they can help empower women)

Ever wondered what happens to the old, tattered saris you discard after you're done with them? Where do they go? While Stefano Funari, founder, I Was A Sari, and winner of the Circular Design Challenge, India's first-ever sustainable fashion award, wasn't searching for the answer, he did chance upon it in an accidental encounter.

How to cure the shopping addiction that's destroying our planet | Radhika Sanghani

I went cold turkey on buying clothes, writes journalist and author Radhika Sanghani

Retailers admit 'more to do' on sustainability

The environmental audit committee published its final report on the sustainability of the fashion industry today and said the government must "end the era of throwaway fashion" by introducing a 1p tax on each item of clothing produced to pay for better clothing collection and recycling.

Jaime Perlman, Alex Carl Advocates Sustainability With Designer Showcase

RE-USE, REDUCE: "Eco-centricity" was the buzzword at an event hosted by Matchesfashion.com during London Fashion Week to mark the launch of an exhibition, which runs until March 2, put together by creative director and TV personality Jaime Perlman, stylist Alex Carl and More or Less Magazine.

LVMH slammed over new crocodile skin standard

News / News / LVMH slammed over new crocodile skin standard LONDON - Plans by luxury fashion house LVMH to introduce new standards for crocodile farming have been dismissed by animal rights group Peta.

19th February 2019

In the news today: MPs call for 1p clothing tax and darning classes in schools to cut waste; a new report finds that the majority of European firms have no CO2 reduction targets; and the UK government backs campaign for recycling bases in Pakistan.

MPs call for 1p clothing tax and darning classes in schools to cut waste

UK fashion industry bigger source of carbon emissions than aviation and shipping

Majority of European firms have no CO2 reduction targets

Only one in three firms have climate goals set to go beyond 2025, report finds

UK government backs campaign for recycling bases in Pakistan

Scheme will match donations to NGO up to £2m to help reduce ocean plastic pollution

Amazon Leads Investment Round Of $700 Million In Electric Vehicle Startup Rivian

The rumor reported earlier this week that Amazon and General Motors would be heavily investing in electric vehicle maker Rivian turned out to be only partially true. Rivian announced this morning that Amazon has, in fact, led an investment round of $700 million, driving the value of the Michigan-based company over a billion dollars and elevating it to unicorn status.

Boohoo wool 'ban' short-lived

MANCHESTER - UK fast-fashion brand Boohoo walked back its ban on wool products hours after it was initially announced, following strong criticism from Australian sheep farmers - the industry's biggest source of merino wool fibre. However, Ecotextile ...

What the 'Amazon Coat' Reveals About the Future of Shopping

NEW YORK, United States - Last year, Jaynèe Mitchell, a health and fitness coach in New York, eyed a puffer jacket that one of her clients on the Upper East Side was wearing. It was olive green with an orange lining, a distinctive shape and had plenty of pockets.

All Of The Political Talking Points Vivienne Westwood Brought To Her LFW Show

From global-warming to Brexit and free speech, Vivienne Westwood took aim at an array of politically-charged topics as she presented her latest collection at London Fashion Week. Held at St John's Smith Square, Westminster, Westwood used the catwalk to showcase her autumn/winter 19 collection - and the joint women's and menswear's show was as powerful as ever.

We recycle, we upcycle, we downcycle, is it working?

From plastic we get polyester, from mushroom roots we get leather, and from dialogue we get inspiration to reinvent the textile industry. A panel discussion during Texworld trade fair provides a status report on the fields of recycling and upcycling, both of which seem to be having their moment in the sun, are at the center of circularity conversations and all over international runways.

BBC's New Fast Fashion Show Has Some Home Truths That'll Change How You Shop

If you're a fashion lover like me, you may find yourself spending a good portion of your week scrolling through the 'New In' section of various retailers' websites. But our insatiable appetite for new clothes is having a serious impact on the...

MPs want legislation to fix UK fashion

WAKEFIELD - UK politicians have called on the Government to change the law to require fashion retailers to perform due diligence across their supply chains and have recommended tax breaks for companies that comply with environmental and social standa...

Stitch in time may help to save the environment

During the Second World War Britain was told to "make do and mend". Now schools have been urged to revive that attitude to tackle the environmental damage caused by fast fashion.MPs call for pupils to be "taught the joy" of how to repair their own clothes in a report published today.

Is compromise being reached over Bangladesh Accord?

News / News / Is compromise being reached over Bangladesh Accord? DHAKA - After several months of negotiations, there are the first signs this past week that compromise is being reached over the proposed continuation of the Bangladesh Accord.

Saving the Bats, One Cave at a Time

Biologists are searching caves and abandoned mines in the West, hoping to spare many species of the winged creatures from the devastating fungus, white-nose syndrome. A Western small-footed bat being wrested from its torpor and collected for study in an abandoned mining cave near Ely, Nev.

Bees brought Bavarians together. And they have a lesson for us all | Christian Bock

Germans of all outlooks have stood up against corporate greed and political apathy, writes Berlin-based campaigner Christian Bock

How the world got hooked on palm oil

The long read: It's the miracle ingredient in everything from biscuits to shampoo. But our dependence on palm oil has devastating consequences. Is it too late to break the habit?

18th February 2019

 

Boohoo changes its mind - hours after announcing ban on wool

Boohoo has announced it will continue using wool in its products, despite earlier promising to enforce a ban by the autumn. The online fashion retailer had faced a backlash after unveiling plans to stop selling items containing wool - with one sheep farmer telling Sky News he was "absolutely disgusted" by the ban.

These gym clothes are literally made out of human sweat

A quick glance into Alice Potts' studio reveals a collection of fashion accessories with a vibrant colour palette and an unusual decorative feature: crystallised human sweat. Potts, 26, is one of six residents at Open Cell, a biotech workspace in Shepherd's Bush, London, which is made of shipping containers and provides lab space for startups and creatives who bring together science and fashion.

Drones and big data: the next frontier in the fight against wildlife extinction

Emerging technologies are a boon for the work of conservation researchers, but not all universities are equipped for them

Australian coal industry jolted as 'climate change' ruling blocks mine

Australia's mining industry is recoiling in shock over a court ruling that cited "climate change" as a key reason for blocking a coal project, a first for a country with a A$67bn-a-year coal export industry. The judgment was delivered by the Land and Environment Court in the state of New South Wales, which hears environmental, development, building and planning disputes.

Australian coal industry jolted as 'climate change' ruling blocks mine

Australia's mining industry is recoiling in shock over a court ruling that cited "climate change" as a key reason for blocking a coal project, a first for a country with a A$67bn-a-year coal export industry. The judgment was delivered by the Land and Environment Court in the state of New South Wales, which hears environmental, development, building and planning disputes.

6 Years After Rana Plaza, Worker Safety Is Under Threat in Bangladesh Again

DHAKA, Bangladesh - Six years ago, the factory collapse at Rana Plaza killed more than 1,000 people, violently thrusting the issue of working conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry onto the global stage. Now, the industry's flagship initiative to improve worker safety is in imminent danger of losing its footing in the country, even as thousands of garment workers face unemployment and legal action for protesting low wages.

New Study Puts Zara, Adidas Under Spotlight for Microfiber Shedding

What is it about "fast fashion" that makes it so fast? Most people might use the term to encapsulate a retail model built on high-turnover speeds of production, cheap materials and even cheaper labor. For Maria Westerbos, founder and director of the Plastic Soup Foundation in Amsterdam, however, no label more apt exists for garments...

The EU Has Given Germany The Green Light To Block City Diesel Bans

Across Germany, cities have been preparing bans on heavy-polluting diesel vehicles in response to recent court judgements mandating them to do so. Vehicles that can't meet specific pollution thresholds would be banned from city centers. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is opposed to these bans, and now she thinks she's found a way to stop them.

'Attenborough effect' was behind Philip Hammond's levy on plastic waste

Sir David Attenborough helped to persuade the government to introduce a tax on single-use plastic packaging. The chancellor discussed the idea with the broadcaster last year, before he put it in his budget. Philip Hammond also said that he would introduce more green taxes to persuade young people

 

Last week's Uplifting News 

Sometimes it can feel like the news is all doom and gloom, so we're highlighting the most positive and uplifting news stories relating to sustainability, social justice and the environment each Monday for a little #MondayMotivation

 

Tokyo 2020 medals to be made from discarded smartphones and laptops

All medals at next summer's Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo will be made from recycled electronic waste, organizers said on Friday

'Uniquely American': Senate passes landmark bill to enlarge national parks

Bill sets aside more than 1m acres of new wilderness and conservation areas including rivers in California and Utah

​Pushing sustainability: Lenzing to use more textile waste in its products

With an ever-increasing consumer demand for more sustainable products, the fashion industry is facing mounting pressure to become a more circular economy, with waste reduction a key concern for many brands. The annual production of apparel has doubled since the turn of the century, but the share of reused fabrics is still very low.

Victoria Beckham Bans Exotic Skins

Victoria Beckham maintains a strict no-fur policy across her brand's collections, and now the designer has extended this to exotic skins. "As a business, we have been looking to action the use of more ethically sourced products that have less environmental impact for some time," a Victoria Beckham brand spokesperson told .

Paris Seeks to be Capital of Sustainable Fashion by 2024

Paris, an Old World bastion in a changing world, has its eye on becoming the capital of sustainable fashion by 2024. Over the next five years, the City of Lights will roll out Paris Good Fashion, an initiative to rally some of the most hallowed names in the industry to shift with the times and...

15th February 2019

In the news today:  Scientists say depression affects cognitive function and memory; Prada is tackling the issue of diversity with an in-house council; and tensions grow between supporters and opponents of children missing school to protest climate change.

Research reveals damage that depression inflicts on brain

New research on the effects of depression shows how the condition accelerates the ageing of the brain and inflicts serious damage on cognitive function and memory that could lead to dementia.

Prada to prioritize diversity, both in-house and across the fashion industry

Prada is tackling the issue of diversity with an in-house 'Diversity and Inclusion Council.' The luxury Italian fashion house will take advice from the council, which aims to "elevate voices of color within the company and the fashion industry at-large" and develop opportunities for diverse fashion talent.

Pupils' climate strike has adults hot under the collar

Tension is growing between supporters and opponents of children missing school to protest about climate change.Some parents were undecided about whether to allow their children to break the rules to campaign. Others accused schools of withdrawing permission under pressure from local authorities.Som

Fashion Prepares for Brexit Disaster

LONDON, United Kingdom - From pricier to a nationwide shortage of seamstresses, fashion is preparing for the worst-case Brexit scenario. Here's where the debate currently stands: the UK government remains at an impasse after Parliament overwhelmingly voted against Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal last month.

Meal kits cut food waste but packaging is a problem, study finds

Deliveries 'almost always' use more energy than buying ingredients from supermarket

Oil firm bids to extend drilling off Dorset coast despite risk to marine life

Corallian Energy's licence was only to drill during winter to protect marine life off Jurassic coast

This Eco-Luxury Label Is Backed by 'The Patagonia of Jeans'

By Kati Chitrakorn February 15, 2019 05:27 LONDON, United Kingdom - Is there such thing as being too picky? According to the collective behind Anglo-Swedish fashion and jewellery brand Bite Studios, that's exactly what it takes to achieve the ethically sound designs that they produce.

The Tiny Swiss Company That Thinks It Can Help Stop Climate Change

Feature Two European entrepreneurs want to remove carbon from the air at prices cheap enough to matter. Christoph Gebald, left, and Jan Wurzbacher, the founders of Climeworks, at their plant in Hinwil, Switzerland.

3 tests the Green New Deal must pass to work

This story was produced in partnership with the National Geographic Society. But after three decades of incremental steps, with emissions of greenhouse gases rising again in the United States and around the world and impacts increasing, what new approaches can make a difference? How should they be paid for?

14th February 2019

In the news today: The Texas-Mexico border is set to cut through a butterfly sanctuary; scientists say buying organic food could help curb the global insect collapse; and Patagonia urges action in US wildlife conservation effort. 

The border wall is set to cut through a butterfly sanctuary

Construction on a six-mile stretch of a steel and concrete wall along the Texas-Mexico border is expected to begin at the end of this month. But conservationists are urgently battling the government in court before it's too late for the National Butterfly Center, a private piece of property owned by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) that could see a wall slice through its grounds.

The pansexual revolution: how sexual fluidity became mainstream

Rigid definitions of sexuality are on the way out, as a younger generation embraces a 'never say never' approach to sex and gender

Buy organic food to help curb global insect collapse, say scientists

Urging political action on pesticide use is another way to help stem 'collapse of nature'

Patagonia urges action in US wildlife conservation effort

VENTURA - Outdoor brand Patagonia has, through its Action Works platform, called on its customers and supporters to back the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act to ensure it finds its way into US law. The company believes that, if passed, the legisla...

How to identify 'ultra-processed' foods - the grub that's linked to death

You knew that cheeky packet of crisps or chocolate bar at 3pm every day wasn't great for your health - but did you know to what degree? A new study has laid bare the dangers of consuming 'ultra-processed' food - a category that contains white bread, ready meals, sausages, sugary cereals, fizzy drinks, and crisps.

Bethany Williams To Be Honoured With Queen Elizabeth II Award For Design

It's official: designer Bethany Williams is set to become the second recipient of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The award, which was presented for the first time to Peckham-based designer Richard Quinn last year by the Queen, commends rising British talent, community values and sustainable policies.

'Waste No More' Installation to Preview at Eileen Fisher's Brooklyn Store

Consumers who won't be taking the trip to Milan for this year's installment of Salone del Mobile will be able to get a glimpse of "Waste No More" at Eileen Fisher's Brooklyn store. From April 4 to 7, the installation will be the focal point of the designer's Carroll Gardens boutique and it's meant to emphasize a zero-waste mentality.

If everyone isn't yog-ing or hiking, you're doing meetings wrong

The Ancient Romans believed that a healthy mind depended on a healthy body. Fast forward 2,000 years, and science supports this wisdom. Exercise helps us be more productive and make better decisions because it boosts our memory, focus and mood.

Is zero waste worth the wait? Meet the new slow fashion brands making style to order

In a world where high street shops are restuffed daily with fresh stock, and websites like matchesfashion.com can offer a 90-minute express delivery service (in London), the thought of deliberately waiting several days or weeks for your new silk blouse to arrive feels quite novel.

Survey finds consumers expect CSR from brands

WASHINGTON D.C. - Consumers expect more responsibility, action and accountability from businesses and tend to shop at companies that share their values, according to a survey carried out by market insight company Clutch. The small-scale survey focuse...

Prada Mounts Diversity Council as Brands Face Blackface Backlash

Prada is mounting an advisory group on diversity as more European fashion brands come under fire from consumers for products and marketing seen as racially insensitive. Two African-American artists-sculptor Theaster Gates and filmmaker Ava DuVernay-will chair a group whose role will be to "elevate voices of color" and "advise the company as it invests in...

Major brands under microfibre scrutiny in new study

AMSTERDAM - Adidas, Nike, H&M and Zara apparel has all been tested in relation to the quantities of microfibres shed during laundering, as part of a study undertaken by the Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials at the Italian National R...

13th February 2019

In the news today: A report by Greenpeace says nearly a fifth of the EU's budget goes on livestock farming; in the US the Senate passes a sweeping land conservation bill; and the UK now has a law against upskirting. 

Nearly a fifth of the EU's budget goes on livestock farming, says Greenpeace

Europe urged to promote diets lower in meat and dairy and restrict animals to grass-based systems to free land for crops

Senate Passes a Sweeping Land Conservation Bill

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd: , our email newsletter. WASHINGTON - The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping public lands conservation bill, designating more than one million acres of wilderness for environmental protection and permanently reauthorizing a federal program to pay for conservation measures.

The UK now has a law against upskirting

A law change that comes into force in the UK today makes the highly intrusive practice of 'upskirting' illegal. The government said it wants the new law to send a clear message that such behaviour is criminal and will not be tolerated. Perpetrators in England and Wales face up to two ye...

Social networks 'should face criminal charges for failing to protect children'

Social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram would face fines of up to £17.5 million or charges of corporate manslaughter if they failed to safeguard children under plans published today.Under the proposals, technology companies would be forced to build safety features into the design of the

Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study

Petrol and diesel vehicles cost more over four years in UK and four other European nations

Study outlines tannery worker health problems

News / News / Study outlines tannery worker health problems DHAKA - A new study claims most workers in Bangladesh's export-oriented leather industry suffer from extreme health hazards due to unsafe working conditions.

Want to know what your city will feel like in 2080? Look 500 miles south.

Want a glimpse of Washington, D.C.'s climate future? Take a road trip down to Greenwood, Mississippi. In just a few decades, as climate change heats up the planet, that same swelter is likely to bein D.C. Meanwhile, down in Mississippi, seasons will morph into something like those in northern Mexico today.

Ethnicity pay gap reporting can drive change in UK business

Diversity in UK business - or the lack of it - came sharply into focus in 2018, as companies took stock of the first year of mandatory gender pay gap reporting. The scrutiny is likely to continue this year, starting with the government's consultation on ethnicity pay reporting, completed in January.

Investors are still failing to back founders from diverse backgrounds

The large majority of venture dollars are invested in companies run by white men with a university degree, according to a new report by RateMyInvestor and Diversity VC. This new data reveals that despite the lip service investors have paid to backing founders from diverse backgrounds, much, much, m...

The BBC Just Teased 5 Mind-Blowing Wildlife Series - Including David Attenborough's Latest

Just weeks after David Attenborough's Dynasties concluded on BBC One, a teaser for the icon's next project, One Planet, Seven Worlds, just dropped. "Each one-hour episode will transport viewers to a single continent and tell the story of its spectacular wildlife and iconic landscapes," the BBC shared at the end of January.

Hey, Beauty Brands, Posting a Black Girl on Instagram Once in a While Isn't Enough

When Instagram first debuted in 2010, people welcomed the democratic, visual platform enthusiastically. Anyone who took pretty pictures could rise to fame. Any business with aesthetic branding could explode on e-commerce. For beauty brands, however, it's become clear that mastering the platform is far more complex, involving a dizzying set of decisions before clicking "share."

3.1 Phillip Lim Announced It's Going 100 Percent Fur-Free

In recent months, a growing number luxury fashion houses like Gucci and Michael Kors have announced a commitment to more ethical fashion practices. On Friday, Maison Margiela shared that after designer John Galliano's meeting with PETA, the brand would go fur free, joining the ranks of brands like Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Hilfiger and more who have long eliminated fur from their collections.

Breast-ironing: UK government vows to tackle abusive practice

Home Office says ritual is child abuse and should be prosecuted under assault laws

Parkland: A Year After the School Shooting That Was Supposed to Change Everything

Those at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School knew their lives would be transformed by the massacre. Many had no idea of the many ways that would happen. PARKLAND, Fla. The name "Parkland" has become a shorthand for the tragedy that many hoped would mark the beginning of the end of school massacres.

This is what working late is doing to your body

Chances are, you might know what it feels like to be the last person in the office - or, if not, you're regularly accustomed to tapping out a to-do list on the commute home and checking your inbox on a Sunday night.

In the news today: A new major study suggests diet of ultra-processed foods could be killing us; polar bears are being driven off their normal migration routes and into human habitation; and Victoria Beckham ditches exotic skins as of fall 2019.

Modern diets could be killing us, suggests major study on ultra-processed foods

Eating white bread and ready meals could be killing us, according to the first major study linking "ultra-processed" food with early death. The study of 45,000 middle-aged people found that every 10 per cent increase in intake of "ultra-processed food" was linked to a 14 per cent increased risk of death within the next eight years.

What polar bears in a Russian apartment block reveal about the climate crisis

Arctic bears are being driven off their normal migration routes and into human habitation. We should feel pity - and fear

Victoria Beckham Ditches Exotic Skins, Reconfirms No-Fur Stance

JUST SAY NO: Victoria Beckham has become the latest brand to say "no" to exotic skins, two months after Chanel did the same, WWD has learned. "As a business, we have been looking to action the use of more ethically sourced products that have less environmental impact for some time," said a Victoria Beckham brand spokesperson.

Shift to cleaner energy would nudge up EU output, report shows

A transition towards a low-carbon economy is forecast to boost output and employment growth in the EU thanks to a spur in investment in clean energy, according to a new report released on Tuesday.

Bavarians vote to save bugs and birds-and change farming

For the past 11 days Bavarians have been standing in lines, sometimes quite long ones, to sign a petition designed to save bees, other bugs, and the birds that eat them. Weeks before carnival festivities officially plunge Germany into silly season, adults in bee costumes have been a common site on the streets of this south German state.

What can a Green New Deal learn from other countries?

On Thursday, two Democratic members of Congress introduced a resolution outlining the broad strokes of a " Green New Deal," an ambitious proposal to transition the U.S. toward a more sustainable, net-zero carbon emissions future-and to get it on track fast, within just ten years. The need for change, the framers say, is pressing.

Pure London: Katharine Hamnett blasts ethics of government, policy makers and fast-fashion brands

Never one to shy away from voicing her opinion, Katharine Hamnett took to the main stage of Pure London on Sunday evening to give a passionate speech about the state of the fashion industry, while criticising the government, fast-fashion brands and p

Paris Seeks to be Capital of Sustainable Fashion by 2024

Paris, an Old World bastion in a changing world, has its eye on becoming the capital of sustainable fashion by 2024. Over the next five years, the City of Lights will roll out Paris Good Fashion, an initiative to rally some of the most hallowed names in the industry to shift with the times and...

'A Woman, Just Not That Woman': How Sexism Plays Out on the Trail

In the words of her detractors during the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton was abrasive and shrill. She was aloof. She was unlikable. It's not a coincidence that some of these adjectives are now bubbling up in discussions of Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris as they campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Campaigners still seek full remedy for Indonesian workers

TANGERANG - Six years after their alleged illegal dismissal from employment, Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has hit out at the settlement former workers of PT Panarub Industry (PDK) were offered - calling the reimbursement offered "a pittance." The dea...

11th February 2019

In the news today: New York Fashion Week’s young designers can’t stop thinking about climate change; the global insect population is collapsing; and 16-storey city farms could lead to a food revolution.

New York's Young Designers Can't Stop Thinking About Climate Change

Though New York Fashion Week isn't exactly known for championing sustainability, it's not uncommon for a designer or two to comment on the environment, and ethics-centric labels like Rachel Comey and Studio 189 regularly incorporate eco-friendly fabrics into their collections.

Monday briefing: The global insect population is collapsing

Get WIRED's daily briefing in your inbox. Sign up here The insects that underpin the world's ecosystems are at critical risk, according to a new review of 78 studies from around the world ( The Guardian).

On rooftops and in tunnels, city farms lead food revolution

Salad plants are already being grown in old bomb shelters but floating dairy farms and 16-storey food towers could be next

Plastic bans spread in India. Winners and losers aren't who you'd expect.

This article was created in partnership with the National Geographic Society. Amudha, who goes by only her first name, sells flowers for a living in Chennai, one of India's largest cities. She used to spend 15 percent of her profits buying plastic shopping bags for her sales.

A 'Green New Deal' Is Far From Reality, but Climate Action Is Picking Up in the States

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd: , our email newsletter. WASHINGTON - Even though talk of a "Green New Deal" is getting louder in Congress, the odds of major federal climate legislation passing in the next two years remain extremely low.

Bloody brilliant: new emoji to symbolize menstruation welcomed

The red blood droplet with a period-positive message is hailed as a step forward but some see it as a half-measure

MAGIC 2019: Sustainable fashion among this year's top trends

The only thing missing is the stench of acrid water curling your naked toes. You're wading through a river befouled by the chemical discharge of a nearby textile plant. Soon, you enter a grungy sweat shop where even the walls seem to be perspiring. You'll join them before long.

Allbirds, Reformation Join Push for More Sustainable Viscose Sourcing

Allbirds and Reformation, two of sustainable fashion's buzziest brands, are making it part of their mission to eliminate endangered and old-growth forests from their clothing. On Tuesday, the labels joined 170 businesses-Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M, Patagonia, Stella McCartney and VF Corp. among them-in throwing their support behind CanopyStyle, an initiative by Canadian forestry not-for-profit Canopy ...

​Pushing sustainability: Lenzing to use more textile waste in its products

With an ever-increasing consumer demand for more sustainable products, the fashion industry is facing mounting pressure to become a more circular economy, with waste reduction a key concern for many brands. The annual production of apparel has doubled since the turn of the century, but the share of reused fabrics is still very low.

Circular attitude shift essential, says UN climate chief

WEIMAR - The UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) executive secretary, Patricia Espinosa, has discussed the importance of the circular economy business model if protection of the climate is to become a realistic goal, in a w...

Is the Bangladesh Accord nearing its final destination?

DHAKA - The journey towards a safe garment sector has been a long and tumultuous one for the workers of Bangladesh. Delay after delay has left garment workers across the nation in a state of flux - and desperate to avoid the possibility of a return t...

Everything you need to know about Loop, the new recycling initiative that's going to change the way we shop forever

We've got a problem. A plastic problem. You see, it turns out that plastic is not so fantastic after all - far from, in fact. It's causing international mayhem, filling up our oceans, clogging up landfills and taking a detrimental toll on marine life.

Can you solve the plastics problem? New prize invites ideas.

Plastic is everywhere. It pools in the farthest reaches of the ocean and collects on the slopes of the highest mountains; researchers have found it in whales' bellies and in the groundwater reserves we tap for drinking.

Last week's Uplifting News 
Sometimes it can feel like the news is all doom and gloom, so we're highlighting the most positive and uplifting news stories relating to sustainability, social justice and the environment each Monday for a little #MondayMotivation

Disability-themed emojis approved for use

The introduction of dozens of new accessibility-themed emojis has been welcomed by disability rights campaigners. The new characters include hearing aids, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, white "probing" canes and guide dogs. They follow a complaint by Apple that few existing emojis spoke to the experiences of those with disabilities.

Nike signs its first clean energy deal in Europe with Iberdrola

Nike has signed its first European clean energy deal with Iberdrola, the Spanish utility, marking the latest in a series of corporate power purchase agreements that have provided a boost to the renewables industry.

You Flushed the Toilet. They Made Some Bricks.

Trilobites Converting biosolids into building materials could keep a lot of leftovers of the waste process out of landfills, and provide other environmental benefits, too. It may be unpleasant to contemplate the ultimate fate of all the material from your own body that you flush down the pipes.

A forest garden with 500 edible plants could lead to a sustainable future

Michael Crawford's forest garden is abundant, diverse, edible, and might be one answer to the future of food systems.

In the news today: In the US Ocasio-Cortez unveils the Green New Deal, a bold plan to fight climate change; whilst in the UK a government adviser says Brexit could be good for UK environment; and one of Britain’s six remaining coal-fired power stations is to shut this autumn after half a century.

Green New Deal: Ocasio-Cortez unveils bold plan to fight climate change

Blueprint for a carbon-neutral economy has been embraced by prominent Democrats and evokes FDR's famous legacy

Brexit could be good for UK environment, says top government adviser

Dieter Helm says withdrawal from common agricultural policy could safeguard natural world

2018 was the U.S.'s third-wettest year on record-here's why

On Wednesday, NASA and NOAA announced that 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record. But the impacts of a warming planet extend beyond just warming air; the feverish state of the planet is also changing when, where, and how intensely rain and snow fall.

Plastic waste: UK should not pass buck to world's poorest, say MPs

UK must deal with plastic waste on its own soil, says group calling for export ban

Coal power station's days are numbered

One of Britain's six remaining coal-fired power stations is to shut this autumn after half a century, putting more than 150 jobs at risk.EDF Energy said that it would close the Cottam plant in Nottinghamshire on September 30 as it would no longer be economically viable to run.The plant started gene

Can the high street *ever* be sustainable? GLAMOUR investigates...

My shopping habits have been known to look something like this: 1. Spot an influencer I follow on Instagram wearing the high street's latest cult dress. 2. Swipe. Click. Buy. 3. 12 hours later I'm wearing it, maybe even posting about it (if I love it enough).

If fur is killing animals and faux-fur is killing the planet, what on earth should you do?

It's the most divisive material in fashion. Many have sworn they would rather go naked that wear it; but its animal-free alternative is not faring much better in the controversy stakes. Because faux fur is not immediately the good guy in this scenario.

Rebag Raises $25 Million, With Plans to Rapidly Expand to 30 Stores

We dubbed 2018 the year that resale went mainstream, and clearly that's only continuing into 2019. Rebag and its investors are certainly betting on it. The Kyle Richards-beloved luxury resale destination known for handbags and for paying sellers upfront just announced a Series-C $25 million funding round that brings its total funding to $52 million; it was led by private equity firm Novator and also includes existing investors General Catalyst and FJ Labs.

L'Officiel donates 60 million worth of ad space to promote social & environmental causes

L'Officiel, the media brand comprising 60 magazine titles across 30 countries, has created a fund to promote social, environmental and equality causes supported by their brand partners. The publication has committed to donating 60 million US dollars worth of advertising space, over two years, in its magazines, websites and social media posts.

Stella McCartney to Join Farfetch's Dream Assembly Program

LONDON - Sustainability will be at the heart of the next Dream Assembly, the technology accelerator program founded by Farfetch that provides start-ups with access to mentorship, networking opportunities and early-stage funding. On Friday, Farfetch will reveal that it's partnering with a longstanding champion of sustainability, Stella McCartney, on the second Dream Assembly edition as it seeks applications from seed-stage start-ups that drive social or environmental benefit.

Pure London: MP Mary Creagh to talk sustainability on main stage

UK trade show Pure London has confirmed that MP and chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), Mary Creagh, will be taking to the main stage at this February event where she'll be discussing sustainability in the fashion industry. Crea

Study: some clothing "disintegrating after a few washes"

News / News / Study: some clothing "disintegrating after a few washes" MUNICH - At this year's ISPO in Germany, researchers presented evidence that clothing is polluting the ocean with tiny plastic microfibres every time it is washed.

How to tell if a fashion brand is ethical and sustainable

In a cultural climate where no one would be seen dead without a reusable water bottle and veganism is the mot du jour, it's becoming increasingly uncomfortable for many of us to buy into brands that fall so short of our values - and fast fashion is one of the worst offenders.

The Red Carpet's Other Race Problem

LOS ANGELES, United States - For Hollywood stylists, making that first A-list connection is everything. A stylist whose client list is topped by an in-demand actor or actress will suddenly find brands and publicists clamouring to work with them. That attention leads to collaborations with yet more big stars, and a career is born.

7th February 2019

In the news today: NASA and NOAA declare that the last five years were the hottest ever; while weather and climate-related disasters cost the US $80 billion in 2018; and Nike signs its first clean energy deal in Europe.

The last five years were the hottest ever, NASA and NOAA declare

It's official: 2018 was the fourth warmest year ever recorded, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA say in their annual report, published Wednesday. Global air temperatures have warmed steadily over past decades, shifting up and down slightly from year to year depending on natural climate oscillations like El Niño, but following a consistent upward path.

Weather and climate-related disasters cost the US $80 billion in 2018, but go ahead and say climate change isn't real

Weather and climate-related disasters cost the U.S. economy $80 billion last year - and have hit the nation's bottom line to the tune of roughly $100 billion per year over the last five years, according to a new survey from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That tally...

Nike signs its first clean energy deal in Europe with Iberdrola

Nike has signed its first European clean energy deal with Iberdrola, the Spanish utility, marking the latest in a series of corporate power purchase agreements that have provided a boost to the renewables industry.

You Flushed the Toilet. They Made Some Bricks.

Trilobites Converting biosolids into building materials could keep a lot of leftovers of the waste process out of landfills, and provide other environmental benefits, too. It may be unpleasant to contemplate the ultimate fate of all the material from your own body that you flush down the pipes.

Bangladesh garment workers laid off after wage protests

DHAKA - More than 7,500 garment workers from 27 factories which supply brands such as H&M and Next have allegedly been laid off in Bangladesh after they joined wage protests. The layoffs come on the heels of clashes between police and workers in Janu...

There's a mass of plastic waste in the sea that's so big you can see it from space, here's how your beauty regime can change that

Sustainable beauty has never been more timely. World Environment Day is the perfect time to educate yourself on plastic-free alternatives, as well as the charitable initiatives and eco-friendly beauty formulas out there.

Forced labor, child work, awful wages: the lives of home-based garment workers in India

While increased attention is (finally) being given to wages and working conditions faced by garment factory workers in countries such as India, Burma and Bangladesh, few people know there are millions of workers making garments in informal, home-based settings too. During times of increased seasonal demand, many factories outsource production to informal businesses.

Wool continues to tempt sportswear brands

MUNICH - With the Sustainable Apparel Coalition talking about garment durability and extended garment use at the ISPO exhibition which closes today, for the winner of the Scandinavian Outdoor Award for most 'sustainable product 2019' - Aclima FleeceW...

Yes, Virginia, There Was a Vegan Fashion Week

And it involved apples and polyester and Moby! LOS ANGELES - Mena Suvari, the actress known for both "American Woman" and "American Beauty," was in the front row at last week's first Vegan Fashion Week at the California Market Center, wearing a black textured patent-something cap with matching jacket and pants by Enda, along with "leather" shoes by a brand that bore the label Cult of Coquette.

Rebag's Plan to Take Second-Hand Luxury Mainstream

Rebag's store on Madison Avenue | Source: Courtesy By Cathaleen Chen February 7, 2019 05:27 NEW YORK, United States - Most luxury brands have long ignored the grey market, the global network of consignment stores, resellers and online marketplaces where consumers buy, sell and trade second-hand bags and clothes.

Why The Meghan Effect Isn't Important In Veja's Success Story

To found a fashion brand with no keen sense of style or prior knowledge of the industry might sound like madness. For Sébastien Kopp and François Morillion, it was merely an adventure. In 2005, the two best friends, who met as 14-year-olds at school, decided to create a trainer that respected the environment and the people in the supply chain.

Volcom introduces traceable organic cotton initiative

Volcom has confirmed that it is partnering with CottonConnect as part of its 'Farm to Yarn', a traceable organic cotton initiative with social and environmental benefits as it looks to add more transparency in its supply chain.

My 4 Favourite Places for Buying Secondhand Clothes Online

The lethal combination of being both time-poor and further away from my old East London home has resulted in far fewer opportunities to physically shop in vintage stores every weekend. It's just too much hassle schlepping into town, and when you go thrifting, it's easy to feel pressured to come away with something (or anything).

Keeping Up with Patrick McDowell: The Gen Z Sustainable Fashion Designer

As more students like Patrick McDowell are thronging fashion school campuses worldwide, they are indicative of a changing mindset in the fashion industry that will transform actions all the way from the boardrooms to the high-street.

All Knit Up in Sweater Instagram

The first sweater that I fell in love with on Instagram was worn by a member of the tribe that I refer to as "organic moms." Their food is organic, their clothes are organic, their toys are wooden, their children are homeschooled or Waldorf or world travellers.

6th February 2019

In the news today: Climate change could leave thousands of lakes Ice-free; Brazilian dam workers say they warned of disaster; and a new study finds 66% of people want a say in how products get made. 

Climate Change Could Leave Thousands of Lakes Ice-Free

Lakes that reliably freeze every winter Lakes that no longer freeze every winter Each dot represents one lake. Global warming is melting glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica, but for millions of people, ice is vanishing closer to home as lakes lose their winter cover.

'That's going to burst': Brazilian dam workers say they warned of disaster

Fears and repairs preceded January collapse in which 134 people died and 199 are still missing, near Brumadinho in Minas Gerais state

Deep inside the deadly avalanche that climate change built

Kalle Kronholm works on the edge of the world, at the crossroads of science and public safety. Through his company, Skred AS, Kronholm is avalanche consultant to the roughly 2,600 residents of the Norwegian island of Svalbard, at perhaps the most volatile moment in the island's long relationship with ice and snow.

Medical cannabis is now in the UK, but nobody can get a prescription

In November last year, home secretary Sajid Javid introduced legislation which made it possible for people to legally access cannabis for medical reasons. At the time, campaigners hailed it as a landmark victory - the Conservative government had typically taken a hardline stance on rescheduling drugs - and scientists and researchers welcomed the change.

Gwyneth Paltrow's In Goop Health Wellness Summit Is Coming To London

Following the launch of Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop into the UK this September, the brand's In Goop Health wellness summit is coming to London for the first time in June 2019. An immersive event incorporating panel talks, alternative medicine, fitness classes and wellness experiences - think healers, positively-charged water and manifestation workshops - the summit has taken place for the past two years across the US and Canada.

10 Takeaways From the UN's Sustainable Fashion Conference

Last Friday, sustainable streetwear went global. In a special event hosted at the United Nations, everyone from Dapper Dan to NASA astronauts dropped knowledge as part of The Study Hall Summit, a one-day conference devoted to sustainable fashion.

66 Percent of People Want a Say in How Products Get Made

Despite expectations that retailers should invest in tech, inspiring brand love and loyalty still comes down to delivering amazing product. Thanks to the rise of ratings and reviews systems where people can sound off about their purchases and experiences, consumers are primed to offer their opinion and expect their feedback to make a difference.

Armarium Pops Up in L.A. for Awards Season With Stylists Micaela Erlanger, Erin Walsh and Sonia Young

For its fourth L.A. pop-up, New York-based online luxury fashion rental and styling business Armarium continues to build on its mission of making sustainable fashion more accessible during awards season.

Outdoor ads recycled into London Fashion Week collection

LONDON - Outdoor advertising firm Ocean has teamed up with fashion studio VIN + OMI for London Fashion Week to launch an apparel range incorporating used vinyl panels taken from its advertising displays. The resultant Ocean label will be produced in ...

UK Parliament Denounces Fast Fashion As "Unsustainable" and "Exploitative"

After launching an investigation into fast fashion in the fall of 2018, the U.K. Parliament's Environment Audit Select Committee (EAC) has released the first of its findings, detailing the winners and losers of the nation's fashion industry in terms of sustainability and environmental impact. The committee began its investigation by sending written requests to 16...

What is the Fashion Industry Doing About Microplastic Pollution?

Joaquim Goes did not set out to be an expert on microplastics: those minuscule fragments of plastic, smaller than one-fifth of an inch, that have emerged as the oceans' biggest invisible scourge. As a marine biologist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in Palisades, N.Y., his main concern was phytoplankton physiology and how...

5th February 2019

In the news today: A third of the Himalaya’s glaciers will be lost by 2100; Europe's most deprived areas are hit hardest by air pollution; and luxury online retailer Farfetch has confirmed it will drop fur from collections.

Tuesday briefing: We will lose a third of the Himalayas' glaciers

Get WIRED's daily briefing in your inbox. Sign up here Within 80 years, 36 per cent of the glaciers in the Hindu Kush and Himalaya range will be lost due to climate change, even if we keep global warming down to just 1.5 degrees Celcius above pre-industrial levels ( The Guardian).

Europe's most deprived areas 'hit hardest by air pollution'

Exposure to particulate matter and ozone highest in poor eastern European states, says study

Farfetch to drop fur from collections

Luxury online retailer Farfetch has confirmed that it is to ban the sale of animal fur from its website from December 2019. The move has been applauded by animal charity Humane Society International (HSI), and its US affiliate, who worked w

Rising temperatures to make oceans bluer and greener

Scientists say effects of global warming on 'phytoplankton' will intensify the colours

Scientists Single Out a Suspect in Starfish Carnage: Warming Oceans

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd: , our email newsletter. In 2013, starfish - including the morning sun star, the richly hued ochre star and the sunflower star, whose limbs can span four feet across - started dying by the millions along the Pacific Coast from Mexico to Alaska.

'It is so scary': how the UK's filthy air is sending children to A&E

Young patients with respiratory problems are a regular sight for doctors due to air pollution crisis

Is Palomo Spain making gender neutral fashion really happen?

The idea that gender is over sounds like a Ph.D thesis for a gender studies major at some liberal university in a coastal city. However, Palomo Spain, who made a triumphant return to New York Fashion Week: Men's this season, continuously works

Yoox To Sell Franca Sozzani's Wardrobe In Support Of Her Namesake Charity

Sales from the former Vogue Italia editor's archive sale on Yoox.com will benefit the Franca Sozzani Fund for Preventive Genomics at the Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard.

How Fashion Brands Can Create A More Sustainable End-To-End Retail Economy

With the realization that today's shoppers quite literally wear their values on their sleeves, the fashion industry spent 2018 getting more serious about sustainability. From real fur becoming a fashion faux pas to the rise of the luxury rental and resale market, we've entered 2019 with a marketplace hungry to create a more environmentally-conscious fashion landscape and, ultimately, to design a sustainable end-to-end retail economy.

New UK fashion rental website to launch

The marketplace, which is not connected to My-Wardrobe.com, will allow shoppers to browse products from brands, retailers and other individual users to rent or buy through Instagram-style profiles. Rental costs are agreed between the owner or brand and renter.

Is There Really Such a Thing as "Ethical Consumerism?"

You know that thing, where you say a word to yourself a couple dozen times in a row, and by the 25th repetition, the word doesn't signify anymore? It's just a bunch of syllables. That's how I've started to feel about the phrase "ethical consumer." Who on earth is that?

1st February 2019

In the news today: Why the recent polar vortex should have been colder; Animals and birds are under increasing threat from plastic waste; and how machine learning could help save the bees.

Think this polar vortex was cold? It should have been colder.

This story was produced in partnership with the National Geographic Society. Now that the latest frigid, deadly Arctic blast is giving way to warmer conditions in the Midwest and Northeast, some clarity is emerging on how to think about cold waves in a warming climate.

Animals and birds under increasing threat from plastic waste

Water birds and marine animals particularly at risk, according to new RSPCA findings

Can the left unite to make a Green New Deal a reality?

Several 2020 hopefuls are already embracing the nascent effort - but success will require overcoming legislative hurdles

What Will it Take to Prevent the Next Rana Plaza?

Almost six years on from a sweatshop building collapse that killed over 1,100 people in Bangladesh, VOICES Salon attendees discuss why the fashion supply chain is still plagued with worker abuses and what action could be taken to make conditions better.

A Number Of UK Retailers Are Failing On Grounds Of Sustainability And Ethical Practice

A parliamentary committee has announced that UK retailers are failing to promote environmental sustainability, reports The Guardian . A number of major retailers - including Amazon UK, JD Sports, Sports Direct and TK Maxx - "were found to be lagging behind the rest of the industry when it came to their commitment to environmental sustainability and labour market initiatives", the Environmental Audit Committee document revealed.

Levi's and Harvard launch blockchain worker survey

SAN FRANSISCO - On the back of a software development consultancy being awarded a two-year grant by the U.S. State Department to develop a blockchain platform, Levi Strauss and Harvard University's Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive...

Vegan Magnum's launch a sign of an 'increasing problem for the dairy industry'

As peak Australian farming body bemoans advent of pea protein-based bar, others hail 'smart move' by Unilever

'I want my family with me': Syrian refugee calls for change to UK immigration rules

Fashion student Ammar Alsaker, 23, hopes his story will challenge negative stereotypes of refugees

Speed Limit on the Autobahn? Over My Dead Body, Many Germans Say

Germany Dispatch BERLIN - It seemed like a no-brainer: Lower Germany's embarrassingly high carbon emissions at no cost, and save some lives in the process. But when a government-appointed commission in January dared to float the idea of a speed limit on the autobahn, the country's storied highway network, it almost caused rioting.

Let's save the bees with machine learning

Machine learning and all its related forms of "AI" are being used to work on just about every problem under the sun, but even so, stemming the alarming decline of the bee population still seems out of left field. In fact it's a great application for the technology and may help both bees and beekeep...

Delete your account: leaving Facebook can make you happier, study finds

New study from Stanford and NYU finds logging off causes 'small but significant improvements in wellbeing'

Last week's Uplifting News 
Sometimes it can feel like the news is all doom and gloom, so we're highlighting the most positive and uplifting news stories relating to sustainability, social justice and the environment each Monday for a little #MondayMotivation

Waitrose to invest £1m in innovative projects tackling plastic waste

Retailer Waitrose & Partners has today (28 January) launched a new £1m grant scheme which will funnel investment into projects and products aimed at tackling the global plastic pollution problem.

Campaign launched to curb the waste of 1.2bn UK bread crusts

Keep Britain Tidy workshops will demonstrate how to use leftover bread in cooking

The WWF backs blockchain to unpick messy food supply chains

You've heard of farm to table, but what about source to table? In a bid to improve the traceability of supply chains around the world, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has put its considerable weight behind a blockchain-based platform, called OpenSC, that can follow a fish caught in sub-Antarctic waters right from the moment it's caught to the moment it lands on your plate.

Veganuary ends on record high with 250,000 participants

Pledges for 2019 plant-based campaign exceeded those in previous four years combined

The Real Junk Food Project turns supermarket waste into tasty meals

London cafes bring people together while tackling the UK's food waste problem

EU proposes ban on 90% of microplastic pollutants

European Chemicals Agency draft law aims to cut 400,000 tonnes of plastic pollution

1st February 2019

In the news today: 30% of Earth needs protection by 2030 to safeguard biodiversity, slow extinctions, and help maintain a steady climate; new research finds that the killing of native people during colonisation indirectly contributed to a colder period; and in Bangkok schools close over air pollution concerns.

To keep the planet flourishing, 30% of Earth needs protection by 2030

This story was produced in partnership with the National Geographic Society. In a joint statememt posted online in December, some of the world's largest conservation organizations called for 30 percent of the planet to be managed for nature by 2030-and for half the planet to be protected by 2050.

European colonization of Americas helped cause climate change

Research finds killing of native people indirectly contributed to a colder period by causing deaths of around 56 million by 1600

Bangkok Schools Closed Over Air Pollution Concerns

BANGKOK - More than 400 schools in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, were shut for the rest of the week Wednesday due to increasing concern over dangerously unhealthy air pollution. Faced with public discontent as well as a possible health crisis, Police Gen.

pakistan has harvested its first ever organic cotton bale

News / News / Pakistan harvests its first organic cotton RAHIM YAR KHAN - Pakistan this week saw the harvesting of its first organic cotton bale in the province of Balochistan in the south west of the country. The positive development has come about thanks to a partnership between C&A Foundation, WWF-Pakistan and the Agriculture Extension Department (AED) of Balochistan.

Opinion | Bolsonaro Wants to Plunder the Amazon. Don't Let Him.

The Brazilian president's pro-business agenda will be a test of American companies' commitment to the environment. By Leila Salazar-López Ms. Salazar-López is a defender of the Amazon rain forest. The rise of President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil has put the environment and human rights in peril.

Is the beauty industry doing enough to tackle plastic pollution?

The beauty industry is often portrayed as a glittering, glamorous world of lotions, potions and brightly coloured bottles on bathroom shelves... but it has an ugly side. Last year, Zero Waste Week, an annual awareness campaign, reported that more than 120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry, most of which are not recyclable.

How anxious thoughts affect your sleep

Anxious thoughts are one of the enemies of a restorative sleep. They're also incredibly common. In fact, The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that 68% of people wake up worrying about work, money, children and relationships several nights a week.

How the polar vortex created record subzero temperatures in the Midwest

If reading winter forecasts doesn't send a chill down your spine, stepping outside will. In some regions of the country, temperatures are dropping below freezing, and some portions of the Midwest are experiencing temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and a mind-blowing wind chill of 75 degrees below zero thanks to the polar vortex.

Eco-Age sbarca in Italia - VanityFair.it

L'agenzia di consulenza e comunicazione fondata da Livia Firth, che supporta i brand internazionali nel loro percorso verso l'etica e l'ecosostenibilità, apre una nuova sede a Milano

Freida Pinto On Life In Hollywood Post-Me Too

By the time Freida Pinto and I collect our lemon ginger teas from a coffee shop in the leafy Hancock Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles, the table we had been eyeing outside has been taken. Pinto turns to me and says, "Let's go," then dashes across Larchmont Boulevard and slips into a nearby cafe, hoping no one will notice that we BYO'd.

This Tech Tool Could Push Inclusive Sizing Forward

Could 2019 be the year size inclusivity reaches a tipping point? Gabrielle Chou certainly thinks so. The Allure Systems chief executive has some skin in the game; the company she founded in 2017 helps fashion brands and apparel retailers affordably render styles on diverse models ranging from petite to plus.

Inventories at H&M up 12% to US$4.1bn

News / News / Inventories at H&M up 12% to US$4.1bn STOCKHOLM - Swedish fast fashion giant H&M is sat on US$4.1bn of unsold stock, with inventories up 12 per cent over 12 months. The annual report of the world's second largest fashion retailer shows pre-tax profit from September through November shrank for the sixth straight quarter to 4.4 billion crowns (US$482m) on a year-on-year basis.

The women at the forefront of sustainable fashion

The concept of sustainable fashion has only recently made its way into mainstream media, alerting people to the toxic repercussions of their spending. Attention has been drawn through the pioneering actions of various women who are determined to alter the catastrophic effects of fast fashion by simply advocating the benefits of sustainable production and shopping.

Vegan fashion versus sustainable fashion

Producing vegan fashion can be just as harmful to the natural environment as traditional fashion.

9 Sustainable Clothing Brands That Are On The More Affordable Side

It's hard to argue against the moral appeal of sustainable and ethical fashion. Who doesn't want to protect our planet for generations to come? But unfortunately, sustainable fashion often comes with a big price tag, forcing us to weigh our ethics against our wallets.

Big Retail Brands Are Waking Up To Ethical Fashion

Today, J.Crew and Madewell are launching their first round of Fair Trade certified products, indicating that even the big shopping mall brands are beginning to think more deeply about their production process. In their debut Fair Trade collections, J.Crew is launching 18 styles of denim and Madewell added 16 styles, across men's and women's denim.

UK enquiry singles out sustainability laggards

News / News / UK enquiry singles out sustainability laggards LONDON - A UK Parliamentary enquiry has singled out major fashion retailers failing to promote environmental sustainability or protect their workers.

31st January 2019

In the news today: H&M hires Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie; China’s coal plants haven’t cut Methane emissions as required; and the EU proposes a ban on 90% of microplastic pollutants.

H&M Hires Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Christopher Wylie

Christopher Wylie speaks on stage during #BoFVOICES | Source: Getty Images for The Business of Fashion By Bloomberg January 30, 2019 10:57 STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Hennes & Mauritz has hired Christopher Wylie, the whisteblower who exposed the Cambridge Analytica scandal, to help as the Swedish fashion retailer turns to data analytics and artificial intelligence to better understand what its customers want.

China's Coal Plants Haven't Cut Methane Emissions as Required, Study Finds

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd: , our email newsletter. China, the world's coal juggernaut, has continued to produce more methane emissions from its coal mines despite its pledge to curb the planet-warming pollutant, according to new research.

EU proposes ban on 90% of microplastic pollutants

European Chemicals Agency draft law aims to cut 400,000 tonnes of plastic pollution

Home textiles giant IKEA receives Davos circularity award

ALMHULT - Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA has been recognised with an award for its commitment to circularity at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. IKEA has been selected as the winner of the Accenture Strategy Award for Circular ...

Could a superplant save the planet?

On a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Salk Institute stands like a concrete temple: an open courtyard facing the sea, flanked by two rows of buildings. The California campus, designed by Louis Kahn in the early 1960s, is one of the most celebrated examples of modernist architecture in the world.

When farmers go vegan: the science behind changing your mind

A farmer recently took his lambs to a sanctuary instead of the slaughter - and these sudden turnarounds are not uncommon

Veganuary ends on record high with 250,000 participants

Pledges for 2019 plant-based campaign exceeded those in previous four years combined

The WWF backs blockchain to unpick messy food supply chains

You've heard of farm to table, but what about source to table? In a bid to improve the traceability of supply chains around the world, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has put its considerable weight behind a blockchain-based platform, called OpenSC, that can follow a fish caught in sub-Antarctic waters right from the moment it's caught to the moment it lands on your plate.

Fast fashion firms 'shocking' on ethics

Fashion retailers JD Sports, Sports Direct and Boohoo, are "failing to commit" to reducing their environmental and social impact, MPs say. Amazon, TK Maxx and Missguided were also described by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) as being among the "least engaged" in sustainable fashion and labour market initiatives.

MoU signals green finance for Myanmar garment sector

YANGON - A MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) has been signed by SMART Myanmar and AYA Bank in order to facilitate green finance in Myanmar's garment sector, increasing factories' access to funding for environmentally sustainable and energy saving imp...

Asics to Turn Recycled Clothing into Japan's Olympic Uniforms

Dressing athletes is a sport unto itself and Asics, for one, wants to make it a team effort. The Japanese sportswear brand announced last week that it'll be recycling clothing, gathered from the general public, to manufacture uniforms for Japan's Olympic and Paralympic teams in time for next year's games in Tokyo.

Veja's New Vegan Leather Sneaker Was Made From Corn

Veja's new "Campo" sneaker drop doesn't have a big name athlete or entertainer attached to its marketing, but it does have a new type of raw material: corn. The shoe's upper fabric is made with vegan leather produced from canvas and corn-and Veja says it's the first time the material has ever been used in...

Six UK fashion retailers fail to cotton on to sustainability

Audit committee singles out firms who take no action to reduce impact on environment

'Welcome to my high-fashion, trash shopping mall'

Anna Bergstrom had a dilemma. She loved the glitzy world of high fashion, but had also come to feel that it was unsustainable and bad for the planet. She's now found peace of mind by running a stylish shopping mall in Sweden, where everything is second-hand. "Do you notice the smell?"

Death of the private self: how fifteen years of Facebook changed the human condition

In 2004, the social network site was set up to connect people. But now, with lives increasingly played out online, have we forgotten how to be alone?

30th January 2019

In the news today: Air pollution has been linked to teenage mental health in a new study; Samsung is ditching plastic packaging; and Investors urge KFC, McDonald's and Burger King to cut their emissions.

Air pollution and teenage mental health linked in study

Young people more likely to have depression at 18 if exposed to dirtier air at age 12

Samsung is ditching plastic packaging

Samsung Electronics said Sunday it will replace plastic packaging used for its bevy of products - from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances and wearables - with paper and other environmentally sustainable materials like recycled/bio-based plastics. Samsung will start making the ...

Investors urge KFC, McDonald's and Burger King to cut emissions

Coalition worth $6.5tn challenge fast food chains over lack of low-carbon plan

Striking photos reveal plastic and plankton side-by-side

This article was created in partnership with the National Geographic Society. Converging currents at the surface of the ocean create some of the best places to find life. It's there that tiny plankton hang out-and where plankton float, hungry fish follow. It's also there that researchers are finding a new, and now ubiquitous, ocean resident- plastic.

The miracle method for sustainable rice that scientists dismissed | John Vidal

A technique developed by a Jesuit priest is producing bigger harvests - and reducing emissions of a crop responsible for 1.5% of greenhouse gases

The rise in vegan property: how to make a £5m penthouse that's ethical and elite

The Marquis House penthouse at Sovereign Court, the pinnacle of a new Berkeley St George development in Hammersmith, comes fully dressed with all the luxuriance you might expect of a West London show flat that costs £4.95m. The difference is, this property is vegan.

Kate Middleton Just Invented the 7-Year Challenge With an Outfit Repeat

While the rest of the world has sufficiently participated in the 10-year-challenge, Kate Middleton just gave her entry for the 7-year-challenge without as much as trying. The Duchess of Cambridge ended repeated a look from 2012 when she headed to Dundee, Scotland to celebrate the opening of Victoria & Albert Museum there, for which she is a patron.

Paris is aiming to be the sustainable fashion capital of the world

The city of Paris has announced official plans to become the most sustainable fashion capital by 2024. The initiative, entitled 'Paris Good Fashion' will aim to push the fashion industry towards using more sustainable practices, reports. The process will be carried out through three themes: improving sourcing and traceability, working on making processes more sustainable (including Paris Fashion Week) and creating a circular economy.

Toms Joins Ranks as a Certified B Corp

Toms, the philanthropic for-profit brand that built an empire on giving away shoes for every pair sold, announced Wednesday its newly minted status as a certified B Corp, or benefit corporation. The designation, which has been described as akin to the Fair Trade label, but for an entire company instead of just a bag of...

Fashionista's New Survey Suggests That Bullying Is Still Alive and Well in the Fashion Industry

Have you ever had a coworker exclude you from a party or meeting in a way that reminded you distinctly of high school? What about a boss who used public humiliation as a way to punish employees?

'Just how positive IS the body positivity movement?', asks Charli Howard as she reveals she's been slammed for supporting it

My relationship with my body has never been smooth sailing. I've been everything from a UK size 6 (probably bordering on a 4 at some points) to a size 14; curvaceous to rail thin and everything in between.

Moving Supply Chains Out of China Isn't So Easy

There has been a lot of recent buzz about companies relocating sourcing or manufacturing out of China -and it's easy to understand why. Supply chains are running at full steam as the economy is booming in parts of the world, while in other parts of the world, economies are taking a hit from obstacles to open commerce and trade.

J.Crew Taps Everlane Denim Supplier For New Fair Trade Collection

The J.Crew Group on Tuesday announced a long-term commitment to working with Fair Trade USA, starting with a new Fair Trade Certified collection as part of the mission of its Madewell and J.Crew brands to introduce more sustainable product, and create a supply chain that puts workers first.

29 January 2019

In the news today: The EU confirmed a provisional agreement to introduce restrictions on certain single-use plastic products; Brazil's deadly mining disaster has vast ecological repercussions; and the UK launches a campaign to curb the waste of 1.2 billion bread crusts.

The End Of Plastic Cutlery, Plates And Straws: EU Market Says Goodbye To Single-Use Plastic Products

Europe wants to lead the fight against plastic pollution. On January 18th EU countries confirmed the provisional agreement on a new directive to introduce restrictions on certain single-use plastic products. In 2021 EU citizens will say goodbye to plastic cutlery, plates, and straws, among others...

'The river is dying': the vast ecological cost of Brazil's mining disasters

Water resources are tapped with often reckless abandon and poor regulation. And it looks set to go on under new president

Campaign launched to curb the waste of 1.2bn UK bread crusts

Keep Britain Tidy workshops will demonstrate how to use leftover bread in cooking

WTO Is Said to Launch Investigation Into Trump's China Tariffs

The World Trade Organization launched an investigation into President Donald Trump's tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods, ratcheting up tensions as the two nations are set to begin a new round of trade talks, according to an official with knowledge of the probe. The Geneva-based arbiter of trade disputes on Monday began an inquiry...

Investors should fire directors who fail to act on climate change

Investors have started to call loudly for action on climate change, but few are following up their words adequately with deeds. More specifically, very few shareholders are voting against directors at companies that have shown themselves to be either oblivious or dismissive of climate risks.

Balenciaga, Farfetch Partner on Exclusive Capsule Championing Species Conservation

CALL OF THE WILD: Balenciaga and Farfetch are teaming for an exclusive capsule collection for women, men and kids, which is championing species conservation. The limited edition is leather, fur and down-free and will launch globally on Tuesday.

Why Levi's Is Moving its Worker Well-Being Program to Blockchain

Levi Strauss & Co. is building on its three-year-old worker well-being program, underpinning new efforts with blockchain in order to enhance trust and transparency and reduce the time from data collection to review and response.

Judge Approves Settlement for New Balance's 'Made in the USA' Sneakers

New Balance might have to pay for those shoes that weren't made in America. A California federal judge gave the green light to a preliminary approval of a settlement between the activewear company and a group of California consumers who accused New Balance Athletics of selling sneakers marketed as "Made in the USA."

Paris AW19 menswear round-up: Suits, sustainability and satins - the makings of a revolution

"Perverse poshness" was the phrase that Clare Waight Keller, artistic director at Givenchy, used to describe her tailoring-heavy AW19 menswear collection. Bar the twee alliteration, it smacked the nail on the head as to what this men's season was about - an interplay between two distinct, opposing ideas, generally isolated, occasionally crossed over.

Asics aims to make Olympic rings more circular

KOBE - Sportswear firm Asics is seeking used garment donations after it announced that it will manufacture the Japanese Olympic and Paralympic teams' official apparel from recycled clothing for the nation's home games in 2020. In the run-up to next y...

28th January 2019

In the news today: Germany lays out a path to quit coal by 2038; KFC pledges to remove all single-use plastic packaging by 2025; and Cod stocks are on course to crash if ocean warming continues.

Germany Lays Out a Path to Quit Coal by 2038

BERLIN - Germany will spend tens of billions of dollars to end its use of coal power within two decades, if a plan agreed to early Saturday by representatives of the power industry, environmental movement, miners and local interest groups becomes official policy.

KFC pledges to remove all single-use plastic packaging by 2025

Fast food chain KFC has pledged to remove all single-use plastic items from its range of consumer-facing packaging by 2025, in a bid to minimise its waste output. The commitment, which covers KFC's 135 global markets, will see the company re-design the majority of its own-brand packaging lines to be recyclable, reusable or compostable over the next six years.

Cod stocks on course to crash if ocean warming continues

Barents Sea is key source of UK cod imports and could see temperature rises of over 6C

Real Junk Food Project turns supermarket waste into tasty meals

London cafes bring people together while tackling the UK's food waste problem

Waitrose to invest £1m in innovative projects tackling plastic waste

Retailer Waitrose & Partners has today (28 January) launched a new £1m grant scheme which will funnel investment into projects and products aimed at tackling the global plastic pollution problem.

Crimes against nature: how greed fuels illegal trade in animal parts

Scotland Yard's small wildlife unit opens its store of raided treasures for the first time

Morrisons hikes price of long-life plastic bags to 15p

Morrisons is hiking the price of long-life plastic bags to 15p and introducing a paper version costing 20p as part of a trial. The supermarket said the eight-week trial at eight stores is in response to customers saying that reducing plastic is their top environmental concern.

Vale under scrutiny after second mine disaster in Brazil

The dam accident that has claimed the lives of at least 58 people is a huge blow to Brazil's Vale, the world's biggest producer of steelmaking ingredient iron ore, and its chief executive Fabio Schvartsman.

Calvin Klein introduces recycling label

Calvin Klein has hopped on the bandwagon of fashion brands looking to get more eco-friendly. Their products will now feature an instruction label on how to recycle the packaging. The brand's parent company PVH Corp. has partnered with How2Recycle, a company that focuses on creating labels for recycling purposes.

Trust Me-I'm an Editor: The Best 3 Places to Shop for Vegan Leather Boots

As fashion editors, unsurprisingly, we're the go-to sources of information for our friends and family when it comes to anything style-related. Whether it's a dress for a big date or simply the perfect white tee, we've addressed every question you could imagine.

The sustainable skills challenge

Sustainability proved to be one of the key trends sweeping the UK fashion industry last year, and the vogue for eco-friendly fashion looks set to last, as retailers and brands face increasing pressure from both customers and the government to ensure their green credentials are up to scratch.

The Next Stage in Sustainability Takes on Social Impact and Change

The fashion industry has largely embraced sustainable manufacturing methods and materials in the last decade, and now the sector's moving to the next stage in its development: addressing social change. In a panel discussion on "Beyond Textiles: The Social Impact of Sustainability" at Texworld USA Tuesday, executives noted that as the fashion industry evolves and...

LVMH Invests in Gabriela Hearst's 'Luxury with a Conscience'

Gabriela Hearst has joined the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton family. Hearst's four-year-old eponymous brand announced last week that it has received a minority investment from LVMH Luxury Ventures, a subgroup of the French multinational luxury conglomerate that invests in emerging fashion, cosmetics or accessories companies with sales of between 2 million and 5 million...

Last week's Uplifting News 
Sometimes it can feel like the news is all doom and gloom, so we're highlighting the most positive and uplifting news stories relating to sustainability, social justice and the environment each Monday for a little #MondayMotivation

Yalitza Aparicio Is the Oscars' First Indigenous Mexican Actress Nominee

Yalitza Aparicio had just finished her teaching degree and didn't yet have a job when the Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón held a casting call in her home of Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, for the lead role in his semi-autobiographical drama, "Roma."

Isle of Arran is Scotland's first plastic-free community

The Isle of Arran has become the first community in Scotland to achieve Surfers Against Sewage's Plastic Free Communities status. The accrediation was given in recognition of the island's work to start reducing the impact of single-use plastic on the environment.

How tech giants are using AI, facial recognition and drones to tackle the illegal wildlife trade

For lovers of wildlife documentaries, the hidden camera has been providing stunning images of animals up close to wow viewers. In the BBC's Dynasties, a well-placed motion detection camera at a watering hole picked up the unique moment of a male tiger meeting his baby cub for the first time.

Adidas pledges to make more shoes using recycled plastic waste in 2019

It looks like reducing plastic waste is the cause closest to Adidas' heart. The sportswear brand announced ambitious plans to increase the production of shoes containing recycled plastic waste from five million pairs in 2018 to eleven million pairs in 2019.

Google launches clean energy project in Taiwan, its first in Asia

Google has launched its first clean energy project in Asia. The company announced today that it struck a long-term agreement to buy the output of a 10-megawatt solar array in Tainan City, Taiwan, about 100 km south of its data center in the country. Google already has solar and wind projects across...

Double amputee Iraq War veteran finds peace in yoga

In 2004, Dan Nevins was deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army. After nearly a year of fighting overseas, Dan's life nearly ended in tragedy. He became a double amputee and life as he knew it changed forever. Then, he found a new source of strength and purpose.

 

25th January 2019

In the news today: British clothing manufacturers have been forced to pay £90,000 to employees for exploitation; Arctic glaciers are smaller than ever before in human history; and Australia is facing droughts and heatwaves as rivers run dry. 

Exploitation 'rife' in UK textile industry

British clothing manufacturers have been forced to pay almost £90,000 to employees for non-payment of the minimum wage. An HM Revenue & Customs investigation found that over a six-year period 126 garment workers were paid wage arrears. MP Mary Creagh, who reviewed the HMRC data, said it showed exploitation in the industry was still "rife".

These Arctic glaciers are smaller than ever before in human history

The glaciers on Baffin Island, high in the Canadian Arctic, have been shrinking as the climate warms. As they melt and recede, these glaciers have exposed fragments of ancient plants-frozen into the exact spots where they once grew-that haven't seen the light of day for at least 40,000 years, new research published Friday in Nature Communications suggests.

When the river runs dry: the Australian towns facing heatwave and drought

Usually rivers provide relief from the searing summer heat, but this year water mismanagement and drought combined to create an outback disaster

Why a Border Wall Could Mean Trouble for Wildlife

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd: , our email newsletter. As the fight continues over President Trump's demand to extend the border wall between the United States and Mexico, one thing is clear: Whatever the wall's effect on immigration might be, it would have an impact on the environment of the borderlands.

5 key environmental impacts of the government shutdown

As President Donald Trump and Congress continue to wrangle over funding for a border wall and the overall 2019 budget, the federal government remains shutdown since December 22, 2018, making it the longest furlough of large numbers of government employees in U.S. history.

As Climate Warms, Plants Will Absorb Less CO₂, Study Finds

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd: , our email newsletter. The last time the atmosphere contained as much carbon dioxide as it does now, birdlike dinosaurs roamed what was then a verdant landscape. The earth's lushness was at least partly caused by the abundance of CO₂, which plants use for photosynthesis.

US off track to reach climate goals as oil and gas production expand

US will become increasingly reliant on natural gas and could become a net energy exporter by next year

Adidas pledges to make more shoes using recycled plastic waste in 2019

It looks like reducing plastic waste is the cause closest to Adidas' heart. The sportswear brand announced ambitious plans to increase the production of shoes containing recycled plastic waste from five million pairs in 2018 to eleven million pairs in 2019.

School strikes over climate change continue to snowball

Number of students skipping school in protests inspired by Greta Thunberg, 16, reaches record numbers around world

Google launches clean energy project in Taiwan, its first in Asia

Google has launched its first clean energy project in Asia. The company announced today that it struck a long-term agreement to buy the output of a 10-megawatt solar array in Tainan City, Taiwan, about 100 km south of its data center in the country. Google already has solar and wind projects across...

Wardrobe Is the New Fashion App That Just Might Save the Planet

Entrepreneur Adarsh Alphons made a name for himself when he founded ProjectArt, the largest free art school for children in the United States, working with underserved communities. Now he is turning his passion for social impact to the world of fashion. His idea? Wardrobe - a platform that allows people to rent out their own clothes.

Tycoon of the Pre-Owned

Can Silicon Valley survivor Julie Wainwright's luxury consignment company, the RealReal, save retail? BRISBANE, Calif. - Here is where high-end Marie-Kondo'd clothes go now - not to die, but to enter their collective half-life, in a chilly 200,000-square-foot warehouse about eight miles south of San Francisco.

24th January 2019

In the news today: The US Supreme Court allows Trump to ban transgender people from the military; a coalition of major companies trial reusable packaging for online orders; and celebrities call on Japan to scrap resumption of whaling. 

Trump's Transgender Military Ban and Lessons from a Lifetime of Gender-Policing

Last week, I was in a bathroom in a café in Miami Beach. The café had two separate bathrooms, each with a toilet, a sink, and a locking door. One was marked "Women" and the other "Men." I went into the women's room, as I usually do.

Coalition of major companies trial reusable packaging for online orders

Under Loop scheme, durable containers will be delivered instead of single-use packaging

Celebrities call on Japan to scrap resumption of whaling

Letter to Shinzō Abe signed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Fry attacks decision to leave IWC

Prince William Had a Private Chat with Al Gore About the State of the Planet

Prince William is in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, where he interviewed his grandmother's friend David Attenborough onstage about how to care for and make necessary change on the planet. But he also had a less public meeting on the same topic with former vice president reports CNBC.

Redefining globalisation on the slippery slopes of Davos

Though the snows of Davos may obscure their view, the political and business elite attending 2019's World Economic Forum clearly need some visionary thinking. Gone are the days when the annual shindig in the Swiss mountain resort was a chance for self-congratulation.

Why cold weather doesn't mean climate change is fake

A record-breaking cold snap is relentlessly descending on parts of the U.S. this month. It spawned from a split polar vortex that sent cold, Arctic air across the continent. In a time when climate change is discussed in the context of record highs, droughts, and wildfires, cold weather and blizzards can seem out of place.

£14 can go a long way in Bangladesh | Letters

Letters: Meghnad Desai and Richard Horrocks say Guardian readers shouldn't be angry at 'poverty wages' being paid to Bangladeshi workers, but Sue Simmons says we delude ourselves that we can buy clothing for almost nothing

Rent the Runway's New Line of Exclusives Will Be Designed Using its Own Shoppers' Preferences

Rent the Runway, a fashion rental service which provides its subscribers freedom from stuffing their closets while still enjoying a rotating cast of high-end designer clothing for a fraction of the retail price, is now working with a group of private designers to create new collections that will cater directly to its existing shoppers by...

Diet Prada, Estée Laundry and the Rise of Watchdog Culture: Harmful or Helpful?

NEW YORK, United States - You just can't trust the media anymore. At least that's according to Ellory Camejo, a 22-year-old student studying fashion design at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. Her scepticism about traditional media outlets has driven her to rely on Instagram account Diet Prada for her fashion news.

Anna Wintour 'alarmed' by Scott Morrison's 'backward' record on LGBTQ rights

Vogue editor-in-chief, speaking at Australian Open event, also slams Margaret Court's opposition to same-sex marriage

Why breathing therapy could be key to your wellbeing

National Magazine Company Breathing: it should be the most natural thing in the world. We do it without thinking, some 20,000 times a day. And from their very first gasp, babies respire as nature intended, ribs expanding, torso rising and falling.

23rd January 2019

In the news today: A new Thinktank analysis warns of lack of progress on 2020 global emissions target; meanwhile the UK has the biggest fossil fuel subsidies in the EU; and Cambodia faces trade sanctions from the European Union as a result of alleged human-rights violations.

Trump military transgender ban goes ahead

The United States Supreme Court has allowed President Donald Trump to enforce his policy of banning certain transgender people from the military. The court voted 5-4 to grant a Trump administration request to lift injunctions blocking the policy while challenges continue in lower courts. The four liberal judges on the court opposed the ruling.

UK has biggest fossil fuel subsidies in the EU, finds commission

Subsidies for coal, oil and gas are not falling despite EU pledges to tackle climate change

Analysis warns of lack of progress on 2020 global emissions target

Thinktank says not enough is being done to cut coal burning and end fossil fuel subsidies

Cambodia Faces Next Trade-Sanctions Move by the European Union

The European Union moved closer to imposing trade sanctions against Cambodia as a result of alleged human-rights violations in the country. The European Commission in Brussels has asked EU national governments to give the green light by Jan. 29 for suspending a policy that lets Cambodia export all goods except weapons duty-free and quota-free to...

These Women Make Your Zara Jeans. Now, They're Demanding to Be Paid Fairly.

"Please don't cut off my hair," Bobita sobbed to the attending doctor in the emergency ward of the Centre for Women and Children Health hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as he prepared to stitch up the gaping wound at the back of her head.

Making the Business Case for Sustainability

DAVOS, Switzerland - Worrying about the climate is hot right now. So much so that the subject is front and centre at the World Economic Forum's annual Davos gathering.

Shocking pictures show dead horses at dried-up waterhole in central Australia

Deaths of about 40 horses discovered near Santa Teresa blamed on extreme weather conditions

Kering Named Second Most Sustainable Global Corporation

GREEN GIANT: Kering has been ranked as the second most sustainable company in the world across all industries in Corporate Knights Global 100 Index unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Davos today, rocketing up from 47 th place just a year ago.

The Most Sustainable Companies In 2019

As political and business leaders gather for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week, a roster of the most sustainable companies is also enjoying a moment in the spotlight. The list, the Global 100, ranks large corporations across the globe on their performance reducing carbon and waste, their gender diversity among leadership, revenues derived from clean products, and overall sustainability.

Think Tank: Making Sustainability the 'New Normal' in Fashion

Editor's note: The Global Fashion Agenda is spearheading the fashion industry's journey toward a more sustainable future and is behind the Copenhagen Fashion Summit and the annual Pulse of the Fashion Industry report in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group.

Chief, a New Women's Club and Network, Wants to Destroy the Glass Cliff

In the U.S., women hold 6.9 percent of chief executive roles. As of now, it could take more than 200 years to reach gender pay parity. And at the top levels of business, the data continues to be stark.

Brands Striving to be Circular Need to Balance Sustainability and Aesthetics

For companies on a mission to be true participants in the circular economy, the challenges of getting and staying on that path are many. Foremost is communicating that brand identity to consumers, but sourcing the right materials while maintaining quality and performance, follow right behind.

22nd January 2019

In the news today: Greenland's ice is melting four times faster than we thought; meanwhile further south in northern Ethiopia, authorities and local communities are partnering to save the >5% of forests that remain; and in Dhaka the decision regarding the future of the Bangladesh Accord has been delayed for another month. 

Greenland's ice is melting four times faster than thought-what it means

A new study warns that Greenland's ice is melting faster than scientists previously thought. But perhaps the biggest surprise is that most of this ice loss is from the land-fast ice sheet itself, not Greenland's glaciers.

Bangladesh Accord decision delayed another month

News / News / Bangladesh Accord decision delayed another month DHAKA - A decision on the future continuation of the Bangladesh Accord has been delayed - for a 6 th time - to 18 February. The ruling was passed by a four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain.

These "church forests" protect Ethiopia's fragile landscapes

When Alemayehu Wassie Eshete was a boy, he went to church each Sunday. He would make his way along the dry, dusty roads between the wheat fields in his home province in northern Ethiopia. At the end of the trip was the prize: a literal step into another world.

Patagonia on track to be carbon neutral by 2025

Patagonia has underscored its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2025 when the company will have a fully sustainable production cycle. The news was confirmed by Patagonia ceo Rose Marcario at the 2019 edition of the America's National Retail Federation's annual Big Show & Expo.

fashion icon Katharine Hamnett wants fashion regulation

News / News / Katharine Hamnett calls for regulation to drive sustainable change LONDON - Fashion icon Katharine Hamnett claims most apparel brands are unwilling to fully embrace sustainability because it will impact bottom line profits. The British designer and fashion pioneer has consequently called on legislation as a means of, "forcing the industry to change in line with consumer expectations and environmental necessity."

American photographer Bruce Weber faces new accusations of harassment

American fashion photographer Bruce Weber, who was accused of sexual harassment by a former model last year, faced five more accusations on Friday. Weber, who worked for Vogue and helped forge the image of such brands as Calvin Klein, Ralph

Renew by Eileen Fisher Aims for 100 Percent Garment Recycling

Renew by Eileen Fisher might just be the gold standard in recycling and upcycling of apparel. The line's designer, Carmen Gama, told a Smart Talks audience at Premiere Vision on Wednesday that the regenerative Renew by Eileen Fisher brand has taken back over 1 million garments and done over $10 million in sales since it..

Chilling Davos: A Bleak Warning on Global Division and Debt

DealBook DAVOS, Switzerland - As business and political leaders arrive in the Swiss Alps for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, a surprisingly alarming letter from an influential investor who studiously eschews attention has already emerged as a talking point. The letter, written by Seth A.

The new elite's phoney crusade to save the world - without changing anything

The long read: Today's titans of tech and finance want to solve the world's problems, as long as the solutions never, ever threaten their own wealth and power

Labor promises to 'supercharge' hydrogen industry as green groups say 'no role for coal'

Labor would allocate $1bn from Clean Energy Finance Corporation and invest up to $90m from Arena

21st January 2019

In the news today: The Spice Girls charity T-shirts that raise money for Comic Relief are made by workers paid 35p an hour; meanwhile Patagonia's CEO says that the outdoor apparel brand's approach to saving the planet has been good for business; and in other news, Oxfam calls for a 1% wealth tax to help educate children who are not in school. 

Revealed: Spice Girls T-shirts made in factory paying staff 35p an hour

Workers producing tops sold to raise money for Comic Relief receive far below a living wage

Patagonia's CEO on How Saving the Planet Has Been Good for Business

Patagonia may technically be an outdoor apparel company, but in the past few years, it's cemented itself in the public imagination as a whole lot more.

Stella McCartney on the Importance of Sustainability in Fashion

Stella McCartney is barefoot and insouciant in an Alter Nappa (aka faux leather) dress in Prussian blue from her FW18 collection. She's a great advertisement for her own brand, one that merges the masculine and ultra-feminine into a narrative of imperturbable cool.

Stories the Fashion Media Won't Tell

Twelve days ago, 50,000 garment workers in Bangladesh began a series of demonstrations in and around Dhaka to demand higher wages. For nearly two weeks, they've been blocking roads, burning tires, and shutting down factories. Women workers are confronting a multibillion-dollar fashion industry, their abusive and mostly male bosses, and bad-faith trade deals that benefit Western countries and corporations at their expense.

Founders of plastic waste alliance 'investing billions in new plants'

European NGO says firms are likely to be at centre of global boom in plastic production

Human Sustainability at Junya Watanabe

By Tim Blanks January 20, 2019 23:34 PARIS, France - The search for sustainability is understandably fashion's obsession. It's one of the most significant ways that the industry can hang on to any kind of relevance. But Junya Watanabe approached the issue from his own point of view with his latest men's presentation.

How to stop the climate crisis: six lessons from the campaign that saved the ozone

Thirty years ago, all 197 countries got together to ban the gases damaging the Earth's ozone layer. Now we need to unite to combat an even greater threat. What can we learn from 1989?

World's 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam

Charity calls for 1% wealth tax, saying it would raise enough to educate every child not in school

Kering report ties Planetary Boundaries to business

CAMBRIDGE - The first in a series of reports by luxury group Kering and the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability has linked the Planetary Boundaries framework to business, seeking to explore how it can help inform decision-making on e...

Pollution makes Delhi a gas chamber, say judges

Delhi has become a "gas chamber" with pollution so dangerous that it is best to avoid living there, according to two judges on India's supreme court.Air pollution has soared to hazardous levels over recent days, bringing renewed finger-pointing among rival politicians over who is to blame.At a sup

Tommy Hilfiger to Introduce Sustainable Denim Jeans

Tommy is turning his attention to sustainable denim. For spring, Tommy Hilfiger's Tommy Jeans division will begin introducing models made with 100 percent recycled cotton. The sewing thread will be made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles, buttons will come from deadstock and hangtags will consist of recycled paper.

Last week's Uplifting News 
 

Sometimes it can feel like the news is all doom and gloom, so we're highlighting the most positive and uplifting news stories relating to sustainability, social justice and the environment each Monday for a little #MondayMotivation

Nepal's Tiger Population Nearly Doubles in Last Decade

Scientists estimate there are now 235 wild bengal tigers in Nepal, a huge leap from 2009, when there were only about 120 of the endangered animals. In just the last four years, the population jumped nearly 20 percent, up from 198 of the animals, according to analysis performed by Nepal's Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, along with conservation groups including Panthera and the Zoological Society of London.

World's 'loneliest' frog gets a date

A frog believed to be the last of his kind in the world has been granted a reprieve from solitude. Romeo, known as the world's loneliest frog, has spent 10 years in isolation at an aquarium in Bolivia. Scientists say they have found him a Juliet after an expedition to a remote Bolivian cloud forest.

Lush to open first plastic packaging-free store in UK

Beauty brand Lush is set to open its first 'Naked' store in the UK in Manchester later this week, which will entirely void of any plastic packaging. The retailer famed for its brightly-coloured bath bombs, will be highlighting plastic packa

Two New Jaguars Join the Wildlife Reintroduction Project in Iberá National Park

Two female jaguars, each less than two years old, are being incorporated into the Jaguar Reintroduction Project based in Iberá Park and led by The Conservation Land Trust (CLT)-founded by Tompkins Conservation-and the government of Corrientes Province, Argentina.

UK's first contact lens recycling scheme launches

Wearers of any brand of soft lens can now have them collected or drop them off at recycling bins

18th January 2019

In the news today: Glaciers are retreating, which means less water for people and crops in the future, prompting economic questions about just how extreme weather will become; meanwhile tech giants are using AI, facial recognition and drones to tackle illegal wildlife trade. 

Glaciers Are Retreating. Millions Rely on Their Water.

On a summer day in the mountains high above Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city, the Tuyuksu glacier is melting like mad. Rivulets of water stream down the glacier's thin leading edge. As she has for nearly two decades, Maria Shahgedanova, a glaciologist at the University of Reading in England, has come here to check on the Tuyuksu.

How tech giants are using AI, facial recognition and drones to tackle the illegal wildlife trade

For lovers of wildlife documentaries, the hidden camera has been providing stunning images of animals up close to wow viewers. In the BBC's Dynasties, a well-placed motion detection camera at a watering hole picked up the unique moment of a male tiger meeting his baby cub for the first time.

Climate Change's Giant Impact on the Economy: 4 Key Issues

Many of the big economic questions in coming decades will come down to just how extreme the weather will be, and how to value the future versus the present. By now, it's clear that climate change poses environmental risks beyond anything seen in the modern age.

Gabriela Hearst On Dressing Meghan And How To Be More Green-Minded

What a week it's been for Gabriela Hearst. Matchesfashion.com launched an exclusive collection comprising some of the designer's greatest hits; LVMH invested a minority stake in her brand; and the Duchess of Sussex was photographed carrying the cult Nina bag yet again.

Sustainable Fashion Hubs Rise in Hong Kong and Taipei

Hello BoF Professionals, welcome to our latest members-only briefing. China's colossal size and dynamism makes it a top priority for any global business, but it remains opaque to many in the fashion industry. Leveraging our rare access and local knowledge, the BoF China team demystifies the Chinese market with weekly industry analysis and the wider socio-cultural context you need to sharpen your focus.

Green stuff: the fashion pieces scoring sustainable styling points

Fashion's polluting impact on the environment has never been more in mainstream consciousness. From its unsustainable manufacturing methods to its wastage of plastics into our seas, the textile industry is in the throes of coming to terms with its status as an unenvironmentally friendly repeat offender.

New Diet Guidelines to Benefit People and the Planet: More Greens for All, Less Meat for Some

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd: , our email newsletter. What should we eat? Depends on who is eating. That's one of the principal conclusions of a comprehensive report that sets out targets on how to feed the world in a way that's good for human health and the health of the planet.

From the Ground Up: Unilever's Incubation Push

Unilever is upping its beauty incubation game. The consumer goods giant is readying the U.S. launch on Jan. 21 of its latest brand, Skinsei - a direct-to-consumer, wellness-inspired skin-care line with a personalization bent - that was developed in-house by a team of five working across Unilever's London and Englewood Cliffs, N.J., headquarters.

17th January 2019

In the news today: the last five years have been the hottest our oceans have ever been, but a plant-based diet could transform the planet’s future; in Bangladesh garment workers have received a wage increase after a week of violent protests, but tension remains. 

Our oceans broke heat records in 2018 and the consequences are catastrophic

Rising temperatures can be charted back to the late 1950s, and the last five years were the five hottest on record

Protesting Bangladesh Workers Get Wage Increase but Tensions Remain

Following a week of violent demonstrations for higher salaries, the government of Bangladesh has agreed to raise garment workers' wages, the country's commerce minister said. The protests, which included clashes with police involving rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons, and resulted in the death of one worker and injuries of dozens more, prompted officials...

New plant-focused diet would 'transform' planet's future, say scientists

'Planetary health diet' would prevent millions of deaths a year and avoid climate change

Gillette Ad With a #MeToo Edge Attracts Support and Outrage

In less than two minutes, the men and boys in Gillette's new ad engage in a panoply of bad behavior: bullying, fighting, discrimination, sexual harassment and more. A line of them, standing behind smoke wafting up from their grills, recites, "Boys will be boys will be boys will be boys."

Rent the Runway Launches Exclusive Designer Lines

Derek Lam and Prabal Gurung (center) Collective for Rent the Runway | Source: Courtesy By Cathaleen Chen January 17, 2019 05:30 NEW YORK, United States - Rent the Runway has unveiled a set of new clothing lines, working with designers Derek Lam, Prabal Gurung and to produce clothing that will be exclusive to the rental platform.

Why Hasn't #MeToo Come for Ian Connor?

NEW YORK, United States - Jean Deaux, a Chicago-based musical artist, said she met model and stylist Ian Connor on Instagram. After exchanging some direct messages, they switched to texting. They met up briefly in Chicago, and after she moved to New York, they ran into each other at a concert in New Jersey.

Zegna #UsesTheExisting by Recycling Offcuts in Fall '19 Collection

Ermenegildo Zegna is wasting not, wanting not. Roughly 25 percent of its 2019 XXX Men's Fall collection comprise cashmere, wool and nylon textiles recycled from the Italian fashion house's own factory offcuts. The repurposed fabrications, which are supported by Zegna's textile division under the slogan #UseTheExisting, are designed to be repurposable, too.

Nielsen: Millennials Driving Rapid Growth of US Sustainability Market

Was 2018 the year of the "influential sustainable consumer," as Nielsen has decreed? The market research firm certainly think so. Nearly half (48 percent) of U.S. consumers say they would definitely or probably change their consumption habits to reduce their impact on the environment, Nielsen has found. These aren't empty promises either.

Are Brand Collaborations the Future of Innovation?

Brand collaborations are currently the hottest thing in fashion. Brand x Designer capsule collections or Brand x Brand collabs are filling up catwalks, glamour magazines and Instagram profiles. Originally created as short-term co-branding concepts to inject additional energy into new collections in an ever more crowded and fast-moving media world, more and more vertical brand collaborations now include component manufacturers and material suppliers.

Tracking technology to reveal whether food produced legally and sustainably

OpenSC venture, which will track Patagonian toothfish, developed by WWF and BCG Digital

National park visitors cut down protected Joshua trees during partial government shutdown

There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who take it upon themselves to go to understaffed national parks to keep them clean during the government shutdown, and then those who set up illegal campsites and cut down Joshua trees in the national park of the same name.

16th January 2019

In the news today: The CFDA introduces the Sustainability Initiatives Resource Hub, while in the UK the fashion industry faces an uncertain future after the Brexit deal was voted down; and a new study shows that phasing out fossil fuels immediately could arrest climate change. 

Introducing CFDA's Sustainability Initiatives Resource Hub | News | CFDA

As part of the CFDA's ongoing commitment to sustainability through education and professional development, today, we launch the CFDA Sustainability Initiatives resource hub. Centralized on CFDA.com, the sustainability-centered resource hub is designed to provide open access resources and information specific to fashion design x business sustainable strategies.

UK Fashion Industry Faces Uncertain Future After Brexit Deal Voted Down

By Sarah Kent January 15, 2019 19:57 LONDON, United Kingdom - The UK government Tuesday definitively voted down Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed deal for the country to leave the European Union, raising uncomfortable questions for the country's roughly £30 billion ($38 billion) fashion industry.that The deal, which would have laid out the terms of Britain's divorce from the bloc, was defeated by a resounding 230 votes - an unprecedented loss.

Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change - study

Scientists say it may still technically be possible to limit warming to 1.5C if drastic action is taken now

United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion Plans for March Debut in Nairobi

The United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion will be officially launched March 14, during a media event of the 4th U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. While different U.N. institutions have tried to encompass fashion in various sustainability initiatives, this will mark a more comprehensive approach to address all aspects of a sustainable fashion industry.

Global tensions holding back climate change fight, says WEF

After extreme weather-related events, there is 'need for international cooperation'

BBC One - The Truth About..., Meat, Bacon Roll = 4 Cigarettes

A bacon roll can shorten your life expectancy as much as four cigarettes.

Great Barrier Reef: audit finds $443m grant subject to 'insufficient scrutiny'

ANAO finds department decided Great Barrier Reef Foundation was the 'obvious' partner after just three days

15th January 2019

In the news today: According to a new survey, Americans trash 600 pieces of clothing over their lifetimes; the UK is making progress in the fights against plastic as the first free contact lens recycling scheme launches this week and beauty brand Lush opens its first plastic packaging-free store. 

UK's first contact lens recycling scheme launches

Wearers of any brand of soft lens can now have them collected or drop them off at recycling bins

Tuesday briefing: The government's clean air plan largely ignores traffic pollution

Get WIRED's daily briefing in your inbox. Sign up here The government has published its new Clean Air Strategy, intended to improve air quality and the catastrophic impact of nitrous dioxide pollution on health with new restrictions on wood stoves, open fires and agriculture ( BBC News).

2019: Fashion Isn't Dead, Consumerism Is Simply Unconscious

I have been traveling the world and supporting global artisans, artists and emerging designers for as long as I can remember. This respect for craft was borne out of my upbringing and heritage - values that I inherited from my parents.

'Not your habibti': Palestinian designer seeks to empower women

It's only three words on a T-shirt or embroidered on a denim jacket in Palestinian designer Yasmeen Mjalli's collection, but they carry a powerful message: "Not your habibti", or darling. She sees the clothes as helping empower Palestinian women facing unwelcome male attention in public.

NHL and Adidas collaborate for recycled fibre kits

PORTLAND/NEW YORK - Sportswear giant Adidas has teamed up with the NHL (National Hockey League) to develop the league's first-ever hockey jerseys to contain recycled materials. As part of the ongoing collaboration between the German sportswear brand ...

Insect collapse: 'We are destroying our life support systems'

Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished

Can We Joke About Body Image?

There was a period of time when the aggressive Photoshopping of women's bodies felt like society's biggest problem. I was young, and body image was the most important issue to me, because I was unhappy about my body.

Desalination plants produce more waste brine than thought

As clean freshwater has become scarcer around the world- especially in arid regions such as the Middle East and North Africa-those countries that can afford it have increasingly turned to desalination. That energy-intensive process extracts salt from sea (or other saline) water, transforming it into water that's fit for human consumption.

Lush to open first plastic packaging-free store in UK

Beauty brand Lush is set to open its first 'Naked' store in the UK in Manchester later this week, which will entirely void of any plastic packaging. The retailer famed for its brightly-coloured bath bombs, will be highlighting plastic packa

Americans Less Concerned About Impacts of Clothing, Want More Transparency

Americans are divided on a lot of things-their opinions about clothing are no different. While a poll released Thursday found that American consumers are less concerned about the ecological impacts of what they wear than than their overseas counterparts, most would also prefer to see large fashion brands open up about their social and environmental practices....

Americans Trash 600 Pieces of Clothing Over Their Lifetimes, Study Finds

According to a new survey, America can add throwing out clothing to its list of national past times, along with baseball and apple pie. It's no secret that the fashion industry has a problem with waste. But Trunk Club, the personal styling service bought by Nordstrom in 2014, says that consumers who don't understand how...

'Not your habibti': Palestinian designer seeks to empower women

It's only three words on a T-shirt or embroidered on a denim jacket in Palestinian designer Yasmeen Mjalli's collection, but they carry a powerful message: "Not your habibti", or darling. She sees the clothes as helping empower Palestinian women facing unwelcome male attention in public.

14th January 2019

In the news today: A new opinion poll found that almost 3/4 of the UK public think clothing brands should be responsible for what happens in their supply chains; the UK’s failure to meet EU air quality standards raises questions over what will happen after Brexit, while new research shows that the Earth’s oceans are heating up faster than previously thought

The 'no-buy' movement: could you give up buying clothes and beauty products?

With the fashion industry's environmental impact under scrutiny, there's a move to eschew new stuff and wear what you already own

Britons want more information about their clothes

Eight out of ten Britons feel that brands should provide more information on their environmental commitments, and almost three-quarters of the UK public think clothing brands should be responsible for what happens in their supply chains and should ensure garments are manufactured in an environmentally friendly way, states a new opinion poll by Ipsos MORI.

UK failed to enforce EU air quality standards - what will happen after Brexit?

Government has astonishing record of fighting demands to meet legal obligations

PM's pledge to help native species was about banning animal testing, his office says

Office initially named agricultural chemical red tape bill, then said Morrison was actually referring to ban on cosmetic testing

Australia could hit 100% renewables sooner than most people think | Nicky Ison

There are still people talking up coal and talking down renewable energy but we have installed more solar panels and wind turbines than ever before

For the first time in US history, the most powerful voting bloc is women of colour

Fifty years after US representative Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the US Congress, women of colour across the US are preparing in record numbers to conquer and hold the floors of local, state and national legislatives. More than 600 black women candidates are, or have been, running for office in 2018.

The Indian village where girls are groomed for sex work

In Sagar Gram, poverty and caste discrimination drive families to coerce girls into doing sex work

A tech revolution will help farmers harvest sunshine with their crops

In the heart of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, lush rows of tomatoes, peppers, carrots, chard and peas are growing in the arid extremes, protected by an array of solar panels which shade the crops and keep moisture in the soil.

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