News In Brief

By Eco-Age
19.10.18

19th October

Environment

Prince Harry scales new heights for Invictus Games on Australian tour
Prince Harry is on a campaign to raise awareness for our need to ban plastic. Prince Harry and Meghan also participated in a beach clean, with Meghan being particularly interested in the effects of microplastics.
Read the full stroy on thetimes.co.uk

MPs call for UK petrol car sales ban by 2032
Originally, ministers were planning on eradicating petrol car sales by 2040 in a program called ‘Road To Zero’, but a group of MPs are calling for the ban to come into effect in 2032.
Read the full story on ft.com

Council will tell households to bin plastic as recycling goes into reverse
A UK council in Swindon is planning to tell residents to stop plastic recycling, as mixed-plastic recycling is useless, they say. Since China stopped accepting our plastic recycling last year, the waste in the UK has been building up, with some plastic recycling left out to leech into rivers and lakes. The Environment Agency is currently investigating claims that some of our recycling is actually being incinerated along with the rest of our waste.
Read the full story on telegraph.co.uk

'Eco laundry vending machines': A step towards a greener future?
VClean Life is a company that creates 100% eco-friendly vending machines, where you can drop off your dirty clothing, pay with it on the app, and their fleet arrives and cleans your clothes with biodegradable detergent and conditioners, and returning it to the vending machine where you can pick it up 24 hours later. 
Read the full story on fashionunited.uk

Recycling industry faces fraud inquiry 
The plastics recycling industry is facing an investigation into suspected widespread abuse and fraud within the export system amid warnings the world is about to close the door to UK packaging waste, the Guardian has learned.
Read the full story on theguardian.com

Fashion

Armedangels & sustainable design: “Not just throwing nice products on the market”
The German sustainable fashion brand have re-evaluated their denim collection, and are creating denim jeans that not only fit better, but are also made in a water-saving manner, and also doesn’t use any chemicals in the process. They also only use organic cotton.
Read the full story on fashionunited.uk

Everlane to eliminate virgin plastic from its business
Everlane has pledged to remove all virgin plastic from its business by 2021 by introducing a new material, called ReNew, made from recycled plastic bottles.
Read the full story on fashionista.com

WeWork Is Getting Into Workplace Fashion With Rent the Runway
The rental platform is opening a network of clothing drop-off boxes in 15 WeWork locations across the US.
Read the full story on businessoffashion.com

Slow Fashion's Comeback: The Revival of Craftsmanship
Consumer-led demand for higher-quality products is evolving the marketplace.
Read the full story on wwd.com

Rimowa and Aesop Join Forces
Rimowa and Aesop have collaborated to create an aluminium travel kit which launches on October the 26th
Read the full story on wwd.com

Social

Rihanna Reportedly Declined Super Bowl Halftime Performance in Support of Colin Kaepernick
The NFL and CBS reportedly wanted Rihanna to headline the Super Bowl Halftime show next year in Atlanta, but she reportedly declined due to the NFL’s attitude towards NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Instead, Maroon 5 have been booked to play.
Read the story on highsnobiety.com

#MeToo forges ahead
The movement’s founder, Tarana Burke, talks about the future of her mission
Read the story on nytimes.com

18th October 2018

Environment

Can Britain really become a net-zero carbon economy?
Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 41% since 1990, which is the quickest of any G7 nation. However, there is still a long way to go, with energy minister Claire Perry calling for a “net-zero carbon” future. Britain’s most polluting economic sectors will be under scrutiny in the search for greener alternatives. By 2025, Britain aims to completely eradicate coal-fired power.
Read the full story on the telegraph.co.uk

Could takeaway sauce sachets made from seaweed save our oceans drowning in plastic?
Skipping Rocks lab has created a new sauce sachet made from seaweed that biodegrades as fast as a piece of fruit. The British Government is hoping to change all fast-food and takeaway sauce sachets to these new sustainable ones, in a bid to become a greener nation. The packaging uses a fifth of carbon emissions used to make regular plastic, as is cheaper to manufacture too.
Read the full story on the telegraph.co.uk

Bahrain applies to Green Climate Fund to help clean up waste from fossil fuels
Bahrain – one of the most oil-rich nations – has applied for $9.8 million from the Green Climate Fund to clean up wastewater from the oil and gas industry. The UN’s Green Climate Fund was create to channel funds from wealthier countries’ taxpayers to developing countries that would otherwise struggle to invest in more ecologically friendly infrastructures and low-emission technology. Critics fear that many other wealthy countries will also apply to the Green Climate Fund under the guise of being more eco-friendly.
Read the full story on theguardian.com

What’s at Stake in Brazil’s Election? The Future of the Amazon
The front-runner for the Brazillian presidency, Jair Bolsonaro, has said that he will scrap the Environmental Ministry when he becomes President, as he said it’s “suffocating the country”. He has also debated pulling out of the Paris Climate agreement. Many are worried about the future of the Amazon rainforest as he plans to fold the Environmental Ministry into the Agricultural Ministry, which focuses on farming rather than conservation.
Read the full story on nytimes.com

Fashion

The candy-coloured sweater reminding Whitney how fun sustainable fashion can be
Many think that eco fashion products are only items of bland colouring, but Reformation have proved those wrong and joined up with La Ligne who recently collaborated to release a line of bright and colourful jumpers. The capsule collection is made entirely out of recycled cotton and polyester fibres.
Read the full story on fashionista.com

The Transformational Bliss of Borrowing Your Office Clothes
A company named Rent the Runway Unlimited allows subscribers to borrow up to 4 pieces of designer clothing a month for a fixed price of $159 a month. If they really love an item, they can buy it for a discounted price from RRP. It is especially useful for women who consistently need to be dressed well for big meetings, but don’t want to spend a lot of money on a new outfit, or also for pregnant women who don’t want to buy an entire wardrobe of clothing of fluctuating sizes. Importantly it also helps to combat fast fashion, which in turn reduces textile waste.
Read the full story on nytimes.com

17th October 2018

Environment

Japan plans to flush Fukushima water 'containing radioactive material above permitted levels' into the ocean
The Japanese government is running out of space to store contaminated water that has come into contact with fuel that escaped from 3 nuclear reactors in the March 2011 earthquake. They plan to release 1.09 million tons of it into the Pacific.
Read the full story on telegraph.co.uk

Square Mile plans drastic transport measures on road to zero emissions 
The City of London has declared war on air pollution with a plan to turn parts of the Square Mile into a zero-emissions zone by 2022 and cut the speed limit to 15mph.
Read the full story on ft.com

Scottish Power shifts to 100% wind generation after £700m Drax sale
Scottish Power sold its last remaining gas power stations to Drax for £702 million, which means that they have switched to 100% wind power.
Read the full story on theguardian.com

Rescuing Sea Turtles From Fishermen’s Nets
A Kenyan foundation called Local Ocean is working to protect the turtle population, which has diminished 50-70% since 1990.
Read the full story on nytimes.com

US wildlife official quits amid anger over hunted baboons 
A top Idaho wildlife official has resigned amid outrage over a photograph of him posing with a baboon family he killed in Africa.
Read the full story on theguardian.com

Fashion

Vionnet to Return as Eco-Friendly Brand, Ashkenazi Says
Vionnet is shutting down for one season, so it can re-shuffle and return with ecological and social responsibility at the core of its business. 
Read the full story on wwd.com

Can a wedding dress ever be sustainable and stylish? 
As the founder of sustainable e-tailer Rêve En Vert (which translates to ‘dream in green’), Cora Hilts’ wedding was never going to be cookie-cutter. 
Read the full story on telegraph.co.uk

Allbirds' ‘almost nondescript’ brand of footwear lands in UK
US firm that makes simply styled shoes out of eucalyptus, wool and sugar cane opens Covent Garden store.
Read the full story on theguardian.com

Jewellery 

Lab-Grown Diamonds: They’re Real, and They’re Spectacular
It's rare that an imitation, Frankensteined into existence, is anything more than a watered-down, flimsy version of the original. Real Rolexes and Folexes. 
Read the full story on gq.com

Food / Health

UK restaurants and cafes bin 320m fresh meals a year, data shows
The food waste app Too Good To Go shows that 900,000 unsold meals are thrown out every day because they haven’t sold in time. This means that 320m fresh meals are thrown away every year, which are enough meals to feed the UK 5 times over. 
Read the full story on theguardian.com

Spain to beat Japan in world life expectancy league table for 2040
Spanish people are predicted to have the longest life expectancy in the world according to the way they eat. Currently they have a life expectancy of 85.8 years. 
Read the full story on theguardian.com

16th October 2018

Tech

Could we reverse global warming by redesigning the atmosphere?
Even in the rosiest of scenarios, purely reducing emissions will not halt the warming of the planet. And that’s where climate-modifying technologies come in
Read the full story on wired.co.uk

Brussels offers billions to spark electric car battery investment
The EU is planning to allow state aid for electric battery research and will offer billions of euros of co-funding to companies willing to build giant battery factories.
Read the full story on ft.com

The banana is dying. The race is on to reinvent it before it’s too late
The world’s most popular fruit is facing extinction, and scientists are racing to use gene-editing to save it. To succeed, they’ll need to overcome an even bigger problem: opposition to GMO crops
Read the full story on wired.co.uk

Fashion

Burberry announces monthly product drops
On the 17th of each month, Burberry will release surprise products which will be made available for 24 hours through Instagram and WeChat. The first release will be tomorrow with Ricardo Tisci's new products.
Read the full story on fashionunited.uk

Vestiaire Collective Unveils Rebrand 
The luxury resale site is undergoing a rebrand, including a new visual identity, website and logo, as the company faces growing competition for the $6 billion high-end consignment market.
Read the full story on businessoffashion.com

Mud Jeans Steps Up Circularity Efforts by Joining Ellen Macarthur Foundation
Circular jeans brand Mud Jeans has joined the Ellen Macarthur Foundation Circular Economy 100 (CE100) Network.
Read the full story on sourcingjournal.com

Manufacturing

Cambodia, Myanmar Could Lose Special Trade Status With Europe
Cambodia could face potential economic collapse, leading to a devastating impact on garment manufacturing, if the European Union follows through on its threat this month to withdraw Cambodia’s special trade status with Europe due to human rights concerns.
Read the full story on sourcingjournal.com

It’s a match! New platform pairs buyers with their ideal manufacturers
A new startup named Foursource lets manufacturers and buyers create profiles on the platform, and a specific algorithm pairs them together based on their product range and target groups, etc...
Read the full story on fashionunited.uk

Social 

Powerful Women Talk About Power (And Powerlessness)
“You have power when so many women are powerless!” said a sexual-assault survivor as she confronted senator Jeff Flake.
Read the full story on thecut.com

Environment

Invasion of the ‘frankenbees’: the danger of building a better bee
Scientists have created a super bee to help boost pollination, but bee keepers are saying that it will finally kill off the original honey bee.
Read the full story on theguardian.com

Cuadrilla to resume fracking seven years after tremors
The UK has resumed fracking again after a seven year stall when it created mini earthquakes. It will continue for 3 months. Protesters are trying to block the road and the site entrance.
Read the thetimes.co.uk

Food

These Restaurants Are Tackling Food Waste And Innovating The Way People Dine
For the conscious foodie in 2018, the question is no longer simply whether a head of cauliflower is locally sourced and organic, but what precisely is going to be done with its outer leaves?
Read the vogue.co.uk

China

Suit-Maker Zegna Says Trade War Slowing China Luxury Demand
The ongoing trade war with the U.S. is hitting Chinese consumers psychologically, fueling a slowdown for luxury goods in the second half of the year, said Italian menswear maker Ermenegildo Zegna Group.
Read the story on sourcingjournal.com

 

15th October 2018

Environment 

Global warming peril from diseases trapped in the ice 
Global warming will release deadly diseases that have been trapped in the ice caps for tens of thousands of years, an Oxford academic has warned.
Read the full story on thetimes.co.uk

It's time to reap the benefits of a low carbon economy 
The low carbon economy has moved from being seen as costly, restrictive and burdensome to one of opportunity, growth and potential.
Read the full story on telegraph.co.uk

Assessing the use of pollution taxes
William D. Nordhaus, the Yale economist who shared the Nobel in economic science this week, has pointed words for some of the experiments so far with his theories on taxing polluters to fight climate change.
Read the full story on nytimes.com

Thailand to ban imports of plastic waste from 2021 
Thailand plans to stop all imports of foreign plastic scrap by 2021 as it joins other south-east Asian countries looking to stem an influx of waste products that used to be recycled in China.
Read the full story on ft.com

Here are the simple ways you can help the planet by becoming more sustainable every single day
Reusable containers, re-wearing an item of clothing at least 30 times, and shopping in charity shops are some of Jasmine Hemsley’s simple tips for being more sustainable every day.
Read the full story on glamourmagazine.co.uk

UK scientists turn coffee industry waste into electricity
Coffee farms generate waste water by washing the coffee seeds, however UK scientists have discovered a way to generate that into electricity, as well as removing the contaminants from the water. This is done by microbes eating the waste matter and in return generating electricity. It doesn't currently create a lot of electricity says Dr Claudio Rossa, "but you're going to put a light where there was none."
Read the full story on theguardian.com

Fashion / Luxury

Martin Margiela outlines pressures of fashion’s fast pace in new letter
The legendary designer accepted a Belgian Fashion Award with a short letter outlining his gratitude, the pressure of the fast pace of fashion, and how social media has destroyed the ‘thrill of wait’.
Read the full story on dazeddigital.com

H&M faces new claims of destroying unsold stock
Just weeks after luxury brand Burberry’s admission – and subsequent halting – of its incineration of unsold stock, fast fashion giant H&M has once again been accused of destroying unsold clothing.
Read the full story on ecotextile.com

Sustainable Fashion

Yatay’s Luxury Footwear Won’t Make You Choose Between Style and Sustainability
Umberto de Marco, whose father Enrico founded Italian leather producer Coronet Spa, has launched his own brand of luxury sneakers with a focus on sustainability.
Read the full story on sourcingjournal.com

Method soap brand wants to clean waste in fashion
Eco-friendly soap brand Method has partnered with Clothes Aid to create a Method Slow Fashion Store, after the news that a fifth of Britons throw their unwanted clothes away instead of recycling. Influencers including Jasmine Hemsley and Millie Mackintosh have donated their old clothes to the Slow Fashion Store, where they can get a second lease on life.
Read the full story on fashionunited.uk

Business

Sustainability can no longer be ignored in business
As more consumers become concerned with the health of the planet and additional scientific discoveries about environmental risks are made, sustainability in luxury and business as a whole is no longer optional.
Read the full story on luxurydaily.com

Social Rights / Ethics

Thousands of women strike in dispute over Glasgow pay discrimination 
Thousands of female council workers across Glasgow plan to bring the city to a standstill this week in what is believed to be the biggest equal pay strike anywhere in the UK.
Read the full story on theguardian.com

MI5 did not trust black people for secret work, 1960s papers reveal Senior MI5 officials believed black people could not be trusted in high-level spying roles as they could be a "security risk", according to documents recovered by an academic.
Read the full story on theguardian.com

The Spring 2019 runways were more racially diverse than ever -  but there's still lots of work to be done
A seasonal diversity report released by The Fashion Spot for Spring 2019 shows that this season’s runways were the most racially diverse to date. Half of the top 10 models were women of colour, there were double the number of plus size models, and an increase in age diversity. 31.6% of models in all castings in all the cities were women of colour. However, there is still a long way to go in terms of age and body diversity, especially in Europe. 
Read the full story on fashionista.com

Beauty

Unilever Announced Its Support of a Global Ban on Animal-Tested Cosmetics
Unilever, which oversees brands such as Dove and Vaseline, called for a global ban on animal testing within the beauty industry. Together with the Humane Society International, it plans on raising awareness, creating legislation, and educating consumers. Dove has recently been awarded the PETA cruelty-free certification, which means that Dove can now print the PETA logo on their products, despite not testing on animals for over 30 years.
Read the full story on allure.com

Materials

Why wool seats are top for bottom
Companies are now offering the chance to change their leather seats for wool, after it was uncovered the Her Majesty The Queen prefers wool seats in her car. British Airways and Qatar Airways have recently redone their first-class and business-class seats with wool upholstery, and car brands such as Aston Martin and Range Rover are following suit, with Aston Martin collaborating with Hackett of London. 
Read the full story on thetimes.co.uk

New materials to help buildings fix themselves
Scientists have created a building material that self-repairs buildings by growing like a tree. It removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and transforms the greenhouse gas into a polymer. This could benefit climate change by avoiding the use of fossil fuels while consuming carbon dioxide.
Read the full story on thetimes.co.uk

 

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