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By Eco-Age

Friday 18th October

Only two big brands do enough to fight climate change, report claims

Despite numerous pledges, very few brands have actually committed to cutting emissions enough to align with the UN Paris Climate Change Agreement. Labels need to invest more in the sustainability of materials, which contribute over half of most brands' greenhouse gas output. Fashion's seasonal calendar offers brands a chance to test and iterate on new materials.

U.S. retail sales fell in September for the first time in six months

New York - Retail sales in the U.S. fell in September for the first time in seven months as most stores posted lower receipts, signalling that a widely expected slowdown in consumer spending might be underway. The U.S. Government reported Thur

Brands boycott Xinjiang cotton over forced labour fears

XINJIANG - Fashion brands Cotton On and Target Australia have stopped sourcing cotton from China's Xinjiang province over concerns about mass human rights

The outcry over deaths on Amazon's warehouse floor

In September, Billy Foister, a 48-year-old Amazon warehouse worker, passed away after a heart attack at work. According to his brother, an Amazon human resources representative informed him at the hospital that Billy had lain on the floor for 20 minutes before receiving treatment from Amazon's internal safety responders.

Heathrow expansion protest 'on verge of victory', says shadow chancellor

The campaign against the multi-billion-pound expansion of Heathrow Airport is on the verge of victory, the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, claimed on Thursday, as three appeal court judges considered fresh legal challenges against a third runway.

Thursday 17th October

Fast fashion ads banned by watchdog

Boohoo was been told to remove the phrase "send nudes" from one of its email marketing campaigns. A TV ad for Missguided, which aired in June, was also banned as it "objectified women". The ASA upheld a complaint against the Boohoo email, which promoted a range of "nude" neutral-coloured clothing.

Asos profits plunge 68% after tumultuous year of IT chaos

Profits at Asos have plunged by nearly 70% in a tumultuous year during which the former stock market darling's shares plummeted and the online fashion retailer grappled with IT chaos at its overseas warehouses. Sales rose by 13% to £2.7bn in the year to 31 August, but pretax profits fell by 68% to £33.1m.

Adidas launches recycling initiative to customers

LONDON - Adidas has launched a new recycling initiative in the UK, entitled Infinite Play, in which customers are incentivised to pass on their old

ACT brands back living wage for garment workers

The Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) initiative has adopted a joint due diligence framework for member brands to ensure their purchasing

Celebrities admit climate change 'hypocrisy'

Celebrity Extinction Rebellion supporters have admitted in an open letter being "hypocrites" over their high-carbon lifestyles. But stars including Benedict Cumberbatch, who last week joined London protests, called for "systemic change" to the "fossil-fuel economy". It comes as Extinction Rebellion was granted permission to challenge a London-wide protest ban in court.

The Bridal Industry Makes Slow Strides in Inclusivity Across the Board

At the conclusion of Fashion Month, the industry takes stock on progress ( or lack thereof) regarding diversity, inclusion and representation: racial, ethnic, cultural, size, age and gender identity.

Wednesday 16th October

Little progress made in tackling air pollution in Europe, research says

Little progress has been made on tackling air quality in Europe, new research shows, despite public outcry in many countries and increasing awareness of the health impacts of pollution. Levels of the dangerous fine particulate matter known as PM2.5, which can lodge deep in the lungs and pass into the bloodstream, appear to have reached a plateau across Europe, after more than a decade of gradual reductions.

Brexit hits UK science funding and workforce What's in the government's new environment bill?

UK plans to accelerate decarbonisation of transport sector

The UK government has vowed to accelerate its climate action for transport sector by drafting new plans to end emissions from trains, planes and cars by 2050. Ministers promised to begin the groundwork on the government's first detailed plan to decarbonise the transport sector immediately, and unveil the plan in full next year.

Extinction Rebellion Launch Legal Action Against Police Over Protest Ban

Extinction Rebellion activists are launching legal action against the Met Police after the force ordered a London-wide ban on their protests. The move comes amid growing criticism of the ban, which was made on Monday night under public order legislation already used to restrict the action to Trafalgar Square.

Volkswagen's $75m fine over diesel emissions scandal rejected by judge

A $75m fine negotiated between Volkswagen and the consumer watchdog over the diesel emissions scandal could be increased by the federal court, after a judge reportedly rejected the deal as "outrageous." The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the German car company presented the negotiated penalty along with a statement of agreed facts to the federal court in Sydney on Wednesday.

Fashion waste to hit £4.5bn How Adidas Plans to Cash In on Old Clothes

Tuesday 15th October

Cancer-causing chemical found in WeWork phone booths

WeWork, the cash-strapped office-sharing company, has a new problem that may prove costly. It has closed about 2,300 phone booths at some of its 223 sites in the United States and Canada after it says it discovered elevated levels of formaldehyde.

Higher temperatures driving 'alarming' levels of hunger - report

The climate crisis is driving alarming levels of hunger in the world, undermining food security in the world's most vulnerable regions, according to this year's global hunger index. The annual report, a rankingof 117 countries measuring hunger rates and trends, shows progress since 2000 but warns that the world still has a long way to go to reach the zero hunger target agreed by world leaders by 2030.

Deforestation sparks concerns over wood-derived textiles

AMAZON - Amidst concern over a surge in the number of wildfires in the Amazon rainforest this year, questions are being asked about what deforestation

Vietnam's garment industry told to clean up its act

HANOI - Vietnam's garment industry has been told to clean up its act in terms of its huge water and energy use and the substantial pollution caused by the

'Everyone passes the buck': despite #MeToo, fashion has a way to go

Some of the fashion industry's most feted photographers, including Mario Testino, Bruce Weber and Patrick Demarchelier, have lost huge contracts as a result of #MeToo - despite their denials of sexual exploitation allegations. Yet two years after the movement began, sources have told the Guardian that while significant progress has been made, there are still "repeat culprits" at work.

Rise of renewables may see off oil firms decades earlier than they think

The world's rising reliance on fossil fuels may come to an end decades earlier than the most polluting companies predict, offering early signs of hope in the global battle to tackle the climate crisis.

A New Exhibit in Amsterdam Highlights Circular Fashion

With "circularity" entering the vernacular of fashion-savvy consumers, a new exhibit and shop in Amsterdam takes a closer look at the innovation behind the science of making circular apparel. Fashion for Good launched "Reborn" last week, a new exhibit at the organization's Fashion for Good Experience, the first interactive tech museum dedicated to sustainable fashion innovation.

Madewell Is Reselling Its Own Used Jeans Via a Partnership With Thredup

Madewell began its commitment to extending the lifecycle of clothing long ago with its "Blue Jeans Go Green" denim recycling program: When you donate any pair of jeans, you're given $20 off a new pair. (Could that then fuel unnecessary consumption? Sure, but few recycling/sustainability programs are perfect.)

Monday 14th October

Workers making £88 Lululemon leggings claim they are beaten

Lululemon, an athleisure brand whose £88 leggings are worn by celebrities and Instagram influencers, are sourcing clothing from a factory where Bangladeshi female factory workers claim they are beaten and physically assaulted. The Canadian brand recently launched a partnership with the United Nations to reduce stress levels and promote the mental health of aid workers.

French company wins licence to monitor British fishing boats

Brexiteers have long hailed the "sea of opportunity" that awaits British fishermen and women after the UK leaves the EU - but now it has emerged that their boats will be monitored by a French company.

V&A to stage Europe's first major exhibition on the kimono

The V&A in London will bring together 17th-century Japanese garments, international haute couture and costumes from Star Wars in Europe's first major exhibition on kimono fashion. The ultimate symbol of Japan, the kimono is often perceived as traditional, timeless and unchanging, the V&A is looking to counter this conception with a new exhibition, 'Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk' next year that will present the garment as a "dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion".

Meet the survivors of a 'paper genocide'

The people we now call Taíno discovered Christopher Columbus and the Spaniards. He did not discover us, as we were home and they were lost at sea when they landed on our shores. That's how we look at it-but we go down in history as being discovered.

California Bans Fur Products

Fur coats | Source: Shutterstock By Reuters October 13, 2019 04:57 NEW YORK, United States - California will ban the manufacture and sale of new animal fur products from 2023 after Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on Saturday. It is the first state-wide fur ban in the nation and had been sought by animal rights advocates.

Extinction Rebellion activists stage protest at Bank of England

Extinction Rebellion activists have blocked a major junction in London's financial district, as the movement switched its focus towards companies funding and profiting from the climate emergency. About 100 rebels walked into the roundabout outside the Bank of England in the City and sat down in the road at 7am on Monday.

Seeking the 'plastic score' of the food on our plates

Microplastics are found everywhere on Earth, yet we know surprisingly little about what risks they pose to living things. Scientists are now racing to investigate some of the big unanswered questions. Daniella Hodgson is digging a hole in the sand on a windswept beach as seabirds wheel overhead.

Friday 11th October

Adidas by Stella McCartney designs post-mastectomy bra for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Adidas by Stella McCartney has launched the brand's first post-mastectomy sports bra in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to "empower breast cancer survivors to introduce sport and fitness back into their lives."

Euronews Living | Carbon negative jumper lets you "adopt" sheep that the wool came from

London based company, Sheep Inc., are creating "carbon negative" jumpers that feature a tag which will allow you to get regular updates on the well being of sheep at farms providing the wool for their clothing.

Tom Ford and Julianne Moore Talk Social Media and Disposable Fashion at Vogue's Flagship Conference

Tom Ford gets nervous. One wouldn't guess that based on any number of interviews published about the designer, who is so often shrouded in a figurative cloak of sensuality and sophistication that probably smells " fucking fabulous." But the award-winning designer, movie director, and Council of Fashion Designers' chairman admitted as much during Vogue's Forces of Fashion conference in Manhattan on Oct.

Extinction Rebellion protesters call on BBC to 'tell climate truth'

Extinction Rebellion activists have called on the BBC to "tell the full truth" about the climate crisis as they protested outside its headquarters in central London. Camped outside the main entrance of New Broadcasting House on Friday morning, the protesters held a banner stating: "BBC, your silence is deadly", and chanted": "Whose BBC?

John Lewis, Asos, M&S and Next collaborate on mental health initiative for retail workers

John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asos, the Co-op, Marks and Spencer and Next have all teamed up to mark World Mental Health Day by launching a mental health initiative for retail workers. In a UK industry-first, the seven leading re

Risk review order for school chemical site visits

Risk assessments for school trips to a Fife chemical plant need to be "improved" after "weaknesses" were found, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said. ExxonMobil's pond dipping classes at Mossmorran need to be "appropriately managed", the regulator said. It is a top-tier Comah site, which means it stores hazardous substances.

The climate crisis in 2050: what happens if cities act but nations don't?

She has barely ever been in a car, and never eaten meat or flown. Now 31, she lives on the 15th floor of a city centre tower from where she can just see the ocean 500 yards away on one side and the suburbs and informal settlements sprawling as far as the eye can see on the other.

Thursday 10th October

In today's news: climate protesters have been arrested at London City airport; research shows that government subsidies are contributing to overfishing; a mass power cut is planned in Northern California to prevent wildfires.

Mass power cut in California to prevent wildfires

A power company is cutting electricity to around 800,000 homes, businesses and other locations in Northern California, in an attempt to prevent wildfires. Large swathes of the San Francisco Bay Area - though not the city itself - have lost power, angering residents.

Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested at London City airport

Dozens of Extinction Rebellion protesters have staged a sit-down protest at an entrance to London City airport. Protesters chanted "fly today, gone tomorrow" as they sat at the exit of the airport's Docklands Light Railway station, blocked by a line of police from entering the airport, just after 9am.

The sea is running out of fish, despite nations' pledges to stop it

As global fish stocks that feed hundreds of millions of people dwindle, nations are scrambling to finalize by year's end an international agreement to ban government subsidies that fuel overfishing. Yet as negotiations at the World Trade Organization resume this week in Geneva, Switzerland, new research shows that governments have actually increased financial support for fishing practices that decimate marine life, despite public pledges to curtail such handouts.

Half a century of dither and denial - a climate crisis timeline

Fossil fuel companies have been aware of their impact on the planet since at least the 1950s

Can medical care exist without plastic?

Unlike refusing a straw at a restaurant, it's difficult to cut down on plastic while strapped unconscious to an operating table. Single-use plastic is facing more scrutiny than it ever has, and the medical industry could be the area where individual consumers have the least say.

Tiffany removes advert over Hong Kong controversy

Tiffany & Co. have removed a tweet showing a woman covering one eye after Chinese consumers accused the jeweller of supporting the Hong Kong protesters. The photo posted on Monday showed Chinese model Sun Feifei wearing a Tiffany ring on

Wednesday 9th October

In today's news: an investigation into the fossil fuel companies responsible for a third of all carbon emissions; the Labour party commit to climate action with a new policy and a pledge for jobs within clean energy; fears for the Emperor Penguin's endangered status.

Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions

The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world's oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.

'Absurd' bail conditions prevent Extinction Rebellion protesters 'going near' other members

Climate change protestors arrested for obstructing traffic have been given "absurd" bail conditions that ban them from "going near" or contacting members of Extinction Rebellion, in what civil liberties groups say infringes on freedom of political communication. On Monday, 30 people - including former federal Greens senator Scott Ludlam - were arrested in Sydney while calling for government action on the climate emergency.

Mark Butler condemns Labor frontbencher's plan to adopt Coalition climate policy

The shadow climate change minister, Mark Butler, has slapped down fellow frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon, declaring Labor cannot support the Coalition's 2030 emissions reduction target because it is inconsistent with the Paris agreement.

Culling badgers actually spreads TB, latest study suggests

The government's claim that culling badgers reduces tuberculosis rates in cattle has come under fire after a major study suggested it could be making the problem worse. Killing off badgers sees the creatures that survive cover 61 per cent more land each month, say scientists from the Zoological Society of London and Imperial College of London.

Labour pledges to create 70,000 more jobs in offshore windfarms

Jeremy Corbyn will unveil plans to create another 70,000 jobs in offshore windfarms part-owned by the public as his party gears up for an election manifesto focusing on a green industrial revolution.

Emperor penguin 'needs greater protection'

Antarctica's Emperor penguins could be in real difficulty come 2100 if the climate warms as expected. Experts say the birds raise their young on sea-ice and if this platform is greatly curtailed, as the models project, then it's likely to put the animals' numbers into steep decline.

Clothing sales down as British shoppers tighten their belts this autumn

The UK clothing market contracted in September (Photo: Getty) The arrival of autumn typically prompts many shoppers to update their wardrobes, regardless of the number of jumpers and jackets they already own. This September, however, some Britons appeared to buck the trend, causing the clothing market to shrink by 3.9 per cent compared to the same month last year, data indicates.

20 universities have agreed £50m deal to buy renewable energy from UK windfarms

The universities will get electricity from wind farms (Photo: Getty) Universities including Newcastle University and the University of Exeter will club together to buy electricity from wind farms across Scotland and Wales. Known as a "power purchase agreement" or PPA, it is the first time that public sector energy users have come together to buy clean electricity, according to The Guardian.

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