Sustainability news 030218

Sustainability news 030218

{ Black coffee always }

One of the headlines that’s popped up a lot in my sustainability news feed (and instagram feed) this past week is from a new report from Oxfam. Apparently, top fashion CEOs earn a garment worker’s lifetime pay in just four days. Let me quote the report, because it’s just so accurate and describes so well everything that’s wrong with the current fashion system: “Cheap fast fashion has made some of the richest men on the planet, while relying on some of the world’s lowest-paid workers, most of whom are women.” And bonded labour is still a big problem in the garment industry. Once again; how can we be okay with this? Why are we not doing more to create change?

Other sustainability related news

UK retailers are yet to sign the renewal of the Bangladesh accord on fire and building safety. I can’t see why not signing is even an option. We need brands to take more responsibility for their supply chains. I’d say that as consumers we’ll have to be ready to pay more, but maybe we should just ask the CEOs to earn less.

When big brands commit and make investments like the H&M Foundation has done in recycling processes, I think we’ll begin to see actual change in the industry and to the way we do things.

Articles suggesting 2018 will be the year fashion will become sustainable are both misleading and exciting. There’s so much work to be done before that statement is anywhere near the truth, but these women are definitely changing the industry.

Wishing I could be in Australia in March so I could attend this event.

Fur, faux or not, will never be an option for me. I don’t think it’s fashionable and since real fur can be produced at very low cost we can’t always be certain that items labelled as faux doesn’t include real fur. For many brands their supply chains are simply too complicated. And even when brands are certain that their fur is faux, there are still major environmental issues to think about.

Bookmarking this podcast with Mara Hoffman on why she changed her brand to become more sustainable, to give it a listen as soon as possible.

I’m not convinced cashmere can be ethically sourced at this point, but the initiatives in this article suggests it might be possible in the future.

In case you’re still not aware; plastic is killing our oceans.

This article is in Danish, but let google be your friend, because it’s worth a read; IKEA is planning on offering rental furniture. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could rent your couch or dining room table in the future? It might make it easier for IKEA to reuse the materials, hopefully it would mean they were made from better quality materials and most importantly it could make their furniture less disposable.

 

 

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