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By Eco-Age
18.03.19

18th March 2019

In the news today: Dead whale washed up in Philippines had 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach; Social media firms face demands for mental health tax; and Biodegradable coffee cups are being 'grown' in bid to cut down on plastic waste.

Dead whale washed up in Philippines had 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach

Marine biologists horrified to find 16 rice sacks and multiple shopping bags inside curvier beaked whale

Social media firms face demands for mental health tax

Addiction to social media may need to be classed as a disease, according to MPs and doctors who want technology companies to pay a mental health tax.A legal duty of care and statutory code of conduct must be imposed on social media companies to protect children, says a report out today by the all-pa

Biodegradable coffee cups being 'grown' in bid to cut down on plastic waste

In 2011 it was estimated that 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away each year, but that number is likely to be higher now. It is not easy for consumers to recycle their takeaway coffee cups due to the mixture of paper and plastic used in their inner lining, which makes the cup heatproof and leakproof.

UN launches Alliance for Sustainable Fashion

Together with various partners, the United Nations launched on Thursday the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. The Alliance seeks to halt the environmentally and socially destructive practices of fashion, pointing to the fact that the fashion industry is the second-biggest consumer of water and is responsible for 8-10 percent of global carbon emissions - more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined.

How Costa Rica will complete its drive to go carbon free

Our nation, Costa Rica, is small yet bold. We have historically been a leader, a first mover, and have thrived by taking steps others deemed impossible. We were the first country in the world to abolish our army in 1948, have established free public healthcare and education, and invested in our national parks in order to protect our biodiversity.

Solvay, Lenzing, Join Forces for Sustainable Fabric Creation

Solvay, Lenzing, Join Forces for Sustainable Fabric Creation - WWD clock 6h * Mimosa Spencer Fiber firm Lenzing and specialty chemical group Solvay partnered to create a new fabric made of Tencel-branded lyocell and Amni Soul Eco polyamide, a sustainable, biodegradable material that offers performance technology and exceptional durability.

7 critical issues affecting sustainable fashion in Australia

At the first Legacy Responsible Fashion Summit in Sydney, panelists and keynote speakers addressed the sustainability issues facing fashion today. "We can no longer relegate change to a small number of committed brands and business leaders who are carrying the burden of progress," says Melinda Tually, who runs Fashion Revolution in Australia and New Zealand.

Nutritional psychiatry: can you eat yourself happier?

'What we stick in our mouths matters to our mental health,' says a leading light in this new field. So what should we be eating?

Deadly air in our cities: the invisible killer

Traffic pollution is putting our children at risk. We meet campaigners - many of them concerned mothers - fighting back

Five ways to make your home less toxic

We are surrounded by chemicals - in food and drink, cleaning products, household items and furnishings. Here's how to reduce household pollution

New British-made sustainable swimwear Naeco launches

Avid kite surfer and scuba diver, Zak Johnson, has launched a new line of British-made luxury swimwear for men made from recycled ocean plastic. Johnson states that seeing first-hand the devastation that plastic contamination is causing to the ocean's ecosystem drove him to launch a swimwear line of fashionable beachwear that combined "stylish simplicity and sustainability" that was made with 100 percent recycled ocean materials.

Five models for responsible business

Bleue Wickham Burnham, head of sustainability, Oliver Spencer: "Small changes with big implications" Oliver Spencer is a British menswear brand founded by the eponymous designer in 2002. Known for its use of quality fabrics across menswear staples, the brand now has five stores across London.

Ecoalf furthers feather-free focus with vegan certification

MADRID - Spanish apparel firm Ecoalf, which has made its name through incorporating recycled materials into its product portfolio, has received PETA-approved vegan certification for a new range of apparel. The company states that this certification i...

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
 

Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg Is Nominated For The Nobel Peace Prize Aged 16

Teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Swedish schoolgirl, 16, has been put forward for the prestigious prize in light of the impact of her Fridays For The Future movement, which has inspired pupils around the world to walk out of their classrooms on Fridays to protest governments' collective lack of action on climate change.

searches for sustainable fashion have increased by 66% in the past year

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 19. Photography @mitchell_sams The world is finally waking up to the very real threat of climate change, and with just 12 years left to limit the devastating effects global warming is having on our planet, it's coming not a moment too soon.

The five: back-from-the-brink species once thought extinct

From wild dogs to horned frogs, all manner of animals are still capable of keeping out of our sight, some for over 100 years

Bird swallowed by giant 'glory hole' reportedly lives to fly another day

Witness says cormorant survived the plunge into a 200-foot-deep vortex in a California reservoir

Woman Fest founder plans training camp for climate rebels

Spring Uprising festival in Bristol will feature bands and civil disobedience instruction

15th March 2019

In the news today: Students around the world strike to demand change; Greta Thunberg is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize aged 16; and the African Development Bank to boost green energy funding.

Climate strikes: students around the world walk out to demand change - live

Young people around the world, inspired by Greta Thunberg, rally to press politicians to act on climate change

Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg Is Nominated For The Nobel Peace Prize Aged 16

Teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Swedish schoolgirl, 16, has been put forward for the prestigious prize in light of the impact of her Fridays For The Future movement, which has inspired pupils around the world to walk out of their classrooms on Fridays to protest governments' collective lack of action on climate change.

African Development Bank to boost green energy funding

Renewable energy, particularly solar power, is the key to driving economic development in Africa and combating climate change, the president of the African Development Bank said, whilst committing to $25 billion in new climate financing between 2020 and 2025 "Africa has 11 terawatts of solar power potential: that's the largest we find anywhere in the world" Akinwumi Adesina told the Financial Times on the sidelines of the One Planet Summit in Nairobi.

UN Alliance For Sustainable Fashion addresses damage of 'fast fashion'

Launched today at the UN Environment Assembly, the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is seeking to halt the environmentally and socially destructive practices of fashion. The fashion industry is the second-biggest consumer of water and is responsible for 8-10 percent of global carbon emissions - more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined.

Schools have become 'fourth emergency service' for poorest families

Survey by headteachers' union finds food parcels, clothing and laundry facilities offered by schools

Pollutionwatch: China shows how political will can take on air pollution

Sulphur dioxide in Beijing was reduced by 70% and particle pollution by 36% in just four years

How Big Retailers Are Selling Sustainability

LONDON, United Kingdom - When Maggie Hewitt first began shopping her sustainable fashion brand Maggie Marilyn to wholesalers in 2016, few buyers were interested in hearing about her efforts to make clothes in an eco-friendly and socially responsible way. Now, many retailers demand that information upfront.

Fashion industry sourced record amount of sustainable cotton in 2018

Fashion brands and retailers collectively sourced more than one million metric tonnes of sustainably certified cotton through the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) last year, breaking the industry standard operator's record.

Veja launches collaborative sneakers with Lemaire

Sustainable footwear label Veja has joined forces with French fashion house Lemaire to launch two sneaker styles. The first one, dubbed Aquashoe, is a mix of a runner, a slipper and a diving shoe made from recycled polyester in 3D effect stitchi

14th March 2019

In the news today: Gas boilers will be banned in new homes from 2025; Coca-Cola admits it produces 3m tonnes of plastic packaging a year; and Australia's annual carbon emissions reach record high

Gas boilers will be banned in new homes from 2025

Gas boilers will be banned in new homes from 2025 to tackle climate change, the government has announced. Philip Hammond, the chancellor, said that a so-called future homes standard would be introduced "mandating the end of fossil fuel heating systems", which would deliver "lower carbon and lower fu

Coca-Cola admits it produces 3m tonnes of plastic packaging a year

Revelation comes as report calls on global firms to end secrecy over plastic footprint

Australia's annual carbon emissions reach record high

Data shows while emissions from electricity sector are in decline, gains have been wiped out by increases from other industries

Arctic temperature rises must be urgently tackled, warns UN

Joyce Msuya, of UN Environment, aims to avoid dangerous tipping points

James Bond to drive electric Aston Martin in new movie

Reports have emerged that Daniel Craig will get behind the wheel of a zero-emissions motor in his latest adventure - only £250,000 to dedicated fans

Tax meat and eat veg to save planet, says UN

People must adopt a more plant-based diet to protect the environment, with taxes on meat helping to deliver the shift in habits needed, the United Nations has said.

US official reveals Atlantic oil plan while hailing Trump distractions

Revealed: Interior department official says he is 'thrilled' by Trump's 'knack for keeping the attention of the media and public focused somewhere else'

The Equality Act Would Give Protections to LGBTQ Americans. Now, It Could Pass in the House for the Very First Time.

In America, there are currently 30 states without full legal protections for LGBTQ people, according to the Human Rights Campaign. That means that, in those states, people can be discriminated against in areas of employment, housing, education, or public accommodation, all on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Speed limit on Essex dual carriageway cut to clean up toxic air

A council will permanently reduce the speed limit on a dual carriageway from 70mph to 50mph to improve air quality.The plan by Basildon council for the A127 in Essex is the toughest example of an authority using speed limits to cut emissions of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which is mainly produce

searches for sustainable fashion have increased by 66% in the past year

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 19. Photography @mitchell_sams The world is finally waking up to the very real threat of climate change, and with just 12 years left to limit the devastating effects global warming is having on our planet, it's coming not a moment too soon.

How Should I Shop In Today's World? Go Vintage | Man Repeller - Pandora Sykes

Published November 2018 How should I shop in today's world? I've been thinking about this a lot lately, particularly in the aftermath of Fashion's Dirty Secrets, a BBC documentary that aired in October and revealed that in the U.K. alone, we dump 300,000 tons of clothes in landfills each year (that's the weight of a ...

EU backs 'traceability tool' for apparel brands

News / News / EU backs 'traceability tool' for apparel brands BRUSSELS - Bold new EU-backed plans have been announced to develop a stringent traceability tool for fashion brands and retailers. The tool aims to help the fashion sector make risk-informed decisions and operate according to a set of internationally agreed practices.

Kate Middleton Looked Like a Sophisticated Patron of the Arts in a Recycled Alexander McQueen Gown

London's sartorial talent was on full display at Tuesday evening's National Portrait Gallery Gala. The event, which was hosted by the director of the National Portrait Gallery and British Vogue's Editor-In-Chief Edward Enninful, was held to raise money for the remodeling of the historic art museum.

Magdalena Schaffrin: "The new concept of quality includes sustainability"

Magdalena Schaffrin is one of Germany's most important sustainability agents. In 2009, she founded the Green Showroom together with Jana Keller, which presented sustainable fashion at Berlin Fashion Week. This year, the Neonyt trade fair, which Schaffrin is the creative director of, took place for the first time under the umbrella of Messe Frankfurt, combining both formats.

NHS data shows rise in homeless patients returning to streets

Number of discharges from hospital of people of no fixed abode is up by 30% since 2014

13th March 2019

In the news today: In the news today: German scientists say air pollution kills more people than smoking; 1,200 species are under severe threat of extinction across world; and South Korea brings in emergency laws to tackle dust pollution.

Air pollution kills more people than smoking, German scientists say

Air pollution causes more deaths globally than smoking and kills twice as many people as previously thought, including 64,000 a year in the UK, a study has found.Researchers say that air pollution caused an estimated 8.8 million early deaths globally rather than the previously estimated 4.5 million

'Almost certain extinction': 1,200 species under severe threat across world

Scientists map out threats faced by thousands of species of birds, mammals and amphibians

'Social disaster': South Korea brings in emergency laws to tackle dust pollution

Air quality has become a key political issue after record pollution levels hit the country last week

Climate study warns of vanishing safety window-here's why

A new scientific analysis of millions of possible climate futures found only a narrow window to keeping global warming to levels the international community has deemed safe.

Resource extraction responsible for half world's carbon emissions

Extraction also causes 80% of biodiversity loss, according to comprehensive UN study

Why isn't disability more visible in fashion?

My earliest recollection of my personal style was far from complimentary; instead, it started with retorts of "Well, you're going to look very silly!" And indeed I did: utterly silly.

Humans rock up and destroy chimpanzee cultures

The chimpanzees in one jungle in Guinea-Bissau throw rocks at trees, where the stones form large piles that are sometimes mistaken for human shrines. Quite why, nobody knows. Zoologists are investigating but they may be running out of time. The stone throwing, they fear, is an endangered local tradi

Government to slash tariffs to zero in case of no-deal Brexit

Tariffs on 87% of UK imports cut to zero to avoid £9bn shock to consumers and business

Is burning plastic waste a good idea?

This article was created in partnership with the National Geographic Society. What is to be done with the swelling flood of plastic waste, if we don't want to see it snagged in tree branches, floating in ocean gyres, or clogging the stomachs of seabirds and whales?

Kingpins Amsterdam introduces new sustainability standards

Denim trade fair Kingpins is upping its ethics and sustainability efforts by introducing new requirements for its denim supply chain members after noticing that few had made serious progress toward establishing CSR standards.

Mara Hoffman, Unifi Discuss Sustainability Solutions and Green Fashion

Fashion brands are seeking greener pastures. And as the demand for ethically made apparel continues to rise among consumers, brands and designers are seeking sustainability solutions that can help hasten and streamline the process.

Mud commits to 100% recycled cotton jeans

News / News / Mud commits to 100% recycled cotton jeans LAREN - Dutch denim business Mud Jeans says it is confident it will soon be able to offer customers jeans which are made out of 100 per cent recycled cotton.

'Digital wellness' wants to cure our phone addiction. Should we let it?

Some worry the 'wellness' movement and its focus on personal responsibility let the tech industry off the hook

12th March 2019

In the news today: Research finds pathogens hitchhiking on plastics ‘could carry cholera from India to US’; UN warns of global failure to tackle hazardous chemicals as surge poses threat to health and environment; and Costa Rica has a Green Deal that matters for the whole planet.

Surge in chemical use 'a threat to health and environment'

UN warns of global failure to tackle hazards - with risks ranging from cancer to coral damage

Pathogens hitchhiking on plastics 'could carry cholera from India to US'

Research finds 'nurdles' washed up on Scottish beaches tainted with E coli, with potentially far-reaching health implications

Tiny Costa Rica Has a Green New Deal, Too. It Matters for the Whole Planet.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd: , our email newsletter. SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica - It's a green big deal for a tiny sliver of a country.

'Monumental step backwards' - the $1bn gas pipeline project dividing New York

Environmental groups oppose the underwater pipeline that would bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New York

'Captain Marvel' Just Broke a Major Record

Captain Marvel, Marvel's newest, female-led superhero movie, has officially broken records. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it had the highest-grossing weekend for a female-fronted movie ever. The movie, which stars Brie Larson as the titular character, has earned $455 million worldwide in its International Women's Day opening weekend-$153 million of that in North America alone.

Radical proposal to artificially cool Earth's climate could be safe, new study claims

Experts worry that injecting sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere could put some regions at risk

Lower birth rates are good for the planet | Letters

Letters: Over, not under-population, is the problem write Steve Edwards and Davina Malcolm

Nike's VaporMax 2 Random Is Made From Leftover Flyknit Yarn

As new seasons are on the horizon, Nike takes the opportunity to preview its sustainable footwear for Summer 2019. The selection of upcoming sneakers demonstrates new ways to approach color, construction and material innovation. Nike kicks off its Summer 2019 sustainable footwear by introducing the "Plant Color" collection.

Major survey highlights chronically low wages in Ethiopia

News / News / Major survey highlights chronically low wages in Ethiopia ADDIS ABABA - A survey of more than 1,000 textile and apparel workers across 52 factories in three regions of Ethiopia found 65 per cent earn less than US$70 a month while 8 per cent earn less than US$35 a month.

Levi's Wellthread and Outerknown Introduce Cottonized Hemp Denim

Levi's is dabbling in hemp. The heritage brand announced this week that it is introducing a new form of "cottonized hemp" in the Spring '19 Levi's Wellthread x Outerknown collaboration available now. Garments in the collection include jeans and a Trucker jacket made with 70 percent cotton and 30 percent hemp that it says has been altered to feel just like cotton.

Squid Teeth Could Hold the Secret to Reducing Microplastic Pollution

A protein recently discovered in the teeth-lined suckers of a squid 's tentacles could one day "revolutionize" materials in ways previously unattainable with conventional plastic, researchers have found. "Squid proteins can be used to produce next-generation materials for an array of fields including energy and biomedicine, as well as the security and defense sector," Melik Demirel,...

3 brands trailblazing sustainable fashion

Trendless fashion is also central to the ethos of Misha Nonoo (above), who switched to a direct-to-consumer model in 2016. Her New York-based brand - whose fans include Nonoo's long-time friend, the Duchess of Sussex - allows customers to "simplify [their] wardrobe and fill it with timeless staples", the designer tells Vogue.

Rent the Runway Teams With West Elm to Loan Home Textiles

Consumers are flocking to rental fashion apparel, so now West Elm Inc. and Rent the Runway Inc. want to apply the same model to home decor. The home furnishings chain is targeting the fashion rental service's 10 million members with an offer to rent 26 curated home textile bundles, including decorative pillows, throws, shams, quilts...

Philip Hammond has a golden chance to build for the homeless

A complete welfare safety net is critical to preventing and solving homelessness and a key part of that safety net is local housing allowance (LHA).

Spending 20 minutes in a park each day can officially make you happier

A new study has revealed that those who spend 20 minutes a day in their local park are happier than those who don't. Don't have time to head to your nearest National Trust this week? Why not visit your local park instead.

Mammut Provides Repair Services to Keep Products Out of Landfills

Sew, not throw away. For a business that relies on consumption as a vehicle for revenue growth, such a directive to customers might appear counterintuitive, even fiscally damaging. Not for Mammut, however. The mountaineering outfitter, which avers that the longer a product lasts, the smaller its environmental footprint, repairs some 15,000 pieces of clothing and...

The responsibility for a sustainable digital future

Mounir Mahjoubi Contributor Share on Twitter Mounir Mahjoubi is the French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs. On March 12, 2019, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the "World Wide Web", Tim Berners-Lee's ground-breaking invention. In just thirty years, this flagship application o...

11th March 2019

In the news today: Health chiefs want ban on cars near schools to cut pollution; the ‘rubbish police’ checks bin bags to drive up recycling rates; and Emma Thompson And Keira Knightley sign open letter demanding protection for women’s rights activists

Health chiefs want ban on cars near schools to cut pollution

Cars should be banned around schools and congestion charges imposed on cities across the country to fight air pollution, public health chiefs will say today. Idling engines near school gates should be seen as socially unacceptable, according to Public Health England, which is urging councils to impo

'Rubbish police' check bin bags to drive up recycling rates

Swansea council can issue £100 fines for incorrect disposal of items such as plastic and glass in general refuse

Emma Thompson And Keira Knightley Sign Open Letter Demanding Protection For Women's Rights Activists

K eira Knightley, Adwoa Aboah and Emma Thompson - along with 73 other high-profile women - have signed an open letter on International Women's Day, calling for more protection of women's rights activists and organisations.

Burberry donates work wardrobes for International Women's Day

Burberry has teamed up with UK charity Smart Works to offer work wardrobes to women in need for International Women's Day. The UK luxury label is hosting a dressing session in its London flagship showroom where seven of the charity's clients

Pledge to cut emissions from dairy farms

A dairy firm is pledging to make its operations carbon-neutral from cow to supermarket by 2050, including more than 2,000 farms in the UK. This will require "radical changes" over the coming decades, including developing new technologies, the dairy co-operative, Arla Foods, said. It admitted the target was "ambitious", but said it was achievable.

Deliveroo pollution: Rise of delivery motorbikes hits efforts for cleaner air

London's slow progress in meeting its air pollution targets is partly because of an unexpectedly large rise in the use of motorcycles, scientists have said.Since 2010, levels of fine particulate pollution from London traffic have dropped at only a quarter of the rate in Paris. In the same period th

Cars are reaching the end of the road | Letters

Letters: The decline in the UK of young people taking to the wheel is encouraging, says Bruce Ross-Smith, cars are blighting everything, says Susan Woodford, and David Halley sees an urgent need to get rid of them

Rent the Runway teams with West Elm to offer home goods

Rent the Runway is expanding into home decor with a new partnership with West Elm. The clothing and accessory rental company has been pioneering the rental marketplace since it started in 2009, now offering monthly subscription services in addition to one-time rentals. Its latest venture is positioned to transform the market for home design.

Here's how Facebook and Google can really tackle gender inequality

In 2014, some of the biggest tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Apple, released their initial diversity reports. For the first time, these companies opened up about quite how woefully homogenous their teams were, including from a gender perspective.

Building a Sustainable Brand: How to Get Started

LONDON, United Kingdom - When news broke last year that Burberry had burned nearly £30 million ($39 million) worth of clothes, accessories and other products, the brand found itself caught in a maelstrom of public outrage. Burberry has had an environmental strategy in place since 2012, but the scandal forced it to make some swift adjustments.

Ganni makes sustainable strides with RePack and SAC

COPENHAGEN - Danish fashion brand Ganni has recently announced two key apparel sector alliances which reinforce the firm's commitment to advancing its sustainability credentials. Ganni is now offering its online customers the use of Finnish packaging...

This is why 'body positive' can sod off and let 'body neutral' make us feel truly empowered

Erm, #BodyPositivity: we have a bit of a problem. No one trusts you anymore. You used to mean something to millions of real women; you used to be a breath of fresh air in a thick Instafog of thin, filtered and cartoon-stretched bodies with overtuned washboard abs, mannequin-smooth tanned thigh and lion's mane blow-dries.

4 Women on How Birth Control Changed Their Lives

Right now, 60 percent of women who are currently in their reproductive years use some form of birth control. The reasons are varied, from managing cramps or skin conditions to simple pregnancy prevention. But there are other long-term benefits to birth control you may not have considered.

Bangladesh inspection agencies not ready, CCC claims

AMSTERDAM - Following a fire in a Dhaka garment factory this week, and despite claims stating otherwise from the Bangladesh government, Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) believes that national inspection bodies are not yet ready to take over responsibilit...

Demand grows for cleaner denim dyes

REINACH - Archroma has told Ecotextile News that due to a higher than expected demand for its for 'Denisol Pure Indigo 30' it's had to triple the planned production for this dye, with all the pre-reduced liquid indigo capacity at its Pakistan facilit...

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

New York City launches project to promote fashion recycling

New York City wants to reduce clothing waste. The city's Department of Sanitation and NYC Economic Development Corporation launched a campaign to encourage people to find ways to recycle, swap or repair old or unwanted clothing.

Ban on gagging orders that hide work abuse

Gagging orders that prevent victims of workplace sexual harassment from going to the police will be banned under plans to be announced by the government tomorrow.Nearly 18 months after the advent of the #MeToo movement, non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) will be outlawed in cases where victims make co

Stars turn out for Stella McCartney's bid to save rainforest

Stella McCartney showed what can be done with upcycled clothes and fabrics in a classy Paris show whose front row was filled with celebrity fans led by Oprah Winfrey. The British designer -- a vegan who used the show to launch a #ThereSheGr

NHS patients to be offered free tampons

Women and girls in hospital who need sanitary protection will be offered free tampons and other products from this summer, NHS England has said. It follows a British Medical Association campaign pointing out many hospitals supply razors and shaving foam to men, but no sanitary products.

Vegan sausage roll boosts Greggs

Greggs has credited the fanfare around the launch of its vegan sausage roll for driving a sharp rise in sales. The bakery chain said the publicity the snack gained helped sales surge 9.6% in the seven weeks to 16 February.

Patagonia hires ex-Obama advisor as 'environmental advocate'

News / News / Patagonia hires ex-Obama advisor as 'environmental advocate' CALIFORNIA - US outdoor brand, Patagonia, has taken an unprecedented step by hiring what we believe to be the first dedicated 'environmental advocate' to work exclusively for a global apparel brand.

8th March 2019

In the news today:

Women's rights cannot be sacrificed to Brexit

Today is International Women's Day. It is also three weeks until the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. These two events are more closely tied than you might imagine.

Revealed: the best and worst places in the world to be a woman

Iceland has the smallest gender gap in the world, making it one of the best countries to be a woman, according to the global gender gap index. Devised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and launched in 2006, the index has become widely used to judge and compare women's empowerment around the world.

Revealed: the best and worst places in the world to be a woman

Iceland has the smallest gender gap in the world, making it one of the best countries to be a woman, according to the global gender gap index. Devised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and launched in 2006, the index has become widely used to judge and compare women's empowerment around the world.

Revealed: the best and worst places in the world to be a woman

Iceland has the smallest gender gap in the world, making it one of the best countries to be a woman, according to the global gender gap index. Devised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and launched in 2006, the index has become widely used to judge and compare women's empowerment around the world.

Record rise in GOTS-certified facilities

News / News / Record rise in GOTS-certified facilities IZMIR - The number of Global Organic Textile Standard-certified facilities increased by 14.6 per cent in 2018 from 5,024 to 5,760. Certified facilities are now located in 64 countries around the globe.

7th March 2019

In the news today: High court rules government's fracking guidelines 'unlawful'; Microplastic pollution revealed 'absolutely everywhere' by new research; and a garment factory in Dhaka allowed to operate despite it repeatedly having failed to address alarming fire safety hazards.

Olivia Colman Shines A Spotlight On Sustainable Fashion As She Is Crowned A BFI Fellow

It's scarcely been two weeks since Olivia Colman scooped up the Best Actress statuette at the Oscars 2019, but, last night, The Favourite star was back on the podium giving another acceptance speech - to receive her British Film Institute fellowship.

Why Fashion Can No Longer Ignore Sustainability

No one can afford to ignore sustainability, especially fashion. While the oft-repeated quote about the industry being the world's second biggest polluter has been , that doesn't mean fashion has suddenly become a benefactor to the planet.

People of color describe challenges of working in fashion

Kent State University, in collaboration with CUSP, a community for people of color in the fashion industry, hosted an event at its New York City campus to support diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Britain's Charity Regulator To Grill WWF Over "Appalling Atrocities"

The UK Charity Commission said it would be asking "serious questions" of the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) after BuzzFeed News revealed its funding for anti-poaching guards who have tortured and killed people in wildlife parks across Asia and Africa.

Fire hazard factory allowed to operate

News / News / Fire hazard factory allowed to operate DHAKA - Authorities in Bangladesh knowingly allowed a garment factory to operate despite it repeatedly having failed to address alarming fire safety hazards, claims a leading campaign group.

Wetland mud could ease climate change

Muddy, coastal marshes are "sleeping giants" that could fight climate change, scientists say. A global study has shown that these regions could be awoken by sea level rise. Sea level is directly linked to the amount of carbon these wetlands store in their soil, the team reports in the journal Nature.

Support is surging for teens' climate change lawsuit

The 21 youths suing the federal government over climate change have gained a new round of supporters, including 30,000 youths who signed onto a legal brief asking an appeals court to allow the long-delayed case to go to trial.

India is in a historic water crisis. Will diverting 30 rivers solve it?

Writer and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek's Out of Eden Walk is on a storytelling odyssey across the world in the footsteps of our human forebears. This is his latest dispatch from India. Prem Singh's farm thrives along the dusty banks of the River Ken. Strangled by years of drought, the river's currents have ebbed.

Britain needs a green new deal to revive its economy after Brexit

Britain needs a new economy that works for everyone and to move beyond the old, broken systems and status quo that left many people behind. A green new deal for the UK could give us just that. Climate change has muscled its way back onto the political agenda.

UK aims to draw third of electricity supplies from offshore wind

The UK has announced a new target to source a third of its electricity from offshore wind by 2030, but faces criticism for not setting more ambitious goals to reduce carbon emissions. The target is the result of a deal with companies in the sector that forms part of the government's industrial strategy.

Microplastic pollution revealed 'absolutely everywhere' by new research

Microplastic pollution spans the world, according to new studies showing contamination in the UK's lake and rivers, in groundwater in the US and along the Yangtze river in China and the coast of Spain.

'Falling out of trees': dozens of dead possums blamed on extreme heat stress

Rescuers found 127 ringtail possums along the shoreline and in the water on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula

High court rules government's fracking guidelines 'unlawful'

The government's attempts to make fracking easier have received a setback after the high court ruled key aspects of its national planning policy to be unlawful. In a case brought by anti-fracking campaigners, the court found that it was material to consider scientific evidence, including the effects on climate change, in deciding policy on fracking, and the government had failed to do so.

6th March 2019

In the news today:

Google found it paid men less than women for the same job

The story we're used to hearing is that women get paid less than men. In Google's case, according to its own internal pay audit, it turned out male-identified Level 4 Software Engineers received less money than women in that same role. That led to Google paying $9.7 million to adjust pa...

Tuesday briefing: WWF accused of funding atrocities against indigenous communities

Get WIRED's daily briefing in your inbox. Sign up here A harrowing investigation by BuzzFeed News claims that the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has funded anti-poaching groups that have terrorised indigenous communities across Asia and Africa ( The Guardian).

The road to clean air: how fighting pollution turned political

Back in the days when Sherlock Holmes was clattering around London's smoggy streets in horse-drawn hansom cabs, the future almost arrived to replace them. In 1897 primitive electric taxis were tried out in the city. They didn't last long: their weak batteries were no match for powerful petrol and diesel engines.

Bird extinctions 'driven' by global food trade

About 100 bird species are predicted to go extinct based on current farming and forestry practices, according to a new global analysis. This number has increased by 7% over the first ten years of this century alone, say scientists. They say the biggest factor is cattle farming, but the impact of oil seed crops like palm and soy is growing fast.

'I won't have children due to climate change'

These women from BirthStrike took the decision because they're so scared for the future of life on Earth.

It's cruelty not chlorine that should worry us

I love chickens, they are my favourite pets. Over the years they've even come into the house and watched Modern Family with us. I hand-reared our champion cockerel, Rexy, on leftover Weetabix. They wander round our garden, Devon Blues and Lohmann Browns, forming a pecking order, scratching for insec

Florida bill would ban plastic straw bans

In the growing war against the environmental impact of plastic, Florida seems to be taking a giant step backwards by pushing legislation that would stop local authorities from banning plastic straws, a move that has, not surprisingly, angered many environmentalists.

Deal signed for huge coal-fired power plants in Hunter Valley, Hong Kong firm says

A deal has been signed to develop two massive new coal-fired power stations near Kurri Kurri in the New South Wales Hunter region, according to a Hong Kong-based investment firm. Guardian Australia can reveal local authorities - including the Cessnock mayor, Bob Pynsent - have recently been briefed about the unusual plans to turn the failed Hunter Economic Zone into a 2,000MW coal power plant.

'We cannot swim, we cannot eat': Solomon Islands struggle with nation's worst oil spill

On a normal weekend, the waters of Kangava Bay would be busy with children playing or collecting clam shells and villagers heading out to catch reef fish to eat. But last Sunday the bay was quiet.

22 of world's 30 most polluted cities are in India, Greenpeace says

Twenty-two of the world's 30 worst cities for air pollution are in India, according to a new report, with Delhi again ranked the world's most polluted capital.

5th March 2019

In the news today: Ocean heat waves are killing underwater life, threatening biodiversity; extreme weather blamed for Italy’s worst olive harvest in 25 years; and New York City launches project to reduce clothing waste through recycling.

 

Ocean heat waves are killing underwater life, threatening biodiversity

Intense heat waves are bad for human health. They can lead to sometimes deadly conditions like dehydration and stroke. And just like extreme temperatures on land, marine heat waves can drastically alter life under the sea.

Time we taxed cars in proportion to how polluting they are

Gone are the days when policy development could be siloed, with each government department responsible for its own small niche. The government faces significant environmental challenges, from improving the quality of the air we breathe to reducing CO2 emissions, ensuring clean growth - but it cannot

Vietnam's solar policy risks becoming victim of its own success

Vietnam 's push to develop solar power has been too successful. Lured in by generous feed-in-tariffs, projects are lined up for approvals to generate gigawatts of power that the current network simply cannot handle. Without a more aggressive plan to upgrade the country's transmission and distribution network, the government risks investors drifting away, threatening its goal of bringing more power to feed Vietnam's booming economy.

A radical outlook needs strategy to match

By 2035, renewables (solar and wind) will account for more than 50 per of global power generation; electric vehicles will be the low-cost option for car, van and small-truck drivers; oil demand will be declining; and gas demand will have peaked. Total energy demand will be plateauing despite a growing global economy and a still-rising population.

Italy may depend on olive imports from April, scientist says

Extreme weather blamed for plunge in country's olive harvest - the worst in 25 years

Climate breakdown is coming. The UK needs a Greener New Deal | Jason Hickel

Global economic growth is outstripping our green efforts. A cap must be put on consumption before is it cripples us, says anthropologist Jason Hickel

Heatwaves sweeping oceans 'like wildfires', scientists reveal

Extreme temperatures destroy kelp, seagrass and corals - with alarming impacts for humanity

FLA demands factory list transparency for affiliates

News / News / FLA demands factory list transparency for affiliates WASHINGTON - The board of the Fair Labor Association, a US non-profit which promotes adherence to international and national labour laws, has voted in favour of associate businesses requiring full factory list transparency.

McCartney recycles an old idea with vintage collection

How does fashion's premier vegetarian square mass consumption with her passion for conservation? By designing not just for next season but for the next generation, Stella McCartney said after showing a collection of upcycled clothes in Paris yesterday."We've tried to create pieces that you want to h

A stitch in time: Fashion's new stars want to save the world

A new generation of rising fashion stars alarmed by the plight of the planet are designing in a radically different way to their elders. Some of the most interesting shows of Paris fashion week -- once notorious for its decadence and waste

New York City launches project to promote fashion recycling

New York City wants to reduce clothing waste. The city's Department of Sanitation and NYC Economic Development Corporation launched a campaign to encourage people to find ways to recycle, swap or repair old or unwanted clothing.

Stars turn out for Stella McCartney's bid to save rainforest

Stella McCartney showed what can be done with upcycled clothes and fabrics in a classy Paris show whose front row was filled with celebrity fans led by Oprah Winfrey. The British designer -- a vegan who used the show to launch a #ThereSheGr

4th March 2019

In the news today: UK's initial progress on carbon cutting is starting to slow; Gagging orders that prevent victims of workplace sexual harassment from going to the police will be banned; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes school climate strikes.

Virgil Abloh, Chiara Ferragni Join Throng at LVMH Designer Showcase

PARIS - Upcycling, experimenting with new fabrications and melding cultural references emerged as key themes at the cocktail held for the 20 semifinalists of the LVMH Prize for Young Designers at the headquarters of luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

 

Stella McCartney launches #ThereSheGrows charity initiative

In the run up to the Stella McCartney autumn/winter 2019 catwalk show during Paris Fashion Week, the British designer has launched a social media campaign, with the help of her celebrity friends including Gwyneth Paltrow, Pink, and Drew Barrymore, to

How Guilty Should You Feel About Wearing Leather?

Brands are ditching fur like it's a wedge-heeled sneaker. There's a vegan fashion week in Los Angeles. Chanel even announced that it would no longer use exotic skins in its products. But although the fashion industry is (slowly) becoming more ethical, there's no shortage of leather, even though it's just as bad as fur - isn't it?

Ban on gagging orders that hide work abuse

Gagging orders that prevent victims of workplace sexual harassment from going to the police will be banned under plans to be announced by the government tomorrow.Nearly 18 months after the advent of the #MeToo movement, non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) will be outlawed in cases where victims make co

Merkel welcomes school climate strikes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she supports school students' protests about climate change. It appears to contradict some education officials, who have criticised participants for skipping school and threatened them with exclusion. Mrs Merkel said students might be frustrated at the time taken to move away from coal-based energy but asked them to understand it was a challenge.

NHS patients to be offered free tampons

Women and girls in hospital who need sanitary protection will be offered free tampons and other products from this summer, NHS England has said. It follows a British Medical Association campaign pointing out many hospitals supply razors and shaving foam to men, but no sanitary products.

'Their birthright is being lost': New Zealanders fret over polluted rivers

Dairy boom has coincided with decline in water quality, leaving two-thirds of rivers unsafe for swimming

Parliament must declare a climate emergency - not ignore it | Caroline Lucas

Westminster's lacklustre approach is incredible. We need nothing short of a transformation of the way we live our lives, says the Green's Caroline Lucas

What you can do to reduce the destructive impact of concrete

From recycling to divesting from cement firms, here are some ways you can lessen the impact of concrete on the planet

UK's initial progress on carbon cutting starts to slow

Emissions fell for sixth year running in 2018, but reductions margins have shrunk

Some Great Barrier Reef coral suffering lasting effects from mass bleaching events

Several reefs have not recovered from back-to-back bleaching, surveys have found, but others remain in good condition

The Duchess of Sussex will be on a panel with Adwoa Aboah on International Women's Day

The Duchess of Sussex will take part in a panel discussion at King's College in London on 8th March for International Women's Day, hosted by the Queen's Commonwealth Trust.

 

#TheUpliftingNews 

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

 

Glastonbury bans plastic bottles for first time in bid to cut waste
Glastonbury Festival is banning single-use plastic bottles this year for the first time in a bid to cut waste. Plastic drinking bottles will not be sold to revellers or supplied backstage, in dressing rooms or to production and catering staff. Organisers are encouraging festival-goers to use reusable bottles and refill them at taps around the site.
Read the full story on standard.co.uk

 

Plastic packaging used to make car parts in upcycling revolution
Fizzy drinks bottles could be turned into materials strong enough for car parts by using an "upcycling" technique, scientists have said. Researchers said that a recycling process can convert single-use bottles made from one of the world's most widely used plastics - polyethylene terephthalate (PET) — into more durable, valuable products with longer life-spans, cutting the energy needed to recycle PET by more than half.
Read the full story on thetimes.co.uk

Garment Packaging Supplier Develops Biodegradable Range of Products
As the problem of plastic waste becomes more critical, the apparel and textile supply chain is tackling the issue with research and innovation. The latest comes from garment packaging and accessories supplier Rudholm Group, which has developed a new range of plastic packaging products that are naturally biodegradable in landfill conditions.
Read the full story on sourcingjournal.com

Selfridges Has Banned Exotic Skins
Luxury fashion houses and environmental activists alike have condemned the use of fur in collections, prompting an industry-wide shift towards heightened sustainability. Brands like Gucci and Versace signalled their embrace of renewed ethicality by pledging to stop incorporating the fur trims that had traditionally defined their runways. However, Victoria Beckham, Chanel, and most recently the British department store Selfridges, have taken the cue one step further by banning the use of exotic skins.
Read the full story on papermag.com

CO2 emissions are falling in 18 countries
Carbon emissions are in decline in 18 of the most developed countries and the reduction is greatest in those that have implemented renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, research has found.However, part of the fall in the countries, which include Britain and the United States, can be explained by reduced demand after the 2008 economic crash.
Read the full story on thetimes.co.uk

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