How to buy fashion in charity shops

Charity shops are an ideal source for great pre-loved clothes, and can be a boon if you're uneasy about the ethics of the current fashion industry. It doesn't have to be new to look great, but it does help to know what you're doing, so here are a few tips to get you started. Know … Continue reading How to buy fashion in charity shops

Is it time to close the loop in our food production?

UK TV chef and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is standing up against food waste in the supermarket world. In his latest documentary for the BBC, Hugh's War on Waste, he describes watching 20 tonnes of freshly dug parsnips, enough to provide 100,000 people with a generous portion each, consigned to the rubbish heap of a Norfolk … Continue reading Is it time to close the loop in our food production?

Can we really make peace with silk?

It's not difficult to understand why mankind has a centuries-long history of using silk. A natural fabric which makes beautiful, luxurious yet durable outerwear and practical, tactile, insulating yet breathable underwear, its production also lends itself to small-scale, cottage-style industry. Unfortunately it's usually stolen from the caterpillar of the moth bombyx mori (or 'silkworm) in … Continue reading Can we really make peace with silk?

Sustainable consumption and behavioural change

Social scientists suggest 75% of a private individual's direct resource consumption can be linked to everyday practices associated with either mobility, eating and drinking or household water and energy. But these very fundamental everyday practices pose a knotty problem for sustainability advocates, being deep-rooted and habitual, and therefore particularly difficult to change. The latest thinking … Continue reading Sustainable consumption and behavioural change

How sweet is your ice-cream?

Ice-cream.  We all know it's not that good for us.  But how good is it for the rest of the world? As with most foodstuffs, there's a whole complex of issues surrounding the production of this tempting summer treat.  We take a quick look at a few of them. Traceability Almost half the ice-cream sold … Continue reading How sweet is your ice-cream?

Keep voting responsibly, and not just with your wallet

Many large suppliers now have fairly-paid, permanent workforces in safe factories, and reputation-conscious brands, burned by decades of bad publicity, are their biggest clients. But increasing demand, particularly in the fashion sector, for ever greater speed-to-market has also led to a rise in 'mega-suppliers', huge agencies trading entirely on thousands of ephemeral working relationships with unregulated small manufacturers in the interest of fast turnaround.