Rapanui’s Teemill revolutionises fast fashion with circular T-shirts

The world's dwindling resources, including cotton often sourced in questionable circumstances, are used to manufacture millions of T-shirts, many of which will quickly end up in landfill. Now there's another way. An award-winning UK-based online software platform is using modern technologies like AI to make circular fashion stylish and open source.

Stylish glasses for an ethical new outlook

More than half of us need glasses to correct our vision, but like sunglasses they’ve long been a challenge to the eco-conscious. Frames are usually made from polluting, non-biodegradable petroleum-based plastics or from metal. While both are recyclable, your local scheme is unlikely to accept old specs, which are more likely to end up in … Continue reading Stylish glasses for an ethical new outlook

Four beautiful vegan bags for sustainable winter chic

Winter 2019/20 is almost upon us, so we're taking a look at some bags to take you through the most glamourous season in sustainable style. Replacing leather with a vegan alternative is key to our concept of a sustainable luxury handbag. Aside from the obvious animal exploitation, leather is typically treated with polluting chemicals, including … Continue reading Four beautiful vegan bags for sustainable winter chic

Sustainability champions Vin + Omi bring royal nettles to London Fashion Week

One of the most quirky eco-friendly contributions to this year's London Fashion Week, Sting, an event launching the Spring/Summer 2020 collection by Vin + Omi, featured clothing made from nettles harvested at Prince Charles's rural Highgrove estate. After contacting him about their work, the sustainable fashion pioneers first met the Prince of Wales in May 2018 … Continue reading Sustainability champions Vin + Omi bring royal nettles to London Fashion Week

Is clothing rental taking over from cheap ‘disposable’ fashion?

Fashion-conscious women turning their backs on the wasteful throwaway culture engendered by cheap, fast fashion retailers may be turning to rental as a way of changing up their everyday looks. Market analyst Mintel found 57% of UK fashion shoppers trying to shop more sustainably. More than half have also either rented clothing or are considering … Continue reading Is clothing rental taking over from cheap ‘disposable’ fashion?

Has the ‘sweatshop’ returned to the UK fashion industry?

The apparel industry has dominated Leicester since the 19th century; its thriving city factories once claimed to ‘clothe the world’. Poor conditions faced by framework knitters were highlighted by a Royal Commission of 1844, but legislation improving work hours and introducing paid holidays, pensions etc. slowly improved the garment-worker's lot. By 1936 it was the … Continue reading Has the ‘sweatshop’ returned to the UK fashion industry?