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?
Is the tide turning against fast fashion ?
If the sight of racks and racks of cheap, sparkly dresses failed to put you in the party mood this festive season, you're not alone. UK shoppers spent about £3.5bn on clothing for the 2018 party season, some on garments costing less than a G&T. Millions of these are already in landfill. Britons buy more … Continue reading Is the tide turning against fast fashion ?
Is your jewellery as good as gold?
If you're a responsible fashionista, no doubt you are all over the issues around animal products, and wouldn't be caught out, for example, by real, cruelly-sourced fur masquerading as faux fur. But how much do you think about who made your jewellery, where the stones and precious metals came from, or the human cost of … Continue reading Is your jewellery as good as gold?
Why fashion needs to slow down
Fashion is now the second biggest polluter in the world. Our fast fashion mentality is having a devastating impact on the environment, with 350,000 tonnes of clothing a year added to landfill in the UK alone. Shoppers no longer have to wait half a year for a new seasonal look. Instead, financially focused retailers are cashing … Continue reading Why fashion needs to slow down