The Chouinard family is transferring its ownership of Patagonia to the Holdfast Collective and the Patagonia Purpose Trust, both created to facilitate what appears to be an entirely new business model.
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
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?
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
A study of the fashion industry found that while some large brands are now making reasonable efforts to make their supply chains more transparent, many fall short. Three years after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, too many still seem to have little control, or even knowledge, of their own supply chains. After … Continue reading Transparency in fashion – how are we really doing?
There's a growing understanding among the most prominent brands that the traditional linear business model, based as it is on constant consumption of natural resources and sales driven by built-in obsolescence, is not sustainable. Particularly in the world of fashion, a more circular model is needed if companies are to continue to trade while protecting … Continue reading How clothing manufacturers are adapting to slow fashion and a circular economy