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
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
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?
Whether fashion conscious or just practical, most of us owns at least one pair of jeans. The average American wears jeans four days a week, and even in the UK, not known for it's cowboy culture, we each own an average of seven pairs. Non-organic cotton production uses huge amounts of water, polluting pesticides, insecticides … Continue reading Responsible denim
Young designers celebrate sustainability in fashion design
Emerging Asian and European designers are 'cutting the waste out of fashion' with support from a prestigious sustainable fashion design competition. The EcoChic Design Award, now in its fifth year, highlights and supports up-and-coming new designers working in Asian and European markets toward reducing textile waste. China alone produces approximately 20 million tonnes of textile … Continue reading Young designers celebrate sustainability in fashion design
Two very different approaches to recycling natural fabrics
The potential for recycling won't on its own make fashion sustainable. Putting months-old purchases in a charity or recycling bin won't undo the waste of resources or make up for any human or environmental cost involved in their manufacture. That said, buying recycled is a great way to avoid adding to a growing problem. UN … Continue reading Two very different approaches to recycling natural fabrics