Businesses are reducing their energy use and investing in renewables, not just to appease consumers or stay within government restrictions, but to boost their bottom lines.
Most theatres in London now aim to ensure their productions are as environmentally sustainable as they are artistically valuable, despite the huge challenge that can at first appear. Large commercial venues have long put ecology at the heart of their businesses. Leading the field, the huge Dominion has had an environmental policy since 2005, and … Continue reading How a new green agenda is helping theatres to create a more sustainable future
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?
Stella McCartney is arguably the leader of sustainability in high fashion, and one of the first catwalk designers to embed sustainability, and in particular her sincere commitment to animal rights, throughout her entire business model. What makes her inspiring to me is a clear sense of responsibility for the environmental and ethical impact of every … Continue reading Sustainability leadership in the luxury fashion world: Stella McCartney
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
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.