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
Personal care products like facial and body scrubs and polishing toothpastes can be found in most modern bathrooms, yet few of us realise how many of our favourite products contain tiny pieces of plastic. Cheap plastic microbeads, some as small as ½ mm, in diameter, have been commonly used in cosmetics for nearly a decade, … Continue reading Are you flooding the oceans with plastic pollution?
The annual festival of chocolate over-indulgence known as Easter raises more serious issues than pimples and weight gain for the ethical shopper. The cocoa trade is notoriously bedevilled by child labour, slavery and other workers' rights issues. Palm oil, which can be used in confectionery listed merely as 'vegetable oil', is rarely produced sustainably, and … Continue reading Easter Egg shopping list
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
If there was a cashmere sweater among your Christmas gifts, you may now be enjoying its tactile warmth, or perhaps wondering at what cost this luxurious garment was produced. Strong, light, and incredibly soft, quality cashmere is a downy underfleece grown by a specific breed of goat for extra insulation in winter. Known in China … Continue reading Is there a cashmere sweater among your Christmas gifts ?