S & S News: The Week in Highlights shares a collection of current articles, reports and stories that are newsworthy in the realm of sustainability, social responsibility and beyond. Feature promise: Absolutely no fake news.
February commences with cautionary statements from the UN that warns we must preserve and manage at least 30% of the Earth’s natural resources by 2030 to ensure adequate planet protection by 2050. With Dry Jan out of sight and out of mind, Budweiser reveals renewable beers brewed for the boys powering production processes with 100% solar energy and donating renewable energy to Atlanta for Super Bowl Week. On the fashion front, Paris sets its eyes on the prize to be crowded world’s most sustainable fashion capital by 2040 whilst innovation trends through waste regeneration feature heavily at London’s Future Fabric Expo.
This week’s highlights also include a de-brief on the Environmental Audit Committee’s fast fashion findings in the UK.
To keep the planet flourishing, 30% of Earth needs protection by 2030 via National Geographic
Rivers in the Sky: How Deforestation Is Affecting Global Water Cycles via Yale Environment 360
In Britain, Budweiser Will Soon Be Brewed Using 100 Percent Solar Power via Yale Environment 360
‘Welcome to my high-fashion, trash shopping mall’ – a stylish shopping mall in Sweden, where everything is second-hand via BBC
5 Innovative Fashion Materials Made From Food By-Products via Forbes
The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Is Gaining Ground and Could Hit Manufacturers Hard via Fortune
Fast food giants under fire on climate and water usage via BBC
56 Million Native American Deaths Caused by European Colonizers Changed Earth’s Climate, Study Says via EcoWatch
Paris Aims to Be ‘Sustainable Capital of Fashion’ by 2024 via WWD
UK Environmental Audit Committee Address Fast Fashion!
Fast fashion isn’t free, we wear the stories of the people that make our clothes and somewhere, someone else is paying. In a bid to investigate who made our clothes, the Committee are staying woke as they embark on naming and shaming of Britain’s least sustainable fast fashion brands. Why?
📜👗The UK fashion industry is worth £32 billion, dominated by fast fashion players
📜👗Wasted wardrobes; The UK throws away 11 million items of clothing worth £140 million into the bin every year.
📜👗People in the UK purchase 27 kilos/person of clothing more than anywhere else in Europe (equivalent of X2 huge suitcases & double the amount of Italians)
📜👗The worst offenders: Amazon, JD Sports, Sports Direct, Boohoo, Kurt Geiger TK Maxx & Missguided (completely disengaged from the promotion of sustainability, no efforts to reduce their carbon/water/waste footprint)
📜👗The moderately engaged: ASOS, M&S, Tesco, Primark and Burberry (developing organic cotton, take back schemes & recycling banks)
📜👗Engaging at a VERY incremental level: Next, Debenhams, Arcadia Group & Asda (Next said a take back scheme was too expensive, none publish reports)
📜👗The inquiry found illegal practices even within the UK in Leicester where 10,000 textile workers produce more than 1 million items of clothing/week
📜👗Mary Creagh, the Labour chair of the committee, said: “A £50 garment worn 100 times is better than a £5 dress that is worn just once. It’s shocking to see that a group of major retailers are failing to take action to promote environmental sustainability and protect their workers.”
High street underperformance and bids to play catch up on just-in-time fast fashion supply chain manufacturing could perhaps be mitigated by an overhaul of retailers environmental and social agenda.
Summary via Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/jan/31/six-uk-fashion-retailers-fail-to-cotton-on-to-sustainability-environment?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0Zhc2hpb25TdGF0ZW1lbnQtMTkwMjAx&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=FashionStatement&CMP=fashion_email
You can read the full parliamentary speech here & the committee is set to publish its report and recommendations to government soon so stay tuned for the full update: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2019-01-31/debates/71C6AC48-9F09-407F-8283-C29A8BB17DCD/FashionIndustry