S & S News: The Week in Highlights – 02.03.2019

In news this week, we can only imagine the skyrocketing of Whispering Angel and Provence rosé sold on rooftops as the close of February saw record breaking temperatures of 20º across the UK.  

Across the Atlantic, US Congress passes the Natural Resources Management Act with a landslide victory of 363 – 62 in favour. The act sees the protection and preservation of almost 2.4 million acres of public lands from future mining operations and designates over 1 million acres of land as wilderness, the majority of which is reserved for recreation and conservation. No walls built there Mr. Donald T.

Charities continue to falter over fund raising merchandise as it is reported that Oxfam paid workers paid 55c/ hour to supply major Australian fashion labels and Holly Willoughby’s ‘Girl power’ charity t-shirts are produced by low wage factory workers in Bangladesh. The irony.

On the landscape of luxury, Kering Group set the standards for traceability amongst luxury conglomerate supply chains and Selfridges ban exotic skins. Meanwhile at #ParisFashionWeek Stella McCartney pioneers with her latest campaign ‘There She Grows’ which encouraged audience members  of her show to dedicate the planting of a tree to someone special. Funds are donated to protecting Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem, an area of ancient tropical rain forest that covers more than 6.5 million acres. (Link to participate is below.)

Finally, fear not Glastonbury golden ticket holders for it will be a sustainable sesh and raving with your refillable bottles as the festival bans plastic bottles in a bid to reduce waste.

UK beats winter temperature record again via BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47374936

U.S. Congress passes landmark Natural Resources Management Act via News Week

https://www.newsweek.com/natural-resources-management-act-congress-vote-passes-1345575

‘Girl power’ charity T-shirts made at exploitative Bangladeshi factory via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/mar/01/charity-t-shirts-made-at-exploitative-bangladeshi-factory

Oxfam reveals workers paid 55c an hour to supply major Australian fashion labels via ABC

https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/oxfam-australia-living-wages-report/10847824

Kering’s Traceability Partnership Paves New Way for Luxury Supply Chains via APLF

http://www.aplf.com/en-US/leather-fashion-news-and-blog/news/40483/supply-chain-traceability-kering-s-traceability-partnership-paves-new-way-for-luxury-supply-chains

Stella McCartney Heads Campaign to Save the Leuser Ecosystem via WWD

Find out more about how to get involved in the incredible ‘There She Grows’ Project here.

Glastonbury Festival bans plastic bottles for first time in bid to cut waste via Glastonbury

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/glastonbury-festival-bans-plastic-bottles-for-first-time-in-bid-to-cut-waste-a4078561.html

Earth could warm by 14°C as growing emissions destroy crucial clouds via New Scientist

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2194781-earth-could-warm-by-14c-as-growing-emissions-destroy-crucial-clouds/??utm_medium=NLC&utm_source=NSNS&utm_campaign=2019-0226-GLOBAL-NSDAY&utm_content=NSDAY

UN warns loss of biodiversity threatens food production via Financial Times

https://on.ft.com/2E3irhn?fbclid=IwAR1TJuwi7dH1drFP8hyL_seUVwW8VT1ueuF9TRgBBy3Hms6gM93nSb4E0Xk

Supermarkets misleading shoppers on healthy food, say nutritionists via BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47311097

Selfridges bans exotic skins via Retail Gazette

https://www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2019/02/selfridges-bans-exotic-skins/

Climate change is depleting our essential fisheries via National Geographic

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/02/climate-change-is-shrinking-essential-fisheries/

NASA Says Earth Is Greener Today Than 20 Years Ago Thanks To China, India via Forbes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2019/02/28/nasa-says-earth-is-greener-today-than-20-years-ago-thanks-to-china-india/#3d04f7786e13

Major brands under microfibre scrutiny in new study via Eco Textile

https://www.ecotextile.com/2019021424060/fashion-retail-news/major-brands-under-microfibre-scrutiny-in-new-study.html

These virtual reality clothes could be used to reduce the environmental impact of fast fashion via World Economic Forum

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/02/future-styles-could-virtual-clothes-reduce-the-damage-of-fast-fashion

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