Death by an LBD – is it possible?! Solvents, surfactants, dyes, led, plasticisers and phthalates are ubiquitous chemicals found in clothing. What’s a CMR? A PBT? A vPvP? Or an EDC? All will be revealed! In this latest S & S Decoded I explore how the fashion industry and its market players can combat the chic but toxic mentality that has become rigidly entrenched into it’s manufacturing processes.
A review of this design manifesto centres on how we interact with the earth’s natural systems and nature. It calls for a paradigm shift away from a linear economy to one that is circular. The focus on a Cradle to Cradle philosophy in creating systems that promote an endless life cycle and celebrate an abundance of human creativity, culture, and productivity.
What better way to use technology as a force for good than by downloading the innovations of disruptive developers who have sought to bring sustainable practices to you in simply one swipe. Whether it’s ethical consumption, disrupting the way we shop, reducing your carbon footprint, surveying the provenance of your purchases across various categories or donating your waste, as of 2019 there really is an app for everything. Here’s a selection of some of my favourite in no particular order to help handle your sustainable conundrums, so free up your storage, archive those WhatsApps and get installing!
S & S Podcast Playlist is a healthy dose of the definitive sustainable sounds you need to devour during your daily commute, gym session or evening wind down. Here are our February picks.
A glimpse inside the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Fashioned From Nature exhibition. Constructed with the intention to spark debates and discussion surrounding the symbiotic relationship of fashion and nature since 1600, it poses two seminal questions to its audience. Firstly, how can we design a more sustainable fashion industry? And subsequently, what prized lessons can we learn from the past?
Musings of S & S: In Review look to survey and report on the latest in literature, media & cultural attractions. Turning The Tide on Plastic by Lucy Siegel is a contemporary and comprehensive publication that explores our problematic relationship with cold, hard shiny polyethylene terephthalate. As a body of work, it provides much needed historical context, number crunching and statistical evidence on this material’s pervasive systematic integration into modernity. In this piece, I have extracted the 10 key takeaways from Lucy’s writing that I believe to be at the crux of digesting the current status quo and moving forward in tackling our plastic paralysis.
Need an enlightening, thought provoking feature length documentary for a more green, guilt free screening? I’ve compiled a selection of my top 10 picks for a sustainable netflix & chill. Post dedicated to the true friends and MVPs that actually fund and pay for the Netflix account so you can screen for free.