It’s slow fashion season and if you’re going to dare to double denim, let it be with Nudie Jeans. Forget Calvins, Levis, True Religion or Diesel, if there’s a denim apparel brand you should have on your brain it should be this one. The latest S & S Spotlight focuses on the water intensive nature of the denim industry and how Nudie with their transparent production, life time repairs and re-use schemes are reinventing how clothing collections should close the loop in the fashion industry.
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.
This piece traces the advances of fashion accelerators in recent years, contextualises our urgent need for them to promote innovation and their purpose as a strategy to address the transition from a linear to circular and shared economies. Their ability to envelop a cradle to cradle philosophy in order to achieve the common goal of a sustainable industry underpins how fashion acts as a force for good.
If you’ve overhauled your fast fashion habit, adopted a flexitarian diet, avoided single use plastics like the plague, have you ever considered how your pensions are being invested to reflect your values? If you are actively trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle and avidly opposed to the oil, weapons or mining industries or an active campaigner for renewable energy and preserving natural resources, do you really want your prospective pension savings being invested into a portfolio that injects assets to the very causes you are fighting against? Cue, Socially Responsible Investing. This instalment of S & S Decoded seeks to unravel the concept of SRI as a long-term investment strategy to assess businesses and institutions that combine financial analysis with other criteria including environmental, social and good governance (ESG) factors. It will examine the various ¬screening processes, the metrics of ESG analysis and the factors that have fuelled the growth in the trajectory of the market. Through the provision of concrete examples, we can trace how the largest institutional investors and pension funds are engaging with SRI strategies to mitigate environmental, social and governance risks to create long term intangible value and financial returns for all stakeholders.
100% regenerated and 100% regenerable infinitely, ECONYL® is emblematic of the endless possibilities for the prosperity of people and the planet through waste regeneration. Some see trash, other see treasure and ECONYL® has pioneered in closed loop regeneration processes to transform the abundance of nylon waste that resides in landfills and oceans worldwide into sustainable textiles. From apparel and accessories to automobiles, upholstery and the most haute worthy soft furnishings, ECONYL® fashions fabrics and B2B projects for the likes of Stella McCartney, Brietling, H & M, Speedo and Adidas, to name but a few. Within this third edition of S & S Spotlight, we traverse the mission behind the material and its parent company Aquafil, delving into their circular processes, sustainability corporate initiatives as well as exploring ECONYL® reimagined in its endless forms.
From Chelmsford to China and Kensington to Kuala Lumpur, this export expose seeks to shed light on what truly happens to the majority of our plastic recycling after it has left our humble abodes and the facilities of businesses. We know that our strengths in exports lie in machinery, vehicles, Royal Wedding memorabilia, Cadburys and Piers Morgan, however Britain has also developed a seismic routine dependence on exporting our plastic waste. What’s a PRN? How did the UK recycling system become corrupt, embroiled in scandal and a facilitator in trash mafias? What exactly is the Green Fence and National Sword Policy? Why does it matter that our recycling is dumped overseas? Does Michael Gove need to go to Specsavers? Pertinent questions that will all be addressed.