S & S Decoded: Chic but Toxic – An Exploration of Chemicals used in the Fashion & Textile 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.

S & S In Review: Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by Michael Braungart & William McDonough – An Op Ed for Fashion Roundtable

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.

Fashion Accelerators – The Catalyst for Innovation & Sustainability in the Fashion Industry: An Op-Ed for Fashion Roundtable

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.

S & S Podcast Playlist: February Picks

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.

S & S Decoded: Socially Responsible Investing

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.

S & S Decoded: Export Exposé – Plastic Recycling & Britain’s Dirty Secret

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.

S & S In Review: Turning The Tide On Plastic by Lucy Siegle

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.