With the mass food and packaging waste occurring in the UK, simultaneous to the rise in poverty and inequality, this article explores the contrasting trajectories of our abhorrent throw away culture next to the destitution facing many UK households and how initiatives like the Felix Project are pursuing the mission of rebalancing this disparity.
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!
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.
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.