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.
January thus far has been far from uneventful. With the Democrats flipping things on their head for the US climate agenda and the release of scientific evidence that the warming of our oceans has accelerated beyond what was previously forecasted. Meanwhile the UK’s retailers are awakening to the infinite possibilities of embracing sustainability including Lush’s first ‘ naked’ plastic free store and M & S’s range of vegan shoes.
What if I said to you, residual materials of citrus fruits can be cultivated into opulent fabrics likened to the most luxurious of silks? The Godfather, Don Michael Corleone, would roll around in his grave knowing he missed a trick with the lucrative opportunities of Sicilian citrus fruits hailing from his territory. For the latest edition of S & S Spotlight, let me introduce you to Orange Fiber. Delivering the zest of equal parts innovation and elegance, Orange Fiber is the world’s first brand to create a patented material derived from ‘pastazzo’, translating from Italian to mean otherwise wasted.
S & S News: The Week in Highlights shares a collection of current articles, reports and stories that are newsworthy in the realm of sustainability, social responsibility and beyond. Feature promise: Absolutely no fake news. The dust has settled and it's back to work, scroll through what you may have missed over the festive period.
To kick off Volume I of S & S Spotlight, a series that delves into the stories of sustainable brands, there is no better advocate than Veja sneakers. This spotlight feature attributes specific attention to Veja’s sleek sartorial appeal and admirable levels of transparency along its supply chain to drive value for communities as well as consumers.
Are you searching for some sustainable sneaks with a story to their sole? The sneaker industry currently produces over 15 billion pairs of trainers annually which have a seismic environmental and social impact. This article analyses the environmental performance of our most beloved footwear through a life cycle assessment and provides a plethora of sustainable, innovative trainer brands with designs that embrace circularity so you can purchase with purpose!