S & S News: The Week in Highlights – 02.03.2019

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.

S & S Spotlight: ECONYL®

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.

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: Fashioned From Nature – V & A Museum

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?

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.

S & S News: The Week in Highlights 13.01.2019

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.

S & S Spotlight: Orange Fiber

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.