Fast fashion: a sustainable future?

Image description: a shopfront with ‘sale’ in large lettering Recently, reports emerged showing that Boohoo’s suppliers had kept factories open during the lockdown without adequate social distancing and with workers reporting symptoms. It was also revealed that some suppliers to Boohoo were paying workers as little as £3.50, far below the legal minimum wage. This […]

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Fashion after corona

Image Description: A sustainable clothes shop  Summer sales, holiday clothes, new-season equals new wardrobe. Normally, at this time of year, many of us would be taking advantage of student discounts to get that perfect fit for the sunny weather. Instead, clothing sales sunk by 34% in March – a drop easily associated with the lockdown […]

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We consider the impact of our journey, but why not destination?

Molly Archer-Zeff questions Airbnb’s sustainability Central location, great atmosphere, bustling nightlife. These were among the attractive list of offerings an Airbnb in Athens lured me with. What the description perhaps conveniently forgot to include was the ideal location to witness the tensions that were sizzling between the citizens of Athens and Airbnb. The first thing […]

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Oxford academics call for more research into the effectiveness of meat-consumption intervention schemes 

Image Credit: Cowles Communications, Inc. (Public Domain) Despite recognising that, due to the perceived normality of its place in our diet, the choice to eat meat goes largely unexamined, environmental researchers at Oxford University have stressed that ‘social norms can and do change’, and ought to be ‘aided by coordinated efforts of civil society, health […]

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The run down on fast fashion

Fast fashion. An industry now intrinsic to the high street, earning the name through its fast process from design to mass production as much as its brief shelf-life. In a consumer culture where trends last as long as a Twitter hash-tag, how can retailers keep up the pace without social and environmental consequences? Short answer: they can’t. The challenge has moved beyond slowing […]

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Fewer bags and better people

As I scanned my trusty £3 Sainsbury’s meal deal at the counter last Friday I realised the fateful day had come. No longer could I rely on glorious plastic bag to carry my every whim, at no extra charge. No more could I walk blindly on by whilst costlessly packaging my almost edible food within […]

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