Sustainability

18 Sustainability-Championing Brands Every Shopper Should Know About

In the wake of the pandemic, after hoards of fast-fashion stores cancelled their factory orders, Lost Stock swooped in to save the day. Buying the pieces and saving countless livelihoods of garment workers in the process. Consumers we given the chance to buy this stock in surprise bundles. Now, having reemerged as Unfolded, the brand offers seasonal capsules where customers can curate their own fashion bundles from a selection of pieces. After orders are placed, exact numbers of the garment will be made, cutting out any waste whatsoever. Along with schooling and other initiates which positive affect garment techs and their families, an Unfolded purchase is a do-good purchase.  You Deserve to Make Money Even When you are looking for Dates Online. So we reimagined wh...

11 Brands That Are Helping Us Rethink the Concept of Second-Hand

In 2012, when I studied abroad at the University of Texas at Austin, I became somewhat obsessed with shopping second-hand. During the time that I probably should have spent in the library, my friends and I would trawl through the city’s unique thrift stores, tracking down and trying on the best items we could find. Whether it was a 1980s–style Christian Dior purple power suit complete with covered buttons and padded shoulders or a simple floral cotton dress that looked like it belonged on the set of Dawson’s Creek, we were always elated with our diamond-in-the-rough finds. While I am embarrassed to admit it, at the time, my second-hand shopping habit had very little to do with sustainability or the environment and much more to do with budget and pe...

The Ultimate Guide to Clothing Rental Websites and Apps in the UK

The future of fashion is the community closet, i.e. multi-brand clothing rental websites and apps at every price point. It’s no secret that the fashion and textiles industry is a major player in our global waste problem, alongside the dangers of oil and agriculture. We still have quite a way to go if we want to close the loop on circular fashion, but the growing fashion rental economy is helping to push our consumption in a more sustainable direction. In the past few years, the fashion rental economy has grown at an exceptional rate. American company Rent the Runway was one of the first big names in the rental business, and it’s still going strong a whole decade layer. Since then, the UK has quickly followed suit with dozens of fashion rental websites and apps, specilising in e...

Controversial Fast Fashion Brand SHEIN Is Launching a YouTube Design Competition

China-based fast fashion retailer SHEIN is not shy of controversy. The brand known for cheap dupes of the latest fashion trends is launching a design competition series with YouTube. Airing on Sunday, 22 Aug., the SHEIN X 100K “Be Bold, Be You” challenge will be judged by a panel of Khloé Kardashian, Zendaya‘s stylist Law Roach, fashion designer Christian Siriano, LOVESEEN founder Jenna Lyons (previously creative director at J.Crew), and InStyle magazine’s style director Laurel Pantin. The SHEIN X 100K “Be Bold, Be You” challenge invites emerging designers to compete for $100,000 (£73,000) and a trip to LA for one-on-one mentorship with the judging panel. The Be Bold, Be You series features four episodes that will air weekly on Sundays from 22 Aug. to 12...

NNPC, Shell donate 10 solar power water projects to communities in Borno

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) have donated 10 solar powered boreholes and 16 VIP latrines to some communities in seven LGAs in Borno. Speaking at the formal handover ceremony of the projects in Maiduguri on Wednesday, Borno Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, lauded NNPC/SNEPCO for the intervention. He said it would impact positively on the lives of the benefitting communities. Kadafur, whose speech was read by Alhaji Mohammed Wanori, the Commissioner for Inter-Governmental Affairs, said the intervention was in line with the administration’s policy of restoration of livelihood in communities worst affected by decade-long insurgency. “This administration places a high premium on the adage which says ‘water ...

Jersey extends licences for EU fishing boats

The government of Jersey, a self-governing Channel Island between France and Britain, said Monday that it had extended a transitional fishing agreement with the European Union allowing EU boats to continue operating in its waters for three months. “The EU has recently requested an extension to the transitional arrangements, which had been due to come to an end on 30 June,” a statement from the Jersey government said, adding that “Jersey ministers have agreed to that request.” Jersey lies just off France’s northern coast and access to its rich waters has become a source of friction since Britain’s departure from the EU on January 1 tore up arrangements for fishing in the Channel. To gain new licences, Jersey has insisted that EU boats hand over proof that they have been operating in its wat...

KLEKT: The Sneaker Resale App That’s Not Just For Sneakerheads

Fashion resale is at an all time high, and one part of the industry that’s seen a huge rise in resale is sneakers. Thanks to apps like StockX, events like Crepe City, and an increased awareness around sustainability and pre-owned fashion, resale platforms are the most popular form of buying and selling sneakers. One platform that aims to bring more women into the resale industry is KLEKT, an online marketplace that promotes safety and inclusivity. We caught up with KLEKT’s CEO, Sally Scott, to talk about the app and the future of sneaker resale. POPSUGAR: What can you tell us about KLEKT, for those who haven’t heard of it? Sally Scott: KLEKT is an original sneaker marketplace. We bring buyers and sellers of sneakers and streetwear together to help create a community of li...

Ivory Coast says chocolate traders failing to pay farmers living wage premium

Major chocolate traders in Ivory Coast are failing to pay a $400-per-tonne premium on beans aimed at curbing farmer poverty, the country’s cocoa regulator said in a draft letter seen by Reuters on Friday. The Coffee and Cocoa Council (CCC) said companies including Mondelēz International Inc(MDLZ.O) were offsetting the Living Income Differential (LID) by offering a negative country differential – normally a premium of 70 to 150 pounds ($99-$212) per tonne to reflect the quality of Ivory Coast’s beans. Mondelēz said it was paying the full LID. “(Mondelēz) does not offer or have any influence over negative country differentials,” the company said in a statement to Reuters. Buyers have been pressing for the country differential to be turned into a country discount, so farmers receive the extra...

The Best New Sustainable Swimwear to Shop for Summer Days by the Sea

Fashion has a complicated relationship with plastic. As much as we pass laws to reduce it and march in the streets to get it out of our oceans, plastic fashion (like PVC shoes, clothes, and accessories) continues to be one of the industry’s biggest trends. It’s a funny paradox where our fascination with transparent pieces is subverting the actual transparency that we need from big brands. But what if we used the demand for this trend as a way to reduce our plastic problem? The word “sustainable” was once tied to an underground and overpriced market. Now that the eco-fashion revolution is in full swing, there are tons of fresh brands like Mara Hoffman, Reformation, and Chromat that are gaining loyal fan bases while influencing mega retailers, like H&M and Zara, t...

Burberry Is the First Luxury Brand to Pledge to Become Climate Positive by 2040

Burberry officially pledged to become climate positive by 2040, but what exactly does that mean? While being climate neutral means reducing the amount of harmful greenhouse gases released into the Earth’s atmosphere (the protective layer around the planet that keeps us from overheating), being climate positive means that Burberry will reduce more greenhouse gases than the brand’s production and supply chain creates. Burberry plans to achieve its 2040 climate positive goal by cutting emissions across its extended supply chain by 46-percent and launching special projects with climate conscious groups that share the brand’s vision. Burberry will also support the Fashion Avengers, which is a collective of global fashion organisations that are working to achieve the UN’s...

“Trashion”: This Woman Picks Up Your Trash at Music Festivals—Then Makes Art With It

Music festivals are some of the most magical, exciting, and glamorous spaces in the world. For a few days, music fans can come together for an indelible experience. They can dance to their favorite music, make new friends, fall in love, and live their lives to the fullest. But what happens when the festival ends? After festival-goers pack up their stuff, head out, and move on with their lives, people like Sophia Nielson are left to clean up the mess. At just 26 years of age, Nielsen operates her own company, WEgenerative, with the aim to educate people about waste. She promotes sustainability at music festivals by designing and implementing waste infrastructure, contracting with events, managing volunteers who pick up trash (usually the largest crew on the festival grou...

Nigerian government mulls deployment of GPS to monitor constituency projects, expenditure

The Federal Government, yesterday, considered the deployment of Global Positioning System (GPS) across the six geopolitical zones, in a bid to monitor constituency projects and expenditure. It also considered a bottom-up approach in the siting and location of zonal/constituency projects to enhance and ensure ownership by the constituents. This was contained in a communiqué issued at a 2-day stakeholders’ interactive forum organized by the Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, yesterday in Abuja. The communiqué which was signed by Simon Tyungu, a Special Adviser to the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, George Akume, added that ICT platforms should be created for monitoring and evaluation of projects to reduce physical exercise. According to him, “...

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