H&M is continuing to focus on its sustainability credentials with news that it’s launching a new collab swimwear collection and that it has topped a key ranking from the global non-profit Textile Exchange. News – FashionNetwork.com USA
H&M is focusing heavily on materials with the announcement of “new fabric technology that helps men stay cool”. It’s also launching a new dress offer next month made from “recycled and sustainably-sourced materials”. News – FashionNetwork.com USA
UKCloud increases support for public sector organisations with their digital transformation and remote workplace strategies, which is now enhanced by the achievement of the VMware Cloud Verified Status and a catalogue of VMware powered cloud services designed to address the specific security, connectivity and compliance needs of public services. London – 30/04/20 – UKCloud, the multi-cloud experts dedicated to making transformation happen across UK public sector, has today announced further investment in its partnership with…
Pinterest is encouraging its over 300 million users to support small businesses during the Covid-19 pendemic via a new collection on the Pinterest Shop, curated to spotlight sustainable brands and small businesses. News – FashionNetwork.com USA
London-based clothing label Saint & Sofia claims to be serious about sustainability. Their casual yet luxurious items are made of fabrics that are better for the planet. They use biodegradable packaging, regenerated materials, and will ship across the globe. Their items seem more affordable than most sustainable brands. Sizes run from US2 to US18, which isn’t as inclusive as it could be, but it’s a start. I haven’t seen, felt or fitted their items yet, but will report back on the quality when I do. Or perhaps you know the brand, and can share your thoughts.
Their design integrity is for those who like to wear a lot of casual black. It’s sporty and Athleisure, yet remixed with many modern classics and trendy silhouettes. The assortment includes lots of comfy knits, which make the vibe appealing for travel, staying at home, gals and Mums on the go, and very casual settings. The range includes a bit of solid blue, burgundy, teal, blush, white and grey, and a smattering of animal print in a sneaker. But most of their items are solid black. These items can be remixed with jeans and dressier items your way, making them quite versatile.
Here are some easy outfit formulas by the sustainable brand that caught my attention. You can either give the brand a go, or replicate the look with substitutes.
1. Comfy Column of Black
Combine a pair of wide leg black pants with a black tee, moto jacket, white sneakers, and you’re good to go. The pants can be knitted or woven, and are practical at the new shorter full length. The tee can be white or grey, or a turtleneck. Reproduce the vibe in dark blue, olive or charcoal if that’s more to your taste. To my eye the white sneakers make the look by breaking up the black and adding a crisp and trendy touch. Maybe metallic sneakers are more your thing.
2. Rock ’n’ Roll
You can take the top part of this outfit and match it with the bottom part of the first one. In other words, combine a pair of wide leg black pants with a black tee, moto, and statement grey scarf. Or keep it Athleisure with black leggings, or more structured with a pair of jeans. Add black, white or grey sneakers. A white, olive or grey tee or pullover will also work. The volume and two-toned interest of the scarf are what give the outfit its interest and drama.
3. Rocker Western
If you’re more of a skirt gal, try combining a flared midi skirt with a tee and moto jacket. Finish off the look with western combat boots. The blue, black and white palette works well, but you can switch the colours around. A black tee or pullover will work too. A short fitted top can be worn over the skirt instead of tucking it in. The black boots bookend the model’s hair and jacket. How fun are the pockets of the skirt! The jacket and boots give the outfit its structure so that it’s not all knitted.
4. Trendy Classic
Combine a pair of black trendy wide crops or shorter culottes with a tucked or semi-tucked grey or white tee, a black belt, and short black bomber jacket. Finish off the outfit with trendy white Seinfeld sneakers, classic slip-on fashion sneakers, or any other casual footwear that tickles your fancy. A denim jacket or moto can work instead of a bomber, and by all means add a scarf. Add jewellery, watch and headgear as desired.
To mitigate climate change and safeguard ecosystems, we need to make drastic changes in our consumption and transport behaviors. A new study shows how even minor changes to available infrastructure can trigger tipping points in the collective adoption of sustainable behaviors. Consumer Behavior News — ScienceDaily
When Greta Thunberg expressed her refusal to fly, owing to the environmental impact it imposes, she sparked widespread “flight shaming,” making travelers think twice about their means of transportation and prompting them to take a more thoughtful approach to travel.
“Something we are often asked about is how ‘flight shame’ has impacted SAS,” says Lars Andersen Resare, head of environment for Scandinavian Airlines. “We believe it’s important that people can continue to meet and that the world can continue to travel. But we can’t continue to just travel without adjusting to a more sustainable way.”
Aviation is responsible for 2% of all global carbon emissions (CO2), and according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), approximately 4.5 billion passengers will board commercial flights this year, with that number almost doubling by 2037.
New aircraft and biofuels
New strategies to mitigate use of fossil fuels are being implemented, and according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)—such as aviation biofuel—is key to reducing carbon emissions. Currently, there are only five airports with regular biofuel distribution today (Bergen, Norway; Brisbane, Australia; Los Angeles; Oslo; and Stockholm), with others offering occasional supply.
Aviation biofuel suppliers say SAF can cut the carbon footprint of airlines by up to 80%, but it costs up to four times as much as normal jet fuel, which has curtailed usage and demand for production, according to a recent article from Reuters.
Scandinavian Airlines aims to power all of its domestic flights—accounting for 17% of the carrier’s total fuel consumption—with biofuel by 2030. And for its international flights, like the newly launched direct flight from Los Angeles to Copenhagen, the airline took the 11-hour carbon impact into consideration. This year, the company will fully upgrade its entire fleet of airplanes to more fuel-efficient models, including the introduction of the Airbus A350 to the Los Angeles market this June, significantly reducing emissions.
There’s also the Airbus A320neo, which incorporates the latest in aerodynamics, leading to 50% reduced noise as well as fuel efficiency with 16% lower fuel burn and carbon emissions over previous generation aircraft.
What can you do?
Think about biofuels. Choose airlines that either blend biofuels with fossil fuels or those that have incorporated newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft into their fleets. JetBlue, for instance, aims to be the first U.S. airline to become fully carbon neutral later this year.
At some airlines, you can even add sustainable aviation fuel when booking a ticket.
The amount of waste created on airplanes—uneaten food, plastic cups, utensils, straws, plastic coverings on blankets, and other items given on board—plays a substantial role in the aviation impact.
Qantas, for example, generates more than 33,000 tons of waste per year on flights. By 2021, however, the airline plans to reduce that waste by 75%, which would also include the elimination of up to 100 million plastic items used in lounges across the world.
Among others, Air New Zealand is also committed to implementing a campaign to remove nearly 55 million single-use plastic items this year. “Items such as plastic cups, water bottles, eye-mask wrappers, and toothbrushes are being swapped for more sustainable options,” says a spokesperson for the airline. “In a fun initiative [in December 2019], we trialed edible coffee cups. We serve more than 8 million cups of coffee each year and felt that edible cups were an innovative way to reduce waste.”
What can you do?
Bring your own snacks in reusable containers or bags.
Fill a BPA-free reusable plastic bottle prior to boarding.
Reuse the cup the airline provides.
Seek out reusable utensils made from bamboo or other compostable materials to use during meal service (and throughout your trip).
Offsetting CO2 helps reduce emissions from air travel through individual actions before and after a flight. Airlines also direct portions of offset sales to investments in environmental organizations, activities such as reforestation, or renewable energy sources.
Scandinavian Airlines exclusively purchases CO2
compensation from energy projects linked to renewable energy conversions in
In 2019, Hawaiian Airlines, along with nine other members of the Hawai’i Green Growth Sustainability Business Forum, invested in a pilot carbon offset project expected to result in the management of the 8,245-acre Kona Hema forest preserve on Hawaii Island.
Many airlines are now encouraging customers to offset their carbon emissions during the booking process. Since integrating an offsetting functionality into its booking flow system in late 2016, Qantas has evolved from less than 100 carbon-offset bookings a month to more than 15,000. In the past year, customers have partially or fully offset more than 183,600 journeys, a 41% increase from 2018.
As the gateway to your destination, airlines represent just one step in taking action. Alaska Airlines, for instance, has partnered with Carbonfund.org to guide passengers on ways to live and travel sustainably.
What can you do?
Choose to offset your flight. If an airline offers this option, you can often do so during the booking process. When buying “carbon credits” through Air New Zealand, for example, all the money that’s collected goes directly toward its FlyNeutral program, which designates funds to permanent native forestry projects in New Zealand and carefully selected international renewable energy projects providing clean energy to communities.
Engage on the ground. Seek out tourist activities that help the earth and support local businesses that focus on sustainability.
Fly direct. This alleviates the impact of takeoff and landing, which generates 25% of a flight’s emissions.
Travel lightly. This helps lower the drag on the plane, which will use less fuel.
Beginning in 2015, Imperfect Foods blazed a trail to the forefront of the “ugly food” movement with striking graphics of misshapen vegetables that turned cosmetic defects into heart-tugging symbols of the fight against food waste. The company bought produce seconds in bulk and delivered the not-supermarket-pretty fruits and vegetables directly to consumers at discounted prices.
Over time—and in pursuit of its mission to reduce food waste and better the entire food system—Imperfect expanded to additional grocery categories, including dairy, meat, and seafood. But Imperfect’s use of the word sustainable for the off-size cuts and scraps of farmed salmon from European company Hofseth doesn’t sit well with many industry and sustainability experts, and leaves some wondering where Imperfect’s priorities really lie.
Sustainability in the seafood industry is more a spectrum than a widely accepted standard, but Hofseth and Imperfect both call the salmon sustainable. Commercial fisherman and sustainable seafood consultant Amy Grondin disagrees: while many of the company’s practices are a great improvement, open-water net pens can’t control for the waste from farming salmon and simply can’t guarantee protection for wild salmon against potential net pen breaks, especially with the uncertainty of changing weather patterns. “Until they put those farmed salmon in closed-containment systems (on land or barges),” says Grondin, “I don’t think that product is sustainable.” (Hofseth does have land-based farms in the works, and Imperfect hopes to use them in the future.)
Imperfect Foods believes that the Hofseth facilities are environmentally sound, and “[s]almon is a really popular fish for customers,” says Seth Rosenberg, who heads up seafood sourcing for the company. A pre-established supply line and the large volume available made it easy to weave into their offerings.
Alternative supply lines already exist for seafood—these scraps might otherwise go into salmon burgers, supplements, or pet food—but as Rosenberg notes, selling to Imperfect provides a more lucrative option for Hofseth. And while seafood is one of the main sources of food waste in the U.S., USDA studies show that while consumers waste about two times as much fresh fruit as retailers, they waste almost four times as much fish and seafood than the retail level.
To Lightner, who does see companies like Imperfect as user-friendly (though flawed) ways to avoid produce waste, there are simply better ways consumers can reduce seafood waste. She says people can start by eating canned varieties instead of fresh but farmed fish. “It’s the least pressure, and a good tuna melt is a great gateway to the joys of fish,” she says. For more advanced cooks, Lightner suggests making homemade seafood stock and learning to cook delicious “scraps” like fish collars. “The former will save you money and get a second use from things like shrimp shells, and the latter will help fishmongers sell their odds and ends in a way that is much like the undersized salmon fillet idea, but rooted in your community stores.”
Like Lightner, Grondin is a huge proponent of eating fish scraps, but the best way she sees to reduce waste is by companies simply taking fewer fish out of the water. “How many fish do they really need to raise to run their business and pay their people?,” she asks. “Are they really using all of it? What percentage of what they grow becomes waste?”
Rosenberg admits the flaws in Imperfect’s current system and hopes they can eventually source their fish domestically. Plans for the future include using bycatch (unwanted seafood caught while fishing for a different species), undervalued species like sole, and buying up inventory excess. “It’s challenging,” Rosenberg says, of sticking to the company’s mission when sourcing seafood. Despite Imperfect’s insistence that the salmon farm meets company standards, his points about tapping into an existing supply chain with an appealing product make it feel overwhelmingly like a business decision that sidesteps the stated mission. Rosenberg recognizes the room for improvement, though, and says that going forward he plans to target more wild, domestic seafood. Where the salmon partnership falls on the balance between mission and profit, he says, is more “about setting a minimum and then aiming really high.”
The latest brand to carry the torch of sustainable fashion? Woolrich, the beloved 190-year-old, Pennsylvania-based purveyor of ruggedly chic blankets, coats and apparel. For its third collection with British designer Jeff Griffin — co-founder of the carbon-neutral Griffin Design Studio — the label has introduced seven eco-friendly coats (ranging from $ 710 to $ 1,965) in bold… Fashion News, Photos, and Video | New York Post
Despite the good intentions of both companies and consumers, the luxury industry is struggling to adopt truly sustainable practices, except via the circular economy, as illustrated by the Pambianco Summit debate. News – FashionNetwork.com USA
Wineries in the mid-Atlantic region should consider recycling and encouraging their customers to bring bottles to their tasting rooms for refilling to distinguish their businesses from so many others, according to a team of wine-marketing researchers who surveyed consumers. Consumer Behavior News — ScienceDaily
Last week-end, at the Atelier Richelieu in Paris, the French luxury group brought together 80 developers and high-tech experts for a hackathon themed around software solutions dedicated to sustainable fashion. News – FashionNetwork.com USA
Parisian trade show Première Vision welcomed 56,154 visitors on September 17 to 19, at an edition centred on the issues of sustainability and innovation, and boosted by an intense conference programme. News – FashionNetwork.com USA
Some think that Francesco Risso at Marni is the most inventive designer in Milan at the moment, and judging from the compelling collection that he staged for the brand on Friday, that is a truly sage opinion. News – FashionNetwork.com USA
A survey by IFM/Première Vision, to which FashionNetwork had priority access, shows that price and style are no longer the main obstacles to buying sustainable fashion products in France, Italy, Germany and the USA. News – FashionNetwork.com USA
Here’s everything we’re shopping from Nordstrom’s new Sustainable Style section
We’re always excited when Nordstrom announces anything, really, but its latest news is particularly worth celebrating. On August 27th, Nordstrom announced its commitment to the G7 fashion pact, a coalition of 32 global luxury retailers that are working to minimize the negative impact that the fashion industry has on the environment.
Not only did Nordstrom pledge dedication to this important pact, but it decided to launch a new online shopping category called Sustainable Style. This section offers “products that are made from sustainably sourced materials, manufactured in factories that meet higher social or environmental standards or that give back,” according to its press release. Sounds like something we can get behind.
The new cateogory offers more than 2,000 products from 90 retailers, including Patagonia, Reformation, Eileen Fisher, Veja, and Caudalie.
We love how Nordstrom is taking responsibility and committing to bettering the environment while still offering killer fashion deals. Shop some of our favorite pieces from the sustainable style section below.
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When it comes to water usage, cotton manufacturing can be one of the highest consumption of H2O. Banana Republic has taken that to heart with their new men’s Legacy Denim collection, a line of luxurious and rugged denim that’s made with a sustainable lean.
Legacy Denim is “manufactured using state-of-the-art techniques to bring together the highest practices in sustainability, rugged performance and comfort stretch,” according to a press release. It uses water protection practices that support the Clean Water Initiative, the pockets are made from recycled plastics, and even the trims are upcycled. The eco-friendly TENCEL fabric adds softness and stretch to the cotton to help you wear these all year. The line features two cuts of jean, Slim and Skinny, and each cut comes in a handful of different washes. Choose the cut and color that best reflects your personal style and feel good about wearing it because it’s made to help the planet. Each pair of jeans is basically a billboard for sustainability. | Shop at Banana Republic >
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Soulland continues its sustainable Logic collection with its Spring/Summer 2019 presentation of “Logic_041904.” The new collection is Soulland’s second under the Logic name and marks the latest stage in the brand’s move towards sustainability, a movement which encouraged the brand to produce everything more ethically.
The collection is comprised of T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and sweatpants that are all made from ethically sourced, certified organic cotton. Each garment is made under good working conditions and represents a movement of social awareness that examines the effects the fashion industry is having on the environment.
Soulland’s “Logic_041904” collection is adorned with the brand’s moniker which is printed in materials such as flock and water-based ink. Bold logos adorn long sleeve and short sleeve T-shirts, box logos consume the front of sweatshirts and micro-branding rounds off minimalist sweatpants and hoodies. Take a look at the collection in the gallery above and pick up your favorite re-interpreted staples on the Soulland website now. Prices for the “Logic_041904” range from €35 EUR to €120 EUR (approx. $ 40 – $ 135 USD).
Someone else worth following if you are interested in sustainable, low-waste living, is Sophie of A Considered Life, who shares “practical tips on simplifying your life, adopting low-waste habits, wearing sustainable clothes and cruelty-free beauty, to work towards living a considered life that is more purposeful, sustainable, and compassionate.”
Vildy directs us to this article on the Spotlight Effect: anxiety people can feel when changing their style or adding an item that could call attention to itself. Vildy adds: “I don’t think it mentions fear of looking like you are trying too hard, but I would guess it falls into this category as well.”
Ten eco-minded startups to receive assistance from a €2m fund, including a social enterprise training trekking guides in Nepal
Digital travel firm Booking.com has announced the sustainable travel startups that will receive financial assistance from its 2019 Booking Booster programme. As part of the programme – which has a fund of €2m – awards have been made to a variety of organisations, from a social enterprise training at-risk women to become trekking guides in Nepal, to a hotel school helping young people in Indonesia kickstart their careers.
Each organisation’s plans were judged by a panel, including Booking Booster ambassador, Livia Firth. At the awards event Firth spoke about the importance of supporting sustainable travel. “Whoever we are and wherever we work – whether in startups, established companies, policymakers or members of government – we have the power to make a difference every day,” she said. “Today we know that we can also make a huge difference when we book a trip.”
More and more products carry ethical labels such as fair-trade or organic, which consumers view positively. Nevertheless, the sales figures of these products often remain low, even though they offer advantages for the environment or for society. A team of scientists have investigated what factors influence consumers’ purchasing intentions. Consumer Behavior News — ScienceDaily
In 2018 Pinko initiatied the Treedom campaign, a project which allows people to plant a tree with a simple click. The goal behind the project was to give birth to the PINKO forest in Kenya which includes fruit trees like mango, banana, African cherry, avocado and macadamia. The PINKO forest allows to feed and support the local community in the area.
The project was extended when two ethical fashion brands, PINKO and Stella Jean came together. Known for years, Stella Jean has always been in the creation of a more sustainable fashion model through constant and concrete work.
The #StellaJeanPINKOtreedom collaboration released a capsule collection of five t-shirts designed by the Italo-Haitian stylist and produced by PINKO with special attention to sustainability. They revolve around these key issues: sustainability, reforestation, multiculturalism and international cooperation.
We all know being eco-friendly and living consciously is a must nowadays, so why not join the cause? Each piece is made from organic cotton and printed with watercolours. To connect the people with the PINKO forrest the illustrations, embroideries and motifs are all inspired by the Masai culture in Kenya. This gives a feeling of belonging, changing and supporting.
Jaguar Land Rover’s new Range Rover Evoque is combining style with sustainbility
Buying a car can be exhausting, but sometimes a new development comes along which makes us excited about the future of the automotive industry. With sustainability at its heart, Jaguar Land Rover’s newest offering, the Range Rover Evoque, is one of them.
Let’s start at the beginning. Over the last ten years, Jaguar Land Rover has reduced its CO2 levels by 38%, as well as buying zero carbon electricity for all UK operations. As a result of this, their UK manufacturing and production development sites have been certified Carbon Neutral (which includes the manufacture and development of the Range Rover Evoque). No mean feat in the motor industry.
So far, so guilt-free. But how does the car run? Thanks to the new mild-hybrid design, which Dave Skipper, the Land Rover Hybrid System Integration Manager, calls ‘the first step on the path to [electrification]’, the engine will shut off while braking at low speeds to minimise emissions and reduce fuel consumption.
Chief Designer Amy Frascella
As for the interiors, the new Evoque does not disappoint. Chief Designer of Colour and Materials Amy Frascella confirms, ‘We placed a great deal of focus on the creation of refined, sumptuous interior and exterior colour and material details.’
We also have to give props to Danish textile experts Kvadrat, whom Amy worked with to add a twist of environmentally conscious Scandi-cool. The Danish textile experts have banished the idea of scratchy fabrics, and instead opted for their new high-quality material, made of wool blended with Dinamica suedecloth… which happens to be made from 53 recycled plastic bottles per vehicle.
The Kvadrat interior
And, if you’re a KeepCup addict, or if the mere thought of plastic bottles brings you out in a rash, the Evoque has got you covered. The Evoque’s interiors are also available in an Eucalyptus textile option, which uses significantly less water when grown than traditional materials.
With a plug-in hybrid model promised for 2019, this is just the start for the Evoque’s pledge for sustainability.