Author page: Imogen Berryman

UK goes longest time ‘Coal-free’ since the 80’s

What’s Going On Here? On 10th June 2020, Britain marked the longest time (ever!) generating electricity without coal. What Does This Mean? When Britain went into lockdown, electricity demand plummeted to that of the 80’s (when there were 10 million less of us!). The National Grid forecasted a 20% fall below the normal level and right now our daily electricity demand profile on a weekday…

Are our clothes getting more transparent?

What’s Going On Here? It’s Fashion Revolution Week and the campaign group behind it, Fashion Revolution, has published its fifth Fashion Transparency Index report which reviews 250 largest brands and retailers, scores and ranks them based on the information they tell us about their practices, social and environmental policies and importantly, their impact. What Does This Mean? Fashion Revolution Week encourages clothing brands…

HS2: Should it be derailed?

What’s Going On Here? Boris Johnson has called a meeting this week to decide whether the ongoing and controversial ‘HS2’ high speed rail project connecting London to Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds should go ahead or be scrapped. There is some serious opposition, but what’s it all about? What Does This Mean? The first phase was on track (sorry…) to operate by 2026…

Return To Sender Offenders

What’s Going On Here? It is estimated that up to 50% of the goods we return to retailers are sent to landfill instead of being resold again. But one country has already banned the practice and independent technology platforms are trying to find ways to reduce this. What Does This Mean? Whether it’s because the packing or item is damaged or its out of…

Under the magnifying glass: A new type of solar energy

What’s Going On Here? Technology has been developed to produce carbon-free energy from the sun, powerful enough to rival fossil fuels. This is the first time renewable energy has been able to be used for powering heavy industries, such as the manufacturing of concrete, steel and petrochemicals. What Does This Mean? The technology is called ‘concentrated solar power’. It works by using…

Happy HallowGreen

What’s Going On Here? Recent research has estimated Halloween celebrations in the UK to generate more than 2,000 tonnes of plastic textile waste and 8 million pumpkins worth of food waste – news that really is truly terrifying. What Does This Mean? Hubbub worked with the charity, Fairyland Trust to survey 19 retailers of Halloween outfits to find that 83% of more than 300…

Flygskam: It’s a Flying Shame for Sweden and France

What’s Going On Here? No this isn’t a typo, the Swedes who have a word for everything, have coined a new one…‘Flygskam’. It means ‘flight shame’ and its intentions to discourage air travel seem to be working. How Do You Pronounce Flygskam? Pronounced ‘Fleeg-skaam’ the word has become popular in raising awareness of the large carbon footprint that air travel has, compared…