Author page: Lucie Machin

Crazy, dirty hippies? Why not washing is becoming more mainstream

What’s Going On Here? A growing number of people are going without soap and shampoo and relying on bacteria to prevent themselves from going stinky. What Does This Mean? “Not washing” doesn’t actually mean that you stop rinsing off dirt or washing your hands with soap (unlike this guy 🤦). The phrase refers to those who choose to ditch traditional soaps and shampoos for a more…

Climate Movement is the “Greatest Threat” to Oil Industry

What’s Going On Here? Earlier this week, Mohammed Barkindo a.k.a. the leader of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), said that climate activists and the “growing mass mobilisation of world opinion” against oil are perhaps the “greatest threat” to the oil industry. In other words, people power is WORKING! What Does This Mean? The oil and gas industry is feeling the…

Tyre-d of unsustainable tyres?

What’s Going On Here? This week Michelin, in collaboration with General Motors, have released the prototype for a new sustainable model of airless, puncture-proof tyre called “Uptis” (Unique Punctureproof Tire System). What Does This Mean? It is hoped that this new model (planned to be commercially available by 2024) will eliminate the possibility of blow-outs, punctures and wear and tear caused by over- and…

Fashion industry needs more transparency, says report

What’s Going On Here? Six years after the Rana Plaza clothes factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1,138 people, Fashion Revolution have just released their annual fashion Transparency Index. This reveals how much information the 200 biggest fashion brands disclose about factors such as their working conditions and environmental impact. Who Are These Guys? In 2018, global fashion sales grew by a massive 4.5%,…

How can we tackle climate change & biodiversity at the same time?

What’s Going On Here? In the past week, a group of scientists, writers and activists wrote an open letter in the Guardian calling for more attention to be paid towards Natural Climate Solutions in solving the threats of both climate change and biodiversity loss. The idea is simple and exciting: protecting and restoring ecosystems also helps remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Here’s a video to…