Waste

Sustainability Myths: The Plastic Straw Fallacy

Illustration Source: Alicia Martín Santos The development of plastics has been one of chemistry’s most influential inventions in recent history. A cheap and versatile material that can turn any design idea into reality, its contribution to technology, medicine, art and more is immense. However, today it seems that everyone wants to make it disappear. Grocery bags, soft-drink straws, beer plastic rings, and…

Fast fashion’s failure to stay on trend: half of all pieces found to contain plastic

What’s going on here? Clothing made by UK’s largest online fashion brands contain staggering amounts of virgin plastics despite their marketing campaigns flaunting environmentally-friendly clothing, according to new analysis. On average, 49% of the items listed on these popular websites were found to contain materials made from synthetic fibres. What does this mean? This research, carried out by The Royal Society for…

Is Green the new Black?

This week (19th – 25th April 2021) is Fashion Revolution Week, an annual event to raise awareness of the social and environmental issues associated with the fashion industry. Fashion Revolution was started as a response to the Rana Plaza tragedy in 2013, when 1,134 garment workers were killed in a factory collapse in Bangladesh. But has anything changed in the last 8…

New data reveals unsavoury supermarket practices

What’s Going On Here? Over 280,000 tons of food is reported to be wasted by the UK’s ten largest supermarkets every year. This amounts to the equivalent of a whopping 190 million meals. What’s Does This Mean? Data for 2019-20 revealed that a substantial amount of edible food produced by Britain’s supermarket giants is either used for anaerobic digestion or to feed…

A new lease for your ‘Circular Life’

Want to make your life more circular? We’re exploring how to embrace a less wasteful life by bringing circular economy principles into your purchases! With the festive season approaching, this article also provides some good inspiration for gifts that will last a lifetime. Leasing options, usership rather than ownership, subscription models…you name it, we’ll cover it!  What is the circular economy again?…