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Join life editorial-Join Life. Reformation - sustainable practices. Sustainable Materials – DICK MOBY® Sustainable Sunglasses and Eyewear. H&M is using £5 vouchers to become more sustainable. Will it work? Gen Z: Fashion, Technology and the Sharing Economy. The new ‘it’ generation has arrived.

Gen Z: Fashion, Technology and the Sharing Economy

Hermes PETA Birkin Bag Update. 14 September 2015 Scarlett Conlon JANE BIRKIN "is satisfied by the measures taken by Hermès", according to the brand, following an investigation by the fashion house into claims made by PETA that its famous Birkin bags were being "constructed from the skins of factory-farmed and cruelly slaughtered crocodiles".

Hermes PETA Birkin Bag Update

"Following the heartfelt emotion expressed by Jane Birkin and her request for explanation, Hermès, in agreement with her, reiterates its firm commitment in the ethical treatment of crocodiles in its partner farms," read a statement from the brand, which went on to explain that it had demanded that all of its suppliers comply with the Best Management Practices for Louisiana Alligator Farming document.

It also stated that it continues to ensure "good practices for farming, procedures for slaughter, environmental management, social conditions of employees and the security of work conditions and infrastructures. " Turning Food Waste Into a Fashion Statement. Actress Emma Watson recently caused a stir when she wore a dress made from recycled soda bottles on the red carpet, but would she be ready to wear clothing made from food waste?

Turning Food Waste Into a Fashion Statement

Some fashion designers certainly hope so. The idea is part of the sustainable and eco-friendly initiative to curb clothing from piling up in landfills. But finding the right food waste material to create biodegradable clothing is not easy. Enter Young-A Lee, an associate professor of apparel, merchandising and design at Iowa State University, who has created clothes, shoes, and bags out of the waste from kombucha tea.

Kombucha tea is an effervescent fermented drink credited with health benefits that appeal to both hippies and hipsters. Do We Have a Responsibility Towards Sustainable Living? Kevin Dooley - Flickr Creative Commons Hands up if you walk into a shop and before you purchase anything, think about how it was made?

Do We Have a Responsibility Towards Sustainable Living?

For many people the answer is probably no! Without passing judgement on buying choices, many of us pick up the cheapest item and don’t give much thought to where and how it got there. One of the biggest industries we all tap in to is fashion. Whether you are a top to toe fashionista or a bargain basement shopper, this industry is possibly one of the most talked about in regards to ethical and sustainable practices.

Copenhagen Fashion Week Spotlights Sustainability. Copenhagen Fashion Week, which began Wednesday and runs through Friday, is giving sustainability some good play.

Copenhagen Fashion Week Spotlights Sustainability

Sustainable Fashion: Compile an Outfit That Actually Looks Good. The fashion industry is the second largest contributor to industrial pollution, second only to the oil industry.

Sustainable Fashion: Compile an Outfit That Actually Looks Good

Every year, the fashion industry produces 10 per cent of global carbon emissions, which is unsurprising when you consider statistics such as the 70 million barrels of oil used each year to produce polyester, the world’s most commonly used clothing fibre, and that a quarter of all the chemicals produced in the world are used by the fashion industry. We live in fast fashion times, meaning that our clothing is often bought one season and discarded the next. According to Forbes, “fast fashion garments, which we wear less than five times and keep for 35 days, produce over 400 per cent more carbon emissions per item per year than garments worn 50 times and kept for a full year.”

Turning Food Waste Into a Fashion Statement. How PETA Won the Angora Debate and What It Means for Fashion. NEW YORK, United States — In the spring of 2016, a group of top-tier fashion executives convened in midtown Manhattan for a closed-door meeting.

How PETA Won the Angora Debate and What It Means for Fashion

The conversation centred on the treatment of animals and the ethics policies they had in place. It was clear that many brands felt more pressure than ever to cooperate with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — the international non-profit organisation widely known as PETA. Stella McCartney Sounds Off On Fur In Fashion Industry.

Ethics are an integral part of the Stella McCartney brand.

Stella McCartney Sounds Off On Fur In Fashion Industry

"We do not use and have never used leather, skins, feathers or fur in any of our products, collaborations or licensed products," the fashion house, which describes itself as "the world’s first and only vegetarian luxury brand," proudly explains on its website. Now McCartney herself has shared typically forthright views on other brands who continue to use fur, arguing that it's neither "modern" nor "sustainable" whether individual designers believe in animal rights or not. "There are a lot of designers who are very f**k you when it comes to using fur," McCartney told The Daily Telegraph. Why Fur Is Back in Fashion. This story appears in the September 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine.

Why Fur Is Back in Fashion

It was frozen-toe, mid-February, north-country cold, under a cloudless sky, sun glinting off fresh snow. We were tromping out onto a wetland frozen nine inches deep. It felt like how the fur trade began, someplace long ago, far away. Green Erdem Collection Heads to Net-a-Porter- Net-a-Porter Launches Eco-Friendly Erdem Collection. Who says designers can't go green?

Green Erdem Collection Heads to Net-a-Porter- Net-a-Porter Launches Eco-Friendly Erdem Collection

A collection of eco-friendly dresses by Erdem are heading to Net-A-Porter. The capsule is the designer's take on the Green Carpet Challenge, an initiative by Eco-Age, a sustainability consulting company. The four ultra-feminine dresses are created with reused or sustainably-approved materials, complete with that familiar, floral Erdem touch. "I loved the idea of creating a collection that had a really human hand to it and wanted to create pieces that felt beautiful and special and that challenged the common perception of 'eco' fashion," Erdem Moralioglu said in a press release.