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2016 'very likely' to be world's warmest year. Image copyright Getty Images 2016 looks poised to be the warmest year on record globally, according to preliminary data.

2016 'very likely' to be world's warmest year

With data from just the first nine months, scientists are 90% certain that 2016 will pass the mark set by 2015. Temperatures from January to September were 1.2C above pre-industrial levels, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The body says temperatures should remain high enough for the rest of the year to break the previous record. El Nino has had an impact, but the most significant factor driving temperatures up continues to be CO2 emissions. What is climate change? Our clothes are not made for the catwalk or the studio.

They are made with a naturalness and quality fit for the real world. For our Autumn Winter 16 campaign we acknowledge that our clothes are for people and real life. Prized, not precious. Lived in, not modelled. Fast Fashion Is the Second Dirtiest Industry in the World, Next to Big Oil - EcoWatch. “The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world ... second only to oil,” the recipient of an environmental award told a stunned Manhattan audience earlier this year.

Fast Fashion Is the Second Dirtiest Industry in the World, Next to Big Oil - EcoWatch

“It’s a really nasty business ... it’s a mess.” Since 2011, the Greenpeace Detox campaign has challenged some of the world's most popular clothing brands to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals. Photo credit: Jonas Gratzer / Greenpeace While you’d never hear an oil tycoon malign his bonanza in such a way, the woman who stood at the podium, Eileen Fisher, is a clothing industry magnate.

On a warm spring night at a Chelsea Piers ballroom on the Hudson River, Fisher was honored by Riverkeeper for her commitment to environmental causes. When we think of pollution, we envision coal power plants, strip-mined mountaintops and raw sewage piped into our waterways. Globalization means that your shirt likely traveled halfway around the world in a container ship fueled by the dirtiest of fossil fuels. The Life Cycle of a T Shirt.

.22 lbs fertilizers .01 lbs pesticides 1.2 lbs fossil fuels 700 gallons water That right there?

The Life Cycle of a T Shirt

That’s a recipe for ONE COTTON T SHIRT! We’ve all gotten freebie t shirts at an event before- a charity walk, a fundraiser, an outdoor festival. T shirts are not only an all American fashion staple, they’re a marketing tool, an incentive, a novelty. Sustainable Fashion Made Easy. Fast Fashion is Big Business.

Sustainable Fashion Made Easy

There is some serious money to be made meeting the seemingly insatiable demand of consumers in the developed world for cheap clothes. This demand for cheaper and cheaper clothes means that corners are cut at every level of the supply chain as retailers and manufacturers strive to cut prices, while still maintaining their bottom line. Sustainability And Fashion Education: The Next Generation. During the last decade I spent six years working for mainstream fashion labels, my frustration growing as my awareness of the industry’s lack of ethics increased.

Sustainability And Fashion Education: The Next Generation

One black Monday in particular sticks out, a sales review meeting that focused on organic cotton denim jeans. They were selling well but the question was whether this was due to their organic status or because of their design. Fast Fashion Is "Drowning" The World. We Need A Fashion Revolution! “Nothing to wear?”

Fast Fashion Is "Drowning" The World. We Need A Fashion Revolution!

Well here’s something to think about: Every piece of clothing we buy has had an impact on our planet before we even bring it home. Is H&M misleading customers with all its talk of sustainability? — Quartz. H&M probably talks about sustainability more than any other fast-fashion brand.

Is H&M misleading customers with all its talk of sustainability? — Quartz

It produces a Conscious collection made using sustainable and recycled materials, creates glossy ad campaigns to encourage garment recycling, and has a voucher program offering discounts to those who donate their old clothes at its stores. On April 18, it kicks off a major project intended to collect 1,000 tons of used clothes, called World Recycle Week, that it’s promoting heavily, even making a music video in collaboration with rapper M.I.A.

These efforts sound great, but critics—myself included—have questioned how much they actually mitigate the massive and growing company’s environmental impact. H&M Team Up With M.I.A. To Launch World Recycle Week. The Top Five Mindful Fashion Reads. When surfing the web there is a multitude of constantly evolving information on sustainable fashion, and to tackle it can seem like a daunting task.

The Top Five Mindful Fashion Reads

However, there are some great experts in the field whose inspirational research can provide us with a better understanding of the complex issues. Whether you are just beginning to take up more conscious consumption practices or you are a long time follower of sustainable fashion, these five reads offer great insight and are my personal favorites.

Fast Fashion: Can It Be Sustainable? In the last 50 years, the way we produce and consume fashion has dramatically changed.

Fast Fashion: Can It Be Sustainable?

Fast fashion retailers have made the case that they have democratised the fashion experience - no longer reserved for the elite, fashion is available and accessible to all. Everyone can afford to wear the latest trends, and to regularly experience the short-lived high of a new fashion purchase, and the pleasure of wearing something new. For large fashion retailers “fashion democracy” has happily coincided with burgeoning sales, revenues, and profits. This has become the model that dominates High Streets, certainly in the UK and the US, and increasingly elsewhere.

On the surface it seems to suit everyone - certainly those who have buying power and thus influence in a market-driven business model. In my ten years of growing the Ethical Fashion Forum, I have seen a movement gather pace against fast fashion as the status quo. Can fast fashion be sustainable? Bangladesh factory collapse - The facts and what's being done so far.

SOURCE reviews all the press surrounding Wednesday's factory collapse disaster in Bangladesh. We take a look at the facts, trying to get to the bottom of how it happened, what's being done now and what organisations are demanding to be done going forward - including our own Value Chain Call to Action. Image credit: Associated Press SOURCE has launched an industry Call to Action to build a constructive response to this disaster: Click here, and take 3 minutes to register your support or ideas, by 3rd May 2013. The death toll of Wednesday’s tragic factory collapse in Savar, Bangladesh has reached 382 victims with about 2,500 survivors being accounted for, making it the worst disaster in Bangladesh’s garment production history. Hundreds of workers and civilians have taken to the streets in anger against appalling working conditions in garment factories. 5 Truths the Fast Fashion Industry Doesn't Want You to Know 

The fashion industry gets a lot of flack these days. The excess, the overtly sexual advertising, the humanitarian issues, the waste, the lawsuits, the list goes on. The industry giants have dedicated millions of dollars to massive PR campaigns, going so far as to launch “conscious collections“ and donate proceeds to worthy causes. Yet despite these efforts, the truth remains — fashion is one of the dirtiest industries in the world.