sustainability

Positive fashion: Everybodyworld



Everybodyworld conscious consumption

When did ‘sustainability’ become a dirty word? OK, not a dirty word, but, it’s definitely not a sexy word and there is a whiff of mistrust around brands that use the ‘s’ word as it’s been hijacked by anyone and everyone who wants a slice of the ‘conscious consumer’ pie.

That aside, there’s no doubt that ‘conscious consumption’ itself is becoming cooler and sexier. Yes, I know it’s considered an oxymoron but I disagree. You can be a consumer without being an overconsumer. We’re probably never gonna stop buying nice things, so better that they be well made and ethically produced than not, no?

And that’s what EverybodyWorld is all about. It’s a fab concept that ‘makes thoughtful products without exploiting people or the planet’. (more…)



From the vaults: Levi’s Engineered Jeans (they’re back!)



Levi's Engineered Jeans SS19

Levi’s has done it again with its new Levi’s Engineered Jeans collection. (OK, not that new, if you remember them from the first time round in 1999.) 20 years ago, Levi’s brought out a unique darted and twisted seamed jean that was a radical departure from its classic Americana silhouettes. Strange as it was, it caught on instantly and was widely copied for a few seasons.

This spring, Levi’s has revived the cuts with a special edition reissue for men and women. (more…)



Positive fashion: For Days and the circularity of everything



For Days circularity business model

‘Circularity’ is a word that has been doing the rounds (lol – no pun intended) for a while and we’re going to be hearing it a lot more. Example: For Days, the subscription based, ‘closed-loop’ T-shirt company that lets you return its worn-out tees in exchange for a new one, then upcycles the spent fabric into new yarn.

For Days recently received $2.7 million in funding and is starting to licence its business model to other start-ups. (more…)



On circularity, beauty and solving the cost of convenience



Axe deodorant is part of the new Loop circularity platform
I think about the cost of convenience a lot. We’re so hung up on things being quick, accessible and easy that we forget that there’s a cost associated with it. For example, two of my bugbears – getting hooked on free media consumption means we’re now slaves to Mark Zuckerberg and his ilk, and the obsession with a cashless society is a burden for older people who can’t keep up with technology and miss the human interaction of bank counters and supermarket checkouts. (Not to mention the simple fact that cashless culture means you spend more.) And then there’s a third – the environmental cost of our disposable culture.

The good news is there’s finally some progress being made in the field of packaging. We still want the convenience that comes with disposable goods but we’re not changing our behaviour fast enough for recycling to make a significant difference. (more…)