Month: November 2016

WHY THE STAKES FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHION JUST GOT HIGHER

Anyone working on environmental issues has been watching the results of the Presidential election closely. Trump is a known climate change denier who’s not only promised to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, arguably our greatest hope at mitigating the effects of global warming, but has also called climate change a hoax, threatened to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, and committed to pushing for oil…

WHAT DOES SUSTAINABLE FASHION MEAN ANYWAY? DUTCH TV PRESENTER MILOUSKA MEULENS SHARES HER JOURNEY

Since becoming a mother, pursuing an ethical and sustainable life has been a high priority for Dutch TV and radio presenter Milouska Meulens (43).  Below, Milouska reflects on her sustainability journey and offers sound, practice advice for others. Lucy von Sturmer reports.  An Awakening Like many young women, sustainability wasn’t always the driving force behind Milouska’s purchasing decisions. “When I went…

BEHIND THE SEAMS: CREATIVE HANDICRAFTS EMPOWERS WOMEN IN SLUM COMMUNITIES IN MUMBAI

Mumbai, known as the financial centre of India, but also a city of immense poverty. Roughly half of the metropolitan area’s 22 million people live in informal settlements, or slums.  Although India is developing fast, the increased wealth doesn’t reach the poorest of the poor. One of the causes is social discrimation, still rooted in the country’s culture.  One of People Tree‘s…

TAILOR TALK: THE TECH 4-20 BY HOODLAMB

Many years ago Amsterdam based label Hoodlamb set out to make the first truly stylish sustainable winter jacket using hemp. Like with all journeys, the path quickly became the destination, and the label’s quest to create beautiful outerwear that is both good for the planet and great to wear continues to the present. One of the rewards of this mission…