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5 Fast Fashion TED Talks You Need To Watch

  The Wardrobe To Die For | Lucy Siegle Lucy Siegle is a British journalist and respected champion of eco-friendly issues. In 2005 she launched the Observer Ethical Awards and has also been working to raise awareness of the fast fashion industry. Lucy has worked to incite change through initiatives like “The Green Carpet Challenge” and by urging consumers to be more aware of their fashion footprint. In this Ted Talk, Lucy delivers some shocking home truths about the rate at which we are consuming clothing, backed up by numbers which are hard to ignore- “fashion by numbers” as she calls it. She says, “The weird thing is that we still end up with 2 million tonnes of textiles, mainly...

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3 of the worst ingredients in your makeup

 Our makeup and beauty products can help us to look and feel great on the outside, but do you know what you’re really putting on your skin? For the average consumer, understanding the list of ingredients on the back of cosmetic packaging is impossible without a lot of Googling or a chemistry expert on hand. So, from an environmental and ethical perspective, we’ve rounded up three of the worst ingredients to look out for when choosing your beauty products.  Don’t worry though, (we’re not saying you have to go completely au-naturel) we’ve got some tips to help you choose better options when shopping for your next beauty haul. Mica powder  Most of us can admit to being attracted to shiny...

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Greenwashing and how to spot it

 If you’re a sustainability enthusiast, you may have come across the term, ‘greenwashing’ before. It’s the name given to a tactic used by companies to make their products and services sound more environmentally friendly than they truly are. Many of the world’s biggest and best-known businesses are guilty of using greenwashing to manipulate conscious consumers into trusting their brands. Check out this example of a greenwashing campaign:  So if you’re keen to avoid greenwashing and want to have more confidence that you’re shopping from genuinely sustainable businesses, here are some things to look out for: Green imagery Using ‘green’ imagery on packaging, advertisements and branding is an easy way for companies to give the impression of being environmentally friendly without...

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating Maya Angelou

Born on April 4th, 1928, Maya Angelou was an African American woman who suffered a difficult childhood and early adulthood. Her experiences of discrimination, violence and extreme poverty in life would later inspire her to begin a series of autobiographies, the first of which (I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings) she published at age 41.  The book, which covered Maya’s life up to age 17, tackled many traumatic events including sexual abuse and racism, but also featured moments of hope, joy, achievement and celebration. This first of several autobiographies, the book was a bestseller gaining her international acclaim. In fact, it has never been out of print.

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