Sustainability Archive

Social Goods | Child Refugees Working in Sweatshops, Fast Fashion's Sustainability Formula

A BBC Panorama documentary found children working illegally in Turkish sweat shops, creating clothes for stores including Zara | Source: Shutterstock “The Kids Who Have to Sew to Survive“ (BBC)“One basement workshop was almost entirely staffed with children, many of whom couldn’t have been more than seven or eight years old, the very picture of Dickensian misery.” “Style That’s Sustainable: A New Fast-Fashion Formula” (McKinsey …

Honest Co. is reformulating its soaps after ingredients controversy

The consumer products startup founded by Jessica Alba, The Honest Co., on Friday told the Wall Street Journal that it plans to reformulate its dish soap, laundry detergent and other cleaners after an earlier controversy over their ingredients. The Honest Co. markets its products as gentler, healthier and more environmentally sustainable than those of mainstream brands in the U.S. However, reporters with the Wall Street Journal and a …

Social Goods | 14-Year-Old H&M Factory Workers, Burkini Debate, Amazon's Tax Bill

“H&M Factories in Myanmar Employed 14-Year-Old Workers“ (The Guardian)“Swedish fashion chain H&M worked with clothing factories in Myanmar where children as young as 14 toiled for more than 12 hours a day.” “The Multifaceted ‘Burkini’ Debate“ (The New York Times)“The moves by French mayors in coastal cities to ban the burkini on their beaches has put a new twist on a long-running debate in Europe …

Social Goods | Throwaway Clothing Culture, Ivanka Trump vs Working Moms

“Pressure Mounts on Retailers to Reform Throwaway Clothing Culture” (The Guardian)“Americans dispose of about 12.8m tons of textiles annually. But a growing number of environmentalists and clothing retailers say it’s time to begin making new clothes out of old items on a large scale, reports Yale Environment 360.” “Ivanka Trump Champions Working Moms — Except the Ones Who Design Her Clothes” (The Washington Post)“The company that …

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. 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 …

Social Goods | Gap Accused of Sexism, Zara Workers Unionise

“Gap Accused of Sexism over ‘Social Butterfly’ Children’s T-Shirt Ad” (The Guardian)“Girls’ ‘g’ top is featured in poster in which a boy – labelled ‘the little scholar’ – wears a shirt bearing Albert Einstein’s face.” “How Diversity Changed Fashion” (Elle)“The fashion industry has historically had a poor record when it comes to booking models that don’t meet a type.” “Zara Workers Unionise For First Time …