The rubber in your rubbers: the condom company making sexy time sustainable
You should be able to buy a condom that doesn’t require chopping down native jungles, or paying its workers less than the living wage to produce it.
Paying to beg at the Sheffield Doc/Fest
From extortionate ticket prices to networking events for the privileged the UK’s biggest documentary festival excludes many talented filmmakers. This is particularly ironic given the democratic concerns of the form.
These anti-homeless spikes are brutal. We need to get rid of them
Defensive architecture is a cynical attempt to sweep away poverty and inequality. Better Than Spikes want to make our urban spaces more inclusive.
Welcome to the echo chamber
From Reuters to the BBC the future of journalism is being presented as cyber-utopia. For many in the industry, though, the reality is of poor quality content fuelled by dodgy ethics.
Cycling is a green activity but finding sustainable, ethical cycling gear is hard
Cycling’s big. It’s worth at least £26.1bn as a worldwide industry. There are two to four billion cyclists in the world and more people are taking it up everyday. So why is it so difficult to find sustainable and ethical cycling gear?
How Adidas supported worker rights in China factory strike
A strike at Taiwanese shoe manufacturer Yue Yuen in Dongguan, China, which supplies athletic shoes to the likes of Nike and Adidas, brought the 43,000 employee outfit to a standstill for 10 days in April. Two months on and the factory still does not appear to have returned to full capacity.
White Lyan cocktail bar brings a refreshing twist to waste and recycling
A London cocktail bar is remixing a few old-fashioned ideas of what goes into a drink, and what goes into the rubbish. White Lyan, in the East End’s Hoxton neighbourhood, prides itself on being a pioneering low-to-no waste cocktail joint.
New adhesive system makes a circuit board that is 90% recyclable
Three British companies have developed a 90% recyclable and reusable circuit board, whose components can be easily separated by soaking in hot water.
Flax your muscles
It calls its product the “friendliest fibre on the planet”. But Crailar, a US company which has found a way to soften bast fibres like hemp and flax, has its beady eyes on cotton.
Spinning sour milk into silky fibres
A German company is spinning fibres out of milk. Qmilk, was founded by Anke Domaske as she was looking for non-allergenic fabrics for her cancer-sufferer father.
A Swedish denim label wants to change the way we wear our jeans
Swedish denim label Nudie Jeans recommends people don’t wash their new jeans for at least six months. It has also opened satellite repair stores around the world where customers can take their knackered trousers in for a free fix up.
Barbie in Sports Illustrated? Time to challenge gender marketing to children
Toy manufacturer Mattel’s recent marketing campaign in Sports Illustrated proves nothing quite kicks off an argument on the internet like the subject of children and advertising. Thanks to an advert taken out by Mattel, you can now get your scantily clad swimsuit edition advertised by Barbie.
E-cigarettes: helping smokers quite or glamourising a dangerous habit?
Smoking is cool again. At least, electronically. The electronic cigarette (e-cig, vapouriser, fake fag, digital cancer) is, if you believe the adverts and scare stories in the press, the new black.
Christmas, the most wasteful time of the year
Christmas is a time for giving, receiving –and chucking packaging and unwanted stuff in the recycling box.
Bruno Pieters' Honest By: a fashion label built on total transparency
When it comes to driving forward sustainability and ethics in fashion, the consumer has all the power, says Hugo Boss’s former art director, Bruno Pieters.
India's e-waste burden
The Indian city of Bangalore produces some 20,000 tonnes of e-waste per year, according to a report by Assocham, the Association of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India. This figure is rising at a rate of 20% per year and the report’s authors forecast the amount of computer waste across the country could increase by nearly 500% by 2020.
Was sustainability on trend at London Fashion Week?
| Sustainability joined the fashion set’s buzzwords as the cognoscenti swarmed into a rainy London for London fashion week.
Will transparency in the fashion industry ever become a reality?
Transparency and traceability were top of the agenda at the SOURCE summit, but what will it take for the fashion industry to tackle the destruction it leaves in its wake?
Occupy evicted - free speech ends where the profit margin begins
The evictions of Occupy London sites at St Paul’s Cathedral and the School of Ideas show a systemic contempt for the right to protest if that dissent threatens profit.
Olympic ideal puts money before democracy
A series of Home Office proposals could ban protests during the London 2012 Olympic games.