Posts tagged ‘sustainability’

November 16, 2010

plants could be the ultimate ‘green’ factories

…”Scientists from Dow AgroSciences and the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have reported engineering a plant that produces compounds that could potentially be used to make plastics.

In theory, plants could be the ultimate ‘green’ factories, engineered to pump out the kinds of raw materials now obtained from petroleum-based chemicals, according to the researchers. In reality, getting plants to accumulate high levels of thee desired products has proved elusive – until now.

“We’ve engineered a new metabolic pathway in plants for producing a kind of fatty acid that could be used as a source of precursors to chemical building blocks for making plastics such as polyethylene,” said Brookhaven biochemist John Shanklin, who led the research.”….

via Plastics & Rubber Weekly – News.

November 10, 2010

Global vs Ethical conference-24th November 2010.

The Trend Boutique would like to invite you to their forthcoming Global vs Ethical conference on Wednesday, 24th November 2010.

With an amazing array of speakers presenting at this one-day conference talking about the latest thinking within our global fashion & textiles industry with lots of different perspectives & comments on what it takes to be a sustainable & ethical label.

Speakers presenting on the day:

  • Tamsin Lejeune, Managing Director of Ethical Fashion Forum
  • Elizabeth Laskar – Leading Ethical Stylist
  • Nin Castle, Creative Director & Founder of Goodone – Sustainable Designer Fashion
  • Catherine Watkins, CSR Manager of George @ Asda
  • Sarah Daly, Fashioning an Ethical Industry
  • Lyla Patel, Head of Education at TRAID
  • Simeon Hartwig, Founder of Bantum Clothing – Street Label Collaborating with Indian Manufacturers & Designers
  • Amisha Ghadiali, Activist, Writer & Founder of Jewellery by Amisha: Elegance. Rebellion
  • Feng Ho, Creative Director & Founder of Feng Ho – Sustainable Designer Fashion
  • Janine Passley, Co-Founder & Director of Ei8ght – Ethical Sourcing Consultancy (Clients include ASOS & Topshop)

Booking Details:

Date: Wednesday, 24th November 2010

Timings: 10.30am – 4.00pm

Venue: Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.

Cost: £30 per student & £50 per lecturer

To book a place you can do so by debit / credit card by telephone on 0115 952 9116 or 950 7079 or via See Tickets ( – please note an additional booking fee will apply to online purchases.

We welcome all students & lecturers to attend, however if any additional Ethical Fashion Forum members wish to attend they can book at the same rate as lecturers – but must book direct on the above telephone numbers.


March 10, 2010

Fashion Fusion Expo | Workshops and Expert Studio

The Centre for Sustainable Fashion and Ethical Fashion Forum are joining together to present a series of free workshops. They’ll give an insider’s view of some of the hottest topics in the fashion industry today, including the issues surrounding fashion’s ethics and sustainability. Each workshop will be delivered by well-respected fashion experts and journalists as well as representatives from the business world and Government organisations.

12-13 March 2010
Old Truman Brewery at 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

– Meet an exciting collection of designers in European, Asian, African, sustainable and ethical clothing
– Buy at a discounted show rate compared to retail value
– Attend a programme of expert seminars including ‘Ethical Fashion Network: Join the global fashion movement of the 21st Century’

via Fashion Fusion Expo | Workshops and Expert Studio.

February 8, 2010

Planet Textiles-18 March 2010 in Hong Kong

Bookings now open!

This exciting new event is dedicated to improving the environmental and social impact of the global textile and clothing supply chain – brought to you by the SDC, the publisher of Ecotextile News and Messe Frankfurt.-

Planet Textiles takes place on 18 March 2010 in Hong Kong and is supported by leading industry organisations and international clothing retailers. It is being launched in Hong Kong alongside the Interstoff Asia Essential fabric exhibition and will be an annual international event on eco-textiles, moving to different locations around the globe in conjunction with Messe Frankfurt exhibitions.-The theme of the first event is Changing the Culture – Placing Sustainability at the Heart of the Organisation and it will see representatives from some of the world’s leading clothing and textile companies addressing the very latest issues on sustainability throughout the textiles and clothing supply chain.-The full line-up has been announced, with a keynote address from Cara Chacon director of CSR, Patagonia, USA, who will discuss managing sustainable change in a major retail organisation and across the supply chain. The conference will hear executives from leading global companies, such as Adidas and Lenzing.-There will be Q&A sessions during the day-long event, chaired by John Mowbray Ecotextile News and Andrew Filarowski SDC technical director and there will also be a parallel ask the expert session, hosted by the main sponsor of this event Huntsman, on the topic of dyeing and finishing.-The full programme and information about booking can be found at:

January 11, 2010

CES 2010: Green Gadgets Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show! | Inhabitat

Inhabitat reports from the Consumer Electronics Show

“The 2010 edition of CES is in full effect in Las Vegas and with it all of the latest gadgets, gizmos and technologies ranging from automotive to internet and wireless. Walking the floor it was clear that green tech is definitely making its way into the mainstream consumer companies more and more. There is an entire pavilion here at CES dedicated to sustainable technologies and products, but peppered throughout the wireless world and innovation areas of the show green products and services were being demonstrated. Read on for some of the cool green tech that caught my eye on this first day of the show!”

via CES 2010: Green Gadgets Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show! | Inhabitat.

December 10, 2009

Above Magazine relaunch

Above Magazine relaunches
Tomorrow, December 10, sees the launch of the new-look Above Magazine.
Focusing on the environment and green lifestyle, the new issue features new artwork from American photographer and adventurer Peter Beard, who shot Eva Mendes for the cover; photographs by Gilles Bensimon; and eco-conversation between Tom Dixon and novelist Stephanie Theobald; other contributors include Ali Hewson and Sam Roddick. Nicolas Rachline, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Above Magazine says, ‘Our goal is to become the destination publication for information and inspiration about how to save beauty and preserve the environment on both collective and individual levels.’ Above Magazine is published quarterly by Centoria Limited.
“Responding to the urgent need for sustainable living, Above magazine calls upon the environmentally conscious and everyone else interested in the future by sharpening its focus on the endangered beauty of the world.
It is our firm belief that photography, the plastic arts, fashion, architecture and design can be instrumental in raising awareness about the need to preserve nature and we aim to share our opinionated, yet aesthetic vision, with our readers.
Our team is composed of people who believe that the evolution of our world and the people in it matters deeply; who value respect above all, for themselves, for others and for their surroundings, wherever they may be. Above magazine is made by and for those who recognize that the true appeal of beautiful objects and places derives from their inherent rarity and fragility. For them, desirable often means simple rather than extravagant, and living more responsibly without succumbing to self-righteousness is one of the greatest forms of sophistication.
Above is a new kind of lifestyle magazine. Our inspiration lies in the ever so diverse beauty of men and women, the preciousness of the earth and the challenges and opportunities of the future. We are committed to promoting an art of living that improves the environment without depriving daily life of its intrinsic pleasures. Our contributors are among the world’s great photographers and writers, who freely showcase here the splendours of a vanishing world and remind us of the immediate, vital, need to safeguard what remains of it.”
December 7, 2009

Natural Fibres ’09

Natural Fibres ’09

14 Dec 2009 – 16 Dec 2009, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London, UK

Materials for a Low Carbon Future

Organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Natural Fibres ’09 is one of the final events of 2009, in the United Nation’s designated International Year of Natural Fibres.

This three day International Conference will celebrate and highlight the increasing use of natural fibres around the World, raise awareness of their diverse engineering properties and take an in-depth look at the research work that is being carried out to quantify and improve the properties of these environmentally sustainable materials in engineering and textile applications.

This event will offer an opportunity for natural fibre industries to come together to foster international partnership and increased understanding of the role that natural materials can and must play in ensuring a sustainable future.

via Natural Fibres ’09 | IOM3: The Global Network for Materials, Minerals & Mining Professionals.

December 7, 2009

Ecotextile News

TITAS blends functional with eco

“TAIPEI – [01.12.09] Buyers from some of the world’s leading outdoor apparel brands were out in force at the recent Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show (TITAS 2009) on the look out for the latest eco-textile and functional products.

Despite the economic downturn, over a hundred brand representatives visited the exhibition, held at the Taipei World Trade Centre, including Lafuma and Eider from France, sports gear giant Under Armour, Norway’s Helly Hansen, outdoor wear supplier BAILO, Canada’s Coalision, and Japanese brand Eiheiji Sizing.

TITAS has long been regarded as a solid sourcing platform for functional textiles, and is said to be ideal for buyers looking for speciality products such as fibres, yarns and fabrics with moisture transferring properties, water-proofing, antibacterial properties, deodorant and UV-protective attributes.

Among the highlights at this latest edition was the introduction of a range of environmentally friendly collections which also offered the much sought after functionality.

The Nan Ya company presented its environmentally friendly biodegradable polyester, Apexa, which is said to ‘naturally break down’ into CO2 and water when composted. The company also introduced the PET-bottle recycled fibre EcoGreen, which is made using Nan Ya`s own chemical and mechanical production methods.

Editors note: Tests carried out on fabrics in Japan show that under the correct composting conditions, Apexa fibres break down completely in a 45 day period. Composting was done at temperatures around 60 degrees C, at a pH 8 and in a mixture of water, rice husk and (hold your nose) pig excrement.

The Far Eastern Textile Corp., one of Taiwan’s major manufacturers of synthetic fibres and textiles, launched its TopGreen fibre products made from recycled PET-bottles while Daai Eco Products showcased its eco-friendly shirts, blankets, and scarves designed and produced by the Daai Technology Co. through waste-recycling processes. Fabrics made from Daai’s yarns are said to disperse sweat quickly and have a high moisture absorbency that keeps the wearer cool and comfortable. These fabrics can be integrated into other manufacturing processes allowing clients to create innovative products from 100% recycled PET content, the company said.”

via Ecotextile News Website.

November 30, 2009

Does Greenwashing Exist in the Fashion Industry? | Ecouterre

Does Greenwashing Exist in the Fashion Industry? | Ecouterre.

Miguel Adrover, creative director of Hessnatur

“Unfortunately, greenwashing exists everywhere, including the fashion industry. The minute the industry recognizes a trend, everyone jumps on it. And one of the trends of the moment is “going green.” Many companies say something is “eco” because it’s a natural fabric. Or they use an organic fabric and blend it with a synthetic and say it’s “sustainable.” Well, to me, these are eco-lies. Creating truly green fashion requires honesty and commitment—the fibers must be grown at certified organic farms, and they can’t be blended with synthetics or dyed or bleached with chemicals.”

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October 19, 2009

Inhabitat » Samsung Unveils Green Phone Made From Corn

Inhabitat » Samsung Unveils Green Phone Made From Corn.