November 25, 2021
An Open Letter to our Customers
Black Friday is an American concept that gets its name from companies operating ‘in the red’ or at a loss until after November when sales and big price-cuts push them into the black.
Makes business sense, right?
But what started as a way to help small businesses turn a profit before the end of the year has led to serious and damaging problems for our planet. The Black Friday phenomenon is a perfect symbol for the destructive fast fashion industry.
In many markets, clothes on the shop floor or online that haven't sold by the 26th of November will be considered effectively past their sell-by-date and many small businesses, in an effort to keep up with bigger companies and the demands of this holiday will follow suit, slashing prices and hurting their businesses.
October 22, 2021
Tips for a Greener Halloween
Halloween is creeping up on us again, for some, it is the anchor event of their whole year, and for others, it always seems to catch them by surprise! So it’s no wonder it can be difficult to enjoy a sustainable Halloween event. Household waste increases by 25% during Halloween. An estimated 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste will be thrown away after Halloween celebrations, with much of the Halloween themed items made to last for just one use.
The biggest carbon footprint associated with Halloween comes from the fast-fashion costumes mass-produced each year. Many of these cheap disposable costumes are of poor quality and often produced in countries with poor labour standards. 83% of mass-produced costumes contain oil-based plastic, which can take between 20 to 200 years to break down in landfill. Almost 7 million Halloween costumes are disposed of each year, equal to