advertisement advertisement advertisement I’ve spent hours marveling at the secret love letter pocket in Chanel’s iconic flap bag and the eccentric tiger head on the clasp of Gucci’s Dionysus bag—and spent more money than I care to admit on the purses in my closet. I’m slightly embarrassed about my fixation with these objects, which ultimately amount to receptacles for keys and lip balm. That’s why I was so intrigued by an exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum that explores the history of humans’ obsession with bags. advertisement advertisement Bags: Inside Out features handbags going back to the 16th century, from traveling trunks to carriers for wartime gas masks to the first-ever Hermès Birkin. It’s eye candy for bag lovers such as me, but it also tells the story of how people have ventured further and further from their homes over the centuries, requiring containers to hold their … [Read more...] about When men carried handbags: The history of an iconic accessory
advertisement advertisement advertisement President Biden, while your administration is hard at work tackling emissions from the automobile and energy industries, there seem to be no plans to regulate fashion, which produces 10% of global carbon emissions. American fashion companies are also responsible for a panoply of human rights violations, from COVID-19 outbreaks in factories to relying on slave labor. You have an opportunity to take on this deeply problematic sector by creating a new White House position: It’s time to appoint a Fashion Czar. advertisement advertisement The fashion industry is a $2.5 trillion beast with tentacles in every corner of the world, and yet it operates with little oversight or regulation. It employs more than 75 million people, the majority of whom are poorly paid women, who are vulnerable to abuse. This vast global supply chain means that no single country has been forced to take ownership of the terrible damage it … [Read more...] about President Biden, appoint a fashion czar!
advertisement advertisement advertisement If you care about how chickens are raised, it can be confusing when you want to buy a chicken. Here are just some of the certifications and claims made in chicken labeling: advertisement advertisement American Humane Certified, Animal Welfare Approved, Cage Free, Certified Humane, Certified Naturally Grown, Certified Organic, Free Range, Free Roaming, Kosher, Natural, All Natural, Pasture Raised, Food Alliance Certified, Pasture Fed, Heritage, Humanely Raised, Standard-Bred, Vegetarian-Fed Some of these labels come from animal welfare organizations, or producers’ groups, or they’re nothing to do with animal welfare (organic), or they’re actually meaningless (“humanely raised” holds no objective definitional standing, for instance). But, thankfully, there’s now an unrivaled resource to break through the noise: BuyingPoultry.com . Developed by Farm Forward, a Portland, Oregon, … [Read more...] about This Poultry Database Tells You Exactly How Well Your Dinner Was Treated
advertisement advertisement advertisement Coffee husks—the papery natural material around coffee beans that comes off when the beans are roasted—normally become waste, dumped in piles that release methane, a potent greenhouse gas. But a company in Colombia has found a new use for them, combining the husks with recycled plastic to create a new material. advertisement advertisement Woodpecker , uses the lightweight, strong material to make the walls of its prefab houses, which cost as little as $4,500. The company started developing the solution a decade ago. Construction typically takes less than a week. Last November, when the Category 5 hurricane Iota hit the Colombian island of Providence, destroying 1,300 homes, the Colombian government asked Woodpecker to help. “They needed a fast solution and a lightweight construction system,” says Franco. The company donated two houses, which the army helped build in five days. … [Read more...] about This house is made from coffee
advertisement advertisement advertisement If you’re a fast fashion lover, there’s a good chance that many of the clothes in your closet are made in Bangladesh. For decades, the country has been a hub of low-wage garment manufacturing. But soon, it may be known for something else as well: recycling. advertisement advertisement Last week, fast-fashion brands that manufacture in Bangladesh—including H&M and Target—joined forces to create an ambitious clothing recycling system in the country. The initiative was spearheaded by the Global Fashion Agenda, a Swedish sustainability nonprofit, and what sets it apart from other recycling efforts is that it brings together many players in the fashion industry, from brands to enormous factories to companies building cutting-edge recycling technology. Collectively, these organizations want to make Bangladesh a leader in apparel recycling. And it makes sense: The country is the … [Read more...] about ‘Made in Bangladesh’ may soon mean your clothing is much more sustainable