The fashion industry generates a huge quantity of waste. One of the most quoted statistics about the environmental impacts of clothing is that 300,000 tonnes of clothing find their way to landfill every year in the UK. This statistic comes from the Waste Resources Action Plan (WRAP) in their excellent…


Smart Works is known for dressing women for interviews — and who wouldn’t feel more confident arriving with a Kate Spade bag swinging from one shoulder, perhaps setting off a camel-coloured Hobbs coat? But my conversation with Karen reveals that the charity is about much more than clothes. …


September is a big month in fashion. It’s the month when thoughts turn to stocking up on knitwear and perhaps acquiring a new autumn/winter coat (I’m determined to finally find my perfect camel-coloured coat this year). Such is the significance of the month that the September 2007 issue of ‘Vogue’…


A pink gingham midi shift dress by ethical and sustainable London-based brand Birdsong costs £169; a similar style from H&M will do much less damage to your pocket, at £19.99. One dress is made from Tencel fabric made from wood pulp, sustainably harvested from renewable wood sources, and was made…


In 2020, McKinsey called biodiversity ‘the next frontier in sustainable fashion’.

Many of us are already aware of the link between the fashion industry and climate change: the clothing industry generates more greenhouse gases than international aviation and shipping combined. Less well-known is the contribution fashion is making to the…


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Growing interest in sustainable fashion has prompted brands from Prada to Primark to communicate their environmental and ethical credentials. Several fashion businesses have launched sustainable sub-brands, among them H&M’s Conscious Collection and Zara’s Join Life brand.

But which businesses are genuinely benefitting the…


Today, July 29th 2021, is Earth Overshoot Day.

Between January 1st and July 29th, humanity used up the entirety of ecological resources that Earth is capable of regenerating in the space of a full year. So, in just under 7 months, we’ve used up 12 months’ worth of natural resources…


This year I’ve been sort-of attempting Plastic Free July. This is a movement which encourages people not to buy anything made out of plastic all month, or to minimise the amount of plastic they buy. I say ‘sort of’ because attempting this makes you realise how deeply plastic is embedded…


“I realised that I could be buying clothes made by someone who was effectively enslaved,” says Raelene. In the past, a firm fan of Boden, Phase Eight and other high street brands, her shopping habits were transformed by a sustainable fashion event in London in 2013. Like most people, Rae…


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Google is often a reliable barometer of what’s on our minds. The search engine has recorded an exponential rise in the number of people typing ‘sustainable fashion’ into search bars over the past few years. This implies that more people are…

Jen Greggs

Blogging about sustainable (mainly preloved) fashion. Reformed shopaholic, Londoner, bookworm and hispanophile

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