You already know about my recent research into sustainability and my passion for fashion, so today I am going to introduce to you an impressive initiative by Greenpeace that aims to tackle one of the most pressing challenges the Earth is facing – water pollution. And because I am a shopping maniac (a pretty bad one as a matter of fact…) I thought this post will make other “shopping queens” think where exactly they spend their money during their next shopping spree because fashion is not just about glamour.
What’s the issue?
Toxic water pollution is extremely harmful to our planet and us as species. No surprise there. But where does that pollution come from? Obviously from the manufacturing of various products, but it is especially the booming fashion industry that has a stake in it.
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Over the past decades companies have gained enormous power – some have become more powerful and resourceful than entire countries. Just think of Nestle or Procter & Gamble; you probably don’t even know that you are using products and brands that belong to one of those organisations. Yesterday I came across a chart I had to share with you – it illustrates just how strong and influential corporations are today.
The chart below shows how exactly 10 (yes, just 10!) global corporations control almost everything we buy; from food to household products to clothes.
Isn’t that fascinating?
Only 10 giant multinationals determine the purchase choices we make through a massive network of parent companies. Continue Reading »
What would make you change your name? I am not talking about establishing a nickname, a creative name as an author, musician or similar, but legally a new name? I personally have thought about changing my last name – Stareva – to something simpler such as “Star” because living abroad (i.e. in Western European countries where people find it rather difficult to pronounce Slavic names) I’ve always heard people saying or spelling my name wrong. Nevertheless, I still like my name – it brings me back to my routes and it’s my family name that I carry with honour. But what if there was another pretty good incentive besides personal reasons to officially change your name?
That’s what Lufthansa is currently trying to find out by encouraging Swedish citizens to change their names to Klaus-Heidi (a fusion between two very German names). The prize? A brand new life in Berlin. Doesn’t sound bad at all, does it? Continue Reading »
I am a big fan of H&M. It’s not just because I like the fresh design, but to a large extent because I had researched the company’s sustainability goals and activities and I was impressed with its efforts. (I have detailed them pretty extensively in this blog post here.) Now proving their drive for sustainability once again, the global fashion brand has launched a new initiative called H&M Conscious Foundation. In this post I would like to introduce it to you and urge you to join the sustainability movement together with H&M.
The H&M Conscious Foundation is a global non-profit foundation with the mission to “reach beyond H&M´s value chain, and contribute to positive long-term change for people and communities where H&M operates.” After consulting global experts in the field, including for example Sir Richard Branson (whom I am a big fan of too), H&M developed a list of five most immediate global challenges: safeguarding natural resources, strengthening women, reduction of poverty through self-employment, clean water and education.
Of those five, Continue Reading »