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13/11/2020

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ARTICLES

Mathilde Batelier. 'What is the issue with the textile industry?' LSX. 2018

This short article by Mathilde Batelier demonstrates just how much the textile industry takes from the Earth's natural resources. Batelier goes onto talk about the London Textile Forum, a place where speakers and the public can come together to feel less overwhelmed by the environmental issues caused specifically by the textile industry. 

I would recommend having a look at the article here. I would also suggest exploring the Forum and the London Sustainability Exchange website itself, in order to find some groups and opportunities to get involved in. 

Jasmine Malik Chua. 'The environment and economy are paying the priace for fast fashion - but there's hope'. Vox. 2019. 

This article highlights just how bad the fast fashion industry is on our environment. Despite already knowing that the fashion industry is a big contributor to climate change and the ecological crisis, I was shocked by the facts and figures in Chua;s article. Research shows 'that the fashion market's annual 5 percent growth risks "exerting an unprecedented strain on planetary resources" by raising annual production to more than 100 million tons by 203' (Chua, 2019). I can't even imagine 100 million tons of clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories... 

What is so refreshing about Chua's article is that she writes equally about possible solutions to the fashion industry's dilemma. 

Click here to read though the article. All of the fashion articles in this 'Your Suggestions' compliment each other and I would highly recommend reading them all. 

Greenpeace. 'Fast fashion - this industry needs an urgent makeover'. Greenpeace. 2019. 

Greenpeace describe themselves as 'a movement of people who are passionate about defending the natural world from destruction' (Greenpeace, 2020). This charity/campaign group aim to make our planet greener, healthier and safer, and have been doing so ever since 1971. 

Not only do Greenpeace implement protest actions all over the world, but they also ensure to inform the public of the impact of climate change and the ecological crisis. This article does just that, whilst also highlighting the need for industries like fast - fashion to make a drastic change in their production and business techniques. 

To view this short but informative article, click here. I would also recommend exploring the rest of Greenpeace's website, and maybe even signing up to help with one of their campaigns. 

Leslie Hook. 'The next pandemic: where is it coming from and how do we stop it?'. Financial Times Magazine. 2020. 

This is an incredibly insightful article following Yanthe Nobel, a vet and PhD student in epidemiology, as she and her team look for animal corpses in Dazanga-Sangha. Nobel's scientific team is one of many hunting for new viruses across the world. 

This is a longer read, but Hook managed to succinctly take us through the history of viruses and explores the undeniable connection between human action, deforestation and the current increase in deadly viruses. 

Definitely worth a read if you want to find out more about the science around Covid-19, and its connection to deforestation. Click here to access the article. 

Christine Ro. 'Can fashion ever be sustainable?'. BBC Future. 2020.

BBC Future has been one of my favourite, non-academic resource to turn to throughout this project. They write articles aimed at readers for whom 'the question of whether climate change is happening is no longer something that needs to be asked. Instead, there is now growing concern about what each of us as individuals can do about it.' (BBC Future, 2020).

 

This article was sent in by Angel Z as she has been doing a lot of research on fashion and sustainability - particularly sportswear (click here to see Angel Z's takeover of Call Us Angels for more information). What I liked about Ro's article is that, although BBC Future aims to find ways individuals can make themselves greener, she does not shy away from the fact massive fashion cooperation are more responsible for climate change and the ecological crisis. 

It's a longer read than some of this week's suggestions, but I would definitely check it out by clicking here. I would once again suggest combining this article with the other fast-fashion articles suggested in this list to give you a good overview of the impact of this industry on our Earth's environment.