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Fashion

Is fashion causing a biodiversity crisis?

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 biodiversity crisis.

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Fashion

Re-Fashion

“We exist to make sure clothes don’t go to landfill,” says Andrew Ferguson, Founder of Re-Fashion, a new and rapidly expanding preloved clothing retailer.

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Fashion

Don’t be fooled: Greenwashing in fashion

Accusations of greenwashing have been levelled at many fashion brands, whose eco-friendly marketing all-too-often disguises the reality of environmental harms and worker exploitation.
So, how can you tell real green from greenwashed?

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Fashion

Why Secondhand is the New Black

REAL takes a look at the changing attitudes when it comes to second hand clothing and the impacts it’s having on the fashion industry. It considers the issues involved with used apparel.

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Fashion

Why the Government’s New Policies Won’t Make Fashion Sustainable

The clothing industry is unarguably exploitative, highly wasteful and a major contributor to climate change. However, effective legislation to address these issues has been frustratingly lacking so far. Government has instead preferred to rely on voluntary industry initiatives that deliver only incremental change, falling far short of the transformative action needed.

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Leadership

G7 to COP26

REAL attended the COP26 Coalition press conference. Panelists considered barriers to addressing the climate crisis, the militaristic response by nations and restrictions to civil liberties.

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Leadership

Beyond Net Zero – A Systemic Design Approach

The Design Council is the government’s advisor on design. REAL takes a look at their April 2021 report Beyond Net Zero. There needs to be a design focus on sustainability or regeneration, accessing information and working systemically.

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Travel

Are Electric Vehicles the Solution?

REAL Sustainability looks at the social and environmental impact of two key resources used in batteries for electric vehicles. Also considered is the long-term sustainability of mass car ownership.

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