Fast fashion, producing more products at a lower price, has grown up a lot lately. It is generally known that it's a problem for our planet, however, why exactly? This explainer reveals the life cycle of fast fashion clothes and focuses on why Chile’s nature has to “pay” for its waste. Picture by: Pixabay Life cycle of fast fashion clothes Created by: Sarlota Touzimska Why Chile? Chile has for long been a centre for wasted clothes manufactured mostly in China. It is the biggest second-hand clothes importer in South America. “Unfortunately, we have transformed our city into the world’s garbage dump”, stated Mayor of Alto Hospico, Patricio Ferreira.The original idea was to help the economy , but things went wrong. As only a small part of the clothes is sold, the rest travels
Fast Fashion is having a negative impact on the environment more than ever as popular online brands grow to keep up with the latest fashion trends. This explainer dives into the consequences that fast fashion is having in Chile and what we can do to minimise those consequences. Original Article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-60249712
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Air pollution burdens low income and communities of colour resulting in major health risks. Source: Unsplash The British Heart Foundation found that 15 million Brits are exposed to toxic air. The majority of which are people of colour and those within deprived communities; a report conducted by Natural England in 2019 revealed Britons who are POC were exposed to particulate matter pollution rates at 19-29% higher than White Britons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt2OIcQ-7y8 Environmental racism is a form of systematic racism where communities of colour are disproportionately burdened with health hazards through policies and practices that force them to reside near or around polluted areas. Environmental Justice is not simply highlighting the discrepancies b...
Reports show meat consumption has decreased in the last decade. Westminster World asked Londoners if they give up meat to help fight climate change. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E_NAbJe-34 Credit: Skyler King & Bronwen Latham A major report published by The Guardian found that meat accounts for nearly 60% of global emissions and is a lead contributor to climate change. At Westminster World, we asked Londoners if they would be willing to give up meat to save the planet. A report by the Lancet Planetary Health found that overall daily meat intake across the UK has decreased 17% over the last decade. Daisy, a student from London, studying in Bristol, felt that eating less meat was a good way to reduce carbon emissions. “I don’t eat much meat, and my family d
https://youtu.be/r3J3_v5E5m0 Palm oil is found in 50% of all supermarket products, from food to cleaning items to cosmetics. This includes things like bread, chips, chocolate, dish soap, floor cleaners, lipstick and even ice cream. Though affordable and versatile, this shelf stable crop oil is not stable nor sustainable for the environment, including humans and animals. The environmental cost for harvesting crop oil includes deforestation, displacement and degradation of local wildlife populations and even allegations of sexual abuse and forced labour on plantations. Some countries have responded by placing bans on palm oil, but is that the right solution or is there something else that needs to be done?
What is the "Reset" all about? The world economy has suffered extreme blows by the pandemic, a proposed plan to reset may change everything. But is it for the best? “You will have nothing, and you’ll be happy.” This quote has been thrown around as if it is at the core of the World Economic Forum’s pitch for “The Great Reset”. Is that really what is at the core of the reset? Will we hit a button that evens everyone out so we all start from zero? Not exactly. “The Great Reset” is actually reseting the way we think about things. Capitalism seems like the enemy to many, but with the proposed shift, capitalism may be able to benefit the people it has ousted in the past. This reset would aim to fix the many problems facing us as a society today: econo
Still from video explainer In January 2021, a joint report by academics from 11 UK universities critically explored the potential of a circular economy to tackle the economic impacts of Covid-19. The model appeared also in the last issue of Start Magazine from King's Entrepreneurship Institute as one of the technological breakthroughs that “can help accelerate societies towards a sustainable planet.” According to Professor Dr. Raimund Bleischwitz from UCL, countries are facing unprecedented challenges concerning climate change, urbanisation and globalisation. The current linear economic model and its “take-make-dispose” scheme are not sustainable. UK think tank, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has been a leading promoter of the circular economy model. It points to inve
Electric cars are becoming more common than ever in British roads, and they are also becoming a much more realistic alternative to gas fueled options. Everyone is talking about it, but a lot of people is still reluctant. The major reason? The price to pay upfront. Courtesy of Tesla, 2021 When talking about purely electric vehicles the first name that comes to our mind is Tesla. The company run by Elon Musk is considered to be the pioneer of this range, with four cars in the market and two on the way, promising a budget vehicle that could cost just 25’000$ in the next three years. With the improvements of battery lives, lower prices and the expansion of the charging network, 2021 becomes the best year to switch to an EV. It is essential to recognize that electric vehicles are
Period poverty is a public health crisis across the United Kingdom according to official data. In November, Scotland became the first country in the world to make menstrual products free for those in need. What would it take for England to do the same? Westminster World talked to campaigners and experts about the inability to afford menstrual products and period stigma. Photo by Rahul Bamane According to Plan International UK (P.I. UK), a survey conducted in 2019 showed that one in five girls reported being bullied or teased, and nearly 50 percent reported missing a day of school because of their periods. The same research revealed that women in the UK spend more than £16,500 on period products or aids in their lifetime and ten per cent of girls cannot afford the sanitary p
Shoppers walk around central London. Credit: Lubna bin Zayyad Black Friday and its follow up - Cyber Monday saw retailers markdown products in a bid to get consumers to purchase items leading up to the holiday season. Online retailer Pretty Little Thing caused a commotion over the weekend after introducing their ninety-nine percent off sale. Consumers everywhere expressed their disappointment over missing out on such a huge sale - where clothes were going for as little as fifteen pence. However, many expressed concern over just how sustainable and ethical the major sale was considering the brand is one of many fast fashion retailers on the market. https://youtu.be/Fp1SkkGT5pg Fast Fashion is cheap- but at what cost? In a bid to both create and keep up with demand, bu...