Sustainability

Reclaiming the ‘Pretty Woman’ and the environment

Last month, while travelling back to Australia for a holiday I set myself a little challenge to only take 10 items of clothing. I successfully completed the challenge and found it really satisfying. The motivation behind this challenge was mainly environmental. In short we buy way too many clothes and, at the same time, throw out a huge amount of clothing that often ends up in landfill. This alone is devastating for the environment, not to mention all the energy needed and pollution created to make clothes. This little experiment has made me hyper aware of the huge amounts of clothing we consume. Every magazine I read, every place I went and every shop I walked by during my holiday was encouraging me to buy more. Read More…

Save the Future – wear less clothing.

Could you go a month or even a year only wearing 10 pieces of clothing? Well I’m going to try for just under a month. I am heading to Australia today for a holiday until the beginning of February and have packed 10 items of clothing to last me for the whole trip (not including underwear, swimmers and running gear. I am taking 3 pairs of shoes, one of which is a pair of runners). I am only taking carry on and my bag weighs 6.4kg. For some of you this may seem totally doable but for others it could be regarded as bit of a challenge especially considering I have my best friends wedding and my engagement party to attend during my holiday. Read More…

Dammed if you do, damned if you don’t?

The benefit of large hydroelectricity dams has long been a topic of great controversy. It was brought back to my attention today with the Three Gorges Dam in ChinaFacing its biggest challenge yet’. Heavy flooding in Sichuan province has seen 146 lives lost with 40 more people missing. 1000 farmers have also been evacuated, the China Daily reports.

The World Commission on Dams spent 2 years researching the effectiveness of large scale dams like the Three Gorges Dam, so are they really worth it? Read More…

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