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One-size-fits-all: except wait, it doesn’t

I vividly remember buying my uniform for sixth form college; the dress code was “business-like” (cue the eye roll) and so I found myself in H&M’s suit section, aged 16, hunting for the perfect pieces. I eventually bought three suits, all the same size, and that was that. Except it wasn’t. I’d only tried on […]

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How Black Friday and Cyber Monday contribute to the environmental crisis

The annual post-thanksgiving sales were as consuming as ever this year; I am sure we all noticed PrettyLittleThing making history with their 99 per cent off sale, selling dresses for as little as 8p and heels for 25p. Their announcement erupted on social media, aggravating users who criticised the values behind these sales within the […]

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ASOS’ warehouse a “cradle of disease”: time’s up for fast-fashion giant

ASOS employees have spoken out about their fears of working amidst the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK. The UK distribution centre, located in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, employs 4,000 workers, with approximately 500 members of staff on-site per shift. Employees report continuing to work alongside others on narrow aisles, and sharing communal spaces such as toilets, canteens and bus services, […]

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Fast fashion faux pas – and how to effortlessly avoid them

A lot of the current discourse obsessing over sustainable and ‘eco’ lifestyle choices is exclusive, reflecting an ignorance of the privilege that allows select individuals to make such choices. Not all of us are in a position to go vegan, convert entirely to renewable energy sources, and abandon all plastics – to do so requires endless time and […]

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Sustainability at the Baftas: the future of fast fashion in the film industry

At this time of year, the array of sensational red carpet looks is enough to excite anyone with even the faintest interest in fashion. The influence of award ceremony style has become as such, where celebrities are just as likely to be remembered for their outfits, as they are for their accolades. But this year, […]

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Modern day slavery in sweatshops: an issue closer to home?

In British minds, sweatshops have long been associated with ‘developing’ countries. They are the widely accepted dirty secret of the fast fashion industry, and something that the general public is willing to turn a blind eye to, in order to get their £5 t-shirt; what may be shocking to hear is that these factories are […]

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Eco-friendly Edinburgh jewellery brands you need to know about

The rebellion against fast-fashion brands is in full force. With big online retailers like ASOS getting involved, it’s clear this is no passing fad. However, jewellery seems to slip under the radar. While it’s well-known that gold and diamonds can come from ethically dubious sources, less expensive accessories carry their own environmental debt. Tracing back […]

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Primark’s paradoxes with sustainability

Fast fashion is one of the major developments of the 21st century, with clothes prices falling and disposable income rising; a trip down the high street doesn’t need to cost the Earth, or does it?   Sadly the world of fashion has quickly become a major contributor to the global environmental crisis. The textile industry alone […]