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We need to talk about consumption

28/11/17 - Stella McCartney calls for overhaul of 'incredibly wasteful' fashion industry UK fashion designer backs Ellen MacArthur foundation campaign to stop the global fashion industry consuming a quarter of the world’s annual carbon budget by 2050. Clothes must be designed differently, worn for longer and recycled as much as possible to stop the global fashion industry consuming a quarter of the world’s annual carbon budget by 2050.

01/11/17 - Whether you run a company or you work in an company or organisation, here are some ideas to make your workplace more environmentally friendly

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13/06/17 - H&M, Zara and Marks & Spencer linked to polluting viscose factories in Asia Major fashion brands are sourcing viscose from factories in China, Indonesia and India which are polluting and damaging health, according to new report. Viscose, touted as a sustainable alternative to cotton or polyester, is often used as a cheaper and more durable alternative to silk, commonly in skirts and dresses. Experts say it is just as likely to be found in a £10 t-shirt as a £2,000 suit.

03/10/16 - RADIO: A Casual Clearance (28 mins) After her mother dies, Clare Jenkins explores the practical and emotional difficulties of clearing out her parents' home. Guardian writer Deborah Orr and her brother had faced the same dilemma a couple of years earlier, when their mother died at the family home in Motherwell, near Glasgow. And Times columnist Robert Crampton has been going through the process this year, clearing out his parents' house in Hull. What is important to keep at such a time? Is it the letters, diaries and photos, or the expensive, but disliked, heirlooms? Which objects seem pathetic, when removed of meaning? What emotions surface during the clearing-out process? Treasured possessions often have stories to tell, secrets to give up. Children can often be surprised by evidence of their parents' younger selves, including their younger voices. They consider the symbolism of inconsequential treasures such as old tea sets, job references and children's hair clippings - mundane objects that attain the status of holy relics because of the meaning a parent attached to them.

02/10/16 - Stella McCartney lays waste to disposable fashion in Paris McCartney has broken down barriers between high fashion and ethical fashion by straddling two worlds. Her mission statement is that clothes made from sustainable viscose and cruelty-free alternatives to leather should not be targeted at a niche market, but shown to hold their own on the Paris fashion week catwalk.

20/06/16 - How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply New studies show that alarming numbers of tiny fibers from synthetic fabrics are making their way from your washing machine into aquatic animals.

05/01/15 - RADIO: Woman's Hour - Can Choosing to Live with Less Make You Happier? (40 mins) How would you rate your satisfaction with life and your sense of well being? Could living with less make you happier? Dr Teresa Belton joins Jane Garvey to talk about the ideas in her book, Happier People, Healthier Planet.

01/10/14 - It's time to shout stop on this war on the living world Our consumption is trashing a natural world infinitely more fascinating and intricate than the stuff we produce. Is this not the point at which we challenge the inevitability of endless growth on a finite planet? If not now, when?

14/10/13 - Environmentally friendly busines is profitable business International governments' inaction and lack of leadership is clearly worrying but, at the same time, the proactive approaches of a few leading-edge companies are encouraging. Toyota, Sainsbury's, WalMart, DuPont, Tesco, Unilever, Marks & Spencer and General Electric have made tackling environmental wastes a key economic driver. As Jonathon Porritt, director of Forum for the Future, observed, a "governance shift" is occurring in the field of sustainability, with governments stepping back and businesses stepping forward to lead the change.

19/04/13 - Government must ‘get serious’ on consumption

16/04/13 - Carbon Omissions  held a public event in London to talk about consumption, climate change, inequality and the lives we'd like to lead...

VIDEO: New animation by Leo Murray with voice-over by George Monbiot:

AUDIO: The Carbon Omissions launch, speakers included: Caroline Lucas, Ruth Potts, Alice Bows, Kate Soper, Tom Crompton and John Barrett. Guy Shrubsole chaired.

"The UK's consumption cannot rise indefinitely if it is to make an effective contribution to a global reduction in greenhouse gas emissions" UK Energy and Climate Change Select Committee report