Recycled Ethics

Recycling: the confusing activity we’ve all become conscripted in as penance for buying stuff. In the real world strategy game of ‘The Recycling Bins’, we must navigate through swathes of stickers, converging arrows, and green triangles to determine the correct receptacle for each material. All the while discerning urban legend from the truth as to…

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Breaking down bioplastics

The scourge of plastic and its headlines are an unavoidable part of modern life. No corner of the planet or media platform is free from the pervasive and relentless ability of plastic to stick around unwanted. Remains of supermarket bags, lumps of polystyrene, the straw epidemic, drinks containers and miscellaneous masses found in the ocean,…

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It’ll come out in the wash

Fashion has often found it difficult to stay on the ethical side of environmental and human rights concerns. News about poor working conditions and environmentally damaging effluent from factories is so common it’s passé. But another ecological threat is far more entwined in the fabric of the industry, and far less PR coverable. While activists…

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Return of the bottle

In an attempt to encourage recycling and cut waste, the British government has revealed plans to introduce a deposit scheme for single-use containers. It’s been considered a win for environmentalists and the slipping reputation of the Tory party alike. The new and improved scheme is expected to cover plastic and glass bottles, and steel and…

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Plastic fantastic

Plastic; marketed since the 20th century as the material to take us screaming out of the dark ages with our uncivilised reliance on natural resources, and into the glossy, multicoloured world of polymers. Gone is the time needed for wood to mature, the inconvenience of mining for metal ore, and the complexity of glass manufacture,…

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