Today’s Solutions: October 24, 2021

Fashion

To achieve a more sustainable future, the fashion industry needs to overhaul its current practices. Here, we document that progress by covering everything from sustainable textiles to inclusive clothing lines to innovative materials.

Norwegian law aims to protect its residents' self-esteem

Recent research suggests that constant exposure to social media is linked to body dissatisfaction. To protect their citizens, Norway’s ministry of children and family has proposed that the country’s marketing act mandate that images that have been altered to enhance a person’s appearance Read More...

Popular New York clothing store now offers a secondhand shopping area

Shoppers who visit the Madewell store in Brooklyn will find a surprise if they head up to the location’s second floor. Madewell has collaborated with popular online used clothing retailer thredUP to create the “Circular Store”—an assortment of pre-owned Madewell products as well as repaired Read More...

Mexico is first country in North America to ban animal cosmetic testing

Mexico becomes the first country in North America and the 41st country in the world to completely ban cosmetics testing on animals after Mexico’s Senate voted unanimously to do so. This change in legislation is believed to have been influenced by the Humane Society’s International Read More...

14 Practical ways you can fight climate change

The latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made it clear that human activity has created a “code red for humanity,” and we must act now if we are to prevent the global temperature from rising to 1.5 Celsius above pre-industrial levels and ensure that Read More...

Can't stand the heat? This new fabric will cool wearers down

Let’s face it—it’s getting pretty hot out here, and we’re going to have to adapt to these warming temperatures. Luckily, engineers Ma Yaoguang and Tao Guangming, from Zhejiang University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology respectively, have invented a textile that cools Read More...

Ways to curb your fast fashion habit

Haven’t you heard? Sustainability is in style, while exploitative and wasteful consumerism is out. So why is it so difficult for the fashion industry to catch up with the trends? In the past, many of us would go clothes shopping to buy cheap garments with short lifespans that we end up Read More...

Dole is partnering with ​​Piñatex to scale up vegan leather production

A few months ago we wrote a story about ​​Piñatex, an innovative company turning pineapple leaves into vegan, petroleum-free leather products. Now, food giant and pineapple distributor Dole Sunshine Company has partnered with ​​Piñatex to minimize waste from their operations and scale-up Read More...

Germany gymnasts reject sexualization by ditching bikini-cut uniforms

Professional female athletes have been subjected to sexualization for far too long, and they are starting to fight back. We recently wrote about how the Norwegian women’s beach handball team wore shorts instead of bikini bottoms during the 2021 European Beach Handball Championships to protest the Read More...

This thrift store provides clothing specifically for the transgender community

Jacob Nash was inspired to open his thrift store, Margie’s Closet after a good friend asked if he knew anywhere they could donate clothes specifically for the transgender community. Realizing such a place didn’t exist, Nash started one of his own. Located in Ohio, Margie’s Closet is the Read More...

True green fashion means just using less

Clothing rental and exchange companies certainly have their time and place; for example, if you need a dress for a special occasion or if your kids are growing out of their clothes faster than you can buy new ones. However, a new study published in Environmental Research Letters reminds us that Read More...