Sustainability: A crisis in fashion and wildlife

Fashion’s crisis of sustainability

With my mindset focused on sustainability during this month an article by Ben Webster, Environmental Editor for The Times caught my eye this week.

It stated that several top fashion brands including Boohoo, Marks & Spencer, Primark, Asos, Tesco, Sainsbury’s Arcadia and others had signed up to targets for cutting clothes waste by the end of the year under the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan 2020 (SCAP 2020) but these targets were unlikely to be met.

Dumped clothes pile up

It appears that the fashion industry has failed to meet key commitments on reducing waste, resulting in more than 300,000 tonnes of clothes being incinerated or dumped in landfill in UK each year.  

WRAP the organisation that oversees SCAP said that during lockdown more than a third of people had gone through their wardrobes and put items in the dustbin making the problem worse.

Wildlife sustainability

Interestingly in the same newspaper (The Times November 10 2020) there was an article addressing the demise of the hedgehog [Feature Image by]. Titled ‘Brian May helps to save hedgehogs’ reports that the UK population of hedgehogs has fallen from 1.5 million in 1995 to 500,000 in 2018. Other sources report that the present population may be even lower, remarked on during the current BBC Autumn Watch series.  So while fashion pieces pile up the number of hedgehogs and other wildlife decline. The Save Me Trust, Brian May’s wildlife charity, however, was able to win a reprieve on the building of a Sainsbury’s Superstore in an area of woodland that would threaten hedgehog habitat.               

Winter protection for hedgehogs

To help hedgehogs sustainability it is crucial that they survive the winter.  You may wish to think about providing shelter they can use for hibernation. Please check the Wildlife Trusts website for the best set of instructions.

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