タグ: Sustainability

Turn Valentine’s Day from Red to Green

Photo credit: Bianca Mentil form Pixabay Soon it’ll be Valentine’s Day, a day of love, affection, and happiness. Many view this day as an opportunity to shower loved ones with tokens of appreciation. However, many feel obligated to empty their wallets in the name of “love”.   Also, let’s not get started with the insane expectations placed on one’s partner on this day. Since when do roses, diamonds, and expensive dinners represent how much your boyfriend/girlfriend means to you? Why is love symbolized with the amount of money you spend rather than with real actions or words?    It’s not only that, but this excessive consumption also affects our environment […]

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A Solution For Our Sick Planet: The Circular Economy

Everyday we get bombarded with news about unpredictable weather, social unrest and economic fluctuations. What are we doing wrong? Why does it seem that everything is falling apart? One reason that comes to mind is the linear economy within our society that focuses on buy-use-waste. The overproduction and overconsumption stemming from this leads directly to environmental and social turmoil. At RubyMoon we think there is a solution to this problem; moving towards a circular economy, an economy with recycling, reusing and local production at its core. Can you imagine a world based on a circular economy? It all starts with saying ‘what if’. What if the UK relied entirely on […]

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Changemakers 2020: Catherine Conway’s Zero Waste Business

Photo Credit: Max Diamond January’s edition of The Big Issue focuses on the Top 100 Changemakers in 2020. I was interested in finding an inspiring pioneer dealing with current environmental problems and discovered Catherine Conway, an amazing woman changing views on plastic packaging to improve ocean waste and sustainable living. From Market Stall to Pioneering Business In her 20s, Catherine became aware of the problem of plastic packaging, water pollution and waste accumulation. As an early adopter, she opened a small market stall in London selling unpackaged dry food and goods-from rice to cleaning products. There was interest right from the start. People with the same mindset as Catherine would bring […]

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Are Black Friday bargains worth it?

Who doesn’t love snagging a good bargain? Saving a few quid here and there? You’d be crazy not to love Black Friday’s insane deals, right? But ask yourself, are bargains worth the environmental impact of overconsumption and impulse buying so central to Black Friday’s success?  The answer is no, in case anyone had doubts. Popular fashion retailers spend massive amounts of time, energy, and money to lure you in during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Many of these retailers, including Vero Moda, C&A, Forever 21 and Esprit rely heavily on synthetic materials such as polyester to make some of their garments. Here are just a few of the ways in […]

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Brighton Pride: a LGBTQ protest or a commercial pile of rubbish?

To Party or To Protest?’ The highly anticipated Brighton Pride took place last weekend and I was among the 250,000 people who attended the annual event, commemorating the fight for the human rights of the LGBTQ community. Shortly after the rainbow parade of self expression, Brighton was left covered in gas canisters and plastic trash. There was hardly any indication of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that ignited the original protest that paved the way for LGBTQ political activism. It seems that, increasingly Brighton Pride has become a commodified booze boat for the world to sail away in- without acknowledging that Pride is in fact […]

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To boycott or not to boycott? – That is the question

With the fashion industry producing nearly 100 billion pieces of clothing each year, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the largest contributors to global warming. The UN recently reported that the unprecedented rate and scale of climate change could be more catastrophic to the world than previously predicted. The Facts This week our colleague Jessica researched the extensive damage that the fashion industry is doing to our environment and what we can do to transform consumer behaviour. Here are some of the shocking statistics: Did you know? The fashion industry uses around 98 million tonnes of non-renewable resources each year. More than 1 million tonnes of materials are wasted […]

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Keep the Oceans #PlasticFree, wear RubyMoon

There is something about summer that is quite magical, everyone finds a good excuse to be outdoors. So we decided to enjoy the weather and headed to the sea front with our Active Ambassadors ! The sea is where the RubyMoon journey begins – the immense blue we want to protect and keep clean by collecting ghost fishing nets to make our high quality active and swim wear. Flattering and functional pieces for #ActiveWomen, committed to making this world a better place through conscious choices. Every single purchase empowers at least one woman in a developing country. Each piece is named after a woman supported with a business loan – […]

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Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind: Who Made Your Clothes?

For Fashion Revolution week I wanted to share a recent visit to the Tenement Museum in Manhattan – Founded in 1988 by historian Ruth Abram and social activist Anita Jacobsen, the museum tours explore the uniquely American story of immigration and the rich, diverse landscape it continues to create. The Museum took root when Abram and Jacobsen discovered 97 Orchard Street — a dilapidated tenement building that had been shuttered for more than 50 years. Although in ruins, many of the personal artifacts of the generations that lived there remain and a whole series of tours have been developed around the inhabitants and their histories. One such tour is called […]

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Inspiring & Impactful: Yasmeen Al-Deen

RubyMoon gives 100% of our net profits to women entrepreneurs as microloans across 14 developing countries. We want to share each empowering story with you, with everyone that journeys with us. Case study and photography provided by Lendwithcare.org. Yasmeen Zain Al-Deen is 27 years old, lives in Majdal Bani Fadel, Nablus in Palestine, and runs a hairdressing salon with her business partner. Their salon offers haircuts, styling, make-up, dye, and skin care. They have built up a good reputation and are attracting clients from all around the city. Now is time to expand the business and so Yasmeen requested a loan to buy new equipment that will cost more than $5,000, […]

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Arts University Bournemouth- THE ‘HUMAN’ SYMPOSIUM

On March 5th, Our Founder Jo Godden, was invited to talk at the AUB ‘Human’ Symposium at their campus in Poole. This was an amazing opportunity to talk to students about ‘Circles of Impact- How the circular economy can be applied to Fashion & Textiles.’   There were some interesting presentations and here are some of them: Wouldn’t it be great if everyone worked together to make the world a little greener?  Chloe Harty, Vice President, AUBSU   Inspired to hear about how the Student Union at AUB is incorporating green thinking into practise with a ‘green week’, a zero-waste marketplace and an eco-brick project that educates about single use plastic […]

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