Friday 5: Five Stories That Changed The Way We Think

Every week we put together our Friday 5 -five stories that compel us to read the lead sentence to the last sentence of an article.

Here are our top 5 this week.

The Just Approved Denim List

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According to Rivet, “ethical fashion organization Project JUST launched its first guide of JUST Approved denim brands. From a list of over 111 user submissions, an expert committee selected Kings of Indigo, Mud Jeans, Nudie Jeans and Patagonia; Project JUST also awarded Levi’s an honorable mention. The JUST Approved program was launched to help shoppers identify the best labels for style, quality, ethics and sustainability. Since Project JUST launched in December, the team has been adding new brands to a directory every week.

With denim being one of the biggest culprits for pollution in the fashion industry, we welcome a sustainable round up.

Read the full story on Rivet here.

Authentic Radicalism: A Look Back

So what of “Authentic Radicalism?” Not just a Label launches many exciting programs but we loved watching their inaugural event in its education series ‘Authentic Radicalism’ at Maison Assouline in London. NJAL writes that “Emerging designers, journalists and industry impresarios gathered in the grand library of the luxury publishing house to dissertate, dissect and debate the questions concerning the future of the fashion industry and the creative innovations we can employ to build a fairer, more conscious and more sustainable fashion system.”

We always appreciate how fearless their conversations are and this one is a must watch. Settle in.

NJAL ‘Authentic Radicalism’ Education Series Event from NOTJUSTALABEL on Vimeo.

Adidas Spins Plastic from the Ocean into Awesome Kicks

Wired writes “From a distance, Adidas’ newest shoe looks seafoam green. But it’s an illusion; up close that pellucid hue gives way to white, with teal thread stitched around the upper in contoured rows, like lines on a topographic map. That thread comes from a company called Parley for the Oceans, and it’s special, spun from plastic waste and old fishing nets retrieved from the coast of Africa.”


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The upper on the new design is entirely recycled plastic, about 16.5 old bottles and 13 grams of plastic from gill nets go into a single upper on one shoe. With massive amounts of our world plastic floating out in five major gyres, getting big brands to take on plastic waste and to look at it like a new harvest is something to pay attention to.

Speaking of waste, who the heck are these amazing kids??? Fast Co.Exist writes about a group of middle school students from Folsom, California, who “designed a digester that uses bacteria to eat Styrofoam—and turns it into energy and biodegradable plastic.”

You can read more about how smart they are and renew your faith in humanity by reading 10 Clever Student Inventions That Could Reduce Our Waste here.

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Fashion History Lesson: The Origins of Fast Fashion

Did you know the concept of fast fashion has been happening since the 1800’s??? Fashionista writes that “The concept of fast fashion is widely regarded as being a fairly new concept that originated from brands like Zara being able to sell trends at record speed for affordable prices, but ‘fast fashion’ is really just a term given to a constantly evolving production system that has been gaining momentum since the 1800s. Read on to find out more about the good, the bad and the lesser-known parts of fast fashion’s history.”