SIR David Attenborough said he has been "astonished" by the response to plastic pollution after Blue Planet 2, helping launch awareness to the issue and the UK certainly seems to be waking up to the importance of "doing our bit" with companies now responding. But, there is much more to be done as consumers to update almost every aspect of our lifestyles.
With claims that fast fashion is the second-most polluting industry in the world, we also need to start making better, more sustainable shopping choices when it comes to our wardrobes.
Fast-fashion focuses on speed and low costs in order to deliver frequently but it is particularly bad for the environment, as pressure to reduce cost and the time it takes to get a product from design to shop floor means that environmental corners are more likely to get cut. Criticisms of fast fashion include its negative environmental impact, labour exploitation, water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and increasing levels of textile waste.
So how do we start making more sustainable shopping choices?
Get InformedResearch brands and companies that are focused on ethical and "green" clothing. Retailers like H&M have begun to work towards adhering to environmental requirements and implementing sustainability initiatives dedicated to restricting the production of harmful materials. Patagonia prioritises social and environmental awareness, in all aspects of its business. They've formed developmental practices in ranching and agriculture and contribute one-percent of all sales towards conservation groups.
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Brands who are making a change
Stella McCartney pride themselves on being a vegetarian company, none of their products contain leather, fur, exotic skins or feathers - and none of the glues used in their shoes or bags come from animal origins. They've done an incredible job reducing their impact, read more about their achievements here.
You may not know that 75 percent of all Nike shoes and apparel now contain some recycled material. They have also diverted nearly 5 billion plastic bottles from landfills since 2012. With at least 12 of those bottles forming the backbone for every one of Nike's federation kits - the very uniforms worn in Russia this summer. The process involves melting down 12 or 18 recycled plastic drinking bottles to product a fine yarn. Making Nike the number one user of recycled polyester in the industry.
Since 2005, VEJA has been making environmentally friendly sneakers, made with raw materials sourced from organic farming and ecological agriculture, without chemicals or polluting processes.
Simon Miller is a big name in the world of sustainability and its bags are frequently spotted on the arm of the most fashionable influencers. The brand reduces impact and conserves water by using organic mills and ozone technology in its production.
There you have it, 'eco' shouldn't be a word that immediately conjures up images of oatmeal-coloured fashion or garments that are lacking any sort of luxury or beauty and proof that brands are starting to produce high-quality, eco-friendly collections so that you can enjoy shopping with a clear conscience.