Category: Business

Our Culture of Overtime is Costing Us Dearly

Our Culture of Overtime is Costing Us Dearly

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors:Joshua Krook, University of Adelaide The story of Yumiko Kadota, whose gruelling schedule as a Sydney hospital registrar included clocking up more than 100 hours of overtime in her first month, has highlighted the punishing work schedules required in the medical profession. Research indicates working...

1% For The Planet: The International Member-Based Organisation Preserving Australia’s Natural Environment

1% For The Planet: The International Member-Based Organisation Preserving Australia’s Natural Environment

This week I was fortunate enough to attend a panel event discussing sustainability for businesses and individuals in conjunction with 1% for the Planet hosted at Patagonia’s Sydney store. The event was an overwhelming success, a tight packed store full of conscious people networking and discussing sustainability – it’s eco events like this that show...

Isadora Alvarez of Back Beat Rags – What It Took For This Filipina Immigrant to Launch a Sustainable Fashion Label in the US

Isadora Alvarez of Back Beat Rags – What It Took For This Filipina Immigrant to Launch a Sustainable Fashion Label in the US

Last year while conducting research for an article on affordable ethical tees, I came across a super cool US-based eco fashion label called Back Beat Rags (whom I would later include in the piece). I have since learned that the brains behind the brand Isadora Alvarez immigrated to the USA from the Philippines. Raised on the beautiful...

Want a Fashion Industry Without Waste? Support the Australian Circular Fashion Conference…

Want a Fashion Industry Without Waste? Support the Australian Circular Fashion Conference…

Global warming and climate change, waste, environmental pollution, water scarcity, these issues are challenging the current fashion industry model, and rightfully so. With growing numbers of consumers concerned about the social and environmental impacts of their fashion purchases, forward-thinking retail businesses and brands are responding with solutions underpinned by creativity, innovation and technology. Fashion by...

Sustainable Community Transportation – Now and In The Future

Sustainable Community Transportation – Now and In The Future

We live in a world constantly on the move, in seven billion different ways. Our daily errand-running, workday commutes, and vacation travels sometimes put us at odds with our surroundings.  There’s traffic to worry about, which raises our stress levels, the rising gas prices, and insurance prices, that cost you a fortune. The impact of...

Stop Paying Lip-Service. Here’s How to Improve Diversity and Inclusion in Fashion, Media and Business…

Stop Paying Lip-Service. Here’s How to Improve Diversity and Inclusion in Fashion, Media and Business…

We intuitively know that businesses, brands and teams of diverse representation perform better since it is commonly understood that diverse teams view and analyse issues differently, and contribute a broader range of ideas, insights and solutions which give the group a ‘winning edge’ when it comes to problem-solving, creativity and innovation. The findings of the...

When Artisan Clothing is Anything but “Ethical”

When Artisan Clothing is Anything but “Ethical”

Theoretically, you should be able to buy artisan-made garments confidently knowing that its costs reflect ethical wages for the artisans who make them. In theory, that would happen. Realistically, the obfuscated system of home workers, forced laborers, and exploited artisans make up a hidden labor force that’s nearly impossible to trace or make compliant with...