Category: <span>Business</span>

Australian Specialty Roaster Jasper Coffee Launches Country’s First 100% Plastic-Free Takeaway Coffee Cup and Lid

Australian Specialty Roaster Jasper Coffee Launches Country’s First 100% Plastic-Free Takeaway Coffee Cup and Lid

Australians use more than a billion disposable coffee cups each year, equivalent to approximately 2.7 million coffee cups per day, with roughly 92% ending up in landfills. But specialty coffee roaster Jasper Coffee has introduced the country’s first 100% plastic-free, fully recyclable single-use coffee cup and lid, amidst a year that has seen a surge in disposable...

Brands Take Action on Packaging as Black Friday Looms

Brands Take Action on Packaging as Black Friday Looms

Three billion trees cut down every year for paper packaging VANCOUVER, Canada: Three days before Black Friday – the globe’s second largest shopping day –  22 brands including beauty brands Lush Cosmetics (North America), Beauty Kitchen and LOLI, fashion brands Stitch Fix, The Very Group and Saloni, and printers Hemlock and Re-Leaf, have joined Pack4Good to tackle...

Virtual Influencers: The New Kids on the Marketing Block Aren’t Actually Real

Virtual Influencers: The New Kids on the Marketing Block Aren’t Actually Real

In the summer of 2018, a “scandal’ broke out on social media involving an influencer on Instagram. It appeared that a woman named Bermuda had successfully hacked the account of a very popular influencer, Miquela Sousa. In typical social media style, allegations were thrown, revelations were made, comments were generated and the fans were ecstatic....

Heston Blumenthal Endorsed Vegan ‘Meat’ Fable Debuts in 470 Coles Stores Nationally

Heston Blumenthal Endorsed Vegan ‘Meat’ Fable Debuts in 470 Coles Stores Nationally

Just four months after Australian plant-based startup Fable Food Co launched its signature Plant Based Braised Beef product in 600 Woolworths in June, the business celebrates another milestone announcing today it will be stocking 470 Coles stores around Australia. Endorsed by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal who uses it in his Michelin Star restaurants, Fable is...

MANRAGS Diverts One Million Textiles From Landfill and Rebrands to UPPAREL

MANRAGS Diverts One Million Textiles From Landfill and Rebrands to UPPAREL

Australian leader in circular fashion, MANRAGS, a brand manufacturing socks and underwear, has secured its position in the fashion textile industry by preventing one million textiles – in the form of items such as clothing, bed linen and shoes – from ending up in landfill. Established in 2016 as a side hustle startup by husband...

H&M Launches New In-Store Recycling System – But Does It Close the Loop?

H&M Launches New In-Store Recycling System – But Does It Close the Loop?

On Monday 12th October, Scandinavian fast fashion empire H&M announced that they are partnering with Looop, a new garment-to-garment recycling system. Developed by The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) in collaboration with the brand’s non-profit arm H&M Foundation, the ‘world’s first in-store recycling system’ has been installed in the first instance...

Patagonia Gets Political (Again) With New Garment Tags: “Vote the Assholes Out”

Patagonia Gets Political (Again) With New Garment Tags: “Vote the Assholes Out”

As if to coincide with prestigious science publication Scientific American’s first ever presidential endorsement in its 175-year history (it backed Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the upcoming US election explaining that they were “compelled to do so… because [Trump] rejects evidence and science”) pioneering sustainable outdoor retailer Patagonia is also making its political position clear...

Australia’s Leading Eco Store Biome Opens a Mecca for Sustainable Fashion in Brisbane

Australia’s Leading Eco Store Biome Opens a Mecca for Sustainable Fashion in Brisbane

Thanks to the pandemic and global movements such as Fashion Revolution and Black Lives Matter, the USD$1.3 trillion apparel industry is having its year of reckoning. While mainstream fashion brands such as J Crew, JC Penney and G-Star Raw have all declared bankruptcies, some sustainability-focussed businesses are flourishing. One such business is Australia’s leading zero...

How We Roll: Not Your Average Toilet Paper Company

How We Roll: Not Your Average Toilet Paper Company

One of the lighter and more surprising things this year has taught us is the value of toilet paper; the COVID-19 pandemic and the panic buying that ensued has created a heightened demand (and anxiety) on the availability of toilet paper. With higher numbers of people also working from home or in some form of...

The Right to Repair: Planned Obsolescence is Capitalism’s Ultimate Piss

The Right to Repair: Planned Obsolescence is Capitalism’s Ultimate Piss

One of the best features of capitalism is the fact that it promotes the culture of work across all human societies by actively and steadily rewarding innovations. This enforces efficiency while increasing competition, all of which is great for economic growth. Economic freedom helps political freedom and so capitalism if more often than not, is...

prAna Launches Responsible Packaging Movement to Tackle Fashion’s Plastic Problem

prAna Launches Responsible Packaging Movement to Tackle Fashion’s Plastic Problem

With the amount of marine plastic pollution expected to almost triple to 20 million metric tons by 2040, and packaging a dominant generator of plastic waste, there is mounting pressure on businesses to address the problem. On August 13, California-based sustainable yoga and outdoor apparel brand prAna – established in 1992 and a pioneer in conscious fashion – announced the Responsible Packaging...