Black Friday sales are fueling fashions dark side | Eva Kruse

We are producing and consuming fashion at a rate like never before and mass shopping sales are simply fanning the flames This morning I opened my inbox to find reams of emails mid-season sale, 50% off, exclusive offer enticing me to grab the best deal while it lasts. When were barraged by messages from the fashion industry to buy more, its hard to resist and I have easily succumbed to these temptations in the past. We are now producing and consuming fashion at a rate like never before. Since 2000, Europeans have purchased more pieces of clothing but spent less money in doing so: clothing prices in the EU have half as long as they did 15 years ago. Yet …

How Extinction Rebellion put the world on red alert

The radical group has galvanised young and old. But in the year since it formed, what has life been like inside the movement? In the last week alone, members of Extinction Rebellion have been described as ecoradicals ignoring our economic doom (Times), a bloody mess (Daily Telegraph). They have been accused of tried to paint the Treasury red using 1,800 litres of fake blood and an old fire engine with a sign reading stop funding climate death. While its actions may seem controversial in some quarters, Extinction Rebellions rise and influence have undoubtedly been extraordinary, galvanising young and old across party lines. Last October, the journalist and activist George Monbiot introduced the group in the national press, a homegrown movement …

The Veja way: inside the cult sneaker brand’s operations in Amazonia a photo essay

Thanks to its ethical credentials and stylish designs, the trainer brand has amassed a devoted following. Here, its co-founder, Sbastien Kopp, files his travelogue from a trip to Amazonia where the shoes are made We started working in Amazonia, in the Brazilian state of Acre, in 2004. Acre is a frontier: the last point before the Veja co-founder Sbastien Kopp (right) with local anthropologist Marcelo Piedrafita, as they embark on a journey past countless cattle pastures en route to the rainforest. All photographs by Jonny Weeks. divider The community meeting We buy wild rubber from communities of rubber tappers whom we work with inside the Amazon rainforest. The rubber is tapped directly from the Hevea trees that grow here. The …

Could you give up flying? Meet the no-plane pioneers

Growing numbers of travellers are abandoning air travel to help save the planet even if it means spending 14 days on a train It has taken Roger Tyers four days to reach Moscow by train from Kiev. His destination is Beijing: a trip that will take 14 days, with a couple of overnight stops along the way. Tyers, an environmental sociologist at the University of Southampton, is on his way to China to research attitudes to the environment, the climate emergency and personal responsibility. Given that, I thought it would be somewhat hypocritical of me to fly, he says over Skype from his hostel room. It has been months in the planning he had to convince his bosses to give …