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Waste Couture: Fashion vs the Environment

As the world fights the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, a dangerous throw-away culture of single-use plastic gear (facemasks, gloves) has been adopted. But, in the glamorous world of couture, throw-away culture has been in existence for years in the form of Fast Fashion. Infamously known as waste couture, Fast Fashion has been tainting the clothing industry, and its production during and after the pandemic, is set to exacerbate current burning ecological and social issues.

A Community Based Approach To Mitigating Environmental Disasters: The Mauritius Oil Spill.

Over the last few decades, Mauritius has transitioned into an idyllic tourist hotspot, hosting some of the world’s most luxurious holiday resorts and hotels. Its sparkling turquoise ocean, and pristine beaches remains its most important source of income- not just for its booming hospitality industry, but also for the locals who rely on it for subsistence and cultural practices.

China “Reconsiders” Foreign Waste- Is There Hope For Global Recycling Markets?

Since the 1960’s China created an appetite for recycling markets, which in turn, has been fed by the world’s largest economies. In an unprecedented move in early 2018, China decided to implement stringent new environmental policies, effectively banning the import of 24 grades of waste. These included unsorted mixed papers, post-consumer plastics, and a 0.5% contamination limit for other solid waste material. With China suddenly pulling the plug on waste imports, a mammoth problem has been created in global recycling markets.


The COVID pandemic has made an unprecedented global impact, but how has it impacted our shopping centres? We’ve extracted and analysed waste data from shopping centres across our UK portfolio to investigate how waste data reflected the situation. Read our findings.