Week In Review
Hello, friends. Hope you're having a swell weekend. Here it is, the roundup of the stories I've read this week that have left me feeling connected to and inquisitive about this world we live in.
How The Real World Hijacked Fashion via The Guardian
In this interesting news meets opinion piece, the author describes the trend towards an increasingly politically correct fashion industry, one that is more inclusive, open, and relatable. She claims the democratization of fashion is succeeding in making fashion more interesting, even more accountable, but not necessarily helping us figure our what to wear. She writes, "The more interesting fashion week becomes, the less significant the trends on the catwalk feel."
Zara Launches First Sustainable Fashion Line via Glossy
Following in the footsteps of fast fashion retailer H&M, Zara introduced a sustainable fashion line. This is major for a lot of reasons. First, Zara is a global behemoth of a fashion brand; its founder was briefly the world's richest man a few weeks ago. Second, this move continues to beg the question: can a business model that is inherently unsustainable (too many clothes being produced and consumed too quickly and worn for too short a period of time) do anything that will make the model more sustainable? I'm watching closely...
The Xhosa Tribe, to which Nelson Mandela belonged, has an annual male circumcision ritual which marks the transition from boyhood to adulthood. In response to thousands of hospitalizations, and a few hundred deaths associated with the ritual over the last few years, a young fashion designer, Laduma Ngxokolo, created a kit to save lives while being respectful of the tradition.
Horses can learn to communicate with humans and express opinions via The Independent
Scientists in Norway designed a two week program to see whether horses could express desires. At the end of the program, all 23 horses were able to signal their request for a blanket in response to changes in weather.
Two Global Brands Are Helping Haiti Turn Its Trash Into An Industry via Fast Co.Exist
HP and Timberland are collecting plastic from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, which does not have any recycling infrastructure in place, and using this plastic in printer cartridges (in the case of HP) and shoes and bags (Timberland).
I'll see you on the bright side of the moon! The Insight Astronomy Photographers of the year have been announced, and their pictures left me in awe (note: this technically happened last week but I had to include it). This post's feature image was the People and Space Runner-Up "Man on the Moon" by Dani Caxete. The image above, taken in Hong Kong, was the winner in that category.
An Innovative Approach to Middle East Peace Based on Trade and Commerce via RealClear Politics
Just a really important read about the power of trade to transform the Middle East economically and socially, folding it back into the global fiber and making it once again relevant.
"For hundreds of years, the peoples of what the West called the 'Levant,' (encompassing Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and parts of Iraq and Turkey), shared a common bond and identity that transcended religion and ethnicity. The often loose rule of the Ottoman Empire, while hardly a model of twenty first century good governance, nonetheless facilitated both a 'live and let live' approach among the region’s diverse communities. It also encouraged the free movement of goods and people, instilling a spirit of commerce and entrepreneurship."
Hopes high about 'once in a lifetime' chance to reunify Cyprus via The Guardian
At issue: Today, Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders from the island's long-divided sides meet with UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon to discuss hopes for reconciliation.
What are you reading?