Category Archives: economics

Redefining ‘Sustainable Fashion’

“Sustainable,” implies “able to continue over a period of time,” according to the Cambridge Dictionary. “Fashion,” on the other hand, implies change over time. To reconcile the two is impossible. No wonder striving for net-zero emissions makes us all feel like Don Quixote, tilting at windmills.

Because there is no simple answer to solving fashion’s role in climate change. Even the obvious one — don’t make, or buy, any new stuff, and don’t throw away any old stuff — has negative implications for employment, know-how and self-definition. (After all, people have been adorning themselves to express themselves for pretty much as long as they have understood themselves as “selves.”) The crucial issue for each of us, no matter which side of the equation we are on, is thinking about and understanding the effects of the choices we make, so we can make better ones in the future.

Elon Musk, Twitter and the Attention Economy

Twitter has about 229 million monetizable daily active users, the vast majority of whom live outside of the United States. Twitter said that its first quarter growth and increased usage was largely “due to the war in Ukraine as people turned to Twitter to organize, share news, find sources of support and stay connected.” In an attention economy, much of our value as consumers is measured by the time we spend on the site — liking memes, signal boosting information, clicking on links. During times of crisis and fast-moving world events, it’s an invaluable resource.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-04/elon-musk-twitter-and-the-attention-economy

Coca-Cola turns to refillable glass bottles in fight against inflation

To prepare for the expected drop in consumer purchasing power, Coca-Cola said it was expanding the distribution of cheaper returnable or refillable glass bottles in emerging markets in Latin America and Africa.

https://www.reuters.com/business/coca-cola-beats-quarterly-revenue-expectations-2022-04-25/

Stories from 2050 (European Union)

In the project “Stories from 2050” we sought narratives outside the ordinary, reference scenarios, by means of engaging citizens. We invited people from all over the world to contribute to horizon scanning for cultural material – imagery, text, video etc. around the themes of the European Green Deal, and to take part in story developing workshops. They included mental space traveling to other worlds of extreme environmental conditions to encourage unusual, “out of the box” thinking and finally to tell and write stories of life in 2050.

VC Launches a $45M Fund to Invest in Circular and Regenerative Materials, Brands and Reuse Technologies

“Sustainability continues to attract a spotlight,” said Regeneration.VC Strategic Advisor and Limited Partner, Leonardo DiCaprio. “We need forward-thinking approaches that perform measurably better for our planet. It’s time for people to feel good about their purchases and for businesses to meet that challenge – every bite of food, every t-shirt, every product counts. I am excited to help Regeneration.VC supercharge these solutions and begin to reverse the climate emergency.”

https://regeneration.vc/