Think before you throw Clothes away

Shocking New Analysis Reveals That Every 6 Hours A Stack Of Clothing High Enough To Reach The International Space Station Is Thrown Into Landfill. 

  • 64% of all garments produced globally each year end up in landfill.
  • 94m kg worth of single-use outfits are bought every year with 1 in 2 people throwing away unwanted clothes directly into the bin instead of reselling them or giving them to charity. 
  • Man-made fabrics like polyester and nylon can take up to 200 years to break down in landfill, in comparison linen takes two weeks to break down naturally and even natural fibres can take years to decompose. 
  • Interactive visual tool demonstrates shocking statistics on how much fashion industry waste is added to landfills every few seconds

Childrenswear brand FIVE OF US have examined and created a visualised interactive page that demonstrates just how much the fashion industry contributes to landfill each year. The interactive page compares the volume of clothing in landfill to some of the world’s most well-known landmarks. It comes as latest statistics reveal that of the 32 billion garments produced for the fashion industry each year, a whopping 64% of these will end up in landfill 1.

This gross amount of waste is due in part to the 94m kg worth of single-use outfits bought every year and partially due to the 1 in 2 people who throw unwanted clothes directly into the bin 1 instead of reselling them or giving them to charity; because of this, it is estimated that the fashion industry (and its supply chain) is the planet’s 3rd largest polluter after food and construction 1. 

As you scroll through the interactive and educational page, users are asked the question “if we stacked up all the fashion landfill created in a 12 month period, how tall of a ladder would you need to climb to the top?” On-screen are statistics on fashion industry waste compared to well-known landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Burj Khalifa, Mount Everest, The International Space Station, and even the moon, to give context to the amount of waste. 

Space? That’s because the amount of clothing that is thrown to landfill every 6 hours is equivalent to the distance from Earth to the International Space Station. You’ll agree that figure is out of this world.

A spokesperson from Five of us commented saying: “At FIVE OF US, we don’t pretend to have the solution to the problem that is sustainability in the fashion industry, but we do believe that our “made to order” model is one responsible step in the right direction to reduce the problem of overproduction.” 

“While the fashion industry as a whole contributes more than a trillion dollars worth of waste to landfill every year, we rarely talk about how children’s fashion contributes to this. We think one of the key areas missing in sustainability in fashion conversation is educating the next generation on how to shop and consume with sustainability in mind. More than 3.15 billion articles of children’s clothing are thrown away every year – almost half the amount of menswear, and a third of women’s 2. It’s a huge problem, and this is why we believe that it is never too early to start educating our children about sustainability, and about where their clothing comes from (and ends up).”

An additional concern the fashion industry faces when it comes to sustainability is that of how long many of the materials used by manufacturers take to decompose.

While sustainably sourced fabrics like cottons, silks and recycled fabrics break down naturally over time, most brands often turn to cheaper, man-made fabrics to make their low-cost garments. Unfortunately for the environment, this can be catastrophic. Acrylic fibres such as polyester and nylons can take anywhere from 40 to 200 years to break down in landfill, leaving a carbon footprint of up to 11.53kg of CO2e per 2sqm 3.

A spokesperson from the brand adds: “Sustainability doesn’t start and stop with our materials or the bespoke garments, instead, it is about putting it at the core of everything we do and the educational efforts we build around it. Because when you really value the clothes you have, they will last longer and in turn will have a positive impact on the environment. This is why our collection is based on a made to order model, uses responsibly sourced materials and is custom-designed to last.”

10 Most Popular Supercars of the 21st Century

Supercars are the thing dreams are made of. Violently fast, sumptuous flowing lines and raw exclusivity, these cars grab the attention like no other. With that in mind, private plate supplier Click4Reg sought to establish which 21st century supercar dominates popularity in the public eye. To find out, Click4Reg created a seed list of 20 of the most well-known supercars, analysed hashtag data from Instagram and ranked the findings, with the results being far from expected!

Key findings include:

  • Lamborghini is considered the most popular supercar brand, with 2 models taking the top spots with a combined 2.7 million hashtags on Instagram
  • McLaren are the only UK-based company to place in the top ten, with under a million hashtags shared between them!
  • Once the fastest car in the world, the Bugatti Veyron places only 8th with 395,290 hashtags

The 10 most Instagrammable supercars of the 21st Century

Supercar Combined Instagram Hashtags
Lamborghini Huracán (pictured) 1,384,480
Lamborghini Aventador 1,335,069
Nissan GT-R R-35 474,129
McLaren P1 (pictured) 463,288
McLaren 720S 452,058
Ferrari Enzo (pictured) 451,334
Audi R8 V10 410,826
Bugatti Veyron 395,290
Porsche 918 (pictured) 298,392
Porsche 911 Turbo S 295,785

In first place is the Lamborghini Huracán. Priced at $212,266, this Italian thoroughbred racked up nearly 1.4 million hashtags!

This was closely followed by the bigger brother of the Huracán, the Aventador. Costing over $500,000 dollars, this car attracted 49,000 LESS hashtags than its younger and cheaper colleague, however still commanding more than 1.3 million hashtags on the photo sharing platform.

The Nissan GT-R R35 comes in third place with 474,129 hashtags, closely followed by the McLaren P1 with 463,288 and the McLaren 720S with 452,058 hashtags respectively.

Notably, placing in eighth place we have the Bugatti Veyron. Once the fastest production car in the world, this multi-million-pound coupe no longer attracts as much buzz, with only 395,290 hashtags.

However, it’s Porsche who finished bottom of our top 10 most Instagrammable supercars list. The Stuttgart-based outfit has 2 cars in the rankings, with the 918 narrowly beating the 911 Turbo S by nearly 3,000 tags.

Universal Appeal – Universal Performance

You can almost smell it, taste it…SPRING!.  The promise of Bank Holiday weekends and the long-awaited summer holiday is in the air!  

Whether you are escaping on a city break, off to the British coast or travelling further afield British sustainable activewear brand, Universal Performance encourage you to travel light! 

The Universal Performance mission is to help encourage day to day performance, not just in a ‘fitness sense’ but our performance towards one another and the planet. We feel it’s our responsibility to do the right thing, by producing ethically, and environmentally friendly clothing that we never want to find in a landfill site.

Universal Performance sustainable activewear separates, many featuring Polygiene BioStatic Stays Fresh technology offer an eco-capsule travel wardrobe including base layers which enable you to wear more, wash less and pack light this summer.

Wear more, wash less with the genius of Polygiene.  When bacteria can get into your clothes, it’s hard to get out, meaning you find yourself washing your activewear more than you would like. But with Polygiene BioStatic Stays Fresh technology, bacteria molecules are permanently broken down on contact. According to Polygiene, 45% of people discard garments after washing due to odour and we want to be part of the solution to that problem. 

UP was born from a passionate belief that performance wear should do good everywhere. That is why our activewear is for active people who want to make an active difference, by choosing quality, handmade, stylish performance clothing that helps protect the planet.

Be part of the solution not the problem. Universal Performance is passionate about reducing the environmental impact of its performance wear. It’s a fact that consumer use equates to almost two-thirds of the environmental footprint of a garment. Which is why by choosing Universal Performance you can be part of the solution, not the problem. Helping to save water, energy and reducing the use of microplastics.

That’s not all. All packaging is either fully recycled or made from eco-friendly, carbon-neutral sugar cane, the greenest material on Earth and you can count on all Universal Performance clothing being handmade by traditional craftspeople in Portugal. To avoid overproduction and overconsumption all of our clothing is made in smaller batches to help protect the world’s resources.

A Triumph for Breitling – Breitling X Triumph

In the mid-1960s, auto racing was having a heyday, and a whole subculture had sprung up around “café racers,” stylish motorcycles, used to literally transport their riders from hip café to hip café.

Willy Breitling set out to capture the speed-driven style of the day with a completely new take on the timekeeper. The result? The Breitling Top Time, an unconventional chronograph designed for “young and active professionals.” It quickly became the watch of choice for a sporty in-crowd of men and women equally drawn to the watch’s bold proportions.

Today, that freewheeling 1960s café-racer spirit is back in a spectacular new Top Time collaboration between Breitling and British motorcycle brand Triumph. Now in its 120th year, Triumph combines historic craftsmanship with contemporary design to create its classic motorcycles.

“Triumph’s heritage and modern-retro aesthetic are just two of the many things we have in common,” said Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling. “Their blending of tradition with technology is completely in sync with what we do.”

For their debut collaboration, Breitling is producing a Top Time Triumph watch with a distinctive brushed finish in the bow-tie motif nicknamed “the Zorro dial” by Top Time collectors. Triumph, meanwhile, is launching 270 co-branded motorcycles—the Speed Twin Breitling Limited Edition—whose buyers will have the privileged opportunity to purchase a special owner’s version of the Top Time Triumph, this one with a sunray dial and engraved caseback featuring the individual number of the bike (owner’s version orders must be placed with Triumph by August 22, 2022).

The stars of both watches are their ice-blue dials. This unique color has two major references: a blue Triumph Thunderbird 6T from 1951, and a rare, blue-dialed Breitling Top Time Ref. 815 from the 1970s.

Features include a subdued racing-themed calfskin leather strap that lets the hero dial shine; Breitling and Triumph logos that sit subtly at 12 and 6 o’clock; oversized mushroom pushers that allow for easy control of the chronograph’s stop-start and reset functions; and a high- contrast tachymeter scale that provides clear legibility of speed readings. The watches are powered by the Breitling Caliber 23, a COSC-certified chronometer with a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. And one more cool feature collectors will love: the casebacks are etched with a detailed design sketch of Triumph’s parallel twin engine.

Of the co-branded watches, Triumph CEO Nick Bloor said: “This collaboration is born out of a shared philosophy of bold and original design. The Top Time Triumph brings that uncompromising style and craftsmanship together.”

At a 41 mm diameter, the Top Time Triumph is, like the original, a fit for both sexes. For fans of the Triumph brand and prospective owners of the Speed Twin Breitling Limited Edition motorcycle, it’s an absolute must-have.

How to write the ultimate wedding speech

Words by Adrian Simpson

(Image by Sandy Miller)

For many grown men the idea of standing up in a crowded room and making a speech, is not something to be relished. In an increasingly digital world, where most communication is text based, the very thought of verbal communication to an expectant crowd, is the basis of many sleepless nights, and wholesale anxiety. Even if your day job does involve presentations, chances are that it doesn’t also require you to entertain and make people laugh; usually quite the opposite. The unavoidable reality is, that at some point, courtesy of weddings, you will have to do precisely that, however, all is not lost. The best way to tackle this impending nightmare is to be as fully prepared as possible, start early, put the writing hours in, and practice until perfection. Nobody landed a great speech off the cuff; if you think they did, then it almost certainly came as a result of years of experience, or endless preparation…probably both.

So, how do you write a great wedding speech? Well, the basic premise of all wedding speeches is fundamentally the same: to celebrate the bride and groom in meaningful, engaging, entertaining and memorable way, however, there are specific things to think about depending on which speech you’re making. As a general rule, if there are three speakers, then you should be looking at about 1300 words. Reduce that word count slightly if there are additional speeches.

(Image by Javier Rees)

The Groom Speech

The groom speech is far too often referred to as ‘just a groom speech’ – in other words all you have to do is stand up, thank a few people, and say something lovely about your new wife. Job done. Far too many grooms go down this route, and the result is an ultra dry speech, which consist of endless thanks, lacks any humour or entertainment, and bores everyone senseless. Here are my tips on to make it something much more than that:

1. Handover – you’re following the father of the bride, so don’t just thank him for his speech, use it as an opportunity to have some fun with his character, the football team he supports, or what you’re taking on by marrying his daughter. Saying something funny early on is key.
2. Thanks – yes, it’s a great opportunity to thank people, but you need to be creative about it, or you may as well be reading out the menu. Where have people travelled from, and how can you compare that to the location of the wedding? How have they contributed and how can you make that funny? What would it have been like if the table decorations had been left up to you? Think of how you can exploit their characters and your relationships to have some fun.
3. Parents – this is your chance to say thank you, and that needs to be done in really powerful way, but there’s always an opportunity to balance it out with some lighter thoughts, such as thanking your dad for not passing on his hair genetics. Make sure you give each set of parentsequal measure in the speech.
4. In laws – acknowledge how welcoming they’ve been, and what a great job they’ve done of raising such an amazing daughter. If you can draw parallels between your wife’s character and theirs, then that is always ripe ground for a laugh or two. Maybe your bride has an insatiable appetite for shoes and prosecco – where did that come from?…and also funnier if it’s the dad.
5. Best man/ushers – grooms can tend to get a little carried away on this part, and you need to be efficient in how you include them in the speech, you can’t have individual stories for each usher, as there simply isn’t time. I like to have some fun with the best man’s integrity, and do this in the middle of the speech. Handing over to the best man at the end of the speech gives the last word to him, and I think the last word should always be about the bride.
6. Bridesmaids – succinctly underline what they mean to your bride in a really powerful way. There’s always scope for humour here too, and think about what their friendships are based on. If the bridesmaids are the bride’s sisters, then you can have a dig about being the brother in law they’d always dreamed of, based on your unrivalled knowledge of the Premier league…you get the idea. A toast to the bridesmaids in the groom’s job, not the best man.
7. Your bride – this should make up the last third of the speech, and the whole thing should build towards her inclusion. Again, you can’t make it one big wave of emotion as that would be pretty tough to get through, so l like to have some fun with the person she is, where you met, first dates, and then that will bring you to the more meaningful conclusion. Avoid the temptation to say the same sentiment in three different ways – a classic groom mistake.

(Image by Sam Balye)

The Best Man Speech

The best man speech is the one that many men fear the most, as they think they’ve got to transform themselves into a confident raconteur, capable of reducing the crowd to tears of laughter, however, the reality is slightly different. The wedding guests are all on your side, and as long as you haven’t completely misjudged the humour, and don’t think you’ve turned into Jimmy Carr for the day, then you’re already half way there. Things to bear in mind:

1. Introduce yourself. It’s a simple but effective way to slide into the speech, and unless you’ve already made an idiot of yourself in the church, nobody will know who you are.
2. The humour has to be genuinely funny but not edgy. What you’re looking to do is make everyone laugh and not upset anyone, which is quite possible to do, you just how to be more creative in how you’re getting those laughs.
3. The groom should also find the speech funny, it should never be an exercise in public humiliation – you don’t want the guests squirming and cringing, you just want them laughing their heads off.
4. Forget former girlfriends. The wedding day is all about the bride and anything that hints at former loves should be avoided at all costs.
5. Ideally you try and make the whole thing into a story. Traditionally best man speeches are an intro and then a list of stories, which is a pretty hard way to get laughs. Most stories aren’t that funny, and require a killer punchline, which many of them don’t have. Use everything from his job, hobbies and even hairstyle to find the funny.
6. Don’t welcome anyone, and don’t thank anyone – it’s not your wedding. Also forget toasting the bridesmaids, as that’s not your job, and the groom should have just done that before you.
7. Avoid props, as they just make a busy day much more of a headache than it needs it be. They take everyone’s attention away from you, and not all guests will be able to see what you’re talking about, which can create issues. Nothing beats a simple, well delivered speech.
8. Don’t forget to talk about the bride, and say what an amazing force for good she has been in the groom’s life. Some best men want to make the speech just as much about the bride as the groom, but as the father of the bride speech is all about her, and the groom will of course talk about the bride at length, the balance of your speech should be all about the groom.
9. The conclusion to the speech should be an original and moving description of just what the groom means to you and to many others. I like to keep this fairly heartfelt, and only introduce humour if it feels appropriate. You can use quotes but only if they’re well researched and not the clichéd usual suspects.
10. A toast to the happy couple, and you’re done.