In the News: Apple is now completely powered by clean energy
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On Monday, the tech giant announced that all of its retail stores, data centers and corporate offices now run on 100% clean energy. The milestone includes facilitiesin 43 countries, such as the US, UK, China and India.
Jewellery brands have spent the best part of a decade coming to terms with the Millennial consumer. Sons and daughters of the baby boomer generation, they were vastly different to what had came before them in terms of tastes and habits, and brands scrambled to adapt to new preferences in order to survive in the retail and consumer product landscape.
It was one of those weeks: a swirling, shambling crescendo of fashion news, clapbacks, surprise announcements, and scathing State of the Streetwear Nation hot takes. Virgil ascends to head of Louis Vuitton menswear. Gosha announces the end of Gosha as you know it. Highsnobiety asks if anyone is actually buying Vetements anymore.
As many consumer businesses struggle to deal with the pace of change, the beauty sector shows the way. After many decades of stable outperformance, the fast-moving consumer-goods (FMCG) sector is at a crossroads. Consumer preferences have upended the long-standing FMCG marketing playbook, while digital technologies are revolutionizing the way consumers engage with brands and shop.
Waitrose is to stop using disposable coffee cups in a move the supermarket says will save 52 million cups a year. Some 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away annually in the UK, almost none of which are recycled because of their plastic lining. Disposable cups will be removed from all Waitrose stores by the autumn.
This morning, H&M confirmed its latest designer collaboration, with Italian fashion brand Moschino. News of the collaboration was first revealed late on Saturday evening at Jeremy Scott’s 11th annual party, held at the Coachella music festival. The announcement, which is always one of the most anticipated on the fashion calendar, came via an Instagram live call from Gigi Hadid to the designer.
Scientists have created a device that could generate clean drinking water from any source – even the Dead Sea. Researchers at the University of Texas have made the system, which uses a gel-polymer hybrid called ‘hydrogels’ to purify a water source and make it drinkable.
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Fashion Revolution Week, marking the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, will take place from April 23rd to 29th 2018, with the world getting together to ask #whomademyclothes. And if you’re in London, you can ask a selection of ethical brands directly at London Sustainable Fashion Rooms, a pop-up shop, sample sale, conference and workshop.
Forevermark, the diamond brand from The De Beers Group of Companies, recently organised a customised programme on ‘Leadership in the Disruptive Era’ at the Cambridge Judge Business School, the acclaimed business school of the University of Cambridge with 35 select leading partners.
We are having a vodka martini lunch, a good choice for a hot day, and the perfect cue for Stephane de Meurville to expand on his current topic. “It is going to be a Belvedere day,” he begins, taking a generous sip, and everyone at our table laughs.
Ever wondered where your wage has gone? Chances are, it’s on your face. Having a well-considered beauty routine is not a cheap habit. Once you’ve factored in the cost of a face wash, spot treatments and oils – plus that probiotic serum you had to try last weekend – you’re probably looking at a significant spend.
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