EDUCATION

STORY 01

SUSTAINABILITY: AN INTRODUCTION

This story provides a brief introduction to the history of natural resource extraction and production and discusses the evolution of sustainability within the fashion industry. The story delves into concepts of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and the “Circular Economy,” which lead to understanding the ideas behind the creation of R4.

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STORY 02

HEMP: ITS HISTORY AND BENEFITS

Hemp is an underrated crop with such unlocked potential. For years, it has been tarnished with a bad reputation due to its erroneous links to marijuana. Why, then, should you give hemp such ‘high’ appraisal?

This story provides a brief introduction to the history of hemp and how its textiles are produced before delving into its widespread benefits and the consequent inevitable growth in hemp usage.

STORY 03

BAMBOO: ITS HISTORY AND BENEFITS

As the the fastest growing plant on Earth, it is no surprise that bamboo has been used in human civilizations for over 7000 years. Its properties have allowed it to be used across countless sectors as it has become a vital part in many communities' daily lives. 

This story provides a brief introduction to the history of bamboo and how its textiles are produced before delving into its widespread benefits and the consequent inevitable growth in bamboo usage.

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STORY 04

ORGANIC COTTON: ITS HISTORY AND BENEFITS

Whilst cotton has been nicknamed ‘white gold’ or a ‘cash crop’ and acts as the lynchpin to many economies, people are becoming increasingly aware of cotton’s role as a villain in achieving sustainability. Organic cotton production systems, are trying to mitigate these disruptive environmental impacts by growing cotton without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides, as well as aiming to value the people that farm it. 

This story provides a brief introduction to the history of organic cotton and how its textiles are produced before delving into its widespread benefits and the consequent inevitable growth in organic cotton usage.

STORY 05

RECYCLED POLYESTER: ITS HISTORY AND BENEFITS

Alongside cotton, polyester is the most produced fabric in the world. However, there has been a growing consensus over the large-scale negative environmental and health impacts of this synthetic chemical.To solve this, researchers and scientists have combined to come up with a greener and more sustainable alternative, namely recycled polyester.   

This story provides a brief introduction to the history of recycled polyester and how its textiles are produced before delving into its widespread benefits and the consequent inevitable growth in recycled polyester usage.

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