FEATURE-Polyester from pollution? Fashion’s next generation goes green

ROME, Oct 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From using custom-made, biodegradable fabrics and ‘living’ clothes that photosynthesize to polyester created from planet-warming carbon dioxide, European start-ups are on a quest to transform one of the world’s most polluting industries: fashion.

The business is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions, more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined during the pre-pandemic period, said the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

A sizable chunk of fashion’s emissions – up to 40% – come from the manufacture of polyester, the most-used fabric, said Benoit Illy, co-founder and CEO of French start-up Fairbrics.

“If we can bring emissions from polyester to zero or negative value, we can significantly reduce industry emissions,” he said in a telephone interview.

Illy and co-founder Tawfiq Nasr Allah, both chemists, aim to replace existing polyester-producing processes, which use fossil fuels, with

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Carla Bruni on Music, Style, and Inspiring the Next Generation of Models

The introspective nature of the material may also have something to do with how it was recorded. Bruni began writing at the tail end of 2019, just as the coronavirus pandemic spread across Europe. Recorded shortly after Paris’s COVID-19 lockdown, the record had to be completed in a third of the time she usually has for a project. “I kept writing throughout confinement, and when we came out, I had 16 or 17 songs,” says Bruni. “We went right into the studio, but we had to adapt like everyone else.” As physical performances are a non-starter for the foreseeable future, Bruni is taking her music online with a series of virtual concerts slated for later this year. “Sometimes we can still do small live performances for television or radio sometimes while being very prudent, but as much as we can, we’re trying to go virtual,” she says. The process may

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Nobel winning women hope to inspire a new generation of scientists

On hearing that they had been awarded a Nobel Chemistry Prize for their groundbreaking work on gene-editing Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier said they hoped it would inspire a new generation of women in science.  

Charpentier and Doudna are the first all-woman team to receive a Nobel science prize and become the sixth and seventh women to be honoured for their research in chemistry since the first awards in 1901. 

Pernilla Wittung Stafsheden of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which is responsible for selecting the Nobel laureates in chemistry, said the prize to two female laureates was “a historic moment”. 

The Nobel is for the pair’s development of CRISPR-Cas9, a tool that allows scientists to snip DNA and edit the genetic code of animals, plants and microorganisms.

The scientists said they hoped that the Nobel recognition would also help light up a path for young women entering a field

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Announces Tove Lo as the Latest Artist to Honor the Next Generation of Music and Beauty with ‘Beautyscape 5.0: The Remix’

Three beauty enthusiasts offered the chance to create e.l.f.’s new music-inspired beauty collection

Event includes mentor partnership with Girls Inc.

e.l.f. Cosmetics is celebrating emerging makeup enthusiasts and the power of music for its fifth annual Beautyscape event, lending the opportunity to learn, grow, compete and collaborate alongside other up-and-coming creators.

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Featuring Grammy nominated global superstar Tove Lo, Beautyscape 5.0: The Remix offers beauty’s rising stars a once-in-a-lifetime chance to help build a cosmetics and skincare collection that will be sold through a national retailer. There will be three final winners who will be picked by a panel of judges and e.l.f.’s community.

Tove Lo will lend her unique point of view on beauty, as she will lead one of three lucky winners in creating products inspired by the self-expression and moods derived from

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Anna Vladymyrska, One Of McKinsey’s Next Generation Women Leaders

Believe it or not, once upon a time horse manure was the biggest problem in the Western world. So much so there was the Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894 and it was the late-1800s equivalent of global warming. With industrialization came growth which meant more horses in the streets, which meant more excrement. It was such a terrible situation, the government in the UK predicted London would eventually be buried under 9 feet of it because the only solution to get rid of it was to employ more horses to clean it out, which only meant more manure in the street. It seemed unsolvable.

But then came the invention of the car, not

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Scarborough woman’s Generation Z-inspired store 199Z combines fashion, video production, events

A Scarborough-raised Toronto fashion designer, event organizer and entrepreneur wants to celebrate her generation: Generation Z.

“Growing up, I heard negative things about the generation,” said 24-year-old Néeshell Vassell, who goes by Néeshell professionally.

That’s where her business, 199Z, comes in.

It’s part fashion company, part video-production company and part event company. It’s meant to showcase what her generation has to offer, and to celebrate Toronto talent.

“I created 199Z pretty much out of necessity. It’s a place where everyone can be accepted,” Néeshell said.

For Néeshell, starting the business was also about finding a place where she belongs. As a competitive high school soccer player, Néeshell suffered a significant injury and dropped the sport. She considered a number of career paths, but few appealed to her. She found her passion in the arts and fashion.

After graduating from Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute, she enrolled in a communications program at

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Congo’s sapeurs pass their style on to a new generation

Some residents of the twin Congolese capitals of Brazzaville and Kinshasa have long been known for their love of stylish dressing – in particular members of the Society of Ambience-Makers and Elegant People (Sape). These photographs by Tariq Zaidi reveal a whole new generation of “sapeurs”.

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In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, the son of famous sapeur Fiston Mahata, eight-year-old Natan, represents the new generation of style.

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Across the River Congo in Brazzaville, 10-year-old Okili Nkoressa, middle, uses the dirt roads as his catwalk. “My favourite item of clothing is my Yves Saint Laurent suit which I am wearing today,” he says. He is accompanied by veterans of the Sape scene, 52-year-old businesswoman Ntsimba Marie Jeanne, left, and 39-year-old policewoman Judith Nkoressa, right.

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Severin Mouyengo’s father was also a sapeur. “I Sape every day. It makes

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