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Photo courtesy Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock


Maison Margiela's John Galliano ditches fur

Designer John Galliano, currently creative director at Maison Margiela, has announced that he will no longer be using fur in his collections. The decision comes after a number of other labels, including Gucci and Versace, have announced their plans to go fur-free.

Fashion labels have been scrambling to announce their decisions to eschew the use of fur over the past few months, and today it was John Galliano's turn to denounce the material in favour of support for animal wellbeing.

The reason for the U-turn? A serendipitous meeting with Dan Mathews, vice president of PETA USA, the designer said in an interview with Elle France. The creative also explained why he became a vegetarian.

"Nowadays we don't want a product, we want ethics, a label that defends values that we admire... We can be libertines and a lot of fun without fur," Galliano told the magazine.

Gucci, Versace, Michael Kors, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, The Kooples, Calvin Klein, DKNY, and of course long-time vegan label Stella McCartney, all reject the use of fur in their collections.


#Newsclip edit by Plant A Douce, Translated by Erin Floyd, available at:,965205.html#utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email, (accessed 5th of April 2018)  © Copyright 2018 AFP-Relaxnews. All rights reserved.


Photo by Mike McCoy/Australian Geographic

Photo by Mike McCoy/Australian Geographic

Can this ultra-thin 'sunscreen' save the world's largest coral reef?

Like other coral reefs around the world, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is facing big threats from climate change — such as warmer and more acidic seawater and increased ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Last year experts said large sections of the reef were essentially dead, bleached into oblivion.

But scientists Down Under have come up with a sunscreen of sorts that they say could help protect the reef during heat waves. It’s an ultra-thin layer of calcium carbonate — the same material naturally found in coral skeletons — that could be applied to the water’s surface above the reef.

“Our aim is to give the coral time to adjust to the changed conditions of high temperature and doses of UV light so that the coral forms different chemical structures that can survive,” Dr. David Solomon, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Melbourne and a senior advisor to the team of scientists who came up with the idea, told NBC News MACH in an email.

The biodegradable screen would be sprayed onto the water’s surface, where it would form a layer just one molecule thick, or 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. Recent tests suggest that the thin film would reflect up to 30 percent of UV light falling upon the water’s surface, helping keep the water at just the right temperature for the reef below.

The Great Barrier Reef covers more than 130,000 square miles along Australia's northeast coast, so it’s not feasible to apply the screen across the reef’s entire expanse.

The researchers hope the screen can be applied to the reef’s most vulnerable sections of coral. “For example, it could be to help protect important tourism sites or specific areas that are of high conservation value that are under stress at particular times,” Marsden said.


#Newsclip edit by Plant a Douce, by Amanda Campanaro, available at:, (accessed 8th of April 2018) © Copyright 2018 NBC UNIVERSAL.  All rights reserved.


Photo courtesy The Hershey Company

Photo courtesy The Hershey Company


Hershey is investing in more sustainable cocoa for its chocolate treat

Hershey Co. is spending $500 million in the hopes of producing its iconic chocolate Kisses from more sustainable cocoa.

Through its Cocoa for Good program, the company will invest the funds through 2030 to support four key areas: nourishing children, empowering youth, building prosperous communities and preserving natural ecosystems. The initiative's goals include eliminating child labor and increasing shade-grown cocoa, which can be productive for as much as 15 years longer than plants grown in full sun.

World cocoa supplies are tightening following a price plunge that hurt global farmers and forced lower production, eroding a global surplus. The shifting supply outlook caused a whipsaw in the market. Through Monday, futures in New York had surged 39% this year after tumbling 41% over the prior two.

The Hershey, Pa., chocolate giant has increased its buying of certified and sustainable cocoa, which accounted for more than 75% of its total cocoa purchases last year. The company has said it remains on track to reach 100% by 2020.

About 95% of world cocoa output is produced by small farmers, many of whom still use traditional growing methods. Because global yields have stayed stagnant, supply increases have come primarily through expansion of cultivated areas. Ivory Coast, the No. 1 grower, lost 64% of its forest cover from 1990 to 2015 largely because of cocoa farming, according to IDH, a sustainable trade initiative.

At the same time, chocolate demand continues to grow. To meet the supply needs with sustainability in mind, Hershey's plans include a nutritional program to feed children in Ghana, with a goal of expanding into Ivory Coast as local governments help with implementation. The company will also help train growers to become more efficient and help processors meet international supplier requirements, among other initiatives.


#Newsclip edit by Plant A Douce, Original article by Marvin G Perez  and Emily Chasan, available at:, (accessed 6 April 2018)  © Copyright 2018 Bloomberg. All rights reserved.


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