3 Apr , 2015  



One of the main factors of high quality fashion brands is sustainability: whether it be the durability of the product or the continual tendencies of trend and style. However, the viability of fashion seems somewhat minor in the vast scale of global sustainable issues as environmental concern has seen a complete tumult in the last 50 years. Our self -sufficiency as a planet has become the fixation of the millennium and there are forever more and more gadgets and methods to prolong our renewable existence. Moving towards sustainability as a global concept is a target that entails ‘international and national law, urban planning and transport, local and individual lifestyles and ethical consumerism.’


Only in the late 1970s did the 1979 energy crisis in the US cause a crucial reorganisation of energy policies around the world, and since then we have seen the uprise of alternative energy sources, particularly naturally replenishable substitutes that provide an eco friendly answer to so many pressing matters.


In the list below we can see the top 10 most sustainable countries in the world in terms of air pollution, water quality and the effectiveness of each countries climate change policy.  (It’s important to note the Costa Ricas sustainability levels have increased dramatically in 2015)


1. Iceland

2. Switzerland

3. Costa Rica

4. Sweden

5. Norway

6. Mauritius

7. France

8. Austria

9. Cuba

10. Colombia

However, it is clear looking at the top 10 that these countries are not necessarily the most economically powerful countries in the world. Is that a sacrifice that the industrially ambitious countries have to take or is there a future for the mutual alignment of the two?

For example, if we look at China’s sustainability issues, it is evident that its economic development is a vast and growing hindrance. It transgresses from solar panels and hybrid cars to ‘cancer villages’ and the famously toxic air pollution. Despite a now prosperous middle class, China’s sustainability is hinged on the widening abyss between its rich and poor and its evidently critical environmental problems.

This is just an example of how sustainability is not just an economic capability that can keep itself afloat but a harmony between environmental durability and a prosperous socio-economic balance.


By Lucy Orr-Ewing

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