As the angst-inducing COP23 climate talks close, punk fashion label Wool & The Gang and environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth team up to announce the arrival of the coolest girl group in town: the #GreenGang.
Formed as a movement to inspire change, the Gang is made up of thirteen extraordinary women, each and every one of them passionate advocates for environmental issues who use their voices, bodies, brands and blogs to inspire change.
Who are they? Let’s count. First up, co-founder of Fashion Revolution Orsola de Castro; then fashion writer and speaker Tamsin Blanchard and Elizabeth Farrell, aka eco-blogger Glacier Girl; not to mention the founders of The Bulb, Knit Aid and Stories Behind Things as well as menswear designer Bethany Williams.
And then, of course, there is the inimitable Dame Vivienne Westwood, who continues to work tirelessly to raise awareness of climate change.
Being part of the gang means support and sharing, to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time with real, every day actions that can – don’t let them tell you otherwise – make a massive difference: from toting reusable bags, ditching plastics and switching energy suppliers.
To boost this already worthy work, Wool and the Gang have launched a new Heal the Wool collaboration, which gathers up excess wool in Peru and turns it back into beautiful yarn, sans re-dyeing, sans landfill. It’s soft and chunky and available in 12 kits – from the Freedom Jumper to the Don’t Stop Scarf.
PLUS, 30 per cent of every purchase will go to Friends of the Earth to help in its campaigns to tackle climate change. Woop woop.
Because the next five years are crucial to making sure that the planet’s temperatures don’t rise any more than 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. Everything that can be done needs to be done and Wool and the Gang, Friends of the Earth and the Green Gang intends to do it.
Wanna be in the #GREENGANG? Share on social media whenever you’ve done something to make a difference and encourage fellow Green Gangsters to take further steps to help combat climate change. Join the #greengang today!
P.S. Wool and the Gang have also collaborated with the Campaign for Wool over recent years with various projects to support wool as a natural, biodegradable and renewable fibre.
Research shows that the average life of a wool garment is 2-10 years, compared to 2-3 years for garments made from other fibres. Wool fibres are high quality and durable, capable of re-use and recycling, ultimately reducing landfill disposal, and by upcycling wool into knitwear and other products contributes to a circular economy. Wool forms part of a natural carbon cycle as sheep consume organic carbon by eating plants, and store this in their fleece, fifty percent of a fleece’s weight is pure organic carbon stored in a durable, wearable form.
By choosing wool you are not using garments made from oil and petroleum that clog up landfill for years and generations to come. Wool decomposes, releasing valuable nitrogen-based nutrients back into the soil.
Layer up in wool and turn the thermostat down, the World Health Organisation previously recommended a minimum temperature of 21°C (70°F) in the living room, but Public Health England revised this to 18°C (61°F) in 2014, and research shows that turning your thermostat down by 1°C (34°F) could cut your heating bill by up to 10 per cent.