Designers are giving back to the community, sustainable fashion and renewable energy are becoming more popular across the globe. Find these stories and more as we discover the happy news stories of the week.
1. Fashion Designers Find Creative Ways to Give Back
Fashion designers are finding creative ways to give back to the community, using art and food banks. Artists like James Mischka, and Mark Badgley have created 35 pieces of artwork that they will auction off in partnership with Feeding America. “We decided to use this time creatively by working through some of our feelings with art,” said Badgley, who has been isolating for weeks.
DKNY will also sell a series of black and white T-shirts for $25, with 100% of net proceeds going to N.Y. Mayor’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. “We wouldn’t be DKNY without N.Y.,” said the brand. Saks off Fifth Store will also be donating 20% of net proceeds to the Food Bank for New York City. “Food Bank for New York City does amazing work for our N.Y. community, and during these unprecedented times, it is even more important to contribute to their mission,” said Paige Thomas, the Saks Off Fifth President. “We are proud to offer this opportunity to give back and hope our customers will feel good about the opportunity to give back and shop this May.”
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A note from Mark Badgley and James Mischka: We have been isolating in our home for eight weeks now and we decided to use this time creatively by working through some of our feelings with art. After posting some of Mark’s sketches, we had an overwhelming response and requests to purchase them so we wanted to use that opportunity to benefit people in need. Badgley Mischka is honored to assist Feeding America in their efforts during these difficult times with an auction of these original sketches. In the face of enormous challenges, Feeding America food banks are responding with extraordinary efforts to make sure no one goes hungry during the pandemic. 100% of the purchase price of each sketch will go directly to @feedingamerica. The funds raised will help Feeding America provide support to their network of foodbanks across the country to provide food assistance to everyone facing hunger. In addition, every sketch sold will be personalized for each winner and will be framed and shipped at no cost. Please click below to see all the sketches, take a look behind the scenes during the creation of them, and place your bids knowing every dollar raised can provide a minimum of 10 meals to children and families in need. Thank you for your support. Love, Mark & James
2. Sustainable Fashion is on the Rise
Sustainable clothing is becoming more popular in the last few weeks. As stores remain closed around the world, there has been a boom for online shopping. To reduce the effect of fast fashion style lovers are relying on ‘slow fashion’ to help their wardrobe and the environment. “Fashion companies are not implementing sustainable solutions fast enough to counterbalance negative environmental and social impacts of the rapidly growing fashion industry,” said The Global Fashion Agenda.
Tencel and Red Carpet Green Dress have announced a competition for designers to create a sustainable gown and suit. The winners will support the AWAJ Foundation and The Fifth Pillar. The entrants will have to focus on two key areas: eco-textiles and waste. “We want entrants to really think about their textile selection and why it is so pivotal,” said Samata Pattinson, the CEO of Red Carpet Green Dress. The contest is open for designers aged 21 and over, with a submission entry of $30.
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Red Carpet Green Dress and Tencel have announced a global design competition. RCGD is a global sustainable fashion campaign in partnership with the Oscars that creates awareness by showcasing responsible fashions on the red carpet. But with the ongoing pandemic, experiences were adjusted digitally. From May 12 to July 30, designers can submit their application through Rcgdglobal.com with two winners: one gown and one suit designer, to be announced in late August. The international design contest — open to designers aged 21 and over, upon a nominal $30 entry fee — will support two organizations: labor nonprofit AWAJ Foundation and The Fifth Pillar (in cooperation with Fair Wear). Funds will be directed to garment workers severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Tap the link in bio for more. Report: @kaleyroshitsh
3. People are Creating More Renewable Energy
As the world continues to stay home, we are creating more renewable energy. This year, the United States has produced more energy from solar power and wind turbines than ever before. “In just the first four and a half months of this year, America’s fleet of wind turbines, solar panels, and hydroelectric dams have produced more electricity than coal on 90 separate days — shattering last year’s record of 38 days for the entire year,” said The New York Times.
In a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal-fired electricity usage has dropped 16% – the lowest since 1976. This is mostly down to residents staying home and avoiding office use, fewer cars on the roads, and businesses slowing down amid the pandemic.
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Photo by David Guttenfelder @dguttenfelder | An abandoned antique truck sits on the side of the road while tall wind turbines churn in a farm field near Grady, New Mexico. I crossed the U.S. in an electric car with writer @craigwelch to try to understand the future of energy for our story, “The Road to 2070.” Please have a look at the April 2020 issue of National Geographic, which marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
4. Baking Challenges are Trending
People are spending their time inside by baking and creating fun challenges. Since the lockdown started, there has been an influx of flour sales in the United States, with sales up more than 2000%. The first few weeks saw a rise in popularity of banana bread, which resulted in memes across the internet.
Recently, there has been a new trend surfacing on the internet, which is froggy bread. This cute challenge allows baking enthusiasts to bake a loaf of bread shaped like an oversized amphibian. On TikTok, the #froggybread hashtag has massed over 1.9 million views.
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Yesterday I baked the hundredth banana bread of this lockdown 😅. It’s the easiest cake you can make when you want something sweet. Basically you put all the ingredients in a bowl, whisk and bake. Done ✅ ! And it never disappoints, banana bread is always beautiful and delicious 😋 How many banana breads did you bake during the lockdown? . . . #bananabread #mysweetquarantine #homemade #thefeedfeed #thebakefeed #thefeedfeedbaking #food365 #onthetable #foodphotography #foodstyling #foodphotographyandstyling #easyrecipes #ecsqc #eatcaptureshare #darkfoodphotography #teaandseasons #breakfast #ukfoodblogger #cambridgeshirephotographer #myfoodiedays #cakeoftheweek #bakedwithlove #raw_kitchen
5. Mother and Daughter Practice Fashionable Social Distancing
A mother and daughter are spending their time social distancing in the most fashionable way possible. The pair are dressing in incredible clothing and taking pictures with each other at a distance on the street of Paris. The collection is called Avenue Montaigne and aims to showcase style amid the pandemic and empty city streets. “I was fascinated by the look of the empty city,” said MarieVic, the artist behind the project. “It was extremely beautiful but eerie. It seemed that Paris had become a window display, yet the store was closed.”
The outfits often reflect the past and future of fashion, with the mother and daughter duo wearing different outfits that represent society. “I don’t know if the images reflect our individual styles, as we were born in different times, and we were raised differently, but we are definitely cut from the same cloth. They reflect a style that’s constructed for the occasion, for the here and now.”
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