This is an awesome speech!
On the brink of potentially dangerous climate change and with attention on corporate social responsibility soaring to new heights, the world needs innovators — both people and businesses – who can lead the push toward more sustainable solutions. The fashion industry has the potential to be one such innovator, working proactively to address critical environmental, social, and ethical challenges on a global scale.
Consumers — you and I – can play a pivotal role in transitioning the fashion industry towards more sustainable business models that significantly reduce the social and environmental impacts of the industry.
My talk is about what every one of us can do to improve our personal footprint and the environmental and social impact of the fashion industry.
Eva Kruse is CEO and President of Danish Fashion Institute and Copenhagen Fashion Week. She is also board member of several organizations and companies among them for instance: Nordic Fashion Association, Wonderful Copenhagen and Birger Christensen. Danish Fashion Institute is behind the world’s largest and most important event on sustainability and fashion: The Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the next to be held April 2014. Since she graduated in entrepreneurship and leadership from The KaosPilots, Eva Kruse has worked within the worlds of fashion and media, including positions as editor-in-chief of the fashion magazine Eurowoman and as a TV host with the Danish television. In 2005, Eva Kruse was one of the co-founders of Danish Fashion Institute and Copenhagen Fashion Week.
In terms of water, dishwashers are now much more efficient, and when used to wash a full 12 place setting, use three or four times less water than washing the same amount by hand. Winning the argument on the energy-efficiency of dishwashers is not so easy, given that 75% of UK homes use gas to heat their water, which is more efficient and produces less CO2. However,
if you have PV solar panels and use your dishwasher during the day it is a greener option.
Research undertaken by Bonn University, in 2003 demonstrated that dishwashing habits, both by hand and using a machine can vary enormously; I always twitch when I see cutlery being washed under a running hot tap, and we all know of the super quick ‘washer upper’ who fails to clean things properly! And that’s another reason for choosing a dishwasher; hygiene – even the most diligent pot washer with asbestos hands, can’t compete with the bacteria busting 60-65˚C dishwasher programme.
So our greener tips on using your dishwasher most efficiently are:
- Run the dishwasher only when fully loaded.
- Scrape your plates first – but don’t be tempted rinse them under the tap.
- Choose an eco-setting or lower temperature, if available.
- If you’ve solar panels use your dishwasher during the day.
- When it comes to buying a new dishwasher look for the most energy-efficient model available, check the running costs and CO2 emission on sust-it and also consider the longevity of a machine; buying a cheap model may seem the best option, but if the parts break or it needs replacing in 5 year, it’s not.