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THE BOTTLETOP DIGEST

Welcome to the BOTTLETOP news round-up - bringing you the most interesting stories from the previous week, with a focus on sustainability. This week we look at how fashion can be decolonised and the new London Underground map in the works, featuring names of the city's female and non-binary heroes.

DECOLONISING FASHION

With all of us working hard to understand systemic racism and our own internalised racial prejudices, the fashion industry has also been in the spotlight recently - just last week British Vogue Editor Edward Enninful was racially profiled as he entered the Condé Nast building. The Guardian interviewed lecturer Kimberley Jenkins, founder of the Fashion and Race Database - “I am waiting to see how the industry responds structurally,’ she says. ‘Not superficially with black squares and grand, visionary promises.” The Fashion and Race Database profiles BAME designers - many of which pushed boundaries with their work but are seldom recognised in fashion histories. Another section ‘Objects That Matter’ tells the history of objects like the durag, turbans and different hairstyles, highlighting moments of oppression and calling out instances where these cultural symbols were misused. Read the full interview here.

EMMA WATSON AND RENI EDDO-LODGE TO CREATE NEW TUBE MAP WITH NAMES OF WOMEN AND NON-BINARY LONDONERS

Actress and UN Ambassador Emma Watson has joined forces with bestselling author Reni Eddo-Lodge (whose book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race saw the author become the first black British author to top the UK bestseller list) to launch a new tube map of London with stations named after women and non-binary people who have defined the city’s history. The map will feature both household names and lesser known heroes from the city, allocated to stations based on their connections with the local area. Historians will be consulted for the project and the public can also submit their own suggestions - ‘early contenders for London’s Tube stops include Amy Winehouse for Camden, Florence Nightingale for Tooting and Zadie Smith for Brent or Queen’s Park’. Read the full story here.

BRANDS ASKED TO CUT TIES WITH CHINESE REGIONS WITH HIGH RISK OF FORCED LABOUR

Last year anonymous drone footage showing hundreds of prisoners bound and blindfolded in China was uploaded to YouTube, prompting suspicions that prisoners were being transported to concentration camps to engage in forced labour. Adidas, Nike, Zara and Amazon have come under pressure this week to halt their sourcing of cotton from the Xinjiang region of China, where factories benefit from the use of forced labour of the ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim groups. The United Nations estimates that roughly 1 million Muslims are being held in detention centres in Xinjiang, making the region a high risk zone for forced labour. Read more here about China’s response and how companies are addressing the issue.

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