Ethical

Ethical articles from The Luxury Channel Magazine.

Praveen Moman – The Visionary Conservationist Who Kickstarted Gorilla Tourism By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel meets Praveen Moman, the founder of Volcanoes Safaris and a pioneer in reviving gorilla and chimpanzee tourism in Rwanda and Uganda for the past 20 years…. A visionary conservationist and named as one of the world’s top twenty-five conservation-philanthropists, Praveen Moman is the founder of Volcanoes Safaris (unique lodges near the great…

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Fashion For Conservation – The Campaign To Save The Amazon Rainforest By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel was in conversation with Ava Holmes, one of the Founders of Fashion For Conservation…. Fashion For Conservation was founded by three women determined to make a positive impact on the world through conservation-inspired couture: Nazanine Afshar (Art Director at British Vogue), Dr. Samantha Zwicker (Wildlife Conservationist at Hoja Nueva) and Ava Holmes…

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Shades of Grey – Saviours of Black And White Rhino By The Luxury Channel

An award-winning conservancy in Kenya has been so successful in conserving black rhinos, it is now looking for further land to expand into. Part of its success? The local people…. Ol Pejeta is Kenya’s conservation success story and its CEO, Richard Vigne, believes its success, in part, is down to local communities. “Conservation must benefit…

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How Rui Xu’s Design And Innovation Took The V&A By Storm By Victoria Macmillan Bell

Wildlife, animals and endangered species are garnering more column inches than ever before thanks to the many charities and millions of supporters highlighting their plight and plugging away at reversing the declining numbers across the planet. Fashion houses have long courted furriers, whether it’s the trim of a cuff, the lining of a handbag or…

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Travels To My Elephant – Take Two By The Luxury Channel

This year sees another iconic adventure with Travels To My Elephant II, a 6-day, 500km journey that sees over 90 racers travel across Rajasthan from Jodphur to Jaipur in a fleet of extraordinary and eccentric vehicles that include Royal Enfield Motorbikes, Major Jeeps and vintage cars selected from the Maharaja of Jaipur’s personal collection, all…

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Chile Receives The World’s Largest Donation For Natural Parks By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel’s Fiona Sanderson talks to conservationist Kris Tompkins…. The non-profit organisation started by former Patagonia executive Kris Tompkins and her late husband, North Face and Esprit founder Douglas Tompkins, is making what it says is the largest-ever land donation by a private entity to a country. Appearing with Chilean president Michelle Bachelet on…

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Elephant Ignite Expedition – A Journey of Courage, Love And Hope By Carla Geyser

Twenty-three months ago, I started planning an expedition that I wanted to do from South Africa to Kenya. I had heard about the current elephant poaching crisis and I knew in my heart that I couldn’t just sit back and do nothing about it. Fast forward to December 2016 and this dream has been accomplished….and…

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Virunga Lodge Has Opened The Dian Fossey Map Room By The Luxury Channel

To commemorate the work and the 30th anniversary of the death of legendary conservationist Dian Fossey in 1985, and the 50th anniversary of the founding of Karisoke Research Centre by Fossey in 1967, Virunga Lodge in Rwanda has opened the Dian Fossey Map Room. Facing the magical Virunga Volcanoes, the specially commissioned Map Room, designed…

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The Ivory Trade By The World Weekly

Earlier this year, Kenya set 5% of the world’s ivory stock ablaze but the world is still a long way from eliminating the trade, as shown in the infographic below: For further articles about wildlife protection on The World Weekly, click here.

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The Animal Ball By The Luxury Channel

The Animal Ball, hosted by Elephant Family and supported by Selfridges, saw the world’s greatest fashion houses collaborate to dress beautiful creatures from all corners of British and international society. Dinners were held around the capital in advance of the ball, where animal masks (made by designers including Alice Temperley, Amanda Wakeley, Burberry, Charlotte Tilbury,…

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A Chance For Cheetahs By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel interviews Dr. Laurie Marker, founder of Cheetah Conservation Fund…. How endangered are cheetahs in the wild? It is not widely known, but the cheetah is Africa’s most endangered big cat. Since 1900, numbers have fallen by a dramatic 90% and there are now sadly fewer than 7,000 cheetahs left in the wild….

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The Race To Save The Cheetah By The Luxury Channel

The fastest animals on earth are quickly going to become the fastest animals to disappear, unless we can act now to save them, says Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). Famous for their speed and agility, cheetahs are now one of Africa’s most endangered big cats. Their numbers have declined by…

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The Sky In The Eyes By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel speaks to couture fashion designer Rui Xu, who designed masks for Elephant Family’s Animal Ball…. Why have you chosen to support the Elephant Family charity and the Asian elephant with your work? We still have Asian elephants in China in the very south of the Yunnan province, bordering Burma and Laos, and…

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Rui Xu – Making A Stand For Wildlife At The Animal Ball By The Luxury Channel

Following on from her successful exhibition Beauty On Fire – For Zaha at the Zaha Hadid Design Gallery (in memory of her friend and muse – the late, great Dame Zaha Hadid), Chinese fashion designer Rui Xu is firmly cementing her position as a leading designer in the UK. Rui’s most recent project was creating…

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Nadja Swarovski – Power And Positive Luxury By Fiona Sanderson

The Luxury Channel interviews Nadja Swarovski about the launch of the new Homeware Collection, the work undertaken by the Swarovski Foundation and her message for young people going into business…. You recently launched a new Swarovski homeware collection at Salone del Mobile – what is unique about it? The unique thing about our Atelier Swarovski…

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Travels To My Elephant By The Luxury Channel

This November, David Alexander, CEO of Alexander Associates Group will be racing prominent figures including Owen Wilson, Stephen Fry and TRH Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York across India, in support of Elephant Family. Travels To My Elephant is a colourful rally raising funds to help save Asia’s forgotten elephants from extinction. The event…

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Chasing Ice By Camilla Hellman

Chasing Ice – winner of the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy® Award for Outstanding Nature Programming in partnership with National Geographic – is a stunning documentary directed by Jeff Orlowski. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering photographic evidence of our changing planet. During his…

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Red Alert By K magazine

For half a century, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List has been tracking creatures and their risk of extinction. After attending an event in Paris to mark the anniversary, K magazine reports on the latest efforts to protect endangered species…. The black musselcracker, a large, solitary fish with a bulbous nose and…

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The Last Days of Ivory By The Luxury Channel

She cemented her place in Hollywood history with hard-hitting films such as The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, but director Kathryn Bigelow is now fighting a new war, having produced a short and harrowing film called The Last Days, to highlight the plight of elephants. Released to show the monetary as well as the…

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Born Free By Fiona Sanderson

Meru National Park, in addition to being one of Kenya’s key conservation areas, is also, significantly, the spiritual home of Born Free. It is where Joy and George Adamson lived, raised Elsa the lion cub and successfully, against all the odds, returned her to the wild. It is also where actors Virginia McKenna and Bill…

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Fashion Statement: Born Free Africa And Liya Kebede By Britt Collins

Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede feels a deep connection to the cause of Born Free Africa, which is seeking to save African children from contracting HIV from their mothers. Billionaire‘s Britt Collins explains…. When the fashion world gets behind a cause, you can be sure it will be attention-grabbing and glamourous. American Vogue editor Anna Wintour,…

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Annoushka Ducas – A Portrait of Ethiopia By The Luxury Channel

In 2007, when jewellery designer and mother-of-four Annoushka Ducas MBE first travelled to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, she was touched by stories of families who could no longer support their children. Through no fault of their own, these children would more often than not end up in orphanages, estranged from their families and lost to…

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Why Your Next Sweater Should Be Alpaca, Not Cashmere By Jenni Avins

Of all the party animals at February’s New York Fashion Week, the alpacas may have been the best-behaved. The lovable, long-lashed camelids mixed with the media at a party where the Peruvian Trade Commission promoted the use of their fibre. Those alpacas arrived right on time. The widespread ubiquity of cashmere, the wool spun from…

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Womanity – Equality And Women’s Empowerment By The Luxury Channel

The Charity 70% of the poor in the world are women and at least one in every three women, or up to one billion women, have been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in their lifetimes. This is the shocking statistic released by Womanity, a charity founded by Swiss entrepreneur Yann Borgstedt, which reveals…

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Style Your Home With Dorya’s Green Furniture By Hannah Norman

Furniture-makers Dorya, recognised for their fine wood craftsmanship, is giving the green light to styling your home with green furniture. We’re not just talking colours, you understand, but credentials. Since 1996, Dorya has had a partnership with environmental charity Mother Earth and in the process, created a scheme whereby a tree seedling is planted for…

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Chime For Change By Hannah Norman

At the recent Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit in Vienna, Gucci CEO Patrizio di Marco took to the stage to discuss the concept of the power of philanthropy. It’s something that Gucci is no stranger to, and whilst di Marco was happy to admit that philanthropy “is a marketing goal ultimately,” he was also…

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Loro Piana’s Vicuñas – Gold And Honey In The Andes By Fiona Sanderson and Hannah Norman

Worth its weight in gold, vicuña fleece has long been labeled the gold of the Andes. Close cousins of the humble camel, vicuñas have been brought back from the brink of extinction by luxury fashion brand Loro Piana. The Luxury Channel has previously journeyed to Peru to film the work of the company first hand…

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Karen Laurence-Rowe – Artistic Conservation By Hannah Norman

For Uganda-born artist Karen Laurence-Rowe, there is nothing better than escaping into the fields and plains surrounding her home in Kenya. Her stunning paintings of the local wildlife, landscapes and people have adorned the walls of many an art lover, and in 2012, Karen’s work culminated with the recognition she deserved, by winning the David…

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Loro Piana “Discovers” The Lotus Flower Fibre By The Luxury Channel

As one of the world’s top fashion labels, Loro Piana – one of the largest cashmere manufacturers and biggest single purchaser of the world’s finest wools – has always strived for uncompromising quality in the materials and goods that they sell, whilst supporting local communities and encouraging long-term sustainability. Prepared to go to the ends…

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A Most Eggs-Cellent Campaign: Are You Eating Up The Rainforest? By Hannah Norman

Following the repercussions of several food scandals to hit the airwaves, it has become increasingly apparent that no-one really has a clue what goes into their food. The latest product to join the fray is palm oil. Under European law, manufacturers are not actually obliged to list this as an ingredient on product labeling until…

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The Luxury Channel Meets The Founders of British Ethical Fashion Label Beulah By Antonia Peck

Beulah London was founded in 2011 by Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan – friends in their twenties who met as congregants at the same church in London’s South Kensington. The Beulah London brand has already won a loyal following of high profile devotees, from the Duchess of Cambridge to Sienna Miller and Sarah…

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Aethic Sôvée – The world’s first marine-positive sunscreen By Allard Marx

As you slip languorously into the pristine clear tropical waters, spare a thought for sea life and making sure things stay this way. Most sunscreens damage coral and clams. They release molecules that trigger dormant viruses that can decimate coral reefs. It is estimated that 10% of coral reef destruction is attributable to the sunscreens…

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The Super-Naturals By The Luxury Channel

Abigail James, the ‘Super glow-getter’ and Denise Leicester, the ‘Natural healer’ and founder of Ila Spa. The Super glow-getter, Abigail James Abigail James is one of London’s top facial practitioners, renowned for the delicacy of her touch and her ability to make tired skin glow. Abigail works at the amazing new Lomax bespoke fitness, nutrition…

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How to cope with the Winter Blues By The Luxury Channel

Top tips to stay healthy throughout the long, dark winter months from Nosh Detox. Geeta Sidhu Robb is the impressive CEO and founder of Nosh Detox. She is pragmatic, practical and overflowing with really strong positive advice. She has a knack for identifying result-worthy and proven coping mechanisms and nutritional tips to keep people healthy…

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The Organic Stylist By Antonia Pearce

Daniel Galvin Junior shows us how he’s made green hair cool…. Daniel Galvin Junior has been passionate about living an organic lifestyle since his late twenties. He has been instrumental in not only the designer haircare market, but in changing the world of beauty for the better and uses organic ingredients in his own label…

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A Sense of Olfaction Interviews by Antonia Peck

The Luxury Channel and its ‘Scent Panel’ discuss celebrity-led perfumes, the market today, natural perfume and scent as nourishment. Azzi Glasser Azzi Glasser is the current creator of the award winning Agent Provocateur Parfum and perfumed beauty collection, Azzi has also created and collaborated for Alexander McQueen, Jean Patou, Kylie Minogue’s Private Collection for the…

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How Ethical Labels Operate By Barbara Walshe

Building up an ethical fashion brand can be risky business. Barbara Walshe reveals how People Tree had become the biggest and the best known around. A surge in ethical fashion labels springing up across the UK over the last five years confirms that consumers are no longer willing to compromise their values when buying clothes….

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Safari Parks With Eco-Credentials By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel looks at some of Africa’s environmentally conscious safari parks…. Going on a safari can be a once in a lifetime opportunity to spot Africa’s Big Five. Originally, going on safari meant hunting animals for sport, but today luckily it means just observing them. It’s not just about the majestic animals; often the…

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1Love, 1Heart, 1Goal By Laha Lali

This year marks the launch of the new 1Goal campaign to make education for all a legacy of the 2010 World Cup. Today, 72 million children in the world are denied the chance to go to school. These children could be our next generation of teachers, doctors, sports stars, lawyers, leaders. But without 1Goal and…

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Dare 2 Magazine By The Luxury Channel

Living an ‘eco’ life just got a whole lot easier thanks to the launch of Dare 2 Magazine. Dare 2 magazine is an online resource for everything eco-chic, whether that’s green travel tips and ideas from Quintessentially Travel or features on the latest green fashion and dining. And to make it even easier to stay…

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The ‘Hira’ Diamond Collection By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel previews the ‘Hira’ diamond collection by Pippa Small. Pippa Small’s inspired gems are full of rich cultural references and anthropological insights. Much loved for her ethical convictions and masterful collaborations with luxury brands such as Nicole Farhi, Chloe and Astley Clarke. Pippa Small’s jewellery is combined with an ethical commitment that goes…

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Child’s Play By The Luxury Channel

Pump Parquet A novel idea from textile designer and artist Elisabeth Buecher – instead of sitting around playing video games, why not get kids active in order to provide power for those same games – it’s a win, win situation! Pump Parquet puts special, brightly coloured pumps into the floor, when kids use them, they…

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Change Your Carbon Output By Sunshine Flint

A new breed of consultants – call them carbon advisors – want to change your carbon output without changing your lifestyle. Going green is hardly a new trend, but why face a hodgepodge of remedies when there’s a one-stop solution for reducing your carbon footprint? Enter the carbon advisors. They’ll eco-renovate houses, create and care…

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Building for the Future? By Alanna Lynott

Do eco-friendly buildings really make a difference, or are they just a nod to fashion? A sparkling prism of light, Hearst Tower stands like an artistic instillation on Manhattan’s West 57th Street. It was heralded on completion in 2006 as New York’s first ‘green’ high rise office building and was the first to be awarded…

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Yachts Go Eco By Alanna Lynott

Alanna Lynott introduces two of the very latest and most luxurious eco-friendly designs of motor yacht that are set to grace the seas. Sabdes Axebow With the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show finishing at the end of February and Dubai’s show coming up this month, all hearts are yearning for yachts. Let The Luxury Channel introduce…

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Road Runner By Lauren Steventon

Lauren Steventon reports on the launch of the right-hand drive version of the world’s first electric sports car – the Tesla…. The thing about electric cars is that they may very well be better for the environment, but they don’t look very pretty – until now! Tesla has done for electric cars what brands like…

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Yacht Trends 2010 By Alanna Lynott

Still the ultimate status symbol, yachts today are more luxurious than ever before. Alana Lynott takes a look at some of the latest trends making a splash on the high seas. Swimming pools and cinema screens are now the norm on your average billionaire’s yacht. And it’s no longer a question of whether you have…

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Beyond Green By The Luxury Channel

An excerpt from an overview of a recent report by the Future Laboratory in the July 2010 issue of Luxury Briefing. Trends reflect the changing nature of consumers themselves. Values, along with value for money, are becoming increasingly important for a new generation of conscience-driven travellers. ‘Ecotourism’ is the fastest growing sector of the tourism…

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David Helps Goliath Get Green By Lucia van der Post

Big, established brands are strengthening their ethical credentials by buying up smaller, eco-aware companies. Lucia can der Post examines why these acquisitions are on the rise. When it comes to innovation it is readily observed that it’s easier to be nippy and creative, if you’re small. It’s also easier to be green and organic. Big…

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A Fair To Remember By The Luxury Channel

The 1.618 sustainable luxury fair wowed an eco-luxe crown in Paris last month. For three days in May, the world’s first sustainable luxury fair showcased the latest innovations in ethical luxury, from gold jewellery to a solar-powered speedboat to the latest eco-resorts. It was declared a success, with over 5000 visitors and partners as diverse…

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Global Responsibility By Pooja Agarwal

‘Global responsibility’ and ‘The affluent Indian consumer’ where on the agenda at the International Herald Tribune’s Sustainable Luxury Conference 2010. On 24th March 2010, international guests mingled at a party on the lawns of Delhi’s luxurious Imperial Hotel as a preview to a two-day conference helmed by IHT’s fashion editor Suzy Menkes and filled with…

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Eco Fashion Moves Forward By Lucia van der Post

The days of questionable hemp jumpers are over! Lucia van der Post examines the super stylish trends in ethical fashion and textiles…. A marketing director of a major technology brand that I was talking to recently had an interesting story to tell. He’d gone to see the Selfridges’ buyers to see if they would stock…

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Sustaining Luxury By The Luxury Channel

Pier Luigi Loro Piana talks about Vicuña – The Golden Fleece. Fashion house Loro Piana uses the vicuña’s rare and fine wool in their clothes and have created a programme to safeguard the species (as seen in our recent programme The Golden Fleece). Here Pier Luigi Loro Piana talks about sustainability and why it’s best…

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Eco Rich Lists By The Luxury Channel

The Luxury Channel looks at ‘the colour of money’ in 2010. As Forbes released its Billionaire Rich List last month it appears even the world’s wealthiest are experiencing a shift in financial fortune. According to the list it is the first time since 2003 that the world has had a net loss in the number…

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Shopping for Green Design By Sunshine Flint

High style meets high demand with green design stores selling chic, eco-only products. The latest high status question is “how green is your house”? The latest toy is not a Bose iPod dock, but a little device called The Owl that shows in real time how much energy your house is using. Demand has created…

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