WWF (World Wide Fund for nature) in the UK has come with a report on deeper luxury. An interesting read for anyone who is involved in the industry of jewelry, accessories, cosmetics, clothing, etc.
WWF-UK ranked the world's largest luxury groups (featuring brands such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, IWC, Garnier, Louis Vuitton, etc.) on their social and environmental performance, as well as analyzing relevant attitudes in the luxury industry. Luxury is about being and having the very best! It's not about following a brand because everyone else does!
With the report WWF-UK urges luxury companies to put sustainability issues at the heart of their business strategy and to benchmark their progress.
The report is written by Jem Bendell and Anthony Kleanthous, and published by WWF-UK in November 2007, the full report is available for download free of charge here: WWF Deeper Luxury Report (pdf)
Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design. He lives and works in Hamburg where he founded Material Stories (2005) to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable.
2011 he explored sustainable solutions from around the world during the "It's Not Easy Being Green" project with graphic designer Paula Raché. He co-organized the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle growing a new materials library.