‘THE FU­SION OF THE DIG­I­TAL, PHYS­I­CAL AND BI­O­LOG­I­CAL WORLDS’

Miroslava Duma is per­sona non grata a er footage sur­faced of her air­ing a range of un­pop­u­lar opin­ions – but that shouldn’t taint the work that she has been do­ing with Fu­ture Tech Lab, ar­gues Sarah Maisey, who re­cently met the Rus­sian en­tre­pre­neur in Dubai

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Re­cent con­tro­versy around Miroslava Duma shouldn’t taint the work the Rus­sian en­tre­pre­neur has done with Fu­ture Tech Lab

“The peo­ple who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, ac­tu­ally do,” Ap­ple co-founder Steve Jobs once said.

It is easy to get caught up in the glitz of fash­ion. But be­neath all the gloss and the glam­our, there is a darker side. Fash­ion, for all its pussy-bow neck­lines and sea­sonal must-haves, is now the sec­ond largest pol­luter on the planet, beaten only by the oil and gas in­dus­try. While it may feel like a stretch to pic­ture a hand­bag as be­ing nearly as de­struc­tive as an oil spill, un­for­tu­nately, the facts speak for them­selves. Glob­ally, our de­sire to al­ways wear nice clothes and carry new bags is wreak­ing havoc on the en­vi­ron­ment.

An es­ti­mated 65 bil­lion an­i­mals are killed ev­ery year for food, the leather from which is used for bags, shoes and coats. The waste from abat­toirs cre­ates lakes of blood that leech into groundwater, while the de­mand for fur coats and hand­bag pom­poms leads to the an­nual slaugh­ter of a re­ported one bil­lion rab­bits. Dye­ing cot­ton uses chem­i­cals such as alkylphe­nols, which are harm­ful to aquatic life, while ph­tha­lates, used to so en plas­tics, PVC and ar­ti­fi­cial leathers, are classed as “toxic to re­pro­duc­tion” in Europe. Azo

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