GLOSSARY 

The excessive use of recent concepts and technical terms may lead to confusion as to their meaning.  

It is our duty to guarantee that the information we provide you with is clear. This Glossary is here to do exactly that.
Together We #ChooseTomorrow. 

 

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BIO GLITTER

Cosmetic Bioglitter® replaces the polyester film used in traditional cosmetic glitter with a very special form of cellulose extracted from hardwoods, primarily eucalyptus sourced from responsibly managed and certified plantations operating to PEFC™ responsible forest management standards.

 

BIODEGRADATION & COMPOSTING

Biodegradation is the process of breakdown of organic matter by microorganisms into a new biomass.
In practice, almost all chemical compounds and materials are subject to biodegradation processes. What differs is the time it takes for such processes to occur and what impact the chemicals have on their surroundings during degradation.

Composting is an aerobic method of biodegradation that requires human management to transform organic solid waste into fertiliser. Compost is a fantastic soil fertility enhancer and regenerator.


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CARBON SEQUESTRATION

Carbon dioxide can be naturally or artificially captured from the atmosphere. Some sequestration techniques exploit natural biosequestration processes, such as afforestation, reforestation, urban forestry, seaweed farming, wetland restoration, agriculture and farming methods that return biomass to the soil and deep soil.

In parallel to reducing anthropogenic carbon emissions, we must remove carbon from the atmosphere to mitigate global warming, making biosequestration projects fundamental.

CIRCULARITY & CIRCULAR ECONOMY

A circular economy is an economic system with the aim to eliminate waste from the lifecycle of products. The goal is to close energy and material loops through the continual use of resources, thus reducing the need for virgin resources.
Circularity can be achieved through long-lasting design, effective maintenance and repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing, recycling, upcycling and renewable energy.

Renting models and shared economy businesses have added great value solutions and innovation to the development of the system.

CITIZEN

You are a citizen and as such an active part of a social, environmental and economical ecosystem. You are just as responsible for your actions, as the beneficiary of other people’s actions. 
By interacting with this pro-purpose digital space, you become an active part of our ecosystem, a citizen of Boom Festival Bazaar, a citizen of each of the brands we consciously selected. 

As citizens ourselves, we have created this space for you - to assist you in considering a purposeful and sustainable investment.


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DEADSTOCK

Surplus or excess fabric of commercial quality destined to be downcycled or sent to landfill.
Deadstock usually occurs when there are left-overs at the end of a season, fabric production tests that could not be commercialised, overproduction or order returns from clients. 

Fabric producers, deadstock warehouses, fashion labels or fabric shops are some of the types of companies that store or sell deadstock.

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FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED

A certification that guarantees the income sustainability and safe working conditions of the people involved in the production of a product. The organisation also promotes environmental practices, prohibiting the most harmful chemicals and taking measures to protect natural resources, and the regeneration of local communities.

FSC CERTIFIED

A certification that ensures products come from responsibly managed forests, providing environmental social and economic benefits, as well as protecting forests for future generations.

The organisation harnesses market demand to prevent deforestation and ensure forests are responsibly managed under their guidelines.

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GOTS CERTIFIED

A product that has been certified by the worldwide leading textile processing entity Global Organic Textile Standard, that includes ecological and social responsible manufacturing from the harvesting of the raw materials up to labelling.

GREENWASHING

The practice of falsely communicating that a product or company has equalised or eliminated all social and environmental negative impacts across their value web. 
As an example, marketing sustainability through a clothing collection that is made of lower environmental impact fabrics, such as organic cotton and tencel, while producing massive quantities of each piece, regardless of the potential creation of waste, and under precarious and inhumane conditions. 

The entire system boundaries of a company’s practices and products must be analysed and what is important is to communicate the truth and prove there is effort being made towards progress.


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LIVING WAGE

A living wage is the minimum income necessary for someone to meet their basic needs in the city or area they live in. Basic needs include food, housing and clothing.

LOCAL ECONOMY

Your local economy is the area of production, distribution, trade and consumption of goods and services in your town, city, district or region. 

In order to build resilience towards climate change, the price of services, supply distribution and financial instability within local communities, it is important to invest in your local economy.


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NET-ZERO IMPACT

Products or organisations that equalise or eliminate all social and environmental negative impacts across the value web. Responsibility lies within direct and mutually accountable actions, such as the actions of subcontractors.

NET-POSITIVE IMPACT

Products or organisations that act to reverse the effects of social and environmental degradation. Net-positive impact also involves the effort to avoid future degradation. Organisations will take responsibility over indirect impacts, such as fostering the wellbeing of the people impacted by their activities or products and the goodwill, health and resilience of the communities in which they operate.


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OEKO-TEX®

An association with the mission to create trust in the production of textiles and leather, through standards and certificates that guarantee product safety, improve sustainable production and a transparent value-creation chain.
The organisation consists of 18 independent research and test institutes in Europe and Japan, who are jointly responsible for the development of their methods.

Currently Oeko-Tex® certificates are part of the most well-established and recognised labels confirming human-ecological safety in textile products and leather articles.

 

ORGANIC AGRICULTURE

A system that relies on holistic ecosystem management rather than external agricultural inputs such as chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers.

Site-specific management practices are employed to increase soil-fertility and biodiversity.

 

ORGANIC COTTON

Cotton grown from non-genetically modified plants, without the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals and within a system that enhances biodiversity and biological cycles to prevent soil erosion and water pollution. 


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PIÑATEX

Piñatex® is a natural textile made from pineapple leaf fibre. The leaves are a byproduct of pineapple harvests, and their use creates an additional income stream for farming communities. Piñatex® is a leather alternative, which is degummed and undergoes an industrial process to become a non-woven mesh. It is sustainably sourced, cruelty free and produced with high social responsibility.
 

PORTUGUESE CORK

Portugal produces approximately half of the cork harvested annually worldwide. A natural material with impermeable, buoyant, elastic and fire retardant properties sourced from the bark of Cork Oak. The tree isn’t cut down to produce the material and it can also be easily recycled.

Cork Oak forests play an important role in Carbon Sequestration, as the tree is a slow-growing species that can live for over 200 years. The Portuguese cork industry has made large sustainable innovation progress over the last decade to create cross-sectorial relationships aiming to give all of the sub-products associated to cork processing a potential use.

 

PRO-PURPOSE

A pro-purpose approach intends to add shared value to all stakeholders involved, as well as develop long-lasting solutions with regenerative impact.


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RECLAIMED WOOD

Any type of wood that has already been utilised or has already served a purpose. Using reclaimed wood reduces the demand on virgin wood, thus becoming a lower environmental impact option when producing a product. One must take care to make sure the wood is safe to handle by people and that the methods and materials used to treat and transform the material are sustainable.

 

RECYCLED PET

PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate and is most famously used to make food, beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceutical single-use packaging. 
The management of plastic waste has become a serious environmental challenge during the 21st century, through which many applications have been developed utilising recycled PET as a raw material, including turning it into polyester fibres for the production of fabric. 

Microplastics is currently a highly investigated topic in regards to environmental impact, due to the discovery of microfibre release into waterways during the washing of any synthetic fabric derived from oil, as well as the atmospheric existence of microplastics in urban environments.

There are industrial solutions as well as household laundry balls and bags that catch microfibre shedding, however an all-embracing solution has not yet been developed.

 

REFORESTATION

Forests are fundamental carbon sinks, and their regeneration is vital to improve the quality of all life on earth. Reforestation is therefore one of the key methods to enhance biosequestration, by pulling carbon from the air and holding it in the soil, slowing its release and nourishing the soil in the process. For the process to succeed, carbon must not return to the atmosphere through incineration or biodegradation. A greater variety of trees and species to the natural area of a forest will better restore biodiversity and soil.

 

REGENERATION

We have reached the highest point of consumption of our planet’s natural resources. To sustain our current state simply isn’t enough anymore. We must begin to restore and replenish the degradation we have inflicted on society and the environment. The only way to embrace regeneration is by collaborating and aligning the values and needs of all stakeholders within a system to develop integrated and long term solutions.

Regeneration is a major opportunity for innovation and economic growth, calculated by the United Nations to be able to generate 380 million jobs.

 

REGENERATIVE FARMING & AGRICULTURE

All human life depends on soil, which has the capacity to hold three times as much carbon as is found in the atmosphere.

The United Nations stated that ⅓ of our global soil is degraded. It is vital we support the resilience and regeneration of our soil to increase lost biodiversity, improve water cycles and support biosequestration. Regenerative agriculture is based on ideologies such as permaculture, agroecology and holistic management and acts in a natural, organic and systems thinking approach.

 

RESOURCE EFFICIENCY

We must reduce our dependency on natural resources. Therefore we must utilise existing resources in a more efficient and innovative manner and begin to decouple growth from the use of resources to unlock new sources of growth. 

Such activities can involve, but are not limited to, renewable energy, water efficiency, bio-based local treatment loops, zero waste practices, sharing economy solutions, sustainable construction initiatives — such as green roofs, ideal solar orientation, materials, double glazing and LED lighting.

 

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SOIL EROSION

Soil erosion is the displacement of the upper layer of soil, which is caused naturally (rainfall, floods and wind) and is highly stimulated through human activities (intensive unsustainable agriculture, deforestation, climate change & urban sprawl).
Erosion results in the loss of nutrients within soil, lower surface water quality and drainage networks, which leads to decreased agricultural productivity and reduced carbon sequestration.

Once eroded it can take up to 1000 years to create fertile topsoil.

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability for us means environmental and social net-zero impact. A reality where the activity developed by any sort of organisation will pursue the lowest possible (preferably non-existent) negative environmental and social impact at all stages of the supply chain, end-use and end-of-life.

 

SUSTAINABLE FORESTS

Every forest has its own ecosystem and biodiversity, which must be maintained and conserved to enhance its capacity for regeneration. Sustainable Forestry management is defined via stakeholder engagement, to determine the most socially just, ecologically sound and economically viable strategy. 

 

STONE PAPER®

Stone Paper® is Cradle to Cradle® certified andpaper-like plastic product that is designed to be waterproof, durable, foldable and able to be bound. It is made of80 per cent Calcium Carbonate and 20 per cent Recycled PE and can be endlessly recycled in plastic recycling stations. It is produced without water, toxins, chlorine, acids and is naturally white.

 

SYSTEMIC APPROACH

In order to tackle complex and interdependent challenges, we must take a systemic approach. An approach that takes into account all relationships between every element within a system and their impacts and aims to create Shared & System Value.

‘Business can only thrive if society and nature also thrive. Society can only prosper if its needs are being met by a healthy natural environment. These relationships, best described as nested dependencies, are key to understanding how our global economy operates. Asystemcan be defined as a set of interrelated and interdependent parts (orsubsystems) that operate collectively in pursuit of some common purpose.’ - Future-Fit Business Benchmark

 

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UPCYCLING

Upcycling involves transforming products or materials at their end of life into new and higher quality solutions with a better environmental value.
The term began to spread throughout communities invested in sustainability via William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their book Cradle to Cradle®.

Cradle to Cradle® describes a biomimetic approach to designing products and systems, always viewing materials as safe and healthy nutrients that are either technical or biological.

 

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ZERO WASTE

A practice with the aim to end the convention of sending products to landfills, incinerators or the ocean at their end-of-life. It is achieved by redesigning the lifecycle of products in order to be able to re-utilise their components once they are not useful in their initially intended form, without threatening the environment or human health.

 

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