The Sceptic Tank is adrift among eco-friendly funeral wear and recycled phone-shoes - Seriously
The Sceptic Tank's struggles with appropriate attire are well documented - often, but by no means exclusively, by the Metropolitan Police.
But there are some situations where a certain amount of gravitas is needed, such as the workplace. Well, other people's workplaces, mainly - the BusinessGreen team huddle in our wind-swept bike shed bedecked in outfits even charity shops felt were a bit out-there.
Fortunately, some people take sartorial sustainability more seriously - the good folks at the Midcounties Co-operative Funeral Group, for example, have produced what they claim is the first recyclable corporate clothing range.
Composed, like the company's clientele, entirely from biodegradable and sustainable sources, all the garment's interlinings are derived from 100 per cent recycled PET plastic bottles, and its buttons are fashioned from the Corozo nut - which all those with access to Wikipedia will know is found inside a large fruit that grows on the Tagua Palms of Ecuador.
But this leaves the vexed issue of what shoes go with that outfit. Well, never fear - for have I got shoes for you.
Meet designer Sean Miles. Sean has, for reasons best known to himself, inserted recycled phones into a varierty of footwear, including a Christian Louboutin heel, a classic men's brogue, a Nike Air trainer and a Hunter Welly. Presumably, he's trying to prove recycling is as easy as a walk in the park, or the supermarket, or ... well, you get where we're going.
Dubbed "Walkie Talkies", the shoes function as a normal phone and could prove the first step (boom, boom) in recycling the 70 million handsets currently in the UK - or perhaps halt the staggering 30 million new handsets bought annually.
"I hoped that, by turning [the phones] into Walkie Talkies, I would raise a smile and perhaps a laugh and create things that people wanted once again," Miles said, struggling to make himself heard over a weird, repeated stamping noise on the line.
"I hope that they can get more people talking about the need to recycle old gadgets rather than binning them."
So that's the suit and the shoes. Oh, and do you need a wallet? How about this one made of sustainable cork? You could put it in your carbon neutral M&S suit or bra, or maybe your solar-powered bikini, bamboo pants or ... or...
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