Marie Louise McConville: We all must tackle climate change - even Love Islanders

Contestants appearing on this year's Love Island will be dressed in second-hand clothes from eBay as the show bids to become "a more eco-friendly production". Picture: ITV
Marie Louise McConville

It's not a subject many of us want to face up to but eventually climate change will have to be tackled by us all.

With the earth now 1.1 degree Celsius warmer than it was in the late 1800s, experts have been warning us for years that we must change the way we live if we want to avoid intense droughts, water scarcity, flooding, melting polar ice, catastrophic storms and declining biodiversity.

Of course, each of us can feel like we are faced with a mammoth task when asked to play our part to help save the planet but it's not that difficult.

We can all start playing our part by switching energy systems from fossil fuels to renewables or by lobbying our public representatives to assign significant financial investments to tackle the issue.

Of course, if you want to start smaller and closer to home, like me, how about giving up fast fashion?

According to the experts, keeping clothes in use for just an extra nine months can reduce their carbon, water and waste footprint by up to 30 per cent.

Buying second-hand clothes is a simple and effective way to extend their active lifespan, keep them in circulation and out of landfill.

And it seems that message is finally getting through to others too.

This year's contestants on ITV reality show Love Island will be dressed in second-hand clothes from eBay.

It is hoped the move will prompt a change in viewers' shopping habits.

In the past, the show has been sponsored by well known brands including Missguided and I Saw It First, however this year's series will see the show partner up with eBay UK.

It has been reported that the show's bosses are striving to be "a more eco-friendly production."

This is such great news especially when you think about how many people, young and older-ish, watch the show each year.

In the past, clothes worn by those appearing on the show have sold out in minutes which is not good news when Oxfam have reported that 13 million items of clothing go to UK landfill every week.

This year, viewers will be able to access a `shop the look' tab via the Love Island app or eBay website where they can buy similar items to those seen on screen.

The website has confirmed that anything sourced from eBay for the purpose of the campaign will be second hand.

Contestants in this year's show will dress in a mix of new and pre-loved clothing.

Eve Williams, chief marketing officer at eBay, said the firm is hoping to "inspire the nation to think differently and make more conscious choices" when it comes to their wardrobes.

Fingers crossed it does just that.

We all need to start playing our part - and soon.


My absolute favourite TV show of all time is to reportedly make a comeback.

The Bill, which ran from August 1983 until August 2010, is set to return to the small screen, more than a decade after it first aired.

Media reports claim UKTV is in the early stages of developing a new version of the show, which portrayed all the drama associated with Sun Hill Police Station.

And even better, it could air as early as next year.

It's the best news I've heard in a long time - finally a show which deserves a reboot.



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