What do crocodiles, the environment and fashion have in common?


Does anyone else love the idea of fashion with a positive environmental impact? I know this may seem ironic, considering all the harm fast fashion is causing (for more information on this and the ways companies are trying to reduce their carbon footprint please see my previous blog; 'Fast fashion and a better plant to shop on'

But I recently had a colleague send me an article that made my heart flutter. Lacoste has launched a campaign to save the world's most endangered species and doing so by replacing their iconic crocodile logo with 10 endangered animals. These limited edition polo's will feature animals such as Vaquita Porpoise and The Javan Rhino, each animal will be featured on a certain number of shirts – corresponding with its population that still exists in the wild. The most disheartening part, there will only be 1,775 shirts made.

In addition to the new swanky polos that that will help our endangered species, I found out that "Lacoste Planet" was launched in 2009, a program designed to protect crocodile and ecosystems. As stated on the Lacoste Planet page: "CROCODILES, RELIABLE INDICATORS OF THE HEALTH OF ECOSYSTEMS". Crocodiles and alligators are very sensitive to the environment of their habitat. The slightest change impacts every stage of their lives – from the way they feed to their reproduction cycles. Thus, the American crocodile and alligator act as two reliable indicators of the health of ecosystems in the Everglades. Among its activities, Lacoste supports successful projects in the Everglades National Park in Florida. In 2014, a new three-year partnership was initiated with the Everglades Foundation to measure the water quality in the Everglades by studying the migration patterns of crocodiles and alligators living in the region. For more information about the inspiring work Lacoste is doing please check out their corporate responsibility page.


Now I know I don't design clothes (I wish) or help protect crocodiles but here at Mattinson Partnership, we have taken the step to help our local nature reserves. Thanks to our Associate Director, Ruth Prescott, Mattinson Partnership has teamed up with the London Wildlife Trust to support the charity with volunteering work. Twice a year our staff help rebuild fences, restore pathways and collect garbage in Dulwich wood. Ruth Prescott is also an avid member of the Wild Talent programme where she assists people who may have faced challenges or barriers and because of this have been excluded from working in the environmental sector. The Wild Talent programme aims to address skill shortages in the nature conversation sector.

For more information on what we do or the things, Ruth Prescott has done please follow us on LinkedinTwitter and Facebook.

P.s. I hope you loved those polos so much you are on your way to Lacoste right now!

 *no longer works for the company*

I joined Mattinson Partnership in Sep 2016 as a Business Administrator. With 5 years’ experience in the event industry in Toronto, where I had the pleasure to work on multiple jobs internationally, I decided to embark on an exciting adventure to London. Within the first year, I was lucky enough to find a career at an establishment such as Mattinson Partnership where I have had the chance to continue my education and grow into an HR position. 

In my past time, you can find me jet-setting around the world, exploring this incredible city and chasing trendy things in little boutiques.

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London Wildlife Trust.

We are proud partners of The London Wildlife Trust, a charity dedicated to protecting the wildlife and wild spaces of London by driving environmental projects throughout the city. Our team often get involved at ground level in Wild Workdays by helping to maintain and restore treasured spaces and land… we love to get our hands dirty! We also run multiple interactive workshops, providing their conservation trainees with invaluable career advice and insights into the environmental sector to prepare them for employment. Most recently, we worked with young people taking part in their Keeping it Wild programme, which engages young people from backgrounds currently under-represented in nature conservation.

Royal Town Planning Institute.

The RTPI represents planning professionals in the UK and Ireland and aims to encourage the development of vibrant and prosperous places and communities. Our Senior Consultant Freddie enthusiastically attends the annual Planning Convention, and we host several events throughout the year to show our support, including drinks networking and a literal pub quiz. We also keep in close contact with our friends down under, at the Planning Institute Australia and New Zealand Planning Institute. In addition, we sponsor the London Planning Summit, an event designed to address the biggest challenges facing the industry. This is our opportunity to stay on top of the latest changes in town planning by meeting with other key professionals in the sector, while celebrating our achievements.

Land Securities Group Plc.

One of our clients, LandSec, are the clever people behind Girls Can Do It Too, an initiative designed to encourage girls to consider a career in construction. Currently, only 11% of the construction workforce are female, and LandSec are attempting to increase this number by providing education and engagement projects and workshops for girls aged 11-13. Featuring workshops on demolition and tower building, as well as challenging the girls to design a planning project of their own (with a focus on budgeting and environmental considerations), LandSec have proven their dedication to addressing the need for diversity in this very male dominated industry. Ruth assists the project by sharing her fascinating insights into the industry and is even on the project judging panel!

Urban Land Institute.

In partnership with Urban Land Institute we are able to play an imperative role in creating a larger and more diverse pool of candidates within the planning & property professions. Working in schools we take part in the Urban Plan Educational workshops programme, which has now reached more than 2,500 pupils in 100 schools since its launch. Alongside more than 200 industry volunteers engaged across the country, we provide invaluable industry & careers advice to students while guiding them through their workshops and helping judge their presentations.

Carbon Footprint.

Carbon FootprintTM works to help organisations offset their CO2 through tree planting and community projects worldwide. By partnering with Carbon FootprintTM, we have planted native trees and shrubs such as Whitebeam, Hazel, Field Maple, Silver Birch, Rowan, Beech, Blackthorn, Holly and Dog Rose to create a Mattinson Forest that spreads across South East England. Carbon FootprintTM work in conjunction with the Florestal Santa Maria Project (FSM-Redd Project), designed to reduce deforestation in the Amazonian Rainforest. So, for every tree we plant in the UK we guarantee a tonne of CO₂ offset in Brazil too. Carbon FootprintTM have allowed us to not only do our bit for the environment but also commemorate moments of growth for our clients and candidates.