By applying AI to identify and block digital advertisements from unsustainable brands, the plugin hopes to encourage responsible fashion choices
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Spotted: Students at the Imperial College in London and Royal College of Art have designed a free-to-install, AI-powered web-plugin that identifies and blocks users from the digital marketing of unsustainable fashion brands during online shopping and internet browsing.
Digital marketing occupies 66 per cent of the total marketing budgets of fashion brands. By decreasing the reach from marketing of unsustainable companies, the “shADe” plugin aims to provide an antidote to greenwashing.
“We’re excited to explore how shADe can evolve from a browser plugin to a platform that can foster collaboration between consumers and companies” say the creators of shADe – Fatimah El-Rashid, Jenny Hu, Joy Zhang and Sille Eva Bertelsen.
shADe uses machine-learning to recognise brands and logos while a user is browsing the internet in real-time. A selection process is carried out, during which identified companies are compared to a trusted database of company sustainability scores. The web plugin then blocks the digital marketing from companies with poor sustainability scores, whereas the content of companies that score highly remain unblocked.
An additional feature allows all content, blocked or not, to be expanded on for more information and suggestions of alternative, sustainable brands. For example, through the shADe platform, users can directly inform fashion companies about their values.
Written By: Katrina Lane