Hello! I came across this brand, ThokkThokk, a German sustainable fashion label, and I think it is worth keeping it in the radar for your next purchase of loungewear.
They got GOTS certified in 2014, which means the garments they produce contain at least 70% of organic fibers (actually there are 2 levels of GOTS certification: to get the label grade ‘organic’ products must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers whereas a product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers).
They claim to use eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton, tencel and recycled plastic so they make an effort to reduce climate impact and limit the amount of chemicals, water and wastewater used in production.
Another thing on the positive side is that they seem to care a lot about traceability: in their website you can find information on where their manufacturer are based and what part of the production process are they taking care of.
There is also an highlighted commitment to actively fight child labor: they have an ongoing collaboration with Indian NGO SAVE, with the mission to combating child labor in the textile industry and promoting the rights of women and workers. SAVE stands for Social Awareness and Voluntary Education. The 121-member organization together with over 600 volunteers for the rights of women and workers and the prevention of child labor in the Indian textile industry.
Overall I guess deserves the attention of a buyer who is sensitive to ethical fashion. Their online shop is available in German and English and they ship worldwide, for sure I will give it a try!
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As many of you know, September is the month of secondhand, promoting to buy pre-owned clothes in an attempt to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills!
That got me inspired to write about a new emerging trend which is also contributing to extend the lifecycle of garments and so it goes in the same direction as buying secondhand clothes, which is actually getting people into the habit of renting rather than buying stuff.
I have done a bit of online digging and today I am going to talk about this online rental clothing service which is among the most popular ones, named ROTARO.
Unfortunately I cannot avail of this service which is supported in UK only ATM, however having a look at the wardrobe offered at a glance, I can say garments “on paper” are very glamourous and appealing. According to their statements, they claim packaging is biodegradable and recyclable, the delivery completed via a carbon-neutral courier and items are laundered using wet-washing, a more eco-friendly alternative to dry cleaning. Stock is held centrally, meaning customers can benefit from next day delivery across the UK (and same-day delivery in London if you order before 4pm), so it is very convenient for an unplanned last minute event you need to attend!
What I like: wardrobe pieces are nice and trendy, delivery is fast which means you do no have to plan your rental much in advance
What I do not like: categories of garments are quite limited, basically it is only dresses and handbags that you can rent instead my expectation would be to get a wider choice of possible combinations and outfit to create by myself to preserve my identity and uniqueness!
Anyways with no subscription fee and at a reasonable price point per item, it seems worth a try if you are based in UK.
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I have come across another interesting company producing sustainable and recyclable sneakers, 100% Made in Italy, called WOMSH, which stands for Word of Mouth Shoes to promote the idea that the products they make can spread the message of respect for the environment.
Sustainability as I go along and dig into it, it is a journey rather than a milestone itself: this brand keeps improving its products to become more sustainable incrementally let’s say: they use recycled material for the upper part of the shoe, such as appleskin, material originated from plastic bottles and recycled cotton. So most of the shoe components are actually made with recycled materials with the exception for the soles which can trigger the recycle process after they are gone by being collected and repurposed to create other items, in this specific example to produce the flooring for children playgrounds, and back in 2018 already 1500 pair of sneakers were already being recycled in this way.
WOMSH does also good for the planet as they participate to the Zero Impact initiative promoted by Lifegate which aims to calculate, reduce and offset CO2 emissions generated as part of the manufacturing process.
They support worldwide shipping and their collections looks pretty good to me, it is a good opportunity to buy sneakers made with good sustainability practices.
If you are interested in buying ethical jewels you should definitely take a look at this brand, Article 22!
Article 22 has a very powerful message to convey which is to transform weapons into something positive. Basically local artisans based in Laos create pieces of jewelry using residual bombs or leftovers debris from the Vietnam war.
This brand is committed into making an impact on society that is why they share a proportion of their profits with the Mines Advisory Group whose mission is to clear the land from millions of not exploded bombs, by identifying and destroying all the landmines before other people get killed.
The collection is great, I have my own favorites such as “love is the bomb” ring and the “snake” earrings, I am sure you’ll find items you like too! Needless to say, I think it is the perfect opportunity to purchase something to support ethical fashion and also to support a good cause!
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Hello! if you are looking for a new bag or pair of shoes you should definitely take a look at this brand Funky Kalakar! This brand is putting a lot of focus and energy into promoting the value of transparency in the fashion industry.
Basically this company believes that transparency is key to craft a conscious future for our environment and for our people and therefore it is vital that we are conscious about the way our clothes are made, and who it impacts the most.
Funky Kalakar has a very ambitious mission to achieve a circular supply chain and they have come up with a so called GO Zero initiative which is the way the envision to implement a circular fashion model, i n which the garments, shoes or accessories are recycled or upcycled for as long as possible, to reduce wastes and pollution caused by the discarding process of the old and worn-out products.
What they do essentially is to collect old products such as shoes that users sent to them, to upcycle or recycle and give them a new life and create new pieces!
That is not all! To promote this type of customer behavior into the circular loop, every users can get a 15% discount on the next online purchase when donating an old item, I think it is a very nice initiative!
Have a look at their collection, all the bags and shoes are made by local artisans across India, I am sure you will find a product you like, not to mention that they have been listed as vegan brand by PETA!
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Hello! Looking for a modern luxury yet affordable bags brand which is committed to produce items with no use of animal leather? Check this one out! EXPRESSIONS NYC
This brand has the commitment to sustain circular economy and they state that the materials used in their production process are 100% vegan, therefore constantly researching and utilizing new materials, such as cork, recycled bottles (for the handbags interior lining) and recycled packaging for their shipping boxes.
As you can see reading their story on the website they are PETA-Approved vegan brand, and their slogan is “Live ethically & support sustainable fashion.”
Their collection is designed in New York and named after the streets and avenue of the city.
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The better definition of this variety of silk I have found in a sustainable fashion glossary is ” a method of breeding and harvesting silk without violence, and it allows the completion of the metamorphosis of the silkworm to the butterfly, so that no animal has to suffer or die for fashion”.
Basically the traditional process of silk production involves boiling the intact cocoons of silkworms to prevent silk fibers from breaking but this practice obviously translates into silkworms dying.
There is a few clothing brands operating in this segment and committed to produce garments using peace silk. One of these is Minzkou an American company specialized in this type of silk but also more broadly involved in sustainability by aiming to produce garments withless amount of energy as well as giving minimum amount of waste output and creating biodegradable packaging for their products.
You can browse among their silk collection, as expected you might find products are quite expensive but it is no suprise that silk is one of the most pricey fabrics due to complexity of the manufacturing process.
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Hello! Have you ever hear of this Italian brand, Soseaty?
It should be pronounced as “society” in English, stands for the combination of SOS + SEA + SOCIETY = SOSEATY. Their mission is to use biodegradable ore recycled materials and adopt a lifestyle that is mindful about the resources available.
Soseaty is committed to sustainable fashion through this R3 project based on key principles such as RE-USE, RE-SELL and RE-GENERATE.
Based on the findings that already being able to extend the life of a garment by nine months is going to lower the impact on the environment by 30% percent in terms of water consumption, CO2 emitted and waste generation, this company came up with the proposal to give a green bonus of 20% discount to purchase new products if you give back your own used items of the same category. The used old garment is then sanitized and can be re-sold an put in the circular lifecycle of the product itself.
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Hello! If you are looking to buy sneakers from a brand that has a strong focus on transparency, fair trade and social and environmental responsibility, you should definitely check Veja.
Veja is a French company established since 2003 and always committed to fair trading sourcing and the use of organic materials. Their journey began when the founders got in contact with another French company which was making coffee and chocolate etc working directly with producers and farmers around the world and that was an eye opener to come to realization that they could also make an innovative consumers product which would have made a positive impact on the economy.
The founders of Veja decided to focus their effort into producing sneakers and this choice is originated by results of a research showing that for this specific product traditionally in the industry 70% of cost was spent on advertising and only 30% allocated to manufacturing. These guys though it would have been smarter to cut the ads costs and put a lot more money into the manufacturing process, yet being able to keep the same retail price basically paving the way to producing goods with respect to the environment and to the people involved in the making process.
How they did it? They flew to Brazil and started working with the Seringueiros, a community living in the Amazon rain forest that operates in harmony with the surrounding environment and then they established collaboration with organic cotton producers not using fertilizers and pesticides.
As a results, natural rubber from trees and organic cotton are key materials used to produce these sneakers and long story short these are then manufactured in a factory still in Brazil and then assembled and packaged back in France, in the outskirts of Paris.
Nowadays, Veja, which by the way stands for “look” in Portuguese, produces sneakers with a new developed fabrics entirely made from recycled plastic bottles and they sell in many countries worldwide with serious commitment to keep improving in what they do.
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Hello! If you are looking into buy some stylish activewear from a sustainable brand, you should check Contur.
This British brand creates gym garments using Econyl yarn, which is made of recycled fishing nets and ocean plastic. As you can see browsing through their website the key principle is to promote body confidence and that is reflected into their collections which aim to empowers all women out there by enhancing their natural body curves. Personally I love the khaki and orange crop top and leggings, but honestly I find all these garments really stylish, cannot wait to wear it once gym reopens later this month!
If we talk ethics, (and we love to) Contur is committed to use materials which minimize the footprint on the environment such as repurposed nylons, ocean plastics and recycled cotton to create sustainable sports fabrics across all collections.
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