Cactus leather shoes

Hello! If you are looking for shoes made with Cactus leather, you should try the collection from Carmona.

This footwear Mexican brand is founded by 3 sisters based in León Guanajuato, where making shoes is a tradition since generations.

These ladies have decided starting day one to join the ecological revolution, integrating sustainable and innovative materials into their products designs.

The leather they use in the creation of footwear is a soft, sustainable and partially organic product that replaces the use of animal leather and synthetics that harm the environment. Moreover all the materials are locally sourced in Mexico but also carefully hand made by local expert artisans with great care and attention!

Shipping is worldwide however it is relatively straightforward if you live in US or Canada (actually free within Mexico) but if you are based somewhere else you would need to drop them a message to get to know shipping accurate costs and estimated timelines.

My favorite piece of the collection is the pair of vegan combat boots, perfect combination with long skirts and different type of stockings to wear during cold season just ahead of us in Europe!

Hope you get inspired for your next shopping of vegan shoes, take care!

A bunch of old water bottles never looked so good!

Hello!

I am going to talk about this brand, Girlfriend, which is an ethical and size-inclusive activewear brand, with amazing products at affordable prices!

Being eco-friendly is at the top of this brand priorities, and basically all their collection is made by recycled materials such as recycled post-consumer bottles to create bras and compressive leggings, but also recycled fishing nets and other waste are utilized to make Lite leggings, while tees and tanks are 100% cupro, a delicate fiber made from waste the cotton industry leaves behind.

Not to mention that also packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable, which is cool!

When it comes to traceability and social impact the company states that textiles are made from recycled materials in a facility in Taiwan that specializes in eco-friendly and high-quality textiles, then cut-and-sewn in another SA8000 certified factory in Hanoi, Vietnam, that guarantees fair wages, safe and healthy conditions, and zero forced or child labor. 

Another big plus is the size inclusivity that this brand offers, you can buy products from XXS to 6XL so really covering all different bodies and sizes so we can all feel included! I will definitely buy something, the ‘Compressive’ styles actually caught my eye, hope you get inspired too!

100% organic denim brand

Hello!

I’d like to talk to you about this very interesting Dutch denim brand, KUYICHI, which is making 100% organic denim clothes.

The founders have a very interesting journey that inspired them to launch this brand back in 2001: they were exploring the cotton industry in Peru and were shocked by the pollution and the poverty they saw so they started collaborating with local cotton farmers and producing fair and organic cotton without the use of toxic chemicals.

Denim industry is one of the biggest polluters and this company acts as as a changemaker with the genuine intent to fix the fashion system. It is not an individual battle, to win over fast fashion we need a collective movement of retailers/brands/suppliers onboarded with the common goal to fight fast fashion.

Kuyichi also believes in transparency so they keep being open and disclosing the list of their suppliers and this is the ground to create a sustainable journey since it is mandatory to know where your products are produced and trace them to be able to improve and fix the manufacturing process.

Hope you get inspired to buy your denim clothes made to last! If you like my content please follow me on my social media accounts, thanks so much!

Dress made to measure

Hello!

Thanks to the amazing connections and communities that you can build online, I came across the profile of this super inspirational woman, Betty, and her amazing business, named Betty Concept.

Betty’s idea is to create dresses, made to measure, for every occasions that also empower each woman to express her mood and personality. The idea behind is that the sizes should adapt to the real bodies of women not viceversa!

If you have a look at her dress collection, you can quickly understand that the style she proposes is unique, totally hand-made and sustainable so that you can keep the garment and wear it for long time. It is not a seasonable or some sort of standardized item, quite the opposite: every dress has its own personality!

How does it work? You select the dress you like and choose the color plus specify other things such as the type of sleeves or the lenght, then there is no need for you to pick a size, you place the order right away and when that’s done you’ll be contacted by Betty or her team to take some measurements (most of the time this process is done online via uploading pictures).

The website is in Italian only, but I have seen that Betty ships in many countries so I guess language should not be a barrier to choose the right dress for you and buy it , however if you live in Italy or have the chance to visit the country (when this pandemic will be over) you should definitely pop over to her atelier in Brescia to experience to try on more dresses and get also a personalized consultation.

Personally, I will give it a go with an online personalized consultation, hope you get inspired for your next dress purchase!

Sustainable brand using premium natural materials!

Hello!

Today I am talking about this Californian brand Allbirds, which started as a producer of sustainable shoes made with cosy merino wool which yes they are super cool and yes they have conquered the attention of many “stars” such as Leo Di Caprio, and now decided to launch a fashion collection.

This brand keeps working on innovation, and they came up with this new material called TrinoXO which is a naturally derived fiber made from crab shell waste, the second most abundant biopolymer on Earth according to the company.

All the garments have the label that shows the climate footprint of production (so how many greenhouse gases have been released into the atmosphere) and can be bought online.

Honestly it is a very cool brand committed to sustainability and innovation, you should have a look, hope you get inspired!

Sustainable scarves and knitwear for your foliage pics!

Hello!

How many of you enjoy doing “foliage” strolling around your cities and take pics to capture the beauty of nature in Autumn? I am in 🙂

For sure, if you aim to look amazing in your foliage selfies you want to wear warm, cozy garments but again you should ensure they are also fair and sustainable products!

That’s why today I am talking about this German brand, Armedangels, that seems seriously involved in fashion sustainability.

If you follow my blog, I guess you are familiar with the high-level principles to be considered a fair and sustainable brand, what is interesting to mention for each brand is how they decide to implement these principles which also differentiate each label and create uniqueness in the market.

  1. Armedangels use sustainable, environmentally friendly & circular materials such as organic cotton, recycled & circular cotton, recycled & circular pure new wool (that’s why they are NOT a vegan brand), natural alpaca wool and regenerated fibers

2. They ensure to minimize environmental impact in all phases of production:

  • 100% free of harmful chemicals
  • 100% sustainable production facilities
  • 100% traceable – from the raw material to the finished textile product

3. They treat their workers fairly and this is guaranteed by independent org such as Fair Ware foundation!

Have a look at their e-shop and get inspired for your warm and cozy looking outfits! Personally I love their collection of alpaca styles, check this out!

Eco-friendly revolutionary socks!

Hello guys! I came across this product that I find super cool and innovative and as such it deserves to be shared with a broader audience 🙂

I am talking about the socks invented and sold by Skinners!

Skinners founders are a girl an a guy from Czech Republic and the idea of making this product unraveled under a summer night sky in Norway when the first prototype was conceived and it skyrocketed with the help of almost 10.000 customers on Kickstarter in 2016. The team behind Skinners developed and patented the fusion technology that merges the best features of shoes and socks into one compact product, the idea behind is that this “revolutionary” product is a hybrid between a sock and a shoe and it actually combines the best of both worlds, such as the freedom of a sock and the protection of a shoe to be able to use it for a variety of activities both outdoor and indoor ranging from running to do a yoga class!

The product is already in the market since few years and if you read the customer reviews they are on average quite high, and worth to mention that they are also worn by footballers in Kuwait, and the Boston baseball club Red Sox!

Lastly, I’ll talk about the eco-friendly aspect of this product, which is what actually I care about the most in my blog 🙂 the founders are stating that they don’t use any toxic plasticizer and production waste is minimized below 1% so it seems this production does not contribute to harm the environment!

Hope you get inspired, if you like my content please follow me on my social media accounts, thanks!

Ethical lingerie for all women

Hello! Today I am going to talk about this amazing ethical brand for lingerie, called Chite’.

Their mission is to empower womens, by assuming that we do not have necesarilly perfect bodies but we can still aspire to have made-to-measure lingerie that we have always dreamt of.

I like this brand a lot, they spread a very positive message that luxury lingerie is available to all women out there and is tailored to fit perfectly to your body.

You choose the items you like and then give your measurements, once the order is placed your lingerie is actually created by the seamstresses in 2 weeks time and delivered to you!

Have a look at their collection, I am sure you’ll find something you like!

Timeless organic clothing made in Peru

Hello! I’d like to introduce you to this conscious fashion brand 100% made in Peru, Fair Indigo.

This brand seems genuinely interested to make a positive change in the fashion industry. Their journey towards sustainability starts with the use of good quality fibers such as organic Peruvian Pima cotton. For those of you, who like me did not know what actually Pima cotton means, it is a variety of cotton which is significantly softer, stronger, and longer-lasting that other cottons and most surprisingly, at least to me, it represents only 2% of the total cotton produced worldwide!

This cotton used by Fair Indigo is grown on two family farms and harvested with care by hand, you can visit their website if you are curios to know more about the story of these farmers!

Producing good quality garments for sure goes hand in hand with supporting a more sustainable future: if you see things from the end-user perspective it is way better for our pockets to buy fewer long-lasting items rather than keep wasting money on fast fashion pieces that get disposed after just the first time they are worn.

This principle is clearly reflected in their collection: all the garments are very versatile and can be worn in many different occasions. I have been really impressed by one item in particular, a reversible wrap dress wrap that can be worn two ways, with a high or low neckline, plus it comes with pockets that function perfectly whichever way you’re wearing the dress. I think it is very cool 🙂

Worth to mention that Fair Indigo cares about the social environment of its workers and they commit to pay fair living wages to the local staff.

Hope you get inspired to browse and shop their collection, I am attaching here the picture of this amazing reversible dress that I am about to buy 🙂

Loungewear sustainable brand

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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