Shoes made from recycled fishing net

Hello! During my recent trip to Italy I had the opportunity to visit the “Sustainable thinking” exhibition hosted by Ferragamo Museum in Florence which I highly recommend! In this occasion I came across a stunning pair of sustainable boots.

They are made from recycled fishing nets, sole made from recycled rubber and agglomerated cork, cedar wood heel. The shoemaker, Andrea Verdura, is creating since 2014 as you can see visiting his e-shop,  an eco-friendly, sustainable and completely handmade collection, produced with 100% natural materials. You can read more on the website about his story but basically his “signature” translates into the use of recycled fishing net banned by the EU and handcrafted in his laboratory in Tuscany, Italy.

Undoubtedly I find each item of the collection (he produces not only shoes but also bags and accessories) truly unique and very stylish but at the same it gives me lot of satisfaction to think that I could buy something that has been produced time having in mind the priority to reduce to minimum the impact on the environment, so I hope you get inspired for your next purchase as well!

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Looking for peace silk garments?

Hello! Have you ever heard about “peace silk”?

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 with less 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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Green Knitwear

Hello! Have you ever heard about this knitwear brand, named Sheep Inc?

This company positions itself as the world’s first carbon-negative fashion brand and it is committed to push back against the fashion industry’s reputation as one of the world’s largest polluters and I am quoting “set a new standard of environmental accountability”. How do they reach their goal?

They came up with a very original idea to allocate a sheep to every customer with the purpose to remind everyone that we all play a role in protecting the environment but this change can be effective if consumers start to challenge the status quo. Before any garments purchase we should always interrogate ourselves on the fact that the clothing comes from somewhere and has an environmental impact.

In this case, all the wool comes from farms in New Zealand, and obviously, quoting the founder of this brand “the sheep is the kind of the ongoing engagement piece where you’re continuously kind of involved with the story behind your sweater. If anybody asks you where your sweater comes from, you simply tap your phone to the tag, and you can show every single step in the manufacturing story”.

In terms of negative carbon emission, the standard goal of brands committed to sustainability in fashion industry is to reach carbon neutrality but it looks like this company really wants to push it hard and there is a section in their website where they explain the projects they are running to fight climate changes through investing 5% of their proceeds into biodiversity projects.

In fairness the sweaters are quite expensive, on average 150 euro, but it is worth to notice that the products are supposed to be long-lasting, and if we all collectively would move even gradually to a slow fashion mindset, it is definitely better for the environment to buy fewer quantities of garments that last longer in our wardrobes!

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Eco Luxe Activewear

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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Eco-friendly shoes to buy

Hello! If you are looking to buy sneakers shoes that are eco-friendly you should definitely take a look at this brand, ACBC.

ACBC, which stands for anything can be changed, is a pioneer in creating modular shoes that are also minimizing the impact on the environment by reducing a lot the CO2 emissions as part of their manufacturing process.

This Italian startup has created a modular concept where each shoes setup consists of one pair of the rubber soles, along with multiple sets of fabric uppers known as “skins.”

The beauty is that these two components simply zip together, so you can quickly swap one style of skin for another, depending on the mood of the day!

The different skins are made of bio-based materials derived from grapes, corn and pineapple among others, resulting in products which are claimed to be strong and breathable.

Recycling and circularity are also part of this company mission: for instance once the skins get worn out, their plastic zippers are cut off by the user, and they can be disposed for recycling purposes. In terms of circularity, once those soles wear out, users ship them back to ACBC stores, where they’re ground up and used in shock-absorbing flooring sheets used in children’s playgrounds!

As you can see in their e-shop, they provide both woman and man collections and the range of prices is moderate to expensive. On the costs topic, I have noticed that the shipping fee for EU country outside Italy is still quite high, 18 euro, but I am sure it will come down once the volume of sales orders will increase.

If you want to be green and still buy shoes which are nice and practical for many different purposes I think you should consider this brand.

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Fancy a stylish vegan bag?

Hello!  It was an amazing surprise for me to learn that food waste can be actually transformed into clothes and accessories!

There are few realities already operating in the fashion industry that are slowly investing in technologies and processes to make this transformation happen.

Today I am introducing you to this brand, ALKEME ATELIER, specialized in producing bags with sustainable, plant-based textiles. The materials used to create these bags are spanning in a variety of natural fibers such as pineapple, grape, cactus, vegan and bamboo.

As part of their commitment to sustainability, ALKEME ATELIER will plant one tree for each product sold, so let’s have a look at their amazing collection on the e-shop and contribute to save our planet!

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Dress sustainable and colorful!

Hello! If you are looking for a clothing brand with a colorful collection of garments combined with an ethical mission, I suggest you to have a look at Endelea.

Endelea is an ethical fashion brand founded in Milan, Italy, to create clothes and accessories in African wax fabrics with a made in Italy design. The name in Swahili means “go ahead without giving up”, and the mission of the brand is sustainability.

The garments are the result of shared creativity, where the design conceived in the Milan headquarters takes shape on clothes and accessories handmade in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The beauty of this co-shared model is that instead of just buying the fabrics in Tanzania and sew them elsewhere, the knowledge and expertise stays local, so that Tanzanian tailors and dressmakers have job opportunities and the possibility to further develop their skills.

The protagonists of all the collections are the colorful wax fabrics found in local markets.

You’ll have plenty to choose among flounced dresses and skirts, palazzo pants and whimsical tops, with ribbons and drawstrings to adjust necklines and waistline. I really like these garments for their authenticity and colorful vibes, and you can also buy products for home decor like pillow cases and table runners.

It is an ethical brand so it is important to mention that if you buy these products, you also contribute to reinvest portion of revenues in coaching and mentoring fashion students in Tanzania!

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5 stylish face masks to wear

Hello!

Nowadays, when browsing through your social network accounts you can quickly realize that your news feed is literally invaded by mask selfies, and that would suggest masks will start to become fashion items, rather than merely functional. So let’s have a look at the 5 most stylish masks to buy during this pandemic.

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#1 Summersalt

#2 Tanya Taylor

#3 Prabal Gurung

#4 Collina Strada

#5 Green supply

Beachwear: one size fits most!

Hello! Obviously we want to be free to wear what we like regardless of our body type and thankfully the fashion industry is slowly moving towards this big milestone, although still few mainstream brand have an inclusive range when it comes to sizes. Well, let’s focus on the positive side: there are small brands that are actively doing that!

Today I want to talk about this beachwear brand, Reina Olga, that has launched a collection named “One size fits most”. It is a brand funded by 2 sisters and their philosophy is to provide swimwear for all the body types.

Their slogan “NO BIKINI IS EVER TOO SMALL, AND NO TOOSHIE IS EVER TOO BIG” conveys a strong message of body positivity: no woman should hide her body but instead accentuating the beauty and shape which is unique to each individual.

To reinforce this message, Reina Olga also provides size in numbers 1,2,3 equivalent to S/M/L but it just sound better!

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Capri Sandals made exclusively for you!

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With the ongoing COVID pandemic that has put a toll on many small business, it is important now more then ever to recognize and preserve the authenticity and expertise of people working in local crafts.

As you know Italy is historically a center of excellence for many creations in fashion, and today I want to bring to your attention an Italian brand for sandals which is really an hidden gem!

I am talking about DEA Sandals, small growing brand that exports the concept of real “Caprese” sandals to the world: handmade, made with stitched leather, without glues or solvents, and made to measure.

All the creations are made entirely by hand and made to measure with a manufacturing process that the craftsmen of the island of Capri, near Naples in fron ot the enchanting Amalfi coast, have always handed down from generation to generation in compliance with a tradition that should be preserved.

If you browse in their e-shop, (Italian and English languages are supported), once you choose your favourite product, you will be guided through the selection of the size and the heel as part of your purchase process and then you’ll get the personalized sandals delivered to your home!

I cannot wait to get my Swarovsky multicolour sandals, hope you get inspired too!

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