Handmade fashion accessories

Hello! I’d like to introduce this Italian brand, Cingomma, producing accessories such as belts, bags and wallets which are very unique and innovative!

The idea behind Cingomma is that they rely on local artisans repurposing bicycle tyres and tubes to create these handmade fashion accessories.

One really peculiar aspect is their way to approach the e-commerce business: basically when they took the decision to launch the e-shop they also decided NOT accept online purchases if there is a physical store within your area and they are going to cancel your online order if you cheat 🙂

Reason behind it is that they care for their local staff and they want to protect the people working in the retail chain that would otherwise be affected and I would add perhaps cannibalized by the online growth, so kudos for that!

The idea of the founder has been to create products from repurposing bicycle tyres and tubes. They retrieve this material from the many bike repair shops located all over Italy and is a win-win situation since these material would have been dumped to landfills and contributed to generating pollution.

Have a look at their range of unique products they are also super cool, my favorite item is the backpack made entirely from recycled inner tubes perfect to carry my laptop to the office!

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Vegan & cruelty-free outerwear brand!

Hello!

Are you interested in hearing of a slow fashion brand for outerwear? Well, I have found out a very good for you, culthread.

Culthread is a female founded brand that has to make quality coats and lifestyle products that you will want to wear for long time.

They produce Vegan outerwear and claim to be 100% animal-cruelty free and PETA approved brand.

Looking at their collection online you can quickly realize how easy is to look trendy and be good with the environment and society!

They mostly use 100% recycled polyester to produce the garment and they also reuse what is called deadstock fabric which is the leftover from orders made by other big brands not fullfilled. Another material used to source their manufacturing is  Thermore Ecodown which is a fiber used for insulation in outerwear products and it is amazing how sustainable is and why?

Beacuse Ecodown has traditionally been the sustainable alternative to down feathers. Now Thermore takes the next step towards sustainability by converting the Ecodown product line to fully recycled content, derived exclusively from PET water bottles. The new Ecodown is the only durable thermal insulation product in the market to be made from 100%, post-consumer plastic bottles.

This allows the reuse of a considerable number of bottles, which would have otherwise ended their useful life as waste in a landfill. Depending on the application, outerwear insulated with Ecodown can save up to 10 bottles per garment, does this not sound amazing to you?

Hope you get inspired, personally I am in love with the Artesian jacket in the gallery below! Do not forget to follow my blog for more content on sustainable brands, thanks so much 🙂

Circular fashion made in IT!

Hello!

This emerging Italian brand, Rifo is very interesting to follow why? because they produce ethical and sustainable clothing made with recycled and recyclable fiber.  Their mission is to believe in a future where there is no longer need to produce virgin resources, but we can use existing ones and this concept is nicely summarized in their brand name, which is a dialect expression in Tuscany which means “remake”.

Rifo wants to restore an emotional connection with our clothes by recycling as much textile waste as possible. Rifo makes men and women’s clothes, blankets and accessories through upcycling textile fibres. The circular fashion brand processes old cashmere, denim, lace and cotton into new yarns of fabric.

Rifo’ is also concerned about overproduction of garments which leads to waste and pollution and they have found their way to embrace a slower pace in fashion: they always start with a presale before launching a new circular garment, blanket or accessory so that they can study the market and their customers to avoid overstock and better balance production based on the actual demand.

Moreover Rifo’ produces all its products within 30 km of their office in Prato, Italy. Not only this allows them to support the local economy and create new jobs, but it also reduces fuel consumption and greenhouse gases.

You can buy online and shipping is supported worldwide, hope you get inspired for your purchase of recycled quality clothes!

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!

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!

Hyundai launches a fashion collection!

Hello! Hyundai just released a sustainable fashion collection and yes I am not kidding is true!

The South Korean car company is partnering with six leading fashion brands from around the world, to create a capsule collection.

These limited-edition pieces are currently being sold in the London department store Selfridges and all proceeds will go to a research-based organization devoted to helping fashion labels become more sustainable.

Basically a small group of sustainably-minded designers have used discarded car parts to create items for the collection which include: jewellery, jumpsuits, work vests and bags.

These items are the result of two industries, the car manufacturing and fashion, having a lot in common in terms of having a lot of waste generated by their manufacturing process that can be repurposed for up-cycling.

As far as I have understood only 6 pieces have been showcased so it is mostly to demonstrate that collaboration between these 2 industries is not only possible but it should be further explored!

Needless to say it is important to keep fueling the research and development so that more and more brands can avail of advanced technology and that will drive a mass adoption of this practice and therefore plenty of availability in the market for us final users demanding product that do not harm the environment and look good and affordable.

Exciting times ahead!! Thanks fo reading my content, if you like it please follow me on Facebook or Instagram, take care!

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!

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Sustainable bags, backpacks & laptop sleeves

Hello! I’d like to talk about this italian brand, Feeling Felt.

Their core mission is to combine innovative eco-sustainable materials and contemporary design to create new generation products.

If you browse trough their e-shop you can see they provide a limited range of products, from backpacks entirely recyclable, to versatile bags realized with natural materials such as cork, and pinatex, and to bracelets made with hemp.

I personally love all the items, you can see the attention to design but also the focus on minimizing the environmental impact for manufacturing these products.

Hope you get inspired for your next conscious purchase, feel free to reach out for any suggestion or comments!

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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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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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