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This April newsletter marks a return to a new normal, but we hope not too normal. With Earth Day on 22nd April, it’s important to remain mindful of our shopping habits and overall impact on our planet.
April is here. With Spring comes longer daylight hours and the easing of UK lockdown measures, as well as Earth Day on April 22nd. If you’re heading out for more than just excersise (becuase we can do that now!) then a new lippie and a sweet rental bag are wonderful bonuses. And of course you’ll need a gorgeously scented handbag size hand sanitiser too. However Open For Vintage want you to remember how well you did during lockdown by not buying as many things as before and they are encouraging you to keep up the good work.
While loungewear sets were undoubtedly popular during lockdown, carbon emissions caused by online shopping actually fell by 27% between April-July 2020. According to PFS and Live Area, ⅓ of UK consumers said they were trying to shop more mindfully now than before the pandemic. In an effort to keep up the good work, Open For Vintage have launched their ‘Keep Your Lockdown Shopping Resolutions’ initiative. The online vintage retailer is asking people to carry on supporting small businesses, whilst buying less but buying better. Will you pledge to keep up your shopping resolution?
2020 was a turbulent year for most, but for Alice Thornton, losing her job as a fashion buyer led her down a different path. Having worked in buying for 12 years, Alice decided to start an ethical t-shirt brand. One that is made slowly, and with care. The first collection of initial tee’s are made using organic cotton and printed digitally to reduce the amount of water needed. You can now personalise your tee with any letter you like. But get in there quick, runs are purposely limited to reduce waste.
Handbag Friendly Hand Sanitisers
As we get out and about more, it’s important not to forget about hand washing, mask wearing and keeping your distance. If you can’t find a sink, these are our favourite purse friendly hand sanitisers, that are also gentle on your skin.
Co Founder of ethical retailer Sanchos, Kalkidan Legesse is passionate about all areas of sustainability in retail. As well as running Sanchos, she has been working on an exciting digital fashion infrastructure to help other retailers access the second hand market. Shwap will allow people to resell items bought from Sanchos (and later other brands like Birdsong). The platform will keep digital records of the items, tracking the lifecycle of the garments. Kalkidan hopes it will help to build a more coherent picture of a garments journey, with a view to extending it even further through resale, reuse and recycling.
Our favourite social impact jumpers are now available at Harrods. Using sustainably sourced wool, FUND’s knitwear is spun in Scotland and dyed using natural dyes and recycled water from a local loch. Not only that but the purchase of a jumper donates funds for 100 school meals for children living in poverty in 26 countries. Harrods will stock a limited collection from FUND as well as some ‘mini me’ styles for kids later this month.
Now that we’re allowed out again, a vibrant lipstick is a must. Even if you have to wear it underneath a face mask, it’s a little secret that will keep you smiling all day. These are our favourite reds, pinks and dark nudes to compliment any skin tone.
Hands up of lockdown has left you desperate for some culture? We can’t wait to get down to London’s Maddox Gallery for the opening of the photo exhibition NHS Gifts for Heros. Initially a gift box initiative by hairstylist Adee Phelan, he has partnered with photographer Rankin on a series of portraits of NHS frontline workers. It’s a beautiful tribute to the amazing work that has been done by our health service and it all takes place outside the Gallery’s Westbourne Grove location between Saturday 20th March to Monday 5th April.
If you’re carefully crafting a smaller, capsule wardrobe for yourself, but don’t have the time to sell all of the items you no longer want, Loopster might have the answer. They resell great condition second hand ladies and kids clothing and the best bit is they do all the work for you. Simply send them your unwanted clothes and they pay upfront for anything thats re-sellable. They now offer Loopster Luxe, which re sells beautiful designer and high end pieces. You can find amazing savings of up to 75% off. Plus you’re saving a whole lot of perfectly wearable pieces ending up in landfill.
Handbag Rental Platforms
As we head back to some normality, many of you may be excited at the prospect of accessorising again. Free yourself from ownership by renting a beautiful designer handbag. Not only can you save money and keep a product in use for longer, but you can chop and change as your mood takes you.
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