Eco Friendly Watches To Love
Your conscious choices can even extend to the watch you wear. Whilst vintage watches are a great option, if budget is an issue for you, we have found the most styish eco friendly watches to love.
Is there anything chicer than looking at your watch – instead of your phone, when someone asks the time? In our opinion, watches are a timeless investment piece that never go out of fashion. They are also a great way to explore the values that matter to you the most. The brands we have found, certainly don’t sacrifice aesthetics for ethics. Whether you favour a vegan leather watch strap, one made using recycled materials or a company that takes giving back as seriously as it does its design the choice in sustainable timepieces is impressive. So whatever your taste, or beliefs, we have found a watch for you.
Votch is a cruelty-free watch company based in the UK. A few years ago, Founder Laura was struck down with a condition called Topical Steroid Withdrawal, a skin condition that caused dermatitis and peeling. During the years of recovery, she educated herself on animal welfare, including facts about the leather industry that truly shocked her. Seeing the suffering that animals endured simply for fashion and having felt the pain of losing her own skin, she decided to create something to make a change. Finding accessories that are stylish but cruelty-free isn’t always easy. Votch work with materials like Piñatex, a by-product from the pineapple harvest, and AppleSkin, a material made from residual apple juice fibres from Northern Italy. On top of this, with every order purchased on the website, they plant a mangrove in Madagascar. Mangroves are fantastic carbon sinks. They stabilise the soil and improve the quality of the water in the area too. Planting these wonderful trees also provides a natural habitat for wildlife and an income for local villagers.
The name TRIWA stands for “Transforming the Industry of Watches” with a ‘Scandi-smart’ approach. Which means quality materials with minimalist style. However, they are so much more than just timepieces, each collection tells a story, and is made using recycled materials. For instance, their latest line Time for Oceans is the world’s first collection of colourful statement watches made completely from recycled ocean plastic. Designed to highlight the critical health of the oceans, it also generates money for a continuous ocean clean-up. TRIWA teamed up with #tide ocean material, to up-cycle and process the ocean plastic. In addition their ‘Time For Peace’ range is created from Humanium Metal. The metal is melted down from confiscated illegal firearms in an effort to highlight the massive death rate from gun violence around the world. In cooperation with Salvadoran authorities, they have been able to melt down over 4,500 illegal weapons, and have donated approximately $100,000 to local violence prevention projects. Their flagship Humanium Metal Watch is now part of the UNs permanent exhibition of disarmament.
Ksana originally began when its founder Claire’s search for an ethically produced and cruelty-free watch failed to deliver stylish results. Frustrated with a lack of good looking options, it led her to design and create her own. What followed was months of designing, sourcing suitable ethical suppliers and testing. She started Ksana so that others who share her passion for the environment, animals and design. KSANA is a cruelty-free company because all of their watches are 100% vegan. The watches are produced in a solar-powered factory that recycles both waste and water where possible. The factory also has high standards of work and safety and employees are fairly paid. Boxes and packaging materials are also made from 100% recycled materials and can either be upcycled or recycled once they have completed their job of protecting our products on route to you.
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At Solios, they combine elegant design, renewable energy and sustainable materials. Its co-founders Samuel Leroux and Alexandre Desabrais believe “one shouldn’t sacrifice everything in order to make the world a better place. We believe big changes start with small decisions…” That’s how they designed one of the slimmest, and chicest, solar watches on the market. Solios holds a B Corp certification, and it’s the first watch company to receive the certification. All Solios watches are solar-powered, meaning you only need light to charge them. Two hours of sun exposure gives them 6 months of energy reserve. Opting for a solar-powered watch could prevent the production of a whopping 300 million toxic batteries. This year they are proud to reveal their switch to using fully recycled stainless steel. Recycling steel rather than mining it results in an energy saving of 75% and an 86% reduction in air pollution.
Taken from the words ‘Nord’ encompassing the Nordic region, and ‘Green’, meaning for the environment, Nordgreen take their responsibilities as a watch brand seriously. Key to Nordgreen’s business practises is it’s ‘Giving Back Program’. The program upholds the Nordic values of preserving health, education, and environmental support for the global community. With every purchase of an impeccably designed watch, customers can give back to one of three causes. Each watch has a unique serial number on the back, allowing Nordgreen to track each customer’s impact through giving. Their approach to environmental protection is holistic and can be seen in all areas of the business. By planting thousands of trees, they have offset the carbon emissions generated by their office in Copenhagen. Each of their global shipments has been offset, and all packaging is FSC certified.
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