Image Credit: Mel x BEEN London
For our May Newsletter we are happy to bring you lots of exciting collaborations in fashion as well as new brands and the best organic and biodynamic wines for your Summer picnic.
With April and Earth month behind us, we want to use this newsletter as an opportunity to showcase brands doing exciting things with the planet in mind. It didn’t feel quite right to talk about products on Earth Day, see our Instagram post for more, but if it ignites conversation and accelerates progress for brands then thats all for the better. This month we’re enjoying a few exciting collaborations, as well as outdoor picnics and Summer home fragrance.
Recycled leather handbag brand BEEN London have collaborated with sustainable influencer Amelia Windsor to create a new limited edition bag. Made using leather offcuts in their East London atelier, BEEN London worked with Mel to bring her dream bag to life. It’s spacious and lined with a vibrant pink recycled polyester. Only 100 bags will be made and each purchase will also plant a moringa tree. Moringa trees are one of the most nutrient dense trees and have a hugely positive impact on native communities in the Amazon.
Looking for a beautiful accessory to update your look for Spring? Look no further than ESSEN The Label’s collaboration with fellow Australian slow fashion fans LINDEN COOK. Pairing their bestselling Foundation Flat, with LINDEN COOK’s delicate necklace, doubling as an anklet that can be added to the flat, no new products have been created for this collaboration. The Foundation Flat is made to order and perfectly timeless, with the added personality of the anklet. It can be removed and used as a necklace or wrap around bracelet too.
Refresh your home and blow away the lockdown cobwebs with a beautiful fragranced candle. We prefer ones made using natural soy wax which is vegan friendly. And of course, look out for ones with packaging that you can reuse. A jar or tin are ideal, like the ones below.
Known for their signature rock n roll style, Frame is a denim brand making headway in the circularity space. Beginning with a collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation called the Circular Denim Project. The capsule collection of two pairs of jeans and a denim jacket, is fully traceable and recyclable at the end of its life. Frame’s wider journey into eco awareness has seen a switch to un-dyed and unbleached denim. As well as reductions in water, energy and toxic dyes through their manufacturing processes.
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To mark the 8th Anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, Eco Age Founder Livia Firth and Director Andrew Morgan have joined forces again for the fourth in a series of documentary shorts. (There partnership was made famous when they worked together on the film ‘The True Cost’.) Fashionscapes: Living Wage investigates the truth behind supply chains, and the difference between a minimum and living wage. It is a powerful and evocative film that really touches the root of the issue and how brands should look at ways to implement a living wage for their workers now, not later.
Organic White Wines
Make the most of the longer evenings and warmer weather with a picnic at dusk. Ensure that your picnic is sourced as responsibly as possible, right down to the alcohol (if you choose to drink it). We love organic and biodynamic wines because not only are they better for the environment but they are better for you. They contain less chemicals making them more tasty and they’re less likely to give you a headache the day after.
Newly launched brand Bad Habit is shining a spotlight on natural dyes. Founder Porsha Hill is a seasoned designer in the fashion world but wants to do things differently with Bad Habit. The dyes are created using plants like Cutch and Fustic, creating beautifully unique pieces. Each piece in the collection is custom dyed, so no two are the same. Bad Habit is also gender neutral and designed to be layered and styled in numerous ways, highlighting how exciting timeless fashion can be.
In its mission to continue to do better by our planet, Allbirds are challenging other businesses to join them in calculating their impact. Last year, the footwear brand labelled it’s products with their carbon output via their Life Cycle Assessment tool the Carbon Footprint Calculator. The Carbon Journey provides a really clear indication to customers how much went into their trainers. Allbirds are now offering an open sourcing version of their Carbon Footprint Calculator to further encourage other brands and businesses to publish their output too.
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