There are so many wonderful things going on in the world of sustainability, that I gather them up once a month to present to you. Read on to find some beautiful, useful stuff.
Could this be the most ethical sweater ever made? Zady has introduced its first in-house line, whose origin story is meticulously detailed on Zady's website
. Here's the short version: The wool is sourced from Emperial Stock Ranch in Oregon, which practices sustainable practices like rainwater capture, rotating livestock grazing, avoidance of plowing, which has resulted in the return of native salmon to the creeks there. The wool is then sent to Chargers in South Carolina to be cleaned and carded, to G.J. Littlewood and Sons in Philadelphia to be dyed in a way that keeps runoff close to zero, then to Kraemer Textiles in Nazareth, Pennsylvania to be spun into yarn, and to Ball of Cotton in Commerce, CA to create the final product. Whew!
Watch the video:
Zady Essential Collection - .01 The Sweater
has launched an exclusive sweatshirt design with prinkshop
* to spread awareness of sex trafficking in the United States. The super-soft, American Apparel sweatshirts are silkscreened in a not-for-profit in the East Village which hires at-risk teens and trains them is in alignment with prinkshop's core values. Accompany and prinkshop will give a combined donation of $15 per sweatshirt to 3Generations, a 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to helping survivors tell their stories to the world.
Love: Modavanti's New Men's Section
The sustainable online store now has a large section devoted to items of the masculine persuasion. Now your dude or dad can be as ethical as you are! (Use the code ECOCULT to get 10% off your purchase at Modavanti.)
Organic cotton, non-toxic dyes, GOTS certified
Organic Beard Oil
Organic cotton pants, non-toxic dyes, GOTS-certified
Love: Rodale's Beauty
Rodale's gave me some items to try out* and these were my favorites of the bunch:
You could literally eat this tint with a spoon and you would be just fine. I like to use it with my RMS makeup for a healthy glow on my cheeks.
When I lost this mascara, I immediately bought another one! It's that good.
Every girl needs organic coconut oil as part of her makeup routine. I use this to clean my eyeliner brush, reconstitute my eyeliner pot when it gets too dry, and correct any mistakes.
In jars too pretty to put away in the cabinet, these clays are a gentler and more pleasant smelling alternative to Aztec clay. #upgrade
Tara of Meow Meow Tweet
has launched new, sophisticated project: Stilllife. The debut collection consists of five complex scents, each inspired by and named for a story, poem or song that she loves. The perfumes are hand blended in teeny batches in her Brooklyn studio from ethically-sourced essential oils. Tara mixes each scent with certified organic jojoba oil (but no synthetic ingredients) and packages it in a roll-on bottle with a recyclable paper pouch.
Tara sent me some samples to try.* She had described the scents for me, but I decided as a little game to write up my own descriptions and see if they matched hers. Let's see how I did ...
Me: Rich, layered scent that evokes a tiny, traditional chocolate or antique shop. A favorite! Tara: Named for the specter of paradise in Wallace Stevens’ poem “Sunday Morning”, is a warm, sweet reminder of the fragrant, rural South with notes of tobacco and vanilla.
Me: More subtle, with a spicy scent that evokes a lush temple garden. A favorite! Tara: The fresh and wild outdoors is captured in the balsam and sage Macondo, named for the remote village in 100 Years of Solitude.
Me: Bold, floral scent that commands attention, like flowers after a rainstorm. Tara: Recalls the intrigue of Patti Smith's poetry with violets, clary sage and patchouli to create a fresh, bright and herbaceous floral scent.
Me: It has bite, with a hot, woodsy, exotic scent like a bonfire of incense. A favorite! Tara: Dreamtiger, with citrus, ylang ylang and vetiver and named for a short story by Jorges Luis Borges, is at first sweet and floral transforming to reveal a woody, mysterious tenor.
Wild Heart is unapologetically floral, evoking a vanity full of pretty things. Tara: The allure and floral abandon of Wild Heart, like a bouquet of fresh cut flowers, captures the essence of Stevie Nick's song of the same title.
Each 5 ml is $50, or try the sample sizes of the scents for $6 each. I recommend the latter!
The made-in-NYC lingerie label NaiS is in the midst of a big fashion blogger collaboration that is oh so sexy and cool. "Through the black project, we aim to break the mold and rule out the stereotypes about lingerie," the designer Anais says. Each week a blogger presents an exclusive design that will be available for pre-order on Anais's website. Every design is a limited edition, handmade in their studio, and can only be purchased during that week. Right now NaiS is on the third design, so you had better get over there!
Claire from De Lune
You can finally
ditch the J. Crew tees! One of my favorite online stores, rêve en vert, has introduced a beautiful basics collection. R.E.V by is made out of certified organic pima cotton, grown outside of Lima in Peru. The line is manufactured locally at a certified fair-trade factory, priding itself on its ethical working conditions and high labour standards. All of the tags are made from recycled materials and the labels in each tee-shirt have been printed digitally on cotton. The dyes used are all low environmental impact dyes as well.
Ryan Roche is a New York designer who emphasizes sustainability and consciousness in her designs, including her women’s collection, which features cashmere knits made by a women’s co-operative in Nepal, and her newly launched collection of angora wool hats made in New York. She was a runner up in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Awards
on November 4th.
The 5 in 1 moisturizing sunscreen
is incredible. It smells wonderful, and the non-toxic formula gives a lovely light, moisturizing coverage that serves as an excellent foundation for makeup. I'll be using it every morning moving forward! You can buy it online at Drugstore.com
or pick it up in person at ABC Carpet & Home
How many times have you taken a disposable for, spoon or knife because that was your only option? This reusable thing folds up flat to fit in your wallet, and it's only $3. I bought two.
I met designer Anne Deane when taking a tour of Impact Hub
and was impressed when I looked up her designs. Née en France, she ditched the finance world to pursue conscious fashion design, incorporating alpaca
into pretty much all of her timeless designs.
MaxMara uses New Life knit, an eco-friendly fabric made from recycled materials, in these two pretty dresses in the Weekend line.
The Base Project, a fair trade and sustainable jewelry company, has upped its game with this latest collection cast in brass. The bracelets are made by Artisans in Namibia, and a portion of the proceeds is reinvested back in community projects.
I met this cool girl behind this upcycled brand at the BF+DA launch party
. She scours NYC vintage shops looking for formerly-expensive knits sweaters that have some sort of defect, and turns them into hats and mittens.
*I got these items free to try.