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.

Need: Zady .01 Sweater

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!

Zady .01 Sweater - made ENTIRELY in the USA, from the wool, to the yarn, to the final product. Ethical to the max!

Watch the video:

Zady Essential Collection – .01 The Sweater from Zady on Vimeo.

Love: Prinkshop x Accompany

Accompany 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.

Accompany x prinkshop sweatshirt Accompany x prinkshop sweatshirt to raise awareness of human trafficking

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 cotton, non-toxic dyes, GOTS certified

Vegan, PVC-Free

Vegan, PVC-Free

Organic Beard Oil

Organic Beard Oil

Organic cotton pants, non-toxic dyes, GOTS-certified

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.

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.

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 it to clean my eyeliner brush and correct any mistakes!

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 to pretty to put away in the cabinet, these clays are a gentler and more pleasant smelling alternative to Aztec clay.

In jars too pretty to put away in the cabinet, these clays are a gentler and more pleasant smelling alternative to Aztec clay. #upgrade

Love: Stilllife Perfumes

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 …

Non-Toxic, Literary Perfume

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.

Non-Toxic Perfume by the Creator of Meow Meow Tweet

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.

Non-Toxic Perfume Made in Bushwick

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.

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.

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.

Me: 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.

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!

Want: NaiS Black Project

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

Claire from De Lune

Need: R.E.V. by rêve en vert

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.

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Want: Ryan Roche

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.

Ryan Roche sweater Ryan Roche Hat

Need: Suntegrity

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 in NYC.

Suntegrity 5-in-1 SPF lotion

 

Need: Unitensil 

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.

Reusable, fold-up utensil that fits in your wallet!

 Want: Ohlin/D

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.

Ohlin/D Alpaca Skirt Ohlin/D Alpaca Trench Coat

Love: MaxMara Weekend Goes Eco

MaxMara uses New Life knit, an eco-friendly fabric made from recycled materials, in these two pretty dresses in the Weekend line.

MaxMara dress made with eco-friendly fabric MaxMara dress made with eco-friendly fabric

Love: The Base Project Brass Bracelets

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.

Base Project Fair Trade Bracelets

Need: A Wool Story

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.

Upcycled Knit Beanies A Wool Story upcycled beanie

*I got these items free to try.