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!
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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.
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.)
Love: Rodale’s Beauty
Rodale’s gave me some items to try out* and these were my favorites of the bunch:
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 …
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*I got these items free to try.