BLUNT Umbrellas: Re-inventing the umbrella and reducing the number of broken umbrellas in landfill

Umbrellas are one of those accessories that get lost, poke eyes, can be temperamental on windy days, get snapped up in shops as soon as the Heavens open, and are also significant contributors to landfill. That’s where accessory brand BLUNT has set out to re-invent and revolutionise the umbrella. Featuring a canopy design that unfurls, BLUNT have created a range of umbrellas that are safe … Continue reading BLUNT Umbrellas: Re-inventing the umbrella and reducing the number of broken umbrellas in landfill

Qwstion: Swiss bag brand develop banana-based material, Bananatex, as the most sustainable bag fabric yet

Swiss bag brand Qwstion, known for its functional and practical bags, have launched a new collection made from banana-based material that promises to be the most sustainable bag fabric yet. Bananatex is the world’s first durable, waterproof fabric made purely from Banana plants. Cultivated in the Philippines within a natural ecosystem of sustainable forestry, the plant, otherwise known as Abacá, is sturdy and self-sufficient, requiring no pesticides … Continue reading Qwstion: Swiss bag brand develop banana-based material, Bananatex, as the most sustainable bag fabric yet

Gumshoe: First ever sneaker with a sole made from recycled chewing gum

Chewing gum litter is a blight the world over, and second to cigarette butts it is one of the most littered items. It has posed such a problem on the streets in Amsterdam, that the city has created Gumshoe, a sneaker with soles made from chewing gum taken from Amsterdam’s pavements. Designed in collaboration with I Amsterdam, Explicit Wear and Gum-Tec, the sneaker is meant to raise … Continue reading Gumshoe: First ever sneaker with a sole made from recycled chewing gum

Deadwood: Recycled leather jackets combining “punk aesthetics with a green cause”

Swedish fashion label, Deadwood is reinventing the way people think about fashion with its recycled leather jackets that “combine punk inspired aesthetics with a green cause”. Deadwood’s range of 100% recycled leather – made in the label’s atelier in the Thailand capital, Bangkok – include classic biker jackets, vests and accessories for both men and women. And since 2017, now offer a children’s collection including biker … Continue reading Deadwood: Recycled leather jackets combining “punk aesthetics with a green cause”

Paperthinks: Accessories for those who love leather and want to be green too

Paperthinks is making it possible for those who like leather, want to add colour in their life and want to be kinder to the planet have what exactly they desire and be green too. The accessories brand make products – including tote bags, rucksacks, wallets, notebooks and coin purses – from recycled leather. Paperthinks’ recycled leather is made from the off cuts, trimmings and shavings from … Continue reading Paperthinks: Accessories for those who love leather and want to be green too

The Maiyet Collective pop-up hosts “the largest curation of sustainable brands in the UK”

Sustainable luxury fashion brand Maiyet have launched a pop-up store, The Maiyet Collective, showcasing other sustainable and ethical luxury brands who share Maiyet’s approach to fashion. The new concept store on London’s Conduit Street houses the wares from 60 brands across fashion, beauty and homewares. For two days each month, The Maiyet Collective offers a curation of sustainable and ethical luxury brands on a rotational … Continue reading The Maiyet Collective pop-up hosts “the largest curation of sustainable brands in the UK”

Ochis Coffee develop sunglasses frames made from natural coffee and flax

Entrepreneurs are finding innovative ways to make use of old coffee grounds, and now sunglasses can be added to the list. Ochis Coffee has created the world’s first organic sunglasses made from natural coffee and flax. The handmade frame completely degrades in soil or water, 100 times faster than plastic turning into a natural fertiliser for new plant growth. The environmentally friendly frames – which comes … Continue reading Ochis Coffee develop sunglasses frames made from natural coffee and flax

Fashion For Good opens museum to highlight sustainable innovations in the fashion industry

Sustainable fashion champion, Fashion For Good has opened its first ever interactive museum in Amsterdam. Dubbed the “Fashion for Good Experience,” the museum aims to educate visitors about sustainability within the fashion industry, explore how they can modify their impact on the environment, and encourage them to get involved in making a difference. The Fashion for Good Experience is the world’s first interactive, technology-driven museum … Continue reading Fashion For Good opens museum to highlight sustainable innovations in the fashion industry

Forces of Nature: Jaden Smith honours Gaia in his sustainable denim collection for G-Star RAW

Jaden Smith has launched his debut collection for G-Star Raw with an ode to Gaia or Mother Earth herself. The Forces of Nature collection presents three colourways, with all the pieces engineered with sustainable materials. The blue colourway reflects water, made with The Planet Indigo fabric, the first Cradle to Cradle denim fabric. Ecru is in reference to the earth, purity and produced using raw organic cotton. … Continue reading Forces of Nature: Jaden Smith honours Gaia in his sustainable denim collection for G-Star RAW

Hayley Hanson: Welsh farmer-come-designer creating luxury leather goods

Farmers in Wales are turning their hands to alternative means to do business, and for seventh generation farmer, Hayley Hanson, that extends to transforming hides and leather from her own cattle into luxury leather goods. Hayley Hanson runs her luxury accessories business alongside a beef farming enterprise with husband Michael in the Brecon Beacons. In the run up to their wedding in 2011, the farming couple were looking … Continue reading Hayley Hanson: Welsh farmer-come-designer creating luxury leather goods