BeeKeeper: Providing education for Cambodian children one upcycled backpack at a time

BeeKeeper creates vibrant and colourful backpacks by using fabric remnants and upcycled shirts that help reduce waste, but there is much more to this Melbourne-based hive. With every backpack purchased from the BeeKeeper brand, the company will send one child in rural Cambodia to English class for one whole year. BeeKeeper sources high quality discarded shirts and textiles and turns the material into durable, functional … Continue reading BeeKeeper: Providing education for Cambodian children one upcycled backpack at a time

ECOALF: Clothing made from recycled materials

Fashion brand ECOALF are creating clothing made from recycled materials only. Realising the potential and innovation in recycled clothing, Spanish label ECOALF have created more than 110 recycled fabrics from plastic bottles, fishing nets, used tyres, post-consumer coffee, wool and cotton to produce a range of women’s and men’s clothing. ECOALF’s collection of women’s and men’s clothing focuses on classic styles and cuts made entirely … Continue reading ECOALF: Clothing made from recycled materials

Walk Sew Good: A walking tour of Southeast Asia meeting sustainable fashion’s changemakers

Walk Sew Good founders Gab Murphy and Megan O’Malley are walking their way through Southeast Asia to raise awareness about sustainable fashion. The walking duo, who hail from Melbourne in Australia, kicked off their year-long, 3,500-mile walk across Southeast Asia towards the end of last year. Their aim is to meet people creating fashion in positive and impactful ways, film them and share their stories with … Continue reading Walk Sew Good: A walking tour of Southeast Asia meeting sustainable fashion’s changemakers

Orange Fiber: Turning citrus waste into a sustainable fabric

Sicily and southern Italy is synonymous with citrus fruits and now it’s about to become synonymous with two natives who have devised a revolutionary and sustainable fabric made from citrus waste, known as Orange Fiber. Orange Fiber is the brainchild of two Sicilian ladies Adriana Santanocito and Enrica Arena who developed the idea while sharing a flat together in Milan during their studies. Orange Fiber … Continue reading Orange Fiber: Turning citrus waste into a sustainable fabric

Piñatex: Pineapple leaf fibres providing a sustainable alternative to leather

Leather-like material, Piñatex, made from pineapple leaf fibres, is providing the fashion world with a sustainable alternative to leather. The new textile, created by Carmen Hijosa, is the by-product of the pineapple harvest, therefore no extra land, water, fertiliser or pesticides are required to produce Piñatex. A strong and sustainable textile, Piñatex is being used by fashion brands including vegan shoe brand, Bourgeois Boheme, as an alternative to leather. Bourgeois … Continue reading Piñatex: Pineapple leaf fibres providing a sustainable alternative to leather

Stitched Up: Wearing 6 items of clothing for 6 weeks to raise awareness of working conditions in the fashion industry

Women from a Manchester-based co-operative, Stitched Up, have reached the half-way marker in a 40-day challenge of limiting their clothing choices to just six items, in a bid to raise awareness of working conditions in the fashion industry. Stitched Up, a non-profit which runs garment-making and upcycling workshops in the Chorlton area of Manchester, are raising funds for Labour Behind the Label Trust, which works … Continue reading Stitched Up: Wearing 6 items of clothing for 6 weeks to raise awareness of working conditions in the fashion industry

RiverBlue: Can fashion save the planet?

Documentary film RiverBlue is putting the iconic fashion item of blue jeans under the spotlight to unveil its contribution to the destruction of the world’s rivers and its effect on humanity. Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, RiverBlue brings to light the impact that the manufacturing clothing has on rivers, and the impact its had on people who … Continue reading RiverBlue: Can fashion save the planet?

Bionic Yarn weave plastic bottles in to the fashion agenda

Bionic Yarn, sustainable fabric makers who have pioneered the creation of a yarn made from plastic bottles rescued from shorelines, are capturing the eyes of the fashion mainstream and getting the fashion crowd to take note of the environment in their fashion choices. On 20 April, the first ever evening gown made from the Bionic Yarn thread will hit the high street as part of … Continue reading Bionic Yarn weave plastic bottles in to the fashion agenda

Bottletop: Bags of credibility

Making a difference in the world is not something that is largely synonymous with fashion. The darker side of fashion – including reports about sweatshop conditions, child labour and the environmental impact of dyeing processes – has often overshadowed its ability to be seen as laudable. That’s where luxury accessories brand, Bottletop, are changing that perception altogether and spearheading something that sits just as comfortably … Continue reading Bottletop: Bags of credibility

Pelechecoco: Rocking the sustainable leather look

No wardrobe is complete without a leather biker jacket, a longline one especially. Great news for those who want to invest in a sustainable option, Pelechecoco have produced a longer version of the classic biker jacket for women. Pelechecoco’s Liza jacket is a functional jacket that is ideal for all kinds of weathers and occasions. The Liza Jacket is an elegant and sophisticated long length … Continue reading Pelechecoco: Rocking the sustainable leather look