Osom Brand: Creating everyday clothing basics by upcycling discarded garments

Osom Brand is on a mission to create clothing basics from landfill waste, by upcycling discarded garments and turning them into everyday wear. The brand, set up by waste veteran Patricia Ermecheo, started life last year with socks as its first product. The socks are made from waste fabrics – including donated clothing and deadstock – through a recycling process that eliminates water and dyes, … Continue reading Osom Brand: Creating everyday clothing basics by upcycling discarded garments

Thread International: “Doing for clothing what Whole Foods did for groceries”

Thread International is aiming to do for the clothing and textile industry what organic or fair trade has done for groceries by “improving the visibility of supply chains and taking on cleaner, less-intensive manufacturing processes”. The Pittsburgh-based business recycles plastic bottles into “the most responsible fabric on the planet”. Thread’s Ground to Good™ fabric is harvested from plastic bottles littering the streets and landfills of … Continue reading Thread International: “Doing for clothing what Whole Foods did for groceries”

Green Box Shop: Tackling social justice with the truth on a T-shirt

Green Box Shop –  the label behind the “WHY BE RACIST, SEXIST, HOMOPHOBIC OR TRANSPHOBIC WHEN U COULD JUST BE QUIET?” t-shirt adorned on-stage by Frank Ocean – is tackling social justice head on with the truthful emblazoned on tees. Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean wore the now infamous t-shirt as he performed at Panorama Music Festival at Randall’s Island Park in New York City last week. Green … Continue reading Green Box Shop: Tackling social justice with the truth on a T-shirt

tonlé: Clothing label making a zero waste fashion statement

tonlé is making every thread matter in their construction of zero waste womenswear essentials that are functional, elegant and responsibly sourced. Each item from tonlé’s womenswear collection and accessories is handmade. The process starts with scrap waste textiles sourced from mass clothing manufacturers. These are then hand woven and stitched, without the use of sewing machines, by a collective of female artisans in Cambodia. The ethical … Continue reading tonlé: Clothing label making a zero waste fashion statement

Antiform: Fashion label putting waste materials first in the design process

Antiform is a fashion label which takes reclaimed materials and employs zero-waste pattern cutting techniques to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. All of the materials and workmanship involved in the production of Antiform clothing is sourced within the UK and as local to the company’s Bristol-based studio as possible. Working with waste textiles including tweed, glitter, cashmere, wool and plaid, Antiform’s collection deploys a creative process … Continue reading Antiform: Fashion label putting waste materials first in the design process

Sustainable swimwear for curvy women

Sustainable swimwear, made from materials including ocean plastic waste is becoming readily available. If you are curvy however, you have to go that extra mile to find sustainable swimwear, sustainable lingerie even, that will support your feminine curves. There are a few eco-friendly brands that do, albeit limited in their size range, cater for curvy women. Below are some eco-friendly swimwear brands that cater for … Continue reading Sustainable swimwear for curvy women

Yoki: Streetwear label making new and cool of old discarded materials

Yoki Shop sells streetwear with a difference. Designer Jeff “Yoki” Yokoyama takes materials that are being discarded in the market – such as Levi jeans, USC or UCLA football uniforms and military jackets – and turns them in to one-of-a-kind statement, streetwear classics. The motto for the Yokishop is: “Design different. Make different. Sell different”. Designer Jeff Yokoyama uses his clothing line to show how cool … Continue reading Yoki: Streetwear label making new and cool of old discarded materials

Sew Love: Sustainable sewing tour in a solar-powered campervan

Sew Love founder Sarah Lancaster has been on a sewing mission around New Zealand to provide pop-up spaces and resources for people to learn to sew and get to know their community. More than just sewing classes, Sew Love is about celebrating sustainable sewing, upcycling projects, second-hand shopping, and sharing sewing resources to spread environmentally friendly ideas and empowerment through crafty DIY. For the last … Continue reading Sew Love: Sustainable sewing tour in a solar-powered campervan

Keep Real: Clothing and goods brand promoting emotional wellbeing

Keep Real or “keepin’ it real” is a mantra that can be applied to everyone as they go about their daily lives. For Kimberley Robinson, it resonated on such a level she decided to create a lifestyle and wellbeing brand – promoting mental health and emotional wellbeing – from it. The clothing and goods brand, Keep Real, has curated a range of items – unisex … Continue reading Keep Real: Clothing and goods brand promoting emotional wellbeing

Outdoor brand United By Blue give back by getting hands dirty at ocean clean ups

United By Blue looks like any other outdoor brand selling a range of clothing and backpacks geared towards intrepid travellers, city commuters and people who love the great outdoors. But there’s a difference in this brand. While “giving back” and making use of sustainable materials is now thankfully becoming a norm rather than the exception to the rule with some businesses, especially outdoor-wear brands, United By … Continue reading Outdoor brand United By Blue give back by getting hands dirty at ocean clean ups