AHLMA: Brazilian fashion label making fashion on trend via circular economy practices

Brazilian fashion brand Ahlma is truly making fashion “on trend” by bringing circular economy practices into its day-to-day runnings from its designs, materials used through to its clothes repair lab. The Rio-based label, which also has a retail outlet in Leblon as well as an online store, sources over 80% of raw materials from leftover fabric sourced from textile companies. The other 20% is a mix of recycled … Continue reading AHLMA: Brazilian fashion label making fashion on trend via circular economy practices

Navegando nas Artes: Promoting environmental awareness to young people living around a São Paulo dam

Navegando nas Artes is helping communities in the south of São Paulo, many of whom are favela residents, to reconnect with water. The project, based in Billings Dam in Grajau, São Paulo, Brazil, promotes environmental awareness to young people living around the dam. Navegando nas Artes founder Franz Thomas, who grew up in the area, wanted to find a way to change people’s relationship to the lake. Franz … Continue reading Navegando nas Artes: Promoting environmental awareness to young people living around a São Paulo dam

Projeto Grael: Using the power of sailing to tackle environmental issues in Brazil

Projeto Grael is using the power of sailing to tackle environmental issues in Brazil – everything from understanding habitat, reducing plastic to clean-ups. The environmental education NGO founded by world-renowned Brazilian sailors Lars and Torben Grael aims to raise awareness of ocean plastic pollution and engage youth, children, and adults in actions and habits for reversing the destruction. Based in Niteroi, the sailors and Olympic … Continue reading Projeto Grael: Using the power of sailing to tackle environmental issues in Brazil

Cataki app connects Brazilian residents to recyclable waste collectors

Cataki is a new app which connects recyclable waste collectors in Brazilian cities to people who want to recycle. From the 400 kg of garbage produced by each Brazilian per year, only 12 kg are recycled, with 90% of those through street collectors. With the Cataki app, it makes it possible for residents to find the collector closest to them, get in touch with them, negotiate … Continue reading Cataki app connects Brazilian residents to recyclable waste collectors

Amazonas Sandals: “The first-ever biodegradable sandals”

Brazil has dominated the market when it comes to the production of iconic flip flops and sandals, but now there’s a sustainable model gracing boardwalks and beaches the world over, Amazonas Sandals. Amazonas Sandals, the green sandals made from 100% recycled materials, utilises a rubber, known as Bio Rubber, which is biodegradable within roughly five years if disposed of in the right conditions. Synthetic rubber products … Continue reading Amazonas Sandals: “The first-ever biodegradable sandals”

Re-Roupa: Upcycled fashion label redefining fashion in Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian fashion label Re-Roupa is revolutionising the face of fashion and the lives of those who make the clothes by creating new collections entirely from upcycled materials, which are sewn by seamstresses from low-income communities. The Rio de Janeiro-based clothing label is the brainchild of designer and creative director, Gabriela Mazepa. The designer collects fabrics from local factories that are otherwise thrown away – fabric roll ends, flaps, and clothes … Continue reading Re-Roupa: Upcycled fashion label redefining fashion in Rio de Janeiro

Far Out Recordings: Independently staying strong

“I’ll never forget. I know the date: it was December 12, 1993,” recalled Joyce Moreno, in a 2009 interview. The singer-songwriter, a living legend in her native Brazil, was already a musical veteran and a substantial success at home. Swept up in the bossa nova revolution of the early 1960s, she began teaching herself guitar at […] via How Far Out Brought Brazilian Sounds to Britain … Continue reading Far Out Recordings: Independently staying strong

Around the World in 80 Eco Spas: Kiaroa, Brazil

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones! Are you in need of a vacation with your other-half? Check out Life & Soul Magazine’s Travel Guide to Eco Spas for inspiration. Life & Soul Magazine’s Travel Guide to Eco Spas will whet your appetite for a vacation that brings healing to holidaymakers in accommodations that work in harmony with the planet.  2. Kiaroa Eco-Luxury … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Eco Spas: Kiaroa, Brazil

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

Ecostasy: Sustainable design with a Brazilian flair

Brazil has always been a hotbed of creativity and with sustainability high on the agenda for numerous designers and artists, it’s a movement that has been a priority in the Amazon where local artisans have been creating beautiful wood carvings and furniture from managed forests, as well as reclaimed and dead trees. The Caboclas Project in the Tapajós region has been working with local communities … Continue reading Ecostasy: Sustainable design with a Brazilian flair