By Chere Di Boscio
Earth Day means different things to different people, but for us, it’s an opportunity to celebrate fashion and beauty companies that are really making a difference, be it by shunning toxic materials for natural options; using innovative technologies to bypass typical industrial pollution, or by ensuring more equality and evenly distributed incomes for their employees.
Our 2018 roundup puts the spotlight on a diversity of initiatives, from ultra-high tech diamond manufacturers to botanical beauty products and beyond, that are making Earth Day every day in terms of their business practices.
Think about it – most of your hair accessories are probably plastic, and are most likely made in nasty factories in China. These thoughts occurred to Victoria, the founder of Saya, when she moved from the UK to the verdant island of Bali. Surrounded by stunning nature on the one hand, but aware of the plastic pollution plaguing the island and rampant deforestation on the other, she decided to start a hair accessories brand that would employ fairly paid artisans to create artistic, luxurious hair clips and pins from waste wood materials, and voila – Saya Designs was born.
All wood used by the brand is sourced from Made & Ways, sculptors who dig up and recycle root wood from old commercial plantations all across Indonesia. Tree roots left behind by loggers take hundreds of years to decompose and have little value for the soil. By using this waste material, Saya ensures they are making as little impact on the environment as possible.
Learn more about Saya Designs in their video, below, and you’ll see how their hair accessories are #Turningheadsforgood!
Once upon a time, diamonds were a girl’s best friend. And then we learned about the environmental impact of mining, and the social impact of conflict diamonds – and they fell out of favour. But one company – the Robbins Brothers – has found a way to make diamonds brilliant again.
Thanks to the help of modern technology, the brand is creating lab-grown diamonds with zero impact on the Earth. Robbins Brothers’ eco-friendly E3 Diamond Collection features exclusive E3 lab grown diamonds in a collection of 14K recycled gold engagement rings, wedding bands and fashion accessories. Every E3 diamond has been hand selected and grown in a laboratory, and has the same luxurious clarity, beauty and brilliance as mined diamonds – but without the pollution and potential social conflict. In fact, all lab-grown diamonds are 100% identical in composition to mined diamonds – not even experts can tell the difference!
As part of their Earth Day initiative, Robbins Brothers have dedicated themselves to planting 100 trees for every diamond sold between April 20-22 this year. The trees will be planted across our National Forest System in areas of greatest need as determined by the U.S Forest Service. For anyone looking to get engaged this spring, this is the perfect opportunity to not only purchase an exceptional ring, but also to kick your relationship off to a positive start, knowing your love has greenified a forest!
After a life-changing trip to India where they learned about children living with HIV, Canadian Bobbi Paidel and British born Phil Haley decided to create a socially minded jewellery brand to help these kids live better.
Paidel describes Tribe of Lambs as a platform for “compassionate consumerism,” offering their customers a way to give back to those in need by purchasing artisan-made jewellery, as well as cotton totes and tees with a BE LOVE slogan. 100% of Tribe of Lambs profits go towards their Compassion Projects, which benefit Ray’s Children’s Home.
Most perfumes -even ‘designer’ ones – are industrially made in factories – often in the same factories that produce products like air fresheners and household cleaners! But not Curata’s. Their perfumes are hand-crafted by skilled artisans in small batches and are made with 100% natural botanical ingredients. For example, their Dulceo fragrance celebrates the duality of sophistication and sensuality of the modern woman with its blend of sparkling Sweet Orange, Guava and Moroccan Neroli top notes, followed by lush, nectarous heart notes of Indian jasmine, Tuberose and Frangipani and topped off with a gentle, creamy base of Vanilla, Caramel and Cocoa.Artisanal, small batch and hand-crafted with 100 percent natural aromatics.
In a country where fair wages are hard to come by in the textile industry and where women rarely reach higher levels of management, clothing brand Aish is proud to be making a difference. The brand pays each member of staff a living wage or above, and particularly seeks to hire women at all levels of production, from weaving to executive levels. And speaking of weaving, these beautiful tops, pants and kaftans are hand woven on traditional looms that use zero electricity – and they’re not set up in factories, but are in the homes of the mainly female artisans who are then able to work from their houses and keep an eye on their kids whilst doing so.
Whilst many of us are aware of the value of wearing organic materials that are naturally dyed, few of us think about the textiles we ‘wear’ the most – bedding! I mean, think about it – you spend at least 8 hours a day between your sheets, moving and sweating – do you really want to be lying on petrol-based fabrics dyed and finished with chemicals?
Ara Living mades buttery soft, luxurious organic cotton bedding that’s coloured with 100% safe, vegetable-based tints that are not only safe for even the most sensitive of skins, but also add a touch of elegance to any bedroom.
When most of us wash our hair, we’re not only exposing our skin to myriad chemicals that can cause various degrees of harm, but we’re also washing those same chemicals down the drain, back into our waterways – which is why it’s more important than ever to switch to an organic shampoo.
Tela is a good one to try! It’s vegan friendly, colour safe, packed with organic botanical ingredients and 100% free of all the nastiest chemicals found in most shampoos, like SLS, parabens, BHT, and artificial fragrances. Beauty expert Philip Pelusi, the man behind the brand, has combined the very best of natures’ sustainable ingredients with the most advanced science to deliver pure, organic, and scientifically advanced luxury grooming products to the world.
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