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 2019 roundup puts the spotlight on a diversity of initiatives, from fun games made from upcycled products to botanical beauty products and beyond, that are making Earth Day every day in terms of their sustainable and ethical business practices.
1. Dr Jackson’s
Not only do we love Dr Jackson’s skincare range for its super chic minimalistic and unisex packaging, but this sustainable range of skincare products uses science to make them awesome.
Combining meticulous research with the finest ingredients that nature has to offer, Dr Jackson’s is a brand that cares for both your skin and the planet simultaneously. We particularly love their gender-neutral Face and Eye Essence, which is packed with botanicals like Damask Rose, Aloe Vera and Marula Seed Oil.
Working with like-minded people who wish to make a positive impact on the planet and inspire future generations, Dr Jackson’s also avoids plastics as much as possible and uses only recyclable boxes.
The chemical toxins found in plastic can be a real danger for children, which is shocking considering so many children’s toys are actually made from the stuff. Thank heavens more brands are slowly but surely bringing safe, non-toxic materials back on the market, like Jumbo Eco-Games!
Made from 100% recycled materials like upcycled wood, paper and discarded wrapping paper, these super cool games will entertain children of all ages. Whether you want to play Catch the Mouse or Peek-a-Boo, these colourful games will encourage kids to both play and learn, providing hours of fun while helping rid the planet of unwanted plastics
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?
California Design Den are the creators of buttery soft, luxurious organic cotton bedding that’s GOTS certified and 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. California Design Den also work hard to be as sustainable as they can be, right down to their packaging.
Banyan Tree is best known for its sustainable luxury wellness retreats around the world. But today, they are allowing the general public to enjoy one of their renowned spa experiences from the comfort of their own homes, thanks to their Essentials aromatherapy line.
Ingredients such as wildflowers, fresh herbs and potent spices are used in their wide range of products, which include shampoos, massage oils, candles, diffusers and much more.
Sustainability considered from every step of production. For example, all gift packaging uses sustainable materials, such as fabric wraps woven from used plastic bottles, and their gift boxes are made from mulberry paper. Each bottle is made from recyclable plastic, and their product packaging uses only 100% recycled elemental chlorine free paper.
The heinous waste in the fast fashion industry gets transformed by the uniquely talented designer Valentine Karellas. She transforms waste on her vintage knitting machine into highly original garments by creating knitwear from surplus yarn that would have otherwise gone to waste from large factories.
Because of this ethical process, no two garments will ever look the same, making Karellas’ knitwear truly one of a kind. Whilst the larger fashion houses continue to mass-produce clothing to cater to each season, the designs of this knitwear brand are trans-seasonal and transcend trends, making them suitable for any season, for decades to come.
Founded back in 2005 and ethical from the start, Seed and Bean is a confectionary brand with a vast range of 22 flavours, meaning there’s something for everyone to fall in love with.
Made in small batches, Seed and Bean’s chocolate is 100% organic and Fairtrade where possible, and all products are ethically sourced and handmade in England. As well as their planet conscious ethics, this chocolate brand is eco-friendly also with its 100% compostable foil, making it the first UK chocolate brand to have fully biodegradable packaging, placing them at the forefront of the zero plastic and zero waste movement.
7. Saya Designs
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 made 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!
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 organic cotton 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.
10. Tela Organics
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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