Tag - Sustainable fashion

Zestria on Etsy: Upcycled Designs

I’m the designer of Zestria, the one that sews, knits, crochets, weaves, spins, embroiders, who looks for fabrics and runs the virtual business, makes the coffee in the mornings and sweeps the floor in the evening. I remember the very day when my grandmother taught me to sew cross stitch. She made beautiful tablecloths or wall cloths enriched with so many ancient symbols like the tree of life, spirals, sun, moon, zigzags… She had no pattern, she knew all by [...]

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Experimenting With Natural Dyes in Fashion Textile

Throughout our lives, fabric, cloth, textiles and fashion dominate. We use clothes to cover ourselves, to express our personality and identity, along with it being a vital part of our comfort and sense of belonging. This is why it is important we understand fabrics, what they are made of, what they are dyed with, and how our bodies react to these elements. With the increasing use of polyester and man made fibres on the high street it is now [...]

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Mindset Shift: Going From Fast Fashion to Slow Living

Some time ago Brittany of Pineal Vision Jewelry inquired about sustainable jean overalls in our Facebook group, I was intrigued by her journey which took her from following the latest fast fashion and style bloggers to shifting all her attention towards slow fashion and ethical bloggers.  She tells her story here.   I’ve always been very connected to the earth ever since I can remember. I was the quite, observant kid who would paint on the easel by myself while all the other [...]

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Tutorial: Make Your Patchwork Blanket with Recycled Old Knits Guest Article by Sofia Verna

Knits are wonderful to work with, easy and forgiving, perfect to recycle. When sewing use the largest stitch on your machine, and you do not need to finish the inside seams. Selects about 4 or 5 knit wool sweaters or pullovers that you want to recycle, the bigger the better;  Choose colours that harmonize, and use knits similar in thickness;  Cut up the sweaters, and put the pieces in piles; Take a larger piece and pin a smaller one on to overlap on top, [...]

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Project Selvage: Responsible fashion

Originally started as a blog so Shannon, the initiator of Project Selvage, could keep herself in the loop of ethical and sustainable fashion while studying for her degree, this blog is now turning to be a real-life social business. Through Project Selvage, Shannon wants to reduce the amount of textile waste that ends up in landfill while also making consumers aware of the ethical and environmental effects of the fashion industry. Shannon is sure that education is the key to [...]

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Piracaianas: The perfect shoes for an eco-friendly path

Already as a child, Maria was interested in fashion, mannequins and craftsmanship. When the time came to make a decision, she went to study Fine Art, Fashion and Design in Ssuso Paulo and it was  during this period of her life that she got immersed in the world of shoes. After several working experiences  and continuing education in shoes and fashion, Maria decided to dedicate her time to the development of eco-friendly footwear. “I researched into the history of footwear, [...]

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Ethical Life Store: Earth friendly goods

Ethical Life Store is an independent women’s wear label based in Oxford, UK, established in 2009. The company is run solely by Rara Matthews whose affinity for earthy and minimalistic aesthetics are reflected in her label with each garment being worked and handmade personally by her. All products are designed and made in house as one of a kind pieces or in small batch runs. Ethical Life Store is committed to the use of raw, organic, reclaimed and handwoven materials [...]

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PRINTA: Eco-fashion, silk-screen printing and Budapest

Printa is one of the first environmentally conscious brands in Hungary that is engaged in designing and making a wide range of products. Be it a souvenir, a piece of clothing, accessories or graphics, their ideology is predominantly based on three main words: Budapest, eco-fashion and silk-screen printing. Printa’s Pest Collection is composed of eco-friendly materials that remodel the conventional souvenirs with a fresh touch of silk-screen printing. Budapest’s non-official symbols decorate the collections’ T-shirts, bags, notebooks and postcards. Their [...]

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GONE RUSTIC: Life and thoughts impressed

Rita Summers’ business, Gone Rustic Studio, opened in 2003 in a rented building.  In 2004, together with her husband, they purchased a disused garage in St. Marys, Tasmania, Australia and transformed this dilapidated building into a studio and gallery. This is where Rita makes, displays and sells her own work (as well as other people’s quality handmade items), offers classes and hosts exhibitions of local artisans and travelling displays. Rita creates whenever she can, because art is integral to her [...]

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Monkee Genes: “There is no reason Profit and Sustainability can’t work together”

Monkee Genes is a fashion label based in the East Midlands of England, producing jeans from organic cotton. The company was created in 2006 by Phil Wildbore, owner and designer of the brand. His frustration regarding the denim market and the disposable high street fashion, encouraged him to start this new venture not only to raise public consciousness but also to bring a fresh and youthful proposal to fashion. Their classic and innovative jean styles come from Indonesia, Turkey and [...]

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