While embarking on a zero-waste lifestyle might seem intimidating at first, it all starts – like every other meaningful endeavour in life – with one brave leap. From supporting sustainable brands to immersing yourself in more conscious and earth-friendly decisions, each baby step in the right direction is still a step ahead of none.
And as Earth Day beckons, we’ve decided to put forth a list of local shops online that may just be the inspiration you need to take part in the call of saving the planet we live in. Keep reading to find out more.
For stylish basics, consider Bare, a sustainable fashion label on a mission to “save the earth – all while looking damn good”. The brand’s collection of everyday silhouettes, from breezy tops and dresses, to padded bralettes, are not designed based on trends or whims. Rather, every piece promises a mainstay in your trans-seasonal wardrobe for years to come. All items are made from 100% biodegradable and compostable fabrics, and any splash of colour is earned from natural dyes made with plant matter.
Feel good and look good with Caramel Monster, where Parisian silhouettes marry ethical sustainability. With a production based in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, the studio is rapidly gaining attention for their strong cottagecore aesthetic and figure-flattering styles – made entirely from salvaged deadstock fabric or new sustainable materials. Be warned though: collections are highly limited and the range is small (say no to mass production), so we’d recommend setting multiple alarms if you’ve got your eye on an upcoming drop.
Style will never come at the expense of the environment with Feudal Crafts, which sells handcrafted products made from repurposed Japanese cotton, denim, and Irish linen. All of their bags, lanyards, pouches, and mask clips are meticulously hand painted and blotted using organic Kakishibu (Persimmon tannin) dye, known for its non-toxic and non-allergenic properties. What you get is a vibrant, distinctly original accoutrement that easily completes your street ensemble.
Reach for your home decór essentials at Fourth Orbit. Sometimes new, sometimes upcycled, and sometimes even handmade, these eclectic knick-knacks are sourced both globally and locally by a mighty one-woman team. From ceramic catchalls to resin clocks and iridescent teacups, give these fun oddities a new home and have them delivered to you in recycled packaging from The Sustainability Project, a proud partner of Fourth Orbit.
Enter The MORI Club, a fashion line of planet-friendly intimates and loungewear. MORI’s organic bamboo intimates are created in a Bali-based factory, backed by a close-knit team of seven tailors and sewers from a humble village. Beyond that, they also bring forward and repurpose any leftover garments into all-new scrunchies and pouches as part of their RE/MORI programme. The programme focuses on reinventing still goods in MORI’s inventory into exclusive pieces, giving these goods a new lease of life and ultimately reducing landfill waste on their part.