One thing I notice when out doing my usual sustainable shopping online and perusing topics to share here on my blog is the lack of any kind of guide integrated within your usual shopping sites to find those brands. There are so many these days who have taken the initiative to clean up their act when it comes to their manufacturing processes, and most major retailers online do carry their goods. However, it still takes a bit of research to find them if you’re a shopper with a conscience, and I know as well as you do that many of us just don’t have that kind of time. Sustainable shopping can be extremely time consuming! This is why I’m stoked to see that one household name retailer has taken action. Last month, Zappos introduced their Goods for Good initiative for those seeking to shop brands that care for the environment or give back in some way, and I’m really hoping other brands follow suit real soon, as more and more shoppers have become more aware of sustainable shopping (hear that, Revolve and Shopbop?)!
I write a lot about sustainable apparel (as that is my main passion and focus), and sometimes it’s easy to gloss over another important wardrobe staple—footwear! While brands I’ve written about such as Baabuk and Oliberté come to mind, I don’t often come across many eco-friendly alternatives in that department, as the market seems to be focusing mostly on your common coverings. However, a good pair of shoes is possibly the most important. Our feet take us everywhere, and we all need comfort, support, and definitely durability as a solid pair can last us for years and save us dough. Cheap shoes make up a lot of the fast fashion market and thus, create a ton of waste as they aren’t always designed to fit properly and as I’m sure I don’t need to mention, don’t last very long. Shoes are one item that I never skimp on and realize it’s worth it to spend the dime for quality and to save money in the long run. While searching around for blog topics, I ran across some awesome sustainable footwear by Rothy’s, and I’m excited to share this brand with you!
I’m back! Again, I believe it’s important to take periodical breaks…this time though, it’s because I made my second annual pilgrimage to that thing in the desert, Burning Man. It’s always so tough and awesome in all the best ways, and I’m thankful to have made it back for a second time. I feel freshly inspired and ready to take on life again in a positive light. However, that could all take up a whole separate post (maybe one of these days I’ll do that, but I am not big on talking about me). One of the things festivals (even though Burning Man is not exactly one) and events like this do is separate me from the mainstream commercial world and make me appreciate the individual artists more when I totally thought I couldn’t. There’s no shortage of art at Burning Man as I’m sure most of you know, but there is no commerce (for a good reason). Still though, it focuses me even more on how tough it really is for those trying to express their talents and make a difference in the world. There’s no WiFi or cell service out there so it really is disconnecting (and I love it), so it’s always interesting to get back and catch up on what is going on in the “default” world. I was excited when I got back to see one of my all time, top favorite brands has released their new seasonal line! So without much more ado about myself and my personal exploits, I’m stoked to say the new Nomads Hemp Wear Fall/Winter 2019 Collection is here.
When browsing for new denim or checking out what’s new in the world of style, Shopbop is always one of my top online destinations (next to Revolve). They always have fresh pieces and although I can’t always be spending that kind of money, I appreciate quality and the artistry that comes from these designers. However, you know me…I’m always wanting to peruse new sustainable brands or items first. Since there’s no actual category on Shopbop for that, I have to do my research beforehand. That is why I compiled five great eco friendly brands available on Shopbop for a post here not too long ago for others who might be wanting to shop more consciously. It comes as no surprise that I know several sustainable brands already, but not all of them are available as options at these popular shopping destinations. Reformation is one of those awesome brands that has been on my radar for awhile now (I’ve written about them twice, once in 2017 and another time this year), but they are almost exclusively available from their own website. So, I’m happy to see that they are now becoming more available to discerning customers, and I’m happy to now say that Reformation brings eco friendly style to Shopbop!
It’s finally getting a little warmer here in California, but the cool air and drizzles are still hanging around for a bit! That’s all fine with me, since the green hills are always so fleeting (and already starting to turn brown again) and who knows what this summer will bring. In an attempt to get out of the house more and enjoy the outdoors a bit more, my hubby and I acquired a few kites and went out to Morro Bay for a little sunshine last weekend!
I get so excited seeing more of my all-time top favorite denim brands doing their best to go sustainable! For those who don’t know, denim has been such a guilty pleasure for me—I love denim, but the manufacturing process is quite dirty. It takes a ton of water and chemicals to get those worn-in fades we all like so much, and then we get into the pesticides used with growing the crops and the amount of land that is necessary to produce all the cotton needed. Joe’s, Patagonia, Reformation, Liverpool and Everlane are all brands that are revamping or have revamped their production to help support a healthier planet. In 2018, J BRAND released their first ever sustainable capsule collection, and they’ve just followed it up with another big step!
I’m sure you’ve spotted a little incessant brand loyalty here and there throughout my posts by now…there are definitely those brands I’ve discovered while running this blog that I’ve consistently been impressed with to the point where I don’t ever think I’ll ever stop writing about them. Some brands come and go and change so fast you don’t know what happened, and some lose quality over time. I’ve also noticed that with this eco-fashion movement, sometimes it’s hard to tell which are simply riding the marketing wave and which really do care about being more environmentally conscious. Even with the truly sustainable brands, the prices can drive out much of the potential consumers who simply aren’t able to add fresh new pieces to their wardrobe every season…and some of those brands are more on the minimal, more modern side without much variety in designs, which isn’t everyone’s taste. I’m all for spending more on less items to fill my closet with the very (beautiful) basics, but lets be real here, most of us love a fresh new piece or way to express our individual senses of style each season. Nomads Hemp Wear is a brand that stands out in a way that addresses every one of these concerns in a uniquely beautiful way.
When it comes to handbags and footwear, usually I go for leather. This is mostly for the durability factor, but also because it also ages so beautifully, and it is a byproduct that otherwise would be discarded. Also, I buy most of my stuff secondhand nowadays, so since I understand the problem of the meat industry being so terrible for our environment, this helps me feel a bit better. However, I’ve noticed the animal friendly, vegan community really making incredible strides in their manufacturing practices, with vegan leather being just about as strong, if not as strong, as the real thing. Matt & Nat has been an amazing vegan handbag brand on my radar for quite some time now, and I’ve carried a few of their products for awhile and they’ve held up quite well!
If you’ve been reading my blog for long enough now, or paying attention to the increasing awareness and numerous brands that have stood up to make a change in apparel manufacturing, you might already know about how dirty of an industry it can be. From CO2 emissions to water usage to fabric waste and so much more, players within the fashion industry have a lot of work laid out in front of them to clean up their act. I’m so glad, however, that this isn’t such a hard concept to grasp anymore, since as mentioned, more and more brands are either working on it or have already revamped their practices. Reformation is one of those brands and it’s about time I give them a proper shout out!
I think by now we’re all aware of the problem that is our global dependence on single-use plastic, and how our efforts to recycle aren’t quite going as well as expected. Most ends up in landfills, and our oceans, creating more problems than we know how to fix with our rapidly growing population. I’ve been stoked to see several companies stepping up to help fix the problem, like G-Star RAW with RAW For The Oceans (which is a line of apparel made from plastic taken right out of our precious waters), Threads 4 Thought and Teeki (both manufacture active apparel made from recycled plastic bottles) and Free Bella (swimwear made from…you guessed it, recycled plastic bottles). Now much-loved, size-inclusive brand Madewell has jumped into the mix with their own line of swimwear made from recycled plastic bottles, called Second Wave.