Current Go-To Outfit

Current Go-To Outfit

Spring is here! I’m still using my winter capsule wardrobe and I’ve been repeating this outfit so much. It not only is super comfortable but still looks put together and is perfect for the current weather.

 

This Kowtow tee dress is my favourite piece. Made from fair trade organic cotton, it’s so soft and comfortable – like wearing pajamas :)

I’m also wearing:

  • a thrifted hat
  • the reclaimed silver Pyrrha necklace I always wear
  • jacket I made
  • a belt I’ve had for years
  • tights from a Lanius x Kunert collaboration using recycled fishnets
  • cruelty-free shoes from By Blanch

 

Share Your Clothing Love Story – Call for submissions!

Share Your Clothing Love Story – Call for submissions!

Fashion Revolution week is coming up (April 24th-30th) and each year to spread awareness of ethical fashion and thinking more about our clothing purchases I like to participate in their Haulternative campaign. This year I want to feature clothing “love stories”, from you!!

The Love Story Challenge encourages people to love the clothing they have. We don’t always need new things and the clothes we already own are often more special than anything new!
I’d love for you to join this collaborative project of clothing stories from around the world- videos will be compiled together in a collection of stories and featured on My Green Closet during Fashion Revolution Week.

 

How to participate:
  • Film a video showing and talking about an item of clothing that is special to you- What is it? What do you love about it? Any special stories/experiences you’ve had wearing it?
    The video can be filmed any way you like: on your phone, camera, take photos and do a voice-over, stop motion, illustration, etc. Feel free to get creative with it! Videos should be around 1 min (no longer than 2 mins please) and start with introducing yourself (first name and where you’re from).
  • Send in your video by April 10th. Preferably by uploading an unlisted video to YouTube and sending me the link through the form below.
    You can also add your video to the My Green Closet Facebook Group or post your video to Twitter or Instagram using #MyGreenCloset and send the link to your post (this way is least preferred though due to video quality).
Name:*
Country/Location:
E-mail:
Link to video:*

 

I will try to include as many videos as possible but it will depend on the number of submissions, so I can’t guarantee your video will make it in.
Also have to say that any content which is not “family friendly” (swearing, nudity, etc.) will not be included, and by submitting your video you are agreeing to participate in this collaborative video project and cannot retract your video or claim ownership/copyright of the final product.

If you have any questions about this project feel free to contact me.

 

Can’t wait to see and share your stories!!

 

 

5 Clothing Brands Who Empower & Support Women

Today is International Women’s Day and to go along with my video about women working in the fashion industry, here are 5 brands who respect, support, and pay fairly the women who work for them:

Raven + Lily

A member of the Fair Trade Federation, Raven + Lily employs women artisans around the world to make their clothes, jewellery, bags, and home goods.

“We currently help employ over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages in safe environments with sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.”

 

 

Mata Traders

Working with artisan cooperatives Mata Traders produces a clothing collection made from handmade textiles (including a few plus size options) as well as jewellery.

“Mata Traders partners with several fair trade organizations in India and Nepal that train and employ hundreds of artisans in marginalized communities, with a focus on gender equity and empowering women. This is what we love about working with them.”

 

Indigenous 

A fair trade fashion brand who also prioritizes sustainable materials, Indigenous works with artisans in South America.

“Our Fair Trade strategy is to alleviate poverty and support sustainable development. We create social and economic opportunities through trading partnerships with marginalized producers.”

 

Passion Lilie

Fair trade brand Passion Lilie works with artisans in India using traditional dyeing (including some natural dyes!) and weaving techniques

“We are committed to providing fair wages and working with organizations that provide safe and healthy working conditions, low cost or free on the job training, time off for education, loans and financial advising, opportunities for health care and most importantly a positive and uplifting working environment.”

 

Sudara

Sudara is the creator of “Punjammies”- loungewear made by women who have left or are looking for alternative employment to the sex trade.

“We are passionate about India- where some of the highest estimates of slavery and sex-trafficking anywhere in the world are reported. And while it may seem overwhelming, we are hopeful because we are seeing how safe, sustainable jobs are making a way for women to make their way out of the sex trade- or altogether avoid it.”

 

Happy women’s day!

 

Looking for more brands? Check out my sustainable/ethical shopping guide!

 

 

*all images are from brand’s websites

Green Berlin

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In January I traveled to Berlin to attend the Ethical Fashion Show and GreenShowroom and while I was there had some time to also check out some eco fashion stores and vegan restaurants in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg area.

We stayed at a “biohotel” called the Almodóvar which incorporates sustainability in so much of what they do. For example they have organic foods and textiles, use sustainable and reclaimed materials, and are conscious of their energy use and try to reduce it where possible- something I didn’t even think about before staying there was the energy it takes to have mini-fridges in hotel rooms. It’s a lovely hotel and I particularly liked all the wooden furniture- from sustainable forests!

 

Berlin is amazing for vegan restaurants, we really enjoyed The Bowl, 1990 Vegan Living and brunch at Lück’s, and had some amazing donuts from Brammibal’s. The hotel also has an organic vegan/vegetarian restaurant with a nice breakfast buffet.


There also are a lot of sustainable fashion stores in Berlin too, on this trip I visited Möon, Loveco, and Homage which are all beautiful shops carrying amazing eco brands and local designers!

Also not included in the video I went to the huge Humana thrift store in Friedrichshain and Made In Berlin which has a great selection of vintage clothes.

These are only a few of the stores and restaurants in Berlin though, you can always find wonderful places exploring the city. It’s also a really sustainably conscious city and a great place to eat out as a vegan or shop consciously.

 

 

 

 

 

Ethical Fashion Show & GreenShowroom Interviews

In January I took a trip to Berlin to attend the Ethical Fashion Show and GreenShowroom– a joint trade fair where conscious brands sell their new collections (in this case F/W 17) to retailers. It was wonderful to see and chat with so many sustainable and ethically-minded brands! These are some interviews I did with a small % of the brands (I think there were around 180 total exhibitors!).

 Part 1

 

Part 2

 

I loved hearing everyone’s stories and seeing all the different approaches to responsible fashion- from brand new, innovative ideas to using techniques that are thousands of years old!

What really stood out to me was how passionate everyone is about what they’re doing, it’s incredibly inspiring to see so many people who are working towards a better industry even though they face a lot of challenges. I wanted to focus on more positive stories with these videos but I also chatted about how difficult things can be. In particular people talked about how there’s pressure to lower their prices and also a lot of stigmas around sustainable/ethical fashion- some buyers avoid the event entirely and apparently stores are sometimes wary of being labeled an “eco fashion store” because of consumer perceptions. Conscious fashion has come a long way and is definitely growing but it also reinforced that there’s still a long way to go.

 

Winter Capsule Wardrobe

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The items in my winter 2017 capsule wardrobe (I generally follow the Project 333 capsule wardrobe format):

Tops
  • Light grey cotton jumper – People Tree *
  • Grey jersey top – Comazo | earth
  • Long dolman sleeve top
  • Plaid shirt – secondhand
  • Light blue shirt – thrifted
Layers & Sweaters
  • Grey cardigan – thrifted
  • Gold/green jacket – thrifted
  • Knit vest – handknit
  • Asymmetrical jacket – handmade
  • Red sweater
  • Icelandic sweater – thrifted
  • Mustard/navy sweater – People Tree *
Bottoms
Dresses
Accessories & Bags
  • Black hat – thrifted
  • Beige knit hat – handknit
  • Blue knit hat
  • Scarf – handknit
  • Blue/grey backpack
  • Black bag
Shoes

 

Winter is my largest capsule as I wear the most layers. This capsule includes 33 pieces but I did not include my winter coat, I also realized I did not count the belt shown in the video- so with those the capsule would be 35 items. I don’t include jewellery, loungewear, athletic clothes, or undergarments in my capsule wardrobes.

 

 

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Green Favourites 2016

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This year I created a series where each month I share 5 things including an eco product, slow fashion brand, book or documentary, something I learned, and a blogger or youtuber I follow. These are all my favourites from the year!

Green Products

Argan oil – I use it as a simple face and hair moisturizer

Reuseable produce bags

Glass water bottle from Soulbottles

Dr. Bronner’s pure-castile liquid soap

Reuseable food wraps from Bee’s Wrap

Rose water

Safety razor

Jar for seed sprouting at home

Reuseable coffee cup from Ecoffee Cup

Insulated water bottle from S’well

 

Slow Fashion Brands

MUD Jeans

A Wool Story – reclaimed hand-knit wool accessories

Project JUST – assesses and reviews brands ethics and sustainability

Osei Duro

Odina – eco swimwear

Elle Evans – eco swimwear

Zady

Slumlove Sweater Company

Wintervacht – upcycled blanket jackets and coats

Uye Surana – ethically made lingerie

Tonlé – zero waste fashion

notPERFECTLINEN

 

Books & Docs

Books

Overdressed: The Shocking High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Eating Animals

Threadbare

The Curated Closet

Harvesting Color

Docs

Trashed

Sweatshop

Minimalism

A Fibreshed for London

Before The Flood

 

Conscious Chatter (podcast)

 

Things I’ve Learned

Ethical consumer study by Ohio State University

Climate and beauty products – Glycerin is a humectant

Only boil the water you need – Leyla Acaroglu TED Talk – Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

Plastic Free July

Clothing sizes – Vanity sizing and size standardization article “The absurdity of women’s clothing sizes”

Toxins in clothing – “Why You Should Watch Out For These 5 Gnarly Chemicals In Your Clothing”

Huffington Post Reclaim project

BBC Panorama, Undercover: The Refugees Who Make Our Clothes

Photography – Illumi Beginner Photography Starter Pack 

 

Blogs and Channels

Blogs

The Blissful Mind

Into Mind

Unfancy

Minimalist Baker

StyleWise

Channels

Peaceful Cuisine

Tara E.

Jenny Mustard

Alli Cherry

Walk Sew Good

Coolirpa

Annika Victoria

 

 

I’ll have a Green Christmas

This video was made in partnership with Greenvelope.

 

It’s December! Here are some tips and ideas of things you can do to make the holidays a little greener:

Give mindfully
  • Give gifts you know will get used instead of random stuff. Experiences, consumables, your time, charity donations, and digital gifts (subscriptions, games, e-books, music, etc.) all make great gifts without waste.
  • Avoid glossy wrapping paper and wrap gifts with recycled or upcycled materials, or things that can be reused.
  • Send digital cards and invitations which saves paper (and often plastic) as well as shipping and trash. Greenvelope offers beautiful, paper-like designs and useful features.

greenvelope

Ask for conscious gifts
  • Ask for things you know you’ll use, support sustainable and ethical brands, or ask for donations to an organization or charity you support.

 

Use natural or secondhand decorations
  • There are lots of easy and beautiful DIY’s using natural materials, these are a few of my favourite inspirations (click through for source)

and check out my Green Christmas board on Pinterest for more inspiration :)

This year my DIY decorations included (click links for tutorials- some are in different languages so use google translate):

holiday1

holiday3

 

Host greener parties and dinners

And instead of buying a new party outfit, shop your closet or get one secondhand!

 

 

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season! xx

 

 

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