7 Zero Waste Fashion Designers – who is doing it and what it means

Let’s go into the topic of zero-waste fashion.

Zero-waste fashion is in essence fashion that creates little to no waste at all, meaning nothing ends up in the landfill and is continuously redistributed and/or replenished to the Earth, then being able to create more resources that also can be regenerative and restored continuously.

This type of system thrives off of the circular economy structure, rather than the linear one that we’re used and have grown up with. So, instead of creating a ginormous amount of waste, a zero-waste fashion structure – also known as making fashion circular – eliminates textile waste, stopping it before at the source before the consumers are able to worry / think about it.

What if… you could help save the world with fashion?

Everyone loves the idea of saving the world. Changing the world. I truly believe there’s a little superhero in all of us that wants to do some sort of good for humanity, animals and the planet to help make everything a little better. To change the world for the better. Well, in the fashion industry, and eventually all industries, I believe that entails shifting to a circular economy where there is no such thing as waste in the supply chain structure of creating goods and services for humanity to enjoy. Let’s dive into who’s implementing it and how.

1. Daniel Silverstein

Daniel Silverstein, Mastermind behind the brand Zero Waste Daniel, has created a brand that uses unwanted fabrics from other larger clothing labels. All these bits of cut out fabric he then shapes together to make unique, patchy designs without the need for making any new material.

2. Karen Glass

Glass, and American based designer, uses upcycled clothing and fabric scraps to form the basis of the innovative zero-waste fashion collections. She has a unique aesthetic that took years to develop. To create her collections, she’s always hunted for new textiles.

3. Farrah Floyd

Farrah Floyd is a Berlin-based, Euro-chic fashion label led by designer Bojana Draca. It uses Certified sustainable fabrics mainly produced by ethical companies in Italy and Turkey. Draca uses a zero-waste pattern drafting that has been developed and devised over many years by the designer herself. It has been applied to all of her collections.

4. Dr. Mark Liu

Dr. Mark Liu, who gained a PhD research at the University of Technology Sydney by applying modern mathematics to traditional fashion pattern making, developed a technique he calls ‘Non-Euclidean Fashion Pattern Making’. This is a unique jigsaw manufacturing procedure that has made him a recognized pioneer in the sustainable fashion movement.

5. Charlotte Bialas

This Paris-based zero waste designer uses vintage textiles while applying a zero-waste geometrical cutting scheme which reduces the fabric waste. Any scraps she does not use to create clothing are then woven into accessories such as bags and necklaces.

6. Qi Wang

Qi Wang, both a designer and photographer, graduated from Parsons and based her brand in NY. she found her inspiration by a diversified approach to the arts and humanistic disciplines and holds zero waste dear to her heart. All the materials she used in her thesis project are spared from the landfill and given a new purpose through subtle zero waste design principles.

Conclusion

This is just a brief, preview of zero-waste designers I will expand on in more detail in the near future, but for now, please enjoy their creations you can find more of on each of their pages.

Vegan Definition | Why it matters in your wardrobe

Let’s dive into the world of veganism real quick, and why it matters in your wardrobe. We’ll explore the definition of veganism, what it means to be “vegan”, the depths of the meaning, how you can support animal welfare through your wardrobe, and just a lil more on these topics and the importance of it all…

What it means to be Vegan

There’s a lot of components around being vegan. Veganism is truly a lifestyle, and you can be considered vegan in all areas or particular ones. The vegan definition according to google is: a person who does not eat or use animal products.

There are some who follow a strict vegan diet, while others follow a vegan lifestyle, or consider themselves vegan in their clothing, activities, etc.

The Depths of Veganism

We can get pretty deep into all the different areas of veganism and what they entail.

Let’s first dive into the vegan diet. This simply means you do not eat any animal products or byproducts. This means staying away from all meet, dairy, eggs, literally ANYTHING that comes from an animal. With the growing awareness on what goes behind the scenes when making foods containing animal products like all of the animal brutality cases involving factory farming, more and more people are becoming vegans, and more awareness and animal activism is being created as well.

There is also the vegan lifestyle that steps outside of just having a strict vegan diet. This means not supporting ANYTHING that uses animals. This ranges from not wearing animal products, not supporting animal derived furniture (or any other animal derived products) and not supporting entertainment that uses / abuses animals. If you have ever watched Earthlings, it gives you a great framework as to why there are avid supporters of living a vegan lifestyle.

There are also many ethical reasons people support veganism. There is the whole part of the cruelty side and how much animals suffer for our human needs, there is the environmental side which is a huge component, especially when you learn about how toxic it is to create leather and fur for the environment and water ways, and then there is the health side, both mentally and physically. The healthy side ties into mostly having a vegan diet, but it can also incorporate vegan lifestyle with just knowing that you aren’t contributing to the brutality that animals endure.

How having a Vegan Wardrobe helps save animals

It really shows how much you don’t know or are exposed to until you start researching causes you care about, at least in my experience. if you’re both an animal lover and a fashion lover like us Strawbana babes, you’re gonna want to pay close attention to this little bit right here.

Aniamal derived textiles means the suffering and torturing of animals, in most if not all cases. If you switch to sustainable vegan textiles, you will not only help your health and the environment’s health, but also help save millions of animals that suffer and are brutilly killed every year for their furs and skins.

Examples of non-vegan clothing & what it supports

Have you ever thought about what exactly you’re supporting when you purchase animal derived clothing, such as fur and leather? Yeah, let’s get into that a little bit.

  1. Furs
    1. 85% of the fur industry’s come from animals on fur factory farms. These types of farms house thousands of animals, and along with the rest of factory farms, are solely designed to maximize profits with little care or concern for the environment or the animals involved.
    2. Every article of clothing that is made of fur – from full coats to to the bits of trim – causes an animal tremendous suffering, and took away an innocent life whether coming from an animal on a fur farm or one trapped in the wild.
    3. Thankfully, many large designers and brands are cutting fur out of their designs, including Versace.
  2. Leather
    1. Leather can be made from numerous animals, including cows, pigs, goats, sheep, alligators, ostriches, kangaroos, even dogs and cats. They are all slaughtered for their meat and skin in China, which then exports their skins around the world.
    2. Because leather is normally not labeled, you never know where (or whom) it came from.
  3. Wool
    1. Sheep – like all other living entities – feel pain, fear and loneliness. They are unfortunately treated no more than woo-producing machines since there is a wide market for their fleece and skins. If they were left alone and not genetically manipulated, sheep would be left alone and grow just enough wool to protect themselves from temperature extremes.

Veganize your closet

If you have any animal derived clothing items such as leather and fur, don’t be too hard on yourself. The truth is a lot to take in at times, but just be glad that you are aware! We grew up being surrounded by leather products and items that consist of fur without even second guessing what goes into them and what sort of animal brutality goes on behind the scenes.

Also, something to be mindful of: Just because you’re closet is vegan, doesn’t mean it’s eco-friendly. There are many vegan textiles that ar very toxicly made and harmful to our precious Mama Earth. These include many synthetic textiles that use toxic chemicals and are made with microplastics such as polyester. This is why it is best to stick with organic textiles when possible.

There are some awesome, environmentally friendly options to leather and fur in today’s day and age now, thanks to designers, innovators, and animal lovers. There are many designers and companies that create fur free furs and vegan leathers that are created twith zero harm to the environment and to animals. With growing awareness on the environment and animal brutality, we are starting to see very awesome, well made alternatives to animal derived textiles.

 

Look for vegan textiles the next time you are shopping. And if you are ever in doubt, simply just ask, or don’t purchase. 🙂

Composting Fabric – Help nourish the planet with your textiles

Let’s go into a more natural, regenerative alternative to throwing you textiles in the trash, where they will then be sent to a landfill, where they will add to the many piles of trash that accumulates to greenhouse gases at a very rapid pace.

Composting fabric! Composting is a great way to reduce your overall waste, and limit your input to landfills – which are constantly growing and have a huge impact on climate change.

Why Compost Fabric?

With the current linear textile economy, the fashion industry is amongst the top three industries who are contributing to global warming. The other two are: the oil and commercial meat production.

Only around 10% of clothing donated to charities in the hopes of either being recycled or reused by someone who needs it is sold. The other 90% of this clothing ends up getting tossed in a landfill with creates methane gas and contributes to warming the planet.

However, if fashion is made circular, along with any other industry, the products made can either be recycled or returned to the Earth through composting. If the materials are either composted or recycled, they will be kept out of landfills which have a huge contribution, as we’ve already covered, to green house gases.

Recycling textiles can be tricky to figure out, and differs area to area. From my knowledge and continuous research, there are seldom any place where you can recycle clothing as of right now. Many if not all of this recycling means that you are donating your clothes to charity stores, which we are now figuring out only 10% of really gets used, while the rest thrown to waste.

Composting is a great alternative when needing to dispose/get rid of your clothing once you are completely done with it, without adding to landfills. However, only certain usually all natural fibers are compostable.

Which Fabrics are Compostable

Textiles that are made of fully natural materials can be returned to the earth to biodegrade and create new resources. How awesome is that? Let’s dive into exactly which of these textiles are natural, and are biodegradable/can be composted.

Biodegradable fabrics (plant-based) (vegan)

  • cotton
  • hemp
  • bamboo
  • linen

Biodegradable fabrics (animal-based) (not vegan) (not necessary)

  • silk
  • wool
  • cashmere

Non-biodegradable fabrics:

  • polyester
  • spandex
  • nylon
  • rayon

Helpful hint: for eco-fashion brands to label themselves “compostable”, 60-90% of the product must be able to break down into CO2 within 180 days in a commercial composting facility.

How the heck to do it

Now that you know what sort of fibers are able to be composted – mainly all natural (better yet – organic) fibers, that is – you’re probably wondering how to do it. Let’s take a look on what steps we need to take in order to successfully return some nice fabrics to the oh so lovely Mother Earth.

  1. Shred your clothes.
    1. to compost your clothes the fastest you can, it’s important to make them into smaller pieces so they can decompose fast and efficiently. Use a pair of nice fabric scissors, or your bare hands, to shred up your clothes so the soil can eat them up and turn them into natural resources.
  2. Remove anything that won’t biodegrade.
    1. this includes any plastics (many times there are synthetic tags connected to the clothing), metals such as buttons and zippers, or any other non biodegradable materials. These can be kept for future repairs/other needs. Or safely recycled.
  3. Use a hot compost for faster results
    1. this isn’t always achievable, but using a hotter compost will enhance the time it takes to compost your fabrics.
    2. This type of compost requires extra love and support, so make sure you are dedicated before deciding to go this route. Hot composting is able to break down matter in 18 days – much faster than any other known form of composting.
  4. Add little worm friends to your compost.
    1. when it comes to composting, think of worms as your BFF. They produce one of if not THE best fertilizer on the planet – THANKS little guys – and would lend an amazing helping hand to really help decompose your textiles. Please be respectful to them is all I ask. <3
  5. Shop smarter
    1. When you get that urge to update your closet, look for clothing and brands that are supportive natural, biodegradable textiles and recycled material that can be continuously recycled and is not harmful to our skin or the planet. Look for brands that support safe, natural dying processes and fair trade.
  6. When in doubt, recycle!
    1. Try researching clothing recycling facilities, although there are not many out there at the moment. If this is difficult, try clothing swaps with your friends, or deliver them personally to people that need them – like those living on the streets or homeless shelters. If you still have more after these options, donate to charities.

Shop to Compost / Recycle

Next time you purchase clothing, check out which brands support sustainable fashion that is able to be fully composted or recycled. This can be pretty overwhelming especially if you’ve never thought about this before.

Check the tags of what you’re purchasing, ask the sales associate or email the company on their composting / recycling policies. It’s really important for consumers to care about what they are purchasing and what effects it has on the planet, since many times the whole picture isn’t shown to us.

Here’s an example of a compostable textile. Although pricey, Eileen Fisher supports high end, quality clothing that is organic and sustainable.

The next step…

Slowly but surely, more and more clothing brands are hopping on the sustainability train and caring more and more about humanity, animals, and the environment. Not all of them of course, but once one does, it brings more awareness to the problem at stake.

With more and more awareness brought to the pollution problem of textiles, the chemicals that is used and contributed and the growing textile waste in landfills from countless clothing brands around the world, we are able to put a stop to this.

I believe in a clean, circular, fashion world that is healthy and humane for all living beings on this planet.

Join us in this wonderful cause!

 

 

 

 

Linear Economy vs. Circular Economy | why it matters in fashion

Ever wonder how all the tangible products you own are made? And where they come from? And maybe even where exactly they end up after you’re done using them?

Let’s look at the difference between linear and circular economy. First off, just by the two names of these incredibly different economies says a lot about them. The linear economy has to do with the old fashion, take, make, dispose model of creating products, while the circular economy represents a much more regenerative design that we will dive deeper into as you read on.

Linear vs circular

Linear Economy

The model of the linear economy is very linear, and is how a majority of the economy is ran today. It operates on a take, make, dispose model where the stuff we use and buy moves through a system from extraction, to production, to distribution, to consumption, to disposal. This means that it contributed to the growing landfills, adding a tremendous amount to the growing green house gases and methane that is the byproduct of landfills.

This system is a system in crisis due to all the negative effects it has on our planet and us as a whole. This is because it is a no way regenerative economy and since we live on a finite planet, it is in by no means sustainable. There is no way we can run a linear economy on a finite planet indefinitely.

Although easy to follow on a screen, this linear system is happening in the real world we live in and is doing a detrimental amount of damage to our planet.

Circular Economy

Now that we’ve taken a look at the linear economy, let’s take a look at the circular economy. The circular economy is defined as an industrial system that is restorative and regenerative by intention and design. In essence, it closes the open loop that the linear economy opporates on and fails to complete. Instead of operating on a take make dispose system, the circular economy is continuously regenerating and has zero-waste in its cycle, like all other cycles that exist on this planet. It implements the “reuse, reduce, repurpose, recycle” points in a closed, ongoing loop of materials.

A few benefits include:

  • designing out waste and pollution
  • keeping products and materials in use
  • regenerating natural systems

Why it matters

It’s incredibly important to know the effects of both the linear and circular economies. Linear being the one that is most in use and the result of the industrial revolution, while the circular economy I really do see being the future and helping to reverse and put an end to our wasteful culture.

If the circular economy is able to be implemented in place of the linear, there would be so many benefits, and landfills would not be needed as all products would be in a continuous use and going through the production system, or else safely decomposed or biodegraded into Earth’s soil so more of that resource can be produced.

Implementing the circular economy would also drive innovation and entrepreneurial new businesses and structures which will lead to an increase of jobs and build communities working together with more service rather than being fully consumer based cultures. This is due to the reuse, reduce and recycle model (circular) having much more potential for services over just products, while the take, make, dispose model (linear) thrives solely off a die hard consumer culture.

Negative impacts of Linear Fashion

As of now, the textiles system operates in an almost completely linear way:

  • Large amounts of non-renewable resources are extracted to produce clothes that often get used for only a short period (think of fast fashion culture)
  • after short life cycle, materials are sent to landfill or incinerated
  • more than $500 billion of value is lost every year due to clothing under utilization and the lack of recycling textiles/materials.

Furthermore, this take-make-dispose model has endless negative environmental and societal impacts:

  • total greenhouse gas emissions from textiles production is at 1.2 billion tons annually. This is more than those of all international flights and maritime shipping combined!
  • Hazardous substances affect the health of both textile workers and wearers of clothes, then escaping into the environment
  • When washed, some of these garments that are made with synthetic fibers release plastic microfibers of which around half a million tons every year contribute to ocean pollution – 16 times more than plastic microbeads from cosmetics

Making Fashion Circular

There is a solution that has continuous research and implementation around that could help create a system that works, delivering long term benefits and an overall wasteless solution. This would be a new textiles economy that is based on the principles of a circular economy.

It’s about time to create a fashion industry economy that is restorative and regenerative by design while also providing benefits to business, society, and the environment.

This would support the need for higher quality clothing that is also affordable and individualized. It would also regenerate natural capital, and design out pollution while using renewable resources and energy to make it all possible.

Steps to take to create a new textile economy that is fully regenerative using this circular economy include the following four steps:

  1. Phase out substances of concern and microfiber release
    1. ensure that material input is safe and healthy (organics, recycled) to allow cycling and to avoid negative impacts during production
    2. align industry efforts and coordinate innovation to create safe material cycles
    3. drastically reduce plastic microfiber release
  2. Increase clothing utilization
    1. transform the way clothes are designed, sold, and used to break free from their increasingly disposable nature
    2. scale up short-term clothing rental
    3. make durability more attractive
    4. increase clothing utilization further through brand commitments and policy
  3. Radically improve recycling
    1. transform clothing design, collection and reprocessing
    2. align clothing design and recycling processes
  4. Make effective use of resources and move to renewable inputs
    1. reducing need for raw materials due to higher clothing utilization and increased recycling
    2. raw/virgin materials, when needed, would come from fully renewable resources

Thanks to the Ellen MaCarthur Foundation and their summary and findings of A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion’s Future for the above information.

There are already many companies implementing this circular economy model. For instance, Freitag, creates bags from upcycled street banner materials, as well as compostable clothing on their website.

 

7 Sustainable Fashion Brands You’ll Fall in Love With

Let’s dive into the sustainable fashion brands that are creating a better tomorrow for us and the planet as a whole. To me, a sustainable fashion brand means that the brand is creating fashion using a circular system method, and either all natural, organically produced vegan textiles that are biodegradable, OR recycled and/or upcycled materials. Keep in mind not all of these brands are 100% vegan. However, many are filled with vegan options I will cover on a later post.

Although Strawbana is shooting for 100% vegan, zero-waste, circular fashion, these are new and growing concepts that are slowly but surely evolving more and more. With more and more resources and knowledge, this site will grow into a fully circular fashion blog / e-commerce site with only all vegan, fully regenerative textiles and fashion brands. 🙂 Hang in there with me as we enbark in this journey together, and of course feel free to offer any feedback, constructive critism, etc. as I am constantly aiming to get better in sharing these solutions. xx

Eileen Fisher

Want to feel good about buying new, sustainable fashion? Eileen Fisher is the perfect company for you.

For the last 30 years now, Eileen Fisher has united in their efforts to support the environment, human rights and initiatives for women and girls. They have pledged in 2017 to expand their activism and outreach, to lend their voices, and to help empower and protect.

Their core brand promises include the following:

  • They are committed to empowering women as the future depends on it
  • Doubling down on their efforts to support human rights and the fair treatment of all people around the world
  • Protecting limited natural resources, fight climate change and help shift the fashion industry toward sustainability
  • Respect and honor differences in gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and political views
  • Now more than ever – time to reach out, speak up and stand together

Not only all this amazing, empowering stuff, but they use organic fibers, sustainable fibers, natural dyes, and operate in a fair trade system. All incredibly sustainable methods. Go Fisher!

Bead & Reel

Bead & Reel is an online thoughtful blog & boutique that believes in consumers voting with their wallets and shopping for what they believe in. Yes!!!! They believe in fair trade, artisan made, gender neutral, giving back, organic, vegan, plant-based, recycled, upcycled, and zero-waste. What’s not to love?!

Shapes in the Sand

Shape in the Sand’s purpose is to share the importance of the natural world through their homage to nature by “Sustainably Shaping Swimwear”. They are an Australian swimwear lifestyle brand as well as an eco conscious swimwear label the was created out of their life long infatuation with nature and their giant heart which yearns to help restore the environment.

They are influenced off of the diverse environment structures which inspire their designs, and hope to inspire their customers of how beautiful the natural world can be, in an effort to help inspire the need to protect it and its lovely oceans that are in danger today.

Patagonia

Patagonia is an outdoor, durable clothing brand that has a mission to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, while using the structure of business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

The quality of their products depend largely they can reduce their impact on the environment, according to their Environmental & Social Responsibility posts. To them, this means auditing the materials and methods they use to make their products as well as taking responsibility for the entire lifecycle of their products and examine how they use their resources at their buildings and facilities.

With their “Worn Wear: Better Than New” new “recommerce” platform, they integrate the making fashion circular approach by allowing their customers to return and purchase used Patagonia products while sharing pictures and telling stories of how they have used the product, giving it a personal, relatable feel that ties in an emotional appeal to the products. Amazing. And. Genius.

Sand Cloud

Sand Cloud’s mission is to save Marine Life. 10% of their profits are donated to non-profits that support this.

One thing I’d point out is while they are an avid supporter of keeping oceans clean and saving the marine life, there products are not made with organic materials or natural materials. And they in no way are incorporating to making fashion circular, which would overall have the best effect on the planet and th environment as a whole (in our eyes – of course there is not one solution fits all).

Hood Lamb

Hood Lamb is cruelty-free company and the first to make a winter jacket out of hemp instead of animal fur. They have since created a fashion revolution in outerwear using hemp, the earth’s strongest natural fiber. Their clothing is rooted in conscious design and crafted from the highest quality organic and recycled materials, proving that there’s a better way to make clothing. A cruelty-free way.

Aqua Vida

Aqua Vida provides earth friendly products that reduce waste. Their responsible athletic apparel / products are durable, multi-use and made from eco-friendly fabrics and materials. They make it a mission of theirs to create sustainable change from the inside out so they can extend that respect to the world we live in.

They use a special eco-friendly fabric called Amni Soul Eco that is fully biodegradable and decomposes in less than 3 years with 50% of the breakdown of textile happening in the first year. Check out more here. 🙂

Happy shopping!

There are many other sustainable fashion brands that are putting an awesome amount of effort into their ethical and environmental practices, but these are just a handful of my favorite. Down the line I will be separating these through style and clothing type such as swimwear, active wear, leisure, etc. And with my own growing knowledge on the most sustainable fashion, I will be continuously cycling in and out the best brands and companies that support vegan, sustainable fashion on the largest scale. But for now, enjoy this helpful list with much diversity of different types of clothing. 🙂 Enjoy!

Sustainable Living – Why it’s the New Sexy

Sustainability is a new and growing concept that is often very overwhelming to hear about. Sustainability is simply defined as “the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level”, regarding the planet and our species, another definition under this is “Avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.”

Why is it important to be familiar with sustainable living? Well, if we want to continue to evolve as a species in a harmonious balance with all other species on the planet, not killing off beautiful animals, contributing to climate change or depleting natural resources and contributing to deforestation that is all sadly happening at a rapid pace – Sustainable living is the answer. It simply means to live like we are all here to stay, with each other. Loving each other. In harmony. Sound too good to be true? Well, it only is if you think so. Less fear-based thinking and more love-based, and we can change the planet for the better.

wind energy

What is Sustainable Living?

So what exactly IS sustainable living? Every day, we are making decisions to live either closer to or farther away from a sustainable life. It really all starts with knowing what’s sustainable and what isn’t. For example, fossil fuels are not sustainable, while using renewable energy sources like solar panels are. Buying from unethical, unsustainable companies would not be sustainable living, while buying from sustainable companies who are putting an effort into selling clean, non-toxic products using renewable resources would be living sustainable. OR just buying less in general. Using less single-use plastics, all that good stuff.

Why live Sustainably

Why not live sustainably should be the question here. Sustainability is the future and it is just getting started. With the way that a majority of industries operate with a linear economy and with the consumerism atmosphere we were raised in and taught to participate in as a society, there is no way continuing these ways will benefit the human race as well as the rest of our lovely earthlings in thriving on the beautiful blue Earth of ours. (or is it even ours?)

How to Dominate the Game of Sustainable Living

So how the heck do I do it, you ask? Have no fear, Strawbana is here to assist you. A huge way we contribute to the economy we live in is with our purchasing habits. Change these for the better, and change the world for the better. Everything is connected. Be mindful of what you purchase and where it comes from. Be mindful of what you are throwing away. Where even is away?! Here are some helpful tips to dominating the sustainability game. The key takeaway from this is to not get overwhelmed and try to tackle all these at once or change your ways of living overnight. Baby steps! Do what is attainable first and gradually work to incorporating more and more. The planet will thank you. 😉 <3

23 Tips & Tricks for a Sexier, Sustainable Lifestyle

  1. Use less (preferably no) plastic
    1. Plastic pollution is a huge problem, especially in the ocean. It is also very toxic to not only us but animals who are consuming it, mistaking it for food. We live in a day and age where single use plastics are all around us, making it convenient to use once and then toss. This is an incredibly unsustainable process that adds piles and piles of plastic trash in landfills while tons of it is polluting the ocean. Everything comes in plastic now so this is very hard to avoid, but start bringing your own container, cutlery and reusable water bottles places so you won’t have to purchase single-use plastics.
  2. Think twice before shopping
    1. What are you purchasing? Do you need it? And is it a sustainable product? As of right now, we aren’t aware of the majority of the things we are buying and if it’s a sustainable product or not. Is it recyclable? Is it post consumer? Is it good quality? Does it support sustainable, ethical practices? If not, maybe rethink what you are purchasing. Why are you buying it in the first place?
  3. Be water conscious
    1. Use water consciously. Take shorter showers. Run the dishwasher only when it is full. Clean your clothes with cold water.
  4. Pay attention to labels
    1. Try to buy things that are fair trade, recyclable, compostable, organic (vegan too). All of these will have a better impact on our ecosystem as a whole, as well as promote more ethical processes and add less toxicity to our atmosphere.
  5. Drive less, Drive green (electric, carpool, public transportation)
    1. Look into purchasing a hybrid or electric car, if able. Walk to your destination if it’s under a couple miles. Bike places! Use the public transit!
  6. Eat more plants! 🙂 Less meat.
    1. Eat a whole foods plant-based diet.
  7. Educate yourself about the companies you support. Are they sustainable?
    1. Look into the sustainable practices from the companies you purchase from. Don’t have any? Maybe rethink purchasing from them.
  8. Turn off your lights when you leave the room!
    1. This is so easy and such a simple step to saving energy. 🙂 Also unplug electronics like chargers and hairdryers to stop the electric flow that is continuously moving when plugged in.
  9. Shorter showers
    1. Try taking no more than 5 minute showers. Save time and water!
  10. Compost & Recycle!
  11. Try investing in a water saving shower head
  12. Take the stairs, ditch the elevator! (great booty workout)
  13. Ditch plastic bags, bring your own!
  14. Support local farmers markets
  15. Buy organic
  16. Ditch fast fashion
  17. Support brands that are ethical and environmentally conscious.
  18. Repurpose glass jars
  19. Give people experience instead of things
  20. Plant a tree
  21. Spend more time outside
  22. Adopt!
  23. Say no to plastic straws, use washable metal straws.

A Sustainably Sexier You

With little tips like these that we can all implement, and many more, we can slowly but surely take steps to living in a better, cleaner world. Remember that everything is connected and every action you make has a reaction. Energy never stops flowing. Live sustainably, and with LOVE.

 

 

 

 

ORGANIC TEXTILES | Safe, Sustainable & Ethical Fashion

The first of many components to ethical, safe, sustainable fashions is shopping organically. This may be somewhat of a confusing thing to wrap your head around at first. Why care if clothes are “organic”? And how the heck is that even possible? We all realize organic foods are the safest to buy at grocery stores, so it would only make sense that what we are putting on our bodies every day is organic as well. Which in a world full of man made toxins today that are not only detrimental to our health but also the planet as a whole is incredible important.

Organic Textiles vs. Inorganic Textiles

So what makes a textile organic? First off, the fabrics we are purchasing today, whether it be synthetic or natural material (we’ll get into the difference of these two in a later article) are treated with many harmful chemicals, many that are actually outlawed in other products. Us consumers have no way of knowing this. We just like whatever feels good and looks good. We like new and change, and flexibility and fit. Affordability is a whole other component that ties into this. Just now are we starting to pay attention to what the process of creating these textiles that we love so dearly and can get with a nice buck is actually doing to us, our planet, humanity, animals, and the whole world around us.

organic textiles

Organic Textiles

Organic fabrics are made from natural fibers in which are preferably organic grown. However, what makes a fabric “organic” is not just the fact that organic fibers are used, but that the entire process was done using “clean” chemicals which have been found to be safe for humans.

Inorganic Textiles

Inorganic textiles is simply any form of fabric that is not organically made, whether it be natural, synthetic or man-made, and many times using very harsh chemicals that are not good for our bodies in any way shape or form.

Why Organic Textiles are The Way to Go

Whether we think about it or not, we are surrounded by different textiles and fabrics everywhere we go, whether it be clothing, furniture, cars, all the way to where we sleep at night. Fabrics consume many aspects of our lives.

Organic fabrics have a much lighter carbon footprint than conventional fibers, as they are not using toxic chemicals that are being used on inorganic fibers. For example, conventional cotton has a much higher carbon footprint than organic cotton due to the added chemicals to grow the cotton faster – many times being incredibly unsafe for humans.

How to Shop for Organic Fashion

Check the tag. If it isn’t labeled organic, it’s not. The definition of organic means “relating to or derived from living matter” so look for textiles that are naturally made from living matter – cotton, linen, hemp, jute, ramie.

Some Fashion Brands with Organic Textiles

After a lot of searching the good ole web, I’ve been able to find a good number of companies that offer organic clothing. Here’s a few, including a little preview on what they’re all about.

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Happy Organic Shopping! 😉

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WHY?

Welcome to Strawbana World. We’re here to s(l/t)ay, and to show you how to do the exact same, in the most sustainable, sexiest way ever. Get ready for a revolution, starting with me, you, and the beautiful, wonderful world in which we inhabit.

STRAWBANA STORY ~

This is a story all about how humanity thought it was a good idea to create a linear economy for all our wants & needs. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fantastic start to get the industrial revolution going, employing an incredible amount of people and really getting the innovation and emerging businesses flowing. However, in this day and age with a limited number of finite resources and and ongoing population of people and products, we are slowly destroying not only ourselves but our precious lil (big?) planet in the process, with not only the use of this model but the over consumption of it as well (i.e. the ones of us who are able to over-consume it.)

End of story. For now.

HERE TO HE(L)P

With the need of Strawbana and its circular economic structure, we are also in the need of a new way to recreate a majority of the products in which we like to use and think we need. Many things we think we need…. do we really, like, need them? Or were we taught to think we need them? By an outside evil/manipulative force? Maybe larger corporations that like to be in control of the overall dream of society? Even if it’s slowly (or quickly) killing us?

Hmmmm… time for a healthy change if you ask me. Not only healthy though, also very sexy, and sustainable. The change the future needs. So just all around better. It feels good to just continuously grow in a better, sexier, healthier, wealthier, you. Amirite?

I am. And so are you. We are right together, and together we will grow into a better, sexier, healthier, wealthier, team. Here we go, you ready?

GLOBAL GOAL

Let’s work collectively to live the most sustainably we can, without sacrificing our unique, individual styles. We’re here to stay and so is this abundant, benevolent planet. Let’s get goin kiddos.

Enough of all the gurus telling you to do this, and do that, with little regards to your own personal needs. I’m here to show you what amazing innovations have come about through fashion that have zero harm to animals and the environment – structuring on the circular economy.

New world, new you, new economy, let’s do this ish.

 

xoxo,

Riley
strawbana.com