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  • Brand Spotlight: Wool and the Gang

    screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-11-56-38We all have a favourite woollen sweater or coat that we can rely on to keep us warm during the cold winter months, but how many of us know about wool and the sustainability of its production? According to Campaign for Wool, this natural textile is a protein fibre formed in the skin of sheep and boasts some amazing qualities like acting as a natural insulator, and being incredibly resilient and trans-seasonal.

    This week, Fashion Compassion would like to spotlight a Brand that is pushing forward not just an ethical message, but also a global sense of community and sustainable practise for wool-producers and consumers. Known as Wool and the Gang, the company was founded on the basis of offering fashion lovers with unique woollen pieces, that respect the welfare of animals, while also creating a community of enthusiastic knitters that can participate in the creation of wonderful woollen items. Offering a variety of knitted products, as well as knitting patterns for the more ambitious, the company has been a great success, and has recently partnered up with London Department Store &OtherStories to release a beautiful, pearl studded Winter Collection. As sustainable fashion gains more grounding, we hope to see even more brands like Wool and the Gang, paving the way for positive change in an industry that impacts so many.

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  • The Future of Textiles: The Rise of Hybrid Fabrics

    screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-48-40Mahatma Gandhi once said that 'There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it is makes hunger and unhappiness'. This profound statement is more relevant today than it has ever been, as fabric becomes a powerful metaphor for the principle of sustainability and for advocating global unity. The anatomy of the textile industry is indeed evolving, as innovation is now synonymous to the practise of sustainability. Traditional fabrics like cotton, linen and silk are now accompanied by contemporary hybrid fibres that reflect the technological and socially conscious world that globalisation has ignited. With the rise of textile innovation, Fashion Compassion would like to spotlight two unique companies who are redefining the landscape of textile production by merging innovation with environmental and social objectives.

    Foremost is the Italian Startup Orange Fibre, which attributes its patented fabric to the geography of Sicily, where citris fruit is grown and consumed on a vast scale. It is the waste from this citris industry that provides degradable fibres, which are then transformed through nanotechnology techniques to create a vitamin C rich fabric known as Orange Fibre. This unique innovation is attributed to two Italian entrepreneurs Adriana Santanocito and Enrica Arena,  who together have scaled the idea and begun production of the fabric. Accordingly, the entrepreneurs hope to introduce a sustainable paradigm to the Italian Fashion Industry, and  to reincarnate a shrinking fruit industry which has left many Sicilian youth unemployed and local talents under leveraged. The company therefore addresses sustainability on multiple levels, by utilising fruit by-product and offering new jobs to local economies. Who could imagine a textile to be sustainable, nourishing and economically empowering?

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    The second innovator is American-based Bionic Yarn who has created a solution to combating the worlds excessive consumption of plastic products. Their mission 'To achieve sustainability without sacrificing quality' and to generate positive impact for the triple bottom line. The emergence of this company is timely, as plastic is known to be a non-biodegradable material and yet the world consumes it within almost every industry and demographic. The production of Bionic Yarn is therefore a welcomed step towards transforming this harmful waste into textile material that can be used in a diverse range of outlets- fashion being one of them.

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    In fact exciting collaborations have already manifested using this hybrid fibre, with the launch of a collection by rapper Pharrell Williams for G Star in 2015. This campaign was used to spread awareness of the extensive ocean pollution caused by plastic consumption and how companies like Bionic Yarn can offer sustainable solutions to vast environmental problems that now seem to transcend borders, cultures and geography.

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  • JOIN LIFE: Zara's Stake in the Sustainable Fashion Movement

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    An evolution is occurring on the High Street as this season Zara enters the Sustainable Fashion Family by introducing a collection called 'JOIN LIFE'. The endorsement of this collection with its use of organic textiles, is an indication of greater shifts to come within the world of fashion, as brands begin to capitalise on the business opportunities of sustainability, while engaging customers in the some of the most crucial debates of our time. Fashion has never been more important for spreading values and cultural ideas about how we consume, dress and express ourselves, and being a multi million dollar company, Zara has certainly committed itself to a worthy campaign, that will push forward  perceptions of a more progressive fashion industry which accommodate supply chains that respect the environment and its fragility.

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    With rich warm tones, the collection features well tailored classic pieces, that are bound to appeal to the fashion conscience, with chic trench coats, frills and pleats and minimalist shirts that capture the current flavour of Autumn. The launch of this collection is proof that sustainable style is slowly but surely becoming a norm within the world of fast fashion, as environmental and social issues are given a platform and projected into design and style collectives. This campaign also marks the beginning of a journey for Zara, as we can expect more exciting innovations from some of our favourite High Street brands.

     

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  • The List: Sustainable Fashion Pieces for Your Fall Wardrobe

    October is here to kick off your Fall season in stye! Whether you’re rushing through your nine-to-five or kicking back and enjoying the crisp evening weather, these pieces will carry you through the month with a feel-good factor of being sustainably-conscious.

    1) Krze Studio Clair Suede Shoulder Bag

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    Nothing says fall like the rust-tinged orange of this bag. Made in Italy from vegan suede, this is an easy all-day bag to throw over your shoulder.

    Krze Studio is a Los Angeles-based company dedicated to creating eco-conscious, technologically advanced, green luxury goods.

    2) Jord Wooden Watch

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    Just because it’s time to pull out the long sleeves doesn’t mean it’s time to give up the wrist candy! Jord watches are handcrafted from sustainable, natural materials from all over the world to create one-of-a-kind timepieces that are crucial to your statement look.

    They aren’t just accessories, they are a vision.

    3) MaXhosa by Laduma Nomkhitha Dress

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    Founded by Laduma Ngxokolo in his hometown of Port Elizabeth, South Africa and made locally from raw natural materials, MaXhosa celebrates traditional methods of knitwear from the Xhosa ethnic group.

    The Nomkhitha dress is a must-have for a pop of color in your wardrobe and a feel-good factor of being part of a movement that uses design as a form of social renewal, as featured on BBC.

    4) Korshun Footwear “Amy”

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    The Amy style is one of three statement models available from Korshun Footwear.

    Each shoe is crafted from quality nubuck leather in combination with durable rubber with reduced component and absolutely no glue or stitching. This ensures a sustainable production process and beautiful, locally crafted shoes.

    5) Links of Hope Bracelet

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    Offset your look this season with touch of class from this handcrafted black and gold bracelet.

    With the goal of training deaf artisans in Kenya and Honduras in rural areas with limited accessibility, Links of Hope teaches their students to create  and sell goods in order to provide sustainable lifestyles for themselves and their communities.

    Buy a bracelet and give some hope!

    6) Elemental Herbology Botanical Body Repair

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    The change of weather can be rough on your skin. Thankfully, the experts at Elemental Herbology came up with a solution. The Botanical Body Repair combines a mixture of natural oils to create a balanced, hydrating blend that moisturizes your skin without making it sticky.

    Sourced from premium grade herbs, flowers and minerals from the world’s most reputable suppliers, you can’t go wrong with this one. With your purchase you not only regenerate your skin, but also contribute to the regeneration of the environment and local communities.

    7) Warby Parker Glasses

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    Offering both optical glasses and sunglasses, these guys are doing it right. Being one of the only carbon-neutral eyewear brands in the world, Warby Parker works in conjunction with VisionSpring in order to enforce their brand slogan “Buy a pair, Give a pair” as they donate a pair of glasses for each one sold. In seasonal styles and various colorways, made with the highest technology and attention to detail, this is cherry on top of your September look.

    8) Ethica Laelia Scarf

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    Made from fabric scraps into one-of-a-kind pieces, these scarves keep you warm while adding a dash of color and whimsy to just about any look. They come straight from the point of production in Gurgaon, India, where they employ a minimum-waste policy and create a sustainable economic base for their manufacturers.

    9) Amour Vert Pearl Cardigan

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    Embrace the imminent winter with a cozy cardigan from California-based Amour Vert. This piece comes in navy and grey, with a fabulous drape that can take it straight from the sofa to the café.

    In beautiful, clean design teamed with zero-waste design philosophy and dedication to using organic fabrics and low-impact dyes, sustainability couldn’t get any more chic!

    10) Alterna Bamboo Haircare

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    Rain, shine or storm, your hair shouldn’t reflect the weather. The Alterna Bamboo haircare line does wonders to keep your locks smooth and frizz-free. Full of sustainable ingredients, free of parabens, sulphates or other harsh additives, Alterna guarantees results. They also maintain eco-friendly packaging and fair-trade practices – all of that said, this is an investment you couldn’t feel better about!

  • Get Behind The Label: Ethel IPad Sleeve In Wave Chitenje Print

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    Fashion ComPassion is featuring the Ethel iPad Sleeve in the Wave Chitenje print this month with its perfect marriage of fashion, function and philanthropy!

    Mayamiko is a UK-based charity that works throughout Africa to support creativity in local communities by sponsoring their training. The “Mayamikans” are trainees that are taught sewing, knitting, tailoring and basic financial and business planning skills. They are then linked to ethical fashion designers in the UK and are able to sell their products and all profits are put back into their communities.

    The Ethel iPad Sleeve is made from quilted cotton that has been ethically, locally sourced. It comes complete with a zip closure ensuring that your iPad locked in and fully protected. Not to mention its on-trend print and perfect size!

    Miyamiko is a Chewa word meaning “praise” – help bring praise to the Mayamikans, buy a sleeve, support the power of the artist.

  • Feature Story: Parsons New School Of DesignTaking The Lead in Sustainable Design

    Spotlight on Parsons the New School for Design: Sustainability in the Fashion Education System

    The impact of sustainability on fashion in recent years has been immense. The understanding of natural resources and the social and economic effects of the industry have led to a huge increase of awareness and ethically-conscious design. Parsons the New School for Design in New York City is one of the leading facilities in this field.

    The new University Center, located in the heart of downtown Manhattan, boasts a U.S. Green Building Council LEED rating of Gold and has made it a point to offer classes focused on sustainability and zero-waste garment construction.

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    Teslin Doud, inaugural winner of the Tory Burch Mentorship Award (WWD), is in her final year at Parsons and is one of the leading talents emerging from the institution as an environmentally-conscious designer. It was the freedom offered within the program, she says, that allowed her to take the reigns on her education and stay true to her personal values.

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    Growing up in Santa Cruz, California, Doud had been surrounded by ideas of sustainability and her mother, proprietor of a green building and home supply store, was a huge influence on her thinking. “Parsons,” she said, “does a good job of introducing the idea of sustainability and therefor the majority of the students are aware of the ideas and questions within sustainable design.” However, many do not take the leap to become sustainable designers because of how difficult it really is. Doud has committed to stepping out of the mainstream and embracing her passion for ethical design.

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    There are examples within the industry for her to aspire to – Honest by., founded by Bruno Pieters, is the world’s first 100% transparent company. Without sacrificing design, they create beautiful products and let consumers be privy to the entire production process.

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    “We are currently in a period of flux,” she states. “Universities, including Parsons, are updating their curriculums to include ideas about responsible design and, as a result, are churning out new global leaders. As young designers we are the future of the fashion industry and we have the ability to create real change within an industry that is wrought by tradition.”

  • Atelier Akeef - Berlin's First Eco-Friendly Menswear Outlet!

    In a fast-forward city like Berlin, it can be hard to capture the spirit of the times. Yet for five full years, Akeef established itself as the go-to spot for the discerning Kreuzberg gentleman. With its offering of understated quality streetwear, it grew to epitomise the modern Berlin look.

    Atelier Akeef - Berlin’s very first high-end menswear boutique that is dedicated entirely to sustainable fashion. Atelier Akeef - Berlin’s very first high-end menswear boutique that is dedicated entirely to sustainable fashion.

    Not content with reflecting contemporary sensibilities, the Akeef team decided to close the shop and refine the concept. The result is Atelier Akeef - Berlin’s very first high-end menswear boutique that is dedicated entirely to sustainable fashion. Reopening this autumn in a brand new space in Mitte, Atelier Akeef's clothes are still prime examples of lush wearability but with the ultimate feel-good bonus of being ecological at the same time.

    Atelier Akeef is Berlin's first menswear outlet dedicated entirely to luxury fashion brands that embody sustainable intelligence. Atelier Akeef is Berlin's first menswear outlet dedicated entirely to luxury fashion brands that embody sustainable intelligence.

    By fulfilling the needs of the conscious consumer and the casual sartorialist, Atelier Akeef is currently at the avant-garde of the Berlin fashion scene. It strictly stocks only the most exceptional garments and accessories, where the materials have been sourced sustainably and the craftsmen compensated fairly. For instance, the Atelier Awash label produce all their items using organic fabrics that are custom woven in family-run studios in Tuscany; reusing discarded materials like coconut shells to make the shirt buttons.

    Atelier Akeef strictly stocks only the most exceptional garments and accessories, where the materials have been sourced sustainably and the craftsmen compensated fairly. Atelier Akeef strictly stocks only the most exceptional garments and accessories, where the materials have been sourced sustainably and the craftsmen compensated fairly.

    The store itself is constructed from used up-cycled wood and sustainable clay with non-toxic colorants on the walls. Accessories are presented upon reclaimed industrial trolleys and locally sourced slate, whereas the clothes hang in front of an original floor-to-ceiling, deep blue and Ochsenblut backdrop.

    With the growing need to understand where and how our clothes are made, the goal of Atelier Akeef will always be to bring transparent information on all its brands. With the growing need to understand where and how our clothes are made, the goal of Atelier Akeef will always be to bring transparent information on all its brands.

    Atelier Akeef are aware of the challenges which lie ahead for sustainable fashion. But by giving customers equal access to those who are passionate about creating a positive impact on the world, those obstacles can be overcome.

    So whether you’re a planet-saving crusader or just after some trendsetting threads, Atelier Akeef is now open for business! Find out more about them on their website!

    Atelier Akeef is also on Facebook!

    Photos courtesy of Atelier Akeef.

  • Fashion ComPassion at the Chelsea College of Art and Design MA Show 2013

    Last week, Fashion ComPassion attended the preview evening of the Chelsea College of Art and Design MA Show 2013! It was a fanstatic event and it was great to see so many up and coming designers showcasing their new and exciting creations. Here are just some of the designers which stood out for us.

    ‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif

    ‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif. ‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif.

    ‘Generation A’, meaning the Arabic Generation, is all about the wonderful elements in the Middle Eastern culture, from the love for colour and pattern to the passion for desert animals and poetry.

    ‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif. ‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif.

    This collection uses universal symbolic images and patterns from the Middle East to create a whimsical and unique collection of blazers and skirts. ‘Generation A’ is aimed at the young modern Arabian women who is fashionable and proud of her culture.

    ‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif. ‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif.

    The collection also allows the wearer to feel an emotional connection with the garments, as each piece has a story to tell from the recycled woven patterns. ‘Generation A’ is a fashionable of allowing the future user to appreciate culture and respect their environment.

    ‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif. ‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif.

    G.Priya Darshini: How Has Globalisation And Colonialism Inspired The Design Evolution Of Traditional Indian Motifs?

    G.Priya Darshini: How Has Globalisation And Colonialism Inspired The Design Evolution Of Traditional Indian Motifs? G.Priya Darshini: How Has Globalisation And Colonialism Inspired The Design Evolution Of Traditional Indian Motifs?

    Darshini’s interest in traditional Indian patterns and textiles led her to explore their significance in the modern world, both culturally and emotionally. Her work in print and surface media is an amalgamation of traditional and contemporary styles, depicting the beauty involved in the complexity of hybrid cultural lifestyles experienced by many today.

    'The New Silk Road' by Kathryn Lewis

    'The New Silk Road' by Kathryn Lewis. 'The New Silk Road' by Kathryn Lewis.

    'The New Silk Road' collection, by Kathryn Lewis, explores how designers and artisans can work together to preserve traditional crafts. The collection combines traditional and digital technologies to create sustainable fabrics for fashion. In the last year, Kathryn has focused specifically on the Indian craft bandhani, a form of resist dyeing native to Rajasthan and Gujarat. Her collection is a collaboration with Jabber Khatri, a bandhani designer and artisan based in Gujarat. Inspiration comes from the work of J.M.W. Turner and from landscape photography. Kathryn’s work explores how designers and artisans can work together to preserve traditional crafts.

    'Knitting The Houses Round' by Bronwen Campbell-Golding

    ‘Knitting The Houses Round’ by Bronwen Campbell-Golding. ‘Knitting The Houses Round’ by Bronwen Campbell-Golding.

    Petite Albion by Bronwen Campbell-Golding and Fanny Santini

    Petite Albion is a social enterprise set up to enable and empower marginalised women with in the UK. Petite Albion is a social enterprise set up to enable and empower marginalised women with in the UK.

    Petite Albion is a social enterprise set up to enable and empower marginalised women with in the UK. Petite Albion aims to provide a sustainable form of income who have been isolated from the work of work. The idea for this project came about from the founders’ concern about the high number of unemployed people in the UK, with many young and vulnerable women marginalised from the world of work. Petite Albion has developed a childrenswear brand specialising in British alpaca hand knits for children from 3 months to 2 years. Designs focus on simple shapes and a neutral palette with a touch of colour.

    'Freezing Time' by Yusi Xia

    'Freezing Time’ collection by Yusi Xia. 'Freezing Time’ collection by Yusi Xia.

    Yusi’s work is about the Chinese philosophy of the 5 elements; wood, fire, earth, metal and water. These 5 elements, according to Chinese philosopher, connect everything in the world, that they are the cause and effect of everything.

    'Freezing Time’ by Yusi Xia. 'Freezing Time’ by Yusi Xia.

    Yusi wanted to uses different shapes, colour and materials to express the theory of the 5 elements in her collection of contemporary jewellery.

    Lucy Henderson: The Sustainable Struggle Against Fast Fashion

    Lucy Henderson: The Sustainable Struggle Against Fast Fashion. Lucy Henderson: The Sustainable Struggle Against Fast Fashion.

    Lucy Henderson’s MA project looks specifically at the culture of fast fashion and how designers could overcome such a serious issue. Her multi-functional classically shaped collection highlights the need to create investment pieces that are based on classic shapes and can be worn a multitude of ways; reducing the customer’s need to buy more clothes.

    Lucy Henderson: The Sustainable Struggle Against Fast Fashion. Lucy Henderson: The Sustainable Struggle Against Fast Fashion.

    Lucy wanted to show those who may fuel the fast fashion market that there that there is an alternative, one which is far less hurtful to the environment. Each one of Lucy’s garments can be unzipped and reversed to create a new shape or reveal an alternative print. All of the garments were digitally printed and constructed in the UK.

    Lucy Henderson: The Sustainable Struggle Against Fast Fashion. Lucy Henderson: The Sustainable Struggle Against Fast Fashion.

    Liz Nehdi: 'This Isn't A Car...It's A Way Of Life' - Loading Objects With Emotional Value To Reduce Waste A Bring More Joy Into People's Lives 

    Liz Nehdi: 'This Isn't A Car...It's A Way Of Life' - Loading Objects With Emotional Value To Reduce Waste A Bring More Joy Into People's Lives. Liz Nehdi: 'This Isn't A Car...It's A Way Of Life' - Loading Objects With Emotional Value To Reduce Waste A Bring More Joy Into People's Lives.

    Liz’s work explores how the combination of artistic and handcrafted techniques, memory evocation and new technology can induce lasting bonds between the user and object in a post-modern world.

    Liz Nehdi: 'This Isn't A Car...It's A Way Of Life' - Loading Objects With Emotional Value To Reduce Waste A Bring More Joy Into People's Lives. Liz Nehdi: 'This Isn't A Car...It's A Way Of Life' - Loading Objects With Emotional Value To Reduce Waste A Bring More Joy Into People's Lives.

    'In The Mood For Love' by Chaoqun Zhang

    ‘In The Mood For Love’ By Chaoqun Zhang. ‘In The Mood For Love’ By Chaoqun Zhang.

    As fashion becomes increasingly international and multicultural, many designers have become inspired by Chines clothing and decorative motifs. Chaoqun’s work is influenced by cheongsam which has symbolised Chinese identify. In her collection, Chaoqun stitched a variety of handmade Pankou (frog) to modern fashion design, which is the most important element of the cheongsam.

    ‘Return’ by Yijin Sun

    ‘Return’ by Yijin Sun. ‘Return’ by Yijin Sun.

    In this collection, Yijin researched the shapes of old Chinese costume and selected historical colours. She created a new fabric, which combines high technology with traditional handcraft skill. The patterns are inspired by the drawings of Chinese facial features.

    ‘Her Life, Her Textiles’ by Pichatorn Nualdaisri

    ‘Her life, Her Textiles’ by Pichatorn Nualdaisri. ‘Her Life, Her Textiles’ by Pichatorn Nualdaisri.

    Inspiration for this collection came from the story of the weavers in Thailand; weavers who weave traditional textiles for the main events of their lives from birth to death. The purpose of this Pichatorn’s project was to reduce refuse from fast fashion, bring back ‘craft’ to current trends, create job opportunities and change attitudes toward traditional textiles among the younger generation in Thailand.

    ‘Paper Garments’ by Zahra Jaan

    ‘Paper Garments’ by Zahra Jaan. ‘Paper Garments’ by Zahra Jaan.

    This collection of disposable paper garments tackles the problem by integrating products into the existing fast fashion model that will result in more sustainable outcomes. The garments are made from airlaid paper, a material that is comprised of fluff pulp, bonded with air and is fully biodegradable hence reducing the waste sent to landfill.

    ‘Paper Garments’ by Zahra Jaan. ‘Paper Garments’ by Zahra Jaan.

    Tianqi Yang: How Can Craftsmanship Embrace New Technology To Aide The Slow Movement?

    Tianqi Yang: How Can Craftsmanship Embrace New Technology To Aide The Slow Movement? Tianqi Yang: How Can Craftsmanship Embrace New Technology To Aide The Slow Movement?

    Textile designer, Tianqi Yang, looks at how tradition and technology can work together in her MA collection. The formula which sums up her design philosophy? (Craftsmanship + Technology) x Fashion = Exciting Sustainability.

    Tianqi Yang: How Can Craftsmanship Embrace New Technology To Aide The Slow Movement? Tianqi Yang: How Can Craftsmanship Embrace New Technology To Aide The Slow Movement?

    What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Fashion ComPassion’s Top 5 Sustainability Apps

    Nowadays, it seems that there is an app for pretty much everything. Cooking apps, shopping apps, gaming apps, news apps – you name it! The list is endless! It comes as no surprise, then, that there are several popular sustainable and ethical apps available to download to your smart phone. So, without further ado, here is Fashion ComPassion’s top 5 ethical and environmental apps which can help you live a more sustainable life.

    1. "Social Impact"For iPhone - Free

    "Social Impact" uses your mobile device’s GPS feature to find nearby socially responsible enterprises! "Social Impact" uses your mobile device’s GPS feature to find nearby socially responsible enterprises!

    "Social Impact" is an award winning app which uses your mobile device’s GPS feature to find local socially responsible enterprises – including restaurants, coffee shops, and craft stores. This ‘map app’ also includes useful information about the retailers’ products, their social impact and their location and opening times. Simple and easy to use, "Social Impact" aims to expand the market for socially-minded enterprises by making it easier for customers to find them. Currently available as a website and as a free iPhone app. Android version coming soon.

    2. "Instead" For iPhone - Free

    "Instead" encourages consumers to substitute everyday purchases with micro-donations to charitable causes "Instead" encourages consumers to substitute everyday purchases with micro-donations to charitable causes.

    "Instead" is a app which encourages consumers to substitute everyday purchases, like buying a coffee or getting a takeaway, with micro-donations to charitable causes. "Instead" also keeps a log of every donation you make, showing you all the charities which have benefited from your contribution. With its simple and well-designed layout and a large choice of charities to choose from, this app reminds us that even the smallest donation can make a real difference. Available as a free iPhone app. Android version coming soon.

    3. "Free2Work"For iPhone / Android - Free

    "Free2Work" provides an innovative and informative reference guide for consumers who wish to avoid brands and products which use forced and child labour. "Free2Work" provides an innovative and informative reference guide for consumers who wish to avoid brands and products which use forced and child labour.

    "Free2Work" is a app which provides an innovative and informative reference guide for consumers who wish to avoid brands and products which use forced and child labour. The Free2Work organisation promotes transparency by rating and evaluating a brand or company on based on its efforts to address the issues of forced and child labour throughout their supply chain. Their app allows customers to scan a product’s barcode to see whether a company has proper effective polices in place to prevent such labour from happening. Useful and informative. Available as a free iPhone and Android app.

    4. "The GoodGuide"For iPhone / Android - Free

    "The GoodGuide" informs consumers about the health, environmental and social impacts of products and brands they're buying. "The GoodGuide" informs consumers about the health, environmental and social impacts of products and brands they're buying.

    "The GoodGuide" is a app which enables customers to make informed decisions by revealing the health, environmental and social impacts of products and brands they’re buying on a regular basis. The app retrieves health, environmental and social performance ratings for over 120,000 products including food, toys and detergents. The app also includes a barcode scanner, making it incredibly easy to retrieve information and product ratings whilst you shop. Available as a free iPhone and Android app.

    5. iRecycleFor iPhone / Android - Free

    "iRecycle" allows users to find their local, convenient recycling opportunities "iRecycle" allows users to find their local, convenient recycling opportunities.

    "iRecycle" is a app which allows users to find their local, convenient recycling opportunities. Using a colourful and easy to use interface, the app provides access to more than 1.5 million ways to recycle over 350 materials all at a touch of a button. Moreover, "iRecycle" provides vital information for each recycling spot, including a checklist of all other materials accepted. The app also provides its users with the latest in green news and ideas and various social media options. Available as a free iPhone and Android app.

  • Fashion ComPassion's Top 10 Women Who Changed The Face Of Fashion

    Last week, millions of people across the globe came together to celebrate women and their achievements as a part of International Women’s Day. Here at Fashion ComPassion, we were inspired to think of the innovative and influential women who have played a part in the history of fashion, bringing positive change to the catwalks, and to wardrobes worldwide; here's our Top 10 Female Fashion Heavyweights.

    1. Livia Firth

    Livia Firth Livia Firth - Creative director of Eco Age and co founder of the Green Carpet Challenge. (Image via My Green Style)

    Livia Firth is the creative director of Eco Age, an online magazine and boutique which combines glamour with ethics. Since teaming up with eco journalist Lucy Siegle to launch the Green Carpet Challenge in 2009, Livia has been championing sustainable style and innovation at some of the world’s biggest red carpet events. Firth claims that fashion has an important role in promoting social justice, environmental integrity and brilliant ethical design with a conscious. As a bonus, she gets to be married to Mr Darcy...

    2. Lucy Siegle

    Lucy Siegle Lucy Siegle - Journalist and broadcaster specialising in environmental and social justice. (Image via Daisy Green Magazine) 

    Lucy Siegle is an journalist and broadcaster specialising in environmental and social justice. As well as writing her weekly ethical living column in the Observer, Lucy is a regular contributor to ‘Grazia’, the ‘Guardian’, the ‘New Statesman’, ‘Elle’ and ‘New Consumer’ magazine. Her recent book, ‘To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?’, offers readers an unflinching look at the darker side to  the fashion industry and its environmental and social impact on the planet. A must read!

    3. Orsola De Castro

    Orsola de Castro Orsola de Castro - Founder of ethical fashion label From Somewhere and Estethica. (Image via the Guardian) 

    Orsola De Castro is an internationally recognised innovator and opinion leader in sustainable fashion. Her revolutionary label, From Somewhere, was the first fashion brand to address the issue of  reproducibility in recycling and pre-consumer waste for the fashion industry. In 2006, Orsola, along with her partner Filippo Ricci, founded Estethica - the sustainable fashion exhibition at London Fashion Week. Estethica has gone onto become one of the industry’s leading showcases of eco sustainable design.

    4. Bibi Russell

    Bibi Russell Bibi Russell - Bangladeshi fashion designer and former international model. (Image via Images of Asia)

    Bibi Russell is a former international model and Bangladeshi fashion designer. In 1994, Bibi opened her own fashion company, Bibi Productions, in Bangladesh with the desire of infusing indigenous Bengali cultural elements into her designs. Her aim was to demonstrate the immense skills and expertise of local artisans, to preserve the heritage and foster creativity, to provide employment opportunities and to contribute towards the eradication of poverty.

    5. Stella McCartney

    Stella McCartney Stella McCartney - award winning British fashion designer and supporter of PETA. (Image via Financial Times) 

    Stella McCartney barely needs an introduction; an award winning British fashion designer, she is best known for her signature style of razor sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity. As a lifelong vegetarian and supporter of PETA, Stella does not use any leather or fur in her garments or accessories. In 2006, she launched her vegan-friendly line of accessories that fuse natural and man made materials with high quality construction.

    6. Vivienne Westwood 

    Vivienne Westwood Vivienne Westwood - Iconic British fashion designer and political activist. (Image via MyZeroWaste.com)

    Vivienne Westwood is one of the most iconic British fashion designers of the last 30 years. Her influential designs and merchandise have often been linked or inspired by her many political causes such as CND, climate change and the civil rights group Liberty. A definite fashion matriarch!

    7. Safia Minney 

    Safia Minney Safia Minney - Founder of Fair Trade and environmental fashion label People Tree. (Image via People Tree)

    Safia Minney is founder of Fair Trade and environmental fashion and lifestyle label People Tree. Safia’s lifelong interests in social justice, trade and environmental issues lie at the very heart of her Fair Trade business and, as a result, she is regarded as one of the world’s foremost commentators of Fair Trade in the fashion industry. Her label, People Tree, aims to improve the lives and environment of the artisans and farmers in developing countries who work to make the products whilst providing their customers with desirable high quality fashion.

    8. Ali Hewson

    Ali Hewson Ali Hewson - co-founder of Edun. (Image via Victoria Mary Clarke Wordpress)

    Ali Hewson is the co-founder of Edun, a global fashion brand created to encourage trade in Africa. Ali’s label aims to bring about positive change in Africa through a fair trade-based relationship rather than by direct aid, helping to build long term, sustainable opportunities by supporting manufacturers, infrastructure and community building initiatives.

    9. Sass Brown

    Sass Brown is a full-time professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York who specialises in ethical design practices in fashion businesses. Sass has created collections for a number of manufacturers, from urban clothing to her own signature collection of women's designer sportswear. She has also worked with women's cooperatives in Latin America, most notably COOPA-ROCA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and taught workshops to manufacturers and fashion enterprises in Peru. Sass's book, Eco Design, showcases some of the best expressions of eco fashion around the globe.

    10. Summer Rayne Oakes

    Summer Rayne Oakes Summer Rayne Oakes - Co-founder of Source4Style and managing Editor of Above Live. (Image via summerrayne.net)

    Summer Rayne Oakes is a model-activist and TV media host. She is one of the co-founder of Source4Style, a B2B online marketplace for sustainable materials; and the Managing Editor and EVP of Sustainability of Above Live, a digital platform highlighting global influencers and their environmental passions. Her 2012 environmental short film, eXtinction, highlighted some of the greatest environmental challenges happening in the world right now and recieved critical acclaim from critics.

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