Greener Living

17
JUL
2012

From Somewhere with Speedo

It goes without saying that with the Olympics looming, everyone’s got sport on the brain.   Perfect timing for From Somewhere with Speedo to launch a new range of upcycled swimwear on ASOS.  From Somewhere have designed these limited edition sports-luxe bikinis and... Read More →
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13
JUL
2012

Sunglasses made from human hair

British readers should cast their minds back to those rare times when a pair of sunnies was the summer essential, as opposed to a brolly. Remember that thing they call sunshine? No doubt many will have mixed feelings about the proposition of wearing sunglasses made from human... Read More →
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06
JUL
2012

Alternative Apparel Olivia Wilde bag

Having co-founded Campaign Happiness to support development projects in Haiti, actress Olivia Wilde has now teamed up with Alternative Apparel on a messenger bag whereby proceeds go to the Academy for Peace and Justice.  This is a secondary school in Port-au-Prince funded by Paul... Read More →
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25
JUN
2012

Bags made from recycled ring-pulls by Bottletop

Bottletop began in 2002 when Cameron Saul developed a wire frame handbag made from recycled bottle tops in Uganda  with his father Roger (Founder of Mulberry).  They launched it through the luxury British fashion house with a photographic series by iconic British photographer... Read More →
12
JUN
2012

Sea glass jewellery by Rebecca Ward

Rebecca Ward is a New Zealand born jeweller from Brisbane. Her work features recycled materials, particularly sea glass and pebbles found on remote beaches on the South Island of New Zealand. She also collects recycled glass from demolition yards, beaches, second hand shops,... Read More →
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08
JUN
2012

Reclaim to Wear upcycled fashion at Topshop

This month high street giant Topshop is launching a new capsule upcycled clothing line in collaboration with Reclaim to Wear.  The collection includes eight exciting new pieces including ombré denim, a panelled jersey dress and a slouchy grey marl sweater.  These are made... Read More →
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23
MAY
2012

Marks and Spencer clothes recycling campaign

Marks and Spencer have collaborated with Oxfam to launch their new ‘shwopping’ campaign. The scheme addresses the huge issue of waste in the clothing industry (that’s half a million tonnes of clothing ending up in UK landfill every year), highlighting the... Read More →
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09
MAY
2012

End of line ribbon jewellery by Michelle Lowe-Holder

Victorian Flowers and Cream Crocodiles is the SS12 collection from Michelle Lowe-Holder.  It’s an abstract combination of tiny flowers, snakeskin, wings and bright things translated into cuffs, collars and necklaces.  The textiles are vintage end of line floral ribbons and... Read More →
01
MAY
2012

From Somewhere upcycled fashion

Upcycled clothing champions From Somewhere have chosen stripes and pretty pastels for their SS12 collection.  With their signature geometric panels, these pieces are modern, elegant and original.  Shop online at Yoox. Images via From Somewhere Read More →
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14
APR
2012

Handbags made from upcycled carrier bags by Manos Verdes

Manos Verdes (Green Hands) is a small group of Colombian workers that make handmade products from waste material.  As well as fantastic handbags made from recycled supermarket carrier bags, they make ornamental flowers out of plastic bottles and use sweet wrappers to make wallets... Read More →
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10
APR
2012

Upcycled fashion by Goodone

London label Goodone has been making beautiful upcycled clothing since 2006 and their Spring/Summer 2012 collection boasts some fresh, bold and fabulous new pieces.  The Blouson dress is a personal favourite.  It’s made from reclaimed silk shirts, modal mix jersey made in... Read More →
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25
MAR
2012

Antiform at Dalston’s Here Today Gone Tomorrow

This Thursday will see the launch of Antiform‘s SS12 collection at Here Today Here Tomorrow in Dalston, London.  The latest upcycled range from the Leeds label is a fusion of folklore, heritage and sportswear inspired pieces.  Head down between 4-9pm to 30a Balls Pond Road,... Read More →
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04
MAR
2012

Reclaimed deckchair bags by Jamtarts & Tractors

Jamtarts & Tractors are an Isle of Wight company that make eco-friendly bags and accessories out of reclaimed deckchair, windbreak and sun bed fabric.  They make a fabulous array of shopping totes, courier bags and clutches with colourful cotton linings.  I’ve seen one... Read More →
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26
FEB
2012

Watches made from parts of the Titanic by Romain Jerome

Swiss watch maker Romain Jerome takes owning ‘a piece of history’ to new heights with watches that contain original elements recovered from the hull of the Titanic.  Forged with steel which has been salvaged from the depths of the Atlantic, he uses a unique... Read More →
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23
FEB
2012

Ethical fashion at London Fashion Week

In the East Wing of Somerset House the Estethica exhibition saw its twelfth season at London Fashion Week this month, once again showing its dedication to sustainable fashion with a fine selection of ethical designers.  Notable upcyclers included Victim Fashion Street. ... Read More →
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15
FEB
2012

Reclaim to Wear by Orsola de Castro

Reclaim to Wear has been set up by Orsola de Castro, founder of the wonderful upcycled eco label From Somewhere.  A design standard of excellence, RTW strives to facilitate connections between designers, retailers and the textile industry to help ensure pre-consumer textile waste... Read More →
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09
FEB
2012

Jewellery made from found objects by Poppy Jasper

Poppy Jasper is unique jewellery made from found objects, recycled and antique pieces sourced from souks, vintage stores and flea markets.  Much of Jill’s inspiration is taken from the local handmade crafts seen on her travels around Asia, India, Europe and the Middle East,... Read More →
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31
JAN
2012

Plastic bottle jewellery initiative in Western Sahara

This unique jewellery resulted from a fantastic collaboration between RCA graduate Florie Salnot and Sandblast – an arts and human rights charity that works with the indigenous people from Western Sahara.  Old plastic bottles are collected from refugee camps and repurposed... Read More →
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26
JAN
2012

Livia Firth recycled dress at Golden Globe Awards 2012

Livia Firth has showcased another stunning eco gown at the 69th Golden Globe Awards.  In collaboration with Armani, the creative director of Eco Age wears a classic strapless dress made of fibre derived from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles scavenged from households in... Read More →
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25
JAN
2012

Fascinators made from upcycled vinyl records

Vinyl records get upcycled into all sorts of weird and wonderful things, sometimes without much success.  Thankfully, there are exceptions.  Charlotte Dymock makes hats and fascinators from upcycled 45RPM vinyl records.  The edges are gently heated and sculpted into frills and... Read More →
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22
JAN
2012

Everything Must Go with Lucy Siegle

There was some great discussion regarding the future of ethical fashion at The Bargehouse yesterday.  Chaired by journalist, broadcaster and author of To Die For Lucy Siegle, ‘Talking Rubbish’ formed part of the Everything Must Go exhibition at London’s Oxo... Read More →
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18
JAN
2012

Jewellery made from biscuit tins by Kate Hamilton-Hunter

Loving the work of jeweller Kate Hamilton- Hunter who makes necklaces, earrings and bracelets from recycled metals at her studio on the coast of North Wales.  Her first designs were fashioned from old patterned biscuit, sweet and toffee tins.  She also incorporates silver,... Read More →
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12
JAN
2012

Upcycled fashion by Metamorfixx

For Petra Hanson of Metamorfixx, upcycled clothing is not about tailoring, but transformation.  Her background in fashion and a passion for fine knits has for over a decade resulted in a fabulous collection of attention grabbing ensembles.  She also designs clothing for fellow... Read More →
11
JAN
2012

Anschtecka upcycled textile backpacks

Anschtecka backpacks are functional works of art, handmade from reclaimed materials.  The Floral Flock Backpack is made from salvaged fabric and collected used buttons from a flea market in Berlin and the Umbrella Backpack is (you guessed it) made from an umbrella, available from... Read More →
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09
JAN
2012

Bags made from upcycled candy wrappers by Ecoist

When sweets and fashion come together it can only be a good thing. Ecoist make clutches, purses and totes from recycled candy wrappers.  They’ve partnered with multinational brands such as The Coca-Cola Company, Disney, Frito-Lay, Mars, Cliff Bar and Aveda to make bags and... Read More →
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20
DEC
2011

Upcycled fashion by Adhesif Clothing Co

Vancouver based Adhesif Clothing Company continues to uphold the notion that for fashion that’s truly unique, the only way is upcycled.  Melissa Ferreira started the line in 2007 and hand sources high quality vintage materials from local thrift stores. Their AW11 collection... Read More →
13
DEC
2011

Leftover Studio upcycled bags

If Christmas gift ideas are a bit thin on the ground, take inspiration from Leftover Studio, a New Delhi based company who make modern pieces from materials that get left behind. The Busee laptop bag pictured above is made from thick tractor inner tyre tubes accented with top... Read More →
06
DEC
2011

Wrap to Go scarves made from vintage fabrics

With the British climate taking a downturn, a beautiful scarf is the must have accessory for looking stylish in the cold.  Shirley Belwood from Wrap to Go makes luxury handmade scarves including a fabulous upcycled vintage fabric range inspired by Japanese kimonos.  Pictured is a... Read More →
04
DEC
2011

Traffick-Stopping Vintage

Last week I headed east for Traffick-Stopping Vintage at Avalon, Shoreditch – a fashion event organised by Red Light Campaign.  The campaign, set up by three students centres around an exhibition of photographs that raises awareness of human trafficking. The photographs... Read More →
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30
NOV
2011

Manolo Blahnik Eco Shoes

Great to see another big label bringing eco to the luxury market.  Carrie Bradshaw’s hero Manolo Blahnik  has teamed up with Marcia Patmos (founder of M. Patmos ethical knitwear) to make a range of sandals for spring, recently showcased at SS12 New York Fashion Week.   The... Read More →
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29
NOV
2011

Bags made from textiles donated by Delta Airlines

Tierra Ideas is a US company that makes fantastic travel bags out of recycled materials such as bike inner tubes, automobile seatbelts and worn textiles donated by Delta Airlines.  Founded by Matt Mahler, the bags have been selling in shops in North Carolina for the last two... Read More →
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28
NOV
2011

Sustainable fashion at In Bloom

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Emily Huc at her new concept store in Portobello Green Arcade – a  beautiful boutique based around the idea of sustainability and design. It provides a showcase for her gorgeous range of organic cotton lingerie In Bloom as well as the... Read More →
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26
NOV
2011

Accessories made from contact lens cases

Usually relegated to the bathroom bin, who’d have thought such aesthetic potential could lie in the humble disposable contact lens case?  The Contact Lens Project was put together by Lucy Harvey at Ethical Stylist – an original concept that mixes eco fashion and... Read More →
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18
NOV
2011

Upcycled fashion from broken festival tents

It may seem unlikely that wearing an old tent could result  in a winning outfit.  As proved by Danish designer Lisa Våglund the tent look isn’t quite as dowdy as you might imagine.  Part of the aftermath of a hip and happening festival is a graveyard of abandoned broken... Read More →
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16
NOV
2011

From Somewhere AW11 upcycled fashion

This season brings another fine selection of upcycled clothes from the wonderful From Somewhere.  Orsola de Castro began the company in 1997 – one of the first labels to consistently address the issue of frivolous waste in the fashion industry.  From Somewhere takes... Read More →
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14
NOV
2011

Evon Cassier upcycled bags

In Evon Cassier‘s world, handbags preserve memories and liberate stories.  The New Hampshire designer has a passion for reusing, reducing and recycling – turning jeans into laptop bags and sport coats into Totes (like The Vivien pictured above).  One touching story is... Read More →
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27
OCT
2011

Mode d’Eco

No one does eco elegance quite like Eva Zingoni – maker of beautiful clothing crafted from surplus materials from Parisian fashion houses.  It was also no surprise that she was chosen to take part in Estethica at London Fashion Week this September.  ‘Season 2’... Read More →
23
OCT
2011
Woman wearing jewellery made from vintage haberdashery

Button Up

Judith Brown takes vintage haberdashery such as 100 year old vintage mother of pearl buttons, vintage lace and curtain hooks and turns them into intricate pieces of jewellery.  With her own developed technique, she hand stitches them with fine silver wire to create delicate... Read More →
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14
OCT
2011

Made of Skateboards

Skater guys and gals will love these.  Thrashion are a Cornwall based company that make handmade jewellery from used, broken skateboards. This necklace was once an Anti Hero skateboard deck and the pendant has been cut to feature the original winged pink graphic.  You can... Read More →
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13
OCT
2011

Goodone AW11

Another great British pioneer for the upcycled fashion movement is award-winning Goodone.  They combine new British sustainable fabrics with reclaimed textiles.  “Known for bold, colour-blocked styles, we have developed a design method which is informed by the use of... Read More →
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24
SEP
2011

Antiform Autumn/Winter 2011

Thursday night had me venturing north of the river to attend the launch of Antiform‘s AW11 collection at Here Today Here Tomorrow.  I met a lovely bunch of people and had the chance to get up close and personal with a fantastic range of upcycled clothing.  Antiform was... Read More →
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20
SEP
2011

London Fashion Week SS12 – Estethica

With London Fashion Week descending on Somerset House this week, I’ve been super keen to find out the latest in upcycled fashion from Estethica – an exhibition of ethical designers founded by The British Fashion Council, now in it’s 11th season.  Estethica was... Read More →
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09
SEP
2011

Livia Firth at Venice Film Festival

Livia Firth dazzles in another show-stopping upcycled gown at the Venice Film Festival.  She designed the dress herself as part of the Green Carpet Challenge in collaboration with Reclaim-to-Wear.  It’s a ’50s style strapless number embellished with crocheted angora... Read More →
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05
SEP
2011

Raw Talent: Upcycled jewellery by Erica Corte

  Argentina born and raised Erica Corte transforms hardware components with industrial qualities into unique, wearable objects of beauty. She joins common utility pieces such as nuts, clips, zippers and bolts with recycled silk cords and fine silver mesh to create jewellery with... Read More →
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04
SEP
2011

Boy meets Girl

When it comes to sustainable fashion labels, Emesha by acclaimed designer Emesha Nagy is a personal favourite.  Much of the fabric is sourced in the UK or comes from end-of-line upcycled industry waste and all fabrics are 100% natural, so are fully biodegradable. Emesha is also... Read More →
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30
AUG
2011

Walking on Air

I’m easily impressed by anyone who can do something clever with a balloon, but these dresses by Japanese artist Rie Hosokai are quite literally mind-blowing (pun intended).  She began her career as a florist before venturing into the world of balloon design.  After setting... Read More →
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28
AUG
2011

A Cut Above

Another effortlessly cool designer paving the way for the future of fashion: Steinwidder is an Austrian label founded by Anita Steinwidder in 2002.  She works with pre and post consumer clothing, cutting them up and reconfiguring them into a brand new context.  I love the... Read More →
22
AUG
2011

True Colours

Rachel Darbourne‘s beautiful jewellery is born out of a desire to reclaim undervalued materials such as polythene, challenging what constitutes our traditional notions of ‘preciousness.’   During her degree she developed a folding technique with this material... Read More →
22
AUG
2011

Herbst/Winterkollektion

With September just around the corner, autumn fashions are coming to the fore.  One designer I have great admiration for is Berlin based Christine Mayer, creator of MAYER. Peace Collection.  Each unique garment is handmade from recycled materials and holds its own history.  Her... Read More →
10
AUG
2011

Red Mutha

I’ve been meaning to feature Red Mutha ever since seeing their vibrant collection at Brighton Fashion Week in June – a memorable show which culminated in an improvised execution of a high street shopper wearing an ‘I Heart Primark’ bag on his head.  They... Read More →
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03
AUG
2011

Tied Up

Nicole Deponte is the Boston-based mastermind behind lilian asterfield which she launched in 2008.  Her label embodies the independent spirit of an English country manor, “wild adventures in the forest, horse back rides, scraped knees hidden by billowing skirts atop laced... Read More →
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31
JUL
2011

Kimono Corsage

According to artist Toshida Akemi there is an abundance of unwanted, old-fashioned kimonos hanging in the closets of Japanese households that women no longer wear.  However, many artists in Japan are rediscovering their value by recycling the fabric (kofu) to create new works of... Read More →
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27
JUL
2011

Reloved Leather

Always a good time to look at bags!  These leather luxuries are from va de nuevo by Costa Rican duo Yara Salazar and Marta Hidalgo.  They make great use of discarded leather clothes by creating unique one of a kind handbags.  Check out their website to see what each gorgeous bag... Read More →
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25
JUL
2011

Football Necklace

Swiss designer Noémie Doge makes unique jewellery out of unconventional materials – the above necklace made from a football is a prime example.  Her work strives to find richness from the visual strength of an object rather than the preciousness of a material.  Some of her... Read More →
22
JUL
2011

Speedo Dress

London is nothing but rain at the moment, and having just heard that heavy showers are on the way once again, we may well be swimming to the pub this Friday night…  This does however create the perfect excuse to showcase these gorgeous pieces from the SS11 range by From... Read More →
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17
JUL
2011

Hot off the Press

Hats off to Holstee who have created the Original Upcycled Wallet made from upcycled plastic bags and newspapers collected from the streets of Delhi.  They have also teamed up with a non-profit organisation that helps individuals often referred to as ‘rag pickers’ by... Read More →
15
JUL
2011

Pure Jeanius

‘Persona’ is a collaboration between artist Jeffrey Wang, Levi’s and Taiwan’s Fubon Art Foundation.  Unbelievably, these wearable works of art are held together entirely by safety pins.  In order to keep the raw personality of denim jeans, no cutting,... Read More →
14
JUL
2011

Craft Central Recycles

This week I ventured to Farringdon for the Craft Central Recycles exhibition.  Above is a particular favourite – bottle top jewellery by Alessandra Rigillo.  She also incorporates bits of scrap plumbing into her work – a wonderful contrast to the sparkling jewels. ... Read More →
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28
JUN
2011

Could you make a pillow case dress?

To anyone who’s a dab hand at sewing – check out US charity Dress a Girl Around the World which I recently heard about via a forum discussion on Folksy. Sew Scrumptious is doing a great job of rounding up sewing bloggers to make pillow case dresses for little girls... Read More →
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19
JUN
2011

Clean Cut

Another marvellous discovery found on Etsy.  Mid West Vintage are a clothing company based in Hong Kong that reconstruct vintage clothing into fantastic modern pieces. I couldn’t resist sharing a few favourites, all available to buy here. Shirt dress reconstructed from a... Read More →