As we hear about unethical practices in the wool industry and the huge environmental toll associated with cashmere, you might think those days of getting cosy in a luxuriously soft and fluffy jumper were gone. And then in walks the alpaca to steal our hearts and our wardrobe space!
It’s the light breathable fabric that keeps your skin cool in summer, flutters flirtingly in the breeze, and keeps your sheets silky smooth. If you’ve used a cotton product today chances are you’re in league with the rest of us, who use cotton on a daily basis. Cotton may have done a lot of clean up its image since it’s colonial days as the crop that launched a thousand slaves (or, if we’re being precise, 1.8 million) to the American cotton fields, but how much has actually changed?
Winter is here, and we’re on the hunt for stylish, ethical boots to keep us warm and dry. We know that several things are essential for winter boots: comfort, warmth, sustainability and waterproofing.
But with so many options available, where to start? Do you get classic black knee-highs or sunny yellow gumboots? And what about the material? Should you go for leather, which is stylish and durable but takes a toll on the environment and animals, or should you choose synthetic materials some of which can also pollute the planet?
We’ve put together a list of our favourite brands to protect your toes from the elements. With a variety of companies that focus on different issues, you’ll definitely find something to stop you from getting cold feet this winter!
“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world” – Roald Dahl
These are the words inscribed on the window of You the Earth & Me, a store that cares more about creating a positive impact for the earth and its inhabitants than it does about selling you junk you don’t need.
Monica Arcé Garcia is creating a luxury brand, led first by beautiful designs, while keeping the social responsibility at the core of what she does. Currently crowdfunding to raise enough money to start a studio employing Indigenous Australians using sustainably harvested, vegetable tanned leather, Monica’s story was so inspiring, we thought you’d like to hear about her vision.