“Do you have clothes in your closet that you haven’t used for a year?” This was the question that Caroline and Vivien asked hundreds of girls when they visited various London university campuses earlier this season. Often the answer was yes, and many girls stopped to hear what the two young women had to offer. Caroline and Vivien had justed launched Clotho, an online platform on which you can trade the clothes that you no longer use. “You mean like eBay?” you might think, but no, quite differently and quite smart I would say.
This weekend I found what is probably the ultimate sustainable retreat in the English countryside: Daylesford is an all organic farm with the most amazing restaurant, a delicious farm shop, a cute flower- and home shop, and the most luxurious sustainable clothes shop I’ve ever seen! I know Daylesford from its organic Notting Hill restaurant, and when I heard that my favourite London spot has a farm in Cotswolds, I thought I had to go at some point. So this weekend when I went to Oxford, I thought that now was
Instagram is a great source of visual inspiration (at least this is what I tell myself when I need a break from the books), and being passionate about sustainability, I have found 3 sustainable instagrammers that I can recommend for you to follow. 1. @foretcph Forét is a cool Danish street wear brand that has just launched its first collection made entirely from organic cotton. With hoodies, tees, and caps, the collection has a laid-back feeling to it, and to me it proofs that sustainability and coolness can coexist. 2. @shopnewclassics “You
Did you know that traditional dry cleaning relies on soaking your clothes in a petroleum-based solvent, which is considered toxic for both health and environment? To me that seems pretty gross, but luckily I have found a much better alternative in London’s eco-friendly dry cleaner, Blanc. Blanc is my local eco-friendly dry cleaner that has a cleaning technology, which uses only non-toxic, biodegradable detergents and pure water. On top of that Blanc’s machines are EU-certified to the latest specifications, which means they use significantly less energy than traditional dry cleaners. Apart from being better
Wondering why I would possibly want to publish pictures of my dirty laundry? I do so because the picture reveals a problem that I believe many of us regularly deal with. I call it the problem of the smallest pile. The smallest pile is (obviously) the pile of laundry which (for good reasons) just remains smaller than the rest. In my situation, it is the pile of colored clothes. I simply have more white and black clothes than blue or red. Why is this a problem? Because washing half empty machines contributes
What to do with your old clothes is an important question for at least 3 reasons: 1) Most people have loads of clothes they no longer use. A study made in the UK in 2012 showed that 30% of all the clothes lying around in UK closets have not been used for at least 12 months. 2) Unused clothes are a valuable resource that can be either reused by somebody else or recycled to new garments or even completely different products. And 3) it is just annoying to have heaps of
Care by me is a young Danish company that produces the perfect sustainable cashmere and organic cotton living and slow-wear products. I talked to Director and Founder, Camilla Gullits, who told me about the company’s initiatives to improve the lives of women in Nepal, and how it can take up to three days to produce one cashmere pillow. How does care by me work with sustainability? At care by me we base our sustainability work on the principles of the UN Global Compact. Being a young company we do not fulfil
I’m up for a challenge. I call it “3 Steps to Sustainability”. It’s simple: I have developed three steps that cover what I believe to be the most important aspects of sustainable fashion consumption habits. Like most people I often get tempted by the sight of something beautiful and affordable, and the lack of transparency most often makes it too complex to know whether the clothes that I want to buy has been produced responsibly. However, I want to find out to what extent it is possible to develop more