Winter bathing – cooold

Finally, I’m starting to winter bath. To be honest – IT WAS COLD. An evening in January in Denmark the water was ice cold. BUT – the feeling after was wonderful. (You can read my blog about winter bathing). I definitely benefit from it. I felt the cold shock, and then when I got up, all the circulation stated, and my body was heating up. So much so I could walk back in shorts, uh? Nice! And I definitely got a boost from it, that runners high they talk about. Futhermore, I feel extremely healthy after. A tip! If you live in a country with warm tempareture right now, make an ice bath.

Love,

Nanna.

Beyond Leather

If you have a little designer in your stomach, and dream of making a cruelty-free, and vegan design – that are sustainable and ethical – then Beyond Leather would be a very good and excellent choice. And what they say is that the plant-based Leap is under development all the time to become the most sustainable leather product, that are cruelty-free and none-animals produced. An alternative to the fashion buisness instead of real leather. They are all the time focusing on making it Leap more extrodinary and diverse. Their product is made out of apple waste.

Q&A:

  • How do you contribute to a better fashion industry

Our leather alternative, Leap is made from leftover apples. We use the waste of the juice- and cider industry to create a beautiful material that looks, feels, and behaves similar to leather without the environmental costs of animal leather. During the production of Leap, we save an immense amount of water, CO2, and chemicals. Not to mention that Leap is designed for disassembly and recyclability at the end of its life. We would like to change the fashion industry for the better not only by offering a truly sustainable leather alternative but by leading the industry into a transparent system. We want to develop and produce Leap as transparently as we can. This means that we are not holding anything back, we are transparent about what we do well, but also about what we need to improve and how we want to overcome those challenges

  • What got you the idea in the first place?

The idea came from our Co-Founder, Hannah Michaud 5 years ago. She studied fashion design at the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, and in a class on biomimicry, she was given apple pulp to experiment with. The idea of using it for creating a leather alternative didn’t come immediately, but when it was born, it was clear that she tapped into something the world needs and is ready for. She started a company called The Apple Girl that evolved into Beyond Leather Materials when our other Co-Founder, Mikael Eydt joined her. 

Attempting to make a leather alternative from fruit waste might seem like a crazy idea but making the impossible possible is what pushes us forward. 

  • Why is it important to change the fashion industry?

Today’s materials like traditional leather and alternatives are not sustainable and causing the fashion industry to be one of the most polluting industries on the globe that is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions and 20% of all global industrial water pollution. This is a problem for fashion brands and end-consumers alike.

Our philosophy is to support the end-consumer in being able to consume and express themselves without feeling guilty by supplying a material to fashion brands that they don’t need to compromise on. We don’t want sustainability to be restrictive. We want it to be a natural part of fashion.

  • What would you change in the fashion industry?

We would like to change the way the fashion industry uses raw materials, starting with becoming more sustainable and more transparent. Transparency is key in steering away from greenwashing. We also want to burst the idea that something upcycled cannot be luxurious. Using waste materials does not take away from a product’s value, on the contrary, it adds value. The circular economy is becoming a more and more important concept in the fashion industry which is great, but we want to push the boundaries further and make people see that waste can be beautiful.

  • What do you think would happen if we don’t change the fashion industry

The fashion industry is moving in the right direction thanks to customers being more educated about the products they buy, and the raw materials used in those products and they demand change. This change might be slow now, but we believe that companies who do not understand sustainability and transparency will be left behind, and the ones who do, will take over. The fashion industry – luckily – won’t stay the same for long.

“The fashion industry is moving in the right direction thanks to customers being more educated about the products they buy, and the raw materials used in those products and they demand change.”

Thank you to Beyond Leather – check them out here:

www.explore-leap.com

YOGGI YOGGI YOGA – HALLELUJAH!

HELLO READER – I’m curious, what do you know about yoga?

I’m making a yoga challenge, to know more about yoga, tricks and tips I will welcome gladly. I want to do yoga from today and one month (yeah okay, I know I’m starting a little late in the month, but just NOW I got the idea). I want to do it everyday at least one time.

So if you have any suggestions, place to check yoga out or more – LET ME KNOW. You can leave a comment, and I will check it out. 🙂 Thanks!

AWEAR

An interview with AWEAR.

If you are looking for something special, with a speciel offer, then AWEAR can be warmly recommended. I saw this brand on Vegan Fashion Week on the pop-up list. It is a really creative and new thinking fashion brand, where they make collections with elephant and rhinos print. First they interact with the animals i real life, and there by found their print. They wanna shine a light on species and raise their knowlegde. They wanna impact the wildlife positively for animals and other causes. You can buy this funny and elegant brand with good conciouse.

Q&A:

  • How do you contribute to a better fashion industry?

The top five ways that AWEAR contributes to a better fashion industry 1) LOW waste production. Everything is made in the USA, specifically Nashville, TN. The factory owner is super eco-conscious and has an extremely low waste production process. 2) AWEAR uses very eco-friendly fabrics, all of them a blend of cotton and modal. 3) AWEAR has very low minimum inventory runs, that way we never sit on inventory or have wastage. 4) AWEAR uses either recyclable or compostable materials in its logistics processes. Even better, we have a program in which anyone who works with AWEAR can bring in a box (old Amazon box, etc) and we will reuse the box for order shipments, making the process completely sustainable. 5) Paying everyone fairly. Anyone who does any work for AWEAR is paid a very fair price for their labor. We take pride in this and know it contributes to a better fashion industry and world.. 

  • What got you the idea in the first place?

The creator of AWEAR, Stephanie, was volunteering abroad with wildlife when the idea hit her. So many of the issues involving animal cruelty revolve around a simple fact that people are completely unaware of the issues the animals face or their potential behavior that could impact them. Knowing everyone wears clothing, she wanted to create a product that tried to bring awareness to these animals and ways to help them. She was also inspired by the animal’s natural beauty and incorporated this aspect into the designs.

  • Why is it important to change the fashion industry?

The fashion industry can do better. Wearing an animal’s skin as a garment makes zero sense this day and age. Technology has provided us the tools and means to create garments with low environmental impact and with no harm to animals. I wish for a day when fur and leather are no longer used in fashion!

  • What would you change in the fashion industry?

I would LOVE to see standardized regulations across all countries that reward fair wages, establish rules for responsible environment practices, and take on the task of breaking up monopolies and reducing the power oligopolies within the fashion industry.

  • What do you think would happen if we don’t change the fashion industry

I am going to be an optimist here and say we will change the fashion industry. I feel that several people are waking up to their impact on this planet, starting with their wardrobe choices. We will change the fashion industry for the better! It may be a long road, but we can do it.  

“I am going to be an optimist here and say we will change the fashion industry.”

Thank you to AWEAR – check them out here:

www.weareawear.com

AIKYOU – lingerie

An interview with AIKYOU.

Now, let’s talk about lingerie – AIKYOU is one of the finest lingerie fashion brand I have found. I must say a note it is for small busts. It is elegant, chick and the design is with a twist of sophisticated feminicity. With shadows of different shapes and their ethical fabrics are they setting the tone for modern women to embrace them self in their lingerie, without harm and the nature, people and animals. AIKYOU is one good ethical choice if you want to look beautiful and with good self esteem, and still are carring a simple giving a damn for envorionment, humanity and animals. You got the high design together with a good portion of good conscience.

Q&A:

  • How do you contribute to a better fashion industry?

AIKYOU is the lingerie brand for small busts. Our underwear is Fairtrade certified (for our organic cotton), has been tested according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, and qualifies as PETA-Approved Vegan. On principle, sustainability has never been a marketing trend for us, but always a matter of course. And there is so much more to it than just certifications. We handle all resources responsibly, and follow this mindset both professionally and in our private lives. 

  • What got you the idea in the first place?

We think small busts are gorgeous. Just the way they are. That’s our credo, and that’s why we founded AIKYOU in 2011, because there were simply no bras on the market meeting the requirements of small-busted women. We wanted underwear without any underwiring or enlarging push-ups, with special designs for small boobs – and all of that produced in a sustainable way.

  • Why is it important to change the fashion industry?

We believe in change, in thinking twice, in asking questions, both in fashion and elsewhere. All of this we do in order to make things better and create a more sustainable life. With this in mind, we always do our best – without claiming to be perfect. Our brand AIKYOU, inspired by a Japanese female name, exactly expresses this attitude: it translates as “love and respect”.

“We believe in change, in thinking twice, in asking questions, both in fashion and elsewhere. All of this we do in order to make things better and create a more sustainable life.”

  • What would you change in the fashion industry?

We think we need to direct our focus ever more on the quality of design, fabrics and craftsmanship, in order to create fashion you will love wearing for many years. Also, from the outset, we realised that acting sustainably is not limited to finding the right materials and production conditions. Consequently, we keep questioning what doing business in a sustainable way actually means. For us, discount battles, which promote processes resembling the fast fashion system, are not part of it.

  • What do you think would happen if we don’t change the fashion industry?

Standstill is a step backward, it is the same in so many aspects of life: if you won’t act, if you won’t try to change, nothing will be different, nothing will evolve. Therefore, every small step counts – even if you can’t change the world or the fashion industry as a whole. So let’s all join together in always making things a bit better!

Thank you to AIKYOU – check them out on:

www.aikyou.de

WHERE TO BUY VEGAN FASHION – IMMACULATE VEGAN

Find it in following link

https://immaculatevegan.com/?rfsn=6067418.7c111b

IMMACULATE VEGAN is absolutely the best place to get your vegan items! You can get everything you want here – there is no limitation on the goods you can get. I can only quote them in terms of their ethical philosofy:

Every single beautiful item on our website is vegan. No need for filters or searches. Vegan means zero cruelty to animals. It also means using less water, energy, harmful chemicals and processes that damage the environment.

Immaculate Vegan

Furthermore, they think about the procces, in terms of the people who work at their fashion factory. Immaculate Vegan have over 130 designers.

Have a good shopping! Link: https://bit.ly/3h7FH22

DAUNTLESS INTERVIEW

An interview with DAUNTLESS

Dauntless is a vegan ethical brand – with a fascinated design. Here you can shop with good conscience. They highly notes with amazing fashion, good quality and cruelt-free desing. This is the platform to look for, in terms of great design both for women (and men). Their apparel is presented in f.x. Vogue and BAZAAR. Their design are classic with a twist, simple yet complicated, well-thought, new thinking and eye-catching here at www.dauntless-clothing.com. They have certificates like GOTS and PETA. GOTS is The  Global Organic Textile Standard, PETA is an insurerings that they don’t harm animals. If you’re looking for an environmentally, sustainable and ethical brand, then buy DAUNTLESS.

  • How do you contribute to a better fashion industry? 

I have always been an activist at heart and want to make a positive impact as a human being and through my ventures. Through Dauntless we are able to show the importance of a responsible modern supply chain as well as helping consumers be conscious in their purchases and really looking into what they are buying and where they are buying it from. 

  • What got you the idea in the first place? 

In 2014 I saw a lack of corporate social responsibility in the fashion industry  and wanted to create a business that changed the perception of sustainable and vegan fashion whilst creating a positive change in our consumer ways. I had the pleasure of working at a startup that sold only royal warrant brands. Royalty gave these warrants to brands for their authenticity, craftsmanship, sustainable and social good however at that time, the fashion industry did not have any social or environmental good in their business mission and values. 

  • Why is it important to change the fashion industry? 

The fashion industry is one of the biggest pollutants in the world. People still have to get dressed and people want to feel good so why not make the fashion industry  more responsible and more conscious and help those consumers change their way of purchase. 

  • What would you change in the fashion industry? 

There is too much of everything and anything. I would think that at this time, 2021, there should be laws where every industry/company is obligated to have a positive sustainable and social aspect to them. 

  • What do you think would happen if we don’t change the fashion industry? 

Thanks to the new mentality of consumers, the consumers have obligated brands to change if not they will not survive as a business. If we don’t change we will not have a planet for tomorrow. 

Thank you to DAUNTLESS – check them out on:

www.dauntless-clothing.com

VEGAN BAGS AND ACCESSORIES

An interview with HEMINCUFF.

Let’s reach out to a vegan designer, that are making bags and accessories. at www.hemincuff.com, here you can find bags and accessories that seems as new as the sun is shining every day, but is actually made from recycled materials. Not that you can see that on the excellent product – that it looks cool and a it seems like there is a certain simplicity in the design, that makes it very elegant. Hermincuff is first runners in terms of recycling and envorinmentally friendly design, and have a very eye-catching and minimalistic look. Here you can shop with a good conscience, as it is well considered every aspects of the design.

Q&A:

  • How do you contribute to a better fashion industry?

My focus is to always use recycled materials to make our products and packaging that is environmental friendly. We use recycled plastic, recycled rubber, recycled cotton, recycled nylon and recycled PU leather. 

My Origami collection is handmade in the USA. It makes me feel good to employ U.S craftsman so they can make money to feed their families. I am happy to be part of Made in America products since a majority of brands completely make their whole collection overseas

  • What got you the idea in the first place?

My Father was a leather craftsman in the 1970s in NYC. He use to own a factory but unfortunately he lost it all due to shady business partners. As a kid I found out what happened and wanted to fulfill what my father couldn’t so I started Hemincuff to continue that story. You can see my father in my about us page in the link below : 
https://www.hemincuff.com/pages/about-us

  • Why is it important to change the fashion industry?

Honestly I’m tired of Luxury brands killing innocent animals to use their skins to make products and sell them for thousands. They have YouTube videos of luxury brands owning slaughter houses to kill exotic animals to make their high priced bags. It’s super sad to see and told myself I didn’t want to be part of that.

  • What would you change in the fashion industry?

The fashion industry should focus more on Sustainable fashion. I feel like sustainable brands don’t get as much praise as the Luxury brands. Luxury brands should move away from leather and only use recycled materials or even sustainably made leather. 

  • What do you think would happen if we don’t change the fashion industry?

Lots of waste and pollution happens with fast fashion which isn’t good for the environment. If brands don’t take responsibility to create a sustainable infrastructure than we will continue to hurt the environment. 

Thank you to HEMINCUFF – check them out on:

www.hemincuff.com

DETOX MY CLOTHES

An interview with NOUMENON.

Let’s give the spotlight to a fashion company, where you can buy sustainable, environmentally friendly and vegan brands. A business which keeps in mind the human and animal rights. A fair deal. Did you know that there’s child labour and lack of human rights by executed by companies, that are damaging for the world we live in? Animals who are treated brutally. Did you ever wonder who made your clothes, or what it has been made of? Nowadays, I think the world is ready to make a difference, take a stand. Choose something better. I have discovered Noumenon, where you can buy your items with good conscience. I asked them about their work & philosophy – here are some of the questions:

Q&A:

  • How do you contribute to a better fashion industry?

At Noumenon we sell sustainable and vegan clothing. We make sure to pay attention to every detail of the whole company structure and make every step as sustainable as possible for us. 
A few examples of this:The collections exist of linen, organic cotton, cupro and Tencel (recycled woodpulp), but we also work with innovative recycled fabrics and give surplus fabrics a new life.With our own label every fabric and garment finds its origin in Europe, to reduce as much CO2 as possible. Furthermore the ink used for the prints is environmentally friendly. Also, the brandlabels are made from recycled cotton and the tags are made of recycled paper. Last but not least, every order placed in Amsterdam will be delivered in a recycled package by the 100% electric company car BIRO.
We also sell other sustainable labels on our webshop, but before they are placed on our store we first ask a lot of questions about the fabrics, production methods and how ethical the company is. We make sure to do all the research, so that our customer can mostly enjoy a fun shopping experience without the guilt.

“With our own label every fabric and garment finds its origin in Europe, to reduce as much CO2 as possible”

  • What got you the idea in the first place?

It was a combination of a few things actually. During my fashion studies I became a vegan and could not find vegan and ethical fashion that fitted to my fashion taste. At the same time I saw the documentary “The True Cost Of Fashion” and this made such an impact on me. I could not imagine working for any company that is this unethical and cruel. I actually wanted to make sure myself that the working conditions were fair and that the clothing was sustainable and that there was no animal cruelty involved. Therefore I though let me just try and do this myself. And that is how it basically started. Challenge accepted.

  • Why is it important to change the fashion industry?

The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world.That’s the biggest reason, I mean for us and for our future generations to exist, drastic changes need to happen within this industry. Luckily second hand clothing has a trendy image nowadays compared to the past, this also makes a huge difference.

  • What would you change in the fashion industry?

Top priority for us is best described with the word cruelty-free, meaning both for the people, animals and our planet. We think that today nobody should suffer for the sake of fashion, it is not worth it. When people learn to value the true cost of fashion and its impact on the planet, great changes will take place.

  • What do you think would happen if we don’t change the fashion industry?

If we continue like this, I think the planet and the animals will suffer, also our future generations. Luckily change in the industry is happening every year, the only thing is that it’s still a bit slow. The biggest challenge is the market. The market demands ethical fashion, sustainable and vegan fashion. But the consumers are not always prepared to pay the extra price. We have a lot of fans, who ask for garments for free. And this is not very good for our growth as a business. There is still a lack of knowledge/understanding how much a garment actually costs. Stores require high mark-ups, sustainable fabrics are much more expensive than conventional fabrics and the factory employees also need to be paid. Besides all of that, you should be able to pay yourself and your office employees as a business. People don’t realise the costs that a brand has.

Thank you to NOUMENON – check them out on:

www.nou-menon.com

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