Sustainable sourcing can be a minefield! Come and learn from brands pioneering innovative materials - from fabric made from ocean plastic, to hair sticks sourced from offcuts of discarded root wood to organic and fairtrade cotton.
Discover the process of sourcing sustainable materials whilst spending time with leaders and pioneers in this field.
Panel includes representatives from Know the Origin, SAYA designs, Riz boardshorts, Kaligahr and Henri London.
Riz Boardshorts: In 2009, having witnessed first hand the crisis of plastic pollution facing our oceans friends Riz Smith and Ali Murrell set out to create 'The most beautiful and sustainable swim shorts in the world'. Every pair of shorts is made from upcycled plastic bottles, diverting further waste from entering the sea and £1 from the sale of every pair goes directly to the Marine Conservation Society. The British-Hawaiian print patterns incorporate themes of endangered fish, flowers and insects to foster awareness and inspire appreciation for the natural world. Riz shorts are built to last with the ethos that it is better for the environment to buy less and instead buy better and to reiterate this, they have a lifetime guarantee Rizcycle scheme to include their customers in a cyclical and sustainable process.
Henri London: Henrietta founded Henri in 2016 after studying at London college of a Fashion and working as a freelance pattern cutter. Henri pieces are made using Organic cotton sourced from India and each and every Henri item is designed and pattern cut by Henrietta herself. The brand then work with manufacturers in both London and Portugal who they trust to make their shirts to the highest possible standards. Through working on Henri, Henrietta has developed a passion for continued learning on sustainability and social responsibility within the business. Henri is committed to growing sustainably so that more rural communities and more disadvantage women may find dignified and meaningful employment within the Henri supply chain.
Saya Designs: Saya Designs was created by Victoria out of a deep love of nature, a growing awareness of environmental issues, and a desire to create things with a real story to tell. Every Saya product starts as a waste material - root wood that is a recycled by-product material of the timber industry in Indonesia - and is loving hand crafted into something beautiful and purposeful. Each salvaged root completes an amazing cycle, as with each hair stick purchased up to 10 endangered trees are planted in community run forestry projects in local areas.
Kaligarh: Each Kaligarh piece of jewellery is handmade by small-scale artisans in Nepal and elsewhere in the Himalaya. Kaligarh is recognised as a Fair Trade Supplier by the British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS), and is a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum.
Know The Origin: Ethical Consumer's 2017 top rated ethical fashion brand, they make Fairtrade and Organic clothing, with a full supply chain transparency. More recently, they have curated a honest marketplace, bringing together sustainable and transparent brands from around the world, allowing you to discover the ethical impact and origin of each piece.
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