November LUST LIST: Our favourite ethical fashion, homewares and essentials of the month
Ethical living isn't just for summer. We've got everything you need for the colder months ahead, from new ethical fashion brands to sustainable homewares, warming organic teas and pick me up natural, cruelty free skincare.
The question is it for a Christmas present or for you?
Fri 2 Nov 2018
Whether you're looking for a new T-shirt or a box of tea, cleanser or cycling helmet, one of our favourite things is introducing to new, sustainable brands so that you can rock you life and help the planet at the same time. Rock on my friends, rock on.
Skincare, Awake Organics
One of our favourite skincare brands, Awake Organics, not only has a whole new look - in all recyclable packaging - but it's new products also harness the power of the sea to leave your skin glowing. This Sea Quartz Crystal & Algae Cleanser is packed full of plants and proper things to give your face a gentle daily polish. Vegan friendly, it uses organic turmeric and brown rice to refine your pores, while clear quartz crystals, spirulina, and hemp seed oil all work to exfoliate and soothe away urban stress.
Beanie hat, Wawwa
Clothing that puts planet and people first sounds pretty ok to us. Want to keep that brain of yours warm this winter? Wawwa’s fisherman’s style beanie hats come in a variety of colours and are made of acrylic yarn with a hand stitched 100% organic cotton label. The hats are also part of Wawwa’s 1+1 collection, where every hat bought donates another to someone less fortunate. So far they've donated around 3,000 hats and are hoping to double that in 2018.
In this me, me, me age, it's hard sometimes to actually find some me-time. Ethical jewellery brand, Mosami, has this gorgeous Happy Days Mantra silver bracelet which helps you focus on the positive and quietly reminds you to be thankful for the good things in life. Seven different pebbles are made of brushed and smooth silver, assign each one something you're grateful for and ponder on each one when you need a moment of calm.
Serving bowl, Traidcraft
Traidcraft, home of fair trade products, is the original fair trade community, focused on improving the lives of growers and artisans all over the world. Traidcraft's Christmas gift range includes this gorgeously jaunty ceramic serving bowl, glazed in vintage blue and cream and hand painted with blue ripples. Each bowl has travelled all the way from a small ceramics studio in Bangladesh.
Minimalism gets ever easier to embrace, especially when key components of home living get redesigned like this. Plumencreate super sustainable, low energy light bulbs that are pieces of art in their own right. The Plumen 001 is a high performing, dimmable LED that will last for 20,000 hours. You can also buy a bronze pendant set for maximum style.
Clothing, Edward Mongzar
Lusting after the incredible pink dress in Killing Eve on BBC? No? Just us then. Either way, we're dreaming in pink with Edward Mongzar’s new ethical and ethereal collection of floaty dresses and delightful 1950s style skirts. Add a pastel kick to the darker days, the skirt is hand marbled with water and dye - no electricity and dried naturally - and everything is made sustainably in the UK.
Backless top, Fabric for Freedom
The weather might have turned but we’re not quite ready to cover every inch of skin just yet. Thank goodness then for new ethical fashion brand Fabric for Freedom and their gorgeous organic cotton backless jumper. Made in factories in the UK with 95% GOTS certified organic fabric, we’ll happily turn our backs on summer for this. A stylish, shoulder season essential.
How cool do these Closca cycling helmets look? They’re collapsible to fit into a backpack but remain solid and stable on your head. The air vents, additional visors and a one tap wireless emergency call system have seen Closca win awards for the forward thinking design that have you dreaming of life on two wheels.
T-Shirts, Punk & Chancers
Ethical T-shirt label, Punk & Chancers, really will make your day with their awesome Vegan Punk slogan T’s. Made from Fairtrade organic cotton (what else would we feature?), this boutique brand is nailing 21st century plant power. According to Punks & Chancers, ‘There’s only one major rule in life: Don’t be a dick.’ Words we live by indeed.
Lunchbox, Vaya Tyffyn
The humble tiffin box gets an eco makeover with Vaya Tyffyn. We've fallen for their portable, pretty lunch boxes that will keep warming winter soups and stews hot until you're ready to tuck in for lunch al desko. Made from stainless steel, several compartments sit within a slimline body with collapsible handle. They're leakproof and BPA free and we reckon their the missing part of the plastic free lunch puzzle.
Ring, Stockholm Rose
Ethical jewellery brand Stockholm Rose rocks minimal style with maximum results. The beautiful designs, like this solid gold bar ring, use recycled metals. Inspired by Nordic designs, Stockholm Rose, wants to use their jewellery to positively impact the planet and plant a tree for every purchase. We love their style, start bookmarking and hinting for Christmas.
Stumped for easy ethical fashion labels? Tucker combines sustainable sourcing with everyday style - think dresses easily thrown on over tights and ankle boots. Each piece is digitally printed (cutting down on toxins and water) and made to order so there’s no leftover stock waste. We’re loving this easy, everyday red dress with a dropped waist that’ll be a festive favourite.
Tea, Joe's Tea Co
Why does tea taste so much better when you know it’s good for the planet? One of our new favourites is Joe’s Tea Co - and if it’s good enough for Claridges, then it’s good enough for us. Organic blends mix with London style and plenty of social impact around projects in Sri Lanka. We love their Proper Peppermint for an afternoon brew.
Luxury suitcase and bag brand TUMI have created a new lifelong companion. The Recycled Capsule launched earlier this month with six different designs. This rolltop London inspired backpack has a water-resistant water bottle pocket, plenty of room for tech and is made from 70% recycled materials - both post industrial plastic waste and recycled nylon. Who said sustainable can’t be smart?
Earrings, Laura Zabo
Hands up for cruelty free fashion, we’re loving these clever upcycled earrings from Laura Zabo. Made from bicycle tyre innards, she shapes, twists and bends them into sculptural statement pieces. You’ll be looking at that old bike tyre locked to a lamppost in the street for the last month differently now won’t you?
Active-wear, Flip The Dog
Need an autumnal overhaul of your gym bag? Flip The Dog are a London label that we’ve got a lot of time for. Their new collection is made from recycled plastics, designed and manufactured in the UK and the pieces come in all kinds of astral patterns. Their range covers sizes 6-16 and each piece flows with your body rather than sticks to it. Now you’ve got no excuse. Namaste.
T-Shirt, American Backcountry
If you’ve been out to a national park this summer, in the UK, US or anywhere else, you’ll know how important it is to preserve these amazing spaces. American Backcountry’s new line of T-shirts are not only made using a recycled polyester blend that uses plastic bottle. 10% of the profits go to support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Pacific Crest Trail Association in the US.