Recently, I have been busy researching designers that have sustainability and the environment as close to their hearts as the dollars they make from the luxury products they create. I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised how many boxes Stella McCartney ticks.
Her Brand has an ethos to make eco-friendly decisions whenever they can!
- She does not use furs or animal skins “of any kind”
- Stella is aware that sustainability is as important as recycling and has built her beliefs into the brand DNA.
- She is always looking for better ways to do things – like testing waterless dyeing techniques.
- The list goes on and on but lately she is creating lower-priced Eco Friendly Lingerie…..brilliant!
Stella’s eco friendly lingerie collection simply called ‘Stella’ Comprising French Calais lace and silk, together with organic-cotton gussets and recycled metal hardware, the eco-friendly collection offers five different bra shapes in a variety of smooth, mesh, and lace fabrics. McCartney focused first and foremost on fit. The bra cups come with 8-millimeter-thick foam—as opposed to the industry standard of 12mm—making them 25 percent lighter than the average bra. But although the intimates are meant for practical, everyday wear, they’re far from matronly. If nude and black are too quotidian for your taste, other options sizzle in python and electric blue. Another plus? Unlike McCartney’s pricier selections, nothing costs more than $65.
Read more about Stella McCartney in Marie Claire
‘Ecouterre is a website devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design. We’re dedicated to showcasing and supporting designers who not only contemplate cut, form, and drape, but also a garment’s social and environmental impact, from the cultivation of its fibers to its use and disposal. Our ethos: To follow the evolution of the apparel industry toward a more environmentally sound future, as well as facilitate a conversation about why sustainable fashion matters’ – You can get lost for hours in this fab website it is a feast for all eco beliefs….!
Halloween is the second largest holiday apart from Christmas you will know this even more so if you have children, fancy dress costumes, so many sweets to choose from fireworks and of course the decorations!!
When you think about it, Halloween is not a very environmentally friendly time for the vast majority but if we all just sit back as we carve our pumpkins and think what this holiday really means then maybe we could make a little difference to this lovely planet – The Celt‘s were the founders of Halloween called Samhain or ‘summers end’.It started as a harvest festival where people stocked up on foods for the dark cold winter ahead. Animals were brought down from the hills and some were slaughtered, bonfires were lit as celebration as it was also believed that the door to the otherworld opened enough to let souls and fairies back in. These souls included the souls of families and friends and table settings were laid and feasts set out in their honor. This period also left evil spirits back into our world which led people to take steps to warn them off leading to the first ever halloween costumes!!
The traditional foods and games we play use foods that are in season which is lovely : Apples in all forms toffee and candy, Barmbrack, Pumpkins and in Ireland traditionally the turnip was used…..can you imagine carving a turnip 🙂
When you look at what is on offer to decorate your homes and costumes it is all made from dreaded plastics, but getting the family together and planning out the holiday can be a very worthwhile experience for all involved. Woodland walks to gather some materials and taking in the beautiful scenery at this time of the year! Bring your Pumpkin to carve, and a flask of hot chocolate what a wonderful way to start off the Halloween season after all it’s not all about scary stuff.
Visit your local second hand store for some costume materials and buy face paints to create your own characters instead of shop bought ones.
I found this amazing blog where you can learn how to make some really nifty DIY & eco halloween decorations. Amanda from Natural Mommie is a real pro at showing us all how we can all tweak just a little few every day items or chores to become more environmentally aware. Loving Amanda’s blog!
Wishing you all a very Happy, Spooky & Green Halloween XXXX