Butterfly hairclips. Bandanas. Some things just shouldn’t get a second chance. But some things we're happy to see recycled — we’re willing to give the likes of plastic bottles, glass and fabric offcuts another chance. These good guys and gals are fighting the good fight in sustainable fashion. Turning waste into womenswear never looked so good.
Okay, hands up. Who feels a liiiiiiiiiiiiittle bit smug after they’ve done even the briefest of workouts? Prepare to multiply that feeling of smugness by ten after exercising in Girlfriend Collective. Their athleisure is made from recycled plastic but their pieces are - ahem - anything but rubbish. Each pair of their compression leggings is made from 25 plastic bottles and their newest 'Lite' legging is made from nylon fishing nets that have been discarded in the ocean. Clever people.
Made's HQ is in our very own Jewellery Quarter. From there, they employ over 60 highly skilled craftsmen and women in Kenya, making each piece of jewellery by hand. Recycled brass is one of their go-to materials, as seen in these curve earrings made in collaboration with Topshop, but we've got a soft spot for their glass pieces. The glass in the necklace pictured above is from recycled Bombay Sapphire Gin bottles. We can't think of anything else we'd rather hang around our neck tbh.
People Tree were a pioneer in the ethical fashion game, they’ve been doing the fair trade thang for over 25 years now. What you might not know, is that since 2005, they’ve been employing craft producers in small villages in Bangladesh and India to create accessories from recycled sari. They also use a fibre called Tencel, that's made using wood pulp. And obvs that wood pulp is sourced from sustainable suppliers. What’s that? There’s more? It's produced by a social enterprise working to empower disadvantaged women in Mumbai. Absolutely zero guilt for spending all your pennies with these heroes.
Founder, Central St Martins graduate and all-round good egg, Diana Auria set up her swimwear brand with the aim of bringing together two things that haven't always gone hand in hand — sustainability and style. Auria's 'from the sea, for the sea' approach means their designs are handmade in England using 100% Econyl, a fibre produced using those darned fishing nets again, as well as other recycled consumer waste, such as carpet. So now, doing good looks pretty good too.