Fashion Revolution Week

I am sure all of you have seen “Who Made My Clothes?” posts on Instagram and Twitter for the past couple of days. If you haven’t, you should definitely read this! As I’ve written before and many others before me, fashion is a very polluting industry and can be very harmful to the human race as well. People who make clothes for the many multimillion-dollar fashion companies do not get the same benefits as the companies do. Mostly these people work in unsafe environments, are treated inhumanely and do not even get compensated accordingly. When shopping for fashion we rarely stop and think about this, however, for some, it is their everyday life.

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Fashion Revolution is a movement to change this and for the week of 24th to 30th of April they ask everybody to ask “Who Made My Clothes?”. Sometimes the answer can be easy. There are many designers who boast about their local production and hand-made goods. In most cases, however, this is not so easy to answer. Big companies like to hide their manufacturing practices. It is not really media friendly when people find out that the company has been exploiting children or the building collapsed killing hundreds of their employees. So it is left up to us, the consumers to put the pressure on these companies to change the way they do their business.

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To join the movement and change the way fashion companies do their business ask them “Who Made My Clothes?”. You can learn more about the movement from the Fashion Revolution website, including the Fashion Transparency Index, the garment worker diaries, information what the price behind your garments means and much more. I spent literally the whole day perusing this website. In addition, you can check their Instagram account to follow the journey of the movement.

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Additionally, you can support those brands who are being transparent and are trying to make a difference. I’ve posted about SUSS Instagram account before and how they have the greatest tips to be a more sustainable fashion shopper. Well, now they are in the process of starting up “A pop up concept store promoting a lifestyle for a healthier and happier planet.” How amazing is that?! I can’t wait! And if you want to support them you can fund them on Kickstarter until Monday 1st of May. So hurry up!

How do you support sustainable fashion?

With love,

Lii

Evolve Organic Beauty Review

I introduced you to Evolve Organic Beauty a couple weeks ago and now I’ve finally had time to test it and give you my opinion. First of all, I absolutely loved the packaging it came in. It is very simple and minimalistic, and the little pouch they came in is very handy to store them in. I appreciate how they explain how the ingredients work for your skin and what ingredients are involved in the products. I only tried 4 products out of their collection, but would really love to try the other ones as well, especially the hair products!

Evolve Organic Beauty review - byLiiL

Radiant Glow Mask

It has this chocolaty scent and slight grain to it, which makes it act as a mask and a scrub at the same time. This mask didn’t sting or itch like some other masks but felt moisturising on the skin and I felt great afterwards! The only thing I would change about this product is the scent. Although I love chocolate, I prefer my beauty products to be scented with something fresher and not as rich. Nevertheless, the scent was nice!

Hyaluronic Serum

A very easy to use serum, which absorbs quickly and hydrates the skin. I understand why it has been chosen as the winner for a couple of awards. It is so hydrating and I can use it for night or day. Also, you don’t need a lot of this product so it lasts a long time! I mean, I had only this small bottle and been using it for over two weeks and I’ve barely used any of it! The scent is neutral and the application is smooth. Excellent value for the price!

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Miracle Facial Oil

This is the first time that I use facial oils to moisturise my skin, but especially for the night time, I am sure it won’t be the last time. This oil feels so nourishing and combined with the serum it’s just the best hydrating combo to make me feel good the next morning! The application though is not the easiest with the small pipet. I accidently pushed the bottle and lost third of the product with that. However, this is still good value product for the price and I will be buying more!

Daily Renew Facial Cream

This was the only product that I was not so keen on, although I think it might work wonders for other. It was a very moisturising cream, but compared to other moisturisers that I have, I didn’t feel it nourishing my skin quite in the same way. Also, although I like coconut, I thought this product smelled too much of coconut. I still think it is a great moisturiser to try, especially as you can buy the smaller containers to try out, as it can be a wonderful product for somebody else!

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Overall, I love what I have tried for now and I know I will be buying more Evolve Beauty products! Check their website here.

Have you tried Evolve Beauty products?

With love,

Lii

 

 

A Mall for Repaired and Recycled Goods

It is quite unbelievable that I am only learning about this amazing mall, in Sweden Eskilstuna, now, when it has been open since the year 2015! As the title says there is a mall that solely sells repaired and recycled goods, in addition, they actually recycle and repair the items in the mall. How cool is that?!

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The mall takes household item donations, which they then sort into workshops to be recycled or repaired and then sold in their boutiques or if there is no use to the donations they send them to the recycling centres. They have 9 running stores and 3 small pop-up stores that sell anything from furniture, computers, clothes, building materials, toys, you name it. In addition, they have the organically focused cafe and a restaurant to feed the hungry shoppers and educational centre, conference hall and a meeting room.

The team behind the mall is aiming to “make it the best town to handle waste-management” and hope the customers will bring in their unwanted items and stay to look for what they would like from the stores available to them. This sounds so exciting I wish there would be one in every town! It creates jobs and reduces the waste burden on the local governments. This is a great effort to make a whole town more sustainable!

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I wonder whether this kind of a mall would be successful in a town where people are not as sustainably conscious and happy to buy second hand? Would you like to visit a mall like this?

You can read more about the mall from here1 and here2 and visit their (unfortunately it is all in Swedish) website, picture from here.

With love,

Lii

Evolve Organic Beauty

I found a new beauty brand, which really sounded intriguing to me, so I wanted to share it with you as well. On their website, they say they created the brand “To make it easy to be healthy and green in everyday life”. And it shows. The products are vegan, cruelty-free and organic, made out of natural and organic oils, butters and superfoods. Evolve organic beauty is as it says organic beauty brand hand-crafting natural products for skin, body and hair.

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“Evolve is an artisanal range of handmade organic beauty products for skin, body and hair”. They make their products in small batches keeping their products fresh and their production sustainable. With each product, they explain why they use certain ingredients and how they work for you. I am absolutely in love with everything I read about them!

Evolve has a studio in Hetfordshire where they craft their beauty products and they are already stocked in many natural beauty stores e.g. mypure, where I first bumped into this brand. If you are concerned whether you like their products you can try them first by ordering samples of them. This is what I did and I will definitely be writing my review on the products soon!

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The only thing that I would make me even more in love with the brand is if they were more transparent about where they get their ingredients from. Other than that, I can’t wait to write to you about how I like their products!

Check more on their website, twitter and Instagram! And do check out their blog on their website with great tips, competitions and even beauty recipes.

 

Have you tried Evolve beauty products before?

With love,

Lii

 

Anek. – Sustainable and Instagrammable

I stumbled upon Anek. (Anekdot) by scrolling through Instagram and started following instantly ones I learned it’s sustainability merits. Not only are the pictures beautiful and inspiring, the brand has some excellent sustainability credentials.

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The feeling you first get from the Instagram account is easy, lazy summer days, beautiful and a little bit sneak peak. I could easily like every single photo I see! Already in their Instagram bio they assert to fight the mass-production and it’s mediocrity in craftsmanship. Great, right! Well, a closer look at their website got me even more excited. It is a brand created by a Swedish-born Sofia, who studied in Italy and got her experience in London. She maintains the brand from Berlin, where she handcrafts every single piece sold. The materials used in every piece are cleverly sourced from production leftovers, end of lines, off-cuts, deadstock and vintage trimmings. This means the collections are designed based on what is available and therefore many items are very unique.

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I loved the look of the lingerie but was quickly disappointed by the sizing of S-XL, which is not often suitable for a woman with a bigger bust. I hope at some point, as they are making each garment for the customer, that they would also make it to the measurements and more colour! I would definitely be first in line to try that!

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I got really excited about their bikini line, especially with the Versatile bikini, which could be worn in many different ways and is made out of quality performance fabric!

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And the reason I wanted to write about this brand is their transparency. There are so many sustainable brands, who are not quite as honest about how they source their materials. With Anek. they tell with each of the garments how they sourced the materials and from where, even if it is not sustainable, which is absolutely fantastic! It definitely makes me trust the brand much more and I feel stay tuned to what they get up to in the future! Find the brand website here.

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Have you heard of Anek. before?

With love,

Lii

Why Change To Natural Cleaning Products

Should I change to natural cleaning products and do I have the energy to do that change has been on my mind for a long time, but with everything else going on in my life I haven’t had the chance to sit down and properly investigate the question. What made me question the mainstream cleaning products in the first place where the chemical smell of the cleaning products and the warning signs at the back. After reading the information from the labels I got even more concerned. When products are harmful to aquatic life, can be irritating or even have warnings on toxicity it makes me wonder whether I really want to use such products in my own household.

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I didn’t have to do a lot of research to find out that most mainstream cleaning products although claim being safe to use in your home can be very toxic and can be harmful to your health, to your children and pets health, not even talking about the environmental health. Last time I was looking for laundry detergent I couldn’t find a single product that didn’t say “harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects”. When these chemicals go down our drains, they are treated in the sewers, however, not all chemicals break down during this treatment and they end up in our waterways polluting the aquatic life and the waters themselves. Not sustainable and not sure how safe it is for my or for my pets health!

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There are many more natural cleaning products on the market now, however, as words like “eco” “natural ingredients” and “bio” are very trendy now, I would check the labels whether they really are what they say to be. At the moment I am experimenting with the brand Ecover, which for now seems to work okay, however, with all the articles online I am inclined to try out some of the home-made cleaning products and see how they would work.

I thought of sharing some of the homemade recipes with you:

 

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If you are interested to read more about the topic these articles were interesting link1, link2 and link3.

Have you been concerned about the mainstream cleaning products? And have you found a brand that you find safe to use? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on the topic!

With love,

Lii

 

5 Easy Sustainable Fashion Changes

Following from the 5 easy sustainable changes I wrote previously I thought of sharing some advice relating to fashion items, which are much more of the interest to me.

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1. Only wash your clothes when you really need to wash them. Clothes do not require to be washed often and especially if you have them from natural fibres (cotton, wool, silk, linen) they are good for much longer than synthetic fibres, which often make people sweat more. Air your clothes well after wear instead and they may last you longer and in better condition.

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2. Investigate what clothes you really like to wear. Look into your closet and check which clothes you wear often, what style and colour they are and, which ones you rarely or not at all. Knowing the style of clothing you are comfortable with will help you when you shop, as it can reduce impulse buys of trendy fashion that you might not actually wear in the end. So really dig into why you like and don’t like particular clothing. Good examples for this are this anti-haul post and this spring wardrobe post.

3. Take care of your garments. Repair the rips, sew back buttons, take them to the seamstress to fix bigger problems or fit it to your shape and clean as instructed. Did you know that many people would rather through the garment away rather than sew back a button, which is easy and pretty quick to do as well? Caring for our garments will make sure they last longer and will not end up filling our landfills.

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4. Invest in pieces that you know you will be wearing a long time. I would say do this after the number 2, once you actually know what you like and feel comfortable wearing. I find that when I invest in clothing I take much better care of them, I spend money on things that I really want and can see myself wearing a long time. Not always, but often when you spend more on a garment it is made with good materials and craftsmanship, unlike the high street garments on the market which are designed to fall apart after few wears. Check this post out.

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5. Donate and sell the garments you are no longer wearing. There are so many charity shops which will take all your donations and either resell them or recycle them into a new use. Many of the garments we are not wearing can be also sold to new owners who will love them. You get rid of an item you don’t like without it landing on the landfill and get money for it! Ebay and Depop are good places to check where you can sell your items.

 

Do you have any additional sustainable fashion changes to my list?

With love,

Lii