There is a big movement in the cosmetics industry in eliminating nasty stuff like microplastics and becoming more organic, no doubt. Not so much is happening on the packaging side though. Enter the fantastic female founders of Sulapac, who invented a biodegradable packaging based on wood that is not only eco-friendly but also nice to look at. Hope we'll see more of it on our shelves soon! (via)
A little funny video about an actually tough problem, especially for the not so loud ladies out there. Take notice how the women at the end of the video reacted. Gold. (via)
Fashion has a severe problem. It's one of the most polluted industries in the world. Next to the waste problem by over-production (fast fashion) and chemicals used in the production process, another big issue is the extremely poor working conditions for mostly all people sewing our clothes. Most of which stays completely in the dark for the consumer.
Enter blockchain*. This technology offers a new ways to enable transparency and consciousness about fashion production. One impressive pioneer is Provenance - an app that tracks the finished product from farm to retail. A label inside the garment offers access to this information.
My heart jumps of excitement about this technology being used to foster consumer power, better conditions in the supply chain, and education in general. Go, Transparent Company! (via)
Another good read, that takes the idea one step further: blockchain could be used to create a decentralized marketplace database, where ideally the production history of every article ever produced would be stored. While the data control stays with the owner, the information would be accessible for every brand, retailer or consumer.
*Blockchains are essentially just indexes of standardised information. In a very simple sense, blockchains are community-generated maps.
This made me laugh: a nerdy chart to estimate the number of underpants you need to bring for your travel. (via)
Now, that's a beauty of a sporty backpack, the Deep Blue Bag. I'm not only a fan of the minimalistic design, but also all the neat features it comes with. And because the makers of this bag are surfers and hence just like every surfer in general cool people that care about the ocean and environment (at least for the most part, I want to believe), the bag is manufactured using upcycled materials from sails, climbing ropes and wetsuits -- plus proceeds from the bag’s sales go to supporting Sustainable Surf’s Waste to Waves program. You can support the company here.
I've been struck by Sarah Kirsten's purity in wearable design. She lives on a small farm in Iowa, where she sews her own clothes and takes beautifully calming pictures of them. Her philosophy is simple: no patterns, no printing, no taping. "You just need a measuring tape, scissors, pencil, sewing machine, beautiful fabric, thread, and occasional accessories like zippers and buttons. " You can download the instructions for little money on her website, choose your own fabric and (let) sew your own piece. (found via Windward Made)
No chance denying: Christmas is approaching fast! What always bugs me is the amount of gift wrapping paper bought, used and tossed every year (I actually reuse such paper, but there is only so many times you can do that without the gift looking super messy). But! Nuno is here to our rescue. And look HOW PRETTY. The gift wrapping "paper" (cloth) they sell is made of 100% post-consumer recycled bottles and can also be used for other textile needs. Get ready for the most stylish Christmas presents ever! (via)
The editorial team at tbd. put together a comprehensive article what this blockchain technology is all about. And how it can be used to do good. Recommend reading!