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The Perfect Capsule Wardrobe Addition For Those Who Love Linen

May 25, 2018
It’s rather rare that a piece of clothing emotionally engages you. Even in this business where each item that comes your way tells a sustainable story where the artisans who work for brands are respected and paid fairly.

But there is something truly special about sole proprietorships, a growing but still unique type of entity in which one person, or in the case of AUROREI, one woman, takes the product from the design table to your closet on her own. Investing herself completely in the production process with such thoughtfulness and intention that her success and growth is built not only by the beautiful products she creates but also her affiliation to conscious craftsmanship and the marvel of modern female entrepreneurship at its base.
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Designed with the intention of duality, AUROREI’s collections reflect a happy marriage between relaxation and effort, with carefully curated designs in either linen or leather that balance elegance with ease and durability with an air of softness. Creating purposeful clothing that’s adaptive to any lifestyle or body. 

AUROREI’s collections effortlessly integrate into any existing wardrobe with elegant adaptability. Each piece transforming throughout the seasons to help you cultivate a conscious capsule wardrobe conveniently.

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Since receiving my gifted linen trousers and multi-way top two months ago, I’ve effortlessly surpassed any 30 wears goals I might have, integrating the trousers in my wintery Spring 10 x 10, and bringing it along as part of my entire summer capsule, for the 30 items x 30 days #Traincation across Europe I've currently embarked on. The two pieces I’ve owned have accompanied me for stylish city days, train travel, a business conference, walks in the countryside, beach days and so on, proving to be a transformative set of items for the life of a modern woman.

ABOUT LINEN

Linen is a textile humans have been using for thousands of years, created through textiles woven from a flax crop which grows around the world and is incredibly durable. Because it grows naturally, it doesn't require chemicals to be grown or processed into textiles and it is able to biodegrade at the end of its lifecycle.

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ITEMS WORN IN THIS STORY

AUROREI Trousers
Creating premium essentials for the conscious consumers at below market prices, Aurorei's produces are shipped directly from her sewing machines to your door. These trousers are incredibly comfortable, easy to travel with, and diverse. You'll find these trousers online HERE.

This multi-way top can be worn tied forward or back and is both comfortable and easy to pack. You'll find it online HERE.

I found this basket woven bamboo frame backpack on the street when I was in Winnipeg last summer, but there's a similar one by a seller on Etsy you can get your hands on HERE.

Made with upcycled leather, OFKT is amongst this extraordinary elite who create with reverent and venerable pace, offering shoes made traditionally by hand in a small Yorkshire factory, designed with a thoughtful and transparent circular story in mind and sustainability and artistry at the core of its brand. The shoes are spendy, but I've worn mine for two years straight and they're still going strong, so they're worth every penny. You'll find them HERE.

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SPONSORED POST: This post was sponsored by AUROREI. The story, including all content, experiences, suggestions and opinions, are my own. I was gifted the linen set pictured in this post and there are some affiliate links mixed in with other items mentioned marked by a '**'. It is with the support from companies like this that I am able to continue researching, writing and sharing these sustainable stories. I'm most grateful for both their support as a brand and yours as a reader.

12 SUSTAINABLE PLACES TO STAY, EAT, SHOP, AND VISIT IN COPENHAGEN

May 20, 2018
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Copenhagen gives you a glimpse into a better world, one where the whir of bicycle wheels replace honking horns and where the idea of living consciously is so collectively accepted it’s become conventional. It’s a city that gives you hope for the future metropolises of the world, with its cutting-edge eco architecture, endless cycle routes and green spaces galore. A place where people seem to put kindness first and stress last, creating that brilliant balance we as North Americans still search for ... it’s no wonder the Danes are rumoured to be amongst the happiest in the world.

STAY

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This small string of family-owned eco-friendly hotels share a dreamy aesthetic which creatively and playfully combines Balinese and Scandinavian design to create something luxurious yet down to earth, each detail thoughtfully and consciously put together for your comfort and enjoyment while simultaneously protecting the planet. At Manon Les Suits, the rooftop restaurant offers delicious vegan options along with a wide variety of organic beers and cocktails with outdoor and indoor seating bringing ‘hygge’ to a whole new level. Across from the restaurant is a spa partitioned away to create an intimate space with an outdoor shower, steam room and sauna for you to relax in and enjoy. The pool area, set in the centre of the hotel feels like a terrarium from another world, with a plethora of plants cascading down from the balconies which line each floor, swaddling you on a sanctuary of serenity which will make you forget the outside world. READ MORE

EAT

With two locations within Copenhagen, this sweet shop offers delicious 100% organic vegan food and drinks dressed up with edible flowers, berries and nuts to create a tiny piece of art for your mouth. Though most of their to-go containers are compostable or recyclable, bring your own for the smoothies and juices as they’re still using plastic cups and straws.

SOULS CPH
laid-back all day dining
ADDRESS: 3 Melchiors Plads + Nørre Farimagsgade 63
WEB: soulscph.dk
SOCIAL: @soulscph
A cozy space for all-day dining, Souls offers locally sourced organic food that will purposefully please the pallet by Denmark’s best vegan chef, Neel Engholm. 

a nyhavn haven
ADDRESS: Nyhavn 21 
In the heart of Nyhavn is a port side spot serving organic beverages and meals with food prepared fresh based on seasonal offerings of fresh produce, vegetables, meat and fish. Keeping its original 16th-century charm with wooden floors, fireplaces, knick-knacks and diamond-paned windows, Cap Horn is a haven amongst the busyness of this ancient architecture.

porridge paradise
ADDRESS: Jægersborggade 50
WEB: groed.com
SOCIAL: @groedcph

While some movements towards sustainable eating might pull the culture out of the country making the whole world feel like an indistinguishable hipsters paradise of raw/vegan /plant-based food, Grød holds its ground by elevating a traditional Danish food to new levels with organic, ethically sourced, affordable meals built around the world of porridge.

Pizza Party
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Brunch, pizza and DELICIOUS cocktails all made with organic ingredients by warm and friendly staff on long tables which make it feel like a cozy picnic rather than a regular old munch down. They source their produce locally from high-quality farms, breweries, coffee-roasters and wine producers allowing them to change the menu as the seasons change. They offer vegan, vegetarian and omnivore options making it an easy place to eat and meet.

SHOP

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FAIR NOMAD SOCIETY
consciously curated collections
ADDRESS: Kongensgade 74
WEB: my-fair-shop.com
SOCIAL: @fairnomadsociety
A conscious collective of creative Copenhageners combining handcrafted ethically made designs from Nomad Living, upcycled homeware pieces by Naked Society, and sustainable lifestyle and fashion products from My Fair Shop to create a conscious concept store full of treasures and heart.
sustainable & secondhand heaven
ADDRESS: Jægersborggade 35
WEB: jaegersborggade.com
SOCIAL: @jaegersborggade
On a cozy street closed off from traffic are 70ish independent shops, eateries and studios offering just about every ethical and sustainable item you could imagine. Plus in the summer months, a flea market called Loppemarked fed by locals pops up on the weekends in which you'll undoubtedly find treasures worth keeping from the closets of real-life stylish Danes. Our favourite bricks and mortar shops to stop off in were: My Favourite Things for Ethical Fashion and Green Beauty, Gågrøn for everything you need to live a Zero Waste Lifestyle and Noaburo for handmade Vintage Japanese Kimonos and re-worked clothes.

With two Copenhagen locations in both Nørrebro and Vesterbrø, Prag offers a creatively curated selection of second-hand and vintage clothing for men and women; featuring everything from everyday clothing and shoes to custom-made jewellery and extravagant dress-up attire.

DO

lost world found
ADDRESS: Øster Farimagsgade 2
WEBSITE: botanik.snm.ku.dk
SOCIAL: @uni_copenhagen
As part of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, the Botanical Gardens offer Denmark’s largest scientific collection of plants, including species that are either threatened or extinct in nature. With some greenhouses dating all the way back to 1847 creating a dreamy environment which engulfs you into the luscious world of the wild right in the city centre.

a glimpse into the past
ADDRESS: Nyhavn 1-71
WEBSITE: nyhavn.com
SOCIAL: @nyhavn
With its beautiful multi-coloured buildings dating back to the 16th century, Nyhavn is an atmospheric place to take a stroll so you might imagine what life was like when Hans Christians Anderson strolled these streets.

home and away
ADDRESS: Prinsessegade

WEBSITE: christiania.org
The fabled Utopia and Freetown within Copenhagen itself may greet you with a sense of something slightly sinister depending on what time you arrive there, but behind the 'town centre' beyond the street vendors is an idyllic residential area that lines both banks of the lake which will shift you to a serene state. You'll leave wishing there were more places like this, rural living with immediate access to city life, the best of both worlds as it acts as both home and away.

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The Most Inspiring People Of The 2018 Copenhagen Fashion Summit

May 19, 2018

The stars of the summit for me weren’t big brands or big celebrities, they were honest humans saying and doing honest human things …

The Copenhagen Fashion Summit has brought attention to the issues of sustainability in the fashion industry since 2009, creating a safe space for the largest non-sustainable brands on the planet to uncover the innovations and changes which need to be made. 

It’s an undoubtedly imperfect assembly of minds, where small brands are pushed out of participating by price, and big brands - many of whom are sponsors of the event - have their voices heard despite a general lack of progress and odd emittance of vulnerability in terms of transparency which can make some panels feel more like an extended advertisement than a conversation on growth and discovery. 

For the informed, the summit can create a feeling of hypocrisy that is hard to fight. It does not immediately feel like progress, yet the needle seems to be wavering forward, and this minute movement is powered by a corporate rise in consciousness fueled by conversations which up until recently the majority of the world’s most polluting brands were not willing to participate in.

Now they’re at the table trying to discover how to unravel the tightly spun structure they’re tangled themselves up in, and it will take more than being angry at them, or Copenhagen Fashion Summit, to keep the momentum going. 

This summit is for the curious more than the converted, and while many of us might run it differently due to our extremely idealistic views and expectations of the world we wish to live in, the reality is this is where we’re at. And nothing will change if we don’t get the whole system on board by providing opportunities for brands and innovators to begin having those important conversations as new and incredible innovations open up new opportunities which inch them closer to their goals. 

Rather than spend my time concentrating on the issues I had with the context of the summit, I wish instead to highlight certain people and panels which inspired me immensely.
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MOSTAFIZ UDDIN // TRANSPARENCY
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The first panel, on the first day (watch it here), was themed around transparency. A buzzword of the industry. The panel was made up of both innovators and brands including Amanda Nusz, vice president of product quality and responsible sourcing at Target Corporation (**A sponsor of the summit), Frouke Bruinsma corporate responsibility director from G-Star RAW, Orsola De Castro, founder and creative director of Fashion Revolution Day, and Mostafiz Uddin managing director of Denim Expert Ltd and founder and CEO of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange who caught everybody’s heart as he boldly scolded the brands in the audience and beyond.

There are a number of issues halting the mass unveiling of brand's innermost workings, and the cause is kind of the same things that make us uneasy to undress in the public eye as well: competition, shame, disempowerment, vulnerability, surplus … ect. If you humanize the brand, you enhance your empathy, and while some brands might not be deserving of it, you can’t enhance theirs towards those they harm without it. When the expectations are high, the perception of failure is also, and since these mega-brands don’t have to participate, if we make it too frightening or uncomfortable for them they just won’t. 

Alden Wicker of Eco Cult shared a good example with me of how backwards it is to punish brands for their vulnerability after I grimaced at the idea of giving the likes of H&M et al. any forgiveness for their transgressions. When Changing Markets Foundation published their study Dirty Fashion they called out H&M, Zara and Marks & Spencer for polluting the environment … but they were only able to do so because they had asked the brands for transparency, and rather than hiding their issues, the brands had responded with honesty and were publically shamed for it. Yes, what H&M, Zara and Marks & Spencer are doing is wrong, but by them sharing the issues, solutions can be uncovered and become manageable. If we can’t publically see the specific structure existing behind say, Forever 21, Topshop and Free People, it’s going to be a lot harder to fix.

Mostafiz Uddi appealed to brand’s empathy in the panel on transparency as a member and leader of the Bangladesh industry by challenging them with his honesty: 

“If you are not transparent [you should not be able to] produce. You have no right to pollute the water, you have no right to take people’s lives. If you are not transparent, it should be that you cannot produce clothes”.

It is clear that in order for transparency to work in a meaningful way, larger brands need to essentially force the rest of the industry into cooperation by paving the way in policy and legislation to ensure that all brands are held accountable equally, reducing the risk to the brands who go out on a limb to unveil their happenings, or invest in incomplete or imperfect change in parts of their supply chain, are not cut down, but instead encouraged to push further. Like a kid doing badly in school, sometimes you have to coddle them with encouragement rather than shame them with frustration.

The structure of the beast has to change systemically and one of the many issues the summit didn’t cover was the financial breakdown of the shift, and Mr. Uddin was the only person to bring it up. It’s about turning the triangle round (you can read my piece on this theory in Fashion Revolution’s Zine here).

“This is something that many people may not like you have to pay for it. Ladies and gentlemen, nothing is free in this world. You can laugh at me, but this is the truth. Are you going to pay for the transparency? Is the consumer willing to pay? Who is responsible for educating them? I cannot educate. For me, the biggest barrier to transparency: cost. Somebody has to pay for it.”

Here’s a hint: it’s gotta come from brand’s profit margins, not Bangladesh’s garment workers and not from consumers. The margins have to shift in favour of the planet and the people who contribute to the garment’s creation cradle-to-cradle. With the current structure, it takes a garment worker 18 months to earn what a brand CEO makes on their lunch break, making it clear why stagnant stalls are rife and legislation to push compliance is the only way to right the wrongs of industry in this life.
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JEFF DENBY // RECOMMERCE
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This was probably my favourite panel of the summit (you can watch it here), featuring Giulio Bonazzi of Aquafil (** A sponsor of the summit), Bert Wouters from Proctor and Gamble, Sébastien Fabre from Vestiaire Collective, Jeff Denby from The Renewal Workshop … and the human who inspired my sustainability journey in the first place, William McDonough who wrote the book Cradle-To-Cradle.

In this panel, Jeff Denby, who is the co-founder of popular organic apparel brand PACT, shared the tale behind his newest project, The Renewal Workshop. Currently, it is a single factory outside Portland, Oregon, where apparel brands can refurbish their unsellable inventory to create a new sustainable category of renewed apparel which will perpetually restore the value of excess, damaged, returned or abandoned product, giving conventional brands reach in the recommerce market and bring added value to their garment’s lifecycle. Essentially creating a space in which expensive activewear and clothing could become more affordable than even fast fashion’s current offerings.

One of the other subjects Alden from Eco Cult, Alison from Ally Bee and I were talking about over one of the lunch breaks at the summit shadowed this subject slightly. We wondered if by some magic worldwide legislation and policy comes into effect forcing every brand around the world transform to an ethical and sustainable model driving prices up and we see the death of fast fashion at long last, then the price of newly manufactured clothing will rise out of the current reach of consumers of H&M, Forever 21 and the like. Probably in the price range of say, Patagonia … which is not something everyone can afford. Since we’ve been overproducing clothing for over a century, the second-hand and vintage marketing will undoubtedly be just fine. But the creation of a renewed apparel will add an affordable element - which will be essentially new and also affordable - meaning the lower and middle class won’t be left out of buying new, or rather new to them / us.
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PAUL DILLINGER | CIRCULARITY
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Another panel I found awesomely inspiring was on the second day and focused on ‘The New Textiles Economy’ (you can watch it here). It featured Paul Dillinger, vice president and head of global production innovation and premium collection design at Levi Strauss & Co, Julie Wainwright, Founder and CEO of the REalReal, Cecilia Stromblad Brannsten, environmental sustainability manager at H&M group and Ellen MacArthur, founder of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Ellen McCarther commenced the panel discussion by reminded us that of the 53 million tons of clothing which are produced each year, 87% of are incinerated or end up in the landfills before they’ve hit their 13th month of life. But it was Paul Dillinger of Levi Strauss & Co who really put it into perspective by asking pointed questions to himself and the crowd: 

“This forgives the worst of our behaviour by decoupling growth from impact … The circularity thing makes it so we can double our business without worrying about things like straining water systems around the world. Well, in fact, no. Circularity isn't going to be the mechanism that will constrain our productivity … It is so hard, it is so precise...that it's going to be the thing that may actually constrain our industry to an appropriate scale. If 6 out of 10 garments we produce end up in a landfill or incinerated within the first year of production, should we have made those six? … What moral excuse do I have to be making these 6 extraneous things that are going to be thrown away when four is good enough, and how much better would could the four have been if the six had never been made?”
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LILLY COLE | CIRCULAR COLLABORATION 
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This panel made up of Tonne Goodman, fashion director at Vogue US, Lily Cole, actor and entrepreneur slash former model, Amber Valletta, actress, model and entrepreneur and Tim Blanks, editor-at-large for The Business of Fashion

Their discussion was about how sustainability should be marketed, backing up the post I wrote last fall about how the conscious community could be raised through circular collaboration if brands chose ambassadors and influencers who exemplified where we needed to go, rather empowering those who promote the opposite. 

On Instagram, there are 80 million photos posted daily, about 4x the amount of votes cast in the most recent U.S election. With such a huge influence over society, it is not doing its part to adjust the narrative of our culture with the lifestyle being most celebrated expressing the opposite of the direction we need to go. It’s my belief that brands have a huge hand in controlling our cultural narrative and if they chose ambassadors who are genuinely informed - unlike, with all blessings to her, Amber Valletta. Who on this very pane’ stated “fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world”- It’s not, it’s the 8th - and maybe if instead of going out for a three-hour oyster lunch during the summit she was hosting, she participated instead, she might have known that. 

No big deal, we all make mistakes, but this is the very situation where brands might make the choose to partner with an influencer for their sustainability campaign who is only mildly informed and minimally interested. Rather than celebrities like Emma Watson and Lily Cole … or any of the members of Ethical Writers and Creatives … who are honestly impassioned and soulfully studious on the subject.
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DIO KURAZAWA | SCOUTING SUSTAINABILITY 
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I’ve written this out in order of appearance, and you’ll see why I put this disclaimer once you watch the painful and improperly cast panel Dio Kurazawa was a part of. On which he was the only person really versed on the subject of sustainability. 

If they’d let him finishes his sentences, or perhaps introduced what he does properly before letting the other chaps contribute, it would have made more sense why David Sinatra, CEO of Stussy, David Fischer, founder and CEO of High Snobiety, and Tobia Sloth of Norse Projects were on the stage. It wasn’t until I had researched Dio’s company in depth three days later that the panel’s make up started to make sense. 

And it’s a real shame, as the audience was more concentrated on the fact the only man of colour to be asked to participate in the entire summit, was also the only human on any of the panels who was not included in the conversation until 16 and a half minutes into a 23-minute discussion. Even once he was asked questions, he was constantly interrupted by David Fischer, who with all my blessings to him, messed up the intention of the panel up entirely. 

Not a soul left knowing what the point of it all was and the audience was genuinely angry at the exclusion of another human in a summit about sustainability visibly dominated by white men already.

It’s even more frustrating because the project Dio has created, The Bear Scouts, is ingenious in terms of genuine tactics on how youth-centric brands can transition towards sustainability without all the public pains H&M has felt. It’s completely understandable to have imperfections experienced along the way, and what The Bear Scouts does is work with independent brands to help them implement sustainable practices through socially responsible supply chains by creating collaborations in which sustainability becomes inherent in the brand’s growth. Setting a tone, the same way all fashion does, by making it cool. Sort of sneaking sustainability in as a norm the way Norse Projects does (see, now we come round to why he was there), and Stussy is in the midst of transitioning to (why Stussy was on the panel) in which accusations of ‘greenwashing’ won’t be a part of that brand’s experience, because they won’t be marketing themselves as sustainable, they just will be the new normal.

The Delights Of Danish Design

May 15, 2018
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As I write this piece, I'm sitting at a hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark which recently renovated to power itself entirely by wind from the country's blustery shorelines. Beside me, sits a 26-year-old Danish sustainable blogger Johanne from Bedre Mode who has long been a wealth of information about sustainable living and has recently spread her wings to collaborate with a conscious team of creators to create Sustain Yearly, a lifestyle magazine in both Danish and English printed on one of the only circular printing companies in Europe, KLS printing.

Before I started writing this article, Johanne and I, along with a stunning selection of sustainable influencers attended a press conference for the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. A movement which has been gathering the world's fashion community in an effort to push the needle to a greener state of good from 2009 to this very day.

Denmark's awesome offerings extend beyond this hotel and this event. It's on the streets, in the stores and restaurants and the mentality of its people as well.  Just this morning Alden from Eco Cult and I went to check out Fair Nomad Society, a cooperative eclectic boutique which holding a host of sustainable fashion and homeware including local brand Naked Society which recycles raw materials to create its cool collection of hygge homeware and awesome accessories. Fair Nomad Society is partially run by a woman who has been fighting for changes in culture and policy before it was the trendy movement it came to be and currently owns three businesses which are transforming consumer and hotel access to sustainability, while also providing care to refugees. 
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Conscious living has embedded itself implicitly into Danish culture, so much so, that even on our first day here, when Eco Cult arrived from Buenos Aires sans luggage (due to the airline losing it), she was able to replenish her wardrobe with second-hand clothes for less than $20 American dollars and fine ethical underwear and beauty products. All on one single street despite it being a Sunday (see my upcoming shopping guide to find out where and how).

In less than 48 hours of being here, the future seems bright and possible. Run by hope, power and reflection which i afforded by a society who is learning quickly how to care for themselves, each other and the planet through an enhanced empathic drive which has elevated their collective rise in consciousness to heights the majority of the West only dreams of. 

Amongst the conscious brands which have rooted and grown in the warm embrace of this intelligent and inspiring country is grünBAG. A brand which has created handmade bags from recycled truck tarpaulin (tarps), cleverly and stylishly diverting waste from the world's ever-growing landfills by using this extremely durable and waterproof material which makes their creations both sustainable and practical. Exemplifying an effective zero waste business and a culture which gives us a glimpse into a world where conscious is conventional because it is logical. 

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SPONSORED POST: This post was sponsored by grünBAG, I have also gifted the bag pictured for review. The story, including all content, experiences, suggestions and opinions, are my own. It is with the support from companies like this that I am able to continue researching, writing and sharing these sustainable stories. I'm most grateful for both their support as a brand and yours as a reader.

5 Reasons To Buy Your Diamonds On The Secondary Market

May 09, 2018
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Most of us haven't heartily considered popular pieces of jewellery like engagement or wedding rings, given with so much love and positive intention, could hold stories of intense violence, worker exploitation, and environmental devastation behind their creation. Nor that even those diamonds certified 'conflict-free' by the likes of the Kimberly Process are still tainted by war and horrific human rights abuses.

To understand the issues diamonds cause, you first have to understand how they're procured, and how we taint them with our greed.

ONE. ECOSYSTEM DEVASTATION 
Each year, over 150 million carats of diamonds are extracted from the Earth through mining, and with it, removing precious topsoil which cannot be replaced.  Just to give you some perspective, for one 1.0ct rough diamond (less than you’d find in the average engagement ring), over 1750 tons of earth has to be extracted. To do so, diamonds are mined in two rather alarming ways:

1) OPEN-PIT MINING: a process which creates vast craters in the land as miners blast their way through the surface of the landscape to reach the primary deposits of diamonds pushed up from the bowels of the earth through volcanic pathways called pipes. This creates holes in the earth so big they can be seen from outer space

2) ALLUVIAL MINING: ‘Alluvial deposits’ are found in water, washed downhill from erosion and weathering of the volcanic pipes, offering diamonds in riverbeds and ocean shores. Here, shorelines are bulldozed or the sand is pumped, disturbing marine soil and marine life and eroding the sea walls. 

TWO. FORCED LABOUR
It is estimated that one million diamond diggers in Africa earn less than a dollar a day in horrific conditions where miners are denied even the most basic human rights. Diamond mining is hardly regulated and workers are provided with very little education or safety equipment to do their work, making awful accidents like landslides, mine collapses and other atrocities frequent. This series of mistreatments the industry is known for, are not just limited to adults alone. It is estimated that 218 million children under the age of 18 work in diamond mines worldwide126 million of them in hazardous forms of work. Child labour is so regularly practised that one survey of diamond miners in the Lunda Norte province of Angola found that 46% of miners were between the ages of 5 and 16
To add to the already indecent wages, forced labor is also a regular occurrence in which both adult and child victims of human trafficking are forced to work involuntarily as slaves

THREE. TRADE TRANSPARENCY
The supply chain from diamond extraction to final retail is complex and unregulated, and diamonds may be traded multiple times before they reach the cutter or polisher, making each diamond's origins difficult to trace. Human Rights Watch recently investigated the policies and practices of 13 major jewelry brands from the industry’s largest jewellery companies and found that most rely on the assurances of their suppliers without verifying claims that human rights abuses are not being made. 

FOUR. LAND RIGHTS
Battles over land rights in all forms of mining have been an ongoing and destructive part of all stone and metal extraction. In a culture where profit over people and the planet is the norm, battles over land rights most often result in local communities losing out as governments lean in favour of the money mines promise. In Zimbabwe, for example, the government has been accused of forcibly displacing villagers to make way for diamond mining, while in Canada, Indigenous peoples land, way of life and treaties are exploited by the drive to dig for diamonds.  

FIVE. VIOLENCE
In the past two decades, seven African countries have endured brutal civil conflicts fueled by diamonds causing over 3 million deaths in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Angola, the Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In these wards, horrific crimes against civilians, including massacres, rape, torture and beatings have occurred in a bid to control diamond mining operations.

WHERE TO BUY YOUR DIAMONDS
DELGATTO | IDoNowIDont who sponsored this post combats the harms diamond extraction and processing causes by acting as a middleman on the secondary market. They buy and sell fine diamonds, jewellery and watches, each one verified for authenticity by a third party, to ensure all your glitter is as genuine as it is green. If you’re in the market for diamonds, visit DELGATTO | IDoNowIDont to ensure the purchase you make causes no further harm.

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Ethical and Sustainable Clothing for Thoughtful Men and Women

May 03, 2018
Thought Clothing started its life as Braintree in 1995, driven by two pals who were drawn to create natural clothing with style back when 'slow fashion' was a seed shaded by fast fashion chains rather than the revolutionary movement it has become today.  

While Thought lay down its roots in London 23 years ago, it has since organically ebbed and flowed with the spurts and pains of growth to stretch its branches and place its pieces in over 1,000 shops across the world.

The company has produced its products ethically and ecologically from the beginning, with thoughtful choices about the fabrics they use and how they design and produce their garments. Reducing environmental impact has been the driving force since their beginning and has accompanied them throughout their rise as they aim to minimize their footprint by concentrating on circularity at each step.

Their clothing is durable, multi-seasonal and easy to style, created with their slow fashion mantra "wear me, love me, mend me, pass me on'. They use naturally grown bamboo, cotton, wool and hemp in their collections, each free of harmful pesticides and chemicals. In addition, they embrace the spirit of conscious fashion innovation, expanding their collections recently to include both tencel and modal.

As one of the few brands offering stylish clothing to both men and women, they have quickly become a part of most conscious consumer's slow fashion wardrobe. I myself have embraced their creations with glee, wearing each item I've managed to get my hands on hundreds of times throughout the various seasonal shifts that have risen to greet me.

You can peruse Thought's collections on their website HERE

☾⟠ WHAT WE WORE ⟠☽

Shane
Sustainably crafted from a durable blend of hemp and organic cotton jersey, this is by far my picky husfriend's favourite shirt thus far (in life).

We picked these up in Denmark last summer, I'd say about 85% of Shane's clothing is thrifted or vintage, the other bits are made up of investment pieces from Whole Earth in the U.S.A and tops by Thought Clothing.

Another Danish find, it fits both of us and never wrinkles or stains.
SHOP ONLINE | £19.99  * similar styles HERE / HERE / HERE / HERE / HERE / HERE

With a very expensive insole inside and a pair of Norwegian wool socks, he's managed to make these babies last the winter and they somehow haven't harmed his back.
Holly
I'm a huge fan of Thought's culottes, I own one other pair which you can see styled up in my Spring Capsule Wardrobe HERE or HERE. In preparation for 'van life' I thought these would be perfect for summer as they're super comfy and breathable ... and I was right.

This jacket has served me sweetly for over a year now and is diverse enough I can wear it from the edge of winter all the way through summer. You can see styled up in my Spring Capsule Wardrobe HERE or HERE.

Another brand based in Britan, this young sustainable fashion brand was founded by French artist Myriam Achour who hand draws each original design and prints them on certified organic and fair-trade garments to create her unisex line. 

I've been wearing cowboy boots since I discovered how comfortable, practical and flattering they were in my teens ... perhaps some sort of foreshadowing that I'd marry a Texan. I've never owned a new pair, always second-hand or vintage, this pair has been around longer than I have and with a few sole repairs, they may outrun me yet.
SPONSORED POST: This post was sponsored by THOUGHT CLOTHING. The story, including all content, experiences, suggestions and opinions, are my own. I was gifted all the items pictured in this post and there are some affiliate links mixed in with other items mentioned. It is with the support from companies like this that I am able to continue researching, writing and sharing these sustainable stories. I'm most grateful for both their support as a brand and yours as a reader.

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