SUSTAINABILITY

Every decision we make is geared towards minimising the impact we have on the planet – as a business and individuals. So, from our production processes, to the materials and packaging we use, we’re always finding new ways to reduce our environmental footprint and sustain our future. Our sustainability at Aspiga is based on three commitments:

Every decision we make is geared towards minimising the impact we have on the planet – as a business and individuals. So, from our production processes, to the materials and packaging we use, we’re always finding new ways to reduce our environmental footprint and sustain our future.

 

OUR SUSTAINABILITY AT ASPIGA IS BASED ON

OUR THREE COMMITMENTS:

Do Right by People

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Supply Chain Transparency

Economic Empowerment

Do Right by the Planet

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Sustainable Materials

Dyes and Printing

Carbon Footprint

Eco Packaging

Upcycling

Supporting Postive Change

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Using Our Voice

Beach Clean Up

Giving Back

Do Right by
People

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Supply Chain Transparency

Economic Empowerment

 

 

 

Do Right by the
Planet

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Sustainable Materials

Dyes and Printing

Carbon Footprint

Eco Packaging

Upcycling

Supporting
Positive Change

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Using Our Voice

Beach Clean Up

Giving Back

 

 

OUR SUSTAINABILITY ROADMAP

OUR SUSTAINABILITY ROADMAP

Since Aspiga was founded, we have made it our mission to put people and the planet first.

Below is a roadmap detailing our key achievements over the past years, as well as our goals for 2021.

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2005

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HOW WE STARTED

Lucy Macnamara fell in love with the craftsmanship she discovered while on holiday in Kenya. Awestruck by the beautiful hand beaded sandals she found the locals making, she knew that she had found something truly special.

Aspiga started by selling belts and sandals made in Kenya to wholesale customers.

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

We provided our Kenyan sandal supplier with with a loan to enable her to buy an expensive piece of equipment to cut the soles of the sandals. Previously these had to be cut individually by hand. Not only has this saved time but it has also allowed the company to take on much larger orders from both ourselves and other companies.

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2005

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HOW WE STARTED

Lucy Macnamara fell in love with the craftsmanship she discovered while on holiday in Kenya. Awestruck by the beautiful hand beaded sandals she found the locals making, she knew that she had found something truly special.

Aspiga started by selling belts and sandals made in Kenya to wholesale customers.

 

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

We provided our Kenyan sandal supplier with a loan to enable her to buy an expensive piece of equipment to cut the soles of the sandals. Previously these had to be cut individually by hand. Not only has this saved time but it has also allowed the company to take on much larger orders from both ourselves and other companies.

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2010

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EXPANDED TO INDIA

As we grew, we decided to start sourcing sandals and clutch bags from India, to spread our risk.

 

SMALL FAMILY-RUN PARTNERS

We started working with two small family-run businesses, who met all our criteria on labour standards, health and safety, the environment and business ethics.

These two suppliers are still our same suppliers 11 years later!

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2010

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EXPANDED TO INDIA

As we grew, we decided to start sourcing sandals and clutch bags from India, to spread our risk.

 

SMALL FAMILY-RUN PARTNERS

We started working with two small family-run businesses, who met all our criteria on labour standards, health and safety, the environment and business ethics.

These two suppliers are still our same suppliers 11 years later!

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2016

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DRIVE POSITIVE CHANGE

Our focus was on driving positive change across our business and beyond, which began by supporting the owner of our belt supplier in Kenya. We gave him a loan so he could expand his business and build a workshop. Before they were working on tables under trees so it was impossible to work in wet conditions.

This has made a big difference to his business as he is now able to take on larger orders. 

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2016

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Our focus was on driving positive change across our business and beyond, which began by supporting the owner of our belt supplier in Kenya. We gave him a loan so he could expand his business and build a workshop. Before they were working on tables under trees so it was impossible to work in wet conditions.

This has made a big difference to his business as he is now able to take on larger orders. 

 

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2018

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We established a sustainable collaboration with Restart Africa, providing work opportunities to their Sanata Women’s Group.

The Sanata Women’s Group (SWG) was set up in 2009 with the aim of employing and empowering the women of Gilgil by utilizing their fine needlework and artistic skills. When it was started, around 45 women were recruited by word of mouth. They were given extra training to develop their skills, and now, around 30 women are recruited on a regular basis. These women are given independence and security in a town with limited opportunities.

We produced our Naisha Soft Sole Sandals with them and all profits made through this project went to fund Restart Africa. 

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2018

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We have established a sustainable collaboration with Restart Africa, providing work opportunities to their Sanata Women’s Group.

The Sanata Women’s Group (SWG) was set up in 2009 with the aim of employing and empowering the women of Gilgil by utilizing their fine needlework and artistic skills. When it was started, around 45 women were recruited by word of mouth. They were given extra training to develop their skills, and now, around 30 women are recruited on a regular basis. These women are given independence and security in a town with limited opportunities.

We produced our Naisha Soft Sole Sandals with them and all profits made through this project went to fund Restart Africa. 

 

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2019

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ACHIEVEMENTS

-We continued to work with Kenyan artisans, small suppliers and tribal groups (not large commercial factories), providing them with interest-free loans to improve their working conditions.

-We have moved over to paper mailing bags and paper sticky tape which are fully recyclable and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This certification assures that the wood and forests that our packaging originates from are well-managed and safeguarded for future generations.

-All our garment started coming in 100% compostable cornstarch bags. 

-We continued to support Restart Africa in Kenya, an orphanage that provides a loving home to over 110 vulnerable children.

-We started our Beach Clean Up project in Malindi, Kenya, which sponsored a group of Kenyan children to help us collect over 800 baskets of plastic from the beaches near our suppliers.

ACHIEVEMENTS

We continued to work with Kenyan artisans, small suppliers and tribal groups (not large commercial factories), providing them with interest-free loans to improve their working conditions.

We have moved over to paper mailing bags and paper sticky tape which are fully recyclable and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This certification assures that the wood and forests that our packaging originates from are well-managed and safeguarded for future generations.

All our garment started coming in 100% compostable cornstarch bags. 

We continued to support Restart Africa in Kenya, an orphanage that provides a loving home to over 110 vulnerable children.

We started our Beach Clean Up project in Malindi, Kenya, which sponsored a group of Kenyan children to help us collect over 800 baskets of plastic from the beaches near our suppliers.

 

ACCOLADES

Shortlisted for the GWG Ethical Company of the Year 2019.

Voted one of the Top 21 best and most stylish sustainable brands by The Daily Telegraph

Winner of the Cabana and Capsule’s (a US trade show) Beach Clean Up Competition, for our dedication to protect and preserve our oceans and beaches.

 

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2020

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FABRICS

-We have moved over 90% of our cotton to organic GOTS certified cotton. Where we have been unable to source organic cotton for particular items, we have donated to Water Harvest, a program that provides life-saving water tanks for the most deprived communities in Delhi and Jaipur.

-We have also introduced a capsule collection this year made from LENZING viscose which has been certified as compostable and biodegradable as well as being sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests.

-We have stopped buying polyester and plastic-based materials throughout the entire Aspiga Collection.

 

PACKAGING

- We have removed all plastic packaging from our garments and footwear

-Our clothing now comes in new garment bags made from 100% cornstarch. These bags are 100% compostable as they are made from vegetables and will naturally break down over time (unlike plastic).

-Our product tags are fully recyclable and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

-Our Kenyan sandals now come in colourful material sandal bags made by the Elimu Sewing Project in Kenya which supports young women from vulnerable backgrounds, to pursue a two-year training program to learn key skills in the sewing trade. We encourage our customers to reuse these sandal bags.

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT 

-We preserved our sandal suppliers’ staff incomes (who had orders cancelled from other brands) by asking them to make face masks for us.

-We have sourced our colourful Kenyan sandal bags from the Elimu Sewing Project in Kenya, which supports young women from vulnerable backgrounds to pursue a two-year training program to work in the sewing trade.

 

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

We have achieved social accreditations from all Aspiga clothing suppliers (SEDEX or SA8000), who have had annual on-site audit visits, to ensure ethical standards are being met within their factories.

 

COMMITMENT TO ORDERS

Due to a huge drop in sales in March as a result of the pandemic, we had to reduce or cancel some of our pending orders. Once we realised as a business we were going to be okay, we reinstated all our orders or repurposed any left-over material that had yet to be used, into new products.

We also reinstated all orders from the brands we buy from. Ensuring we were acting responsibly and that not one of our suppliers was left out of pocket.

 

UPCYCLING INITIATIVES

We repurposed all scrap fabric into sustainable gift bags, scrunchies, face masks, etc. Thus completely reducing any waste in our material manufacturing.

PACKAGING

Product packaging

We have removed all plastic packaging from our garments and footwear

-Our clothing now comes in new garment bags made from 100% cornstarch. These bags are 100% compostable as they are made from vegetables and will naturally break down over time (unlike plastic).

-Our product tags are fully recyclable and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

-Our Kenyan sandals now come in colourful material sandal bags made by the Elimu Sewing Project in Kenya which supports young women from vulnerable backgrounds, to pursue a two-year training program to learn key skills in the sewing trade. We encourage our customers to reuse these sandal bags.

GIVING BACK

We are proud to contribute and donate to a range of organisations whose mission is to make a positive impact on people & the planet. For 2020 some of them include:

-We have paid for the full annual school fees of a group of 12 young volunteers in Kenya, who help with our monthly beach clean-up.

-We donated £4,000 to Bluebells School in Kenya to help pay for teachers’ salaries who have not been paid since March due to the pandemic, to ensure the school can return to normal asap and the teachers don’t leave looking for work.

-For the month of April, we donated the profits from three of our items to the NHS Charities Together Appeal, raising £3,500.

-We have donated £1200 to Water Harvest, a program that provides life-saving water tanks for the most deprived communities in Delhi and Jaipur.

-We donated 5% of our online profits on the 2nd of June to three Black Lives Matters Charities; Black Lives Matter Global Network, The Bail Project and the NAACP.

-In December, we donated ALL profits from our ‘Happy T-shirt’ to the Crisis at Christmas charity appeal.

-We donated ALL profits from our ‘Box of Dinosaur Socks’ to the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) to help protect endangered species.

-We have pledged to donate 10% of profits from all our Alpine jumpers sold in December and January to Crisis.

CARBON OFFSET PROGRAMS

This year we partnered with CarbonClick, enabling consumers to purchase carbon credits at checkout. These go directly to supporting gold standard verified carbon offset projects such as forest restoration, tree planting and renewable energy projects around the world. This initiative started in October and has already been used by over 150 customers offsetting over 110,429lb of carbon.

 

OFFICE RECYCLING

We were unhappy with the waste and recycling service offered by our landlord and the local council so have signed up to a fully integrated recycling service from First Mile (thefirstmile.co.uk) so that all of our office waste is being recycled and not sent to landfill.

 

USING OUR VOICE FOR CHANGE

-We have shared advice and tips to help our customers to live more sustainably. These are published via emails, blogs, brochures, flyers and Instagram.

-We also publish a quarterly flyer called Aspiga Loves (that gets sent out with all orders), which contains two to four pages of sustainability tips.

-Our founder, Lucy, interviewed celebrities/influencers on the Aspiga Instagram to share how they have adopted more sustainable lifestyles. Each month this will be made into a blog post.

CARBON OFFSET PROGRAMS

This year we partnered with CarbonClick, enabling consumers to purchase carbon credits at checkout. These go directly to supporting gold standard verified carbon offset projects such as forest restoration, tree planting and renewable energy projects around the world. This initiative started in October and has already been used by over 150 customers offsetting over 110,429lb of carbon.

 

OFFICE RECYCLING

We were unhappy with the waste and recycling service offered by our landlord and the local council so have signed up to a fully integrated recycling service from First Mile (thefirstmile.co.uk) so that all of our office waste is being recycled and not sent to landfill.

 

USING OUR VOICE FOR CHANGE

-We have shared advice and tips to help our customers to live more sustainably. These are published via emails, blogs, brochures, flyers and Instagram.

-We also publish a quarterly flyer called Aspiga Loves (that gets sent out with all orders), which contains two to four pages of sustainability tips.

-Our founder, Lucy, interviewed celebrities/influencers on the Aspiga Instagram to share how they have adopted more sustainable lifestyles. Each month this will be made into a blog post.

BEACH CLEAN UP

We unfortunately had to put our beach clean-up on hold during the pandemic as Kenya went into a lockdown. We are now pleased to say that it has started back up again and with the help of the local community in Kenya, we collected over 1.5 tonnes of plastic in 2020 which has all been taken to the recycling plant in Watamu.

BEACH CLEAN UP

We unfortunately had to put our beach clean-up on hold during the pandemic as Kenya went into a lockdown. We are now pleased to say that it has started back up again and with the help of the local community in Kenya, we collected over 1.5 tonnes of plastic in 2020 which has all been taken to the recycling plant in Watamu.

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2021

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GOALS

-We’re prioritising lowering our emissions and offsetting what can’t be reduced. We pledge to offset all our air business travel, once this starts again.

-We will begin our journey to achieve B Corporation certification. B Corporation helps businesses balance purpose and profit and will require us to consider the impact of their decisions on people and the planet.

-We will partner with a sustainable sourcing agency so we can continue to make responsible supply chain choices, maintain our supplier relationships, and check everyone we do business with is adhering to the highest ethical and sustainable standards.

-We will work closely with the brands we currently sell to enhance their ethical and sustainable contribution.

-We will continue using our voice on all our platforms to share ways to live more sustainably.

-We will introduce a sustainable swimwear range (ECONYL®), which will be launched in Spring 2021. ECONYL® is made entirely from ocean and landfill waste, such as industrial plastic, fabric scraps from clothing.

FABRICS

-We have moved over 90% of our cotton to organic GOTS certified cotton. Where we have been unable to source organic cotton for particular items, we have donated to Water Harvest, a program that provides life-saving water tanks for the most deprived communities in Delhi and Jaipur.

-We have also introduced a capsule collection this year made from LENZING viscose which has been certified as compostable and biodegradable as well as being sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests.

-We have stopped buying polyester and plastic-based materials throughout the entire Aspiga Collection.

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT 

-We preserved our sandal suppliers’ staff incomes (who had orders cancelled from other brands) by asking them to make face masks for us.

-We have sourced our colourful Kenyan sandal bags from the Elimu Sewing Project in Kenya, which supports young women from vulnerable backgrounds to pursue a two-year training program to work in the sewing trade.

 

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

We have achieved social accreditations from all Aspiga clothing suppliers (SEDEX or SA8000), who have had annual on-site audit visits, to ensure ethical standards are being met within their factories.

 

COMMITMENT TO ORDERS

Due to a huge drop in sales in March as a result of the pandemic, we had to reduce or cancel some of our pending orders. Once we realised as a business we were going to be okay, we reinstated all our orders or repurposed any left-over material that had yet to be used, into new products.

We also reinstated all orders from the brands we buy from. Ensuring we were acting responsibly and that not one of our suppliers was left out of pocket.

 

UPCYCLING INITIATIVES

We repurposed all scrap fabric into sustainable gift bags, scrunchies, face masks, etc. Thus completely reducing any waste in our material manufacturing.

CARBON OFFSET PROGRAMS

This year we partnered with CarbonClick, enabling consumers to purchase carbon credits at checkout. These go directly to supporting gold standard verified carbon offset projects such as forest restoration, tree planting and renewable energy projects around the world. This initiative started in October and has already been used by over 150 customers offsetting over 110,429lb of carbon.

 

OFFICE RECYCLING

We were unhappy with the waste and recycling service offered by our landlord and the local council so have signed up to a fully integrated recycling service from First Mile (thefirstmile.co.uk) so that all of our office waste is being recycled and not sent to landfill.

PACKAGING

- We have removed all plastic packaging from our garments and footwear

-Our clothing now comes in new garment bags made from 100% cornstarch. These bags are 100% compostable as they are made from vegetables and will naturally break down over time (unlike plastic).

-Our product tags are fully recyclable and certified by the FSC.

-Our Kenyan sandals now come in colourful material sandal bags made by the Elimu Sewing Project in Kenya which supports young women from vulnerable backgrounds, to pursue a two-year training program to learn key skills in the sewing trade. We encourage our customers to reuse these sandal bags.

GIVING BACK

We are proud to contribute and donate to a range of organisations whose mission is to make a positive impact on people & the planet. For 2020 some of them include:

-We have paid for the full annual school fees of a group of 12 young volunteers in Kenya, who help with our monthly beach clean-up.

-We donated £4,000 to Bluebells School in Kenya to help pay for teachers’ salaries who have not been paid since March due to the pandemic, to ensure the school can return to normal asap and the teachers don’t leave looking for work.

-For the month of April, we donated the profits from three of our items to the NHS Charities Together Appeal, raising £3,500.

-We have donated £1200 to Water Harvest, a program that provides life-saving water tanks for the most deprived communities in Delhi and Jaipur.

-We donated 5% of our online profits on the 2nd of June to three Black Lives Matters Charities; Black Lives Matter Global Network, The Bail Project and the NAACP.

-In December, we donated ALL profits from our ‘Happy T-shirt’ to the Crisis at Christmas charity appeal.

-We donated ALL profits from our ‘Box of Dinosaur Socks’ to the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) to help protect endangered species.

-We have pledged to donate 10% of profits from all our Alpine jumpers sold in December and January to Crisis.

USING OUR VOICE FOR CHANGE

-We have shared advice and tips to help our customers to live more sustainably. These are published via emails, blogs, brochures, flyers and Instagram.

-We also publish a quarterly flyer called Aspiga Loves (that gets sent out with all orders), which contains two to four pages of sustainability tips.

-Our founder, Lucy, interviewed celebrities/influencers on the Aspiga Instagram to share how they have adopted more sustainable lifestyles. Each month this will be made into a blog post.

 

BEACH CLEAN UP

We unfortunately had to put our beach clean-up on hold during the pandemic as Kenya went into a lockdown. We are now pleased to say that it has started back up again and with the help of the local community in Kenya, we collected over 1.5 tonnes of plastic in 2020 which has all been taken to the recycling plant in Watamu.

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2021

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OUR MATERIALS

GOALS

We’re prioritising lowering our emissions and offsetting what can’t be reduced. We pledge to offset all our air business travel, once this starts again.

We will begin our journey to achieve B Corporation certification. B Corporation helps businesses balance purpose and profit and will require us to consider the impact of their decisions on people and the planet.

We will partner with a sustainable sourcing agency so we can continue to make responsible supply chain choices, maintain our supplier relationships, and check everyone we do business with is adhering to the highest ethical and sustainable standards.

We will work closely with the brands we currently sell to enhance their ethical and sustainable contribution.

We will introduce a sustainable swimwear range (ECONYL®), which will be launched in Spring 2021. ECONYL® is made entirely from ocean and landfill waste, such as industrial plastic, fabric scraps from clothing.

We will continue using our voice on all our platforms to share ways to live more sustainably.


OUR MATERIALS

Every decision we make is geared towards minimising the impact we have on the planet – as a business and individuals. So, from our production processes, to the materials we use and the packaging we choose, we’re always finding new ways to reduce our environmental footprint and sustain our future.

Every decision we make is geared towards minimising the impact we have on the planet – as a business and individuals. So, from our production processes, to the materials we use and the packaging we choose, we’re always finding new ways to reduce our environmental footprint and sustain our future.

ORGANIC COTTON

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When you buy organic cotton you are investing in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil and farmer livelihoods. Organic cotton is hand-picked, which means that it retains it's form, making it feel softer on your skin, and better looking (always important). Aside from that, organic cotton is chemical free and hypoallergenic. The price for organic cotton is therefore slightly higher.

In 2015, 26 million metric tonnes of cotton was produced globally, much of it for the clothing industry. Organic cotton makes up less than 1% of this. By choosing organic over conventional cotton you have the purchasing power to influence brands, manufacturers and even farmers. We’re proud to be helping to change this statistic!

Why we love organic cotton:

- Organic cotton is grown without pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). These toxins are harmful to farmers and workers, us as consumers, and entire wildlife eco-systems.

- Organic cotton uses 88% less water and 62% less energy than regular cotton.

LINEN

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A high proportion of our range in made from linen. Linen is derived from the flax plant, the second-most highly productive fibre crop after hemp. It grows very successfully with limited use of herbicides, pesticides, or other chemicals. The process of turning the flax into linen is also simple and chemical-free.

The beauty of flax is its resilience. It can be grown in poor soils and requires very little water; the flax plant can thrive with just rainwater and without the need for irrigation.

Why we love linen:

Linen is uniquely strong, which means you can use our linen products for longer and replace them less often.

Linen is a naturally biodegradable fibre and can easily be recycled and regenerated. It biodegrades much quicker than most fibres.

VISCOSE

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Viscose is the oldest manufactured fibre, first being produced in 1883 as an alternative to silk.

Viscose is both environmentally friendly and sustainable as it is sourced from from tree pulp. It is then spun into a soft, silky fabric.

Why we love viscose:

Viscose is 100% biodegradable.

We love viscose for all its amazing qualities, it drapes beautifully, is smooth and soft to the touch, and has non-static properties.

VISCOSE LENZING

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From beginning to end, the production of this type of viscose is sustainable; from procuring pulp from sustainably forested woods, to responsibly handling water and minimising use of fossil energy sources.

  LENZING™ is certified with the EU Ecolabel as meeting high environmental standards throughout their life cycle: from raw material extraction to production, distribution and disposal, the fibres can be robustly identified in the final product, assuring you that your purchase contains genuine LENZING™ Viscose fibers.

Why we love viscose LENZING™:

Viscose LENZING™ contributes up to 50% lower emissions and water impact than generic viscose.

This natural fibre is certified as compostable and biodegradable under industrial, home, soil and marine conditions, and therefore can fully revert back to nature.

GLASS BEADS

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Our stunning beaded belts, handbags, and sandals are all made using glass beads, handcrafted by Kenyan and Indian artisans. We are proud to keep this art alive through craft.

Glass is a particularly good alternative to plastic because when glass breaks down, it releases no harmful chemicals into the surrounding environment.

Why we love glass beads:

Glass is fully recyclable that can be recycled an infinite number of times.

LEATHER

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Leather has been embraced and celebrated by our Kenyan artisans for generations. By rejecting leather we would destroy many jobs for individuals who rely on the leather industry for their livelihood.

We only use leather byproducts from the meat industry. The leather would otherwise be wasted. Additionally, our leather is only coloured using natural dyes.

Why we love leather:

Leather can last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations. It is the antithesis of fast fashion.

Leather has the ability to last generations. It can last a lifetime and be passed down from mother to daughter.

AND THERE IS MORE TO COME...

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TENCEL™

TENCEL™ branded lyocell and modal fibers are produced by environmentally responsible processes from the sustainably sourced natural raw material wood.

ECONYL®

Econyl is made entirely from ocean and landfill waste, such as industrial plastic, fabric scraps from clothing manufacturing companies, old carpets and "ghost nets", therefore making it an ultra-sustainable fabric.

ORGANIC COTTON

.........................

When you buy organic cotton you are investing in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil and farmer livelihoods. Organic cotton is hand-picked, which means that it retains it's form, making it feel softer on your skin, and better looking (always important). Aside from that, organic cotton is chemical free and hypoallergenic. The price for organic cotton is therefore slightly higher.

In 2015, 26 million metric tonnes of cotton was produced globally, much of it for the clothing industry. Organic cotton makes up less than 1% of this. By choosing organic over conventional cotton you have the purchasing power to influence brands, manufacturers and even farmers. We’re proud to be helping to change this statistic!

Why we love organic cotton:

- Organic cotton is grown without pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). These toxins are harmful to farmers and workers, us as consumers, and entire wildlife eco-systems.

- Organic cotton uses 88% less water and 62% less energy than regular cotton.

LINEN

.........................

A high proportion of our range in made from linen. Linen is derived from the flax plant, the second-most highly productive fibre crop after hemp. It grows very successfully with limited use of herbicides, pesticides, or other chemicals. The process of turning the flax into linen is also simple and chemical-free.

The beauty of flax is its resilience. It can be grown in poor soils and requires very little water; the flax plant can thrive with just rainwater and without the need for irrigation.

Why we love linen:

Linen is uniquely strong, which means you can use our linen products for longer and replace them less often.

Linen is a naturally biodegradable fibre and can easily be recycled and regenerated. It biodegrades much quicker than most fibres.

VISCOSE

.........................

Viscose is the oldest manufactured fibre, first being produced in 1883 as an alternative to silk.

Viscose is both environmentally friendly and sustainable as it is sourced from from tree pulp. It is then spun into a soft, silky fabric.

Why we love viscose:

Viscose is 100% biodegradable.

We love viscose for all its amazing qualities, it drapes beautifully, is smooth and soft to the touch, and has non-static properties.

VISCOSE LENZING

.........................

From beginning to end, the production of this type of viscose is sustainable; from procuring pulp from sustainably forested woods, to responsibly handling water and minimising use of fossil energy sources.

  LENZING™ is certified with the EU Ecolabel as meeting high environmental standards throughout their life cycle: from raw material extraction to production, distribution and disposal, the fibres can be robustly identified in the final product, assuring you that your purchase contains genuine LENZING™ Viscose fibers.

Why we love viscose LENZING™:

Viscose LENZING™ contributes up to 50% lower emissions and water impact than generic viscose.

This natural fibre is certified as compostable and biodegradable under industrial, home, soil and marine conditions, and therefore can fully revert back to nature.

GLASS BEADS

.........................

Our stunning beaded belts, handbags, and sandals are all made using glass beads, handcrafted by Kenyan and Indian artisans. We are proud to keep this art alive through craft.

Glass is a particularly good alternative to plastic because when glass breaks down, it releases no harmful chemicals into the surrounding environment.

Why we love glass beads:

Glass is fully recyclable that can be recycled an infinite number of times.

LEATHER

.........................

Leather has been embraced and celebrated by our Kenyan artisans for generations. By rejecting leather we would destroy many jobs for individuals who rely on the leather industry for their livelihood.

We only use leather byproducts from the meat industry. The leather would otherwise be wasted. Additionally, our leather is only coloured using natural dyes.

Why we love leather:

Leather can last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations. It is the antithesis of fast fashion.

Leather has the ability to last generations. It can last a lifetime and be passed down from mother to daughter.

AND THERE IS MORE TO COME...

.........................

TENCEL™

TENCEL™ branded lyocell and modal fibers are produced by environmentally responsible processes from the sustainably sourced natural raw material wood.

ECONYL®

Econyl is made entirely from ocean and landfill waste, such as industrial plastic, fabric scraps from clothing manufacturing companies, old carpets and "ghost nets", therefore making it an ultra-sustainable fabric.