Here at Sassy we’re all for supporting local and international eco-conscious and socially responsible businesses, so we’ve got a list of all the fabulous fashion companies you should thank for their ethical practices.
If you haven’t noticed, girls, the temperatures here in our little red dot keep rising (as indicated by our melting all-dolled-up faces the moment we step out of our homes), giving us cues us that global warming is getting more real day by day. It’s our responsibility to be cautious of how we treat our precious planet if we want a good home for our future kids – and grandkids – after all! It doesn’t stop at just what we do on a daily basis or participating in Earth Hour festivities every once in a while, but how we choose to indulge in our shopping tendencies also plays a part. Check out the list of ethically-practising business below, plus, catch them all at Boutiques Fair Singapore 2016 happening today and tomorrow at the F1 Pit Building!
Boutiques Fair headliner KALAIA Label strives to operate on a zero wastage policy, using only ready stocks to reduce wastage and minimise the eco-footprint of unnecessary large batch fabric re-productions. They also upcycle unused or redundant fabrics and products by incorporating them into new designs or purposes instead of throwing them away. Coming from a fashion design background, I know all too well how difficult it can be to produce great clothes and accessories while reducing wastage. Kudos!
Jewellery line WoonHung works within the principles of no waste, sustainability, and handmade goodness. They advocate the use of renewable materials, support sustainability, the running of cottage industries and the continuation of traditional crafts. A community of skilled and dedicated craftsmen are the ones behind the great jewellery offered by the brand, not only to be in line with ethical eco-friendly practices, but also provide the sustainability of livelihoods.
Our favourite printed pieces from local label MATTER are made with organic cotton, which leaves a smaller environmental footprint. This socially responsible business they also works with cooperatives that pay fair wages and provide good working conditions, and work with artisans in rural areas to provide an income for them and their families.
The next time you pick up a pair of sunnies, try looking for a wooden pair. Multi-label boutique Paperbag Princess carries Sticks & Sparrows eyewear in Singapore, a line of sunglasses made from bamboo, the fastest growing grass on earth! The brand is new to the store and will launch at the massive shopping event this weekend – here’s your chance to grab those eco-friendly frames!
Sustainability is fundamental to Filippa K, a too-cool-for-school Scandinavian line exclusively carried by Krag Nordic. They use more eco-friendly materials like organic cotton and tencel, avoid water-intensive processes, minimise their emissions… they even have their own second-hand store to see through the entire life cycle of each product!
Last but not least, resort fashion label Baliza works closely with I-India, a Jaipur-based non-governmental organisation which reaches out to over 3,000 street children daily, offering food, accommodation, education, vocational training, counselling and lots of affection. Many of Baliza’s products are also made by Ladli (the vocational arm of I-India that provides jobs for impoverished women), using 100% cotton and accessories from local suppliers in Jaipur.