Sustainable bags & accessories you will love | Vegan & Ethical

Living in a sustainable way can sometimes be a bit difficult. However, every day there are more stores and brands creating or improving products that help us to live in a more ecological or ethical way.

Vegan mother's day gifts

We have a beautiful selection of natural, cruelty free and sustainable gift ideas for that person who loves you the most, Your Mum! and there is also an option for every budget!

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Vegan Easter Treats | Gift Ideas

Have a Velvety Easter holiday planned?

We can help organize Vegan chocolate and beauty presents. Find out where to shop for these must have Vegan Easter presents at Velvety.

CORK HANDBAGS AUSTRALIA | VEGAN LEATHER BAGS

Cork Leather

At Velvety, we are constantly on the lookout for beautiful alternative materials to leather and other unsustainable materials such as plastic. These substances are unnatural, cause harm and death and poison our earth.

That’s why we were excited to discover cork. Not only does it look fantastic and last a long time, but unlike leather, plastic or microfiber, cork is 100% sustainable and environmentally friendly.

12 Ethical & Vegan gift ideas | Vegan fashion guide Australia

Choosing the perfect vegan gift for someone you love isn't always easy, also trying to find the best ethical and also vegan gift can be really difficult!

ETHICAL LOOK | SUSTAINABLE FASHION FOR WOMEN

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SWEATSHOP DEADLY FASHION | WHO MADE MY CLOTHES?

Where are your clothes made?

Have you ever thought about who sewed the clothes you are wearing? Have you ever wondered whether it was a woman, a man or a child? And what about if they work in a safe environment with fair wages and conditions?

Three Norwegian bloggers Ludvig, Frida and Anniken, decided to travel to Cambodia to see for themselves the truth behind sweatshops.

'Sweatshop' is a documentary series that will show you the hard reality we can't see from the shop floor where we buy our clothes. We are sure that this documentary and its touching journey will change your view on how the fast fashion industry works.

UPCYCLING | SUSTAINABLE FASHION | UPCYCLED VEGAN BAGS BY RECLAIM

At Velvety, we are so proud to carry beautiful sustainable brands such as RECLAIM.

Reclaim is an ethical brand from the UK making cool bags and accessories recycling rubber from tyres. Yes!! You heard right! From TYRES! Would you like to know more about how all this started?

So we hope you enjoy reading this interview!


1. When and why did you start your project/brand Reclaim?

The brand was born whilst I was studying at university, working on a project based around innovation and innovative materials. The rubber material was found when I was exploring the materials that I could use within this project. 

2. Why tyres?

As mentioned the rubber material was something I stumbled upon. I really fell in love with the versatility of the material. It is very tactile, but also a very strong, hard wearing material. The material was also only otherwise going to be discarded so it was a bonus that I could save it and give it a second life.

3. What inspires you to make your designs?

The designs are always based around functionality foremost, but I like to look architecture and structures for inspiration on shape and particularly how they are constructed always interests me. I like to stay in tune with the fashion industry and current trends too. This enables me, I hope, to try and bridge the gap between being able to buy ethically without compromising on contemporary design. I think there are still reservations with ethically produced products and I want to reduce those. 

4. What kind of tyres do you use and where do you get them from?

The rubber material that I use is the inner tubes from the inside of larger tyres, such as tractor and lorry tyres. The bigger the inner tube the better as it then means I have a larger piece of material to use for the patterns. I am really lucky that there is a surplus supply of these tubes at local mechanics so I can always source the material.

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5. Tell us a little bit more about the unique way you have to put together or sew your bags and accessories?

The bags are all put together using a method I have coined the ‘interlocking method’. It involves cutting the patterns in a certain way creating opposing tabs on two sides that will fit together, creating a strong bond. I love using this method because of the interesting t shape design it creates down all the adjoining edges. 

6. Why do you think that up cycling is so important nowadays?

I really believe that we need to move away from the fast-fashion culture and buy products that will last and that can be treasured. I think there is a movement of sustainable designers at the moment, forging the way forward which is fantastic and this needs to continue. 

7. What are your plans for the future?

I have a big love of all accessories and am currently expanding into jewellery pieces which is something that I have wanted to do for a while. I am building the collection at the moment and it will be ready for the SS17 launch in March.

ETHICAL FASHION AUSTRALIA | SHOP ETHICAL!

Ethical fashion for a new ethical world.

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We are here with a unique purpose....we want to see our societies supporting ethical fashion. We know it isn't going to happen suddenly, but it's something we believe can be done with your help. 

When we started Velvety, we knew there were some people already interested in ethical & cruelty free fashion, people who cared about the environment and the animals, people who also was interested in how those items were made and who made them.

 

THE MOVIE THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING - THE TRUE COST MOVIE

The True Cost Movie helped us to realize that there was a necessity waiting to wake up, this documentary showed the real issues and consequences we support when we decide to buy fast fashion.
For the first time, we could see the reality that nobody talks about. Do you know that people on this planet consume 80 billion pieces of clothing a year? or that the fashion industry we have been supporting is the second largest polluting industry, second only to the oil industry?

However,  as a conscious consumers and also now representing a business that shares ethical values, we want to help you to choose well in order to waste less, giving you the right information and offering you the right ethical alternatives, because we think that beyond a garment there is always a story that deserves to be shared.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

So, you can start right here, deciding to shop at places like Velvety and stop supporting big companies with only one  goal: to make more and more dollars at the cost of workers, animals and the ecosystems of this planet.


Another thing you can do is talk about it! So many people can't change because they don't have the right information to make it happen. 
Spread the news, be a voice for those who don't have one, like the poor people working in third world countries for big companies without rights and also for those animals  that only want to live but instead die for someones clothes. But if you really want to make a change, get  involved by buying ethically from ethical companies like us and this way, start a real social change.

 

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Join us to start the ethical fashion revolution that this world needs! 

See our range on www.velvety.com.au