Plastic doesn’t break down, it breaks up. It breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces, becoming what we now know as microplastics. Primary microplastics are 5mm in length or less, and include plastic pellets, microbeads (often found in skincare and scrubs) and microfibres from fabric. Secondary microplastics are made when larger pieces of plastic begin to degrade and break up. In the ocean, this is commonly from fishing nets, water bottles and shopping bags. The smaller a piece of plastic is, the more likely birds and fish are going to consume it and somewhere along that food chain, we end up eating these microplastics too. A study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology says “it's possible that humans could be consuming between 39,000 and 52,000 microplastic particles each year.” While it is currently unclear what the health risks are attached to this, certain types of plastic attract harmful bacteria or can become more toxic over time.
We cannot go through life without buying certain things, no matter how spartan or minimalist we may strive to be there are something things we simply cannot avoid.
Eating being a great example.
The vegan movement is growing rapidly and teaching huge amounts of people every year how they can eat more ethically whilst having less impact on the planet and at the same time reduce the suffering of animals. It’s quite easy to eat vegan in this day and age.
WE LOVE SUSTAINABLE,
VEGAN & ETHICAL FASHION
Ethical fashion is growing, and thanks to that today we can find fully sustainable brands that care about the environment, animals, and their workers.
Buying ethical fashion
We are supporting a great cause and helping in a massive way to change the course of the fast fashion industry, towards a more conscious and sustainable lifestyle, which in the long run benefits us all.
In this post, we will introduce:
6 ethical fashion brands
New clothing and accessories that can all be found at Velvety. All these brands have something in common, they are all ethical, use organic or recycled materials and are produced in a fair way.
Ethics: Fair Trade certified, GOTS certified
Based in: Germany
About them: Great style, modern but elegant, sophisticated and trendy. I remember the first time I saw this brand online. I couldn't believe what my eyes were seeing! A huge ethical and sustainable store with the kind of fashion items that most women love. But the best part? A human company behind all these organic (GOTS certified) garments and an impressive way of creating them, always working with the Fair Wear and Fair Trade associations to guarantee the best ethical practices in regards to workers and labor conditions.
Considering all this... Stocking Armedangels at Velvety was a MUST!
Ethics: Ethical production, handmade, GOTS certified
Based in: Barcelona
About them: I will never forget the day I discovered this brand! I was in Australia when a friend from Barcelona sent me a picture of their physical store with the message: "Lorena this store may interest you for your project"
When I visited their website I quickly fell in love! Beautiful and charming garments made of organic cotton (GOTS certified) and handmade in Barcelona (my beloved city). In that moment I realized that they had to be part of Velvety yes or yes! So 1 year later on a trip to Barcelona I visited them and met the lovely people behind the brand, Nuria, Ernesto and their rescue dog. It was not surprising to see that behind great brands there are always great people making things happen.
Ethics: Ethical production, handmade, vegan, eco label certified
Category: Bags and accessories
Based in: Barcelona
About them: What to say about Numon? An incredible brand located very close to Barcelona that makes the most beautiful and unique vegan upcycled, bags, backpacks and accessories always using forgotten/wasted materials. I met Nuria (the maker and designer) in Barcelona possibly 10 years ago. Back in those days I remember admiring their products, I never forgot them and the first brand I knew I would introduce to Velvety would be NUMON. And that's how it all started! A big thanks to Nuria and Ramon (the ones behind the scenes) for making such an amazing product 100% vegan.
Ethics: Ethically Handmade, Zero-waste, Organic, Vegan
Based in: Australia
About them: Australian made and sustainable! Indecisive could be our most luxurious yet modern and affordable brand at Velvety. Their transeasonal garments are simply pieces of art that will make you feel unique when wearing them! The best part is knowing that you're wearing upcycled garments, they consist of wasted textiles from the fashion industry that are usually discarded and considered trash, Indecisive rescue them in perfect condition and make their stunning collections. They also use organic materials such as bamboo to create relaxed modern pieces. Something really important for us (and you don't see it very often) is that all their pieces are made to order, this way Indecisve ensures that there are no wasted garments and this is the best way to ensure a sustainable production, don't you think?
Ethics: Ethically Handmade, Vegan, toxic free
Based in: London
About them: With Thamon I discovered that yes...there are more sustainable options to vegan leather and of course to real leather! What an amazing company, concept, and product! Great style and quality for people interested in making more sustainable choices and "wear leaves, not leather". Thamon creates their own leaf fibre from sustainably sourced tree leaves and the result is amazing, that's why we carry their range at Velvety, with the goal of bring more and more of their products to Australia, this is the kind of vegan leather we want to offer to our ethical customers.
Ethics: Ehically Handmade, Vegan, toxic free
Based in: Thailand
About them: Another great brand that makes sustainable bags and wallets (among other things) from leaves! The result is urban bags and wallets made from natural raw materials that respect the environment and remind us that simplicity is the key to living in harmony and respecting life. We can guarantee you wont see these unique patterns anywhere else as each product has a unique natural pattern. The colours change every season reflecting the natural beauty of the leaves for that time of the year.
I believe nowadays, vegan and ethical fashion can be easy to find if you search for it, but ethical, vegan and sustainable...can be a bit more tricky, that's why when I started Velvety I strived to create a one stop shop where ethical consumers could ensure they were making the best decisions when it came to respecting animals, the planet, and people.
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Ethical fashion for a new ethical world.
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.