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All you need to know about Ethical Jewellery

Jewellery may be frivolous and thrilling, it may be sentimental and nostalgic, but the reality of production can be a different story.

 

As with all areas of fashion it is very easy to overlook the journeys our products have been a part of. In an era of disposable, cheap and fast fashion, we need to take a very important step back and reassess why and how products are made and delivered to the consumer.

 

The jewellery industry is one laden with controversy and occasionally alleged corruption. Unethical sourcing of gemstones and metals, in particular Gold - can have catastrophic effects on communities, their people and their environments.

 

When one first begins looking into the ethics of mining, it can feel overwhelming. An initial gut reaction may be to boycott the industry. However, according to the Fairtrade Foundation “an estimated 100 million people worldwide rely on small-scale mining to support their families and communities”. This means the answer is not to avoid and abandon the industry, but to push and fight harder for fairer, ethical mining and sourcing that supports these artisans and small-scale miners.

 

We need to push for fair pay, environmental protection and health and safety regulations.

 

Fair Pay:

 

When no monitoring is put in place, small scale miners are very often exploited financially by being offered worryingly low prices in exchange for precious metals and are given no other choice but to accept. With such low payments being made, these miners are unable to make a fair living and are prevented from investing in safe equipment. So as a result, people are forced to continually work in dangerous and unhealthy conditions.

 

Health and Safety:

 

It’s a serious concern that mercury is often used to extract precious metals, with no safety regulations in place. Mercury is a toxin which sadly causes harmful effects to the human body such as birth defects, kidney damage, digestive and immune disorders as well as having a serious deleterious effect on water supplies, fish and environmental contamination. Without proper investment and pay, miners are unable to handle these chemicals safely thus being unable to protect themselves and their surrounding environment.

 

Precious Gemstones:

 

Gemstones are equally troubling when we begin to look deeper into their sourcing and supply. Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds and Diamonds to name a very few are often subject to exploitation. Not only can the sourcing put human life and the environment at risk, but the journeys that the precious stones take are also highly vulnerable to corruption and conflict. Knowing where your gemstone comes from and the journey it took is the suppliers' and jewellers' and maybe to some extent the consumers' responsibility. We have to work together - it is time to buy mindfully and to start to think of the wider implications before we purchase.

 

The good news…

 

The good news for gold is that Fairtrade has done incredible work to ensure artisans and miners work in safe and non-hazardous conditions with strict requirements when mining for precious metals. These requirements include: safe handling of chemicals when used, environmental protection, women's rights and child labour protection. Fairtrade also ensures a fair price is always given for the gold, in line with global prices thus avoiding the previously mentioned exploitation. Buying ethically sourced metal means you are supporting an industry that so many rely on for their livelihood, whilst ensuring the process minimises risk and corruption.

 

With regards to gemstones, although there is not one governing body to ensure ethical mining is promoted and followed, there are a number of programmes and mines around the world that are committed to sustainably sourcing using high-tech and safe equipment. Certain places even run projects such as reforestation and water filtration systems as a way of protecting the land and communities. 

 

Now what..

 

With regards to wider accessibility: due to ethically sourced materials currently costing more, sustainable jewellery is sadly perceived as a “luxury item’ - but this does not have to be the case. Although it is true that ethically sourced jewellery will come at a slightly higher price, this doesn't mean it should be thought of or sold as an exclusive product. If that were to be the case, sustainable fashion would never become mainstream and no noticeable changes to this huge industry would ever occur.

 

To encourage and speed up change in perception, such change has to come from designers and ultimately consumers. It’s the good-old supply and demand story… the more demand there is for ethical jewellery, the more investment and support these organisations will get.

 

The question is: Do you really want to adorn yourself with jewels at the cost of someone else's well-being and environmental harm?

 

Thankfully a number of jewellers such as Hammered are starting to encourage and offer another alternative. Hammered is a London based enterprise run by jewellery designer Aimee Schmidt that works hard to offer an ethical solution without massively inflating the price tag. Hammered is 100% committed to producing contemporary jewellery that looks deeper behind the fashion. It was formed from a passion for design and a passion to change the status quo in the jewellery industry, proving sustainably sourced highly desirable jewellery doesn’t have to be unattainable and elitist!

 



About the writer:

Aimee Schmidt is a jewellery designer living and working in London, UK. She is passionate about society’s responsibilities for promoting and securing ethical and sustainable sourcing of materials. Accordingly Aimee supports Fairtrade gold and uses ethically sourced metals and gemstones in her pieces.

Her signature designs are characterised by hammered textures, reflected in her company name and are inspired by architectural and structural forms.



 

 

GIFTS FOR VEGANS

THE BEST ETHICAL VEGAN CHRISTMAS GIFTS

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Sustainable Vegan Bags - WHAT IS VEGAN LEATHER?

VEGAN BAGS

ETHICAL & SUSTAINABLE FASHION

 

Nowadays, there are quite a few fashion brands all over the world making vegan bags, it's not difficult to find them, it's also not too difficult to find a great variety of designs and styles. 
However, it becomes a bit more difficult when you are trying to find a bag that is vegan and also ethically made, eco-friendly and sustainable.

 

First thing to consider:

WHAT IS VEGAN LEATHER

"Many major vegan leather brands claim their products are made of ‘eco friendly’ PU (Polyurethane) microfibers, used because their ‘feel’ is similar to that of leather, and it can be imprinted with grains that mimic suede and natural skins. But make no mistake–there is no such thing as ‘eco friendly’ PU.

In the production of microfiber-based synthetics, textiles and polymers are often layered together and compressed several times through metal rollers, then submersed in a coagulation solution to solidify. This chemical process requires excessive levels of toxic substances like dimethylformamide, which has also been linked to cancer and birth defects, and acetic acid, high doses of which can damage skin and eyes."

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"Despite these eco-horrors, many eco-warriors find vegan leather production even worse. For example, the manufacture and incineration of PVC-based synthetics produce one of the most toxic chemicals known to man: dioxins. Found in almost every single modern human’s body, dioxins promote developmental disturbances and increase cancer risks tenfold.

Since plastic-based synthetics don’t fully biodegrade, they produce micro-particles that are ingested by animals and thus enter the food chain at all levels: even Arctic polar bears have been found to have dioxins in their bloodstream. When it does break down, vegan leather releases phthalates—initially added as a softening agent—which subsequently enter the food chain and the atmosphere, causing breathing problems, breast cancers, hormonal disruptions and birth defects."

-Eluxe Magazine

 

Want some more info? 
https://eluxemagazine.com/magazIne/what-the-heck-is-vegan-leather/
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-dark-side-to-vegan-leather-is-far-from-ethical-20170314-guxkn4.html


SO THE QUESTION IS...

Are we helping animals by choosing a bag that is not made of leather but microfiber instead?

Yes, of course we are!

But...are we helping the environment too?

The answer is...no.

And also...something very important! Are we paying for a bag that has been made by happy workers? Workers that get the right salary wages and conditions?


Sometimes we just want to make our purchase easy and feel good by knowing that we are supporting a vegan brand that cares about animals, however sometimes we just need to spend an extra minute trying to find that item that really ticks all the ethical boxes. It will be always your choice, but you need to know that it is a choice!

 

To help you in this search we created Velvety

An ethical, sustainable and of course vegan store that will make your eco vegan purchases easier! At Velvety you can find a selective range of bags, wallets, backpacks and more
that are handmade, ethically manufactured and sustainable. We do not carry bags made of 100% vegan leather, we only carry bags made of cork, upcycled materials, real leaves and pineapple leather. We care about animals, the people and the environment
and that's why we decided to only focus on real eco-friendly bags and accessories.

Have a look at our range and get inspired by colours, materials and textures :)

Vegan cork cutches

CLUCTHES

MADE OF CORK, LEAF LEATHER & UPCYCLED MATERIALS

pinatex bags

BAGS & HANDBAGS

MADE OF PINATEX, CORK, LEAF LEATHER & UPCYCLED MATERIALS

Vegan backpacks

 BACKPACKS

 

MADE OF ALL SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

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GIFTS FOR VEGANS

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VEGAN GIFTS FOR HIM

 

VEGAN GIFT IDEAS FOR men

Let us show you some of our featured products for him!

ALL ETHICAL, SUSTAINABLE & CRUELTY FREE!

 

ORGANIC COTTON CLOTHING, FAIR & ECO


VEGAN WALLETS


ORGANIC + FAIR TRADE UNDERWEAR


ORGANIC + FAIR TRADE SOCKS


STILL NOT SURE? 

A GIFT VOUCHER IS THE BEST WAY TO SHOW SOMEONE YOUR LOVE.

A VELVETY GIFT VOUCHER MEANS SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL, IT MEANS YOU ARE GIVING SOMEONE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE THEIR GIFT FROM OUR RANGE OF VEGAN AND ETHICAL CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES & BEAUTY PRODUCTS.

THANKS FOR CHOOSING ETHICAL!

 

Remember: When buying at Velvety you are not just supporting an ethical small business, you are changing the world, changing the fashion fast industry and helping animals!

We donate a % of our profits to Big Sky Sanctuary, so when you purchase a vegan product from us, you are already supporting such a beautiful cause. Please, find more about our charity program here: BSKCHARITY

 

GIFTS FOR VEGANS

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 12 ETHICAL & VEGAN GIFT IDEAS FOR MEN & WOMEN AUSTRALIA

- VEGAN FASHION GUIDE -

 

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!

That's why at Velvety, we want to help you to find the best ethical & vegan products for those you really care giving you free access to this beautiful guide and list of vegan gifts ideas.

We guarantee that all the products you are going to find here are vegan, but also cruelty free, fair trade, handmade, some of them made of organic cotton or upcycled materials, and of course, ethical and sustainable.

At Velvety we care about products that respect humans, animals and the planet.


soy candles

1. Velvety Eco Soy Candles

Vegan candles hand made using organic vegan wax in Bunyip,

Australia.

The perfect gift for those who enjoy natural & charming goods.


vegan-jewellery

2. Vegan Jewelry

Handmade jewelry for those who love creative but also sustainable accessories.


vegan-wallets

3. Vegan Wallets for Women

Ethical wallets made from the most sustainable materials such as cork, real leaves, pineapple leather and more.


vegan wallets

4. Vegan Wallets for Men

Ethical wallets made from the most sustainable materials such as cork, real leaves, pineapple leather and more.


ORGANIC COTTON + FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED SOCKS - Handmade in Germany

5. Organic Cotton Socks

Vegan, fair trade and organic cotton socks for men and women.

The perfect gift for compassionate creative people.


recycled notebook

6. ECO ACCESSORIES

Sustainable belts, notebooks, beanies, scarves and more.

Surprise some one with a notebook made of leaves!


organic-clothing

7. Sustainable Clothing for Women

Eco-friendly clothing brands for those women that love wearing organic and fairly made garments.


vegan-handbags

8. Vegan Handbags

Vegan but also sustainable and ethically made bags made from real eco materials such as pinatex, leaves, cork or upcycled garments.

Surprise her with a unique environmentally friendly bag!


organic-trunks

9. Organic Men's Underwear

Fair trade and organic underwear for the men you love!

Great quality and affordable prices!


vegan beauty box

10. Vegan Beauty

Unique curated selection of Australian made skin products and gifts boxes.

Perfect for those women that love natural and non toxic/nasty products.


vegan backpacks

11. Vegan Backpacks

Vegan but also handmade upcycled backpacks totally unique!

A fantastic gift for adventurous people!


vegan clutches

12. Vegan Clutches & Purses

Creative, sustainable and of course vegan!

Perfect for Summer, parties and events!


Find more awesome ethical and vegan products on

www.velvety.com.au

Your store for sustainable fashion, beauty and more!

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6 Ethical Fashion Brands You Can Shop In Australia

ethical fashion brands

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.

 

1- Armedangels

Ethics: Fair Trade certified, GOTS certified

Category: Clothing

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!

Shop all ARMEDANGELS

 

2- Bloi

Ethics: Ethical production, handmade, GOTS certified

Category: Clothing

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.

Shop all BLOI

 

3- Numon

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.

Shop all NUMON

 

4- Indecisive

Ethics: Ethically Handmade, Zero-waste, Organic, Vegan

Category: Clothing

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?

Shop all INDECISIVE

 

5- Thamon

Ethics: Ethically Handmade, Vegan, toxic free

Category: Accessories

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.

Shop all THAMON

 

6- Elpis

Ethics: Ehically Handmade, Vegan, toxic free

Category: Accessories

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.

Shop all ELPIS

 

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.

 

For further information about certifications visit:

https://www.fairwear.org/

http://www.fairtrade.com.au/

http://www.global-standard.org/

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/

 

 

 

FASHION

2 Sustainable & Ethical fashion brands that you need to know about.

INDECISIVE

Love being INDECISIVE? 

 You will now! 

Welcome to the new fashion brand gracing the Velvety collection. INDECISIVE. 

This sustainable, Australian clothing brand also makes in Australia! That's rare. 

The hand picked selection is carefully cultivated to suits VEGANS. Lorena being vegan herself, is dedicated to providing the best selection of Vegan fashion and lifestyle products. Making it so much easier to buy all Vegan, Ethical and Sustainable at Velvety. In our oversaturated globalised world it's so important to consider what you buy, from who and how. 

See the whole range of organic and upcycled fashion garments that Velvety carries:


ARMEDANGELS

Speaking of being responsible and angelic..... 

Have you heard of Armedangels? These tough but kind angels follow the best practices. 

 

  Velvety presents a cultivated selection of Armed Angels fair and organic fashion collection.

Armedangels come all the way from Deutschland! These beauties design everyday favorites to be worn for longer. These angels have nothing to hide and live up to their expectation of quality and integrity. Their pieces are classic and beautiful quality. Velvety has hand picked the best pieces from Armed Angels all responsible vegan fashion. Vegan wares!

https://www.armedangels.de/en/nothing-to-hide/all/


It's best practice to support and champion sustainablility and ethical products. In the ideal world we won't have to use these keywords anymore. Eco Fashion, Sustainability, Ethical, Cruelty free, Organic and Fair Trade. These values will become standard. But at the moment we have to state the obvious and have accredited approval so that others don't follow bad practices. 

Integrity and purpose are the most important things in fashion brands these days. Yes fast fashion is cheaper than ever and a moving beast that swallows up unsuspecting youths. But someone somewhere else is paying for the price of those clothes. I don't need to tell you this is common sense. I am preaching to the enlightened. 

 

So enough of that. Let us know your experience and get in touch!

Share and get spread the word.

 

Thank you for being considerate, conscious and responsible human beings!


This post has been written by Freyja Ronngard.

"I must confess I am not Vegan but I consider myself a responsible and considerate human being." designfar.com  

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