Now is the time to finally peel off those many layers of warm winter clothes. We feel like wearing something fresh, light and brand new. But, check the deepest corners of your wardrobe first for those forgotten gems, hiding there, in need of a nouveau combination to make them excitingly wearable again. And if you still want to buy new clothes (fair enough, from time to time), we’d like to introduce you to some ethical and eco-friendly labels that want us to look and feel good.
“There is no planet B”. Following this slogan, Ecoalf develop textile production techniques using recycled materials like second-hand cotton and wool, plastic bottles, old fishing nets, used tires and post consumer coffee grounds. With their initiative Upcycling the Oceans they partner with fishermen in Spain and Thailand and have already turned more than 60 tons of fishing nets into fabric – for fashionable streetwear. We especially love the shiny bronze bags and the sophisticated, black bike helmet; both, of course, made from upcycled materials.
Kozii is a Portuguese clothing and textile brand that draws its inspiration from traditional printing and weaving techniques from around the world. By working with the synergies of ethnic designs and modern contexts, Kozii preserves artisanal practices and supports the communities they collaborate with. In addition to cotton, silk and modal fabrics, Kozii’s next summer collection introduces garments made from certified organic fibers from lotus, corn, banana, milk, soya and bamboo, which all have a light, thin, silky texture, but are still very durable.
I find these boots very elegant, but actually they are a reincarnation of traditional Portuguese work boots worn by generations of workers since the 1950’s. Like today, back then boot soles were also made of recycled and reused tires - mostly plane tyres, allowing for extra long durability. The leather used is vegetable-tanned, and the midsole is made with cork. The boots are made completely by hand, which ensures that they’re long-lasting and easy to repair. A pair of boots takes around 4 hours to manufacture, but, if treated well, you’ll have them for a lifetime.
As part of a large Korean corporate group for industrial production – including automotive parts – RE;CODE is committed to upcycling unused and leftover materials into fashion. Car air bags, seat covers, parachutes or other surplus textiles are carefully disassembled and transformed into unique clothing pieces, sometimes in collaboration with renowned designers like Henrik Vibskov.
The brand also provides an individual customizing service: you can collaborate with RE;CODE to transform your old clothes into new, cutting edge fashion items. Not only do you reduce textile waste and conserve resources, but you directly support craftsmanship and keep alive memories that are often connected with old clothes or inherited textiles.