Remember when you buy things you make decisions, often even about other people's quality of life. If treating people and nature responsable is important to you, then you can improve a lot of people's living conditions simply by taking a conscientious approach to buying. Enjoy our monthly sustainable shopping wishlist for September 2018.
Why to buy: The jewelry by Bario Neal is composed by fairmined metals extracted by empowered and responsible small-scale and artisanal miners. The company uses recycled metals processed by refiners in the United States that share its vow to minimize environmental impacts. Diamonds and colored gemstones aren't just certified as conflict-free. They work with a fully traceable supply chain, from mine to market.
What we love: Bario Neal has made a commitment to support healthy and happy working conditions for its entire supply chain, from miners to jewelers, and the larger communities that support them. The jewelry is made by hand in a Philadelphia studio, incorporating environmentally low-impact practices to supporting artisans on Philadelphia’s historic Jewelers’ Row, to encouraging sustainable local economies globally through partnerships with other organizations, many of them women-owned. The company is also a longtime supporter of LGBTQIA rights and worldwide marriage equality.
Price: Cluster Trillion Triad $1970 USD / 1.676 € | Shop it now: Bario Neal
Why to buy: The style of this Burgundy dress by Stella McCartney is just amazing. It is skin free, 100% viscose. The label sources its viscose in a way that helps to protect ancient forests and the species that live there. Stella McCartney is also able to trace all viscose right back to its forest of origin, ensuring that it comes from sustainably managed forests.
What we love: As a vegetarian brand, Stella McCartney never uses leather, skin, fur or feathers. By taking this stance the label is proving it is possible to create beautiful, luxurious products that are better for everyone – animals, people and the environment. Its leather alternatives do not just look good, they are also better to the environment. Using recycled polyester instead of Brazilian calf leather, for example, creates 24 times less of an environmental impact, as calculated through the Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L).
Price: $1,375 - 995 € | Shop it now: Stella McCartney
Why to buy: Women work as much as men, but their handbags are never up to the image and function of a modern busy working woman. Bag Affair is a label created by two young working women to provide practical executive bags without compromising on elegance. Thanks to this ethical label, it is finally possible to carry a 17 inch laptop, folders, and all other work essentials organised without compromising on professional appearance. Dressing for the job you want, not the job you have also means to carry the right handbag to work and meetings, to mean business in looks and in substance. The Executive collection by Bag Affair is designed with minimalist lines and artisanal craft to reimagine a business bag through natural materials such as Portuguese cork and French walnut wood.
What we love: The vegan ‘’Bossy Bag’’ marries the vibrancy of the gold cork textures with the sublime solid smoothness of its wood handles. Buying this bag, we are empowering women at work with bags that carry more than their belongings - real executive bags that carry their dreams and ambitions.
Price: 349 € (Europe) | Shop it now: Bag Affair
Why to buy: Enriched with an exclusive blend of the arctic's most powerful antioxidant-rich plants, the intense and lightweight Midsummer Magic Lifting Serum gives an extra boost of rejuvenating effects, smoothing skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, the lightweight Lifting Serum infuses the skin with three different types of hyaluronic acid that are specifically targeted to work on different layers of the skin to help retain moisture. The compact power of 6 arctic super plant ingredients build the basis of Inari Arctic Beauty organic skincare. This new luxurious nordic organic skincare range is natural, vegan and suitable for all skin types.
What we love: North of the Polar Circle the water is fresh and the air is clear and prickling. In the summer time the plants growth quickly and strongly, making the most of the intense periods of sunshine and storing up as much energy as possible to survive the icy cold of the arctic winter.The climatic conditions in the Arctic are severe but the plants, berries and roots that survive in this harsh climate offer highly concentrated active ingredients. The "superplants" are especially rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and have been shown to have a beneficial effect on skin health. Above the Arctic Circle the sun never goes down in midsummer. It’s this phenomenon that gave the inspiration for the Midsummer Magic skincare range. The plant world of the Polar Circle is unique, and it is these antioxidant-rich superfood ingredients that form the heart of Inari Arctic Beauty products. All are free from paraben and mineral oils or other synthetic ingredients.
Price: 145 € | Shop it now: Inari Cosmetics
Why to buy: The Half Moon Hadle by Rose & Fitzgeral is a dainty, uniquely shaped bangle that is subtle yet eye-catching. Each bangle is individually crafted from start to finish by the in-house team of the company of metalsmiths at its design-and-craft studio in Kampala, Uganda. The finished bangle is plated in 18kt gold in the USA.
What we love: In a world where many artisan goods are produced in factories and peddled by mass marketing campaigns, Rose & Fitzgerald is created in hopes of connecting us to something truly authentic. This couple work with East Africa’s most extraordinary talents in techniques such as carpentry, hand chiseling and carving, sculpting, casting, metal working, hand looming, sewing and weaving—all techniques that have been passed down through generations.
Price: $95 USD / 81 € | Shop it now: Rose & Fizgerald