We were invited to the Green Orange Fashion Fair at the Kromhouthal Building in Amsterdam, its a fair showcasing eco fashion and accessories from ethical fashion brands in Europe. We met lots of lovely other companies from 3D printed Jewellery to organic cotton childrens clothes there were lots of inspirational companies there. Below I have picked out my top 5.
Lemonfish sell bags made from upcycled army surplus and traditionally woven braiding.
Founded by designers Alexandra Dittrich and Bettina Burchard, the bags are made by women in prison who are taught the skills needed to make the bag so that they can be employed by Lemonfish when they leave prison as part of the rehabilition process.
The materials are salvaged from tents, bags and army packs that have been discarded by the Bundeswehr (the unified armed forces of Germany) all of the eyelets and hardware comes from them as well. The bags are then decorated with scraps of recycled leather and vintage traditional German braiding.
The two combined make for a pleasing aesthetic of tough meets pretty in classic designs like the messenger or tote bags.
Made from recycled paper, cement bags and jute the Township Smile range covers messenger bags, duffle bags and laptop and IPad covers.
Produced in South Africa by women who work from home, get paid fair wages and own their own machines. The company promotes an ethic of shared industry and teamwork is an essential element of the business.
Marcia De Carvalho
Made in France by local artisans "Chaussettes Orphelines" takes "orphaned socks" and old socks and recycles them into 100% recycled yarn which is then turned back into new socks, gloves, scarves and hats. They also aim to contribute to the recovery of traditional spinning and knitting sectors in Northern France.
I love this idea as everyone has those socks with holes in and the odd sock box with the "orphans" whose pair you have been looking for for years!
Bags and accessories made from recycled inner tyres they aim to 'reduce peoples carbon footprint and protect nature'.
Not only are the products stylish, sustainable, strong and waterproof but the use of the rubber from the tyres saves them from being burned which releases poisonous gases into the environment.
Run and Fell
Taking their name from the 'run and fell' stitch used to make heavy duty industrial workwear these organic cotton men's tshirts are ethically made in Manchester, England using local suppliers and manufacturers they are strong believers in Slow Fashion.
Not only do they look good and feel great but they can make you feel great about whats in your wardrobe too!