8 Fashion Brands That Use Recycled Materials
Reduce, reuse, recycle. The three Rs have been making their way into the fashion world with new force in recent years, and we’d like to share a couple of brands that are using recycled materials to keep waste to a minimum while creating beautifully unique products. From high-fashion looks to eco-conscious denim to upcycled handbags made from airplane seats, these designers will inspire you in more ways than one.
1. tonlé: We wrote about this Cambodia-based game-changer last month, but they are quickly expanding their zero-waste brand made entirely from textile scraps, creating a manufacturing chain that’s efficient and sustainable.
2. Titania Inglis: This designer is all about the edgy and minimalist fashions, but also gets her materials from sustainable sources like dead wool stock from New York’s garment factories. She also creates clothing that can be worn in multiple ways to maximize each piece and minimize the need to fill up your closet with things you don’t wear that often.
3. Matt & Nat: Good luck getting anyone to believe that the luxe handbags and wallets in this line are vegan and that their linings are made of 100% recycled bottles. When ethical accessory purveyor Matt & Nat isn’t celebrating their coworkers’ birthdays with vegan cupcakes and encouraging their customers to upcycle, they’re sourcing sustainable design materials like cork and rubber.
4. Study NY: Brooklyn designer Tara St. James of Study NY strives for no-waste production and incorporates recycled materials into her designs.
5. Carrie Parry: Using environmentally responsible materials and recycled fabrics, Carry Parry’s designs are feminine, preppy and classic. She won an award in 2011 for her ethical fashion efforts. We love this pair of polka-dot ikat-printed blouses so much that we’ll take ’em both.
6. Patagonia: Big brands have a lot of social capital, and we love seeing them use it for good. Patagonia’s Common Threads Partnership helps reduce environmental impact in a variety of ways. They first make clothes that are intended to last a long, long time — they even have a blog called Worn Wear that shares stories about adventuring in their gear (often over decades and even generations). They will repair clothes and buy back your gently used clothes. Once a piece of clothing is totally spent, they’ll recycle it to make new fabric. They have drop-off stations in every store.
7. Looptworks: Looptworks identifies salvage opportunities and then recycles materials into stylish new products. Their collections are always unique, like Project Luv Seat, which repurposed 43 acres of leather from Southwest Airlines seats into a one-of-a-kind bag collection.
8. G-Star Raw Jeans: Pharrell is collaborating with G-Star Raw to curate a line of denim made from recycled plastic salvaged from the ocean. The plastic bits are woven into a hybrid cotton-plastic material called Bionic Yarn. From that, they create some pretty rad jeans for both ladies and gents.
What other brands incorporate recycled materials into their process? Let us know in the comments.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)