The latest brands to be awarded with The Mark of Positive Living.
Rapanui is an Award-Winning Eco-fashion brand from on the Isle of Wight, described by the Guardian as “Bang on Trend”. Ethical fashion at Rapanui starts at the design stage. They design and make ethical clothing in line with the latest trends but from more sustainable materials.
With factories powered by wind and solar energy and cutting edge eco textiles, they create products that have a unique natural softness and feel when worn. The result is clothing that looks great and feels great too, after all: that’s what ethical fashion is all about.
Who Made Your Pants
Who Made Your Pants? is a campaigning lingerie brand based in Southampton, UK. This brand is about two things – amazing pants, and amazing women. They buy fabrics that have been sold on by big underwear companies at the end of season, stop them ending up as waste and turn them into gorgeous new pants that have a great start in life. They’re designed to sit flat under clothes, have no VPL, and be comfortable and all day fabulous.
All pants are made in their Southampton factory, where they create jobs for women who’ve had a hard time. The first job everyone learns is making the pants, but as they hope to fill all the jobs in the business with these women, training is arranged for those interested in marketing, finance or other areas.
Since SS11 ASOS have donated £5 from every item sold from ASOS Africa and match funded through the ASOS Foundation, raising 30k for half the factory. This has enabled SOKO to build a new workshop which will be completed in November 2012.
SOKO Kenya is a clothing production workshop for the export market that aims to create sustainable, fair employment and offer training and skills to some of Kenya’s poorest people. SOKO aims to create a sustainable and creative long term solution to Kenya’s economic crisis by promoting community driven, ethical and environmentally aware trade in fashion.
Pinks Boutique professional natural and organic products came from an unlikely meeting of minds. When Luke Sherriff, a human scientist, and Kirstie Allen, a historian, first met at Oxford University, there seemed little to link his interest in the human body with her specialist subjects of women and South East Asia. By combining their desire for pure organic products with a fascination for the beautiful flowers, unique aromas and exotic ingredients of Indonesia, Tibet, Nepal, Thailand and Japan, they were able to create and blend at home the most inspiring complete professional and only organic spa range on the market.
Raw skincare brand Gaia Creams consciously tries to minimise its impact on the earth and review their environmental performance on a regular basis. They only use organically grown, cruelty and guilt free ingredients, using fair trade alternatives wherever possible. They are firmly against animal testing and the usage of toxic (and GMO) ingredients widely used in mass-produced skin care. Recyclable packaging is used wherever possible, and via the Gaia recycling programme we offer a free 30ml cream or oil for every 5 empty Gaia Creams containers returned to them. All labels are printed on the premises on 100% recycled paper.
London-based luxury niche brand Ancienne Ambiance are purveyors of superbly fragranced products, jewellery and gifts inspired by ancient times. Founded in 2004 as the ancient-themed luxury consumer goods brand of world renowned Ancient Art gallery online, Artemission.com, the company is known for producing superior quality goods and has a firm following. With paraben free, organic ingredients and recyclable packaging, Ancienne Ambiance also embeds sustainable practises throughout its business model.
Sonya Kashmiri uses a range of natural and organic materials combined with Italian tanned Chrome free leathers to create sculptural, elegant and desirable fashion items with a sustainable edge.
The accessories have a strong focus on structure and shape, symmetry and detailing such as clean raw edge seams. Design, functionality and materials are of equal importance, our objective is to be as sustainable as possible without compromising on design aesthetics. They do not test on animals or use materials from CITES or IUCN endangered species. As well as reducing emissions, water and waste packaging is made from recyclable materials.
Makepiece make beautiful clothes with ethics. The natural yarns used in their pieces come from sustainable farming, are dyed with natural dyes and are sourced responsibly. The company is working on becoming carbon neutral, working on reducing emissions, water and waste. As well as recyclable packaging they have a volunteer scheme for employees, as well as charitable alliances.
A luxury hotel set in the heart of West London, The Hempel is as known for its sustainability as its impeccable visitor experience. Their responsible visitor charter advises guests on how to make their stay more sustianable in terms of water use and energy conservation and getting around London emission free.