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A personal favourite, Raum Goods Slip Ons are not just cute shoes to wear in the warmer months, but they’re specifically designed for earthing. Each shoe has a copper rivet in its base. With copper being a highly conductive metal that channels the earth’s electricity into our bodies, these shoes essentially help us plug our feet to the ground. These beautiful, zero-drop shoes allow us to absorb the benefit from the earth, on any outdoor surface, without actually having to be barefoot. Raum’s thin, soft leather sole allows our feet to feel the texture of the ground, activating all the healing pressure points on our heels, arches, toes, and balls of our feet. Rubber or plastic soled-shoes act as a barrier to the earth’s energy, insulting them from the beneficial electrical contact we need. Raum has thus designed their shoes to be soft, supply, easy to pack, ethically-made, and beneficial to our health.

How They're Sustainable

Raum shoes are hand-crafted in Gaziantep, Turkey, where a small atelier and group of artisans have been making footwear for generations. Each shoe has over 200 steps to create the finished product. Raum’s team hand-selects the best and softest vegetable-tanned leathers that are locally-sourced, often a by-product from the local buffalo trade. Each pattern is hand cut, using the same method of bespoke shoemakers. Raum uses 100% waxed cotton threads that are hand-stitched in a laborious process that make the shoe incredibly durable, bypassing the mainstream and lower-quality option of cement or glue. Since every shoe is handmade using real, natural tanned leather, every shoe is slightly different, therefore unique. With an effort to maintain fair working conditions, natural materials and added health benefits from their 100% copper rivets, Raum is one of the most sustainable shoe brands there is. Learn more about earthing here.

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Made from organic cotton, these socks are grown, spun and knit in the US, for a truly local experience. Founded on the belief that there is a better way to make clothing, Harvest and Mill chose the path that supports their local community and the earth at large. These socks are comfy, warm, and pair well with any outfit, even making socks with sandals look dope AF.

How They're Sustainable

Harvest and Mill demonstrates that not all cotton is white, showcasing the plant’s beautiful fibres that are naturally brown, tan, green or cream coloured. Because heirloom cotton doesn’t need to be dyed, it uses significantly less water, energy and resources. A pair of these socks saves 30.8 days of drinking water and 3.9 square feet of farmed land. They also prevent 1.3 miles of driving emissions from entering the atmosphere with their USA-made process, and 0.1 lbs of dye chemicals from entering the environment. On a larger scale, Harvest and Mill has 70% less GHG emissions compared to other sustainable fashion brands, they use 53% less energy, and 50% less water. They are 100% carbon neutral and their clothing is made using natural colour, meaning they are 100% dye, chemical and bleach-free. With plastic-free packaging and shipping materials, as well as a supply chain that is 5x short than the average sustainable clothing brand, Harvest and Mill’s sustainability checks out entirely! Additionally, this brand only works with small and independent American farms, factories and mills that support their local communities and neighbourhoods.

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Harvest and Mill’s cotton jersey joggers are the chic loungewear you always knew you needed but could never find. Cotton jersey is remarkably breathable, with natural stretch and comfort. Without being too heavy, and also not too lightweight, these joggers are Goldilocks’ go to. They feature a modern cut with a rib knit leg cuff, drawcord waist and two side pockets. Made from 100% organic cotton that is undyed, unbleached and USA-grown.

How They're Sustainable

Harvest and Mill’s heirloom cotton doesn’t need to be dyed, using significantly less water, energy and resources. A pair of these joggers saves 202.1 days of drinking water and 21.8 square feet of farmed land without pesticides. They also prevent 8.8 miles of driving emissions from entering the atmosphere with their USA-made process, and 0.7 lbs of dye chemicals from entering the environment. On a larger scale, Harvest and Mill has 70% less GHG emissions compared to other sustainable fashion brands, they use 53% less energy, and 50% less water. They are 100% carbon neutral and their clothing is made using natural colour, meaning they are 100% dye, chemical and bleach-free. With plastic-free packaging and shipping materials, as well as a supply chain that is 5x short than the average sustainable clothing brand, Harvest and Mill’s sustainability checks out entirely! Additionally, this brand only works with small and independent American farms, factories and mills that support their local communities and neighbourhoods.

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One of my favourite footwear brands, Nisolo is a leader in design, quality and sustainability, in an industry that is notorious for unethical practices. With a highly transparent approach, this brand is open about their factories, workers and wages, giving us an unfiltered glimpse into the world of shoemaking. Choosing to work with skilled craftsmen in Peru who have been passing down the art of shoemaking for generations, Nisolo is an American company in foreign lands that chose to sustain a long-held tradition, instead of exploit. These sandals are comfortable, versatile and perfect for traveling, easily my go-to when the weather is warm.

How They're Sustainable

Read in depth about their living wages here. Nisolo combats climate change by protecting trees from deforestation in the Amazon Basin. So far, they have protected 138,180 trees from getting uprooted. They’ve also partnered with Soles4Souls, a program where they collect old shoes, giving them to micro-entrepreneurs in the developing world, allowing them to resell them in their community. This program provides employment opportunities to people who would like to start their own shoe business but lack the capital to do so, and is an affordable source of shoes for the underserved local population. This initiative also helps combat the excessive amount of landfill waste that fast fashion has created.

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Founded by a husband and wife team who left their jobs at the UN to start a footwear brand, Alice + Whittles’ entire ethos is built around sustainability, ethical manufacturing, simplicity and craftsmanship. Known best for their chic rubber boots, this BIPOC-owned brand doesn’t compromise on style or quality. These have quickly become one of my favourite pairs of boots, perfect for wet springs and cool autumns. Knowing the importance of the depth of their research, the founders of Alice + Whittles embody true changemakers, choosing to reside alongside the craftsmen who produce their products, from Sri Lanka to Portugal.

How They're Sustainable

This brand is deeply engaged with all aspects of the value chain, ensuring fair pay, good working conditions, advance payments, and the improvement of the position of women and disadvantaged groups. Their rubber is 100% naturally fair traded, made from the sap of rubber trees in sustainably managed forests in Sri Lanka. The boots are 100% plastic-free, lightweight, waterproof and use 80% less energy to produce.

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Redefining basics, Tradlands makes clothing that lasts, unlike fast fashion alternatives that fall apart after a few washes. Sadie, Tradlands founder, noticed that men’s clothing always seems to be made better, is longer-lasting, with fabrics and styles that are classic and simple. She wanted to create the same option, for women. Tradlands ensures durability, favourites that can be worn over and over again, and an inclusive range of sizes and options for anyone. They create archetypal clothing, like button-ups, t-shirts, easy dresses, and chinos – all made responsibly.

How They're Sustainable

Wearing clothing 50 times instead of 5 (the fast fashion average) reduces carbon emissions by more than 400% per item, per year. This is why quality is of the utmost importance to Tradlands – so that the clothing they make holds up and can be worn over again. Tradlands makes their clothing in small batches to avoid overproduction and wastage. Their entire design process is slow and thoughtful, with development that is properly planned out, instead of new drops every 2 weeks. They believe that a beautiful garment means nothing if human beings and the environment are exploited in the process, choosing to work with factories that have high-standards, social welfare policies in place, living wages, clean, airy environments, and never any children. This includes US-based standards of working hours, over-time payments, and never any triple shifts.


 

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