Big strides are being made by various brands to become more sustainable. More and more brands are switching to eco-friendly or ethical practices, whether it be on the production side, material sourcing, or with their company mission. We want to feature some of the brands, who each have their unique take on being sustainable.
Slowood is a sustainable eco-friendly lifestyle grocery store in Kennedy Town. It preaches zero waste, offering eco alternatives to conventional products. Upon entering the store, you are greeted with wide isles and a calm atmosphere. The shopping experience is very unique. Slowood encourages its customers to bring their own containers. You can weigh what you want, store it in your personal container, and bring it home! This way, you’re able to get the exact amount of what you want. However, if you don’t have your own containers on hand, Slowood provides biodegradable paper bags for food, and various containers donated by generous customers for liquid products.
Lacess: Recycled Leather Sneakers
Lacess is a shoe retailer that makes its products from waste! They repurpose leather scraps and post-consumer plastics, to prevent these materials from reaching the landfills. During production, 95% of the water used is recycled, which essentially creates a closed-loop manufacturing process. However, this company has earned its spot on the list not only for its sustainable practices but also for its humanitarian mission. For every pair of shoes sold, a portion of the revenue is donated to combat human trafficking. What’s even better is that these shoes look good and feel good, due to their natural cork and recycled rubber insoles!
Confusion Plant-Based Kitchen
For you foodies out there, this one’s for you!
So many restaurants cook up great food, but at the cost of the environment. It’s time to rethink what and where you eat! With people becoming more conscious about sustainable practices, an increasing number of plant-based restaurants are emerging, one of which is Confusion. Their food is 100% plant-based — dairy, egg and animal product free. It also practices zero waste. Their mission is to rid people’s confusion surrounding sustainable practices, economic sustainability, social sustainability, and environmental sustainability.
What sets Confusion apart from its competitors is the quality of its food and innovative ideas. Confusion wants to show its customers that nutritious food can taste great, maybe even better than some non-vegan options!
Producing waste is not in the equation for Bottle-tee by Cosmos. Their T-shirts are made with a unique blend of recycled polyester from used plastic bottles and bamboo viscose. What’s even better is that their colouring process is waterless and waste-less. Not to mention, their T-shirts are so comfortable and versatile, perfect for everyday wear!
Mee & Gee
We understand that shopping sustainably may be difficult, and oftentimes also expensive! So, the last one the list is a thrift store for you to spice up your wardrobe, whilst being kind to mother nature. As you step into the store, it feels as though you’ve travelled back in time to the 1950s. This thrift store may seem daunting at first, but if you take your time to look through it, you'll definitely find some hidden gems. Over the years, I’ve amassed an extensive collection of vintage windbreakers from Mee & Gee. I really encourage checking our your local thrift stores, because shopping second-hand means there is less clothing in landfills, less environmental resources wasted, and less pollution created.
Protecting and preserving the environment is a collective effort, and every bit counts! As a company with a presence on various social media platforms, we want to do our part in advocating for creating a healthier and greener world. When you’re shopping for your essentials, or looking for a new outfit, keep in mind where the products come from and how they’ll impact the environment. Obviously, everyone might make unsustainable choices now and again, but any little action taken towards becoming more sustainable is worth it! As a company, we plan to give back to the environment by joining beach cleanups, having more plant-based team lunches, and most importantly educating ourselves and others!