Get cosy with these stylish and eco-conscious fashion ideas from Katie Roberts.
Wool, with a twist
Love Merino (www.lovemerino.com.au) supports transparent business – every item can be traced back to the farm. If you want a Nanna-knitted beanie, but your Nan lacks knitting prowess, Wooln (www.wooln-ny.com) employ NYC retirees to create luxurious alpaca hats, giving elderly people a sense of purpose and community. Prefer to avoid animal products? Loup & Co's vegan Rupert Blanket scarf (www.loupandco.org) keeps your neck toasty, while providing employment, shelter and security to Tanzanian widows.
Thought Clothing (www.wearethought.com) have you covered for ethical and sustainable layers, from socks to jackets. We also love MUD Jeans, a label with a sustainable circular economy that sells denim, leases jeans (so you can switch your look regularly), and recycles unwanted items into new fabrics (www.mudjeans.eu).
Cosy toes and fingers
Boots add class to any outfit and Cork Leather (www.corkleather.com.au) have some seriously eco-stylish options. Sneakers more your thing? Inkkas Fairtrade-made designs are stunning and they work with Trees for the Future to plant a tree for each pair sold (www.inkkas.com). Vegans can avoid frosty fingers with NOAH Italian designer style gloves (www.noah-shop.com), while non-vegans can support marginalised women by buying Liz Alig woolly gloves (www.Lizalig.com).
Two minutes with …
Celina Comninos of Loup & Co (www.loupandco.org)
Each purchase goes towards housing, education, healthcare, and therapy for a Kenyan child who has been sexually abused. Our Rupert scarves are 100 percent vegan, and are traditional designs worn by the Maasai Mara in rural Africa. Red and blue are important colours for them: red is the colour warriors wear and is thought to protect you from lions; blue is the colour of the sky and rain. Our scarves are made by widows who are looked after by the Tamiha Project, which provides microfinance schemes and teaches them skills. So, our scarves keep you warm, leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, knowing you're helping these girls, AND protect you from wild animals.
Katie Roberts is an environmental scientist focused on sustainability education in the fashion industry. www.sustainabilityinstyle.com