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8 hours in Bristol: where to eat, drink, browse and explore

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I recently took a short trip to Bristol for my brother’s Graduation (well done, little bro!) and had a half a day to myself to explore. There were a couple of shops and eateries on my list to visit, but the rest were lucky finds. I personally love reading a city guide before I go, so I thought I’d share my highlights in case you’re in Bristol anytime soon…

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STOKES CROFT

This long, graffiti-covered street is home to lots of cool coffee shops, cafes and homeware independents, as well as vintage and second-hand stores.

Poco Tapas Bar

I ventured down Stokes Croft in search for Poco, a tapas bar renowned for its sustainability credentials. Poco’s menu is 100% seasonal, organic and locally grown. They aim to be zero waste by respecting their incredible ingredients, purchasing less packaging, recycling and composting. Inside the restaurant they have a large black board detailing those producing the ingredients used that day.

As it was coming up to midday I ordered the vegan brunch (mushrooms, greens and harissa beans on sourdough), which tasted fresh and nutritious. I quenched my thirst with a delicious, homemade lemonade. The atmosphere was inviting, bright and airy with kind staff and a calming playlist. I wish I could’ve stayed there all day, reading and eating in a continuous cycle. Maybe on my next visit to Bristol… I definitely want to return for the tapas menu in the evening that’s for certain!

https://pocotapasbar.com

 

Triple Co Roast

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As is now tradition whenever I go away without Ollie, I bring back either coffee or chocolate. It was coffee this time and I opted for Triple Co Roast, a roastery on Stokes Croft aiming to roast high-quality beans through direct trade with bean farmers. They believe in an ethical supply chain that rewards farmers and pays out bigger premiums for their hard work.

I went for their latest Costa Rican coffee from La Trinidad. The beans are farmed through a Community Coffee program with CoopeTarrazu, which encourages greater attention to traceability and provides opportunities for small producers to achieve recognition for their coffees. Whilst I’m no coffee connoisseur, I can tell you it’s amazing smelling and tasting coffee!

https://www.triplecoroast.com

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CLIFTON VILLAGE

Clifton is full of cafes, restaurants, boutiques and salons. Its beautiful, traditional Georgian architecture and nearby parks and gardens makes it the perfect area to stroll around on a sunny day.

Papersmiths

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I was drawn to Clifton Village by the stationers heaven that is Papersmiths. This Instagrammable store is filled with everything you could want for your writing and reading pleasure. I spent a good 30-minutes fawning over every other pen, pencil and pot of ink. As a serious card lover, I can say they have a great selection – though I didn’t spot my favourites (ola studio and Hanna Werning)! There were a number of coffee table books and magazines I had my eyes on too, though sadly Ollie and I are on a book ban until we’ve moved house! I did, however, have room in my holdall case for a Walk With Me pencil case made from a single piece of recycled leather and an old issue of Renaissance, the magazine exploring the beauty of age with only models over 40. Discounted magazines don’t count within the book ban, right?!

https://www.papersmiths.co.uk

 

Wainwright’s Coffee

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I fell upon Wainwright’s on my way out of Clifton when I fancied an iced coffee to keep me cool and caffeinated on my hot journey back to London during the summer heatwave. Wainwright’s focus is on speciality coffee and seasonal food, seeking to serve on ethically-sourced coffee from Clifton Coffee Roasters and Triple Co Roast. It’s the perfect spot to relax and refresh.

http://wainwrightscoffee.co.uk

 

HOKO

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HOKO is a minimalist, independent boutique stocking a curated selection premium mens and womenswear by the likes of Baserange, Margaret Howell, Aries and Our Legacy. Scented with and stocking Aesop, there’s also a small collection of fragrance, skincare and homeware. It’s definitely worth a browse if you’re in the area as they regularly release small new collections.

https://hokoshop.co

 

Clifton Suspension Bridge

You can’t visit Clifton Village without a stop at the suspension bridge, connecting Bristol to Leigh Woods. This glorious bridge provides a stunning view of the Avon Gorge river and its cliffs.

The bridge opened in 1864 and has been a landmark since. It was designed by the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who died in 1859 before the bridge had been completed. The bridge is said to have been completed as his memorial and is known as Brunel’s bridge.

https://www.cliftonbridge.org.uk

 

They were the highlights from my half day in Bristol, but I’d love to know yours. Where should I go next time I’m in the city? Let me know by leaving a comment.

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Exercise Previous Classes

Who made my Activewear?

As the fitness and wellness industries continue to expand with more people seeking healthier and more active lifestyles, sales of Activewear are soaring (Business Insider, 2017). Activewear forms part of the fashion industry which is known for devastating environmental impacts and exploitation of workers globally (Fashion Revolution). Whilst there are incredible movements towards a more purposeful fashion industry, there seemed to be little focus on Activewear. I wanted to organise an event that connected consumers with the hands that made their Activewear, highlighted wellness brands who put sustainability at the heart of their business, and supported Fashion Revolution’s efforts to stimulate change for a better fashion industry. This led me to host Who made my Activewear?, a mini sustainability in wellness festival seeking to encourage more mindful consumption in the wellness industry and fundraise for Fashion Revolution.

Who made my Activewear? took place on Saturday 28th April 2018 at Benk + Bo in London, during Fashion Revolution Week. There was a pop-up shop, classes for mind and body, and an ‘Ethics in Activewear’ panel discussion.

As part of the event, six purposeful Activewear brands shared information on their fabrics and the factories they work with to provide greater transparency over their supply chains and connect consumers with the hands behind their Activewear: Adrenna London, Jilla Active, Silou London, Sports Philosophy, Starseeds and VYAYAMA. You can read what these brands had to say at www.whomademyactivewear.com

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Founders or representatives from each brand spoke on the ‘Ethics in Activewear’ panel discussion hosted by Heather Knight from Fashion Revolution. Heather started the panel with her tips for a more sustainable sportswear wardrobe: buy less, make it last, fix it when broken, swap with friends, buy second hand and buy from conscious brands who use recycled, natural or innovative fibres. The brands then discussed how they’re addressing their social and environmental impacts, from using lower impact materials, working closely with their factories to ensure fair and safe conditions and looking to minimise the environmental impacts of packaging and distribution. They also touched on the challenges they face as small brands with little leverage in factories supplying some of the largest Activewear brands globally. It was an insightful hour behind the scenes of purposeful Activewear brands and I was overwhelmed with the incredible turnout that just about managed to fit into the beautiful Benk + Bo ground floor.

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All six brands could be found at the pop-up shop, as well as other incredible wellness, lifestyle and beauty brands including: Rêve En Vert, AmaElla, Optiat, Nitara London, Home of Eco and YogaClicks. It was so wonderful to see people connect with these brands, ask questions and consider the impact of their purchases.

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The classes included the perfect start to the morning with Caleb George‘s Early Risers Yoga and Phoebe Greenacre‘s Rise and Shine Vinyasa Flow to ensure you woke up well. I then taught BarreBodyLondon, Chiara Pellegrino’s butt-burning barre method, for those wanting a Saturday sweat. Our afternoon finished with Corinne Naomi‘s Contemporary Mat Pilates where you certainly felt your core, and Natalia Bojanic‘s beautiful meditation session Gratitude is Gold.

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We also had a Circular Design Station ran by Felicitas Olschewski where you could learn about the principles of circular economy and design your own Activewear outfit with those in mind. Runway rental service Wear The Walk very kindly donated a voucher for the design competition winner, Fiona Cartmel!

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To further fundraise for UK charity Fashion Revolution, we had a raffle with fantastic prizes from conscious wellness brands including Joe’s Tea Co., Yuhme, Freda, Natural Deodorant Co., and Danielle Copperman.

Overall, we raised a total of £125 for Fashion Revolution and gathered more than one hundred people to discuss mindful consumption and discover purposeful wellness brands. I hope this is just the start of championing sustainability in the fitness and wellness industries. I’ve already discovered a number of new Activewear brands striving to build their business addressing key environmental, social and economic impacts. We as consumers have the power to change the industry by asking questions and voting for the world we want with our wallets.

A special thanks to Domenic Pendino for capturing the action, to Eliza, Lily, Rose and Soph for being the best of friends and saving the day to help me out, to Oliver Ferris for being my rock, putting up with all the emails and organisation and project managing the day, and to all of those that came to support the event!

You can find out more about the event at  www.whomademyactivewear.com or on the event’s Instagram page.

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Seeking sustainable restaurants in London 

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We’re becoming increasingly aware of the many environmental and social impacts of our everyday actions, and many of us want to make changes to lead a more conscious lifestyle. But with so many sustainability issues to tackle, it can be overwhelming. Where should you start? Well, why not start with food…

Next time you’re dining out with friends or family, try an establishment that works on a social or environmental issue close to your heart. Perhaps you want to support local farmers to reduce your food miles? Try eating somewhere with a seasonal menu made of local produce. Maybe you want to lower your meat consumption and associated methane emissions? Test out a plant-based or vegan restaurant. Want to help those who experience barriers to work? Opt for a social enterprise.

I’ve rounded up a selection of sustainability-conscious eateries for you to try next time you go out for a meal:

LOCAL + SEASONAL
Native, Seven Dials

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Native offer a unique dining experience with delicious dishes made from wild and foraged ingredients native to the UK. Their seasonal menus are full of flavour and are always presented so beautifully – perfect for a special dinner with a loved one.

www.eatnative.co.uk


Salon, Brixton

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Starting as a pop-up above a cheese shop in Brixton’s Market Row, Salon is now a permanent restaurant with a seasonal menu changing week by week. Committed to using UK produce, their food is guided by the seasons. They also have a bar with a range of cocktails, artisanal spirits, craft beers and low intervention, organic and biodynamic wines, which they sell to-go in the Wine Store that they opened next door.

www.salonbrixton.co.uk



FIGHTING FOOD WASTE

Cub, Hoxton

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Cub is an exciting and inspiring collective project from Mr Lyan, Doug McMaster, Krug Champagne, Belvedere and LVMH, Dr Arielle Johnson and many others. They careful consider the ingredients and methods used to create a delicious dining experience made in a more sustainable manner. With a focus on waste, surplus ingredients and food waste is collected and composted at Indie Ecology’s farm in West Sussex. Cub have a plot at this farm where they grow their own fruit and veggies to be used in the restaurant for a more circular system.

www.lyancub.com


Tiny Leaf, coming soon

Tiny Leaf is London’s first organic, vegetarian and zero waste to landfill restaurant. Using surplus stock and leftovers from local shops, farms and distributers, as well as growing their own, they aim to make use of unwanted food. Their leftover ingredients are then used for juicing or are composted. Touring London having had two residencies so far, the first in Westbourne Park and the second at Mercato Metropolitano in Borough, Tiny Leaf are now moving on to their third residency which will be revealed soon.
www.tinyleaflondon.com

 



SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Luminary Bakery, Dalston
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Luminary Bakery is a social enterprise offering opportunities for women who experience social or economic disadvantages. They aim to break generational cycles of abuse, prostitution, criminal activity and poverty, enabling women to build a future and realise their dreams. They equip their students with transferable skills, qualifications, work experience and paid employment to empower and build confidence, helping them to enter the working world. You can visit for a great coffee and delicious breakfast, lunch or baked treat.
www.luminarybakery.com


The Clink, Brixton
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The Clink Restaurant is at the Category C prison HMP Brixton, serving a delicious meal cooked using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Designed to deliver change, this charity initiative enables prisoners to work towards qualifications in food preparation, food service and customer service, leading to employment in hospitality upon release. With reoffending rates typically above 40% in the UK, helping prisoners to secure employment upon release has been found to reduce their likelihood of reoffending.
www.theclinkcharity.org



VEGAN + VEGETARIAN

Wulf & Lamb, Sloane Square
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Wulf & Lamb are all about sharing food and fun with friends, whatever our prey or preferences. Their 100% plant-based menu is made up of classic comfort foods that won’t scare anyone off. With a focus on quality, their dishes are full of flavour and contain nutritious and sometimes surprising ingredients.
www.wulfandlamb.com


Tibits, Mayfair
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Tibits is an amazing vegetarian buffet restaurant just off Regent Street. With salads, hot dishes, soups, dessert and juices, it’s perfect for every occasion. And every Tuesday the menu is 100% vegan, with 80% of the options vegan on every other day of the week.



What are your favourite conscious eateries? Let me know by commenting below!

*This article was originally written for ‘The Squeeze’ by Press London
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Barre + Brownies with Luminary Bakery

 

On Saturday 10th March, we celebrated International Women’s Day with social enterprise Luminary Bakery through a special Barre + Brownies event.

After my mat-based BarreBodyLondon class at the lovely Yogahome studio (big thank you to Yogahome for kindly donating this space for the event!), we walked over to the Luminary Bakery cafe to indulge in delicious brownies. The brownies were HEAVENLY – so rich and gooey, exactly what you want on a Saturday afternoon! Rachael, Luminary’s Business Manager, then told us a little more about what they do and how we can get involved…

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Luminary Bakery is a social enterprise offering opportunities for women who experience social or economic disadvantages to build a future for themselves. They use baking as a tool to take women on a journey to employability and entrepreneurship, equipping them with transferrable skills for the working world. Offering courses and qualifications, work experience and paid employment within the bakery, they empower and build confidence, enabling women to become independent and realise their dreams. They have many wonderful success stories, including a lovely and talented lady who has just set up her own cake business!

You can support this social enterprise in a number of ways, including:

  • Brunching at or buying from the bakery
  • Purchasing a celebration cake for a special occassion
  • Attending one of their bakery workshops
  • Becoming a mentor and providing roughly 1 hour of support a month
  • Donating directly
  • Recommending to a friend

I’d thoroughly recommend the brunch, bread and other baked treats!

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As well as my mat-based barre class and yummy brownies, attendees were also treated to a goody bag with treats and discounts from brands that inspire, empower, or support women. These included:

  • Birdsong – a ‘no sweatshops, no photoshop’ social enterprise offering fashion that’s fairer for women, paying living wage and supporting disadvantaged groups
  • Juta Shoes – a social enterprise employing passionate and skilled local women in London to handcraft espadrilles using reclaimed leather and environmentally-friendly materials ​
  • Freda – organic period care that gives back through partnerships with Bloody Good Period and A Bloody Good Cause in the UK and Kilipads in Tanzania
  • Pai Skincare – certified organic skincare that is effective whilst free from Parabens, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Petrochemicals, Detergents (SLS/SLES) and artificial fragrance
  • Natural Deodorant Co. – natural yet effective deodorant made using familiar and recognisable ingredients in a reusable glass jar
  • People Tree – a pioneer in ethical and sustainable fashion, using Fair Trade and Organic certified materials and pushing for a fairer fashion industry for all
  • AmaElla – an organic lingerie and nightwear brand offering conscious yet elegant underwear you can feel comfortable and confident wearing
  • Iam By Nature – a natural and organic certified skincare brand using very few ingredients all within recyclable packaging
  • Husk & Honey Granola – organic, gluten-free granola made in London, free from refined sugar, dairy and wheat
  • Joe’s Tea Co. – a London Living Wage accredited employer offering organic, whole leaf tea made with quality and ethics in mind

I want to say a huge thank you to the lovely ladies that attended the event – I really enjoyed it and I hope you did too. We managed to raise a wonderful £100 to support Luminary Bakery’s continued work empowering women.

 

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Get clean with caffeine: An interview with Optiat

 

Optiat: One Person’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure

I discovered this amazing beauty brand who use coffee waste to create natural, effective, high-quality scrubs at Stylist Live in 2017. Attracted by the energising scent of the lemongrass scrub, I bought one to test at home. I absolutely love how soft and smooth my skin feels after using it, and the fact that it squeezes out of a tube so you waste hardly any of the product compared to typical coffee scrubs packaged in pouches. My boyfriend, Ollie, is a big fan too – I frequently hear him call from the shower “I’m just going to use a bit of your coffee scrub”!

With their product range expanding, I caught up with co-founder Anna to find out a little more about Optiat started, what goes into their products and plans for the future…

 

Hey Anna, how are you? What have you been up to lately?

I’m very well thanks, I’ve been really busy recently with all sorts. We are expanding our website as our range grows, so I’ve spent lots of time last week on a product photoshoot getting some beautiful photos for the site. We were also at Vevolution Festival this weekend where we pitched at a dragons’ den competition against five other vegan brands. We ended up being selected as the winner which was extremely exciting! It was my first experience getting to hold a giant cheque so that was a nice box to tick!

Amazing! So you and your brother William set up Optiat – how did it all begin?

The idea to make sustainable coffee scrubs from repurposed used coffee grounds came about from a culmination of different things. Firstly, William was bought a cafetiere and was making his own coffee every morning. He lived in central London with no garden and so didn’t have plants to put the grounds on (as with many) so instead he was simply throwing them away. He got to thinking that if he alone was throwing away so many coffee grounds each morning, then, given the size of the coffee industry, on a wider scale there must be an awful lot of waste – and he was right! After research we learnt that we are throwing away 500,000 tonnes of coffee to landfill each year in the UK alone. If we could create a product which could help to minimize this then that could only be a good thing!

We were also aware that people have been using coffee on their skin for many years around the world and that it was something that had taken off particularly well in Australia in recent years. However, no one seemed to be making coffee scrubs from used coffee grounds. All of this came in parallel to the huge rise in awareness of the devastating impact of microbeads on our environment. As we all look towards natural alternatives for our exfoliators, repurposed coffee seemed like a brilliant option!

We are throwing away 500,000 tonnes of coffee to landfill each year in the UK alone


What did you and William do before going into business together?

Before forming Optiat my brother was working in finance for a hedge fund and I was working as an area manager for a supermarket managing several stores. My job gave me great insight into things like analysing trends, forecasting sales, warehouse management, stock control and staffing. My brother and I have very different strengths, so we really compliment each other when it comes to heading up our own business.

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How are you finding working together? What are the best and worst parts of going into business with your sibling?

People often ask what it’s like to work with a sibling! I guess you have to be wary of mixing family life and work life, but honestly for us it works really well. There can be disagreements and the odd argument, but we are able to speak our minds freely with each other so the resolution is always speedy. The worst part is that we have to be pretty disciplined when it comes to professionalism – we’re still working on that! As we take on our first staff members in 2018, I think any bickering will have to be quickly eliminated! The best part is that it’s so much fun, we laugh a lot and take great joy in being able to share Optiat’s success with the rest of our family.

Tell us more about Optiat and why you wanted to start a skincare company with a positive environmental impact?

Optiat products are made from ingredients which would otherwise be discarded. We create natural, vegan skincare products by breathing new life into these unloved ingredients. Fundamentally we wanted our brand to be totally unique, we wanted to be doing something which no one else is doing and we wanted to prove that there can still be great value in the things that we are choosing to simply dispose of. This ethos is appealing to customers as they are increasingly looking into the provenance of the ingredients of the products which they are choosing to buy. Consumers are beginning to shop in a much more conscious and critical way. We encourage our customers to ask us about what has gone into the making of our products, what is the process? What are the ingredients? Where are the ingredients from? Increased transparency and knowledge for the customer about a product and its ingredients allows the customer to make more informed choices about the brands they choose to buy from and the products they choose to use. It is beauty with a conscience, our customers don’t have to worry about what will happen when our products eventually are washed down the drains as the ingredients are natural and chemical-free. Keeping our ethics at the forefront of what we do is incredibly important to us, we will never compromise on our mission to have a positive environmental impact.

There can still be great value in the things that we are choosing to simply dispose of.


How did you discover the beauty benefits of leftover coffee waste?

Research, research and more research! We spent many many months absorbing as much information as we could. We then launched an initial range of three scrubs, gathering feedback from our initial customers before launching our current range in November 2016. This whole process was more than a year.

We began approaching coffee shops and asking them what they did with their coffee waste, they explained to us that it was simply thrown away. We gradually built up a portfolio of restaurants, bars and cafes and now we collect from around 50 coffee shops in London. The world has finite resources, and we as humans produce a significant amount of waste. For example, more than 9 million tonnes of coffee grounds are sent to landfill every year globally. This has significant consequences as the coffee grounds decompose to produce methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times worse than carbon dioxide! Just because we don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening!

The ingredients that we repurpose into our products retain their quality. Coffee, for example, has been shown to be higher in antioxidants once it has been brewed than beforehand, so the used coffee grounds that make up our scrubs are just as good (if not better) for your skin! The fact that it is collected from artisanal coffee shops and restaurants also means that it is the highest-quality Arabica coffee, as opposed to the lower-grade, cheaper Robusta coffee found in most coffee scrubs.

The caffeine in coffee helps stimulate blood flow, effective against skin conditions such as acne, eczema, cellulite and stretch marks, addressing those areas in need of renewal and regeneration. The caffeine can also help to brighten up your complexion, leaving you with a fresh looking glow, plus coffee is the same pH as your skin – meaning it won’t leave it feeling dry.

That’s a whole lot of skin goodness to be throwing to landfill!

More than 9 million tonnes of coffee grounds are sent to landfill every year globally.


Can you tell us more about your body scrubs and face masks and what they’re made of?

We like to keep our ingredients as simple as we can, and so all our scrubs are made using natural vegan ingredients. We believe you should be able to understand the ingredients on the labels of the food and cosmetics that you put in contact with your body.

The core ingredients in all our scrubs are the same, the only thing which we vary from scent to scent is the essential oils which we use to naturally fragrance each scrub. The essential oils included in our scrubs are: mandarin, lemongrass, peppermint, coconut, rosemary, orange, lime, eucalyptus and vanilla extract.

The base ingredient of our scrubs is the repurposed Arabica coffee grounds which give our scrubs their distinctive dark colour and unique smell. Arabica beans are only grown in mountain shade at altitudes above 600m. As a result, they are much harder to grow. They are more expensive but they taste way better too! We believe that if you wouldn’t eat or drink something, why would you be happy to put it on your skin? That’s why we only use Arabica grounds.

Added to these repurposed grounds are brown sugar and sea salt. These ingredients aid in the exfoliation and the sea salt acts as a natural antiseptic, preventing redness and breakouts and protecting any abrasions you may have on your skin. Next, we add almond oil and whipped shea butter, these ingredients help to form our scrubs into the gel-like consistency in which it comes. Not only this, but it is because of these ingredients that our scrubs are richly moisturizing, unlike a lot of exfoliators which can leave your skin feeling tight and dry.

Our face masks are made from repurposed hemp husks which we collect from an organic farm in Oxfordshire. Relatively known as a superfood, hemp is a holistic ingredient used for a variety of purposes including for fuel, protein, fibre and medicine. The hulls are an excellent source of minerals and a rare source of insoluble fibre. When used topically, the hemp husks act as a gentle exfoliator to lightly buff away dead skin cells and cleanse your skin for a glowing complexion. We also use activated charcoal in our masks, an ingredient which is great for drawing out toxins from your skin. Activated charcoal has the ability to bind to toxins, which is why it is often used in the medical field as a treatment for poisoning, as the activated charcoal can bind to toxins to prevent the body from absorbing them. The same logic applies to drawing our toxins from your skin. Using activated charcoal as an ingredient in a face mask can help to detoxify your skin and unclog your pores helping to even your skin tone, reduce acne and redness and give you a brighter looking complexion.

Where are your products made and who by?

Our products are all made in the UK by hand. Originally we were making all of our products ourselves, but we simply cannot manage doing all of the manufacture on top of everything else anymore. We now have a manufacturer based in Dorset, a small team produce our products there amid a setting of rolling hills and fields of cows! It’s beautiful!

What plans do you have for Optiat for the future?

There are so many wonderful natural ingredients which are unfortunately going unused. We are keen to rescue these unloved, unwanted ingredients and continue to develop more skincare products from them. Without wanting to give too much away, we will soon be releasing a lovely new range of products made from brewed chai spices which were previously used to make chai tea. By the time the chai production process is over, the spices are no longer needed yet they still smell amazing! We have taken the chai spices and used them as the core ingredient for an exciting new range. As always, our new products are vegan, cruelty-free, sustainable and 100% natural.

We are also revisiting our coffee scrubs and exploring some exciting new scents, we’ve been using our social media to ask our #ScrubSquad what scents they would like to see next!

For those who don’t know, our brand name Optiat is an acronym for “One Person’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure”. It is our focus on sustainability and making something out of nothing that we feel really sets us apart from the rest – and so this is what we will continue to do! We aim to show people that these unloved ingredients still have a huge amount to offer us. If we can produce high quality, effective skincare products by promoting sustainability as our core message, our hope is to demonstrate that we can all be more resourceful, that we can promote a circular economy and to inspire the beauty industry as a whole to be less wasteful.

For anyone wishing to use up their leftover coffee grounds at home, what can you suggest?

Go for it! Keep it simple and natural. All you really need is a nice oil to mix in with the grounds – something like coconut oil, almond oil or even olive oil should work nicely! You can also add a bit of sea salt if you’re prone to breakouts. Use a few drops of an essential oil of your choice, but try to choose one which compliments the scent of the coffee. Our four coffee scrub variants are vanilla, mandarin, lemongrass and peppermint. Lavender also works wonderfully! You can keep your scrub in a small kilner or old jam jar. Enjoy!

Finally, what are your top tips for shopping with people and planet in mind?

As a brand, we are committed to changing our current ‘take, make, dispose’ world by promoting a circular economy: keeping things in use for as long as possible before restoring them at the end of their lives. So, if products have the word ‘disposable’ in them, like disposable razors, or disposable cutlery, they are best avoided. Living an eco-conscious lifestyle is all about trying to minimise the impact we humans have on our wider environment. We currently live in a world where we are bombarded with negative headlines about climate change, pollution and our overuse of scarce resources, but we can all make changes that can make a difference. Here are just a few simple things you can do to create a greener beauty regime:

  • Swap your plastic toothbrush for a compostable bamboo one. Toothbrushes are increasingly being found washed up on beaches in the most remote areas of the planet.
  • Make sure you are not using a toothpaste or exfoliator which has microbeads in it – our scrubs are the perfect solution to that (*wink wink*)!
  • Avoid products which contain palm oil in both your beauty products and your food items, as the production of palm oil causes deforestation, destroying the habitat of endangered species like elephants and rhinos.
  • Try to introduce soap bars into your regime rather than just always using liquid soap. Soap bars last much longer and tend to have a lot less packaging. We are excited to be bringing out a new range of soap bars soon, so keep an eye out!
  • Try to avoid beauty products which spray out of a can, opt for a perfume / deodorant stick instead. They last a lot longer and are much less likely to be laden with harmful chemicals.
  • Choose products with recyclable packaging and responsibly sourced and organic ingredients wherever possible.

Thank you Anna!


Chai Soap Block Crowdfunder

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Optiat have just released a Crowdfunder for their exciting new product range, chai soap blocks! For this new range, they have partnered with Henny and Joe’s to collect the brewed chai spices that have been used to make their chai tea syrup. By the time the chai production process is over, the spices are no longer needed yet they still smell amazing! Chai tea spices have a number of skin benefits as they’re packed with antioxidants; from fighting free radicals, firming skin and reduce signs of skin aging, to gently drawing out toxins, removing impurities and purifying the skin. As always, their soaps will be vegan, cruelty-free and 100% natural.

Find out more and support their Crowdfunder here.

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Barre + Beauty: DIY deodorant using natural and organic ingredients

This weekend I held my second event of 2018, where my mat-based barre class was followed by a deodorant making workshop with Elsa’s Organics founder Henrietta Lampkin. Using just coconut oil*, shea butter*, cacao butter*, pink Himalayan salt and essential oils*, we heated and mixed to make our own deodorant paste (* = certified organic ingredients). It was great fun getting crafty with a lovely group of ladies for a Saturday of self care!


After learning more about the benefits of organic beauty (read up here) and all of the nasty chemicals often found in conventional products, I’ve been keen to find out exactly what is in my skincare. I’ve also been trying to reduce the amount of plastic I use and opt for reusable containers where possible. I really liked the idea of combining one of the barre classes with a deodorant workshop using reusable glass containers. I was so pleased when Henrietta was keen to collaborate on this event and share her expertise! You can find out more about Henriette and Elsa’s Organics by reading this interview I took with her here.


The event took place at Benk + Bo, a beautiful cafe, co-working and events space tucked just a 5 minute walk from Spitafields Market. The quirky space has a calming feel with plenty of plants and Scandinavian style furniture, perfect for a weekend of wellness. The class took place in the yoga studio, where I was able to set a romantic pink scheme for the lighting with Hue to promote self-love! We then moved down to the lower ground floor for a nourishing PRESS London smoothie and to start the workshop.
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We also had gorgeous goody bag totes from ethically-aware Activewear brand Jilla Active filled with gifts and discounts from some of my favourite conscious brands, including:

 

Thank you so much to the lovely ladies that came to the event – I really enjoyed teaching the class and I hope you enjoying taking part!

You can find out about my next class here.

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Detoxifying your deodorant with Elsa’s Organics

I recently interviewed Elsa’s Organics founder Henrietta Lampkin to find out a little more about how and why she launched the brand and the benefits of a deodorant made up of natural and organic ingredients. Read what we discussed below…

Hey Henrietta, how are you? How is 2018 treating you and Elsa’s Organics so far?  

I am very well and excited by all of the possibilities this new little brand is bringing me!

Why did you start Elsa’s Organics?   

After searching long and hard for a truly natural deodorant that was effective and long-lasting for myself and my daughters, I was left frustrated. I gave up my search and decided to create my own recipes. As a mum of four girls, I knew this was something I had to do!

Why deodorant?  

I saw a gap in the market as the existing “natural” deodorants weren’t that effective and had questionable ingredients.

What are some of the typical health and environmental issues associated with conventional deodorant?

All conventional antiperspirants and a vast majority of “natural” deodorants contain Aluminium in one form or another. Some contain up to 25% by volume of Aluminium salts! This is a toxin that your body has no use for in any amount. It has also been linked to diseases such as breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, bone disorders and kidney problems, as do Parabens which are also frequently found in conventional deodorants. Studies have shown that Aluminium accumulates in the breast tissue of women, with high incidence in the upper, outer quadrant of the breast, nearest to where antiperspirants are applied (Exley et al., 2007; McGrath, 2003). Parabens are also suspected to be endocrine disruptors (EWG, 2018).

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Why organic ingredients?

The skin around your under arm is sensitive, with some studies finding a 100% absorption rate. It’s therefore critical to use as pure and natural ingredients as possible as what you put on your underarm will be absorbed into your body.

 

“What you put on your underarm will be absorbed into your body”

 

What percentage of your deodorant stick ingredients are certified organic? Do you think you will go for Soil Association certification at any point? 

Of the ingredients in my deodorant sticks, 68% are certified organic. The remainder are clays, ocean minerals and Himalayan salts which can’t be certified as they aren’t agricultural. We’re currently working on getting our products fully organic certified by the Soil Association!

What ingredients do you use in your deodorant sticks and why? What are they good for? 

  • Detoxifies

Himalayan Pink Salt is a gentle detoxifier and deodoriser. It is readily absorbed into the skin and contains 84 minerals and elements that can naturally be found within the human body.

  • Nourishes

Castor Oil is found to have natural healing abilities, moving through the lymphatic channels within the body and breaking up any congestion. It’s been shown to be effective in preventing the growth of numerous species of bacteria and is also high in Vitamin E and beneficial fatty acids Omega 6 and 9!

  • Deodorises

Magnesium is involved in over 300 regularly occurring transactions in the human body, making it the most important nutrient for your body’s performance! It’s best absorbed through the skin and helps to neutralise bad odours! Essential oils are also great at adding a natural fragrance and keep you smelling sweet.

  • Soothes

Coconut Oil has many qualities, including it’s soothing nature. It also has great antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it perfect for a deodorant. Arrowroot powder is also thought to have soothing and anti-microbial properties.

  • Softens

Shea butter is rich in essential fatty acids and is praised for softening the skin.

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Where are your products made and by who? 

I formulate all products in my kitchen and they are now made in a small manufacturing plant in Scotland!

What do you have planned for Elsa’s Organics in the future? 

We will be launching a fun pre-teen zero waste creme deodorant and a charcoal-based arm-pit detox kit in May so keep an eye out for those.

What tips do you have for readers for more conscious shopping? 

Here are my top 3 tips:

  1. Read the labels and research any unfamiliar ingredients
  2. Aim for zero-waste where possible
  3. Go organic for skincare and food

 

Thank you Henrietta!

 

 

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Barre + Brunch for Mental Health UK at The Hoxton, Shoreditch

This Sunday I hosted my first event of 2018 – a ‘Barre + Brunch’ at The Hoxton, Shoreditch, for charity Mental Health UK. Following three events I ran with Savannah Devillez last year fundraising for this worthy cause, I was so excited to continue our efforts into the new year…

Mental Health UK is a network of four charities across the UK who provide more than 400 services to support those affected by mental health issues. With one in four of us experiencing a mental health problem in any given year, it’s so important that there are networks providing the support needed to help people improve their mental health. Lloyds Bank have partnered with Mental Health UK to develop and launch a service where both mental health support and financial services can be provided together. Those who experience poor mental health often struggle with their finances, and similarly those who struggle with their finances can then experience poor mental health, so this service will provide the help required to manage both aspects. Our fundraising is going towards ensuring this combined service reaches as many people as possible across the UK, and we’re so pleased that at this January event we managed to raise another £100 to help make this happen!

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M Life London eco mats

 

This event was all about feeling good – with an upbeat, energetic barre class followed by a delicious, nutritious brunch.

Barre was held in the uber cool ‘Apartment’ within The Hoxton hotel in Shoreditch; a super stylish space I’d like to inhabit, please! With our M Life London eco mats and resistance bands, we worked through all major muscle groups for a full body burn, before finishing with a relaxing stretch. Following refreshments from PRESS London and Seedlip, we were fired up for a feast. We moved into the conservatory within the Hoxton Grill for a buffet brunch with pancakes and blueberries, hemp seed chia puddings, avocado and roast tomatoes on sourdough, mozzarella and beets spelt salad and platters of fruit. I am getting SO hungry just listing that out!

Ok, so, on to my favourite part of any event – the goody bag! I love a good goody bag and always work hard to make sure I can gift my attendees a great selection of goodies to take home with them. This event was no exception and I was so happy to get support from the following cool and conscious companies:

  • PRESS – cold-pressed juices and healthy snacks for busy Londoners (the pineapple lemonade is delicious!)
  • Seedlip – the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits
  • KINN Living – certified organic skincare and cleaning for you, your family and your home
  • M Life London – non-toxic and sustainability-conscious yoga wear and accessories
  • Iam By Nature – natural and organic beauty with just a few ingredients you can understand
  • Brave – high-protein pea snacks made in the East of England
  • Joe’s Tea Co. – organic whole leaf teas from farmers paid a premium on top of fair trade
  • Lola’s Apothecary – delicate and elegant oils with a wellness purpose
  • Form Nutrition – plant-based protein for mind and body
  • Optiat – natural beauty using waste from the food and beverage industry
  • AmaElla – beautiful and sexy organic cotton lingerie and nightwear

Thank you so much to all of those that attended to plié, pulse and eat pancakes with me – I hope you enjoyed it. I absolutely loved seeing lots of new faces alongside some more familiar ones and hope to see you again soon!

Find out more about my upcoming events here.

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Talking ‘Clean Beauty’ with the KINN Living co-founders 

I first discovered KINN Living at the Soil Association ‘Careers with a Conscience’ talk (which I wrote about here), where I received a gorgeous sample of their body oil. After following their Instagram page, fawning over their beautiful posts, and falling in love with their ethos, I reached out to them to see if they could support my barre class fundraising events. Luckily they were keen to support my efforts to raise awareness of sustainability-conscious brands, so the attendees of my last event in 2017 (read more here) received a gentle yet refreshing shower gel. This is now my favourite shower gel for every day use, leaving you feeling soft, clean and ready for the day ahead!

Pleased with my products, I got in touch with Marie and Sophie, the mother and daughter duo behind the brand, to find out a little more about KINN, how it all started, and what they’ve got planned for the future…

Hey Marie, Sophie, how are you both? What have you been up to lately?

Hi Zara. We’re really good, busy with lots of planning. Our home range launches into Waitrose next month so we’re excited about that and we’re working on bringing out a couple more ranges later in the year.

How exciting! So together you founded KINN Living – how did it all begin?

Marie – KINN originally began when I had just had Sophie. The typical cliché – I was looking for products that I thought would be best for my new baby. My searches for natural and organic products came up empty, so I decided to take matters into my own hands. My uncle had a company in The States selling aromatherapy-based products and I thought that those would be great to bring to the UK. However, for one reason or another, I ended up having to shelve the project.

Sophie – So when I started uni I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I knew that I wanted to work for myself. I could see already that the clean living lifestyle was a growing trend and that’s when I thought about my uncle’s company (no longer trading) and the products my mum had tried to develop in the 90’s. After a lot of bugging, I managed to convince mum to let me put my degree on hold and we began to work on KINN full-time. It quickly evolved from this idea of selling aromatherapy-based organic products, to this larger variety of lifestyle products and the idea of Clean Beauty™ for you, your family and your home.

“It quickly evolved from this idea of selling aromatherapy-based organic products, to this larger variety of lifestyle products and the idea of Clean Beauty™ for you, your family and your home.”

What did you both do before going into business together?

Marie – I worked in property developing and was lucky enough to create everything from bespoke multi-million pound properties to smaller developments such as starter homes. I fell into this career path in my 20’s when I bought my first house with Sophie’s father and decided that I wanted to rip out all of the walls, extend the back, and create an open plan home. Sophie jokingly says that I’m an extreme decorator!

Sophie – Before KINN, I was studying English Lit at uni and training to become an interior designer at KLC. I originally thought I would follow my mum into property, but through the interior design route rather than developing. I was lucky enough to have some great work experience that included running a pop-up fine art gallery in Mayfair for two months (art is my first love, having studied Art History at School) and working with the designers who created George Northwoods flagship salon. However, the more I thought about KINN, the more I thought the time was perfect for a company like it to exist!

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How are you finding working together? What are the best and worst parts of going into business with your mother/daughter?

Marie – Sophie is someone that I spend a huge amount of time laughing with, and we’re very alike in many ways, so the thought of building this company with my daughter, who was the main reason I wanted to do this back in the 90’s, made perfect sense!

Sophie – I love working with my mum. She’s honestly my best friend and I feel very lucky that we have a relationship that allows us to work together as well as go off on our travels together. I can’t really think of any downsides. I think the only thing is perhaps having that some outsiders find it hard to see us separately as business women, beyond our mother-daughter team.

Tell us more about KINN Living and why you wanted to start an organic beauty company?

So for us, organic has always just been a part of life and was never a trend or fad. Half of our family come from the South of France and have organic farms. It’s very much the normal thing for us to eat seasonally, to avoid harsh chemicals, and to shop organically. More recently, we started to find that with the growing trend of “clean living” the lines were getting blurred between what was really natural and organic, and what was just greenwashing. We wanted to create a company people could trust wouldn’t greenwash; what we say we are, we are.

“So for us, organic has always just been a part of life and was never a trend or fad.”

Marie – When I would be with my grandmother in France, she would send me out to fetch the eggs from the chickens or get fresh milk from the dairy farm across from us. Everything we had was very fresh and simple; we would often pick tomatoes to eat that night. Always searching for organic products, my friends back in the U.K. used to think I was a little bit bonkers, but it just wouldn’t cross my mind to want any other products!

Sophie – Like mum, I would go and spend time with my great-grandmother in France, and I would go fetch the milk fresh from the farm or help with the chickens. I spent a lot of time in nature with my cousins and I don’t really remember ever being able to have junk food or sit in front of the television for hours; we were always outside playing on the farms. So again, my friends would think I was a little bit odd when I’d turn up to uni with a bag stuffed full of misshapen vegetables to take home and chocolate mousse made using avocado, but it just wasn’t odd to me!


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Your ethos is ‘Clean Beauty’ – what does that mean to you?

So Clean Beauty™ to us is not just about what you put on your skin, but about what you treat your homes with, what you eat. Why should the notion of beauty only extend to a ‘beauty regime’? Why would we not treat everything else with the same care? We think our homes deserve to have a ‘beauty regime’ of their own that is free from harsh chemicals. After all, we think it’s a little bit crazy to make the effort to have an organic oil filled bath when you cleaned that bath with a load of harsh chemicals earlier that day!

 “Why should the notion of beauty only extend to a ‘beauty regime’? Why would we not treat everything else with the same care?”

Can you tell me more about where your products are made and who makes them?

Our products are all made in the U.K.

My uncle (Marie’s uncle, Sophie’s Great uncle), who originally had his aromatherapy company, is the brains behind the body care formulas. He makes sure that the right ingredients are included to stimulate certain feelings when using our products; for example, the lavender in our body oil helps you to relax and unwind. He really is amazing at what he does and is one of the reasons aromatherapy is what it is today!

How about where your ingredients are sourced from?

All of our ingredients are fully traceable, a prerequisite for the Soil Association COSMOS certification of our body care products. The essential oils come from all over the world and help to support smaller farmers who harvest these crops, choosing to not spray their fields in pesticides. It’s so important to support these people as they have a hard battle with larger conglomerates who try to force them into using their pesticides.


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You have a huge range of products, from bath and beauty to household cleaning – which are you best sellers and your personal favourites?

Marie – I actually find it hard to pick as we’re creating our dream products! I love relaxing with our bath oils, but equally I enjoy starting the day with the body wash. When it comes to the cleaning, I love the smell that the floor wash leaves.

Sophie – I am a big fan of the body oil; I use it pretty much daily as it sinks in so nicely and doesn’t leave me sticky and fighting to get my skinny jeans on! I also love the kitchen spray, I’ve pretty much invaded my boyfriend’s apartment with the KINN products!

I don’t blame you – I’m trying to invade my own apartment with them!

What plans do you have for KINN Living for the future?

We would like to see the range of products KINN Living offers grow so that it really does become a place you can shop, with trust, for products for you, your family and your home. Who knows, maybe we’ll even have our own stores one day! We think the sky is the limit and that it’s just so great that people are really getting behind natural, organic and eco products!

For anyone wanting to go organic on a budget, what would you suggest?

For beauty, we would suggest that they look out for products that are Soil Association certified. There is currently a real problem with companies greenwashing on their labels, saying they’re organic when really their ingredients aren’t. They can get away with it as there are no labelling laws for ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ products in the UK yet.

With cleaning products, look out synthetic fragrances and products using unnecessary ingredients such as dyes and sodium lauryl sulphate.

Finally, what are your top tips for shopping with people and planet in mind?

Try to support smaller businesses rather than rushing straight to a large chain brand – some supermarkets are really great at championing the little guys on their shelves. We know it’s not always easy, especially when you don’t live in a large town.

Thank you Marie and Sophie!

To find out more and browse their collection, visit their website: https://www.kinn-living.com

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An interview with ethical lingerie brand AmaElla co-founder Julie Kervadec

I recently caught up with AmaElla co-founder Julie Kervadec to find out a little more about the ethical lingerie brand…

Hey Julie, how are you? What have you been up to lately?

Hey Zara. I’m very well, thank you. Craving a nice cup of chai latte after a bike ride in the snow. Hope you are doing well. December is my favorite month of the year, full of events and opportunities not only to see people you love, but to meet new people too! I’ve been participating in a few pop-ups in London and Cambridge with other ethical and sustainable brands, and it’s just great to connect with like minded people both on a personal and a professional level.

So you and your best friend Lara set up AmaElla – how did it all begin?

It all began when Lara and I were seeking cotton lingerie that was flattering. We were surprised by the lack of options, even more when it comes to organic cotton, so we decided to create our own which is how AmaElla began.

What did you and Lara do before going into business together?

Lara was working in marketing and I was working as a buyer for a fast-fashion company. We actually met whilst studying for a Masters in Marketing in Madrid.

How are you finding working together? What are the best and worst parts of going into business with you best friend?

Understandably, we often get asked this question because usually people suggest not to go into business with your best friend. However, Lara and I are fortunate in the sense that our business personalities fit like two perfect jigsaw pieces. Our combined skills and knowledge allow us to remain firm and professional yet maintain an environment that’s supportive and friendly.

The best part is probably the fact that you know each other. This allows for honest and open communication, as you are not afraid of how the other might react.

The most challenging part is that it is difficult to put emotions aside, we have that best friend connection. It feels sometimes like working with your sister.

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Tell us more about AmaElla and why you wanted to start a lingerie and nightwear brand with a social purpose?

After more than six years as a buyer in the fashion industry, I could no longer stand the malpractices of the sector. Impossible lead-time and margin rates to achieve, sometimes with suppliers I couldn’t visit. Something didn’t feel right to me, especially in the last company I worked for which was all about fast-fashion clichés: bad quality, terrible fitting, new products to be launched every week, suppliers crying on the phone to be paid. It felt so wrong that I became sick of it. Working against my values was not possible anymore and I wanted to make a positive contribution to this planet and society.

What are the biggest environmental issues in the lingerie and nightwear industry?

The production and materials appear to be the biggest concern. Most garments are not produced ethically/sustainably. Regarding the materials, around 90% of the existing lingerie offer is made from synthetic materials, derivatives from petrol with high environmental impact. Additionally, there are a lot of chemicals used to treat, dye and print the fabric. Lastly, there is a trend of poor quality garments that don’t last, which generates significant amounts of waste. Poor quality lingerie and nightwear easily rips and tears and this results in them ending up in the bins… and then of course in the landfills, suffocating our planet!

 

Around 90% of the existing lingerie offer is made from synthetic materials, derivatives from petrol with high environmental impact.

 

What about the social issues?

Unfortunately the fashion industry is highly labour intensive and has probably one of the most complex and opaque manufacturing supply chains. We are constantly seeing issues related to workers’ rights. No one single country of the garment-manufacturing hub complies with the whole International Labour Standards Criteria. Critical issues include unregulated employment leading to informal economies, low wages that leave workers trapped on the poverty loop, poor health and safety conditions, modern slavery, child labour, and lack of freedom of association. These are very complex problems that require a joint effort from consumers, brands, manufacturers, governments and industry organisations.

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Can you tell us more about your organic cotton?

We love cotton because it is fresh and breathable, the best material for your skin. However, unfortunately, cotton is the most polluting crop on earth. Therefore, we exclusively use certified organic cotton that has proven benefits for people and a significantly lower environmental impact. Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. Every step of the supply chain is checked, from harvesting through production, processing, manufacturing and labelling. Environmental management and social responsibility of producers is also considered.

All processors, manufacturers and traders are inspected once a year. This certification is performed by independent accredited bodies, which is the basis of their monitoring system to guarantee the integrity and credibility of GOTS certified textiles. The GOTS cotton used for our lingerie is grown in Turkey and is knitted in Austria. The GOTS and Fairtrade cotton used for our nightwear is grown and woven in India.

Organic cotton aligns with our mission: it is free from toxic chemicals and is skin-friendly. 

Lastly, we are fully committed to quality. We make nightwear and lingerie that doesn’t age easily, our lingerie looks like new even after 50 washes!

And your non-profit social enterprise partner ensuring ethical manufacturing?

One of our partners is a non-for-profit factory, based in the North of London. They have been recognised as a centre of excellence and they are the England’s leading provider for the Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship program. They train unemployed women who want to change their career path.

They have a small skilled team and we know each of them, working together on patterns, sampling and production.

It’s important for us to be close to our factories and able to visit them on a regular basis.

To those that have never spent more than a few pounds on a pair of knickers, can you talk to us about the true cost of our underwear?

There is such a great deal of damage that is brought onto people and our environment that frankly, it’s just so saddening! I absolutely recommend the movie The True Cost to whomever has not watched it yet because it is really eye-opening. Cheap knickers mean that somewhere along the production chain sacrifices and compromises had to be made to meet that challenging price point. Whether that compromise is on quality, on the wellbeing of employees or the environment… you may never know. But compromises have had to be made. And by buying those knickers for only a few pounds you are supporting this cycle of fast fashion. This is a brutally important message and we try to educate our readers about it through our blogs and social media posts. As a matter of fact, we wrote a blog about exactly this question. If you wish, you can read it here.

 

Cheap knickers mean that somewhere along the production chain sacrifices and compromises had to be made to meet that challenging price point. Whether that compromise is on quality, on the wellbeing of employees or the environment…

 

What plans do you have for AmaElla for the future?

We would like to be able to establish the company culture that reflects our idea of a great business. Mostly, we aim at scaling up and expanding to have a greater positive social and environmental impact.

Finally, what are your top tips for shopping with people and planet in mind?

Transparency and curiosity are your best friends. Shopping is a moral choice and it’s in our hands to make the right purchases. Any company that is pure and ethical to the core will show you happily and freely that they are. Don’t settle for whatever those tiny white labels say on a shirt, search the brands and fearlessly ask them questions. You will find that brands without ethical standards will provide you with empty answers whilst the ethical brands will make you think twice before buying a £5 shirt.

Thank you Julie!

Photos were taken at Sports Philosophy’s Winter Wellness Day, see more here.