In the fashion business, having ethical credentials shouldn’t mean that style or luxury is sacrificed. Likewise, accessories created sustainably can be just as beautiful and created of high quality.
We’ve mentioned previously TOMS shoes that we love, and which epitomizes values of sustainability and living with intentionality. Another shoe company we think is phenomenal is Oat Shoes, which makes biodegradable compostable sneakers! We kid you not, from footwear to fertilizer, just bury them in the garden when they pass their sell-by date and help your flowers grow – love the tree on the soles. We can’t wait until they put their footprint further around the globe, as they aren’t in the U.S. yet and only ship to countries in Europe.
Another principled accessories design company is the Andean Collection. They create gorgeous women’s jewelry from sustainably harvested seeds gathered from the rainforests and lowlands of South America. This collection includes Açaí seeds from the Açaí palm, Euterpe oleracea, Ormosia coccinea, Jaboncillo seeds whose name derives from the Spanish name for soap (jabon) because indigenous groups have traditionally used the seeds’ fruit as soap, Pambil seeds from Iriartea corneto, and the Tagua nut grown from the Ecuadorian Ivory Palm, Phytelephas aequatorialis (plant elephant) and commonly referred to as “vegetable ivory.” They use a manual, low energy process to transform the seeds into one-of-a-kind beads, which have sculptural natural irregularities, both in color and form. Providing an alternative income for local inhabitants through commercialization of these seeds helps to ensure the survival of the world’s rainforests
A recent discovery is Beau Monde Organics whose one-of-a-kind scarves designed by owner and artist Stephanie Gale are sublime! Creating accessories on the cutting edge like some of the following gives us the added gift of sustainability with a social conscience. You can have both green and style. Tell us about some of your favorites so we can share them with our fellow boomers.
Jewelry – Women
Handbags, Jewelry, Housewares
Hats, Scarves, Bags
Home & Office
Oat Shoes Amsterdam
Bag the Habit Europe, AU, Canada, Asia
Luxury Socks, Scarves, Throws & Stationery