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Is cotton good for you and the planet?

We all want to make the best possible choices in our daily lives, but do you also find it difficult sometimes to know what the best option is? Cotton is one of the most popular fibres in the textile industry, providing jobs for millions of people across the world. Plucked directly from the cotton plant and being processed mechanically, it is as natural as it comes. It is soft, breathable and very comfortable to wear next to your skin.  Therefore, surely, cotton must be great for us and for the planet? Traditionally, cotton fabrics have certainly been perceived as the better choice in terms of the environment and our comfort, as opposed to synthetic fibres with a rocky reputation.  Unfortunately, cotton...

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Minimising our packaging footprint...

Remember that special feeling of excitement when receiving a parcel from your favourite fashion brand and unwrapping your new purchases? While some retailers still keep it fairly simple with a transparent plastic bag, other retailers go to great lengths to delight their customers with beautiful bespoke packaging: gorgeous boxes inside boxes, luxurious perfume scented tissue paper, sleek paper bags, bespoke canvas bags and sometimes even small presents! The more we, as customers, get used to this, the more it takes to delight us. Before we know it, something that used to delight us has become the norm, and our favourite brands have to come up with something even more spectacular. It is a vicious circle. Every day we throw out huge amounts of...

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Palm trees, sea, sand and ... plastic

Imagine being on a long stretch of white sandy beach. The sun is scorching and with the palm trees offering little shade in the mid day sun, you decide to go for a swim in the turquoise sea to cool off. The water is clear and you dive under to take a look at the colourful fish. When your head emerges from the water again, a plastic bag has positioned itself nicely on top of it...  Ever tried this? Me neither, fortunately! I have, however, come across quite a few exotic beaches full of plastic. A few years ago in Borneo, I wanted to spend the night at an 'out-of-this-world' hotel on stilts at a small exotic island. However, while reading reviews of the...

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Costa Rica - the inspiration for our first collection

Which country is your favourite travel destination in the world?  With a planet so abundant with stunningly beautiful places, it can be difficult to pinpoint which one is your favourite. Still, there is one destination that has a special place in my heart, Costa Rica, and this is where we found inspiration for our first collection.   Costa Rica has everything we love: wild and unspoiled bounty beaches, lush green rain forests, breath-taking volcanoes, some of the world’s best surf spots, and the greatest density of species in the world. Oh, to sit on a Costa Rican beach just now soaking up the sun and watching the waves roll in... Anyway, back to Costa Rica and the reason why we find...

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Do you have to compromise on style to be sustainable?

Have you ever thought about changing your fashion buying habits to buying sustainable (ethical and/or eco-friendly) fashion only?  I did. A holiday in Borneo some years ago touched me deeply and inspired me to change my shopping habits. Borneo is one of the most beautiful places on the planet: white sandy beaches with clear turquoise waters, rain forests with an abundance of wild life, mangroves and impressive mountains. But it also has a darker side: the palm oil industry constantly expanding, deforesting and ruining wild life habitats. However much I love Nutella, upon our return to the UK I decided to make some changes to my grocery shopping habits and stop buying products with palm oil. Apart from having to ditch the incredibly...

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