I think we’ve finally caught on. These trends are about reusing & resurrecting your old items from the back of the closet.
Here are 3 trends you probably have in your closet already:
- Reconstructed Denim: We love this one. The biggest news coming up in jeans is cutting up your old jeans. Well, sort of. But we like that idea! Designers are reinventing denim- up by cutting and sewing different pairs of jeans together to create a unique, artsy vibe. I think we’ll try this at home.
- Androgynous '90s Style: Pull your '90s fashion from the back of the closet. The 90’s decade trend of logo sweats are being resurrected. So pull it from the wardrobe and wear it with pride that yours will be original....and remember those shearling jackets last seen on the TV show “Wings”? Well they’re back and anything goes so pull it out from storage and forgo spending the money for the new one.
- Shades of Tan: The trend continues so don’t push past your tan colored sweaters and jackets because they seem boring. Dress them up with a bright scarf instead. Using color in a pant or scarf will breathe life into this beautiful color in all its hues!
So, go ahead and add that differentiated style through color or shape of your bag. One Savvy Mother has the latest in upcycled bags, totes of bright colors, jewelry, scarves and socks to keep you looking stylish without the new wardrobe.
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When it comes to sustainable fashion, the ways in which you take care of your clothes are just as important as the clothes you buy. A green wardrobe requires you to treat both the earth and your garments with respect. Your laundry routine is the perfect place to start.
1. Turn Down the Heat
Many of us take the idea of washing light loads in hot water for granted. But did you know that almost 90% of the energy used by the average washing machine goes towards heating water? By sticking with cold cycles, you save the same amount of energy per load as driving approximately nine miles in a car. Considering the fact that the average United States resident produces over one hundred loads of laundry every year, that’s pretty significant.
Think hot cycles are the only way to lift out stains from light clothing? As an alternative, try soaking the garment in lukewarm water before putting it in the machine.
2. Use Eco-Friendly Detergents
Conventional detergents are filled with ingredients that are harmful for you, your clothes and the environment. Every time we do a load of laundry, chemicals such as phosphates are flushed in the water system. Here, they can cause abnormal algae growth that kills marine life and negatively affect ecosystems.
Luckily, eco-friendly laundry detergents are becoming more and more popular. We like keeping it simple with this three-ingredient detergent from Simply Co. All it is is baking soda, washing soda and organic vegan castile soap. Not only is it completely harmless – it also gets the job done!
3. Do Less
It’s pretty straight forward. Just wear your jeans a couple times before throwing them into the wash. Neatly hang up sweaters you’ve only worn once. Just don’t use this trick for under garments….
4. Think of Alternatives to Ironing.
Heating up an iron takes quite a bit of energy, but this old-fashioned method isn’t the only way get wrinkle-free clothes. Hanging garments up immediately after they get out of the dryer is a great way to eliminate wrinkles with little effort. Or invest in a steamer.
Steamers provide an energy-efficient alternative to ironing that effortlessly removes wrinkles and freshens up garments. A long-time secret within the retail industry, steamers are now available to consumers at affordable prices and in compact sizes.
5. Know Your Machines
The machine you’re using can make a big difference. Older models of top-loading machines can use twice as much energy as newer front-loading machines. Not quite ready for an update at home? Consider checking out your local laundromat. Professional machines tend to be much more energy efficient than residential machines.
6. Get Some Balls
For your dryer, that is. Fabric softeners are often replete with harmful chemicals, but they’re not the only way to get the softest-clothes-ever. Loohoo wool dryer balls are a reusable, all-natural way to give your clothes a soft-to-the-touch feel.
Bonus? While in the machine, Loohoo wool dryer balls push clothing away from each other, which speeds up drying time. A great way to use even less energy!
Today, most popular clothing companies in the U.S. outsource labor. In countries like China, Bangladesh and Indonesia, labor laws are lax and work is cheaper. But this cheap labor comes at a cost: many employees work in deplorable conditions for criminally low wages, and environmental concerns are put on the back burner.
Tags reading “Made in the U.S.A.” have become a rarity. But they speak to a manufacturing tradition founded on quality and fair working conditions. From jewelry crafted by American artisans to an eco-friendly laundry detergent made right in Brooklyn, we’re excited to carry a variety of U.S.-made products at One Savvy Mother.
Barbara Colasuoonno, the talent behind this U.S.-based jewelry company, is dedicated to designing pieces that are simple yet special. Pieces that showcase the natural properties of the materials used. Comfortable pieces that can be worn everyday. Like these gorgeous Santi Lunghi Dangle Earrings. Barbara and her team handcraft designs in small batches, adding touches that make every piece unique.
We’re crazy about cork — and so is American designer Natalie Therese. Made from cork fabric, eco-friendly faux leather and organic cotton, her bags are as stylish as they are functional. As a lifelong seamstress, Natalie handcrafts each piece in her Massachusetts studio. The result? Simple, one-of-a-kind pieces you can truly feel good about.
Loohoo Laundry Balls
Based out of Camden, Maine, this company offers eco-friendly, toxin-free alternatives to dryer sheets. These “dryer balls” use wool to reduce drying time and soften clothes. In addition to being manufactured in the U.S., the company sources it’s wool from a historic local farm.
On the subject of laundry, the folks at Simply Co. think it’s time to rethink the ingredients we put in our laundry detergent. Founder Lauren Singer discovered that the average detergent has a ton of chemicals — many of which haven’t been tested for safety. That’s why she created a detergent with ingredients that are, well, simple. Baking soda, washing soda, organic essential oils and organic castile soap. That’s all you really need!
Why Use Cork? A Look at BENT AND BREE’s Cork Bags
Right now, cork is our absolute favorite alternative to leather. Why? It’s natural, biodegradable, renewable and vegan. BENT AND BREE, an up and coming brand that’s dedicated, is renowned for designing cork bags, totes and wallets. We take a closer look into their favorite material.
The Material: Cork
The high-quality cork fabric used in BENT & BREE’s bags is what really makes these pieces shine. Made from the shavings of Cork Oak trees, cork can be harvested every nine years without harming the trees. This makes cork a renewable, biodegradable and altogether sustainable material. What’s more, cork oak trees grow naturally without the use of any pesticides, watering or pruning.
Cork fabric is made by compressing a thick slick of cork with a natural fabric like cotton. In addition to being environmentally-friendly, it’s extremely durable, waterproof, stain resistant and easy to clean. Portugal is the number one producer of cork, as Cork Oak trees are native to the region. BENT & BREE sources its cork from Portugal, where it works with artisans to make gorgeous designs.
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Many people think of two types of jewelry: fine jewelry and costume jewelry. The former is made from precious materials like diamonds and gold. The latter is a more affordable design meant to accompany fashionable looks.
Here at One Savvy Mother, we have a problem with those categories. We’d rather look at it as ethical jewelry and unethical jewelry. Here’s why:
How is Fine Jewelry Unethical?
For the most part, the materials used in fine jewelry are natural. The problem comes with their extraction. Both gold mining and diamond mining subject workers to extremely dangerous conditions, pay extremely low wages and are often sites of child labor. Gold mining is environmentally devastating: it creates toxic materials and destroys natural habitats such as the Amazon.
How is Costume Jewelry Unethical?
Costume jewelry didn’t begin unethically: back in the 18th century, jewelers started using glass as a way to make stylish designs more affordable. Coco Chanel adorned her dresses with faux pearls and classic movie stars wore opulent neckwear.
But the problem started when costume jewelry became disposable. Something to be bought cheaply, worn as a fleeting trend and thrown away. In the mid-19th century, costume jewelry designers struggled between preserving their art and taking advantage of mass production. Today, quite a bit of costume jewelry is produced using unfair labor conditions and with synthetic materials.
So What is Ethical Jewelry?
A lot of elements go into making jewelry ethical and sustainable. At One Savvy Mother, we consider ethical sourcing of jewelry to be a number one priority. Here are some things we look out for:
- Handmade Production – Jewelry made by hand promotes artisanal production methods and traditions.
- Sustainable Materials – Natural and recycled materials from renewable sources can be as beautiful as any precious gems.
- Trade Not Aid – Find jewelry made by ethical businesses such as women’s cooperatives that provide worker’s with fair treatment, wages and opportunities.
- Timeless Design – Opt out of trendy styles that will go away with the seasons. Opt into pieces you’ll get long-term wear out of. Shop Ethical Jewelry
Learn More About How We Look for Ethical Jewelry With Our Sourcing Policy
This blog was written by Maggie Schafer
Meet our Artisan of the month Ethical Jewelry from ZSISKA
Danish jewelery designer Siska Schippers produces ZSISKA’s resin design in an ethically-run studio in the Thai town of Cha-Am. We love her funky handmade jewelry almost as much as we love the fair treatment she provides her skilled staff with. Read on to see why we’re crazy about this ethical jewelery brand.