Sustainably Chic

14 Sustainable Brands Who Use Recycled & Post-Consumer Waste to Make Beautiful New Products

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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Because waste is so 2016...

{updated October 2018}


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Sharon Z Jewelry

Materials: Recycled Silver, Recycled Gold

The designer, Sharon Zimmerman, loves to create modern jewelry unique in its understatement. Describing her designs as, "clean and simple, yet distinctive and playful", I find it the perfect fit for a capsule & minimalist wardrobe. Her attention to detail, quality & sustainability, are setting her apart from the rest. Oh & did I mention she is a member of Ethical Metalsmiths?! 

use code CHIC20 for 20% off $100+


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in2green

Materials: Recycled Cotton, Recycled Polyester 

in2green has been known for their luxury USA-made throws and accessories since 2008. They collaborate with local designers and knitters, and use only eco-friendly materials like organic cotton & recycled yarns. Their recycled cotton line is made from refiberized t-shirt fabrics, and their new indoor/outdoor line is made from 100% recycled polyester.


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Marc Skid

Materials: Recycled Plastic Bottles

Sustainable underwear that saves the world?! Yes, please! The coolest part about these men & women undies is you get to pick the charity when purchasing {$4 per pair is donated}. And it gets even better... each pair is made with organic pima cotton {yeah, they are super comfy} and the elastic band keeps 1 plastic bottle out of the landfill. These underwear truly 'marc' everything off our conscious list. 


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Karton

Materials: Recycled Cardboard

Just think how simple your next move will be with Karton - no heavy lifting! You can almost furnish your entire apartment with their designs. From beds to desks, assembly is easy and the finished product is sturdy.  Who knew we could find such affordable furniture that checks all the boxes off our sustainable list?! 


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Veerah

Materials: Post-Consumer Apple Peels, Post-Consumer PET Bottle Fabric

From vegan leather to plant-based memory foam, these shoes can check off every requirement on a conscious consumer's list. You can even snap on different accessories to add versatility. Plus, VEERAH is a women-led company working to empower women all over the world through their #VEERAHwarriors and education scholarships.


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Ananda Soul

Materials: Recycled Silver

Founded by artist & yogi Christina Zipperlen, Ananda Soul’s jewelry line is conscious from start to finish. Their transparency throughout the entire process is something to look up to -  from their gemstones to their silversmiths, you can feel confident that each piece is made with a lot of love and respect for the environment and people. 


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Newly

Materials: Recycled Glass, Recycled Steel, Reclaimed Wood, Recycled Plastic, Recycled Cotton

All of Newly home goods are created with 100% recycled or repurposed materials. & cool fact - each blanket uses 12 plastic bottles and saves 2250 gallons of water! Plus, the process to create them uses no chemicals and near zero CO2. I'm always cold so I have a great collection of blankets, and  I must say theirs is the coziest of them all! 


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Rothy's

Materials: Recycled Water Bottles

Probably the comfiest shoe I've ever worn, Rothy's feel like a sneaker yet look absolutely feminine and chic. They are extremely durable and well-made, and best part - they use low-waste, low-impact materials! Can you believe these guys are made from recycled water bottles with 3D knit technology?! This type of material makes for a super sturdy shoe, and you can even clean them in your wash machine.


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Stockholm Rose Designs

Materials: Recycled Silver

Created by Sophie Butler, Stockholm Rose Designs has the environment in its heart - after all, she does have a degree in Wildlife Conservation! For the recycled silver, Sophie chose to go with Argentium since it is hypoallergenic, bright than white gold,  purer than sterling silver & easy to care for. 

 


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Aeon Row

Materials: Revived Fabrics

Great basics and an even greater concept. Aeon Row only uses recycled yarn to create their line. This means they don't require land, water, chemicals, or cotton dyes to produce! Having to use less resources also means having to spend less money so it ends up being better for our pocketbook, as well ;)

 use code CHIC15 for 15% off


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Svala

Materials: Byproduct of pineapple industry. 

Piñatex® uses the pineapple leaf fiber gathered by partner farming cooperatives in the Philippines. This is the byproduct of the pineapple harvest so essentially it’s a zero waste initiative! There is absolutely no extra land, water, fertilizer or pesticides to produce this raw material. Svala has just created a line of totes and clutches made from this awesome fabric! 

 


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Rebecca Mir Grady

Materials: Recycled Silver & Gold

Rebecca Mir Grady primarily works with recycled silver and recycled 14k gold, and several ethically sourced stones. Stones include beauties like rubies, sapphires, opals & diamonds - you can even find some black diamonds in there. Heirloom pieces come with so much love and exquisite craftsmanship that future generations will be able to enjoy just as much as you.

use code SUSTAINABLYCHIC for 20% off


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Pela Case

Materials: Flaxstic™

Can you believe this case is biodegradable?! It's made from Flaxstic™, a combo of flax straw ‘waste', plant-based biopolymers, and recycled materials. Pela cases are definitely my go-to when protecting my phone. They are durable, smooth AND they are part of 1% for the planet. {lots of people ask how they do with dropping, well I've dropped my phone almost everyday & no issues!}


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Chic Made Consciously

Materials: Recycled Tires

A very cool {& chic} upcycling brand, Chic Made Consciously is taking old tires and creating jewelry & accessories for the eco-conscious woman. Cassandra Ciarallo, the creator, envisioned a world without fast fashion and put her passion into action in 2015. During her travels in 2014, she visited Bali and instantly felt connected to the people and the artisans. She decided to collaborate with them, and bring their talents to new markets.


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recycled jewelry

devi arts collective

Materials: Recycled Silver & Gold 

When designing, Bayoush is inspired by her Ethiopian heritage where she has learned beauty dances between the simple and the complex. She is also inspired by the natural world, and uses texturing and manipulation techniques to mimic nature. The recycled sterling silver and 14k gold-filled wire come from a company who takes scrap pieces from artisans and creates new materials for designers like Bayoush to use.