For men and women, raceday accessories can be environmentally friendly as well as stylish and luxurious.
From your outerwear to your inner wellbeing, there are many exciting independent designers to choose from!
Paper Rose Crafts
Emily Banks can take recycled paper and wine corks and turn them into amazing earrings and jewellery.
For example, these earrings are made from recycled paper and wine corks with earring hooks made from eco silver. The materials make them solid but super light and comfortable to wear. No pair will be identical as they are entirely handmade. These will be made to order.
The paper elements in the earrings are sealed with a gloss finish which makes them water resistant, however it is not recommended that they are fully immersed in water or worn in the shower.
Eco silver is a green alternative to sterling silver. Made of 100% recycled and scrap silver products, it has the same properties as sterling silver, it is just simply more environmentally friendly.
Luxury eco-conscious fashion designer Antonello Tedde’s interest in fashion is reinforced by a desire to preserve as well as advance ancient craft skills that are at risk of disappearing due to globalisation and mass-produced designs.
Antonello’s eco-friendly products represent not only a duty, but also an intriguing opportunity for responding to the demands of a consumer who asks for quality products, which means quality on an environmental and human level in addition to that of the product itself.
His creations are conceived through a close relationship between designer and maker, the designer offers contemporary pieces that enhance the well-being of both makers and users.
Makers of luxury footwear for men and women, Hugs&Co was established in 2012 by London based brothers Benjie and Hugo Davis.
Their standout piece has to be the Tyre Sole (TS1) driving loafer for men, which comprises an upcycled tyre tread sole combined with Italian leather upper and British design to create a line of environmentally conscious luxury footwear.
Only a fraction of the energy used to produce new sole units is required to convert the waste tyres into usable shoe parts. Millions of scrap tyres pile up every year. Designed not to degrade they create long-term damage to the environment. Waste tyres are often burned giving off toxic fumes. Alternatives for disposal are burying or highly costly and energy-consuming methods to break them down.
The TS1 repurposes this material and the simple process produces a tenth of the CO2 that new soles would use to make.
Swedish outerwear label Tretorn’s Eco Essentials collection includes unisex apparel created from recycled ocean waste and household plastics.
The waterproof jackets, bags and trainers are free from damaging materials and are completely recyclable. In comparison, a regular rain jacket takes an average of 40 years to decompose.
For example, the Baffle Jacket in PU is made with recycled materials for its lining and filling, making it part of the Eco Essentials initiative. The jacket’s taped seams and woven openings make it completely waterproof. Plus, the padded synthetic lining makes for light, comfortable and warm attire, An excellent winter jacket for all sorts of weather conditions, able to bear both the cold and the rain.
Whale of a Time
Combat the cold with sustainably stylish athleisure brand, Whale of a Time Clothing, whose retro revivals reinvent the iconic slogan sweatshirts with their signature block colouring, reminiscent of the classic Tommy Hilfiger feel.
Made from 100% organic cotton, their unisex designs cater for the relaxed fit, available for him and her, ideal for keeping out the cold during these coming months.
The Kingsand Hoodie comes in a choice of colourways and offers the perfect layer for point-to-point to after-party style. Featuring the much loved contrasting colour pops and in the softest organic cotton.
Eco-fashion innovators BLUEBUCK have launched their latest recycled underwear – a line of ‘Sport’ trunks and briefs produced from ocean plastic and organic cotton.
BLUEBUCK have spent two years of research and development to create their very own exclusive fabric using Seaqual™ with a dyed GOTS-certified organic cotton yarn.
Seaqual™ is an eco-fabric from recycled plastic waste collected from the Mediterranean Sea by Spanish fishermen.
This combination delivers a super soft feel to the trunks and briefs as well as making them quick drying and durable. The colour scheme is also influenced by the mix of fibres as the cotton attracts the dye while the Seaqual™ fibres retain their natural white colour, producing an eye-catching melange effect.
BLUEBUCK founder Pierre David said: “Ever since we discovered Seaqual™ we knew that their work and commitment to a greener world was on par with our own beliefs here at BLUEBUCK. Our partnership allows us to contribute to cleaning up the ocean, as well as reducing energy consumption by 50 per cent, water waste by 40 per cent and carbon emissions by 60 per cent during the yarn production process.”
Seaqual™ was founded in 2016 and for every kilogramme of fibre produced one kilogramme of plastic waste is removed from the sea.
The London-based company has also developed a range of eco menswear products from socks to swimwear.
Photo credit: Elsa Girault Photography
Freda is the first truly organic, eco-friendly period care range that is rebooting femcare for the 21st Century. Aimed at modern, health- and socially-conscious women, its tampons are made of 100% certified organic cotton that are biodegradable, hypoallergenic and free from chemicals and synthetic fibres commonly found in some big brand tampons, whilst their pads contain 100% eco-friendly, biodegradable materials.
Freda is on a mission to break down taboos and stigma by normalising conversation around periods. The company has been created for women by women – and they give back to women as a portion of every Freda purchase is donated to initiatives worldwide tackling period poverty.
Freda’s online subscription service understands that every cycle is different and allows you to select your own combination of products and absorbencies based on your period. Using artificial intelligence to predict your start date its online period tracker allows you to sync the delivery of your products to ensure they arrive a few days before your cycle.
The tracker combines an advanced algorithm and insight from specialist consultant gynaecologists. As you input your personal data, the algorithm gets to know your period cycles over time, which makes even irregular periods more predictable and the Freda delivery timelier.
Named after Freyja who, in Norse mythology, is a goddess associated with love, sex, beauty and fertility, Freda believes that having honest conversations is key to creating a generational change towards bringing periods to the forefront of awareness which will help to bust myths, break taboos and normalise the conversation. A Freda subscription costs around £6.99 a month.
With a strong emphasis on reducing plastic from water drinking, Waterdrops are small cubes called Microdrinks that enrich water with natural fruit and plant extracts and create a fresh and fruity flavour.
Waterdrop innovation has found a way to compress the best natural ingredients into a small cube. The sugar-free Microdrink turns water into a refreshing beverage full of botanical extracts from the finest regions in the world.
The waterdrop Carry Kit helps to keep your waterdrops safe. On the go, in your bag or in your pocket – your waterdrops always come in style.
To complement these products, Waterdrop also sells Bamboo Straws – each set of 4 straws comes in a reusable eco-bag, with a cleaning brush for gentle and hygienic cleaning – plus carafes and steel bottles.
Yoga design Lab
The benefits of yoga have reached top athletes and football players, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and David Beckham are all converts. Yoga has helped these athletes perform at their peak as it benefits agility, focus, and can shorten recovery time with injuries.
If yoga is part of your fitness routine for the races, Yoga Design Lab blends fashion-forward design elements with innovative functionality and bio renewable consciousness. Known for its uber-colorful yoga mats made from recycled plastic bottles, is now selling products in over 55 countries.
From insulated stainless steel water bottles, to yoga mats comprised of biodegradable natural tree rubber, to the water based inks used in the printed designs, we can all make a difference with the products we buy.
For example, the Infinity Mat features three designs in four colour options, and is made from biodegradable natural tree rubber to offer superior grip, wet or dry. The laser cut mandala print helps to align your poses.
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