Companies Doing Good

Another Reason to Crush on Tony Stark.

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The Iron Man is handsome, brilliant, witty and fearless. Everything we love it a man. He has defeated evil villains and now he’s tackling the imminent issue of climate change. You know how to touch our hearts Tony.

Through an organization called The Footprint Coalition, Robert Downey Jr. claims ‘we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years’. When they launch in April 2020, their plan to clean is based around Artificial Intelligence, including robots and nanotechnology. Like us, Downey says he has ‘a quiet sense of crisis’ and that he trusts AI as a significant technological advancement that gave him hope.

To our dismay he didn’t share more than that, so we added our email to the Coalition’s newsletter. Now we wait, with the same anticipation of learning the true fate of Tony and Pepper.

xx Violet

Are you Conscious?

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Olivia Wilde is partnering with one of her besties on a new platform called Conscious Commerce, which connects non-profit foundations to sustainable business models. Some of the brands in their roster include the CFDA, Maiyet, and Birchbox. One of the newest initiatives via the Conscious Commerce platform is a collaboration between ThredUP and Olivia Wilde, who have joined forces to silence the little stigma left around wearing used clothes. Like we always say, if you’ve ever stayed in a hotel (which you have) you’ve shared sheets with someone…what’s the difference with clothing?

We’ve long been fans of ThredUp and their brilliant partnerships and we drool over the content in the annual ThredUp resale report, chock-full of great stats! The second-hand giant has teamed up with Olivia to create her own line, made solely out of used clothing, valiantly called “Choose Used”. Bless her! So why is she doing this?  “We’re in the midst of a fashion waste crisis, and buying secondhand can make a real difference,” Wilde told HuffPost exclusively. “I’ve always loved vintage and I’m proud to wear used clothes, so I was drawn to thredUP’s mission to keep great clothing in use and out of landfills. I hope this collaboration inspires others to embrace secondhand to lighten our collective fashion footprint.”

We had a girl crush on OW long before this, but now she kind of feels like kindred spirit.  

Fabrication: 100% Pineapple

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2019.  Saying it out loud makes it feel like we are living in the future.  2019.  Remember Y2K?  Grocery store shelves were bare due to peoples uncertainty.  But we not only survived, and thrived and advanced. Some cars stopped using gas and run on battery power.  Herbs and vegetables are grown in old shipping containers. Flip phones upgraded to buttonless devices that basically control our lives. Fashion though, has somehow stayed the same.  Until now.  

The future of clothes is getting excitingly close and we believe there are a few things you sustainably fashion saavy  Tuleries ought to know – your textiles.  Yes we know you’re fully aware of cotton, wool and silk but if you think that’s the latest in fashion than you better check your Nokia at the door and catch up.   There are a slew of companies working on a whole new range of textiles that will be in our clothes (hopefully) soon.  The details of most are on a sciency level that we can hardly comprehend, but we get the drift and hope you will too. 

Evrnu has developed the first denim made of regenerated post-consumer cotton waste.  They create recyclable, customizable textiles through engineered fibers, ultimately creating a product that can be broken down in the future. 

See ya leather, hello Zoa. Created by Modern Meadow, zoa is a lab grown, chameleonic leather-inspired material that is meant to be combined with other matierals.  And because it’s highly adaptable and moldable, it can accommodate any shape or texture. 

Buh bye polyester, welcome PrimaLoft Bio, the first 100% recycled synthetic fiber on the market. The  company behind it is collaborating with like-minded brands to use the technology in developing new products that are composed completely of biodegradable components.

Nylon is so last year. We’re so into Econyl, which is solving two problems.  They company is aiding in cleaning oceans by collecting abandoned fishing nets and other industrial plastic, along with rugs that would typically end in landfills to create a regenerated nylon material. 

Bleh acrylic, we love the feel of Polylana.  It’s a fiber blend of virgin and recycled materials and is the only low impact alternative to 100% acrylic and wool in the market. 

Silk? No.  Microsilk. A proprietary technology that replicates the tough work silk spiders do, giving the ability to do the same work sustainably and in large scale. 

Still craving more leather goods?  Try Mylo, a synthetic made from mushroom roots.  Let that satisfy your hunger for vegan leather.  Stella McCartney and Patagonia are already digging their claws in. 

Pinatex is taking over where durable fibers are needed. Made of by-product from pineapple harvest, this new sustainable textile is tougher than jute, hemp and sisal. Have your rug and eat it too. 

Cotton and polyester, you are so pre Y2K.

Brand Focus: Vionnet

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The New York Times dropped a bomb on us earlier this month regarding the UN’s conclusion on the current climate change crisis. There was one key takeaway from the article, the change starts with YOU. As individuals, we need to step-up by making personal changes on how we consume so we avoid catastrophic consequences. The Times article quoted Myles Allen, an Oxford University Climate Scientist saying “It’s telling us [UN Report] we need to reverse emissions trends and turn the world economy on a dime”. On a DIME. Not some time in the near future -- instantly. It's all hands on deck now. But imagine how much quicker change would emerge if businesses also stepped up. That’s why we were thrilled to learn Vionnet is actually shutting down operations in order to completely restructure the company with ecological and social responsibility at the core of all decision making. They are going completely dark for a season or two, a decision likely to lose the brand a ton of revenue, but they are doing this for the greater good. The kind of attitude, fingers crossed, more companies will adopt. A.S.A.P. This reboot by Vionnet also comes with plans to nix fashion week presentations, a bold move, but we hope people will rally behind this heritage brand and support the positive changes they are making on behalf of the fashion industry. We certainly can’t wait to see these changes unfold.

Even Chanel Gets Retired at Some Point

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Last week we wrote a blog post titled “What to do with all that stuff” and gave you options o’plenty to assist in your fall closet clean-out. We listed organizations who take everything from clothes, denim, and shoes, to baby gear, old phones, and household goodies. You’re welcome. But seriously, flag that email, we think it will come in handy when the weather turns and you’re scrambling to clear out space for those bulky sweaters and coats!

One of the organizations we mentioned in that email, RewearAble, is an official partner of Tulerie so we want to talk more about why we partnered with them in the first place. They also simply deserve the spotlight for the incredible work they are doing.

Tulerie is all about minimizing fashion waste but we’re realistic in that statement because we understand clothing disposal is a natural part of a wardrobe’s lifecycle. A Chanel tweed coat is basically indestructible but it won’t last forever. With that in mind, Tulerie has been committed since the onset to finding disposal solutions that have a positive impact on the environment. Little did we know our neighbors in Long Island had such a solution.

RewearAble is a local not-for-profit organization that is keeping clothing out of landfills. Where most places accept donations for resale, RewearAble accepts clothing, shoes, accessories, household textiles, toys, purses, non-breakable household goods, even rags, in any condition and prepares them for reuse or repurposing.

The best part? RewearAble was created by Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD), devoted to supporting the pursuit of an enviable life for children and adults with autism, learning and other developmental disabilities. The RewearAble facilities put emphasis on hiring only people with developmental disabilities who otherwise may have a challenge finding employment. Are your eyes sweating too?

If you feel strongly about supporting your local shelter or another organization through donating goods, keep on keeping on…we trust you’ve done your diligence and those items are going to good use. If not, consider donating to RewearAble. Please email admin@tulerie.com for easy instructions on how to donate your unwanted items to RewearAble.