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Welcome + Brand introduction

Updated: Jan 5

Hi, I am Sabrina Riback, a 17 year old fast fashion advocate, sustainable fashion connoisseur, and extremely passionate individual. Due to the world we live in today, shopping sustainably is most definitely not accessible for all, and not nearly as widespread as it should be. Ethical brands are struggling to gain consumers, individuals don’t know what “fast fashion” entails, and the common companies are greenwashing and claiming to have “sustainable” lines as a marketing tactic. Not only did Covid put many small brands out of business, but all the strides being made in production and efforts to control waste amounts have vanished. We took one step forward and 3 steps back. Modern day supply chain issues are not only worsening this issue, but aiding it. This is what our world has come to, and change needs to be made. It starts with you! Together, we can all come together as individuals and use this platform to make change. Small business owners can share tips and gain traction via the forum page. Like minded individuals can interact and ask questions, and together, together we can come together to make change. You can help build out this initiative just by interacting. Complete the programs and challenges. Repost them on your social media to not only track your journey, but provoke POSITIVE shopping habits for you and your personal community. Awear is a movement, one that will finally spark change. Do good, help someone out, respond to a comment, make your own introduction post, start a challenge, refer a friend, interact on social media. Be the change you wish to see. A fast fashion fact a day, keeps the waste away!


Here are a few small ethical brand features. Everyday these brands are making strides to use greener materials, ethical production habits, reduce the carbon footprint, and boycott those carbon emissions.

 

To start Agite Closet will introduce themselves and their brand

Hi, We’re a small project based in Dublin/Barcelona selecting second-hand clothes from around Europe to offer the consumer a more sustainable way of consumption.

Myself and my friend/business partner, Miguel, started the project. We Both have more than 15 years of experience working in fast fashion retail companies but have chosen to change our direction and focus to promote sustainability and circular economies.

Here is more about us:

agitecloset.com/pages/about-us

We’re selling our curated selected items online through agitecloset.com also you can find us on social media in IG, Facebook, and Tiktok. @agitecloset


 

I am Kait, the owner of byAprilAndAugust, a women’s clothing and accessories shop. I also have another shop which branches off the main one called BabyAprilandAugust which sells, you guessed it, baby clothing and accessories.

The name behind my shops is based on two cardinals, a male and female, that would stop by 0ur home. It was a particularly difficult time for us with family illness, the stress of the pandemic, and worries and fears. Every time the flashes of red feathers appeared amidst the snow at our feeder we felt a strong sense of hope that just like them we were cared for- takes care of. It was really special, and eventually we named them April and August. For me those names became a symbol of that special feeling I got when I would see them knowing I was cared for. Thus my shops became byAprilAndAugust in hopes that my creations would bring that same sense to others - that they were cared for.

My shops started with very simple goals in mind: to create cute items in a sustainable way that can be refashioned and given new life. I sew all my creations on my sewing machine in my home in South Dakota. At first I was shopping for fabric at thrift stores as my business first started. I would wash and cut up outdated dresses and give them new life. Eventually there became a need for me to have more of each fabric available so I had to move on to getting fabric from local fabric shops who take great care into how they source their materials. I then create items using all fabric scraps in a variety of creative ways.

The latest news in my Etsy shops is that I have decided to add a custom fit and fabric option to almost all of my listings. Now I work with you to ensure you have the fit you need and fabric you want as well. I confirm fabrics with you from a variety of different options depending on the availability from my local fabric shops. I’m really excited about it and I’d love to make something uniquely you!



You can find both of my shops on Etsy at Etsy.com/shop/byAprilAndAugust and Etsy.com/shop/BabyAprilandAugust

My ultimate favorite part of having these shops is seeing my creations become a small addition to some of the most special moments in peoples’ lives. My creations have been used in newborn pictures, baby arrival outfits, and special occasions of all sorts, and every time I LOVE it! I look forward to hearing from you! Please let me know if there is a gift I can help you give that would make your special person feel cared for. ♥️


 

Another great ethical brand that does a lot of good for the community is Lotus Tribe Clothing. Lotus tribe clothing is making strides every year to become more sustainable and more ethical.

Some of their highlights include they use natural plant based fabrics (90% cotton with only 10% spandex), they ship in plastic free packaging, and plant a tree for every item we sell (15,000 and counting). Their styles work well to layer making them transition from one season to the next, and one look to the next. Whether they want to go from errands to the yoga studio, wearing a stretchy mini skirt over their yoga pants, or go from summer festival to fall looks with boots, our designs are made to provide flexibility. Plus the tie dyes and solids mix and match to make a never ending selection of outfit possibilities, meaning you can own less pieces in your wardrobe, buying less, using less resources.


Here is their page to learn more about them! Use code AWEAR for 10% off your purchase!

 

https://www.lotustribeclothing.com/blogs/lotus-tribe-blog/how-it-all-started-the-story-of-lotus-tribe-clothing


 

Next, here is PVB The Label.


PVB the Label is a swimwear brand that focuses on sustainability and positivity. What makes us sustainable? All of our suits are made from fabric that is made from recycled ocean waste. All our packaging is completely biodegradable. What makes us positive? We created a strong community of women that supports other women. We want females to feel comfortable in their skin when they are wearing a swimsuit.


I founded PVB The Label for many reasons. As I was in school for fashion marketing, I was doing a lot of research on how much waste is coming directly from the fashion industry. I wanted to create something that potentially made a big eco friendly impact. Another reason why I started PVB The Label is that I feel like there are so many women in this world that don't have a positive community to be apart of. Our website has a group chat of women to communicate.


Readers can find us at pvbthelabel.shop and @pvbthelabel on Instagram and TikTok.





 

Shopemelita is another great swimwear brand who will introduce themselves now!


Emelita is a leisure swimwear that focuses on versatility. We create suits that you can choose to wear however, whenever and wherever you want- to your morning swim, your afternoon errands, and even dinner with your friends.


Our brand puts our own spin on seasonality of the swimwear. We encourage our customers to wear their suits not only at the pool and the beach, but also apart of their everyday outfits. Our goal is to motivate shoppers to think smart and buy less and better, which is why we created high quality versatile swimwear that you can wear anywhere and anytime in so many different ways. Our suits are made in the USA and our packaging is 100% plastic-free. We only use compostable, recyclable, and reusable materials to ship our products.


We believe that sustainability is a long process but a necessary step which we are continuously working on our brand by revisiting our design, manufacturing, and shipping procedure on every production run.

Growing up in the Philippines made up of thousands of islands. I always loved being by the sea in my bikini. When I moved to LA six years ago, it amazed me how I can be in the downtown area and by the sea in only a 30 minute drive. This inspired me to make suits perfect for beach and city living.

Readers can find us on instagram and tiktok @shopmelita and our website is www.shopemelita.com




 

Following we will introduce Natalie, the founder of CottonCrab Clothing.


Hello, I'm Natalie, founder of CottonCrab Clothing, lovely to e-meet you!I am a sustainable, ethical, vegan clothing brand, with people & the planet at the heart of everything I do, and my lovely customers. All my products use 100% Organic Cotton. The products that have a small amount of Polyester(up to 15%) are made up of Recycled Polyester from used plastic bottles. I have two areas of the company. Made by Me where I have took a little adventure into designing and making products myself and all other products are made by my lovely eco friendly printing company Inkthreadable.

The two companies who supply my products are committed to manufacturing in a responsible, sustainable and ethical way under the strictest environmental certifications respecting the people that make the clothing and the world that we live in. They are industry leaders in this area. They are Continental Clothing & Stanley Stella. Both suppliers are: GOTS certified. GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. It is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. They are also OEKO-TEX® certified which ensures no chemical substances that are or could be harmful to health and the environment are used throughout production. They are also PETA certified. They do not conduct or commission any animal tests on any processes or products. All products are made from 100% vegan materials. The facilities where my suppliers make the products are certified by the Fair Wear Foundation which ensures products are made in an ethical way with companies respecting the men and women making them. Some of my products are made in manufacturing facilities powered by green renewable energy.

Everything used to package my items is 100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable.

The vinyl I use for my designs is REACH compliant, Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Class I certified and VEGANOK certified.

I founded CottonCrab Clothing in August 2020 with a commitment to provide authentic, fair priced, long lasting clothing that people feel cozy, comfortable and good in and that do good too! Together as one big community understanding and respecting the journey the clothing and the people that make the clothes that we wear everyday have been on. This was after reading a news article during the pandemic regarding garment workers and the injustice and poverty pay they face and receive despite making clothes for the biggest fashion designers and retailers in the world whose profits were soaring during this time and still are. I was sitting on furlough from my employer trying to understand this which I still can’t. I am a people person who feels passionate about the way in which others are treated and I wanted to create something which would give something back to these hard working individuals.

5% of purchases are donated to NGO The Circle’s Living Wage for Garment Workers Project. The Circle is a non-profit organization founded by singer-songwriter and activist Annie Lennox in 2008. The donations will help in their commitment to create a fairer fashion world. You can read more at https://thecircle.ngo/living-wage/

Readers can find more about me below: