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Plastic Clothes, Plastic Oceans

by Marie Heffernan
With the theme of Earth Day 2018 being “End Plastic Pollution”, I wanted to shed a light on plastics in unexpected places. I bet you can probably think of many ways plastic shows up in your life (even in efforts to avoid using plastic), whether it be the straw in your drink that you didn’t anticipate, the lid of your morning coffee, or the packaging for a quick bite to eat. But what you may not have considered is the plastic that is woven or knit into your clothing. Plastic shows up where you least expect it, from cozy fleece outerwear to high performance active wear. Any synthetic fiber, such as polyester, nylon, acrylic, and spandex, is derived from plastic, which originated from oil.
Most people are aware of the current issue of plastic bottles and containers ending up in our oceans, either from litter or poor waste management. We have seen the images of sea creatures being engulfed in plastic bags or choked by six pack rings. However, it is what we do not see…
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Organic & Ethical Price Tag: What You're Paying For

by Marie Heffernan
Have you ever found the perfect organic, ethically made piece of clothing only to look at the price tag and discover that it is way out of your budget? Yeah, me too. It can be a shocker at first, enough to make one empty their online shopping cart or put the piece of clothing right back on the rack.
The reason the cost of eco-friendly and ethically made fashion astounds us is because we are so accustomed to the fast fashion model. Which, when you look further into it, is not a pretty picture. There are countless corners being cut to reduce costs. This includes everything from not paying workers a “living wage” (more on this to come) to using materials that are harmful to the environment because they are the cheapest.
At Naturæ by Lola & August things are run a little differently. The entire brands of Naturæ and Lola & August are produced with ethics in mind. Both brands are sewn by contractors local to Toronto where the brands are based. These seamstresses …

The Origin of Lola & August

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” ― Amy Bloom
A few months ago I met a lovely woman through our blogger Marie - Andrea Reyes (A. Bernadette and NYC Fair Trade Coalition - of which we are now members). Upon meeting her and discussing why we started Lola & August, she thought it would make for a great blog post. I was a bit hesitant as I do not write blogs (I'm a Software Developer 35 to 50 hours per week) and I spend most of my time writing code, but thought I would take a crack at it as a lot of this information is contained only in my thoughts. Perhaps she is right, and perhaps I should share it, so here goes... ;)
Art and Fashion have always been a big part of my life. Art was how I expressed myself from the moment I held my first pencil.
As a teenager, my mum (and Lola & August partner) Joanna, taught me to love and appreciate fashion. To wear what I want, when I want, and to pay no mind to what others thought. Weekend trips…

'tis the Season for Conscious Gift Giving

by Marie Heffernan
Tis’ the season to be jolly, Falalalala lalalala! There are many things to love about this time of year - ice skating, steaming cups of cocoa, staying cozy by a fireplace, visiting family and friends, and warm hugs. One of the best things is the spirit of giving and of selflessness. Sometimes, however, gift giving can be overwhelming in our current consumerism driven society. As a conscious consumer concerned with ethics and ecology, how should one shop for gifts this holiday season?
Give the gift of essentials! Consider buying something that this person will definitely need, rather than another item that will only see the light of day on Christmas before it is banished to the back of the closet for the rest of the year.
Essential gift ideas:
Intimate Apparel – This is an item that frequently needs to be replaced, so gifting an eco-friendly and ethically made panty or bralette is a great way to ensure you are not overflowing the recipient’s closet with unwanted c…

2017 Ethical & Luxurious Holiday Gift Guide

The Holidays and Christmas are right around the corner - it's our favorite time of year. From decorating to baking, family gatherings and gift giving...
The perfect gift is hard to come across and shopping can be stressful, especially when you're ethically minded. We have compiled a list of our top 10 favorites this season, from other luxury, ethical brands, in almost every category. Whether you are looking for that one special something, or multiple gifts, we've got you covered.
Although we are usually talking about sustainability, zero waste and slow fashion, we also understand that we sometimes want to splurge and purchase something fun and luxurious. In doing so, we can also make smarter decisions and still shop ethically. Everyone enjoys pretty things, but let's make sure we are choosing pieces we love and want to cherish and keep for as long as we can.
Ethical is the new luxury. Handmade is the new luxury.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday! Xoxo

1. Vintage Dark Hava…

Gratitude and Empowerment

by Marie Heffernan
As the leaves fall and the autumn air turns cool and crisp, my excitement gathers for my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving! As we feel the spirit of Thanksgiving during the fall months, I wanted to talk about gratitude and how it can be used as a tool of empowerment. 
Sometimes, creating a truly eco-friendly and ethical world can seem so far out of reach. We are witnessing rising temperatures with an extended Indian summer, and often see so many human rights violations by just turning on the news. 

Let us not feel despair about these current events though – remember this is a post about gratitude! One thing we can definitely feel thankful for is that we are so aware of the current issues that the planet and humanity is facing. Another thing to be grateful for, more and more of us are beginning to care deeply about these issues and want to create a positive impact. The “tribes” that are created through our shared passions and values are definitely something to be grat…

September: A Month for Fashion, Climate and Connection

by Marie Heffernan
September marks the start of the fall season, a season of change. September is also the time for both fashion week and climate week in NYC. So it’s no wonder the past month was filled with many exciting eco fashion events, where connection with sustainably minded change makers flourished.
I was lucky enough to attend a few of these events, and I have to say one of the things I love most about eco-friendly and ethical fashion, is the community of incredible individuals who support it. This September I attended the Esabitchin’ event put on by Esa, the fashion show launch of Livari, and “Bridge to a Sustainable Future: A Jazzy Rooftop Marketplace” which was put on by Dopper.

Esabitchin’ was a great way to kick off fashion week. Willa Tsokanis and Julia Valencikova created an event specifically to showcase and celebrate brands who are creating change through eco-friendly and ethical design practices. The event took place at Zen House in the lower east side, which was…