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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…

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…