• Green brand of the week: SAMARA

    You know that during the past few years, the art of Green Fashion has been so popular that we can actually call it a trend.

    Let’s journey back to the Spring-Summer 2016 collection that Karl Lagerfeld designed for Chanel. The sustainable pieces were created from jute, hemp, cork, cotton, straw and even recycled paper.

    And how about Stella McCartney, the designer who banned fur, suede, leather and feathers in her collection since the establishment of her eponymous brand?

    Today, our focus is on SAMARA – a Toronto-based brand established by Salima Visram. The label is named after Salima’s sister and its portfolio includes simple and elegant bags made from vegan leather. The tiniest (literally) item in the collection is the Apple Leather Mini bag which is made of apple-based leather.

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    Did you know, most vegan leather is still currently made from PVC (polyvinylchloride) which is extremely detrimental to the environment? We’ve never used PVC. Then, there’s PU (polyurethane) which is a little better. Then, there’s microfiber which is much better. We used microfiber wherever we could, and PU if necessary. But that’s not enough. We tried creating our own plant based leathers (in our kitchen sometimes) and experimented with coconut and pineapple too. Then we found that Apple leather could look exactly like real leather, and if you mixed it with a little bit of PU, it was durable too. We’ve taken apple skins that are wasted by the juicing industry, to create bags, and we’re going to keep trying to create better vegan leather for you, because it’s high time that the fashion industry becomes more natural, and plant based too 🍎 We can’t wait to show you what’s next!

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    SAMARA has also collaborated with The Soular Backpack – a company which provides solar powered backpacks for children in rural parts of Africa who don’t have access to electricity. Every purchase of a bag covers the cost of one Soular backpack.

    “It is safe to say, when you buy a Samara product, you are lighting up someone else’s life.”

  • Free some space in your wardrobe with “Sell to Remix”

    September is here, and so is the autumn season. Now is the perfect moment to organize your wardrobe for the new season and earn money while doing it. Here are a few useful tips on how to make some space in your wardrobe and free yourself of the pieces you no longer wear using our “Sell to Remix” service.


    After you’ve picked the clothes and accessories you are willing to part with, examine them carefully for imperfections. We are often inclined to overlook defects on our own clothes, such as small holes or bleaching of the fabric, which make a garment unsellable. Make sure the items you plan on sending are in perfect condition and without any signs of use, so they can be approved for sale by our team and bring you profit.

    Stats: we approve around 50% of the products we receive, because they adhere to our standards, detailed on the website. All unapproved items are passed on to textile recycling factories. You can also get them back with our Premium service.


    Make sure to find the brands of your clothes and accessories in our Accepted brands catalogue. Some of the labels which will bring you higher profit are: Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Marc Cain, Armani Jeans, Cacharel, Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas, Nike, Desigual, Guess, Levi’s, Mango, Esprit, Orsay, S.Oliver, Only, Next.

    N.B.: in line with the legal requirements, we don’t upload fake branded products. To ensure we will approve your luxury pieces, send them with their authenticity certificate or the receipt for the purchase.


    The categories which bring higher profit are blouses, shirts, T-shirts (for women and men), as well as dresses, skirts and bags. As we’re getting closer to the autumn-winter season, jackets and coats will be a profitable choice to send as well.

    Bear in mind: products that go with the latest fashion trends and the current season are more likely to sell quickly and to bring a higher profit. The same is valid for new items with tags.

    And higher profit means higher availability in your virtual wallet, which you can invest in autumn-winter fashion finds from remixshop.com. Are you ready to earn from “Sell to Remix”?

    It is no longer necessary to use Remix Bag to send your garments to us. Just request a sale on remixshop.com/sale and use a sturdy box for packing.

    Sell to Remix now!

  • Green brand of the week: Columbia

    Making sustainability the core of your brand’s identity requires a lot of energy, creative resources and devotion to the cause. The sportswear label Columbia understands this pretty well and shows exactly how the sustainable cycle works, involving the key elements: care for the people and the environment.


    Empowering people

    Columbia supports and inspires its employees to be active citizens and to be more responsible in their life choices. Every Columbia employee gets paid for 16 volunteer hours per year. The brand has also founded HERproject, which aims to empower the women in the company’s workforce through trainings and enrichment programs.

    Sustaining places

    The outdoor label is partnering with the National Park Foundation to help kids discover the natural wonders of our world. For each purchased National Park T-shirt, Columbia donates $1 to the Open OutDoors for Kids initiative. The brand also supports the U.S. nonprofit organisationPlanet Water Foundation in providing clean water for people from the world’s most disadvantaged communities.


    Responsible practices

    Columbia follows the 12 ethical Standards of manufacturing practices (SMP) and monitors performance for the continuous improvement of the working environment. The brand is striving to make products with fewer chemicals which are safe for everyone who comes into contact with them, from the people in the manufacturing process to those who wear them.

    Responsible down standard

    The brand works under the independent, voluntary global standard The Responsible Down Standard, which recognises the best practices in animal welfare and ensures the down and feathers used in the production of all Columbia products are sourced responsibly.


    OutDry Extreme Eco

    OutDry Extreme Eco is a sustainable, waterproof, breathable technology for jackets. It combines high performance and ecological materials. The jackets are made with dye-free fabric, 100% recycled materials, 100% responsible down and with strong thermal bonding, which ensures the cold stays out of the body and the down stays inside the jacket.

    And these practices are just a few good examples of how the brand keeps up with sustainability.

  • Green brand of the week: Aquafil

    You know that during the past few years, the art of Green Fashion has been so popular that we can actually call it a trend.

    As we are getting closer and closer to summer, we decided to show you that it is absolutely possible to have the perfect swimsuit… made from garbage.

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    “When I look at a landfill, I see a goldmine.”
    That is how Giuio Bonazzi, the founder and chief executive of nylon manufacturer Aquafil – the green brand that we are presenting today –feels about creating recycled materials.

    The company recycles plastic waste and turns it into nylon used for the production of apparel and accessories. It all started in 1969 with “Polyamide 6”/”Nylon 6” – a landmark in terms of quality and innovation. All the yarns manufactured by Aquafil are environmentally friendly. The Econyl thread is made from all kind of recycled materials (an interesting example of those are fishing nets and old carpets). If it is not mixed with other materials, the thread can be recycled infinitely!

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    Aquafil works closely with some of the leading names in swimwear and sportswear. Actually, you may already have a swimsuit made from recycled materials – Adidas, Levi’s, Speedo and Volcom are just some of the brands using the yarn for their collections.

    Here is a list with some of the other green brands in our Green Fashion section:

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  • Green brand of the week: SVNR

    Aesthetics, colours and ethics – these are the key elements in the philosophy of the brand SVNR. Created with a great passion for fashion, SVNR is not just another jewellery brand. Its designs come from the transformative love for beauty mixed with a thought for the environment and a flair for being one of a kind.

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    Christina Tung – the founder and creative director of SVNR (coming from the French souvenir – remember), is a person who recreates old and useless things into beautiful handmade earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Her goal is to teach people to be conscious of their impact on the planet and to remember that their actions and choices matter. The designer also shows that it’s our responsibility to think about the environment while creating new things. That’s why all SVNR designs are made from reused and upcycled materials, which Tung makes as unique jewellery pieces.

    Making your work sustainable requires full dedication to the cause. So, it’s not surprising that the designer’s work determines Christina’s entire life. She is a person who works in the late weekend hours and who travels around the globe in searching for stones, sea shells and inspiration for the next piece of eco art.

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    Marquesas pearl earrings, available at the @__eitherand pop-up. 170 Franklin St, Greenpoint.

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    The fresh SVNR designs are more than sustainable treasures. They are exactly what you’ll need to wear on a hot summer day during your next vacation or in case you prefer to spice up a little bit the office outfit with earrings, made from colourful semi-precious stones and a 14-karat gold wire.

  • The first Vegan Fashion Week

    After becoming the first city to officially ban the sale and manufacture of fur, Los Angeles continued its strive toward green fashion and became a host of the first-ever Vegan Fashion Week. The show focused on conscious brands like Stella McCartney, Mateja Benedetti, Enda, Mistohn, wastedLAand Ecopel, inspiring others with high-end ethical fashion with respect for the people, involved in the production processes, animal rights and the environment.


    Even though a fashion week evolving veganism may sound a little judgmental, Vegan Fashion Week is an important and logical step into popularizing ethical fashion globally. The main focus of the event is to be good to all creatures on the planet. The fashion week went under the motto “Cruelty-free is the new luxury”, aiming to give animal-loving high-end designers the opportunity to presenttheir products on the catwalk.

    The show took place at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles for 4 days – from 1st until 4THFebruary, 2019 – and was organized and curated by the creative director and animal rights advocate Emmanuelle Rienda. During the four-day event educational information about animal and human rights in the fashion business was circulated. There were also discussions about the environmental crisis and the consequences of fast fashion.

    Besides designers and guests, the museum opened its doors to climate scientist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Robert Lempert, who talked about “Facing our time” or what are the challenges we face around ecological and climate change through the lenses of science and nature.

    By creating Vegan Fashion Week, Emmanuelle Rienda showed that it’s possible to run a successful business and be an active, creative and conscious citizen of the world, at the same time.

  • Natural accessories for а stunning look

    Wearing natural accessories has some really big advantages: it is an eco-friendly way to look cool, you can support local artists by buying fashion accessories handcrafted from natural materials or you can take up a new hobby and make fashion accessories on your own. It also gives a simple but charming touch to your style. Here are some ideas what to look for.

    Accessories made of flowers and fallen leaves look so magical. Choose your piece of forest flora and decorate the simple white shirt with a leafy necklace or wear a pair of earrings with two matching leaves.


    Knitted accessories

    If you are a fan of knitting, you’ll definitely find the accessories made of yarn adorable. The knitted detail will give your outfit a soft vintage look.


    Earrings, ring, brooch or necklace with ceramic details – there is plenty of handmade pieces to choose from for every style.


    Wooden accessories

    Wooden accessories come in an even bigger variety: you can pick a wooden ring, bracelet/ bangle, or even a handbag, bowtie or wallet.


  • Green brand of the week: MATT & NAT

    In recent years, sustainability has been a widely discussed topic in the fashion industry. Understanding the importance of being eco-friendly, some brands have switched to sustainable practices in the manufacturing of their products and others, like MATT & NAT, built their philosophy entirely around the cause to care for the nature around us.

    Starting with its name – MATT & NAT (“material and nature”), the brand communicates its main idea of using eco-friendly materials and sustainable practices in the production for a healthier environment. This concept came to life in 1995 in Montreal, Canada, where the brand has grown as a trusted vegan label with minimalistic style. Instead of animal leather, it uses recycled materials, such as nylon, cardboard, rubber and cork for all its products – shoes, bags and accessories.

    The label is also one of the voices for sustainable fashion, communicating the need to take care of our environment, as well as of each other– they encourage upcycling the unused bags by donating them to Dress for Success – an international NGO for empowering women.

    Furthermore, one of the brand’s factories operates by the SA8000 standard, which measures social performance in the workplace by looking at management system, health and safety, discrimination, remuneration, freedom of association and right to collective bargaining.

    MATT & NAT can be found on remixshop.com – add the brand to your Favourites list and don’t miss your next “green” fashion finds!

  • Sneakers made from coffee?

    We are all familiar with coffee – that magical dark, bitter and rich in caffeine drink, which makes thousands of people go to work in a faster motion every day.

    According to ICO, the International Coffee Organization (we didn’t know about it either until last week), the total coffee exports increased each year since 2010/2011 with a new record reached in 2017/2018, which is 2% higher than in 2016/2017. Stats from ICO also show the world’s biggest coffee drinkers – Finland stays on top of the list with 12 kg of coffee per capita per year. That is a lot of coffee!


    So what do we do with all the coffee, coffee beans and coffee plants, which are already used or are not going to be used at all? The German brand nat-2™ has one of the possible answers to that question: we wear shoes made from recycled coffee.

    The unisex sneakers are 100% vegan. They come in two styles – high-tops and low-tops. The coffee is applied to a layer which carries the natural scent of the aromatic beans. The sneakers look like they are made from genuine leather, but depending on the style, they are covered in up to 50% recycled coffee, coffee beans or coffee plant. The rest is made from rubber, reflective glass details, recycled plastic bottles, water-based glue and anti-bacterial cork for the insole. The patented material is produced in Germany and the sneakers are 100% handmade in Italy.

    Natural, eco-friendly and super stylish: give your feet the energy boost they deserve and dare to care for the environment even with that third cup of ☕ you’re drinking this morning!

  • Green brand of the week: Patagonia

    With a deep understanding of how important it is to become and remain sustainable in the fashion industry today, the outdoor apparel brand Patagonia is making a big effort and is constantly searching for ways to improve its own business practices for the sake of a healthier environment.

    Patagonia has grown from a small company for climbers’ tools to the well-known brand it is nowadays, while alpinism still remains the main focus – they still make clothes for climbing, as well as for other so-called “silent” sports that don’t require a motor (skiing, snowboarding, surfing, paddling and running).


    In 1996, the company went green in its business processes and it’s still revealing its potential in the sustainable fashion field.

    This is how the brand has been dealing with environmental issues for over 30 years:

    – The Earth Tax: Patagonia is famous for giving over 1% of its total revenue (or 10% of the profit) to environmental organisations. They believe this is the minimum the company can do for our planet in return for using its resources.

    – Renewable energy: the company switched to alternative energy sources with near 500 solar panels

    – atural fibers: hemp, organic cotton, Tencellyocell, Yulex

    – Recycled fibers:  plastic bottles and old clothes are recycled in order to produce new fashion garments

    – Green Buildings: Patagonia upgraded its 7 business buildings to improve the efficient use of energy, water, and materials, and also to reduce the impact on human health and the environment for the entire lifecycle of the buildings.

    – Using the company’s voice to advocate for systemic change and to fight for a healthier environment


    – Supporting regenerative practices in ranching and agriculture, which increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services

    – Creating Drive-Less program which provides a monetary incentive for employees who ride a bike/ skateboard, take public transportation or carpool (anything but drive alone) to work.

    – Paper Policy: the company is using a big amount of paper, so it’s trying to use 100% recycled paper or at least paper that contains virgin fibers from non-endangered forests.

    Basically, all Patagonia does is out of love and care for the environment. That’s how the company has become a leader in the green fashion industry – by setting a good example for other fashion companies to follow.