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10 eco-responsible trendy bags that we will keep for life!

We just love bags. There you have it.

A bag is more than an accessory, it holds a part of our “life”.  We adapt it to our style and mood of the day. Today at VEPSI, we have decided to share with you 10 essential bags, all eco-friendly, that you can shop right now on our shop.

1. Rattan bags
(for a Jane Birkin look)

 

 

It’s a must-have. Yes, even the purists-minimalist will agree that a rattan bag is really one of those pieces you need to have in your wardrobe. The Merapi rattan bag can be worn daily, it brings a little vintage touch to your outfit and goes well with casual looks while being feminine and chic.

We love wearing it on our Sunday trips.

 

 

 

2. Shoulder bags
(for the evenings)

Convenient and glamorous

This 100% vegan bag adds a glamorous touch to your evening outfit. Small, it is very handy for evenings. The dance floor is all yours with this little bag that will complete your look.  Pick this Monarch golden bag for more extravagance! Whether you are vegan or not, love, at first sight, is guaranteed.

 

 

 

Convenient and ethnic chic

Do you prefer ethnic and exotic bags to anything that shines? Don’t worry, we have what you need on VEPSI. In an eco-responsible version of course. This mini yellow shoulder bag… A bag made in a small atelier in Marrakech.

3.  Boho crochet bags
(for boho girls)

 

 

Ethnic cool and a little boho – the crochet bags made in Colombia shade the rest of the outfit, which is good news: no need to worry about your look, this bag takes care of everything! A real alternative to not-so-eco-responsible brands, we love Mo’chillin bags. These bags are modern, graphic and original, they will be the highlight of your outfit. 

Impact guaranteed!

 

 

4. The backpacks
(for convenience and comfort)

Do you remember your old backpacks?  How practical it was to carry everything you needed?  To sustainable backpacks for all tastes, we say yes. At VEPSI, we found some backpack gems. 

 

 

Elegant and Parisian chic

A backpack as chic as a handbag is possible. Embrace backpacks are made by hand #MadeInFrance and are available in 3 colours.

 

 

 

   

City working girl

The “Lou” backpack: in addition to its perfect leather quality, it is ideal and resistant for everyday use.

 

 

 

The Sycamore, eco-friendly and vegan, is made of 100% recycled materials. Practical and lightweight for everyday use.

And of course, to satisfy everyone, you can choose the Miley backpack, vegan, the perfect combination of style and comfort.

 

 

5. The luxury handbag
(for the eco-princesses)

Luxury made in France and eco-responsible, a real alternative to Celine and Chloé bags, thanks to their exceptional design, quality materials (leather, wood, piñatex), and a wide colors range available.
(above the LOV Camel bag and below the Woody and Woody Charcoal bags)  

6. The diaper bag
(for parents who kick ass)

 

As a parent, you have the right to be supplied with a handy and stylish bag in any circumstance.

The perfect baby diaper bag for all parents looking for environmentally friendly products: the “Darcy” baby diaper bag. It has all the qualities: it is made from recycled and zero waste products, by a company that promotes upcycling and gender equality.

And yes dads, this message is also for you!

 

7.  The handbag
(for the working girl)

 

 

 

 

We love it especially for its classic, functional and timeless design. Ideal for the chic working girl, in the Aricia Black bag you can put everything in it even your laptop and above all it is vegan!

 

8. The clutch
(for a light weight night out)

 

 

The must-have accessory for evenings and celebrations to go out in a lightweight atmosphere: the clutch. VEPSI offers you a varied choice of clutch bags made from silk scraps. There is a variety for all tastes.

Sustainable and graphic!

9. The bucket bag
(for the trendy girls)

 

 

 

No need to go to Lancel to get a beautiful bucket bag. It can be worn both on the shoulder and cross-side, this bag brings joy to your outfit. The Kari is a 100% vegan bag made from apple skin leather, a true innovation! 

 

10.  The “belt” bag
(for lovers of the “cool look”)

 

 

 

This JORID hip bag is available on VEPSI in several equally beautiful colours. It’s an original and eye-catching piece that everyone will envy! A vegan bag made of apple skin leather. 

Trendy and environmentally friendly, everything we love! The alternatives exist and VEPSI helps you find them.

 

 

 

 

 



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13 sustainable sunnies brands

It’s summer – and suddenly many of us realize that we still need to buy that perfect pair of sunnies. We have good news for all those looking to buy a sustainable pair: the choice of ethical sunglasses is actually pretty impressive!  Even if sunnies are a “must have” in your accessories, we shouldn’t forget that they are also a way of protecting your eyes.  VEPSI found for you 13 brands offering stylish, safe and sustainable sunnies! Let’s talk about SUN baby!


1. monkeyglasses® 

The monkeyglasses® are made from biodegradable raw materials such as cotton acetate, which consists of more than 95% cotton flowers and wood pulp. With their Nordic style, monkeyglasses® apply their “look good while doing good” philosophy.
The brand is very focused on the zero waste objective: the waste generated by the production of eyewear frames is transformed into accessories. The glasses cases are also specially manufactured for monkeyglass® eyewear from recycled paper.

2. Monokel Eyewear

Monokel Eyewear is a sustainable unisex sunglasses brand based in Stockholm, Sweden. The main material of their frames is a top quality herbal acetate, and all black frames are made of recycled acetate. Each frame is handcrafted with great attention to detail through a process that takes more than three months. Monokel Eyewear’s philosophy is a blend of simplicity and functionality, curiosity and creativity. The elegance of minimalism!

 

 

3. Covry

Because it’s hard to find a pair of frames that fit comfortably to your face without sliding down your nose, Covry has created Elevated Fit®. All the glasses are designed in New York, the brand’s source of inspiration. Pops of color mixed with a more classic style define the Covry look.
Specialized craftsmen work meticulously to create exceptional handmade glasses. All frames are made with cellulose acetate of vegetable origin. This natural material gives each frame a particular pattern, guaranteeing its uniqueness. Each pair has its own vegan leather case. A brand we discovered thanks to our #VEPSIambassador @chloe.kian <3

 

 

4. GOBI

GOBI is a sunglasses brand based in Amsterdam and inspired by the mystery of the desert, a fascination for travel. Every year, GOBI launches a new unisex collection that combines a modern and timeless look. The frames are designed in the spirit of constant renewal of shape, finish and colour.
GOBI uses cellulose acetate as the main material for sunglasses; a hypoallergenic polymer derived from wood pulp and natural cotton fibres. It is an environmentally friendly product. To obtain the highest quality acetate, the raw material is produced, dried and manufactured by hand. The higher the quality of the acetate, the better the shine and transparency of the frames.

 

5. Sea2See

Sea2See manually separates and selects the different types of plastic waste to be recycled for reuse as a raw material. Their recycled raw material, Cradle to Cradle Certified – Gold, is sent to Italy to manufacture 100% of their lenses. All their glasses are 100% made in Italy, meeting the quality requirements of all optical markets. The brand also collaborated with actor and activist Javier Bardem and his wife Penelope Cruz. 

 

 

6. PEEP

PEEP offers pairs of vintage glasses: each unique piece is lovingly restored to its former glory and the sunglasses are equipped with new 100% UVA/UVB lenses.
Customize your glasses with their tailored service – you can choose your own shade color or write a prescription. The frames are supplied with a new case and cleaning cloth made from recycled PET plastic bottles. Sustainability is at the heart of the brand: PEEP offers a re-glazing and renovation service. The brand is working with the charity Trees for Cities to plant a tree for every pair of glasses sold.  Our #VEPSIambassador @ethicalunicorn supports this brand!

 

 

7. IN’BÔ

In’Bô is a workshop dedicated to the design and manufacture of innovative products made of wood and natural materials. Founded by 5 friends who are passionate about wood, adventure and outdoor sports. Located in the heart of the Vosges, the brand studies, designs and manufactures its products there. At In’Bô, you will only see raw materials from local suppliers and craftsmen who are passionate about their work. The brand uses local wood species processed in the region and collects the bamboos themselves in Anduze. For street sports enthusiasts, In’Bô also manufactures wooden skateboards and longboards and bamboo bicycles. 

8. MOU 

MADE IN FRANCE ! MOU is a reflection of the values and traditions of the Basque region in which the company is based. The brand’s aim is to offer the best quality glasses, from the sunglasses range to the optical range, guaranteeing the comfort of a lighter and trendier frame. MOU wants to transmit an ecological and environmentally friendly way of life with its handcrafted wooden glasses with the greatest care. In an eco-responsible way, they work with several materials such as solid wood. MOU is committed to Reforest’Action to protect degraded forest ecosystems. A pair of glasses purchased = A tree planted.

9. LUNETIST

With the trend of vintage that is exploding, LUNETIST offers a selection of glasses from the 1930s to the 1980s. Celia, the founder, travels through the flea markets to find unique and precious pieces that have been forgotten by time. All the frames chosen are of excellent quality due to the noble materials (wood, gold plated, gold laminated) and the origin of the frames, manufactured in France or Europe.
All glasses are dismantled and polished for 2 hours. Screws, sleeves and inserts are changed. Sun lenses are new organic lenses made in France by Novac. The brand gives particular importance to transparency: knowing the materials, the origin, the traceability of your pair is essential. 

 

10. Neubau

Neubau is an independent eyewear brand with a distinctly urban style offering a wide choice of optical frames and sunglasses. All frames are designed, developed and manufactured in Austria.
The frames are made of polymer from naturalPX, an environmentally friendly material made from organic and renewable raw materials, 65% of which is extracted from the seeds of ricin plants.
The conscious use of resources and Austrian regional production are at the heart of the brand’s efforts. From their frames to packaging, printing and in-store equipment, the brand is committed to the environment and also supports non-profit projects that revitalize nature in urban areas.
A killer style for men and women!

11. Sticks & Sparrow

Sticks & Sparrow is an Australian brand that smells like sunshine and is committed to using sustainable materials that not only minimize waste but also provide new applications for nature’s underutilized renewable resources. Glasses that have a strong connection with nature.
In order to bring out their natural beauty and raw appearance, the frames are handcrafted from sustainable materials treated with stains and varnishes. They are also equipped with 100% UV-resistant, scratch-resistant and UV-resistant lenses to protect against the elements, then packed in individual microfibre pouches and protective pressed cork cases. At VEPSI we like it too much!

12. Waiting For The Sun

Waiting For The Sun is a company built on the friendship of Antoine and Julien and their optical development expert Sébastien.  The brand offers affordable wooden sunglasses with a focus on innovation and materials.
In this constant search for new materials Waiting For The Sun has designed new sunglasses, developed and patented in bois2. bois2 is a new generation bioplastic, 100% biodegradable, 100% recyclable. It has the same mechanical properties as a traditional acetate and is completely free of oil or other carcinogens.

13. Pala Eyewear

We discovered Pala eywear thanks to our #VEPSIambassador Nina Botzen. The brand offers a beautiful selection of sustainable sunglasses: Hipster, sporty, elegant… there is something for everyone! Most glasses are made from recycled acetate – made from cotton and upcycled wood fibers – and don’t contain any plastic. Each pair comes with a pouch made from recycled plastics and manufactured by an NGO in Ghana. And there is more: For every pair of glasses sold, they donate a part to their social partners, especially in Ghana, and their packaging is 100% recycled and certified “FSC MIX”.


Innovative textiles, the future of sustainable fashion

To celebrate World Environment Day, we prepared a list with items you can use every day, from wallets to shorts to jackets… except that these ordinary items  are really unique. Why? Because all all composed of 100% eco-friendly and highly innovative textiles. (Ever thought about wearing clothes made of mushrooms?) One thing is sure:  those who thought that sustainable fashion was only about organic cotton will be surprised.

1. Taikka piñatex handbag

Let’s start this wishlist with a black textured handbag from Taikka, a brand specialized in bags and scarves. This bag looks like it’s made from classic leather but in reality, it was made… in piñatex (pineapple remains), the purpose here being durability.

2. Zvnder mushroom wallet

After much research and a scholarship for young researchers from the Elsa Neuman Foundation obtained in 2015, Zvnder was born in 2017 with the idea of creating accessories in an innovative material that is 100% organic and natural. For this, Nina Faber has made her accessories with… mushrooms. Thanks to its softness to the touch, its insulating, antiseptic and absorbent properties, Zvnder gives its wallets, pouches and caps a marbled appearance that will allow you to fully connect with nature and the adventurer inside you.

3. Ecovative MycoFlex™

If you still want proof of mushrooms’ great powers, you’re going to be served.
New Yorker company Ecovative use mycelium (translation: a component of the root of fungi), through biological processes, to develop new high-performance and durable materials for many sectors of activity including fashion, cosmetics, the medical industry and many others.
Ecovative has partners of choice such as Ikea, Dell but also Stella McCartney and Nike (composition of the foam in shoes).
Who said mushroom mousse is only good for eating?

4. EarthColors natural dyeing agents

Patagonia has been well known for several years to surfers and mountaineers for their dedicated clothing but the brand itself says it has a mission, unfortunately, less known, which is to save the planet from extinction. Extensive program. They are trying to use environmentally friendly fabrics to achieve this.
The collaboration between Patagonia and Archroma has produced EarthColors, Archroma’s new patented method for creating colors made of natural dyes.

5. Salmon skin leather

Royal Blush has gradually established itself as one of the green fashion references and has seduced the world with its simple and refined style. Ask big stars like Jessica Alba and Amber Sakai (to name but a few) who wear Royal Blush accessories quite regularly. The brand uses calf leather, organic cotton, and alpaca in a way that respects the animal and the environment, but also – and this will surprise you again (although, you are used to it now) – leather made of salmon skin remains.

6. Eucalyptus fiber 

If you like sewing or knitting, or if it rains all weekend and you have run out of Netflix’s catalog, Wool and the gang is just the thing for you. The online shop offers several types of yarns including eucalyptus fiber, which is environmentally friendly, biodegradable and suitable for vegans.
Let’s celebrate.

7. Soy yarn

In the same category as the yarns, we have the soy fiber, it is new and environmentally friendly, it combines the shine of silk and the softness, warmth of cashmere while giving the contact with the skin a feeling equivalent to linen or cotton. It’s a mixture of the best, unmissable.

8. Bamboo yarn 

To finish with the different yarns, bamboo yarn is not to be neglected with its antibacterial and anti-smell properties.

9. InterWoven, plant-based fabric

Diana Scherer is an artist living in Amsterdam but was born in Germany. She collaborated with biologists and ecologists to create a material similar to textiles. To achieve this feat, templates were used as molds and the plant roots were channeled to conform to the patterns. It may seem difficult to imagine, but the artist’s website is full of absolutely magnificent photographs and her work has not failed to attract admirers.

10. Seaweed sneakers

Innovations also in the field of sneakers with the Ultra 3 which is a shoe with a lightweight and breathable design ideal for land AND made from seaweed. Seaweed replaces synthetic and petrochemical materials sometimes used in other shoes. This shoe with its rubber sole will give you flexibility and grip.

11. 100% organic fossil material

Tierra developed the world’s first jacket made entirely of 100% organic fossil material and has logically been overtaken by rewards as well as appearing in the media radar. This jacket has therefore aroused great interest from the public.

12. Suzanne Lee biocouture

Outstanding designer Suzanne Lee offers a radical vision of the fashion of the future; she has become convinced that living organisms can create a whole new “species” of clothing. This is what she calls “biocouture”. It consists of “growing” its tissues using living microorganisms. The process she developed is based on kombucha, an acidic drink prepared by incorporating a mixture of bacteria and yeasts into sweet tea. By feeding on sugar, bacteria produce a membrane that grows and grows over time. After two to three weeks, we obtain a leather, called microbial cellulose, which must be dried, molded, cut and sewn. This is how Suzanne Lee’s organic pieces come to life. Really fascinating!


Swimwear trend 2019

– ethical and sustainable fashion is coming to the beaches ! –

The sun, the heat, the fine sand, can you see yourself there? We can! What we also see are many, many pretty sustainable swimsuits. Because we all have different bodies and styles, VEPSI has selected for you a wide selection of sustainable swimwear and beach accessories for men and women. It’s up to you to choose your essentials to “slay” – be on top – this summer. And that’s not all: Since each of these ethical brands stands for values and a very concrete commitment, you will not only buy a swimsuit but also a great story!

1. BAIIA

Baiia is a sustainable swimsuit brand founded in Australia. The brand uses recycled nylon made in Italy from industrial waste such as fishing nets, carpets, plastic bottles and textiles that would otherwise pollute our planet and oceans. It is certified Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex, the world leader in fabric testing for the regulation of harmful substances.

Our favorite is the Mossman Wrap swimsuit that flatters your shapes and adapts to your morphology for a perfect fit. And it’s also reversible and limited edition, so hurry up and see if there’s any left!

2. Kudo Surf

Kudo Surf is first and foremost a passion for the ocean, a brand founded by surfers for surfers, and the leading manufacturer of environmentally friendly clothing and surfing equipment in the Philippines.

All Kudo Surf clothing, including their new range of boardshorts, coveralls and bikinis, are made from materials such as organic cotton, regenerated yarn Econyl™ and recycled plastic bottles.

Surf the beautiful waves of Siargao Island with your Isabela Frida Bikini in “ocean blue” colour; unfortunately for the moment only available in the Philippines, all the more reason to have a quick trip there! In addition, Kudo Surf offers training and mentoring to surfers wishing to raise their level to participate in competitions around the world.

3. Elle Evans

More blue with this reversible bikini from Elle Evans: wear it, cherish it, repair it, recycle it!

Sustainability being at the heart of the company and its approach, there is no mass production: each swimsuit is made to order in their ethical workspace in Melbourne.

The parts are made of regenerated Vita ECONYL® nylon from 100% waste from the oceans and landfills. The brand even offers a repair and reuse program. What do you think of that?

4. Coco Frio

La dolce vita with Coco Frio and the two pieces Maori Top Fleurs de Laurier: gorgeous!

Coco Frio is a brand that offers very nice swimsuits, each one equally beautiful (the choice was much too difficult)!

The brand manufactures its swimwear in Italy in a family workshop also with Econyl, the famous fibre regenerated from plastic materials and fishing nets in order to preserve the oceans. Since 2013, hundreds of volunteer divers have collected 453 tons of fishing nets, the equivalent of 3 blue whales! Its production is 80% less impacting than that of traditional nylon, produced by oil.

5. Akina

Since its comeback in 2017, the red swimsuit is one of the must-have of the summer, but if it’s sustainable it’s even better: for you the Poppy bikini from Akina!

From production, to fabrics, to packaging, Akina wants to be a sustainable company in every aspect. Akina means spring flower, symbol of a new life, a reincarnation of waste in all their fabrics, thus contributing to reducing the environmental impact while embodying the kindness and individuality of the women who wear them.

The pieces are sewn in the studios in Cape Town, South Africa.

6. Stay Wild Swim

A bit of poetry with the brand Stay Wild Swim and its fabulous swimsuit: The Lunar One Piece.
This swimsuit was handmade in London and made of ECONYL® fabric.

Stay Wild Swim is THE swimsuit brand that will allow you to forget your complexes and make you love who you are: unique and beautiful. And don’t forget that the great secret of happiness is to feel good about yourself.

Currently, in addition to Econyl, the brand is working on a circular production system so that used Stay Wild Swim swimsuits can one day be taken back and recycled into beautiful new pieces.

7. Vendredi Swimwear

We also think about men: the Vendredi Swimwear brand promises a fruity summer with its Juteux swimsuit: an essential #neverwithoutmyvendredi.

Vendredi swimsuits are made in Portugal in a small family workshop located in Guimaraes near Porto! It smells already like a holiday!

At VEPSI we’ve been following Vendredi Swimwear from the beginning and we love it – they make us have a good laugh on social media!

8. Philomén

Coming straight from Budapest, Hungary, the brand PHILOMÉN offers handmade pieces by local sewers and only works with suppliers who guarantee an ethical production without waste.

PHILOMÉN means – in ancient Greek – to be loved. A message dear to the brand: love nature and explore the world for a sustainable future. PHILOMÉN’s creations are inspired by vintage silhouettes combined with modern and minimalist simplicity and a touch of European elegance.

9. Clo Stories

Clo Stories is a brand based in Barcelona, one of our new favourites. A brand that offers responsible and sustainable consumption with reversible swimwear, which can be MIXED and MATCHED together as you wish.

In addition to their recycled packaging and fabrics made from recycled materials, polyamide is also used in their swimwear to achieve total sustainability.

For a modern pin-up look, we recommend this Gabrielle bikini that breathes freshness.

10. Dedicated

Dedicated is the positive alternative of the fashion industry: sustainable fabrics, decent working conditions and strict certifications. Although the brand offers a range of streetwear for men and women, we have selected for you men this Swim Shorts Beach Palms which gives us a desire to quickly settle under the sunlights of the tropics. It is made from 11 recycled plastic bottles!

11. September

September is a brand of sustainable swimwear that emphasizes simplicity, shape and function. Sleek silhouettes, solid colours and sustainable materials for optimal performance and comfort.

The brand was created by Erika Seiko Togashi, a passionate surfer with over fifteen years of experience for brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, J. Crew and Deus Ex Machina.

Swimsuits designed in New York and tested in Bali, such as the Honolua Top Ivory, made from recycled nylon, are more sustainable than regular swimsuits.

12. Boochen Studio

Formerly Boo Surfwear, Boochen Studio offers a swimsuit worthy of a masterpiece, the combination of colors and patterns, makes us think of a painting (don’t you think?).

Boochen Studio has partnered with Ecofil®, a brand that actively contributes to the well-being of our oceans. For their bikinis, they also chose ECONYL® and Lycra® Extra Life fibres, which make their swimwear more resistant to salt water, sunscreen, chlorine and UV light.

The best for the end: the Boochen Studio brand will be sold on our marketplace.

13. Ozeano

Want to dive into the Dominican Republic’s depths (yes?) and especially respect the ocean, (YES!) put on your OZEANO swimsuit and go! This beautiful coloured swimsuit reminds us a lot of the Caribbean Islands, mixing hibiscus flower, frangipani…

Ozeano is a brand created in 2015, it manufactures its swimwear with recycled bottles, with a mix of details, contemporary designs and Caribbean flair, Ozeano wants to share its love for surfing, the ocean and travel.

14. Poly

Poly is a brand based in South Africa, which promotes body positivism, a social movement for the acceptance and appreciation of all types of bodies, Poly wants every woman to accept herself as she is. But that’s not all, for the design of its reversible swimwear, Poly uses sustainable materials and produces in an ethical way.

For you, we have selected the reversible Racey swimsuit, to mix and match with the pieces of your choice. The “bra” style top features a perfectly adjustable crossover back for comfort and a more active style mixed with the leopard print for a touch of fun.

The brand Poly will also be available on our marketplace, stay tuned!

15. Reset Priority

Reset Priority is a beachwear brand that creates exclusive and contemporary pieces. Always elegant and full of character, each piece is ready to reinforce the confidence of the woman who wears it with carefully selected materials that respect the environment and sustainability.

The pieces are manufactured with OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified fabrics, responsibly in Spain in Barcelona with end-to-end control from design to production and distribution.

We look forward to showing off our patterned Bawe Bikini tan.

16. Picture Organic Clothing

Picture is the French brand created by 3 friends: Julien, Jérémy and Vincent. 100% of the products are made of recycled, organic or sourced organic materials.

Picture is a very transparent brand, certified by the GOTS and Organic Content Standard labels, all their technical products are made of at least 50% recycled polyester from plastic bottles, their products do not contain PFC (chemical substances).

The ANDY 17 BOARDSHORT is THE swimming shorts you need for your intense surfing sessions, you need 20 plastic bottles to make a boardshort! It is equipped with the Fast Dry 4D allowing freedom of movement and in addition, there is a pocket to carry your keys.

Shall we jump into the water?

And since swimsuits are not enough, VEPSI has added to its list some sustainable accessories that are essential for a beach break.

Starting with beach towels…

A towel is essential to enjoy a swim or sand with comfort and softness. Here are 3 brands of ethical or sustainable towels:

  1. Nomadix produces towels made from recycled plastic bottles for yoga, beach, camping and travel, in beautiful colours and with sustainable production.
  2. Fair Supply And Co produces lightweight, fast-drying, absorbent and soft Turkish towels that are made from sustainable Turkish organic cotton.
  3. Evolve Travel Good produces towels made from Ecolite™ for a light, compact, antibacterial and completely sand-resistant look.

To keep your feet from getting hot, there’s nothing better than flip-flops..

To wander around, to stay at home, to walk along the beach, by the pool… When the sun comes up, flip flops pop up. Here are 3 brands to dress your feet:

  1. Amazonas produces ecological sandals with several types of soles, inspired by the shapes and colours of the Amazon.
  2. Hippobloo produces flip flops made of vegetable latex and rubber sap, trendy, comfortable and robust.
  3. Komodo produces vegan shoes that are handcrafted in a sustainable way using the highest quality organic cotton uppers, recycled EVA soles, recycled natural rubber and natural rubber soles from sustainable sources.

Don’t forget to use sunscreen!

Sunscreen is very important if you don’t want to get very painful sunburn. Of course, we advise you to choose a sunscreen that protects our beautiful planet. Here are 2 brands to protect your beautiful skin:

  1. Avène offers a 50+ thermal water, with very high sun protection for sensitive face and body skin. The Laboratoires dermatologiques Avène are associated with PUR PROJET (to learn more about this program we invite you to visit this site) around a socio-environmental program that participates in the regeneration of corals in Indonesia.
  2. Nuxe offers a SPF 50 sunscreen kit + after-sun kit + kit for this summer. Essential organic ingredients, Coconut and Orange Blossom fragrance, to moisturize the skin and prolong and sublimate the tan.

There you go! Now all you have to do is plan your holiday. At VEPSI we already have our heads elsewhere… “Vamos a la playa oh oh oh”…


10 sustainable pieces for a stylish & confortable workout

Being dressed in fitness wear is not always easy. We quickly feel vulnerable and have no wish to expose your “flaws” to others…ending up deciding to rather exercicse alone at home – or not excersising any at all. To prevent this from happening, VEPSI is here for you: we selected 10 fitness items that will make you feel confortable and beautiful. Not to mention that they are of course all from sustainable fitness brands.

1. The Mandala Yoga bra

We start this list with what women need most when exercising: the perfect sports-bra!

We selected this beautiful bra made100% from “Bio-Based polyester”  made from renewable raw materials from a castor oil factory. Good support during efforts and great support for the planet, as it’s production is almost water-free and environmentally friendly. The material is certified OEKO-TEX® STD 100, which is a global standardized testing and certification system for all raw, semi-finished and finished textile products at all processing stages and for all ancillary materials.

Zoom on the brand: Mandala Yoga Wear was the first brand to introduce the eco-responsible yoga trend to Germany – more than 15 years ago.  Without surprise, Nathalie, the founder, is now considered a pioneer in the sustainable fitness fashion industry. From the very beginning, sustainability and eco-materials have been the cornerstones of her yoga line

2. The Pure By Luce legging

You love sports…and arts? Then you will love this legging from the sustainable activewear brand Pure by Luce. The Belgian brand works with artists to create prints that stand out from the crowd – this legging for example was created together with the Marrocain artist Hasna Lahmini. The leggings are super comfortable – yes to high waist leggings!

The textiles used are either made from recycled polyester or polyamide and the cotton is organic. In order to reduce their ecological footprint as much as possible, Pure by Luce only works with suppliers from Western Europe and is subject to European legislation. The founders provide also a very, very detailed report on its eco-responsible activities and efforts on their website. Hats off!

3. The Prana legging

We all need more than one legging – as one will be certainly in the washmashine one day. 🙂 We like this simple sustainable legging from Prana clothing. Describing this brand is like describing a journey to sustainability:

Let’s start with the diversity of the components used to make Prana clothing, then move on to the organic cotton and hemp fields, and then on to the beaches where plastic bottles are harvested. Finally, let us end this journey with the craftsmen behind these clothes who work in well-being with safe working conditions. Did you enjoy this trip? We did too!

4. The Engel Sports T-shirt

So, what’s next? A Sustainble fitness shirt of course, because we all these basics. Why not go for something simple but efficient like  a shirt from the “Engel Sportsbrand? Promise, this T-shirt is like a second skin, made of organic wool and silk – hello, sunprotection! –  and as all their sportswear, it’s of course GOTS certified.

What we really about the brand?  All  dyes are free of heavy metals and harmful AZO dyes. For the colouring of their wool textiles, the brand only uses so called  ‘reactive dyes’, 100% natural.

5. The Yoga Design Lab mat

What is missing in this fitness wishlist? The yoga mat of course!

This yoga mat by Yoga Design Lab is eco-friendly and biodegradable thanks to its 100% natural tree rubber composition. The colours of the carpet are derived from water-based ink – that’s cool, isn’t it? And Yoga Design Lab is committed to donating a dollar for every purchase made to support urban youth yoga programs.

The combination of cutting-edge design elements with innovative functionality and bio-renewable awareness is what distinguishes  Yoga Design Lab’s approach. From their insulated stainless steel water bottles, to their yoga mats made of biodegradable natural rubber, to the water-based inks used in their printed designs… if you were looking for a truly sustainable yoga brand, here you go.

6. The Magadi ensemble

Some of us also really like things that go together. No worries, we got youw ith this beautiful fitness ensemble composed of a legging and a bra from German brand MAGADI. This ensemble will brighten up your yoga session. The MAGADI collections are produced exclusively in selected manufacturing plants in Germany, in accordance with the principle of local economy. Their aim for short transport distances and hence lower CO2 emissions and all fabrics are made of recycled polyester (PES). This synthetic fibre comes from secondary waste such as plastic bottles and old clothing. The raw material is recycled and then spun into fibres. By using recycled raw materials, as well as purely ecological materials, in production, Magadi reduces its dependence on oil.

The cool detail about MAGADI? Fabrics are printed by a digital printing company using the most modern technology in Germany. Unlike conventional screen printing, the printing process uses practically no water and less dye!

7. The Ambiletics legging

Not a big athlete? With this legging, you will want to get started!  With hand-drawn tropical motifs, the Ambiletics leggings is for those who like fun fitness wear and are tired of the standard designs of most fitness brands…and it’s for those proud to wear a legging made from recycled plastic bottles!

8. The HejHej-Mats mat

Oh, we found another cool sustainable yoga mat! It’s from HejHej-Mats a brand that makes all its mats from…waste! It takes 1 kg of waste to create a mat. Impressive, isn’t it? The logos and bracelets are made from biodegradable organic cotton and printed on a water-based basis.

What we also like? the company employs a large number of people with disabilities and 1€ from each carpet goes to the EarthChild Project social initiative.

9. The Urban Goddess Yogawear leggings

Are you pregnant or just looking for a really, really comfortable yoga brand? Don’t look any further. We discovered Urban Goddess via Instagram, thanks to one of a member of our #VEPSIambassador. The Shaktified legging is super comfortable, ultra soft and the fold over belt makes it very suitable for pregnant yogis, as it offers support to the belly. The brand even thinks about little details as making sure no label itches or distracts you – this is why they don’t use any! All collections are entirely organic and GOTS certified too. Sustainable comfort, here you go!

10. The Hey Honey leggings

Finally, we absolutely love every legging and bra from this German fitness and yoga brand. Whether you like to stand out of the crowd or rather go for minimalist fitness brands, you’ll find your future favorite piece there.  The sisters behind this brand have one goal: Create sustainable fitness wear that fits all body types.  You are into sustainable brands but also vegan? Go for it – the brand produces fairly in Europe AND is Vegan Certified by PETA.


The warming wishlist! [Coats]

To keep you warm this winter and defy the heaviest storms, VEPSI has put together a very special coat wishlist: they are waterproof, they are vegan, they are very warm and very soft! #WinterIsGettingHot

 

1. Hoodlamb sepia parka

Let’s start the wishlist with the brand Hoodlamb with this beautiful waterproof parka with removable hood. Designed with hemp, one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics: it does not require any agricultural chemicals and its production reduces CO2 in the atmosphere. A little anecdote: hemp clothing from 8000 BC has been found. Impressive, isn’t it?

 

 

 

 

2. Magnethik  vegan Daddy coat

A long coat, tailored sleeves, a chic cross cut, to wear curved or oversized… It is a must this winter! The Daddy mouse grey coat is designed without wool or other animal material with innovative eco-responsible materials and all labelled! Made with 100% polyester on the outside and organic cotton for the lining, it is therefore approved #Vegan.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Noyoco Flen coat

Clean colour, straight cut, impossible to miss this coat made of 100% organic wool from Portugal! The brand NOYOCO is very committed to fighting pollution – fashion being the second most polluting industry. On their website you can find an article detailing their commitments to responsible fashion. Take a look at it!

 

 

 

 

 

4. EKYOG Safia coat

A little more fantasy? This checkered coat will suit you… Made from 100% wool without fertilizer or pesticides. EKYOG is a fashion brand that respects Nature and People. Combining sense and pleasure, and fashion and ethics embellishes products and those who wear them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. KOMODO Manchu Coat

Can’t choose between blue and grey? What if you had both? The Manchu Coat is reversible! You can only adopt it in your wardrobe! The Komodo brand trades fairly with factories in Nepal, China, Indonesia and Turkey. The brand has supported numerous environmental and social projects in London and in the countries where they produce. From housing the homeless to building schools in the Himalayan highlands.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Everlance trench coat

The trench coat, a timeless piece that has been around for over 100 years.  But why not wear this 100% cotton trench coat? Everlane is totally transparent when it comes to the price of its clothes: material cost, manufacturing cost, transport, etc… Not bad, is it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Thought waterproof red coat

Tired of the grayness? Add colour during rainy weather: this red coat is made for you. It is made of 100% organic cotton with a waterproof coating. Enough to protect you from all storms!
From the fabrics they use, to how they design and make and deliver their garments. The brand thinks about every impact its business has. And it’s with the greater aim of minimizing the environmental footprint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Theo + George wrap coat 

Another classic but a little more original.  This textured wool fabric coat is a blend of black and white yarns. The heavy weight of the fabric will keep you warm throughout the winter. Yes yes yes! Theo + George works with small factories to guarantee the quality and working conditions of its employees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Look Hunter faux-fur coat

Look Hunter is a Ukrainian creative studio specializing in faux fur. The brand is “vegan” and its coats are custom-made on request. The faux fur coat, a trend that lasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Embassy of Bricks and Logs chiba parka

We close this wishlist with the Chiba Parka for a more streetwear look. The products are designed in Germany and manufactured in Vietnam. The Embassy of Bricks and Logs brand ensures high ethical standards for employee working conditions. It does not use animal materials and integrates recycled materials into their manufacturing process.

 


Shop ethical fashion for under 100€

Ethical manufacturing means fair wages and high-quality materials; therefore, sustainable fashion brands offer fairly high price ranges. And yes, the idea is to consume better and less. Because, although we want to change the way we consume, many of us pay close attention to our shopping expenses, VEPSI offers you a selection of great sustainable and stylish items for under 100€. It’s good for your wallet and the planet! #ACTLIKEAHERO

 

1. Bibico Clothing 100% mohair scarf 

We start this wishlist with this essential accessory to face winter. We fell in love with this 100% mohair scarf handmade in Nepal by Bibico Clothing, a brand that favors manufacturing with natural materials. A little mustard to spice up your winter.

Fair Isle Mohair Snood 66.73 €

 

 

 

2. Naadam cashmere sweater

As its name suggests, The Essential Cashmere Sweater is a must in your wardrobe. It is handy, soft and available in a variety of colors. All items are 100% cashmere from Mongolia. The Naadam brand wants to democratize cashmere. The company is committed to paying 50% more for their nomad herders, investing in breeding and vaccination programmes for healthier goats by developing sustainable grazing practices.

The Essential Cashmere Sweater 65.06 €

 

 

 

 

 

3. Lefrik recycled plastic backpack

No, not everything that is recycled is ugly or outdated. You can like us fall for this #vegan backpack made from recycled plastic bottles. Practical for every day, to go to work, to go out… But also in rainy weather: this bag is waterproof, do not hesitate any more!

Handy Backpack 49.90 €

 

 

 

 

 

4. 337brand basics

With the 337brand brand, minimalism is the order of the day. The Circularity T-Shirt and Sage Sweatpants are made of recycled cotton and polyester. That’s not all! The brand advocates “Less is more” and circular fashion. With 337brand for each order placed on their site, a $1 donation is generated to plant a tree.

Circularity T-Shirt 68.60 €
Sage Sweatpants 77.40 €

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Monkee Genes eco jeans

Essential in your daily life, these straight legs slim fit jeans are G.O.T.S. (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified and are part of the Eco Wash collection produced with up to 80% less water wasted in the washing process. Monkee Genes Organic jeans are created in Indonesia in a factory with which the brand has been working for more than 10 years with respect for human working conditions.

Libby Straight Leg Slim Fit Organic Jeans in Dark Wash 68.06 €

 

 

 

 

6. The Lovely Things vegan croco bag

No, you are not dreaming, this vegan Croco effect bag is only for 45,37€! The Lovely Things brand is very committed to the animal cause and therefore donates a percentage of its profits to various animal rescue organizations. All products are without animal materials, so no leather, no fur, no silk, no wool, it’s that simple.

Contrast Texture Shoulder Bag 45.37 €

 

 

 

 

7. Alice + Whittles rain boots

Be hip with rain boots? It’s possible! We would love to stay warm in these handmade boots made from 100% natural rubber from FSC certified farms controlled by the Fair Rubber Association.

Classic Black + White Ankle Boot 84.43 €

 

 

 

 

 

8. D’Iyanu African prints pleated skirt

A little CHICer for the 8th choice of this wishlist featuring this maxi pleated satin skirt with bright African patterns.  The brand name “D’Iyanu” means “Wonderful” in Nigerian language. You’ll feel wonderful in this skirt!

Fara chic women’s African print satin maxi pleated skirt 45.37 €

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Little by Little gold and silver ring

Beautify your hands by doing a good deed? This is made possible with the Little by Little jewelry brand.
With each item sold, the brand provides the necessary funds to pay for three days of food to treat a child suffering from acute malnutrition and bring him back to health.

Seville Crown Ring, Gold and Silver 85.04 €

 

 

 

 

10. Ararose linen shirt

This 100% linen shirt is a timeless and versatile piece that fits perfectly into your wardrobe. Ararose is a company located in Bangladesh that takes care of employees. The brand offers quality products rather than products that follow constantly evolving trends. Classic designs produced on a small scale reduces the intense pressure on workers.

Lilian Linen Shirt 56.69 €

 


10 vegan brands for a top stylish and cruelty-free look

It’s no longer a secret: we all want to know how the products we buy were made, and more and more of us want to adopt a vegan lifestyle, without sacrificing the fashionista inside us. However, it’s not always easy to find stylish and vegan clothes and accessories, is it? Yep, you see us coming: here is our first special vegan brands shopping list … and this is only the beginning! #teasing

 

1. Ulsto eyeglass case

We start this vegan shopping list with a Ulsto eyeglass case. In addition to having a beautiful beige color, it is durable, flexible, water-repellent and suitable for almost any glasses. Deutsch Qualitat.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Rafa USA sock boots

The brand RAFA USA offers durable, vegan and timeless luxury shoes that fit completely to your feet. The shoes are made by a group of 20 artisans from Los Angeles; the brand is committed to using local craftsmanship.  We had a crush on these trendy sock boots!

 

 

 

 

3. The Magnethik wool-free coat

It’s winter, it’s cold and raining. Add a little warmth to all this greyness and stand out with this coat from the Parisian brand Magnethik. A chic cross cut coat, to wear curved or oversized. Designed without wool or any other animal materials with innovative eco-responsible materials, all labeled.
Parisian chic!

 

 

 

 

 

4. Etiko Fairtrade white sneakers

There’s no escaping the holy white sneaker! The Australian brand Etiko Fairtrade offers a pair in a limited edition in a totally natural way, from the sole to the fabric and the hand-sewn organic cotton laces. A pair with a sporty look and more.

 

 

 

 

 

5. By Blanch black studded “babies” 

We’re getting serious with these black studded babies from the French brand By Blanch. In faux vegan suede, what attracts the eye is the golden ankle buckle and the nails on the heels that give character to the pumps and make them absolutely unique. Trendy and vegan!

 

 

 

 

6. Jw Pei bag

Do you need an ethical, durable bag designed to store all your personal belongings without having to struggle to close it as it would overflow all over the place? Jw Pei Fiona Bag checks all the boxes and you won’t be able to do without it. The bags are made from recycled plastic bottles. In addition, with each purchase, 10% is donated to animal shelters around the world to improve their living conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

7. Bourgeois Boheme oxford shoes

The brand Bourgeois Boheme delivers a pair of oxfords in its own image. Brilliant as the vegan leather that makes up the pair and unique because you will not find this specific design anywhere else. The polyurethane lining will allow your feet to breathe and not sweat. Wear them with roll-up pants for a simple and effective preppy style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. 2am by Anjali and Meha sling bag 

Anjali Damani and Meha Negandhi launched 2am by Anjali and Meha in 2014. This innovative and colorful brand manufactures handmade leather goods and vegan travel accessories with always a small twist, whether it is an added pattern on the front of the wallet, color bands on the straps of the bags, marine patterns or printed bikes that emphasize the brand’s bohemian style.

 

 

 

 

9. Beyond Skin silver derbies

A true asset of the real fashionista who knows what she is doing and assumes her sharp taste for fashion, these silver vegan derbies from the English brand Beyond Skin will revive all your outfits. The brand promotes “no leather” with the hashtag #genuinelynotleather and offers shoe models for all tastes: boots, heels, sandals!

 

 

 

 

10. The Lovely Things UK bags

The British brand The Lovely Things offers us here minimalist bags that are totally timeless. Available in a wide range of colors, these fake leather handbags and detachable straps will keep you out of fashion slips because they go with everything and will keep your wallet safe during this holiday season thanks to their very low price. A great deal.

 


10 stylish ethical brands that will make you love winter

That’s it, winter is truly here and the latest news, it intends to settle down for a little while… but don’t panic, we have made for you a shopping list of 10 ethical brands that will help you spend a stylish and warm winter!

1. The Acey sweater

Ideal for preparing for the upcoming drop of temperatures, this flecked sweater has the qualities of cashmere and merino wool, i. e. durable, soft and warm. The brand’s packaging is eco-friendly and the materials are natural.

 

 

 

 

2. The José jacket

With its 600g. of handmade alpaca honeycomb mesh, this jacket has hypoallergenic and thermal properties that trap the body’s heat in cold weather. José is a brand that aims to remunerate its Bolivian craftsmen at the fair price while producing a high quality mesh without intermediaries at an affordable price.

 

 

 

 

3. Ita-Ito’s delicate scarf

The scarf is an essential part of winter. Here the brand offers a thick scarf to keep her neck warm. The scarves are knitted by Peruvian mothers with an ancestral know-how. The purchase of products helps to create additional workshops for them and make their art known to the world. In addition, the brand is fighting to improve the working conditions of women in Peru.

 

 

 

4. The Grueneunschuld cap

Grueneunschuld, which means “the innocent green”, is a small brand of Erdinger knitwear that manufactures its hats and headbands by hand. Grueneunschuld finances, plans and distributes its projects entirely.

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Fitbuddha coat

This long oversized coat will accompany you all winter long. Created by a former journalist from former Yugoslavia, Fitbuddha is committed to integrity and fairness. Indeed, clothes are handmade by refugees and women in need with the will to produce clothes and accessories that respect animals and the planet.

 

 

 

 

6.The Animana scarf

Animana creates timeless basics, and for good reason, as the brand does not believe in fast fashion and over-consumption, it offers handmade and tailor-made items. It takes 30 hours for the product to be knitted and entirely made with Alpaca wool from Patagonia. It is not just any wool since it is B Corp certified, a standard that ensures that Alpaca comes from suppliers who are both respectful and responsible.

 

 

 

 

7.The Nice And Pure sweater

Why don’t you switch to turtlenecks? This is what the Danish brand Nice and Pure offers. Striped or plain, there is something for everyone. A brand that claims loud and clear that it does not compromise on quality and sustainable principles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.The Thought Clothing coat 

If there is one pattern that is coming back in force and that could be one of the winter favourites, it is the Prince of Wales. You will have read it here first. Thought Clothing offers natural, organic and recycled clothing with the aim of preserving the planet. That’s a big yes.

 

 

 

 

 

9.The La Mécanique du Pull sweater

No, stripes are not just for sailors. Not only can it be worn in all seasons, but it also goes through the ages without getting a wrinkle! La Mécanique du Pull manufactures in limited quantities with the following message: “consume less but better”. Amen.

 

 

 

 

10.The Maison Muriel Paris gloves

Finally, this wishlist could not have been without gloves. This pair of unisex Norwegian deer leather gloves will never leave you until you make a second hand of it, the leather adapting perfectly to the contours of your hands after a few wears.

 


Notre Shopping List Spéciale ‘Créateurs Éthiques Ulule’

Nous avons déniché pour vous 10 créateurs éthiques sur la plateforme de crowdfunding Ulule. Enjoy !

Les chaussettes de la marque Cabaïa

Des chaussettes très mignonnes pour affronter le froid. Ces chaussettes sont fabriquées en partenariat avec la SPA. La marque Cabaïa verse 10 euros à la SPA pour 1 pack de 3 chaussettes achetées. Alors n’attendez pas, réchauffez vos pieds !

 

 

 

 

Les pulls super cosy de la marque La mécanique du pull

Venez vous lover dans ces pulls tricotés pour vous en édition limitée avec des fils de haute qualité. Les pulls sont fabriqués au Maroc, à Casablanca, dans une usine familiale spécialisée dans la maille depuis 1976. Parfait pour cet hiver ! On dit oui et re-oui à la slow fashion !

 

 

 

 

Les sweats ‘feel good’ de la marque Kaipih

Mettre en luière le savoir-faire de la broderie française dans une démarche éthique et plus responsable c’est l’objectif de Pauline la fondatrice de Kaipih. La marque propose des sweats, tshirts et pochette en coton bio avec des broderies colorés pour ajouter du fun dans votre vie !

 

 

Les posters super fun de Marie Battini du studio 31 mars

On nous dit de manger cinq fruits et légumes par jour. Et pourquoi pas en décorer plein les murs de notre intérieur avec des posters signés 31 mars derrière qui se cache Marie Battini !

 

 

 

 

 

Les sacs à dos de la marque ADEENKRA

Ces jolis sac à dos colorés 100 % conçus à la main aux couleurs de l’Afrique vous accompagneront à toutes les occasions. Les couleurs sont parfaites pour combattre la grisaille de l’hiver et la marque ADEENKRA est un projet solidaire qui soutient l’éducation en Côte d’Ivoire.

 

 

 

 

Les baskets déparaillées de la marque CAVAL 

Fini l’uniformité ! Bonjour l’orginalité ! La marque CAVAL porpose des baskets déparaillées. Et oui ! Si vous recherchez “le truc en plus” à votre paire de baskets blanches, pièce classique de votre garde-robe, c’est ici que cela se passe.  Les chaussures HORS PAIRES fabriquées au Portugal !

 

 

 

 

Le linge de maison 100% éco-responsable de la marque Verdade

Des parures de lit, des coussins, des tabliers, des torchons, des sets de table, tous faits à la main, à prix juste avec un design intemporel. Vous allez adorer passer du temps dans vos nouveaux draps en lin Verdade. Made in Europe, bien sûr !

 

 

 

 

Les montres en bois de la marque Eliebois

Éliebois propose des montres entièrement personnalisables, du bracelet au cadran, au choix du bois. Vous y trouverez votre compte dans la simplicité et l’élégance. Cet artisan maitrise le bois à la perfection !

 

 

 

 

 

La lingerie de la marque Les Nénés Paris

Des collections capsules de lingerie responsable, délicate et à prix juste. Couleurs chaudes, tulle et dentelle, les dessous Les Nénés Paris sont parfaits pour toutes les envies: en transparence en soirée ou sous un gros pull pour chiller à la maison. Douceur et confort garantis !

 

 

 

 

Les chemises imprimées Wonda Kammer

Inspiré de l’art digital, Wonda Kammer ce sont des chemises colorées et décalées, qui respirent les vacances et la joie de vivre. Une marque éthique qui pousse à agir en consommant mieux: coton bio, emballages biodégradables. Produite au Ghana, la marque s’engage pour créer de l’emploi pour les femmes en Afrique de l’ouest. On ne peut qu’aimer !

 

 


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