What if we started by slowing down and not consuming so much stuff, just because it’s there and cheap and available. It’s amazing how that process makes sense financially, it makes sense ethically, it makes sense environmentally.” —Andrew Morgan
I’m beyond excited to share issue No. 14 of my monthly sustainable series, The Cut with you!
As you know, I firmly believe you can love luxury goods while living a sustainable lifestyle.
And as time goes on, it’s my goal to continue to share with you how to live a luxury lifestyle while still caring for our planet. That said, in this article, I’m so happy to share with you a small brand I feel that embodies luxury and sustainable fashion so stay with me a little bit longer.
The more I age, the more I realize that I want to live a life of luxury, one of meaningful luxury. And I personally feel that I can look my best and feel my best while living my best life.
If you want the same, keep reading and discovering beautiful brands with me!
And now, on to the fun part! Seeing who made this month’s list!
Fashion is a large contributor to our landfills and pollution. To help our planet, here are some more great fashion brands you can purchase from and still do good.
Manning Cartell is an Australian-based fashion brand that creates gorgeous, ethically-made clothes and accessories. I love this line on their website, “…the sisters source luxurious fabrics from ethically accredited makers across the globe in an effort to ensure quality, transparency and that their production techniques can exist sustainably and respectfully on the earth.” To me, this is definitely a beautiful and strong mission statement for a sustainable fashion brand.
One look at their line and you’ll fall in love with their modern cuts and sleek styles. I love that they use sustainable fabrics and are also people-focused. Their partnership with I=Change, where $1 from every sale is donated life-changing causes.
In addition to their website, you can shop Manning Cartell on Shopbop and Farfetch.
I’ve wanted an Apple watch ever since they were released years ago. At first, I didn’t see a need for it, but now, considering I started working out and running more these last few years, I realized I really needed one to track my progress. However, I never took the plunge and if I’m being honest, aesthetics are everything to me. The rubber straps Apple watches come with were holding me back and other alternatives out there did not appeal to me nor do they represent my personal style.
Lo and behold, I came across an ethical jewelry brand, Nuclieus, earlier this year through Lydia (who else would it be?). Her blog post about how she stays organized confirmed that I would definitely be waiting to get my Apple watch.
As I’ve grown to appreciate the finer things in life, I knew I had to wait to until someone made the perfect watch strap for someone of my tastes before I even made my Apple watch purchase. And here comes Nuclieus showing up in my life with their STUNNING design! And on top of that? Their diamond straps are ethical! E-T-H-I-C-A-L!
How you ask? The environmentally-friendly diamonds they use are lab-grown, conflict-free, and are physically, chemically, and optically identical to earth-mined diamonds! It’s no wonder I had to include them in this month’s The Cut!
Since I’m a huge beauty lover, I’m super excited to bring you more clean beauty brands I recently found that you can experiment with. Feel free to play with beauty with me!
I discovered Bite recently on Instagram because their plant-based floss caught my eye. And they kept surprising me because when I browsed their website, I learned that they also make a sustainable toothbrush (bristles included — finally!) and tube-free mouthwash and toothpaste (bits). Very innovative I must say!
Now your dental hygiene routine can be plastic-free!
I also came across Plum & Ashby, an England-based brand (y’all know how much I love my UK’ers!) on Instagram this past month. They create bath and body products along with home scents like candles, room sprays, and diffusers.
Their brand is cruelty-free — they never test their products on animals. And did I mention that their branding is also stunning?!
You can shop Plum & Ashby products on their website.
One of the biggest things I’ve started to do is to invest in items and services that are environmentally friendly. Here are my recent finds and don’t you worry, I’ll be sharing more eco-friendly brands pertaining to lifestyle as I find them!
I recently met Brenda, founder of The Good Place LA, on Instagram over the summer. Several weeks ago, she celebrated the launch of her eco-friendly candles and sold out her pop up shops in California. And for good reason!
If you’re looking for sustainable candles (hers are made with soy), look no further. Not only are they planet-friendly, for every candle you purchase, one tree is planted! Brenda has partnered with One Tree Planted so when you buy her candle (or in my case candles), you’re literally doing good for our planet! I love that you get a certificate of where you’ve planted a tree too and that makes my little heart so happy! I have my eye on the muskier scents like Trouvaille and Ubuntu.
You can purchase your favorite scents directly on her website.
To continue to keep you informed and make better choices for our planet, here are some fascinating sources and/or articles I found regarding sustainable living.
HOW ARE LUXURY RETAILERS TAKING ON SUSTAINABILITY?
I had to include this article in this month’s The Cut as it sheds light on the topic of luxury and sustainability. It’s quite informative, especially for those new to the topic of sustainable fashion and living. The Harpers Bazaar UK team did a great job. They touched on consumer behaviors, retailers’ plans, and the direction our industry will eventually head. We’ve still got a long way to go, but again, I firmly believe that you can love luxury and live sustainably.
Have a read and let me know your thoughts!
And that’s it for the seventh issue of The Cut for 2020!
What did you like most from today’s post? Feel free to comment and let me know if there is anything else you’d like to see in this series!
Note: Please note that there’s a website called The Cut that covers a ton of topics for women including fashion and beauty. My blog post series is in no relation to The Cut website as it only focuses on sustainable, more mindful way of living.
RachelSeptember 15, 2020
Love the quote at the top! Parents should teach that to their children! You are so conscientious about our environment and how we treat it and I have always loved that about you! This watch brand is sooooooo elegant and sustainable! Loving the cut!
HuongSeptember 17, 2020
I do think we are heading in that direction, a world where sustainability will be an awareness and be taught in schools (and at home too). Thanks, Rachie! I appreciate your support. I know, right? I loveee the Nuclieus brand and their team! They’re so sweet!
DanielleSeptember 13, 2020
I love my fancy strap for my Apple Watch, it made me love it so much more!
HuongSeptember 17, 2020
That’s great to hear, love! What Apple watch did you get? I think I’m going to get the one that’s solely for health.
RadiSeptember 12, 2020
I love bite beauty. I love their lipsticks the most!
HuongSeptember 14, 2020
I love Bite Beauty too, Radi! However, Bite is a zero-waste brand specializing in dental hygiene products. 🙂
Lisa AutumnSeptember 12, 2020
YESSSS I love these posts x Happy weekend lovely
Lisa | lisaautumn.com
HuongSeptember 14, 2020
Thank you, love! I hope you had a great weekend! x
AngelicaSeptember 11, 2020
So informative thanks for sharing. Im such a lover of Bite Products. Honeycomb is my go to lipstick
HuongSeptember 17, 2020
I like Bite Beauty too, but the brand I mentioned above is different than Bite Beauty. Bite is a zero-waste brand specializing in dental hygiene products. However, thank you for sharing your favorite Bite Beauty lipstick! I will most definitely check it out! 🙂 x