01.08.19

Sustainable Living Fave Biome Now Does Slow Fashion + Giveaway

Kira Simpson

Proudly partnered with Biome

I love fashion that tells a story.

Whenever someone compliments my outfit I immediately launch into the story behind it. How it was made, who made it, what it’s made from. It’s those very stories that make us feel more connected to the clothes we wear. And in a world where we are becoming increasingly disconnected from our purchases, knowing the stories behind our clothes is more important than ever.

We should be focusing on quality, investing in outfits we love and celebrate the stories and people behind the clothes we wear.

Biome is helping us do exactly that with their new Slow Fashion Department.

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Slow Fashion at its Best

You’ll know Biome best for their huge range of eco-living products but now they stock fashion. Biome’s visual merchandiser Leah Musch (also fashion activist Unmaterial Girl) proposed expansion into sustainable and ethical fashion.

Leah is doing an incredible job of leading the change Slow Fashion Department. She has carefully curated a collection of considered pieces (say that 10x fast!) from brands who truly care about the environment and the people who make them. Every piece tells a story so you know exactly what your clothes are made from and who made them.

“We have a lot of specific values when it comes to the brands we stock. We ensure we know about where the garments are made and what fabrics and dyes are used. We champion local, fair trade and small run brands. All garments are vegan, which means no wools, silks or leathers. We also don’t stock virgin synthetics and only make exceptions for brands such as Dorsu which can’t guarantee 100% natural fibers as their pieces are made from remnant fabric, and Swedish Stockings whose tights often feature recycled or regenerated synthetic yarns.” – Leah Musch

For Brisbane locals, the Paddington store has a collective space featuring a different fashion brand each month so you have the opportunity to try on and buy in person. For everyone else, the brands are all available online.

Furthering the slow and sustainable message, Biome is also hosting clothing swaps every few months so make sure you follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with the next event.

Some brands worth checking out

BeeKeeper Parade –  who create bags and backpacks using textile waste, but the story behind the brand is really inspiring. It started after founder Koky’s Sister tragically passed away from cancer and left him her car in her will. Her final wish was for him to sell the car and fund a business that would inspire change and help support the continued work of BabyTree Projects, a charity they founded together to fight for children’s rights and to bring quality education to the doorsteps of children in rural Cambodia.

Tasi Travels – an Australian made fashion label who create versatile pieces designed for travelers. They’re all about minimalism, practically, and packing less while staying stylish and comfortable. They use Tencel in all their pieces which doesn’t wrinkle and is blissfully breathable making it perfect for warmer climates. My pick as I own and love this shirt is the Voyager Travel Shirt.

ethical slow fashion brands
ethical slow fashion brands

ethical slow fashion brands

ethical slow fashion brands
ethical slow fashion brands

The stories behind the clothes

I am wearing the Cor Mallee Dress in Hinterland which is a beautiful organic cotton poplin and Tencel blend. Cor Clothes is an Australian slow fashion label by Jaz Hunt. Jaz designs pieces inspired her Byron Bay home, her travels, and the natural world. The fabrics are printed using Oeko Tex Standard water-based reactive inks on sustainable materials such as GOTS certified organic cotton, Lenzing Tencel and linen. Cor is all about transparency. Every piece is handmade in by ethical CMT SF Garment Factory, run by two Australian women Siobhan and Fionnuala, and you can even follow the factory on Instagram @sf_garment_factory. Cor is this month’s featured brand at Biome’s fashion popup in their Paddington store and they’re currently 20% off!

My second outfit is by Dorsu and I’m wearing the Slouch Pants and Boatneck Top. Which is one of the most comfortable outfits I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. Dorsu is a Cambodian based label,  co-founded by Kunthear from Takeo Province in Cambodia, and Hanna from Tasmania, who make incredible basics and loungewear. Every piece is made using deadstock (remnant fabric) which they burn-test to ensure it has very little or no synthetic fibers. They focus on creating well-made, timeless pieces you can wear for years. Dorsu is slow fashion at it’s very best. Every piece is made in their factory in Kampot where you can meet the team and get to know the people behind the brand.

ethical slow fashion brands
ethical slow fashion brands

GIVEAWAY

Now for the exciting part! Biome is giving you the chance to win $100 voucher to spend on your own slow fashion piece. Open to worldwide. By entering this giveaway you are agreeing to be subscribed to emails from Biome and The Green Hub.

 

Kira Simpson

Kira Simpson is a sustainability activist, climate optimist and founder, and editor of The Green Hub. Her own sustainable living journey began five years ago when she realised our choices matter. What we eat, where we shop, what we wear, how we live, these choices have the power to shape the kind of world we want to live in. Since launching The Green Hub in 2016 she has grown the blog to become a platform for sustainable fashion and conscious living helping people make lifestyle choices which are kinder to the planet.