Earth Day, celebrated on 22 April, brings attention to the need to solve climate change, to end plastic pollution and to protect endangered species.  

  • We are already experiencing negative impacts from climate change as a result of global warming, with more severe and unpredictable weather patterns such as floods, storms, cyclones and droughts.  
  • The way we manufacture and consume is not sustainable for our planet with irresponsible and disposable consumption habits destroying our natural resources; littered beaches and landscapes, clogged waterways and overflowing landfills.  The exponential growth of plastic waste making it's way into our natural environment is threatening the planets survival.
  • And nature’s gift to our planet is the millions of species that we share it with, but through our actions we are upsetting the balance of nature and currently experiencing the greatest rate of extinction of many species.

This global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are a direct result of human activity; pollution, deforestation, unsustainable agriculture, unsustainable manufacturing and production. The impacts of our actions are far reaching and if we choose to do nothing then extinction may be our most enduring legacy.

 

So what can we do about it?

 

Socially conscious businesses are proving that you can earn a profit while still being respectful to craftsmanship, people and our planet.  They are the game changers, designing, manufacturing and producing beautiful products that don’t cost the earth.

These sustainable brands are giving back on multiple fronts, operating in a circular economy, minimising waste and making the most of resources, with many also contributing to worthy causes or supporting disadvantaged communities.  

We not only have to embrace these brands but we must make them the example.

Made With Respect recognise how misbalanced our ecosystems are so we have made it our mission to champion brands that do give a damn. These are a few of the inspirational brands we've partnered with and this is why we love them so much!

 

AmaElla made a commitment to only use 100% organic cotton, all their garments are free from toxic chemicals, with organic cotton also better for the environment.
Organic farming uses traditional and new scientific knowledge to grow crops in a way that develops healthy, fertile soil, conserves biodiversity and protects natural resources, minimising the use of non-renewable and off-farm inputs. Additionally, 80% of land under organic cotton is rain-fed meaning that water is more likely to be derived from rainfall rather than surface or ground water irrigation.

 

Virginia Stone products are custom crafted by master artisans, slow-cooked with precision using only premium-grade natural raw superfoods, good enough to eat. Sourcing their raw materials from small-scale family-owned organic farms and co-operatives who support fair trade practise.
Contributing a portion of their sales to environment rejuvenation projects, they operate a sustainable lab including plastic free packaging to minimize waste, water, and energy consumption.  

 

Conscience operate in a guilt free eco-system, designing and producing garments that are made with ethically-sourced fabrics whilst supporting a Zero Waste Programme. 
With fashion being the 3rd most polluting industry in the world, the Zero Waste Programme is an initiative by Conscience to utilize fabrics which are discarded and will not be used. This initiative is to actively minimize wherever they can.

 



The Organic Company has developed a collection of organic products for the home. All products are made of organic cotton and certified with the international organic standard GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard).
Focusing on 2 major areas; environment and social responsibility, all fabrics are free from toxins, heavy metals, and international workers rights are respected. Honesty, transparency, protecting the environment and social responsibility is The Organic Company’s core foundation and the basis of their company values.

 

 

Tentsile was born out of savouring the tree, living within them, walking among them, and learning from them -what they offer, how they help protect us and the world around them.
Tentsile are committed to conserving trees and helping replant deforested regions. For every tent purchased they make a donation to plant three trees with their partners: Arbor Day Foundation, Eden Projects and WeForest. So far Tentsile have supported the planting of around 430,000 trees and saved over 50 hectares of primary growth forests in projects located across Madagascar, Zambia and Oregon.

 




Consumerism is at the heart of this problem; through irresponsible and disposable consumption habits we are driving the market and destroying our natural resources. For change to happen, we as consumers, need to understand the part we play and we must demand more from companies that we transact with.

We don’t need to go to extreme measures, we simply have to make more conscious choices in our everyday life to make a positive impact, we need to realise that small changes ultimately do make a difference. Through taking consistent conscious action we can start to be part of the solution.

“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly.  We need millions of people doing it imperfectly” Anne Marie Bonneau.

We must nuture the planet, we must be respectful of it and learn to live in harmony with it rather than pillage it.

 


Photo by Adam Zvanovec, Unsplash

 

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