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Ten Celebrities Endorsing Ethical Fashion
23/06/17

The ten household names that you may not have realised dress sustainably!

 

1. Emma Watson

Of course there couldn’t be an article about ethical fashion without mentioning Emma Watson, one of the most notable celebrities using their platform to incite positive change worldwide. Emma runs a website, Feel Good Style, promoting sustainable fashion and beauty brands, and has worked with fair-trade brand People Tree on three collections of organic, fair trade clothing. She signed up to Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge in 2015, vouching that every piece she wears on the red carpet will be sustainable.

Emma Watson in a jumper from Zady, a brand aiming to combat child labour, CO2 emissions and the throwaway nature of fast fashion, and Veja trainers made from recycled plastic and wild rubber.

2. Livia Firth

Film producer and wife of actor Colin Firth, Livia is arguably one of the biggest names in ethical fashion. As the founder and creative director of the brand Eco Age, Livia works with fashion businesses to develop sustainable solutions to the working of their company. Eco Age awards the Green Carpet Challenge Brandmark to brands in recognition of sustainable pieces or collections and encourages celebrities to wear these pieces to high-profile events, thus raising the profile of sustainable fashion within the public eye.

Livia Firth in Sergio Rossi’s shoes and bag, both of which were given the Green Carpet Challenge award.

3. Gwyneth Paltrow

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has quite a history in creating ethical and sustainable fashion, having worked on eco-friendly fashion lines with names such as Ecoalf and designer Stella McCartney. A notable collaboration was her fashion line produced with Amour Vert, consisting of shirts made from organic fabrics and low-impact dyes, where each sale corresponded to one tree being planted in the Tahoe National Forest.

Gwyneth wearing a jumper from a line of sustainable knitwear she created with Chinti and Parker.

4. Will.i.am

Singer and producer Will.i.am has teamed up with Coca Cola to create Ekocycle, a brand aiming to emphasise the importance of recycling to the younger generation by turning old aluminium and plastic waste into clothing, luggage and bicycles. Ekocycle has collaborated with multiple household names to produce sustainable products, including Levis’ Waste-Less jeans, Beats headphones by Dr. Dre, and a range of outerwear with Adidas.

Will.i.am wearing an Ekocycle shirt at the brand’s New York launch.

5. Sir Richard Branson

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin brand, has publicly spoken about the necessity of sustainability initiatives within business. In 2014, he and Vivienne Westwood launched a new range of Virgin Atlantic uniforms for pilots and cabin crew, to put his ethical fashion values into practice within his own company. The uniforms are all made from recycled materials, mostly a recycled polyester from old plastic bottles.

Some of the eco-friendly uniform options for Virgin staff.

6. Anne Hathaway

Although this has not yet spread to her entire wardrobe, actress Anne Hathaway has recently been noted to only wear vegan shoes at public events. She has endorsed ethical shoe company Beyond Skin in multiple photoshoots, personally requesting that her footwear be from this brand, and ensured that during production of 2012 film Les Miserables, her character Fantine was always dressed in animal-free shoes.

Anne wearing cruelty-free stilettos by designer Giuseppe Zanotti at the 2013 Oscars.

7. Natalie Portman

Vegan actress Natalie Portman mirrors her ethical diet in her clothing choices. She publicly wears ethical and sustainable fashion brands on red carpets, including dresses by H&M’s Conscious range and eco-friendly designer Stella McCartney. In a 2015 short film for Miss Dior, Natalie requested that her Dior shoes were re-designed to be leather-free. Most profoundly, her wedding ring is ethical; it is entirely made from recycled platinum and conflict-free diamonds.

A close-up of Natalie Portman’s wedding ring at the 2012 Oscars.

8. Pharrell Williams

Pop singer Pharrell Williams has used his profits to create positive change through becoming the company director of the brand Bionic Yarn. The company tis to reduce plastic pollution in oceans, using recycled coastal and marine plastics in its fabrics, to create functional and aesthetic clothing pieces. Pharrell is also involved with a denim line, RAW for the Oceans, which also uses recovered plastics from oceans and sustainable dyes to create blue denim jeans.

Pharrell dressed in a Bionic Yarn jacket.

9. Christy Turlington Burns

Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns recently worked on Amber Valletta’s series of short films, Threading: Driving Fashion Forward, which aimed to raise awareness of the issues of waste, violations of human rights, toxins and environmental impact within the fashion industry. Her non-profit organisation Every Mother Counts assists women in developing countries, describing the garment industry’s abuse of workers for the purpose of profit as a ‘failure of conscience’.

Christy in a dress by designer Stella McCartney, who uses organic fabrics in her designs and renewable energy in her stores.

10. Bono

U2 singer Bono is the founder of ethical fashion brand Edun Apparel, which he co-owns with his wife Ali Hewson. Their aim was to prove that a for-profit business can still treat its workers well no matter what stage of the production chain they are at. Edun has a strong trading relationship with multiple developing countries in Africa, supports community-based initiatives and is partners with many African artisans and artists to create fashion pieces.

Bono and wife Ali wearing Eden x Louis Vuitton bags for the Louis Vuitton Core Values campaign.

Why Straws Are For Suckers!
30/05/17

RubyMoon has seen a lot of press lately with regards to the detrimental effect of plastic straws pollution- from creating hazards to marine life in our oceans to clogging up landfill sites. Who can forget the facebook post of the turtle, in pain and bleeding, as a nasty straw was removed from its nostril? There is simply no need for plastic straws when biodegrable paper ones and re-usable ones are so readily available. We also heard about a great scheme in Brighton that is ending plastic straw use by innovative pledging across the city.  Or- as Treehugger suggests, by introducing a tax on plastic straws ?

Which option do you think is better to change behaviour?

Twitter link to #StrawsAreForSuckers

 

Proud To Be Featured!
10/05/17

RubyMoon is thrilled to be featured in the online ethical publication Pebblemag.com

Lots of new active wear and swim wear companies coming online with great new products!

 

Come and join RubyMoon at the Open Market Brighton and get your #VeganMoonCake
17/11/16

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The Modest Collection
17/10/16

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Socially conscious active and swimwear brand Ruby Moon releases ‘The Modest Collection’ to celebrate all women, everywhere.
The mission behind RubyMoon is to make high quality, affordable products that are ethical and sustainable and empower women across the globe. Their designs are vibrant and full of life, using bold colour and fluid prints. The designer reflects all these attributes in their Modest Collection. Made up of long sleeve modest tops, leggings, shorts, sports bras, crop tops and surf tops; there is something for everyone in this collection. Each piece has been optimised for wear during both exercise and water-sports, enhancing a unique freedom for the wearer.

During this summer’s news of the burkini ban in France; RubyMoon were supporters of the #wear whatyouwant hashtag that flooded social media and standing proud, displaying banners on the front of Brighton beach. Not only accommodating Islamic fashion, RubyMoon’s Modest Collection celebrates a full spectrum of diversity, providing a choice for each women to ‘wear what they want!’

Made with care, Ruby Moon uses ECONYL – a sustainable material made from recycled fishing nets and other waste materials. Their swimwear has been validated to produce 42% less emissions compared to other high-street swimwear. AND what’s more, 100% net profits are lent out as small loans to empower women entrepreneurs! So far, Ruby Moon have made 170 loans; empowering families, communities, and women in 12 different nations – a change that will last for generations.

The Modest Collection is made up of four ‘exotically spirited’ prints, as well as using four block colours to deliver a punchy and dynamic active and swimwear collection. Ruby Moon has successfully delivered a marvelous product, accessible to each one of us, and helping us to play our part in bringing positive change.

Partner with Healthy Seas
15/10/16

We are delighted to become a partner with Heathy Seas 🐋They recover fishing nets from the sea and regenerate it into high-qualty ECONYL® yarn, which is turned into our Gym to Swim range and every purchase you make we give 1% to Healthy Seas. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 they have recovered and recycled 160 tons of nets from various countries in Europe.

Check out the link for more information:  http://healthyseas.org/partners/
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Going Live! RubyMoon at Islam TV
14/10/16

islam-tvOn Tuesday 4th October I was given an amazing opportunity to visit Islam TV, along with the founder of RubyMoon Swimwear, Jo. Here’s a record of what happened:

As a recent graduate I understand the ups and downs that every graduate goes through when finishing university – and suddenly thinking…well, what’s next? It feels almost like a fight for survival, as you compete against all the other graduates some of whom have got better experience, or even a “better” degree.

cameraI had tried and tried and failed continuously, to get someone to trust in me and believe in me enough just to give me a chance to intern for them. It was frustrating! I knew what I wanted; you dream big, thinking there’s a whole world out there just waiting for you. My degree in film had locked in my passion and desire to create subject matter that would appeal to people- which is why I decided marketing and advertising was the route for me.

Fortunately, I was lucky enough to stumble across an internship offer for RubyMoon, to help promote their swimwear range. I had been rejected so many times I just had learnt to accept that that was what always would happen but on this occasion, within a few days Jo, the founder of RubyMoon invited me down to Brighton to meet her and discuss what sort of things I could do to help promote the brand.

She described to me her brand message and her new collection which featured swimwear that were beautifully shaped and designed, but also the modest burkini collection.

Jo-Anne Godden (Founder of RubyMoon)

Jo-Anne Godden (Founder of RubyMoon)

This immediately drew me in even more, as she explained the ethos of the brand was about empowering women to become entrepreneurs whilst reusing materials that can help reduce pollution in our beautiful, yet contaminated oceans. You could see her excitement for the brand and everything it stood for was evident.

Additionally, she understood me as a young professional, trying to learn as much as I could to kick start a career, which is why she invited me to come along with her for an interview that she was giving on Islam TV for a live show called Living the Life. I had never heard of the channel before but of course I said agreed. It was a fantastic opportunity to see what a TV studio was like as well as how to promote a brand. In my naivety, that was all I thought about.

In the interim, a couple weeks passed and I really started to understand more about the heart of RubyMoon, I understood more of the extent of pollution within our communities and why sustainable fashion was important. Like everyone else, I understand it’s importance but did not comprehend the value of spending your money to make change. As I was learning more the date had finally arrived for our visit to Islam TV, I couldn’t help but feel excitement as I got on the train to Liverpool Street to meet a very nervous Jo. As me, Jo and photographer , Jean-Luc Brouard. entered the studio there was a calm aura in the room, as employees said their evening prayer and prepared for the live show. Initially I felt slightly uncomfortable, I didn’t want them to think I was in the way or a nuisance, when in actual fact they couldn’t have been any more inviting. As crew-members prepared all the guests with their microphones they invited me in to the production room where I studied all the various control panels and individuals duties.

All of a sudden,“10 seconds everybody!” came out of nowhere and I wondered how Jo was feeling as these white lights glared down on her.

Even though it was Jo’s fist ever television interview and to further the anxiety, it being a live show, she couldn’t have explained RubyMoon ethos any better. She made it clear that her brand is vegan friendly; the materials used for each individual item are used with a positive attitude and to help the environment and nature. However, the designs themselves are more than that. The burkini sets, part of the modest range, gives women from different cultures the ability to enjoy the beach or gym just as much as any other woman, helping promote strong women around the world, whilst the brand gives back to these women.

Jo really conveyed the true honesty of the brand, and it was really nice to think I was part of a business who was so transparent. They believe every person should have an opportunity and you could see the interviewers face light up with excitement as they saw the images of the beautiful burkini ranges.

The value of being able to work for a brand that isn’t about profits and making as much profit as possible, but that improves the product for the consumer and for the communities, particularly ones overseas is a real diamond in the rough.

By Hannah McCartney

Ruby Moon proud to be a winner !!!!!

Such a proud and exciting moment for me to win the P.E.A awards last week in the Fashion category, it has been a lot of hard work but I’m so happy that it had paid off !!! Thank you P.E.A for my award 😊

We were announced the winner by the P.E.A event at Brighton i360 tower, they are the  UK’s leading sustainability awards, celebrating the achievements of the individuals and businesses that are making our planet a better place to live. The event was also a great opportunity for guests to network and enjoy the fabulous entertainment whilst dining on mouthwatering vegan food as well as organic Gin from Juniper Green! The host of the evening was TV presenter Oliver Heath and there was a guest appearance by Caroline Lucas, MP Brighton Pavilion.

Check out the link for more information: https://vimeo.com/186409700

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The Wood Wide Web
11/10/16

 

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(c) Jean-Luc-Brouard

I found the new book ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ to be an interesting read – it includes ideas which many would be skeptical of. It describes how trees communicate with each other to warn of threats. So how is it possible for trees to communicate because we do not ‘hear’ them in a conventional sense. When we think about communication we automatically assume that sound and language are the only means of sharing information. However, “The Hidden Life of Trees” soon makes it apparent that there are in fact many other forms of communication including some that trees utilize.

How do trees communicate? Trees have social networks where they can communicate and support one another using their roots. The roots for a brain-like structure and send electrical and chemical signals to each other. They can carry information but frequently, the roots do not reach all the way through the ground and therefore, they use Internet like fungal network to send information further.

So fungi connects to the roots of many individual trees and it acts like a super highway information transmitter, sending information backwards and forwards about the latest news such as drought. However, this is not the only way they can communicate. They can also use their sense of smell and taste! When an insect feeds on the leaf of the tree, the tree can detect the saliva of the insect and then release chemical signals to attract predators that feed on that particular insect.

Trees also use their sense of smell is by sending chemical information (Ethylene) into the air warning their neighbours of an insect attack. The trees therefore produce a toxic chemical that spreads through their leaves, making the leaf taste unpleasant to the insect which causes them to move on. Trees need to care for one another to create the safety that a forest provides.

Mutually beneficial relationship. Plants and fungi are engaged in a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship, this means they depend on each other to be able to develop and survive. Essentially, the fungi not only provide a super highway communication for trees but they also provide an increase in nutrients and water absorption capabilities for trees. This is only possible because the composition of fungi called hyphae ( a network of fine filaments). Fungi are able to reach the nutrients and water that the tree cannot and in return the tree provides the fungi with carbohydrates and sugar from photosynthesis.

Summary. The book shows us that trees do in fact do communicate in their own way. However, it raises more questions to whether trees might even be able to ‘feel’ at a higher level than we can yet prove. Hopefully, some further research
will enlighten us, but for now, we know that trees communicate through a network of roots & fungi almost like the World Wide Web.

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Wohlleben, Peter. Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World. S.l.: Black, 2016. Print.
Fleming, Mic. “Plants Talk to Each Other Using an Internet of Fungus.” BBC Earth. BBC, 11 Nov. 2014. Web. 4 Oct. 2016.

“Relationships between Plants and Fungi.” Intimate Relationships, http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/fungi/relationships.

P.E.A Awards
21/09/16

Delighted that we have been shortlisted as a winner in the fashion category by the P.E.A (People. Environment. Achievement) P.E.A Awards is the UK’s leading sustainability awards, celebrating the achievement of the individual and businesses that are making our planet greener, by taking matters into their own hands and delivering sustainable alternatives to business. The winners will be announced at a glamorous green carpet event on 7th October at Brighton’s brand new i360 tower. http://www.peaawards.compea-sortlist-2016