Posts tagged with environment:
A few months ago I came across an incredibly unique company called Novella Royale. I discovered the site through Tristan Prettyman, one of my favorite musical artists and a big fan of Novella Royale’s fashion. The essence of the company is this: they find vintage materials and fabrics, then revamp & redesign them into a fabulous accessory or piece of clothing. Every piece is unique and hand crafted. I’ve been pining after these shorts for months (one of these days I’m going to splurge on them), and consequently have ended up following the company on every possible social media platform (they post awesome stuff).
Here’s the issue: They sell leather.
Here’s the question- What do we think about it?
Here’s why I’m not 100% sure- No one (new) has to die for it.
Because of their dedication to environmental preservation, Novella Royale only uses recycled leather. They find vintage leather jackets, cut them up, and turn them into magically fashionable bags/apparel. While I occasionally purchase faux leather products, I do know that they are not always the most environmentally friendly items (and by hurting the environment, we are of course harming animals & humans); because of this, I try to purchase them only in moderation, unless they are from mind-blowingly eco-friendly vegan companies like OlsenHaus. Still, a girl’s gotta put something on her feet- and on her arm. The only possible issue I can see in wearing recycled leather items is that they promote the idea that leather is fashionable- but is that any different than wearing faux leather? I can’t see a difference.
I’ve been pretty torn about the issue for a while now, and here’s what I’ve concluded: I don’t love the idea of wearing something that was once a living, breathing, feeling animal on my body, but that is mostly out of my own discomfort as opposed to a true ethical objection. Since I’m lucky enough to have a canvas “Fur Free” tote that I take everywhere, I’m pretty set for the moment- but for the rest of you out there who need something to hold your Matt & Nat wallet and Lush lip gloss, I (think I) encourage you to buy from Novella Royale- a company that is truly taking steps to protect our planet and its inhabitants.
I have a feeling there will be some opposing opinions out there, and I’d love to hear them! Let me have it.
Edit: Thanks for the feedback! If your vote is nay, what’s your favorite cruelty-free company/material?
**I thought about posting something new to address Thanksgiving this year, but realized I’d probably write the exact same thing I wrote last year. So, copied & pasted below are my thoughts re: America’s double standard with regards to wildlife, “farm animals”, and dietary choices. Tomorrow you will choose to eat turkey or not to eat turkey, and your choice will make you either part of the solution or part of the problem. Without further ado…:
Remember how upset we were by the images from the BP Oil Spill? Remember how we condemned humanity and our addiction to oil? Remember how while we criticized BP we also admitted our own individual contribution to the tragedy? Remember how we vowed to change?
Can anyone honestly and truly explain to me how the above images are any different than those below?
(dying Turkey lays face down in a factory farm)
(Live Turkeys in transit…some have already died due to inadequate food, warmth, or hydration)
(live Turkeys hung upside down before slaughter, to make the killing process easier for the slaughterhouse employee)
It’s 2010 (editor’s note: now it’s 2011, and we’re STILL doing this s$&#!), and there is no longer any possible defense or excuse for eating a Turkey on Thanksgiving. 45 million have already been killed this year just for this holiday alone. By abstaining from eating animals this Thanksgiving, you can send a clear message to horrific companies like Tyson and Butterball.
You will tell them you won’t accept their standards, you will not fund their cruelty, and you will find a new way.
Giving up your car to stop using oil is hard. Going vegan is easy.
(This post inspired by the brilliance of Andrew Kirschner)