Two years of research and development have resulted in the first ever flip-flops made from 100% recycled materials. Working closely with the La Rioja Footwear Technology Centre, Ecoalf have developed a process capable of moulding rubber particles from recycled tires without using any adhesives or harmful chemicals. This means that in contrast to other flip-flops produced from up-cycled materials, the Ecoalf flip-flops are 100% pure recycled rubber.
Order your sustainable flip flops here.
Click below to learn more about the production process.View full article →
This week is Fashion Revolution Week, an annual campaign organised to galvanise action around the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory disaster. We created this hand painted t-shirt installation to celebrate the people who make our Brothers We Stand logo t-shirts. It features one of the women who works in the factory where our t-shirts are cut and sewn.
I made your clothes.
There are over 1000 events happening all over the world next week for FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK.
Brothers We Stand will be at the London Sustainable Fashion Rooms with an installation about the supply chain story of our t-shirts. We would love to see you there and chat with you about what we're up to and our vision for Brothers We Stand.
Dates: Mon 23rd April - Sun 29th April
(Mon 3pm-8pm, Tue-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm)
Location: The Old Truman Brewery, Shop 4 (opposite Rough Trade), Dray Walk, London, E1 6QL
There will be a series of events and discussions happening in the evenings which you can sign up for here.
Brothers We Stand: Who are you? What is your story? How did you get into design?
Loïc Schwaller: I'm 28 years old, I'm French and I live in Amsterdam. My formation is in mathematics, but I've always been interested in graphic design and arts in general. For about a year or so, I've been teaching myself how to screen print. I really loved it from the beginning and started printing loads of t-shirts. Last September I created 'loackme' to sell them so that I would not drown in clothing.
BWS: What inspired the Geometric Grid print?
LS: The initial design of Geometric Grid was realised with tape directly on the screen. I tried to think as little as possible and just let each cell of the grid design itself under my hands. It was really a spur-of-the-moment process inspired by my love for simple geometric shapes.
BWS: Where do you do the designing and screenprinting? What equipment do you use?
LS: The whole process happens in my apartment. I usually use my laptop to create the design, laying on the coach or sitting at my desk. Once I’m satisfied with a design, I transform my bathroom into a dark room to put it on a screen with a homemade exposure unit. For the actual printing, it involves going back and forth between the workshop I’ve set up in the spare bedroom and the bathroom to clean up the screens and the tools. I use a printing press that I’ve made out of wood with my partner.
'The printing involves going back and forth between the workshop I’ve set up in the spare bedroom and the bathroom to clean up the screens and the tools.'
BWS: Why did you choose to use organic cotton and water based inks?
LS: I choose to print in an environment-friendly and organic way because it was important for me. I think that as soon as you manufacture a product, you have a responsibility to do it in a way that does not damage the environment and with respect for all the people involved in the process.
BWS: How would you like your t-shirts to make people feel?
LS: I guess I would like my t-shirts to make people feel like themselves. T-shirts are very personal pieces of clothing and are often used to make unspoken statements. I would be deeply satisfied if people can express who they are through my t-shirts because I definitely put a lot of myself in these designs. And of course, I hope they also feel stylish while doing so!
Going away for the weekend? The Elvis & Kresse Overnight bag is made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose. Pack it full with your wash kit, change of clothes, pair of running trainers, a book, keys, wallet, phone etc.
Shop the bag and read the full product footprint at here.
Photo by Leonie Sinden
“Although we generally have the best intentions to make ethical decisions when shopping, at times it can be a tough task to sift out the truth from all the fair fashion bandwagoning and 'greenwashing'. That's where Brothers We Stand (BWS) comes in. This mens clothing site does the rigourous research for you and creates a footprint tab for each item, detailing the social and environmental impact of its supply chain.” Thanks tbd* for the great write up.