By Carolina Salinas
It has become very common to hear that natural resources are being exploited at an alarming rate. As a result, a wide range of industries have changed their manufacturing process policies, so they can have less of an impact on the environment. The fashion industry is one of many that has acquired creative, innovative processes. And in some cases, even raised awareness to their customers on how being eco-friendly can transcend into their daily wardrobe fashion.
Kotn is an ethical fashion store with two physical locations in Canada. One of these locations is here in Toronto at 754 Queen Street West, and the other is in Vancouver. Kotn offers its customers trendy, minimalist and comfortable designs, for both men and women, made of Egyptian cotton. Despite being a unique fibre that grows only in the Nile Delta, the costs of these clothes are quite affordable to the general public.
One thing that stands out about Kotn is the fact that they support stopping the cycle of child labour and have also funded and constructed their first school in Egypt. Currently, the company has built two schools in Egypt and has contributed to improving the literacy rate of both boys and girls.
Whether you are hunting for the latest designs from an independent designer or are just stepping into the fashion world, the values of the planet and one’s unique and personal style should both be equally considered. INLAND is Canada´s leading pop-up shop that is equally considerate of both.
INLAND was launched in 2014 as a marketplace, where shoppers are able to find fashion labels from Vancouver to Halifax. This premium fashion concept gathers shoppers and retail buyers that are interested in purchasing products ethically made or manufactured in Canada.
INLAND is located at 134 Peter Street in Toronto and you can check out the website or social media to see free forthcoming events.
Hoibo is a Canadian company that is known for creating a symbiotic relationship between shape, structure and process. Among its designs are garments, accessories and bags in different shapes, whose style not only looks out for the comfort of their buyers, but also the overall functionality of the product. All Hoibo items are made by hand in-house, and both their bags and clothing are designed with different purposes or styles in mind, according to the customer’s needs.
One unique characteristic of Hoibo is that they use pure Ontario beeswax among the materials used to create their bags, as well as environmentally friendly, pharmaceutical grade techniques to create quality and durable fibres to make beautiful bags.
Hoibo is located in the Distillery District at No. 15 Trinity Street Toronto.
Do you love jewelry with unique, one of a kind designs? Then you need to check out MADE YOU LOOK! It’s the best destination to find one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry made by local Toronto designers. MADE YOU LOOK offers a wide range of jewelry for different occasions such as weddings, engagement rings, anniversary gifts and much more. Its designs are also known for carrying gemstones and precious metals such as gold and platinum.
The 20 designers at MADE YOU LOOK directly in the store’s large studio and also offer jewelry services such as repairs, alterations, sizing, stone cutting, engraving, and much more. Therefore, this amazing shop not only offers a striking and unique variety of gorgeously handcrafted jewelry, but their work is also made on site by talented and professional artists.
You can visit them at 1338 Queen Street West in Toronto or check out their website.
Logan and Finley is an eco-conscious Canadian store that offers ethically sourced, sustainable clothing and accessories, as well as skin care products. The shop aims to provide simple solutions for living a more sustainable lifestyle. In other words, they aim to create a philosophy of conscience to take care of our environment.
The most important thing for Logan and Finley is quality over quantity. They pride themselves on offering products that are original, effective and unique. Additionally, this shop specializes in stylish, comfortable and versatile clothing for women, made with natural fibres.
If you are interested in checking out Logan and Finely, visit them at 670 Queen St W in Toronto or check them out on Instagram.
As you can see, being green doesn’t only involve having environmentally friendly habits, such as wasting less water or polluting less, but can also imply buying green from companies whose core is the care of our planet.