4 Sustainable and Professional Fashions You Need In Your Wardrobe

There may have been a time where appearing professional meant putting a lot of effort into looking and dressing sharp. On the opposite end of that style were so-called “hippies”, stereotyped as looking unclean or unconcerned with their appearance, instead focusing on non-material and altruistic pursuits. Nowadays, more people are concerned with the environment than ever before, and a new group has emerged: Sustainable Entrepreneurs. There is a lot of passion and a lot of money driving projects that improve the environment and leave a better world. With this comes new fashion needs, to look professional and presentable without filling landfills with fast-fashion and wearing the products of exploitative labour.

Stylish sustainable entrepreneurs rejoice! Here are some exciting new fabrics and companies to with innovative ways of helping our environment. These pieces are a great conversation starter that show your clean and professional side, and your dedication to sustainability too!

Pineapple Leather

Yes, pineapple leather. Until now, the only alternative to the wasteful and cruel leather industry was petrol-based polyurethane. Now we have Piñatex, a pineapple leather from Ananas-Anam , which is a sustainable and natural product made from the leaves of pineapples, which would otherwise be thrown away. The fabric is being used by different designers for everything from sneakers, to purses, smartphone cases, and everything else leather is currently being used for.

Pineapple Leather Laptop Case from Ananas Anam
Pineapple Leather Lunchbag from Ananas Anam

Casette-Tape Neckties

Sonic Fabrics is a small business from New England which makes a unique product for music lovers: beautiful neckties made from recycled cassette tapes. Their ties are made in the USA and show that recycling can be creative and a lot of fun. Have an idea of what you would make out of this super cool fabric? They also sell swatches so you can make a sonic item of your very own.

Sonic Fabrics Neckties Made From Recycled Cassette Tapes

 

Hemp Fabric

Hemp really is a wonder-crop. It grows easily, is cost-effective, and produces a tough and durable fabric . It has a tough feel, perfect for imitating things like wool, denim, and linen. Many producers, like Washington/Vancouver-based Rawganique  are experimenting with hemp clothing, creating polished styles that no longer look like they belong at Burning Man.

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Recycled fur & leather

Love the look of real fur and leather, but don’t like the wastefulness of the animal product industry? Montreal’s Harricana  is saving animal lives and human wardrobes with their repurposed pelts. Fur itself is a very durable material, that can last for over a century. In addition to selling beautiful recycled designs, they have a buy-back, tailoring and fur exchange program to make sure no pieces go to waste. Harricana products can already be found in major stores like The Bay and Simons, and is expanding fast.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Next For Sustainable Fashion?

From small businesses like those we showed here, to bigger retailers like Zara,  H&M  and Adidas  experimenting in recycled fabrics, we can say for certain that he future of fashion is sustainability . We still have a lot of work to do, but there is a proven interest in these green, cruelty free, and fair-wage clothing. We are glad to see so many retailers joining in, and making creative products with business professionals like us in mind.

 

Model Lily Cole – Paying with a “Thank you”

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Actress and model Lily Cole launches all-new BlackBerry Q10, at Selfridges on London’s Oxford Street. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 26, 2013.  Photo credit: Matt Crossick/PA

Nowadays it is almost impossible to think about a person or organization that works expecting only a “thank you” as payment. This concept, however, exists and it is not some sort of scam or slavery. On the contrary, impossible.com is a global community that aims to help each other out by sharing people’s time, skills, and objects; with the simple objective of boosting people’s profile by encouraging kind actions and work, using only the “thanks currency” in exchange.

The mind behind this innovative concept is Lily Cole, the English model, actress, and entrepreneur who has been also image of Vogue in several occasions. This idea came partly from Cole’s University of Cambridge thesis “Impossible utopias”. In her History of Art thesis, Cole meditates about momentary utopias in everyday reality, contributing to the possibility of making such utopias a reality; a concept somehow similar to the original term of utopia, first coined by the political philosopher Thomas Moore in his 1516 political fiction work of the same name.

In further analysis, Lily Cole wondered about the possibility of a website or platform where people could do things for one another without money being necessary as currency. In words of Lily Cole for Vogue “it just felt like quite a simple, obvious idea”, impossible.com was taking form in Cole’s mind.

The concept of impossible.com is simple and clearly reflected in its manifesto: having in mind there are only two things you can spend in this world, money and time; we all should be wondering what we are doing with these things, spending them or turning them into something impossible. Impossible.com is a group of people sharing knowledge, skills, and some time without expecting money in exchange.

Although Cole admits her model and actress profile has helped her idea to take off, the objective is that impossible.com can continue on its own. In the future people will realize that being helpful and selfless can bring enormous satisfaction as reward. Lily Cole is also demonstrating that the times we are living now need new business and economic models. Sustainable, equitable, and responsible business models also look for people well-being for nothing or little in exchange. Step by step social-engaged entrepreneurs like Lily Cole are making utopias coming true.

Hope you enjoyed the read!

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How I Knew I Was Ready to Become an Entrepreneur

 

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A friend of mine, who is an avid reader of my blog, asked me if I could write a post on when and how I knew was ready to start a business. Thinking back, I remember it started at the age of 19 when I was in college studying business. To keep afloat, I worked small part-time jobs in restaurants, bars and small offices. While I was enrolled in business classes I learnt that starting a business wasn’t as hard as it everyone said it was. I also realized that I would much prefer to work for myself than the employers who I had currently worked for. With that in mind, I made my first step into the world of entrepreneurship but before I took that important step I ran down these 6 points:

  • Was ready to start crafting my passion?:

When we start our careers we usually start in low entry jobs. These jobs generally entail tasks that are repetitive or soon become repetitive. It came to the point where I wasn’t pshcially capable of doing work I didn’t want to do anymore. I knew that by becoming my own boss and by stepping into the world of entrepreneurship I would be able to experience and practice a much broader line of skills. Entrepreneurship allows you to focus on the activities and passions you care most about or are most interested in. You can do this by finding ways to incorporate them into your business or forming your business around this concept.

  • I never received anything from the companies I worked for that was as valuable as the time I invested:

Building someone else’s dream is what we call a job, or even a career. If you have a job, it needs to bring something into your life. As for me, completing projects that brought an already wealthy person more money wasn’t filling in my achievement meter. I found the companies I worked for generally lacked a sense of community, meaningful goals and proper values. If you’re going to work for a company find one that you can admire and if you can’t find a non-materialistic value in them don’t work for them. Start your own projects, make a difference in the world and don’t submit to a greedy CEO. I decided that my time was best invested when it was towards my own dreams and passions.

  • I desired to live my life to its fullest and was ready to create the time to do so:

When you’re employed you will always have schedules, mannerisms and goals to follow. You’ll have deadlines to follow, a boss to follow, a contract to follow – you’ll be following something constantly. To me, becoming an entrepreneur was my entry way to following my own schedule and creating my own rules. I know, many people who put up with unjustified behavior and treatment at their jobs because they enjoy the comforts of their stability within their jobs. Something they don’t realize is that their quality of life has declined for all the wrong reasons and reasons that are not worth it.

Maintaining a free schedule that allows you to stay disciplined is important. Being able to freely decide on what they are doing, when they are doing it, how they’re doing it and who you are dealing with is what I define as true freedom.

  • I wanted to do make decisions and felt entitled to my opinion and beliefs:

I am a free soul who bases everything I do off of my vision, morals and values. Within a job, often times employers make you operate on their terms. They force you to see from their perspectives with the bribery of money which will eventually corrupt the soul. You have to always remember that you can be your own leader and develop your own methods of business even if they are not as prosperous as other solutions. For example, I am completely against non-environmentally friendly production so I do my best to find dealers who are socially and environmentally friendly.

When you give yourself the freedom to navigate your operations the way you desire – you’ll notice immediately the inspiration that will fill your mind with good.

  • I had the will power to minimize my life in the mission to maximize it.

Almost every self-made business owner knows the struggle of starting their own business with no support other than our own two hands. We have less money, time, social life and romance all for the sake of our start-up. Building a business from the ground up is like having a new born baby – you invest everything into its growth. You have to give up the expensive life style that included your fancy meals – unless it’s for potential business, reduce the amount of times you go out, limit your unnecessary shopping, etc. This sounds depressing but it’s actually so empowering. I’ve become a minimalistic through these strict practices and I do not not feel as if anything in my life is missing. I believe it is because I am working towards something that I believe is far greater than materialistic things.

  • I felt uncomfortable staying in something I didn’t believe in:

This point is my finishing point – it is also the most important. This doesn’t just apply to work or business – it applies to everything in life. As individuals, we have so much power and groups we have even more. When you are in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable or feels wrong you must take action. For me, I simply didn’t agree with  my past employmers which is why I took a step in my own direction. You should do the same.

I hope you enjoyed this read and please share your experiences and thoughts in the comment board!

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Great & Affordable Christmas Gift For Your Business Clients

It’s that time of year! Each year fellow entrepreneurs such as ourselves spread the christmas spirt by  showing our clients how much we appreciate them for their business. When choosing your method of appreciation we all know which is the most effective. So, before sending out your solo christmas card take a look at this gift you or your assistant can put together alone. This gift can cost anywhere between $5-$25 depending on what you put in it.

 

Step 1: Purchase a stylish cup, bowl or mini basket

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2. Place your biggest items inside the container

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3. Stuff the bottom with wrapping paper (any colour you wish)

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It should then look like this:

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4. Place smaller items you have on top of the wrapping and be sure they are displayed nicely.

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5. Purchase a smaller items that are a bit more fancy and decorative than the other smaller items.

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And place them on top of everything else for display. Your finished bowl should look presentable.

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6. Purchase some see through wrapping paper and place you bowl in the centre of a measured piece.

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7. Purchase some transparent wire and cut a small piece off. Also cut your measured piece of transparent paper. 

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8. Pull the wrapping together as if holding a garbage bag and tie the top together with transparent wire.

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9. Purchase a nice ribbon that goes with your wrapper paper. In my case I’ve chosen white. Then cut your ribbon at a very generous length. 

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10. Tie a the ribbon into a little bow.

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11. Purchase some Christmas gift tags

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Don’t forget to write who the gift is from

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12. Take a second look. This is how your wonderful and affordable gift should look like. 

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Thank you reading. I hope this gift idea helps our entrepreneurs looking to give their clients, associates and employees a little something for all the positivity they brought to your business. Wishing you all happy holidays! Share with us any other ideas you have done in the past for affordable business gifts!

 

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9 Vintage Black and White Business Photos

Black and white identified as a symbolic trait of our history. I’ve always gathered inspiration through B&W photos because they arouse our curiosity or interest. Here are a nine (9) of my most favored black and white photos that I’ve came across during different moments of browsing and they all relate to businesses, inventors and owners:

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5 of The Oldest Businesses On The Planet

The oldest businesses in the world are certainly businesses we should take after and learn from. The power of persistence and keen, educated business minds are very powerful tools that are essiential for business success. If you think a 100 year old business is fascinating just imagine a business that is over 1000 years old like the ones in our list. Here are 5 of The Oldest Businesses On The Planet:

  • Kongo Gumi – 578 AD

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Kongo Gumi is a construction company over 1400 years old. They apparently survived for so long because of their busines flexiablity. They were remarkably capable of swiftly going with the current era’s devastations.

  • Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan -705 AD

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Is a hot spring hotel located in Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. It is one of the oldest operating businesses in the world and the oldest hotel. It’s been a family run business for 52 generations.

  • Sean’s Bar -900 AD

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Located in Athlone, Ireland. It is considered to be the oldest pub in Europe. It was originally known as “Luain’s Inn”.

  • Stiftskeller St. Peter – 803 AD

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Located in Salzbury, Austria sits Stiftskeller St. Peter which is considered to be  the oldest inn  within Central Europe. It is also cited to be one of the oldest restaurants in Europe.

 

Château de Goulaine – 1000 AD

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In the Loire Valley located near Nantes, France sits a former castle called Château de Goulaine. The castle was home to the family of the marquis de Goulaine for over a thousand years. Now, it is the estate-bottled wine produced at chateau.

Do you have any other businesses to add to our list? If so leave them in the comments with their locations!
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Barbie’s “Ironic” Advertisment

As many have seen, Barbie came out with a new video advertisment that is creating quite the converse. Here is why:

  1. The called the video a “Feminist Barbie Advert”:

How can video have the adjective “feminist”  when in the video advert they’re clearly using woman inequality to justify buying a barbie. The advertisement doesn’t focus on any real social issues relating to woman inequality and if the marketing team behind the ad actually respected the concept of “Feminism” they probably wouldn’t have created this ad.

  2. Why do girls need barbies to imagine what she can become in her future?

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As you can see in the imagine it says “with barbies girls can imagine themselves as anything” . So, unfortunatly for women only we need barbies to picture ourselves in the future or anything else in life. They’re discreetly creating consumerism and perception that women are going to be great woman if they continue to consume barbies..

   3.They’re targeting young girls to help them develop consumerism behavior:

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Back in the 90s image was prime for women. The most popular women were those who fit the current beauty standards.  Now in 2015, career orienated women and successful women are considered more attractive than ever so ofcourse barbie will try to relate their product to these women when in reality there is no connection. Barbie has destroyed the self-esteem of little girls for generations with they’re disgusting advertisements and their creations or the unrealtic image of the perfect “model material” girls. Check out these older and even recent Barbie commericals and wonder where they got their new “feminist” idea from:

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In advertisement, always stay true to your brand. When you’re brand fails society don’t pretend it does society some justice. As for me, I am a social entrepreneur and it saddens me to see that companies like Barbie are manipulating people who do not fully understand what consumerism is. Instead of buying your kids products like these just take them to the park or take a few hours out of your day to help them build a magnificent hobby.

Please share your thoughts on this topic! Thanks for reading!

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