Z E R O W A S T E L U X U R Y L I V I N G
How do we define luxury? Is it about the overuse of materials? Abundance? Bling? Or is it about superior craftsmanship and quality?
As a company of artisan glass blowers, we can confidently say that craftspeople really cherish the materials they use. Each piece is shaped with care and little waste. And investing in well made items is more likely to play a significant role in fighting climate change and limiting our impact on our struggling planet.
We've put together our top four examples of designers and materials that are changing the way we think about functional luxury whilst doing our part to save the planet.
B A G S O F C H A R A C T E R
Elvis & Kresse are makers of beautifully crafted leather goods whose entire business philosophy has evolved from a starting point of reclamation. They rescue and reuse of materials, with a view to tackling the global waste crisis.
“We didn't want to make something average, we wanted to make something exceptional. Although I love waste and fire-hoses, the only way to make sure other people do is to embed them with love, care, value, attention, skill and craftsmanship and all those things. And that really is the domain of luxury.”
Elvis & Kresse save London's decommissioned fire-hoses from landfill and use them to create stunning lifestyle accessories. Their highly skilled traditional team of craftspeople transform seemingly useless waste material into bags, bench seats, rugs and foot stools.
T H E B E A U T Y O F G L A S S
Some might call us bias for including glass, but as a replacement for plastic bottles and cups, handcrafted glass is a sustainable and fully recyclable material. Simply using a glass jug and tumblers for serving water contributes to saving precious natural resources and mitigating climate change.
KLIMCHI's glass artisans do all they can to use their furnices as economically as possible when blowing pieces. With our family factory based deep in the mountains of Bohemia, it's in our best interests to take care of the incredible lush scenery that surounds us.
A N E W K I N D O F F A S H I O N
Pioneering a move towards sustainable fashion, we fell in love with Farrah Floyd, a Brussels based womenswear label who designs every collection using a zero waste patern system. The designer uses only certified, sustainable materials, combining quality fabrics with emotional design to create pieces designed to be cherished by the wearer.
"The focus of Farrah Floyd is systematic zero-waste pattern drafting. The idea around this system is that every pattern piece is a rectangle of different dimensions, all fitting together in a grid like fashion across the entire width of the fabric so that no waste is leftover. When the pieces are put together, fitted and manipulated on the female figure, Farrah Floyds products form a unique, interesting silhouette – an item of clothing like you’ve never seen before."
B O L D W I T H B A M B O O
Not only does bamboo have that sleek yet homely wood-like persona, but it's also one of the most sustainable, renewable, eco-friendly materials available. Still not convinced? Here's a few reasons why bamboo has a big role to play in fighting climate change.
Bamboo can grow 1 metre a day, or 3.8cm an hour. Bamboo forests can provide more oxygen than an equal area of hardwood forest. It has a natural resistance to microbes, bacteria and fungi, meaning it does not require any pesticides and can lend its antibacterial properties to fabrics and beauty products. And it's stronger than steel! And we love its rich colour and rustic grain, making it one of our most important eco-friendly luxury items.