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Cherry Stone Pillows: A Natural Remedy All Year Round

Cherry Stone Pillows: A Natural Remedy All Year Round

Cherry stone pillows are well known as a natural alternative to hot water bottles and have been used as a remedy for minor health issues for centuries. They are particularly popular during the colder season due to their ability to save up heat and releasing it evenly. But also during warmer months they can easily be used as a cold pad or cold compress. The most common fabric used for cherry pit cushions is conventional cotton, even though they can also be made from innovative materials such as recycled hemp, banana fibre, peace silk and organic cotton velvet.    Cherry stone pillows...

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Meet the Designer: Wen-Ting Chen, Founder of Sekundär

Meet the Designer

Meet the Designer: Wen-Ting Chen, Founder of Sekundär

With the beginning of the new year we've also added an entirely new category and brand new designer label to the online shop - the delicate real flower jewellery from Sekundär. This blog post will introduce the person behind this beautiful and sustainable jewellery label: Wen-Ting Chen from Taiwan. Sekundär was founded in 2018 in Berlin, Germany. The founder, Wen-Ting Chen, is originally from Taipei in Taiwan, which naturally also has a very strong influence on her work. Her previous work focused on paying respect to products, nature, and was also very much inspired by cultural differences. After studying a BA Fashion Design course in Taiwan and following up...

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From Waste to Value: Banana Fibre for Fashion and Textiles

Banana fibre

From Waste to Value: Banana Fibre for Fashion and Textiles

Banana fibre counts as a bast fibre and has relatively good mechanical properties. However, the use of banana fibre for textiles has not yet been researched widely, and the literature on its use for the fashion industry is somewhat limited. Bananas count as one of the most important global food crop and are currently cultivated in around 129 different countries, with India contributing approximately 15% of the total fruit production worldwide. Banana fibre is produced from the 'pseudo stem' of the banana plant, which would usually be burnt or left to rot (apart from a small amount that is fed to...

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Cruelty-Free Fashion: Peace Silk

Peace silk

Cruelty-Free Fashion: Peace Silk

Most people in the fashion industry are probably not familiar with peace silk production, and even less so outside of the “fashion bubble”. Generally speaking, peace silk is considered a more sustainable option than conventional silk in terms of animal welfare, social standards and the environment. But first of all, what exactly is wrong with conventional silk production? Similar to other industries, there have been many attempts to optimise the silk industry in order to gain more fibre and therefore achieve higher profits. And similar to other industries, silk manufacturing has mostly been taken out of its natural context and the fibre is...

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