Well hello there. Nice to see you again! With everything going on I have forgotten a little about updating the blog for you, But I am back! And I'm coming with goodies. ( And hoodies , little fashion brand inside jokes right there )
Anyway, It's January, aka the most important month in vegan's life - Veganuary. Aka the month when we turn omnivores vegan. They usually think they are doing it for a month but boom, month later, they have vegan instagram, baking banana bread and introducing their best friend nooch to their family.
Anyway, I have a little pretty pictures of how to make veganuary work for you. Please see bellow - and you know, share with your friends so they can do their veganuary right too!
Obviously if I didn’t believe you can, we wouldn’t be here so for me it’s a big fat- YES. But, there is a but.
Yesterday I came across a really interesting post on instagram, which really put some things into perspective for me ( if you know me, you know I like to look at things from all angles to get the full picture. Because nothing is black or white. Amirite? ) It was by @ssustainably_ and I really think you should check it out.
Basically the idea of the post was that - even it might seem that second hand shopping is the best thing for us to do - it doesn’t necessarily have to be the truth. As more and more people turn to this way of living (the resale market is growing 24 times faster than retail), the prices are hiking up, which is driving people who relied on thrift shopping into position where they can’t afford to do so. Which leads to creating the full circle - they turn to the cheapest of fast fashion and there we go, we still didn’t save the planet.
When I was deciding on what company I was going to use to fulfil my orders, I looked past just the price ( which if you know me, you know that it’s shocking - because the only thing I spent my money on happily - is food ) but also at their practices and their approach to sustainability. The company I use came at the top when it came to their interest in such topics, and their actions speak louder than empty words would.
1. Print on demand This already is a huge step as it takes the overproduction out of the equation completely. 92 million tons of unsold stock ends up in landfill every single year. That’s without clothes that has been sold and worn. This is just what shops can’t sell before the next season. In my store all of the items are fulfilled when and only after you place your order. That way there’s no stock holding, no unsold items and if something ever goes wrong, my company donates the items to local charity.
2. Sustainable suppliers Bella and Canvas is the leading supplier when it comes to eco-friendly garments. From their water reduction - using 7 times less water than is the industry standard and saving 24.000.000 gallons of water a week, to using energy exchange steam instead of cheap steam ( that’s powered by biomas which causes deforestation), to having solar powered their whole headquarters and sewing and cutting facilities. For more information ( and super interesting video on the topic ) head to https://www.bellacanvas.com/eco_friendly
3. Direct to garment printing is more sustainable than older apparel printing methods such as screen printing as well. Not only does screen printing use a lot of water and plastisol inks that don’t biodegrade, but it’s also tended towards bulk orders which can lead to overproduction. The printing is taken care off by the specialists in directly to garment - Kornit who are known for producing almost zero wastewater a biodegradable vegan NeoPigment inks that are water-based, toxin-free and non-hazardous.
4. The fulfilment centres are scattered all over the world ( Europe, USA, Mexico, Japan, Australia and more on the way ) which means that your orders are made close to you and don’t need to travel across the entire world to get to you resulting in less air and water pollution.
As well as ongoing efforts to cut plastic packaging, eliminating any energy waste, recycling and setting a goal to to reduce amount of fabric scraps left when producing our cut & sew products.
And as I don’t want to keep you all day, I shall end this here. I think that shopping second hand is a great thing, but I also think that we should hold companies as accountable as possible and make sure they produce their stock in such sustainable way that we will be able to buy new stuff when we want to. And I hope I stand up to your standards and will see you rocking your gobby vegan merch soon!
Gobby vegans is 11 days old today and I still can't believe how fast everything came around.
I just wanted to thank every and each one of you for all the love, orders, comments, likes, shares, words of wisdom, trust, pictures in your new clothes and everything else.
I truly mean it, when I say it means the world to me.
So as a little thank you I have put together a little vegan shopping list you could share with your friends and family who perhaps are not vegans yet, or are brand new, or even just like me always forget what to buy when they walk in the shop ( seriously, I can't be the only one, right? )
I know there is plenty of vegan super healthy grocery lists out there. But my opinion is, that if people who don't eat healthy at all, swap to veganism and go straight to whole foods plant based diet, they're setting themselves to fail. It's hard enough for plenty of us to take meat, dairy and eggs out of our diet, but taking junk food out as well makes it nearly impossible. Hence why I have included stuff like: ice cream - shout out to Ben&Jerry's, Jude's ice cream, Magnum, Cornetto, Swedish Glace, Alpro and Oatly
mock meats - that are really bloody high in protein and delicious as well - shout out to my favourites: Oumph, Richmond sausages, This chicken and bacon, Tesco own vegan range, Naked Glory (ha ha), Meatless Farm, Tofurky, Vivera, Beyond Meat vegan cheese - violife is life, but also majority of the smaller artisan brands I've tried are bloody amazing!!
.. honestly there is so much more and I won't list them all because that would be super boring.
It's good to eat healthy ( seriously, like it will make you feel awesome)
but there is also a thing called balance we all shout strive for.
There was so many other things I wanted to include, but as some of them are vegan in one country and not in the other ( hello coco pops, are you going to sort this out or what ) so I shall address these at another time at another blog.
Anyway, au contraire to a popular belief, I don't really like to talk that much, so I shall finish this now and leave you be to go and enjoy the glorious weather outside.
Lots of love to everyone, thank you again for all your kindness that you threw at me and the brand like confetti over the last few days, and I shall see you soon
Wow. Hi guys! Thank you for stopping by, SERIOUSLY!
Natalie speaking. I actually can't believe I got here in the end, but gobby vegans is finally live and I thought I would talk to you about couple things.
Firstly, I want to thank from the bottom of my heart, to all of you amazing people who helped me to make this happen. You know who you are and you're the real G's.
Secondly, I want to thank to the rest of you, because who doesn't like to be thanked, right?
Thirdly, I am very sorry about all the prices being in British pounds, this really doesn't mean that all your stuff is coming from England and will take a month to arrive on some sort of titanic equivalent. It just means my website doesn't support multiple currencies yet - apparently they're working on it though! As soon as it's done, I will make it easier for you all.
Fourthly, talking about your stuff travelling all the way from England... I am so happy to report that this is not the case. The amazing company I use has fulfilment centres all over the world, which means that every time you place an order, it's made as close to your home as possible - which helps with the carbon footprint!
Fifthly, did you know that in traditional made-to-sell retail stores, products are made in such large quantities that they often exceed market demand. Around 85% of all textiles produced by the fashion industry end up in landfills, making it a major contributor to environmental damage. Hence why all your stuff is made only after you've placed an order. Yes, it means that it takes couple days longer to get to your items delivered, but I really hope that it's a price worth paying. ( Honestly, I go through the same wait when I order stuff for myself - but it's worth it! )
Sixthly, ( don't think I've ever counted this far before ) On the note of sustainability, here are couple points from the company I use to make your clothes and other bits.
- Since we fulfil our products only when a customer buys them and we produce less waste than traditional made-to-sell retail stores. Our products are created using the made-to-order production approach. We warehouse only the products customers actually want and don't throw our leftover stock into landfills.
- We're learning to reduce the amount of produced waste, so we're working on improving our packaging--from February 2020, we've saved almost 5 US tons (4,438 kg) of plastic.
- We donate damaged and returned products to local charities.
- Most of the printers we use in production are energy-efficient: they use less electricity, water, and chemicals than standard industry printers.
- The main printing method we use is DTG (direct-to-garment), a more sustainable choice over other apparel printing methods, like screen printing.
- DTG works with inkjet technology: the water-based ink is sprayed onto the garment, helping the ink soak in better. DTG has no color count, and this printing method works well even for the most elaborate designs. For our paper prints, like framed posters, we use Epson ink that has a low environmental impact. We dispose of our inks according to supplier guidelines to avoid harming the environment. To give you the best quality, we constantly upgrade our printers and have already invested $37M in printing equipment.
Ok, I hope this has shed light on some of the questions you might have, but I except there will be more coming!
Have a wonderful day, please buy loads of stuff and come talk to me whenever you want, either in the contact form, instagram, or other social media channels!