Recycled Vegan Wool

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This winter, stay toasty with cruelty-free wool jackets by New York designer Vaute. The brainchild of Leanne Hilgart, the Vaute winter coat line features plush vegan fabrics developed by Hilgart herself.

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Faced with the cold winters of her hometown of Chicago, Hilgart sought out to find a wool alternative that would satisfy wintry standards. Her love of sheep, sent her on a hunt to create warm and water resistant clothing that comparable to wool. After eight months of researching high-tech mills, Hilgart developed a line of eco-conscious fabrics made from organic and recycled fibers.

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Vaute’s line include durable parkas, long weather-proof coats, and cozy sweaters for both guys and girls. Although the pieces in Vaute’s line can guard against the winter chill, they aren’t bulky like many winter clothing pieces can be. Vaute’s line is known to be sleek and chic, allowing movement and style with warmth.

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By choosing Vaute’s vegan-wool, fashionistas are sending the message that animal-free clothing can keep people warm, fashionable and ethical.

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What do you think about Vaute’s vegan wool collection?  Also, let us know in the comments below how you feel about wearing vintage wool?  Us Filthy gals feel that there are millions of wool coats in great condition from decades ago, often passed down from generation to generation. Clearly, throwing these great wool garments away would be wasteful.  Surely it’s best to maximize the already made product and the eco-gentlest choice would be vintage wool.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.  For more information on Vaute, check out our source at Ecouterre.

Eco-Backpacks

Ah the days of memorizing locker combinations, dodging hall monitors and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils morning.  Our filthy customers are in the back-to-school spirit and we are here to help them rise to the head of the class with some of the greenest backpacks currently available on the market.

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Archival Rucksack – $260

You don’t need to major in geography to peg the Archival rucksack’s origins. Modeled after the traditional canoe pack, the American-made carryall comprises mostly U.S.-sourced materials, including heavyweight waxed-cotton twill and domestically tanned leather.

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Classic Backpack – $92

Bells and whistles aren’t always a good thing. Utility Canvas’s American-made backpack puts the “fun” in “fundamental”—no fuss, no muss.

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Alice Seafarer – $315

We’ll admit. Fleabag’s “Alice Seafarer” qualifies as a splurge, but if we were to put all our eggs in one basket, this would be it. Made in the United States from organic hemp canvas, repurposed fishermen’s net, and water-based inks, the military-inspired knapsack supports net-makers in Louisiana, where business has nosedived since the Gulf oil spill.

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Earthkeepers Campus Quad – $40

Put some pep into your step with the “Campus Quad” backpack by Timberland Earthkeepers. The water-resistant kit consists of 95 percent recycled cotton, plus a smidgen of nylon for durability.

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Dean – $138

Matt & Nat’s “Dean” backpack only looks like it’s made of leather. Derived from 100 percent recycled nylon, the cruelty-free holdall has room aplenty for a laptop, books, and a brown-bagged lunch—a vegan one, of course.

Do you carry a backpack, knapsack or handbag that is committed to reducing the use of resources?  Is your bag made of recycled materials?  Please let us know all about your green bag in the comments below!  We love learning about what you’re carrying and what brands are your favorite!

Source: Ecouterre

Earth Day Fashion

Happy Earth Day!  In the spirit of Momma Earth, today us Filthy gals will be giving some love to three, eco-friendly fashion lines that you need to check out.
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Ethical. Sustainable. Luxurious. What more could you ask of  this delicate cruelty-free line?  Their crisp designs feature cruelty-free, vegan textiles to create a truly inspiring collection.  In fact, we’d be hard pressed to find styles more refined than these.

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Do you love vintage as much as us?  If so, this eco-conscious gem is not to be missed. The folks at Bon George are committed to delivering classic designs constructed out of salvaged vintage fabrics. Plus, their line is positively drop-dead gorgeous.
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High quality and high eco-friendly standards intersect at this comfy-cozy brand. The sporty line made a commitment to only use organic cotton and sustainable practices, and they intend to keep that pact.

For many more eco-friendly fashion lines, check out our Earth Day source – EOnline.  Did we miss any of your favorite eco-friendly duds?  If so, let us know in the comments below.  Have a great Earth Day!  Tread lightly and be kind.  Xo.

Local Mother’s Day

Show your Momma some love by shopping local this Mother’s Day.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto.  So take a short peruse through these charming Mother’s Day gifts from our favorite Toronto Etsy Shops.

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Cat’s Cradle Ceramic Dish – $45.00 CAD

Local Father-Daughter Team, Una and Aleks, from Whistle And Work created this amazing hand-painted, ceramic dish.  The illustration is an intricate game of Cat’s Cradle, which my Momma taught me how to play at a very young age.  We certainly did spend a lot of time futzing with the Cat’s Cradle string.  This ceramic dish is perfect for any nostalgic Mother-Daughter pair.  The dish is very versatile and can be used to store soaps, jewelry or candies.  I can picture my Mom eating a big piece of chocolate cake off it.  Whatever Mom will use it for, it will always remind her of her babies.

Leather Statement Necklace - $65.77 CAD

Leather Statement Necklace – $65.77 CAD

Kostimusha is such an amazing Etsy shop – it’s impossible to pick a favorite piece.  Kostimusha’s pieces are often asymmetrical, rough and purposely imperfect. They celebrate individuality, uniqueness and creative freedom. All items in the shop are handmade with an emotion and with great attention paid on detail.  I love the idea of a leather statement necklace as a gift for Mom as these types of necklaces are rare and instantly upgrade a look to edgy chic.  My Momma is a motorcycle biker and a school teacher.  This statement necklace is edgy, feminine and unique – just like Mom.  It would also compliment her everyday clothing like jeans, leather or even a little black dress.

Mother's Day Card - $7.88 CAD

Mother’s Day Card – $7.88 CAD

Mom makes life more beautiful.  Why not reciprocate her pretty ways and send her a little bouquet of beauty?  I’ll be sending Mom a card this Mother’s Day and I am especially loving this sweet and savvy greeting created by Rovena at Handmade By Rovena.  The handmade card features a gently raised bouquet of pink cherry blossoms and sweet white flowers. The bouquet is wrapped up with baker’s twine for a nice finishing touch – perfect for Mom.  Be sure to check out Handmade By Rovena for all of your stationary needs. Rovena has a heap of quirky cards that reflect her life as a mother, a scientist and a creative paper artist.

Setting Free the Bears - Silkscreened Cotton Tote Bag - $22.00 CAD

Silk-screened Cotton Tote Bag – $22.00 CAD

My Mom is a total sucker for tote bags.  She uses them to carry school work, as a plastic bag alternative and to haul around her usual stack of library books.  This grizzly bear tote bag is designed and screen printed by Heart’s Haven.  The tote is called “Setting Free the Bears!” which is named after the famous John Irving novel.  We know book-loving Momma would adore this tote.  And who in their right mind could resist the grizzly bear?!  This strong cotton tote bag is also perfect for Mom as it can probably carry 100 times more than she can carry.  Go check out Heart’s Haven shop you for more awesome handmade accessories.

Vegan Seaweed Salt Scrub - $11.88 CAD

Vegan Seaweed Salt Scrub – $11.88 CAD

Does your Momma love bubble baths and beauty products?  It’s certainly the case with my Mom and I.  As a fellow bath and beauty lover, I feel like I have the authority to tell you not to miss out on this local ‘n’ lovely organic beauty shop called The Basic Elements.  The best part about The Basic Elements is that their products are 100% safe for Moms skin!  Their products are free of chemicals, detergents, dyes, synthetics and preservatives.  This restorative seaweed scrub is perfect for pampering Momma.  The scrub will detoxify, polish and massage her skin.  But wait, there’s more!  The seaweed scrub contains nourishing grapeseed and essential oils that condition and soften the skin.  Check The Basic Elements Etsy Shop frequently as they are often rolling out new products every few weeks.

Vintage Potato Masher - $8.00 CAD

Potato Masher – $8.00 CAD

Because our Momma makes the best mashed potatoes!  I love, love, love the Coco And Bear Etsy Shop.  Coco And Bear is full of unique vintage finds for your home, office or business.  It’s really well merchandised and we love their style of photography.  This farmhouse style potato masher is simply amazing.  I remember a similar masher in my Mothers kitchen.  Just looking at this photograph, I can picture Mom rattling those pots and pans during a long holiday weekend.  Often she would pass the wirey potato masher to me over a pot of steaming potatoes and say, “Have at it!”  If your Mom loves that shabby chic style, this would be a great lil’ addition to her home.

So there you go Toronto.  Local homegrown goodness for the coolest lady in your life.  Be sure to check out Etsy for even more local Mother’ Day gifts.  Nothing could make your Momma more proud than buying products absolutely unique to your area.  Happy shopping locally!