THE EDIT #1

Welcome to the first of our new series - The Edit! Here we combine the storytelling with sustainability, we will fill this space with stories from around the world, celebrating the connection we have to these wonderful material things around us.

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REJUICE

Short: Delicious, cold-pressed juice. Made in London from wonky, would-be-wasted fruits.

The Story:

Ten years ago, Rejuce founder Thomas Keller was ‘cheffing’ in London. He was horrified by even the tip of the iceberg of food we send to landfill in this country. He couldn’t continue to watch this problem grow, and needed to be part of the solution.

So, whilst studying for his MA in Environmental Politics at King’s College London, Tom approached his local supermarket with a liability waiver, asking to take some surplus food off their hands. They willingly agreed and Tom began to save two kilos of food every week that would have otherwise been in the bin. With Tom’s determination, that weekly two kilos quickly grew to 200 kilos per day. His tiny student flat was full of fruit. Equipped with a handheld juicer, gaffer taped to his hand for efficiency, Tom was able to produce 20L of juice from the fruit per hour. Needing to make more, he upgraded to an automatic juicer - one of those mesmerising machines. This took Tom from 20 to 40L per hour, physically pushing his roommates and him to juice saturation point. With the support of Urban Routes, Tom was able to build a juicing kitchen in Hackney Wick, which enabled him to up the juicing levels and begin to be seen in a crowd of producers.

By 2013 Tom was collecting one tonne of otherwise-waste fruit every week to make juice with. In 2014 that doubled and so in 2015 he was able to buy a bigger juicer. That juicer could take two tonnes of fruit every hour and turn it into juice; but feeding even one tonne of fruit into the machine every hour would be hard work for the most muscular man. So their output was limited. To solve this problem and get closer to Tom’s goal of eliminating food waste, in 2016 Tom successfully crowdfunded over £10,000 to grow his business. With the money, he bought a conveyor-belt to feed ugly delicious fruit to the juicer. This tech enabled Tom to produce 120,000 bottles of juice per week, and really compete with the big boys and girls.

Sustainability:

Rejuce’s mission is “to save perfectly edible fruit & veg from being thrown

away by turning it into delicious cold pressed juice”. Here are some of the

things they’re doing for sustainability:

-All made from seasonal food surpluses in the UK. No air-miles.

-100% fruit and veg with no reconstituted fruit pulp, preservatives or colourings,

flavouring, stabilisers, homogenisers or additives.

- Cold pressed to retain more vitamins and minerals for sustaining health!

- Naturally preserved with citrus.

- Affordable prices for social accessibility.

- Eco-friendly glass bottles, 100% recyclable.

- All profits reinvested to save more food from waste.

- Saved over 300 tonnes of fruit and veg from landfill, so far!

- Inspired and helped launch 40 food waste companies in the UK.

- Spread the good, sustainable word on Socials.

Like what you’ve read? Shop, follow or learn more about tackling food waste with

the resources below:

Shop: Rejuce

Unit 1a, 10 Stour Road, Vittoria wharf, Hackney wick, London E32NT

info@rejuce.co.uk

+44 (0) 7951 615201

Open Daily 9am-6pm

Follow: @rejuce

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SINGE

Short: Organic, Danish womenswear with a 100% transparent design process and a whole load o’ conscience.

The Story:

By Signe is the story of a woman lead by her heart. The story began six months into Signe Rødbro’s degree when she made the brave decision to go against the expected. Signe left University to enrol in traditional tailoring school. After years around the world honing her skills and her creativity, Signe returned to her hometown.

Frederikshaven is a small harbour city in Northern Denmark; it is here, rather than in London, Milan, New York or Paris, that Signe chose as the birthplace of her label ‘By Signe’. In 2016 she ‘set up shop’ with her entire design and production under one big roof in this unsuspecting town. By being located outside of the world’s fashion capitals, Signe gave herself room to reflect on the industry’s standards, its bad habits and damaging practices. It was this physical and emotional space, perhaps, that allowed Signe to make independent decisions on how things should be done. She wanted to create clothing for women that didn’t just look and feel beautiful, but that had beauty behind it. Signe began to design, source and produce in a way that was healthy for the planet, the brand and her clients, all in-house.

Design first, By Signe is driven by comfort more than trends. The brand creates pieces you’ll want to keep wearing. The modern staples are clean, soft, cosy and enduring, but By Signe’s focus on transparency and materials is what really gives the brand its sustainable status. By Signe strive to use only organic materials (cotton and bamboo) certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS); they know, care and talk a lot about the technicalities of that (links below for us materials nerds). Fabrics are left unbleached and only in natural colours - GOTS certification also ensures the non-use of heavy metal dyes, pesticides and toxic chemicals. Inevitable cut-offs are reworked into lingerie styles and even By Signe’s sewing thread is certified organic.

More than that, By Signe care deeply about their social impact. “We laugh a lot in the studio”, Signe says, “that spirit reflects in the beauty of the final product”. Her team in Denmark thrive in a positive working environment, made better by receiving above national living wage, plus health, injury and travel insurance. Further, By Signe’s inspirations and influences manifest as the dimensional, independent and healthy vision of woman By Signe designs for. Models cast are body positive and diverse, retouching is a no no and vintage objects and accessories for your wardrobe, home and mind receive dedicated space on their site.

For Signe, luxury is something truly beautiful and healthy, that which has been made not at the cost of human life or our planet. And so the tale continues.

Sustainability:

By Signe create “honest and sustainable fashion without compromise”.

Here are some of the things they’re doing to combat fast fashion:

- Sourcing, design and manufacture all under one roof. Low carbon footprint.

- Timeless design with comfort and sustainability as priority.

- The Global Organic Textile Standard certified organic materials.

- Printed materials made from recycled and recyclable paper.

- Ethical security in a non-discriminating, healthy, safe and positive work environment.

- Contracted employees work reasonable hours and receive above the living wage.

- Commitment to diverse, natural beauty. Body positive casting with no retouching.

Like what you’ve read? Shop, follow or learn more about tackling fast fashion with

the resources below:

Shop: By Signe

https://bysigne.com

via Rêve en Vert

Follow: @bysigne

Read: Interview with Signe Rødbro by Laurie Truman, Denude

Learn: By Signe Sustainability Practices and Transparency

Research: The Global Organic Textile Standard

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Beyond Retro

the Story:

20 years ago, Stephen Bethell had his first experience with vintage. He found a pair of Levi Redlines and was sold. Since, he has spent two decades as an innovator in the world of recycling, through his Canada-based used goods company ‘Bank & Vogue’.

Working primarily with glass, cans and cardboard, Bethell was overwhelmed by the quantity of quality clothing going to waste. And so Beyond Retro was born.

In 2002 Bethell opened the first store in London’s East End. The warehouse stocked a huge range of 20th century vintage from around the world. Now, Beyond Retro have cemented their position as leading vintage retailer in the UK and Sweden, and are a key stakeholder in the circular economy. But with 95% of thrown-away clothing able to have a second life, and the UK alone sending 235 million items to landfill last year, there’s a lot of waste to be saved. So how do they do it?!

Beyond Retro have a global team of trend specialists sorting through mountains of pre-loved clothes in the world’s sorting facilities.

They’re looking for the items Beyond Retro clients are going to love, but only 1 in 1,000 found are ready for the shop floor. To tackle this, Beyond Retro launched Beyond Retro LABEL, for the other 999 items. Made entirely from secondhand fabrics, and trims and hardware when possible, LABEL has helped Beyond Retro and Bank & Vogue save 90 million items from landfill last year.

With many of the world’s sorting facilities located in India, Beyond Retro opened and fully operate their factory there. The team comprises of 85 full time employees, paid fair market wages for normal working hours, so Beyond Retro are making a meaningful investment in the local community whilst tackling clothes waste. Up-cycling vintage across the street from their sorting facility also gives Beyond Retro a clear reduction in carbon emissions, and contributes heavily to their zero waste policy. Off-cut fabrics are sent back across the street to be shredded for use as industrial rags or fillers - something that couldn’t happen if the factory was a plane ride away. Now, with nine stores and an e-com site, Beyond Retro customers around the world can support the circular economy, and help save clothes from waste, thanks to the company’s hard work, passion for hoarding and dedication to their minus carbon footprint.

Sustainability:

Beyond Retro aim to reclaim, reduce and reuse 10 billion items.

Here are some of the things they’re doing for the circular economy:

- Save 608 tonnes of CO2e and 300,000m3 of water every year. Minus

carbon footprint audited by Waste & Resources

Action Programme (WRAP).

- Everything possible in-store recycled and recyclable.

- Re-use cardboard boxes, shipping them around the world and between

stores until they collapse (and are recycled).

- Transport product by sea rather than air.

- Beyond Retro LABEL made of entirely secondhand fabrics.

- Zero waste policy. Unused fabric returned to sorting facility for shredding to use as industrial rags.

- Re-homed 90million items last year.

Like what you’ve read? Shop, follow or learn more about tackling clothes waste with the resources below:

Shop: Beyond Retro

www.beyondretro.com

Beyond Retro Brick Lane

110-112 Cheshire St

London

E2 6EJ

020 7729 9001

Ella Grace Denton