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Hi! My name is Svetlana, I am the founder of Camomile Impact community. Come on in, make yourself at home!

What's the topic? Entering a market with a minimum horizon of explosive growth of the coming 10 years and a volume of $ 800 billion in 2020 aimed at creating a sustainable economy.

What are we doing? We unite active people, social enterprises, start-ups, impact investors, experts focused on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the community and provide a wide range of tools to ensure personal and corporate growth for each member of the community.

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Gas and engineering company BOC, a subsidiary of Linde plc, and Foton Mobility have partnered to develop the hydrogen bus sector in Australia and New Zealand.

The partnership will develop operational and commercial hydrogen bus models across the entire supply chain including production, storage and refuelling, right through to leasing arrangements and maintenance.

The companies will develop pathways for scaling up hydrogen bus networks, as bus operators move from pilot hydrogen bus projects to widespread uptake across public transport networks.

Vesna Olles, Director Strategy and Clean Energy at BOC South Pacific, said, “BOC is delighted to be working with Foton Mobility to explore a variety of leasing arrangements for hydrogen buses and hydrogen refuelling stations and demonstrating a strong business case to government and private operators interested in decarbonising their bus fleets.

“Transport accounts for almost one-fifth of Australia’s total carbon emissions, which needs to be reduced significantly to meet net zero targets. Hydrogen buses are already widely used around the world, with proven technology and infrastructure making them a viable option for the future.”

Neil Wang, CEO of Foton Mobility said, “From developing infrastructure, hydrogen supply and vehicle deployment, we will be able to confidently supply low emission solutions to Australia’s transport sector.”

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ETHICAL Engagement & Wedding Rings

Purchasing an engagement ring or a wedding band is not an easy task. There are so many different jewelers and designs to choose from, making for a very daunting process. And for a lot of women today, where their diamonds come from is an essential aspect of the ring. Every jeweler we have listed here has high ethical standards for what, how & where their rings are produced. These rings are as sustainable as a wedding ring can get, from lab-grown diamonds to recycled metals. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they are GORGEOUS!

What is an ethical engagement ring?

An ethical engagement ring has been made using fair labor and is made of materials that have also been sourced fairly. Unfortunately, the diamond industry is full of corruption and has extreme working conditions, forced labor and child labor. The brands listed here do not partake in those activities and go above & beyond to see the jewelry industry more sustainable in the future.

what is a sustainable engagement ring?

We believe a sustainable engagement ring is the most ideal because it looks at the ethics of how it is produced AND how it affects the planet. Now that we have found a way to create diamonds, we don’t have as high of a need to dig for more. Plus, enough gold and silver are circulating, we can easily recycle them to create new jewelry. Sustainable engagement rings can be made from man-made diamonds, fair-mined diamonds, which hold strict regulations on who and how the diamond is mined, vintage and recycled.

Our Top picks for ethical engagement & wedding rings:

1) Aether Diamonds

Price | $689-39,898

Aether Diamonds is the first jewelry company to actually use carbon that’s captured from the air to grow its diamonds! Aether is on a mission to become a completely carbon neutral company by 2023, but until then, you can still feel confident knowing that every diamond they sell has a positive impact on the environment. Not only do they carry gorgeous engagement and wedding rings, but also earrings, necklaces, and bracelets that come in both classic and modern designs. You can even order a completely customized piece for something even more unique.

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2) Valley Rose

Price | $420-2990

If you are looking for something unique, yet stunning, you must check out these hand-crafted pieces by Northern California-based designer, Brittany Groshong. Valley Rose designs are each made with a technique called lost-wax casting, which is where they create an original model hand carved in wax. They use the highest quality and ethical materials like Fairmined gold and ethical gemstones including recycled diamonds and SCS certified sustainably rated grown diamonds. The collection is inspired by the mystery and beauty of the cosmos.

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3) Stefano Navi

Price | $375-1485

In order to be a viable alternative to conventional jewelry store shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic, Stefano Navi offers a complimentary home try-on kit, which includes 6 of the most popular shapes. After you decide on the shape and size, their concierge team will work with you to build your custom piece. All of Stefano Navi’s jewelry is handcrafted in New York out of lab-grown diamonds (which come with a lifetime warranty) and recycled gold. Plus, get free shipping, complimentary engraving, and a free annual cleaning service.

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4) Miadonna

This is actually the brand we went with for our wedding bands. I fell in love with the Paris Vintage Stackable Band. It went perfect with my vintage Pearl engagement ring! Travis went for the Canyon Men’s Wedding Band, but in a 8mm Satin Hammer Yellow Gold. They both turned out absolutely beautiful, and we couldn’t be happier. MiaDonna uses only lab-grown diamonds and recycled metals to create all of their collections. They even have an in-home try on service if you are undecided!

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5) Taylor & Hart

Price | $1050-14,994

Based in the U.K., Taylor & Hart believes ethical sourcing should be something expected from them rather than setting themselves apart from others. Their diamonds are free of conflict & always ethically sourced whether it is mined or lab-grown. They only partner with diamond producing countries who are part of the Kimberly Process - an organization created to end & prevent the trade of conflict diamonds. You are able to also customize your ring, & can even add some beautiful colored stones in the design.

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6) AUrate New York

Price | $160-3,000

If you are looking for a more affordable option for a wedding band or engagement ring, AUrate New York is a great jeweler to check out. They are based in NY, and employ 7th generation jewelers to create their beautiful pieces. From recycled gold to high-grade pearls, their materials are all sustainably-sourced. They have an in-home try on program, but if you live in New York, they have 3 locations for you to visit so you can see all the beauty up-close and personal!

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7) Vrai

Price | $745-2,500

Their diamonds are the world’s only diamonds produced with zero carbon footprint: Certified Carbon Neutral(R). By choosing one of their rings, you are helping save 250 tons of earth removed to mine a carat of diamond, 120 gallons of water used to mine a carat of diamond & 143 lbs of carbon dioxide emitted to extract a carat of diamond. Can you believe it?! Their collection of engagement and wedding rings is over 50, and filled with very classic, timeless designs.

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Clean Origin

With 100% lab-created diamonds, you can be sure your engagement and wedding ring is free from any conflict and is easier on the planet. Clean Origin, based in the US, uses only recycled metals and lab-grown diamonds to create their beautiful collections. They also offer free shipping, a 100 Day Return Policy, Free Resizing AND a Lifetime Manufacturers’ Warranty. You can choose from over 200 different engagement rings, over 50 wedding rings or you can choose to build your own!


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Are you struggling every morning to come up with an outfit you’ll feel comfortable wearing? Worse, you think you have nothing to wear in your wardrobe? 

You are definitely not alone! 

If it is so difficult to take such a supposedly easy decision, how are we supposed to start the day on a positive note? Choosing an outfit might be challenging for some of us, but there is a simple solution: start a capsule wardrobe! Building a capsule wardrobe will help you present yourself to the world with a selection of well-curated outfits that you bought with intention and that you love.

Here is a complete guide on what a capsule wardrobe is, why you need to start one and how to do it! 


What’s a capsule wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of interchangeable clothing pieces that complement each other. These are often classic pieces that do not go out of style and are primarily composed of neutral colors. A capsule wardrobe allows you to create a variety of different outfits with a small selection of clothes. 

History of a capsule wardrobe

The concept of a capsule wardrobe has been very popular and widely discussed on social media in recent years. But the concept isn’t new as it emerged several decades ago!

In the 1970s, Susie Faux opened a boutique “Wardrobe” in London, where she used to sell minimalist-looking clothing that was versatile, high quality and that could be easily mixed and matched. Her goal was to help women gain confidence in how they dressed and looked. 

The concept of a capsule wardrobe then spread to the USA in 1985, when designer Donna Karan created her Seven Easy Pieces line. Her models were all dressed in bodysuits and showcased seven clothing pieces by creating various outfits with them. The fashion show was a success, and the idea of having an interchangeable minimalist wardrobe became popular. It is now trending again, probably because having a capsule wardrobe makes our lives so much easier and better! 


Why you should have a capsule wardrobe 

There are many reasons why you may want to build a capsule wardrobe! 

Less decision fatigue

Have you heard of decision fatigue? Our brain is programmed only to make a certain number of decisions during the day. After that, it gets tired, and we struggle to make more decisions. Having a capsule wardrobe means that you have fewer clothes, they work well together, and you love them. 

So when you are getting ready in the morning, it is easier for you to choose what you’ll wear for the day, so it doesn’t contribute to your decision fatigue! 

More time

Having a curated wardrobe also saves you a lot of time! As you know your style and what works well for you, you know exactly what you need to buy. 

Going to the store or ordering a piece online is a quick process, and you don’t waste time shopping mindlessly. And as I wrote earlier, you don’t waste time digging into piles and piles of clothes thinking you have nothing to wear. 

More sustainable

A capsule wardrobe is a sustainable way to approach your closet. You mostly own timeless pieces that you will wear for years, which won’t go out of style. 

Since you don’t have many clothes, you wear every single piece you own, so no clothing is going to waste. People who choose to have a capsule wardrobe also often invest in quality pieces that last long and avoid fast fashion, which is a very wasteful industry. 

Save money

You can also save a lot of money! When you have a capsule wardrobe, you do not have to go shopping often because your clothing pieces are interchangeable and versatile. This means you wear them multiple times, and you do not buy pieces that you will not end up wearing regularly. 

Less stress

A capsule wardrobe means less stress in your life in general. You do not have to stress over the clothing pieces not fitting you. There is also less maintenance and repairing as you have fewer clothes. You’re more likely to choose clothing that is easy to take care of, and it’s easier to pack when you go traveling and move houses. 

For all these reasons, you should consider building a capsule wardrobe today! It will make your life much simpler! 


How to build a capsule wardrobe that you’ll love

Step-by-step process

Do an audit of your current wardrobe

The first step to creating a great capsule wardrobe is to do an audit of your closet. Go through every piece you own and assess what you wear regularly and what you never touch. 

For each clothing piece, ask yourself: When was the last time I wore this? If you haven’t worn it for a few months, it won’t be a great piece to add to your capsule wardrobe. 

Also, think about what your activities and lifestyle are. This will give you precious information about what type of clothing you wear regularly. 

Are you a stay-at-home mom? Do you have a 9-5 job? Are you working out regularly? Depending on what you are doing with your time, you won’t be needing the same clothes. 

Once you’ve thought about this, pick all your favorite clothing pieces and analyze why you love them. This will help you understand what your style is, what colors you love, what cut suits you, and what materials are your favorites. 

Plan your capsule wardrobe

Now that you understand what you love the most, you can start planning your capsule wardrobe! Decide on a number you’d like to experiment with for each kind of clothing item. These numbers will depend on the climate where you live, your lifestyle, and how often you do laundry. 

You do not have to follow any rules, do what works best for you. Choose a color scheme with different neutral colors such as white, black, grey, navy, or cream. These colors work well together as well as with any other color. 

Having most of your clothes in neutral colors will make them all interchangeable and easy to mix and match! You can then add a few accent colors that you love and that suit your skin tone. You’ll be able to wear them with all the other neutral-colored clothes! Choose the style of clothes you want to incorporate. Do not forget that your clothes should be flattering to your body type. 

So think about what kind of neckline you prefer. Are you more into skinny pants? High-waisted or low-rise jeans? Are you feeling better in cropped or oversized sweaters? Think about every style of clothes possible and pick the most flattering for you.

I also recommend that you choose the fibers of your clothes wisely. For instance, I prefer natural fibers like linen and organic cotton because they are more sustainable and breathable.

It’s time to get to work! 

Now that you’ve planned your capsule wardrobe, let go of all the clothes you have that you don’t want to include in it. Declutter everything that you do not love, that does not fit properly, that isn’t in your color pallet or that isn’t your style. But please do it sustainably by selling and donating them, so the clothing does not end up in a landfill. 

With everything that’s left, make sure they correspond to what you want in your capsule wardrobe, and start building from there! 

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to start with what you already own and not declutter everything and start from scratch. Doing so wouldn’t be sustainable at all, and it would be expensive. 

Keeping in mind your color scheme and favorite styles, choose basic clothing staples that are versatile and work well together. Avoid trendy items as they will quickly go out of style. 

Some good basic clothing pieces you may consider having in your capsule wardrobe are neutral-colored t-shirts, a pair of black pants, one or two pairs of jeans, a cardigan for layering, and a black dress that can be easily dressed up or dressed down. 

I also recommend that you buy high-quality pieces, preferably second-hand or from sustainable brands because as you’ll be wearing your clothes more often, they need to last longer. 

If you fancy it, you could add one or two patterned clothing items. But make sure these patterns are timeless and that they won’t become out of style in a few months. Stripes are a great example of this! 

Once you have all the clothes you need, do not forget your coats, shoes, and accessories! There you go! Your capsule wardrobe should be complete now! 

If you live in a four-season climate, I recommend you keep in your wardrobe only the clothes that are in season, and store away the others in a box out-of-sight. Doing this, you should have 4 different capsule wardrobes a year, with some clothing items that you will keep and use all year-round. 


Example of a capsule wardrobe 

The process of building a capsule wardrobe isn’t always easy because you need to experiment with different things before you know what works best for you. 

Different apps, like Smart Closet or Stylebook, will help you plan and build your capsule wardrobe. You might want to check them out for extra help! 

As we’re coming into spring, here is an example of a 32-piece spring capsule wardrobe built with sustainable brands only!

3 Basic Tees

Softspun Crew Neck in Charcoal Heather made from Organic Cotton, $30 (use code SustainablyChic20 for 20% off)

Softspun Crew Neck in Charcoal Heather made from Organic Cotton, $30

(use code SustainablyChic20 for 20% off)

The Evolve Top in White made from Modal can be styled 8 different ways, $128

The Boxy Crop in Black/White Stripes made from Recycled Poly/Cotton, $49

2 Tank Tops

Lynda Tank in Palm Crepe made from Reclaimed Rayon-Cotton, $60

The V Neck Tank in Black made from Organic Cotton & Tencel comes with a built-in bra, $88

The V Neck Tank in Black made from Organic Cotton & Tencel comes with a built-in bra, $88

3 Shirts

The Dolman Top in Cream made with Tencel, $98

Kaneko Top in Black made with Linen, $119

Marlow Shirt in Navy Stripes made from organic cotton, $118

2 Sweaters & 1 Cardigan

V-Neck Sweater in White Heather made from Organic Cotton, $78

V-Neck Sweater in White Heather made from Organic Cotton, $78

Ribbed Oversized Cardigan in Incense made from Organic Cotton & Wool, $158

Boxy Knit in Charcoal made with Recycled Merino Wool, $160

2 Dressy Bottoms

The Wide Leg Crop Pant in Cream made from Tencel, $128

High-Waisted Linen Wrap Skirt in Cinnamon, $88

a jumpsuit & a pair of denim shorts

The Two Piece Apron Jumpsuit in Olive made with Tencel can completely separate and become a top and pants on their own, $159

Rome Shorts made with Organic Cotton, $125

Rome Shorts made with Organic Cotton, $130

2 Dresses

Neutral Linen Dress, $75

Sleeveless Rib Dress in Black made with Modal, $80

Sleeveless Rib Dress in Black made with Modal, $80

two jeans & a pair of pants

Straight Jeans in Classic, $98

Straight Jeans in Classic, $98

Manu Trousers in Light Beige made with Organic Cotton, $150

The Whitney Boyfriend Jean, $85

The Whitney Boyfriend Jean, $85

two jackets

Denim Merly Jacket made from Cotton & Lyocell, $150

Denim Merly Jacket made from Cotton & Lyocell, $150

Joan Jacket in Burnt Sienna made from Cotton, $140

three pairs of shoes

Everyday Boot in almond, $200

Tree Loungers, $98

Woven Mule, $180

Handbags

Farrow Bag in Natural Raffia, $165

Farrow Bag in Natural Raffia, $165

Abera Crossbody Tote, $200

Accessories

Lich Havana Sunglasses, $151

Lich Havana Sunglasses, $151

Julian Hat, $275

Julian Hat, $320

Roseli Belt, $50

everyday jewelry

Siren Hoops made with 100% Recycled Metals, $275

Siren Hoops made with 100% Recycled Metals, $315

Thelma & Louise Necklace, $65

Thelma & Louise Necklace, $105

Building a capsule wardrobe for yourself will make your life so much easier; I cannot recommend it enough! With time, your capsule wardrobe will evolve and change. You will add and remove items as the seasons pass and your preferences shift, and that’s okay. But the benefits will remain, and that’s the best part of it! So start building your own unique capsule wardrobe today! What are you waiting for?


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Meet the Contributor:

Eva Astoul is a French freelance writer, specializing in content related to sustainability, simple living, and a growth-focused healthy lifestyle.

She runs her own blog, Green With Less, to inspire people to live a more minimalist and sustainable life.


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National Narrowband Network Company (NNNCo), a Sydney-based LoRaWAN operator and IoT solutions provider, has partnered with Spanish company Wellness TechGroup to provide IoT network coverage to 70,000 smart streetlights in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo.

The project will cover 200 km2 and provide smart street lighting to more than 1.3 million people, reducing carbon emissions by 80% and establishing an infrastructure-based network that can accommodate other smart city initiatives.

The project will see the deployment of new streetlights with LED technology using Wellness TechGroup’s WeLight technology, LoRaWAN Actis Nema 7 nodes and NNNCo’s LoRaWAN network. The installation will help improve public safety and energy efficiency with the use of network and application management software and the integration of smart applications for waste management and water conservation.

By replacing the older lights with LED technology and a new remote management system, the system will help reduce carbon emissions by 31,500 tons of CO2 per year, a decrease of approximately 80%. The project will also improve the quality of the public lighting service, benefiting the whole population of the city with greater efficiency and operations management.

Rob Zagarella, NNNCo CEO and co-founder, said, “This is a milestone contract in the establishment of NNNCo’s LoRaWAN network as one of the world’s leading networks for smart streetlight use cases and we hope to facilitate similar projects in Australia in the near future.

“This is technology that makes cities greener, smarter and better to live in,” said Zagarella.

The 10-year contract signed with the City of Montevideo includes the opportunity for Wellness and NNNCo to bring third-party customers across the same gateways into the LoRaWAN network. The Australian network provider will be able to service customers across the whole city, using the NNNCo N2N-DL data aggregation layer and the NNNCo N-Tick device interoperability program.

Wellness TechGroup will roll out 70,000 smart streetlights with Actis Plus Nema 7, the node for remote control of light points, equipped with Nema 7 fast connection, a network analyser, data input from external sensors and adaptive lighting capacity.

The Actis Plus Nema 7 nodes will connect with WeLight Manager, a software that will provide real-time information on all the data from the intelligent public lighting service. The systems become a data-enabled lighting server, true central nodes and form part of a smart city IoT ecosystem, beyond lighting.

David Garcia, Wellness TechGroup CEO, said, “We have deployed more than 300 smart lighting projects worldwide, where we are already managing almost 1 million points of lights in municipalities remotely.”

NNNCo and Wellness Techgroup are investee companies of Enzen, a global knowledge practice. This contract shows the synergies of both companies in the areas of IoT, smart cities and sustainability.

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THE BEST ECO-FRIENDLY HAIR TIES AND SCRUNCHIES

It is estimated that each day, around 15 million hair ties are purchased in the United States. If we assume that the same number of elastics are thrown away or lost, it means that 20,000 pounds of hair ties are discarded in landfills, or worse, in nature, every single day.  

This is in the United States alone. But we need to remember that hundreds of millions of people use hair elastics around the world, so the environmental impact is huge. 

The main issue is that conventional hair ties are made from petroleum-based materials, such as synthetic rubber and polyester. 

Those do not decompose when they end up in nature or landfills and might take hundreds, if not thousands of years to break down. During that time, those tiny plastic elastics are polluting natural ecosystems and are a threat to animals’ lives.

Conventional hair elastics and scrunchies are also rarely made to last and they break fairly easily, sometimes just after a few uses. 

Think about how many hair ties you have lost or broken in your lifetime? It all adds up over time and the environmental costs are too high to ignore. 

Fortunately, there are some eco-friendly alternatives, hair elastics that do not hurt the environment like their conventional counterparts. 

If you are looking to purchase new hair ties or scrunchies, you should check these 14 sustainable brands that create better alternatives for you and the planet. 

WHAT MAKES A HAIR TIE OR A SCRUNCHIE SUSTAINABLE?

A sustainable hair tie or scrunchie is well-made, durable and high-quality, so that it does not break or stretch out easily. 

It is also made from 100% natural and biodegradable materials. That way, if you lose or break the elastic, it will be able to decompose and break down quickly, without harming the environment. 

But above all, a sustainable hair tie or scrunchie is one you will cherish and keep track of, one that you are less likely to lose. It is one that you won’t need to replace regularly because you always know where it is. 

WHAT ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIALS SHOULD YOU SEARCH FOR?

Natural materials are the best for eco-friendly hair ties because they are biodegradable. Try to always look for ones that have an elastic made from natural rubber. 

For the fabric part, linen, bamboo, cotton and hemp are great options. Those materials are even more sustainable if they are organic or if you manage to get ones that are certified Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX.

Besides natural materials, some companies make hair ties from recycled plastic. Even though the material is not biodegradable, it is a great option because you are contributing to diverting waste from landfills or oceans. 

NOW, OUR TOP PICKS FOR BRANDS SELLING SUSTAINABLE HAIR TIES AND SCRUNCHIES:

1) Sustain by Kat

Materials: Organic Silk, Natural Rubber, Organic Cotton

Price: $7-12

Sustain By Kat is a sustainable brand that creates high-quality, timeless clothing and accessories for women and children. Its products are all made from natural and organic materials. 

The brand sells several types of hair ties, available in a large selection of colors.

They are made using organic silk, organic cotton and natural rubber, meaning they are entirely biodegradable. 

Something I love about Sustain By Kat’s hair ties is that the company uses non-violent silk (or Ahimsa silk), which is a lot more ethical than conventional silk. Plus, a great benefit of silk hair ties is that silk helps reduce breakage and pulls, making the elastic last longer. 

Made in Los Angeles, the brand’s hair ties are all dyed with plants, and the dyes are GOTS certified organic, meaning they are safer for you and the environment.

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2) Fair Anita

Materials: Cotton 

Price: $12-14

Fair Anita is a women-owned company that creates stylish, thoughtfully-sourced and affordable accessories, like bags, jewelry and scarves.

Its collection includes two beautiful scrunchie sets, and each set comes in a pair of two. Fair Anita’s scrunchies feature fun geometric patterns and colors, which give your outfits a more unique touch. 

The brand’s scrunchies are made in Vietnam or India, from 100% cotton, complying with all fair trade principles. They are made using traditional techniques such as pedal loom weaving, natural dyeing and block printing. 

Fair Anita works with cooperatives that employ women artisans in developing countries. Those pay them two to four times the national minimum wage, and offer them health insurance as well as educational scholarships.

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3) Encircled

Materials: Recycled Polyester, Tencel, Organic Cotton, Modal

Price: $16-18

Encircled promotes slow fashion by selling ethically made and eco-friendly clothing and accessories for women, all made in Toronto, Canada. 

The company has two beautiful scrunchies on its website. Ultra-soft and made using upcycled textile waste, the Renew scrunchie is made from modal or a blend of Tencel and organic cotton.

You get to choose between seven different colors. 

You can also pick Encircled’s black Recycled Satin scrunchie that is made from a luxurious, silky recycled polyester blend. This one is very chic and you’ll want to keep it on hand at all times. 

Encircled is a certified B Corporation, and all its products are OEKO-TEX 100 certified, which means that no harmful substances are used during the manufacturing process.

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4) Ten Thousand Villages

Materials: Cotton, Recycled Cotton

Price: $6-13

Ten Thousand Villages sells unique handcrafted accessories and home goods, made by small artisans who use traditional maker skills that have been passed down from generation to generation. 

The brand creates a few scrunchies that are handmade in Bangladesh or Guatemala using natural materials, like cotton and recycled cotton. 

Each scrunchie has a beautiful pattern and color, and you can read all about the maker who handcrafted it and how it was made.

Ten Thousand Villages is a member of the Fair Trade Federation and the World Fair Trade Organization. 

The company employs more than 20,000 artisans in more than 30 countries. It also works with women and artisans with disabilities to help them gain independence and break the cycle of poverty. 

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5) TAMGA Designs

Materials: Viscose

Price: $20

TAMGA Designs is a sustainable brand that sells women’s clothing and accessories. It was created when its founders lived in Bangladesh and witnessed the pain of people after a garment factory collapse.

TAMGA Designs makes a zero-waste scrunchie, available in three different styles. Each has a very chic and feminine pattern, and they are perfect if you want to add a pop of color to your outfit.

They also feature eye-catching knotted details that elevate your hair game instantly. 

Printed with GOTS-certified dyes, the company’s scrunchies are made from fabric off-cuts from one of its collections. They are made from LENZING ECOVERO, a sustainable viscose, which uses 88% less water than mainstream viscose, and it is entirely traceable. 

TAMGA Designs is a member of 1% For The Planet, and it has partnered with two non-profits to help protect Indonesia’s rainforests.

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6) Kooshoo

Materials: Organic Cotton, Natural Rubber

Price: $15-20

Kooshoo is a small family-owned business founded by two yoga teachers, selling sustainable hair accessories for both women and men. 

The company created the world’s first 100% fair trade, plastic-free scrunchies and hair elastics. They are all completely biodegradable as they are made from GOTS-certified organic cotton and sustainably harvested natural rubber. No worries if you lose a Kooshoo hair tie as it will soon go back to the soil! 

The brand’s hair ties and scrunchies come in different colors and are designed to work for all hair types. They are great to complement any outfit, and they can even double as bracelets when not in your hair. 

Kooshoo works with artisans using traditional techniques, like vegetable dyeing, hand dyeing and block printing. The company is a SEDEX member, which ensures it has a responsible supply chain.

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7) Girlfriend Collective

Materials: Recycled PET

Price: $6-9

Girlfriend Collective creates sustainable activewear and accessories for women, and aims to be as transparent as possible. 

The brand has two types of scrunchies on its website, and they are all made from recycled plastic bottles. Either sold individually or in a pack of three, Girlfriend Collective’s scrunchies are very affordable and created in a large range of colors.

Purchasing one of those contributes to diverting one plastic water bottle from landfills. The brand also discloses the amount of CO2 that is prevented and how much water is saved by choosing one of its scrunchies compared to a conventional one. 

To make them even more sustainable, Girlfriend Collective’s Neutral Multi Scrap Sport scrunchies are made from excess fabric from one of its collections. That way, the brand reduces its textile waste and turns it into new products.

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8) Terra Ties

Materials: Organic Cotton, Natural Rubber

Price: $15

Terra Ties is a small online brand that specializes in creating 100% biodegradable hair elastics. 

The brand’s hair ties are made using natural rubber from rubber trees and organic cotton, two renewable and biodegradable resources. They come in a pack of 27 black hair elastics to have you covered for years to come, without harming the environment. 

Terra Ties makes hair ties that are softer, thicker and more durable than most conventional hair ties, and they also do not pull or damage your hair. 

Terra Ties’ biodegradable elastics are ideal for all genders. They are colored with natural dyes, making them a healthier alternative for you and the planet. 

To top it all, the product and shipping packaging is plastic-free and made with recycled content.

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9) Tentree

Materials: Tencel, Recycled Polyester, Organic Cotton

Price: $8-20

Tentree is an eco-friendly fashion brand that plants ten trees for every item sold. It has planted more than 66 million trees to date! 

The brand sells different sets of scrunchies that all come in a pack of three. They are affordable and are 5-star rated by more than 150 Tentree customers!

It has scrunchies made of 100% Tencel as well as recycled polyester. Tentree even makes some from upcycled materials, using a blend of organic cotton, Tencel and recycled polyester. 

When you buy a scrunchie from Tentree, you also get to see the amount of CO2, water and waste you contribute to saving compared to if you purchased a non-sustainable option. How fun is that?! 

The company is a certified B Corporation and is completely climate-neutral as it offsets its entire carbon footprint.

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About the Author:

Eva Astoul is a French freelance writer, specializing in content related to sustainability, simple living, and a growth-focused healthy lifestyle. She runs her own blog, Green With Less, to inspire people to live a more minimalist and sustainable life.


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