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WeWood expands range with cotton shades

The cotton shades are unisex and adjustable

The cotton shades are unisex and adjustable

WeWood, known for its wooden watches, has unveiled a new range of sunglasses (£70 to £89) made from cotton. Strengthened with natural cellulose and made without fossil fuels, the new shades are designed to be adjustable to fit any facial shape.

“We’ve had a hugely positive reception to our eco-friendly wooden watches which has inspired us to continue to create innovative new products out of natural materials,” says Matt Cromie, UK director of WeWood. “The result of our efforts is the fantastic new range of cotton eyewear that marries environmental sustainability with up-to-the-minute street style.”

The sunglass frames are handcrafted and are available in a number of styles – The Crater, The Crux, The Lyra and The Xipe – and are offered with options including metal finishing, lens filter, lens colour and polarisation.

WeWood also plants a tree for every watch and pair of shades it sells, with a goal of growing a million new seedlings by 2020.

Florals, owls, ponies, birds and polka dots make eco bags chic

Eco Chic shoppers fold down into small pouches

Eco Chic shoppers fold down into small pouches

Eco Chic has released a line of foldable bags, designed to cut the number of disposable carrier bags and make shopping a little greener.

The collection comprises an expandable backpack that can be compacted into a small pouch when not needed, a 30-litre capacity cabin-approved expandable holdall, a foldable shopper for up to 5kg of groceries and an expanding nappy bag. Each feature smart patterns, original and copyrighted in London, including florals, owls, Scotty dogs, ponies, birds and polka dots.

“The plastic bag figures are mind boggling and illustrate the serious need to take action, now. Eco Chic is driven by a desire to help the world move away from plastic bags and choose sustainable options,” says Austin Lee, design director at Faye UK.

“Of course, we recognise that fashion is a serious factor which is why we shine the spotlight not just on environmental credentials, but also on style, colour, functionality, diversity and up-to-the-minute designs.”

Eco Chic bags are made of durable and waterproof nylon and come with a six-month manufacturer’s guarantee.

Heads up! ecoTools designs ‘ultimate’ hairbrush

ecoTools's Ultimate Air Dryer dries hair 40 per cent faster

ecoTools’s Ultimate Air Dryer dries hair 40 per cent faster

ecoTools says its new Ultimate Air Dryer hairbrush dries hair 40 per cent faster, helping to reduce hair damage as well as time getting ready.

The brush (£10.99) features ‘specially placed anti-tangle’ cruelty-free bristles that distribute the hair’s natural moisturisers to boost shine, a lightweight bamboo handle and repurposed aluminium ferrules.

Olivia Wilde face of new H&M Conscious Exclusive collection

The new campaign, fronted by Olivia Wilde, features organic and recycled materials

The new campaign, fronted by Olivia Wilde, features organic and recycled materials

H&M has launched its new Conscious Exclusive collection, using organic materials such as linen, hemp, cotton, leather and silk and recycled wool, beads and sequins. Actress and humanitarian Olivia Wilde is the face of the new campaign.

The range includes an organic silk tuxedo blazer that’s slashed to the elbow, a flapper dress with recycled bead, a sleeveless gown made from organic linen and silk printed with hand-drawn images of birds, and a black Tencel and recycled wool cocktail dress embellished with recycled sequins. H&M says the collection is inspired by global design, with pieces revealing Japanese and African influences.

“I love the Conscious Exclusive collection at H&M, both for the look, and also for its ethics. This is how all fashion should be: great style that’s naturally more sustainable,” says Olivia Wilde.

Green People introduces UK’s first organic DD cream

Tinted DD Moisturiser is part of Green People's Age Defy+ range

Tinted DD Moisturiser is part of Green People’s Age Defy+ range

Green People has introduced its new Age Defy+ Tinted DD Moisturiser SPF 15,  the UK’s first certified organic DD cream. Described as ‘offering all the benefits of the BB and CC creams that came before it, plus so much more’, the DD cream contains 35 skin actives and colour-correcting earth minerals and is available in two blendable tones.

The Tinted DD Moisturiser (£34.95/30ml) uses stem cell technology from the Sea Fennel plant for anti-ageing properties, plus cotton and linseed oils and sweet almond oil for hydration and Spanish Needle to stimulate collagen synthesis. The cream can be used as a primer under make-up for extra staying-power, says Green People.

Made-to-order Inner-Soul Organics expands range

Inner-Soul Organics skincare products are 'designed to optimise all skin types'

Inner-Soul Organics skincare products are ‘designed to optimise all skin types’

Day and night moisturisers, cleansing balms, facial oils and body creams and oils have been added to Inner-Soul Organics’s bespoke skincare range (£95 to £350). Each product contains 100 per cent certified organic ingredients and is made to order for each customer based on their age, skin tone and qualities, lifestyle and preferences.

“We decided to expand the ranges on offer as we were receiving enquiries from busy women at all life stages who were experiencing several different skin issues at one time,” says Inner-Soul’s founder and clinical aromatherapist Emma Coleman. “We also know that skin changes with the seasons, so one product will not always be sufficient to bring long term, effective balance.”

James&Co goes hell for faux leather in UK

The site offers vegan clothing and accessories

The site offers vegan clothing and accessories

Australian sustainable faux leather retailer James&Co is now operating in the UK.

Featuring faux leather fashion and accessories, the online shop has the philosophy of offering ‘products that combine quality, affordable prices, ethics and humanitarianism’.


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