Sustainable Sundays with Oramai
Welcome back to Sustainable Sundays with Oramai! We're passionate about creating a more sustainable world and sharing that passion is at the heart of our company mission. Our weekly newsletters round up our favourite sustainable news, our handy guides, and of course, our love for all things linen.
AN ORAMAI GUIDE TO...
REPEATING AND REWEARING:
In today’s culture of excess, leading to extreme fashion waste, it’s time to champion rewearing the pieces you love, investing in high-quality, versatile pieces that will last. The opportunities of restyling your core items are endless: mix and match, choose different accessories, layer your clothes, dress up or dress down, change your hairstyle… outfits can be reworn, revamped and restyled without losing their classic aesthetic.
The unsung hero of your wardrobe. Easy to make casual, easy to make formal, even easier to layer.
Chic with smart trousers, or casually buttoned-down with shorts, take your pick.
From sweatshirts and trainers to heels and blazers, a high-quality pair of smart trousers are a wardrobe essential.
Easy evening elegance when dressed up with a smart top and jewellery, or a daytime laid-back look when paired with a t-shirt and flats; the choice is yours.
5 SUSTAINABLE NEWS WE LOVED THIS WEEK
01/ A GUIDE TO VEGAN CHAMPAGNE
As we look forward to summer celebrations, we’re on a mission to find environmentally-friendly champagne that doesn’t compromise on quality. Champagne is often processed using refining agents with egg whites, milk proteins and gelatin, meaning it isn’t always vegan. But, fortunately, we've discovered a handy list of all the best vegan champagnes so that your sustainable summer doesn’t skimp on the bubbly. Don’t be nervous: Dom Pérignon is right at the top of the list.
02/ FUNGI FABRICS: THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE FASHION?
Healing the environmental damage inflicted by the fashion industry isn’t easy: it requires constant innovation and mushroom leather is an ingenious response that proves that decarbonised clothes are possible with a little imagination. Mylo is a pioneer brand offering such an attractive sustainable alternative to leather that even Hermés and Stella McCartney are producing their own mushroom-based items. We’d much rather be wearing mushrooms than animal hide, wouldn’t you?
03/ BARDESSONO HOTEL
This week's sustainable travel pick is based in Napa Valley. Bardessono prides itself on being a working model of environmental luxury, proving that a hotel can offer a luxurious guest experience and be green at the same time. With solar panels, recycling, and low energy use, the resort has fully committed to its environmental initiative without sacrificing its aesthetic qualities. A luxury spa, gorgeous gardens and fine dining ensures full indulgence without costing the earth.
04/ THE CHAMPIONS FIGHTING FOOD WASTE
During his years working in Michelin-starred kitchens, chef Douglas McMaster witnessed first-hand the horrifying amount of waste produced by the food industry. And so, Silo was born: a zero-waste restaurant that offers masterfully-designed dishes made from locally-sourced, seasonal, and organic ingredients. Silo makes its own almond milk, grows its own mushrooms in leftover coffee grounds, mills its own flour and churns its own butter, all on site, proving that fine dining and sustainability can walk hand-in-hand.
05/ LARK: A SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS STORY
Inspired by the 1960s milkman, Canadian Michelle Donnelly founded Lark, the floral water business that delivers straight to your door in 100% recycled plastic crates and reusable glass bottles. Customers choose from preservative-free still or sparkling waters, which never come into contact with plastic and are locally sourced before being infused with natural flavours. Their success proves that small, eco-friendly businesses can flourish and challenge their unsustainable competitors.
REASONS TO LOVE LINEN
A WATER WASTE WARRIOR
Flax only needs rainwater to survive, so growing linen doesn’t involve any water waste. Other natural and cellulose fibres require irrigation and gallons of water - just one pair of jeans can require up to 20,000 litres of water - which will, ultimately, go to waste. The fashion industry is the second largest consumer of the world’s water supply, which is why we’re on a mission to reinvent linen, the most sustainable fabric there is.