From capsule swimwear collections to recycled garden must-haves, Sublime introduces six cool brands that have got a more sustainable summer covered
The world’s only circular and not-for-profit swimwear and activewear brand, Brighton-based RubyMoon transforms ocean waste into beautiful Gym To Swim® clothing. One hundred percent of their profits are donated to microloans for women entrepreneurs around the world; so far, they have helped over 2,400 women and their families in finding a route out of poverty, and it’s their customers – the Impact Women – that play a crucial role in making this happen.
RubyMoon’s Gym To Swim® capsule collection means each piece can be worn for any activity. Whether it’s yoga, sea swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, running, or cycling, expect versatile activewear that’s comfortable, flexible, durable, and designed according to regenerative and slow fashion principles. Exclusive prints created and donated by artist Sarah Arnett can be combined ever-so-effortlessly, reducing consumption and waste.
Gym To Swim® garments are designed to last, are chlorine and saltwater-resistant and offer long-term shape-retention and UPF 50+ Protection, as well as being vegan and staying well away from harmful dyes and chemicals. All this plus low-impact printing means 42% less carbon is produced during the manufacturing process, and shipping internationally via regular mail, in 100% recycled and biodegradable mailing bags, maintains the lowest footprint possible. EU certifications guarantee a transparent, ethical supply chain, too, and by working with the UK’s leading universities on developing a new ‘super fibre’ textile, RubyMoon are closing the loop on swimwear fabrics.
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Kind to the environment without compromising on quality, Delphis Eco makes for the ultimate sustainable swap. A cleaning product range derived from renewable plant-based ingredients, the brand was founded as a response to the discovery that traditional household cleaners are causing severe harm to both people and the planet.
From multi-purpose products to room-, material- and issue-specific products formulated for high-performance, eco-friendly cleaning, the entire range is biodegradable, toxin-free, and vegan. Powerful and effective, their products have become a staple for the professional cleaning industry – early on, Delphis Eco succeeded in overturning the view that eco cleaning products did not clean as well as their mainstream, chemically-loaded competitors.
What’s more, every aspect of the Delphis Eco packaging is recyclable, with the brand’s packaging being the first in the UK to be made from 100% recycled plastic milk bottles. By following a circular economy approach, Delphis Eco guarantees that their products’ environmental impact is significantly reduced in comparison to similar products on the market.
Authentic Italian rice and risotto brand Riso Gallo is the first in its sector to produce rice from sustainable agriculture, making their premium best-selling risotto rices – Gallo Risotto Tradition, Arborio, Carnaroli and Carnaroli Rustico – fully environmentally-friendly.
The brand has created a circular economy within its production process, collaborating with innovative startups that revolutionise the by-products of the rice mill. Rice House, for example, is an Italian initiative in which the secondary materials in rice cultivation are used to construct ethical houses – the rice husks and bran are used to make plaster and thermos-acoustic insulation uses the rice husk and rice straw fibres. Rice by-products are also transformed into furniture by Mogu, and the wastewater from Riso Gallo’s Nero rice is used as a natural clothes dye used by the Albini Group.
A pioneer of sustainable packaging, Riso Gallo plastic vacuum packaging is now suitable for recycling, and the Gallo Risotto Traditional, Arborio, Carnaroli, and Carnaroli Rustico ranges are packed in FSC-certified cardboard to protect the grains. The focus is on developmentthat minimises the impact of cultivation on the environment, working closely with farmers to agree on fair and stable prices prior to sowing, use of renewable energy and guarantee an excellent product certified by the Sustainable Rice Platform scheme.
British Recycled Plastic
Reducing the UK’s cast-off plastic is no small feat, but British Recycled Plastic have made it their mission to redefine the concept of waste. A business inspired by MD Jason Elliott’s love for the ocean, they take discarded plastic from the agricultural and automotive industries and give it a second life as a range of sustainable, durable, and weatherproof products, all with a 25-year guarantee.
Back in 2009, Elliott realised that plastic’s worst quality – being eternal – could be utilised to create products which would also last forever. Thirteen years down the line, hundreds of schools, councils, parks, and clubs across the UK have switched timber for recycled plastic and are enjoying the benefits of aesthetically-pleased, zero-maintenance outdoor furniture.
British Recycled Plastic has been hard at work developing a range of sustainable garden products. Their easy-assembly raised bed kits and composters – available in a range of sizes – have proven a hit, while space-saving patio sets, classic terrace dining sets and recycled plastic decking will outlast both timber and composite equivalents many times over.
Each product is made from solid plastic, recycled from waste sourced in the UK – and each keeps its equivalent weight of plastic out of landfill. This not only directly tackles plastic pollution, actively reducing waste, but it also preserves the precious natural resources which would otherwise be used to make new materials. British Recycled Plastic products will never rot, split, or splinter, and are resistant to mould and algae as well as UV-fading.
Cherchez la Femme
A team of fashion lovers from ‘the good days’ – before fast fashion took over the market – the founders of Cherchez la Femme have always had a soft spot for striking prints. Drawing on years of experience working with swimwear and activewear brands across the UK and USA, they went out to develop pieces they themselves wanted to wear. And by collaborating with British print designer Julie Ringlet – of Calvin Klein and Diane Von Furstenberg fame – they very much succeeded.
Given the staggering number of clothes that end up in landfill, Cherchez la Femme wanted to produce exclusively on demand. The brand’s founder graduated with a Masters in sustainable fashion degree and designed for numerous high street brands long before there was an awareness about the detrimental impact that fast fashion has on the planet – but soon enough, it was time to make a change. Cherchez la Femme works with UK manufacturers, and all products are ethically handmade. From the recycled Cherry printed T’s to Ripstop shopping bags, they aim to create unique products that one wouldn’t find on the high street, combining realistic prices with efficient customer service and a love for the environment at heart.
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The plant-powered, science-led skincare products and organic herbal teas supplied by Dr Jackson are worthy of their array of awards. Meticulous research is combined with the finest ingredients nature has to offer to develop products for all genders and all skin types – especially sensitive skin.
Drawing on a combined 30-plus years of leading scientific research between the founder, Dr Jackson, and his team of scientists, the brand formulates products that care for your skin in the most natural and effective way possible, backed by the principles of pharmacognosy – the study of natural medicines derived from plants and their traditional uses.
All vegan and cruelty-free, ingredients are sustainably and ethically sourced and rigorously tested in the lab to ensure the utmost purity and efficacy. You won’t find parabens, sulphates, phthalates, oxybenzone, artificial fragrances, silicones, or any nasties in Dr Jackson formulas, and their minimalist packaging avoid foil printing, plastic wrapping, artificially-coated or bleached paper, and polyester ribbons. Instead, expect green alternatives like recyclable glass jars, paper boxes printed with soy ink and biodegradable tea bags made from a heat-sealable plant starch material derived from non-GMO sugar cane.
And through a membership with 1% for the Planet, the brand supports the network of businesses, individuals, and communities working together to ensure that future generations thrive – like the Baobab Foundation, whose educational programs and wilding campaigns protect baobab trees from external threats.
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