environment2021/11/10

Nurture Nature: Wolf & Badger Natural Material Brand Of The Year 2021

Photographs by Wolf & Badger

Balushka have a passion for traditions and use the highest quality linen and unique traditional hand embroidery techniques for their collections. The brand showcase traditional Russian textile techniques through hand embroidery that guarantees the highest quality and durability of designs. Through their designs, Balushka also support small, artisanal factories across Russia. 

The home décor and fashion accessories crafted by Likha are handmade from natural materials (often repurposed agricultural byproducts) including straw and plant fiber, coco coir, sustainably-sourced shells and recycled wood. Designed in California in collaboration with partner Filipino artisans, each product is made with craft specific to culture, methods, and materials native to the artisan's region, letting the materials stay true to their roots. 

Based in Australia, Lorna Murray was founded on the basis of celebrating craft-based traditions in fashion and empowering and supporting the artisans who make their products without compromising the natural environment. The brand's hats and accessories made of 100% natural fibres, grown organically without the use of pesticide and manufactured with low-impact production techniques. Throughout the product's lifetime, the grass fibres will biodegrade and will leave as little impact on the earth as possible.

Komodo use high quality natural, organic, recycled, upcycled and innovative eco fibres in their collections. Founded in 1988, Komodo worked to develop and promote hemp fibres, bamboo, hand spun cruelty free wool and were fully invested in the earliest days of organic cotton. They are GOTS certified, a Common Objective partner brand and member of 1% For The Planet.

Lüks Linen source from the two most renowned cotton growing regions in Turkey; Denizli in the South West and Hatay in the South. They are proud to partner with local family run ateliers who use cotton spun, dyed and woven in the area in which it was cultivated. Wherever possible they use 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. The brand avoid the use of big machine manufacturing which has a tendency to put more stress and tension on the cotton yarn through heat which can result in an inferior and stiffer fabric. 

Jo Cranston is a British accessories designer, specialising in scarves, hats and gloves. Their products are made from 100% wool, which is renewable, recyclable and completely biodegradable. Even their labelling is made from organic cotton and sewn with natural cotton thread. Their packaging is made from recyclable paper, making their products entirely biodegradable, from start to finish. 

Smalls Merino create merino garments that have longevity and traceable provenance. They only work with ZQ Merino certified farms, ensuring their wool is held to the highest standards of farming, land management and animal welfare. Smalls have improved traceability and supply chain even further by choosing an even finer ZQ fabric made at an Italian Mill that has a complete vertical supply chain, the only mill on the world to gain EMAS certification for environmental practices, meaning Smalls can identify the collective of farms involved in every roll of fabric used and the resulting carbon footprint is very low.

Spindle By Sisters are champions of the slow living movement and lovers of Mother Nature, producing natural, biodegradable and sustainable homewares that are gentle to people and the planet. Creating kantha quilts and cushions, the brand draw on this centuries-old tradition of stitching patchwork cloth from rags, which evolved from the thrift of rural women in the Bengali region of the sub-continent - today the eastern Indian states of West Bengal and Orissa, and Bangladesh.

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