The Round Up: 23 Aug 2012

The latest brands to be awarded with The Mark of Positive Living.

Hattie Rickards

Hattie Rickards has one main goal – to design striking and refined jewellery while adhering to strong moral and ethical beliefs. While they do not claim to be perfect, their aim is to make jewellery from ethically-sourced materials using fair labour practises where possible. Currently each piece is designed and handmade in the UK and all gems and stones are sourced from a supplier with strong ethical and environmental principles. All gold in the ‘Revealed’ collection is Fairtrade and Fairmined Ecological gold. Gold certified to Fairtrade and Fairmined Standards provides small-scale miners and their communities in developing countries the opportunity for better living and working conditions. The Flip Octo Pendant (pictured) is handmade from 18k Fairtrade & Fairmined certified Yellow Gold with 8 baguettes of Ruby, Blue and Yellow Sapphire, Mandarin Garnet, Topaz, Amethyst and Black Spinel, totaling 3.6 carats.

Mettle

The award winning ‘mettle – Fair Trade’ range is the brain bank of Melbourne based fashion designer Brianna Hallihan, established after years of working within the industry both locally and abroad in London and Paris. Each piece is fair trade accredited, limited edition and hand made using recycled bomb shell metal from the Khmer Rouge and Recycled Lucite. The entire range is produced in Cambodia and Indonesia within a small, not for profit income generation and skills training project owned by it’s members. All pieces are finished to the highest quality standards with the aim being to bridge the gap between design driven pieces and fair trade ethics. Mettle – fair trade supports small disadvantaged producers through a business relationship which is fair and non exploitative. They make sure people are well-supported, seeing producers as people; not just producers of goods. The co-op enlisted by mettle is registered with the Cambodian government as a local association; a not for profit group owned by its members. In line with this ethos, all pieces are made from 100% recycled materials. The end result? A hand made eco-luxe piece to be cherished for all the right reasons.

Rohmir

Olga Roh founded Rohmir in 2007, finding her forte in luxury fashion design. Hailed from Russian nobility, with vast experience in fashion and savoir-vivre style, she has seamlessly established herself as a designer of ready-to-wear collections with a fierce injection of cosmopolitan glamour. For AW12 the collection symbolises the magical journey from East to West, from bright bold tones, metallic shades and golden hues that are evocative of spice markets and bazaars to neutral palettes with a sophisticated European touch. The brand complies with global labour standards, paying minimum wage and local living wage. They also have policies in place that require their suppliers to adhere to social and environmental standards.

 

 

Hattie Rickards

Rohmir

Mettle

Mettle

 

skyn ICELAND

skyn ICELAND founder Sarah Kugelman formulates her products using the therapeutic glacial waters sourced directly from Iceland, full of nurturing minerals and trace elements from the country’s volcanic rock, proven to treat a multitude of skin ailments from psoriasis, eczema, and rashes to tired skin and irritation. Additionally she incorporates super potent Icelandic and arctic botanicals (a result of the short growing season)—including angelica archangelica, Arctic cranberry and cloudberry seed oils, as well as thyme extract and butterfly bush—from Iceland and the Arctic region, ingredients that have incredible antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and healing properties, perfect for protecting, treating and replenishing stressed skin.

Weleda

When Weleda say natural, they mean natural. They aim to use only the purest wild-crafted, organically and Biodynamically cultivated ingredients for their products. Toxins, additives and raw materials from mineral oils simply won’t do. Their products are now tested and graded to NATRUE standards. NATRUE is an international system of certification and not-for-profit organisation, which recognises the authenticity of natural and organic products by awarding natural cosmetics, natural cosmetics with organic portion & organic cosmetics. The first category, Natural Cosmetics, sets a high base standard. Only when it is attained, can products qualify for the other two levels – they indicate the proportion of natural ingredients from organic agriculture. Weleda likes to put its money where its mouth is – so in early 2009 Weleda UK moved to a green energy supplier and is constantly looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

OV Naturals

OV skincare celebrates the therapeutic and beautifying properties of essential oils. They produce facial skincare products such as moisturisers, cleansers, facial oils and other products. They only call the products in our range ‘Organic’ if they contain over 90% Organic Ingredients. Those products which are not organic may contain a high range of organic ingredients also, or they may be based on natural, non-organic substances. They aim to provide products which are effective and smell, feel and look delightful, sourcing from a variety of trusted suppliers to bring you skincare products that really do transform. Cosmetics are applied directly to skin, hair and nails so it is crucial that they are safe to use. OV skincare products are compliant with European legislation, the Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC).

skyn ICELAND

Weleda

OV Naturals

 

Caroline Freestone

Caroline is an English graduate from Bristol University, with experience in fashion and beauty journalism for a number of on and offline publications. With previous work experience in events and PR she is currently the Web & Social Media Editor for Positive Luxury.