A Swedish mall like no other

ReTuna Återbruksgalleria shopping centre

How cool is this?!  A whole mall dedicated to restoring and recycling!  I would soooo shop here.    Man, those Europeans sure know what they’re doing when it comes to sustainable practices.   What are your thoughts?  Would you shop at this mall?

Read the full story here:

Sweden’s cool new sustainable mall!

 

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Zara: Shame on you!

The Zara logo is seen on a clothes hanger in one of its stores. Shoppers in Istanbul discovered notes in clothing saying workers had not been paid at the Bravo Tekstil factory in Turkey, according to widespread media reports this month.

It pains me to write this post.  So, the CBC covered a story on the desperate plea of Zara’s garment workers in Turkey.  This should really come as no surprise to people, but it will.  How desperate these garment workers must be to be sending out letters of SOS.  Heartwrenching.  Looks like not much has changed since Rana Plaza.  Interested to hear everyone else’s thoughts on this.  Please leave your opinion/comments below.  Read the full story here:

Workers stitched pleas for help into clothes sold by Zara

Eco innovation: Reebok’s compostable sneaker

The race is on for brands to find more sustainable materials for their products and Reebok has taken to the challenge very seriously! In the October 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings magazine, you will find an article about Reeboks new innovative sustainable closed loop sneakers.

“Reebok is introducing a completely compostable sneaker designed to neither harm the environment when created nor potentially clog a landfill when discarded. The shoe’s upper section is made of sustainable organic cotton, while the sole is derived from industrially grown corn, harvested when it’s older and tougher. Even the eyelets are stitched, using no metal or plastic.”

Now this is truly a step in the right direction!

reebok plant-based sneakers
 

Fabric 101

In the world of everything polyester, exploring new and unique fabrics may sound scary and daunting to you.  However, there are so many new innovations in textiles these days that it’s so exciting to see and learn about!  At least for me…but I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to fabric. Oh the possibilities!

Tru’s first collection is all made out of modal and I realised that many people hadn’t heard of it, so I wanted to give you all a brief intro to some great sustainable fabrics to look out for and to know that there is more out there than just polyester.  There are many harmful chemicals used in the production of polyester, including carcinogens, and if emitted to water and air untreated, can cause significant environmental damage. Even within polyester there are sustainable options like polyester made from recycled plastic bottles!  Who would have thought? Continue reading Fabric 101

Syrian Canadians Start A New Life…one stitch at a time!

Given that it’s International Women’s Day today I thought it very fitting to share with you all this beautiful video of strong, empowered, motivated women. These women make me so proud to be Canadian!   Continue reading Syrian Canadians Start A New Life…one stitch at a time!

Valentine Pop-up Shop!

Come drop in to our one day pop up shop conveniently located in uptown Toronto just off the 401.   It’s a great opportunity to be able to feel our soft modal fabric in person and try on whatever you’d like!  Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day to fashion that is local, ethical, and sustainable and will give you lots of love for years to come!  If interested in attending please send an email to info@truvogue.com or call (647) 885-3610 and Iwill send you the location details or add you to the private facebook event.

Tru has joined the Ethik community!

We are very excited to announce our recent collaboration with Ethik Boutique and eco-design hub.  Ethik is a Montreal based boutique that sells ethical brands from Canada and abroad. Check them out at https://ethik-bgc.ca/

Ethik is a collective of FEM International (www.feminternational.org), a not-for-profit whose mission is to support women empowerment through social entrepreneurship.  Together they organized a successful fundraising fashion show last week in which Tru dawned the runway.  Here are some photos that were in Le Huffington Post Quebec

.  See the whole article here http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/11/29/soiree-benefice-mode-ethique–bulles-fem-internationa_n_13302942.html