• handmade soy candle by SaanSaan
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    Saan Saan Candles – Light Fueled by Wander

    It must be wonderful to be able to start up a business that connects with the things you love. I am not an entrepreneur but I think it is safe to say that one common denominator amongst small businesses focused on craftsmanship and environmental sustainability is passion. After all, starting a business in itself is both a risk and a challenge, and when you choose to be an ethical, eco-conscious brand then expect challenges to be greater yet the rewards more meaningful. On Lokal, Mark, creator of Saan Saan shares with us how launching the brand allows him the freedom to run his own business while doing the things he…

  • pinatex vegan leather bag
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    Piñatex – from Pineapples to Leather (the Good Kind)

    By now, you have probably already heard of Piñatex- a sustainably-produced fashion material made from piña (Spanish for pineapple) leaves, and interestingly began its journey in the Philippines. The Piñatex Story Some time in the ’90s, Dr. Carmen Hijosa worked as a specialist in the design and manufacture of leather goods. Visiting a tannery in the Philippines led her to witness the true and devastating impact mass leather production has on people and the environment. Upon leaving the country, she was determined to find a more sustainable alternative to leather. She resigned from her job to spend the next seven years researching and developing what is now a patented material and…

  • HabinPh handmade bag
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    8 Chic Sustainable Bag Makers from the Philippines

    I  have been wanting to feature local brands on this blog for quite a while but just haven’t had the chance to sit and complete a post until now. I’m starting off with a round-up of local bag makers that promote and support slow fashion. These homegrown labels create their products by hand, using sustainable materials such as recycled cloth, vegan leather, or natural and traditional fabrics. I’ve found eight Filipino bag makers and they are presented here in random order. When I find the need to buy a new bag, I will definitely not have second thoughts about buying from these makers. HABIN PH You can tell that Habin…