By Jessie Moore|
December 29, 2021|
3 min read
The right accessories can give any piece of clothing a new lease of life. Your whole wardrobe will feel instantly updated simply by adding a new handbag, stylish watch or pretty earrings. Indeed, we think that having the right accessories is the most important component of having a versatile, varied and fun wardrobe.
Unfortunately, within accessories, there are so many pieces which are unsustainably made or sourced, or have questionable ethics. We’ve gathered together our favourite sustainable fashion accessories, all of which boast impressive eco-credentials. Here’s how to make shopping for those little extras that give the ‘wow factor’ to your wardrobe a more sustainable investment.
One of the most popular accessories of the last two years has undoubtedly been the face mask. Now, with the latest regulations mandating the wearing of masks in many indoor places again, this sustainable face mask from Maask will brighten up any outfit.
Say ‘no’ to single-use masks with a reusable alternative that is created from recycled ocean plastic fabric. There are five designs to choose from including classic black and a brightly coloured leopard print version that will get you noticed. After all, your face mask is probably your biggest and most consistent fashion accessory at the moment, so use it to make a statement about what you believe in.
Suffolk-based jewellery designer Ruth Lea is renowned for her contemporary recycled silver rings, which she handcrafts into unique pieces. You’re guaranteed that whatever style you choose will truly be a one-off. We love that each piece is so personal.
This eco sterling silver ring is spiral-shaped, has a ‘hammered’ finish and is available in ring sizes A-Z. Discover more handmade accessories from Ruth at Bluebell Lane Jewellery. You’ll definitely find something that makes your heart sing.
Ok, perhaps not your most favoured accessory, but choose carefully and socks can add the same pop of colour that makes your outfit incredible as a scarf, belt or piece of jewellery. Pulling on a good pair of socks can put a spring in your step that lasts all day long – especially if the socks you wear feature sunshine yellow smiles and are sustainable.
We believe that sustainable accessorising starts with an amazing pair of socks. With these Sunny Rays Bamboo Socks from Leiho, not only will your feet feel fantastic, but for every pair sold a pair will also be donated to someone experiencing homelessness.
Tikauo has developed an eco-friendly tote bag crafted from recycled cotton that provides a stylish alternative to a plastic carrier bag. The blue and white Japanese style design features koi carp and has a coconut shell button that acts as a cute, yet practical fastener.
It can be easily rolled up to fit into any pocket or handbag ready for grocery shopping – or used as a carry-all for the daily commute. We use our tote almost every day – team it with blue jeans and trainers and get ready to hit the shops. Don’t underestimate the power of a tote as a fashion accessory!
We love this Votch timepiece, with its vegan-friendly faux leather strap and sleek black design. The black dial and steel hands are simple and understated and can be paired with everything from jeans and a t-shirt to your Sunday best for effortless elegance.
Votch sustainable watches combine style and conscience, only using ethically sourced materials that have little impact on the environment. All their pieces are unisex and we love their ethics and their design.
You’ll receive plenty of compliments when you’ve got this cheerful Nene Clutch Bag on your arm. It’s created using decommissioned seatbelts and excess fabric from the fashion industry – all rescued from a life in a landfill to brighten your day. What a brilliant story behind this fashion piece!
The feel-good factors of this quirky clutch bag don’t end there – each bag is embroidered with a quote inspired by a traditional Frevo carnival dance that reads: ‘Feed Goodness Into The World’. How fabulous is that? Just the reminder you need every time you grab it!
Slow fashion hair accessories are all the rage, as this collection from KOHR perfectly illustrates. We love this band with stretchy natural rubber elastic to keep your hair slicked back and sleek.
KOHR’s giant handmade scrunchie is an organic favourite of ours and is a great way to hold a messy bun or ponytail together for funky boho-chic. Great for your hair too as it won’t snap and tear leaving you with fly-away style!
The sun may be hiding away right now, but we’re already dreaming of summer days when we can break out these unique sustainable sunnies. Made from bamboo frames and polarised lenses, no two pairs of these retro shades will ever look exactly the same as they all have different wood grain patterns.
Plus, feel good about looking great as 1% of all the sales will go towards supporting global eco-charities.
It can be used as a clutch, or worn over the shoulder with the inclusion of a detachable strap. We’d team this chic bag with a simple neutral coloured outfit that allows the handbag to be the star of the show.
Everyone deserves to sparkle and shine, and these elegant lab-grown diamond earrings provide a glamorous finishing touch to any look. Lab-grown diamonds shine as brightly as the real thing and are a responsible alternative to mined diamonds. Given the murky ethics of much of the traditional diamond trade, this is good news.
Small and dainty – yet dazzling – these ethically-sourced earrings are handmade in the UK by the talented Diana Sherling, founder of Lily Flo Jewellery.
Have fun accessorising sustainably and ethically! Take a look at our full range of eco-friendly and sustainable accessories.