Like the Whole Foods of Kickstarter with a Project Runway twist, Yoxi.tv (pronounced ‘YO-see’) has launched themselves into the world and onto the internet to, as they put it, “discover rockstars of social innovation“…and that is exactly what they are doing.
Last Wednesday, September 14, in the middle of New York Fashion week, we were invited to Yoxi’s “Trim the Waist of Fashion” event, to celebrate the triumph of social innovators, SEA:Endless in Yoxi’s latest competetion.
The Atlanta based streetwear company won the “Trim the Waist of Fashion” competition through votes and pledges with their innovative concept of creating a fashion brand that seeks to propel a cycle of sustainable and forward-thinking fashion.
SEA: Endless takes the idea of sustainability to the extreme: Zero Waste. With their “Endless” system, one hat doesn’t just mean one hat. It means access to the entire line of hats. When you’re sick of red and blue, trade your hat back in for yellow and gold. If you’re never sick of red and blue, keep it forever.
Unlike vintage and thrift, SEA: Endless is about actually recycling the same product once it has reached its lifespan. Their idea is to create their product once anew; to put in back through the production cycle, rather than let it wear away becoming old and outdated.
We’re into it: Oskar Metsavaht, Brazilian pioneer for sustainable fashion’s Osklen Spring 2012 line: The Royal Black Collection.
We love the spectrum of textures and depth of color in this collection!
From this to that: Underground park on Delancey St could replace an abandoned MTA terminal
Could you imagine a Subway tunnel being turned into an underground oasis? Well, it might be in New York City’s future! Three urban entrepreneurs are proposing to the MTA to transform an abandoned terminal underneath Delancey St. in the Lower East Side into a park: complete with sunlight and greenery.
This Wednesday, the trio will be presenting their proposal to the Community Board; an idea we hope locals greet with open arms!
Repurposing urban space in a way that promotes life doesn’t sound like a bad idea to us!
Boxed Water: Bottled Water’s Cool Older Brother
We’ve known about Boxed Water for a year or two now, but it wasn’t until this summer when it started popping up around different events in Brooklyn that we really gave it a shot.
Besides the fact that 76% of Boxed Water’s packaging is made from trees, rather than plastic, making the majority of packaging renewable, and besides the fact that the space-sufficent design of a box requires a fraction of the space and energy used to transport water bottles…we just think that Boxed Water looks really, really cool.
Boxed Water is almost like water in a piece of performance art. The simple and clear packaging is intriguing; giving the resource and beverage we take most for granted a new face.
We like you Boxed Water. Let’s hang out.
Same Sky: Empowering Women with Fashion and Entrepreneurship
Same Sky is a company and social project that creates steady and gainful employment for women affected by HIV/AIDS in Rwanda and Zambia.
The company is partnered with the Gahaya Links organization that employs these HIV+ women as artisans, teaching them to bead, crochet, and make the handcrafted bracelet that are sold through Same Sky’s website. This fair trade employment allows these women to support their families and rebuild their lives.
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The Sway: Handcrafted handbags using reclaimed leathers.
Being socially and environmentally conscious in terms of fashion is all about reusing and repurposing things in a way that is outside the box.
The Sway, a leather goods company we represent here at Live With Us uses reclaimed and unused leather to craft their beautiful jackets and handbags. Everything can be used to create something new, even soda can tabs can be used to make fashion!
….But what about billboards?! A handful of companies around the world have been repurposing the vinyl from billboards and banners to make one of a kind bags, wallets, and purses that strap the city streets around your shoulder!
Fall is a-comin! Good thing The Sway has beautiful leather jackets made from reclaimed leather. Perfect for lowering our carbon footprint and keeping the cold out!