This past year has been a tough one for all of us, being plunged into a global pandemic, and having to stay at home for the best part of a year, not to mention the tragedy of losing friends and loved ones. Having recently lost my father (not due to Covid 19, but affected by the restrictions of it), I’m keen to report on some of the positivity to have come out of these difficult times, and hope that it will give us all some better, more cheerful vibes and hope for the future.
One of these positive stories comes from Naomi Stuart, the Founder of Ambre Clothing, whose idea for her new business came about during the first COVID-19 lockdown.
With a passion for mountains, skiing, and the natural habitat, Naomi has seen first-hand the devastating disruption that climate change is having on our environment. Reduced snow cover, melting glaciers and river flow changes are having a huge negative impact on our wildlife and to the people who live in some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.
Naomi wanted to make a change, and decided to use her spare time to look into sustainability and ethical practices within the fashion world. She was shocked to find that the market was flooded with greenwashing, and wanted to fill the gap in the market and start up an environmentally conscious clothing brand.
Ambre clothing produce a wonderfully simple range of casual wear, made from the best raw materials, grown, or produced in ways that do not harm people, animals (the range is entirely vegan) or the environment. Certified organic and regenerated cotton, and recycled polyester, quality clothing whose active life will be extended longer, meaning less will end up in landfill. Traditional means of producing clothing is often exploitive to humans (and animals) and/or uses harmful chemicals which pollute the environment.
Ambre’s clothes are made in Bangladesh and China through global manufacturing partners who are committed to fair and safe working practices. They are GOTS-certified and audited by the Fair Wear Foundation. This basically means that people are paid fairly to work in safe conditions, and no child labour is used.
I received the luxurious, unisex Meranti organic, zip-up hoodie, pictured above, which has a recycled Sherpa lining throughout. Fully certified and ethically crafted in a choice of three colours. It arrived in the most beautiful, certified organic cotton drawstring bag and packaged in biodegradable, compostable and recyclable Kraft paper. Every single item of packaging is plastic free and environmentally conscious – and even came with a free pack of wildflower seeds.
I was really impressed at the warmth and quality of this garment and I can see it lasting me for many years to come. It doubles as a jacket in that in-between weather. It’s actually quite a challenge to find leisurewear and hoodies which are ethically produce, so Ambre have been a fantastic discovery for me and I’d recommend them to anyone.
Thanks for reading. Have a wonderful week ahead.
Ambre sent me this product free of charge, for review purposes. All opinions are my own.