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Tatty's Designer Recycle has just moved to a bigger location!
Tatty's has been regarded as one of the city centre's best second-hand stores, specialising in designer, retro and vintage pieces. Established in 2006 by Aimee Egdell, Tatty's is a female run, owner operated consignment fashion business. Having grown up in the second hand fashion industry, Aimee's focus has always been to provide an alternative mode of consumption with sustainability and individuality at its core.
The city centre is filled with plenty of businesses championing sustainability with epic initiatives. If you're keen to make more environmentally conscious choices but unsure where to start, check out these options below.
H&M Garment Collection Program
If a closet clear-out has left you with piles of unwanted clothes, H&M’s Garment Collection program is a useful initiative to make the most of. They’ll accept any unwanted clothes or textiles by any brand, in any condition and sort them into three categories, re-wear, reuse or recycle. And in return, you’ll receive a thank you coupon to use towards your next purchase!
Sephora x Terracycle
Sephora’s important new initiative, Terracycle, keeps once loved beauty products out of landfill and turns them into raw, reusable materials. So, when you next find yourself scraping the dreads of your pot, tub, palette, or jar, be sure to keep the empties and return them to Sephora. The best part? You’ll be rewarded with Beauty Pass points to use in store!
RUBY's sustainable practices
The team at RUBY realise sustainability in the fashion industry is an ongoing process requiring continual effort and attention. The well-loved brand is continually smashing goals and doing their bit to be better. From launching RUBY recycle, a curated edit of pre-loved vintage pieces and samples, to introducing fabric offcut boxes in-store, and so much more, see all they're doing here.
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Allbirds' sustainable footwear and apparel
Allbirds have prioritised their environmental impact from day one. From offsetting their carbon footprint to creating their own SweetFoam sugarcane-based materials to use in their products and having the world’s first carbon negative green EVA (the material used in just about every footwear sole), check out more of their world-leading work, here.
If you're a sucker for clever, cool eco-friendly products, there is a fantastic range at Smith & Caughey's. Think reusable bags and drink bottles, keep cups of all shapes and sizes, travel straws and more.
Therapeutic beauty products at Aotea.
Aotea is a New Zealand brand doing epic things when it comes to sustainability. Their commitment to a circular economy ensures resources are in use for as long as possible and regenerated at the end of each life service. Selling a beautiful range of therapeutic products, Aotea is perfect if you're looking for a gift, or to spoil yourself!
A new collection of Paul Green shoes have just arrived at Scarpa, bringing luxe yet sustainable sneakers, loafers, and sandals. With a mission to integrate sustainability into their collections, thinking and everyday actions, these stylish shoes are a great eco-friendly option.
Shopping locally simultaneously helps the environment while supporting local people and businesses. With a high concentration of well-loved New Zealand brands, the city centre is a great place to shop local.