Staying sustainable in the life of model-marine scientist

My name is Rae Rodriguez, well in the fashion world anyways. My mom calls me Désirée. I’m still not sure why they called me Rae, but I guess it’s worked out pretty well. I’m a Puerto Rican model with a degree in marine science, so naturally an environmental activist. I grew up between islands where I learned to care about the land and ocean as I watched our planet grow more and more polluted.

Fashion Editorials Open Call

FASHIONISTAS...

We don’t need to reiterate the stats. The fashion industry plays big part in the climate crisis and we need to be doing something about it.

Submissions are now open for conscious fashion editorials for #theearthissue online, the deadline is August 31st. Share and tag your friends!

We are accepting editorials that promote ethical, second hand and alternative fashion. Get creative and send your work either via a link in an email or attach it in a wetransfer link. Please include a statement about the work and a short bio about yourself.

Email isabelle@theearthissue.com with Conscious Fashion' as the subject header

#consciousfashion2019 🌱

Ethical Brands for Afro Hair

Having afro hair, I have grown up accepting the fact that if I needed to buy products it wasn’t as easy as popping into Superdrug or Tesco. I had to travel to a specialised store where the shelves were packed from floor to ceiling full of the latest brands mainly from the US. The shopping trip became much harder once I realised that the chemicals I was using to maintain my hair were toxic for my health and the environment.So after much research, trials of my own and label reading I have put together a list of some ethical brands to encourage more people to ditch the toxic products that could damage their health. In their place, I have picked some brands that carefully select their ingredients and are ethical in their practices.

Pretty Ugly Editorial

Pretty Ugly, shot on a sun ripened day in London. The premise of the shoot is to promote natural and cruelty free products.

The full editorial will be up on The Earth Issue website later today.

Credits:
Producer and Art Direction: Isabelle Landicho
Photographer: Elena Cremona
Assistant & Video Editor: Dipo Kayode- Osi
Make-Up Artist: Gina Blondell
Hair Stylist: Shelley Sumner
Casting: Christie Phedon
Models: Anesu & Nathan

Pretty Ugly (BTS)

Pretty Ugly, shot on a sun ripened day in London. The premise of the shoot is to promote natural and cruelty free products.

The full editorial will be up on The Earth Issue website later today.

Credits:
Producer and Art Direction: Isabelle Landicho
Photographer: Elena Cremona
Assistant & Video Editor: Dipo Kayode- Osi
Make-Up Artist: Gina Blondell
Hair Stylist: Shelley Sumner
Casting: Christie Phedon
Models: Anesu & Nathan

Top Ten Ethical Beauty Products for Summer 2019

Can ethical beauty tick all the boxes? Organic, natural, cruelty-free, vegan, palm oil-free, halal, ethically sourced and plastic-free packaging? This is a question I’ve asked myself in the last couple of years and as a makeup artist in the fashion industry these are all things I deeply care about… Here are the top ten ethical beauty products to reach for this summer. Products that will leave us feeling fresh and ready for sunny adventures and what’s more, they won't cost the earth.

Little Plant Pantry

Maria Romanova Hynes and Winter Romanov from Little Plant Pantry, moved from rural Ireland to Amsterdam early last year, to open the city’s first zero-waste shop. We sat in their garden, newly built within ten days with the help of volunteers, and talked about their journey towards a sustainable urban existence, the harsh reality of the food industry and the challenges and joys of running your own shop. 

Eat More, Waste Less

Yellow stickers became the bulk of my food shop several years ago. Produce that has reached its use by date, so supermarkets reduce the price by as much as 90%. I eat, cook with whatever I have. More recently, this has extended to sourcing free food. … I'd like to share my top 10 tips for being able to eat more and spend less.

Spotlight: pebblefest

pebble is an independent lifestyle platform that advocates “enjoying life without harming the planet”, it covers everything from green fashion, plastic-free living, eco-travel and good food. The magazine is passionate about championing brands that do good and “support businesses that have developed fairer ways of trading and making choices that lighten the load of your life on the planet.”

Interview with fashion brand Omnia Ex Nihilo

Omnia Ex Nihilo is a small-batch clothing brand based in Brooklyn, New York. Beginning with little but their own resources and knowledge, the duo Ashley Lana Wheat and Coleman Downing create beautiful, minimal, functional garments that are all produced domestically, in the Garment District of Manhattan, with a zero fabric waste policy and using only fair-trade fabrics and natural dyes.

Launching their first line, Foundation, out of their Bushwick studio in February 2019, and their second line Pillars in production for Fall 19/20, Omnia has a sensitivity to both environmental trends and small details that drives their work, aesthetically and ethically. In line with the meaning of their name, they strive to create everything out of nothing: making, but doing no harm; keeping the needs of urban living in harmony and elegant relationship to natural areas.