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Published Jul 10 2020 in Customer Appreciation, customers, diane kennedy, eco, eco friendly, environmentally friendly, ethical, Ethics, Fall Fashion, green living, inspiration, Made in Canada, sustainable, zero waste
You may remember a recent blog, about a certain Well-Dressed Climate Scientist...
Well, we were curious to hear more from her, so after a few friendly e-mails, we asked her how we can "do better" for our earth. And so, she was kind enough to share some of her tips on how we can all live a greener lifestyle and share the global responsibility we have in protecting our environment. Read on!
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
- Maya Angelou
Photo provided by Dr. Kohfeld. Fall 2019. She is wearing our Perception Tunic & Heather Charcoal Cozy Coat
If we could all do 3 simple things on a consistent basis to best reduce our impact on the environment, what would they be?
Just three? 😊
Ok...Here we go!
1. Travel less, and use lower-impact forms of transport.
We've seen with the COVID-19 lockdown that daily greenhouse gas emissions around the world decreased by 17% in early April 2020!
This was in part because we weren't driving and flying. Many large cities around the world have been converting street space so that it can be used for pedestrians and cyclists, and there's a possibility that some of these changes could become permanent.
Imagine, as we move forward, that we continue to walk, bicycle and telecommute more often, rather than spending hours in our single-occupancy, gas-powered vehicles. We'd reduce our dependency on oil, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and we'd feel healthier, too.
2. Change our consumption patterns.
By now most of us have heard of "reduce, reuse, recycle," and now we can add "refuse" and "rot" (composting) to those. We have the information out there to become informed consumers, and we can refuse to buy things (plastics and single-use products) that contribute to environmental waste.
Diane, you yourself have posted about how the fashion industry, for example, is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, but you've shown that it doesn't have to be. We can, to the best of our abilities and where possible, make informed choices.
3. Vote for laws and policy makers who put sustainable environmental policies in place.
We have the technology to transform our transportation and energy sectors in Canada, but truly battling climate change will require that we vote for system-wide policies and changes.
Numbers 4, 5, and 6 would be to have difficult conversations with your friends and family so that they are aware; reduce your personal energy consumption; and reduce your reliance on meats and vegetables produced through industrial farming (i.e. buy local!)
Thank you so much for this well-written advice, Dr. Kohfeld! We hope our readers are inspired and encouraged by your words 💚
Published Jun 12 2020 in diane kennedy, eco friendly, environmentally friendly, ethical fashion, fashion, happy, Made in Canada, Mystery Bags, online shopping, shop local, shopping, slow fashion, Special Offer
A mystery most stylish is afoot at Diane Kennedy - So we're packing our bags! (in more ways than one...)
Come the end of June, our East Vancouver doors will close and our operations will be moving to New Westminster. More details on this to come; for the latest update, we invite you to sign up for our newsletter (which will give you 15% off your first purchase!)
In the meantime, starting today, we are offering something we've never done before...
Diane is filling a limited number of "bags", with some of her favourite pieces - You'll find one-of-a-kind looks, along with a variety of samples. In fact, many of these items have never been available online! Due to size availability, at this time, we will be offering these in size Small, Medium, Large, and X-large only here.
Whether you're one of our regular customers or have been wanting to try our signature bamboo styles, this is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself or someone else to a little surprise.
Just a peek of some of the pieces you may find...
For a limited time, we're offering 5 items per bag with a regular retail value of at least $650 for $100 plus free shipping! All are Made in Canada at our local factories.
Published May 22 2020 in Behind the Scenes, diane kennedy, eco friendly, environmentally friendly, fashion industry, garment manufacturing, inspiration, Made in Canada, shop local, Vancouver fashion, women in business
As we adjust to the "New Normal", we realize the importance of strengthening our economy through our local businesses and industries. When you wear a piece from us, we're proud to say that it is truly “Made In Canada”. There are so many ways our business supports other local businesses.
Along with our commitment to producing our line using eco-friendly, sustainable methods when possible, our mission statement has also always included using local vendors.
From our team to our agents, every step of Diane's process involves a Canadian, likely local, element. Through your support, we're able to design and produce more collections - thus, giving back to our economy, as we continue to work with our Canadian factories and suppliers. Everything from the boxes we ship with, our hangtags and labels, all our printed products, even the zippers we use are Made In Canada.
While our fabric comes from Montreal, most everything else involved is purchased locally. One of the things we're most proud of is that all our garments are manufactured from 3 local factories in Vancouver. We think it's wonderful that these factories offer supportive, flexible work environments for their employees, ensuring that they're able to take care of their families, while still being able to work.
Even down to our shipping methods, we're proud to support our Canadian shipping company, along with Canada Post.
In an effort to continue to be actively conscientious, we are pleased to release a collection of high-quality face masks. This is in response to an announcement by Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Tam, recommending that we endeavour to wear these to help everyone stay safe. We hope offering these will help you feel safe (and stay stylish).
Our pledge to support the local community endeavors to show how much we value our home, as much as our garments. Thank you to you for making Diane Kennedy possible. ❤️
With 2019 nearing its end, the team here at Diane Kennedy wanted to send a most heartfelt thank you for your support. It has been another amazing year for Diane Kennedy; we are so proud of our continued commitment to local and ethical manufacturing, in a fast-fashion world.
We know none of the success we share with you would be possible without *you*, and to be completely honest, it wouldn't be nearly as enjoyable without you, either. So, once more, we thank you for being on this wonderful journey with us.
Wishing you the happiest of holidays, the merriest of Christmases and nothing but the very best for the New Year and beyond.
With Love from Diane, Julia, Logan, and Tracy.
My love of natural fibers began at an early age. As a gift, my mother bought me a miniature sewing machine and as a result, I spent hours near her as she worked. Some of my early 'toys' were often boxes of buttons, spools of wooden thread and of course her drawer of beautiful fabrics.
My mother sewed beautifully and taught me to sew. She had wonderful clothes made of natural fibers; wool coats, cashmere sweaters, silk and cotton dresses and lovely garments made out of Viyella (cotton and wool blend). I learned early to appreciate the feel of the quality fabric.
My appreciation for natural fibers continues to this day. 99% of my designs are executed in natural fibers like bamboo.
Natural for the Planet
With so many brands made from polyester, especially in the plus sizes, I prefer to be the alternative. Part of the allure of polyester is its inexpensive cost, which brings down the price of the garment. While the polyester fabric may be affordable to purchase, the cost to our planet is high. Did you know that Polyester and indeed most synthetic fibers are derived from crude oil drilled right out of the earth? Polyester is a polymer, or a long chain of repeating molecular units, which is a plastic derived from crude oil.
What about the cost to our bodies as well? I personally can't stand the feel of polyester on my body and immediately begin to perspire. I far prefer the feeling of soft natural fibers against my skin and the breathability and comfort that these fibers afford me. Like the food I put in my body, the clothes I wear I want to be in a natural state or as close to nature as possible.
New arrivals made from softest bamboo can be found in our online shop here. Or visit us at our studio for one of our shopping weekends. We're open for shopping Oct 4 from 2-7 and Oct 5 from 11-5 @ 1635 Powell Street, Vancouver B.C.