I like to imagine a future where we have a more sustainable and prosperous planet, where waste is minimized and through the circularity of resources, we all contribute to regenerating our environment. A future where our forests can thrive, continuing to generate fresh air for us to breathe and where entire centuries old forests are not left to ashes due to rising global temperatures. This future requires us to rethink materials and waste.
I built Lizzy&Remy purposively as a zero-waste and circular business model to operate much like its own small regenerative garden. In a circular garden, one would plant local fruits, vegetables and herbs that naturally repel pests and use greywater collected in one’s sink to water the garden. Once the food has been consumed and turned into compost, it is put back into the ground to provide nourishment for the next growing season. Lizzy&Remy, much like this closed loop garden, cultivates collections focused on supporting mother earth. To nurture my garden, I use re-cycled, eco-friendly or sustainably sourced fabric that protects our natural world. Once the final pieces of apparel are made, I collect the scraps and piece them together to create one-of-a-kind dog clothing that is completely unique and released as part of my monthly one-of-a-kind collections. Lastly, the finished apparel is sent with love to you and your pup in fully recyclable packaging.
Zero-waste is particularly pertinent to the fast fashion industry. It’s estimated the fashion industry produces 10% of all carbon emissions and is the second largest consumer of the world’s water supply. The goal of zero-waste is to protect our planet by reduction, reuse and recycling. While zero-waste focuses on minimizing waste, circular economies go one step further by striving to regenerate our environment. The idea is to build a system where raw materials remain in the supply chain, otherwise known as the loop.
We all are collectively responsible for taking steps to protect mother earth. Ultimately, the more that people value products made from repurposed, reused or recycled materials, the easier it becomes for businesses to cultivate their own regenerative gardens.