Urbankissed GmbH as a slow and ethical online marketplace is a conscious business, and we are proud to operate with a social impact focus. Sustainability, ethics, reducing our footprint and carbon emission and empowering small unique labels from around the world are at the forefront of our intentions in running a sustainable, conscious business.
We aim to be as transparent as possible, therefore, listed below is our slow & ethical index, enabling you to shop easily your values! The vendors featured on our site, fulfill at least one of these sustainable practises in their business, many fulfill multiple.
Even if conscious consumption is part of our core values, we don't want people loosing joy towards unique consumption. That's why we're not only partly offsetting your carbon emission from shipping for free but strongly pushing the idea that "the journey is the destination". It's incredible hard to be absolutely perfect in business today. For example, even if most of our labels are somehow trying to reduce their footprint, some are primarily focusing on supporting artisans from developing countries. Thus, you support communities, the global trade, local economies and labels which possess the ability to adapt quickly to changing economic climates.
We offset a part of your carbon emissions from delivery! Now, every time you purchase an item on www.urbankissed.com, we partly balance out the carbon emissions by creating positive environmental impact. This means that you don't need to have any bad feelings anymore when buying from the other end of the world but you can e.g. confidently support artisans and traditions!
It means that for any carbon emissions released into our atmosphere as a result of shipping items on Urbankissed, we invest 1 Euro per sale in projects managed by My Climate that reduce carbon emissions.*
The My Climate protection projects reduce emissions by replacing fossil energy sources with renewable energy or by promoting energy-efficient technologies. High-quality climate protection projects also contribute to social, ecological and economic development in their respective regions. The international initiative with its Swiss roots, belongs to the global leaders in voluntary quality compensation measures.
This initiative comes at no additional cost to buyers or sellers. It simply comes with the satisfaction of knowing that shopping on Urbankissed means making a positive impact on the planet.
Read more about My Climate: https://www.myclimate.org/
* For efficiency reasons, we donate after every 50 sales.
The sustainable criteria below form our Slow & Ethical Index guide and helps Urbankissed LLC to be consistent and transparent in selecting the fashion we showcase and why. These principles stand as a beacon for evolution in industry practices where consumption is a catalyst for ethical resolutions. Look for these standards on our products and become immersed in the new economy of change.
Labels collaborate and involve themselves in companies, organisations, and initiatives that empower, educate, and support artisans and local communities often from developing countries. Thus, you support communities, age-old techniques, one-of-a-kind pieces in a world of homogenized mass production, the global trade, local economies and labels which possess the ability to adapt quickly to changing economic climates.
It's no secret that too many of the plastic products we use end up in the ocean. One major source of that pollution are our clothes. Just washing them can pollute the oceans. And these tiny fibers can eventually reach the ocean. There, they’re adding to the microplastic pollution that’s accumulating in the food chain and being ingested by all sorts of marine wildlife, and even us. Also plastic items can take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills.
Labels work with accredited ethical garment factories that are legally bound to provide respect, fair hours, wages, healthcare, family support, and a genuine interest in their employees. Labels ensure that their profit does not come at the cost of those who make their garments.
Labels mindfully sourced, organic and/or cruelty-free materials, natural inks, and textiles that have not contributed to toxic soils, genetically modified crops, river pollution, and high carbon emissions.
Labels only make items to order or hand make each item, promoting slow fashion, high garment care, the longevity of garments, and minimal waste due to changing trends. Labels seek offcuts, and upcycled materials helping to prevent landfill build up.
Labels actively seek to reduce waste and their carbon footprint. They use recycled products and packaging, upcycled materials, biodegradable bags, smart washing practices, and cleaner shipping companies. They support environmental initiatives.
Many labels on our site (incl. us) give back. We believe it's our moral imperative to redirect portions of our profit towards our earth, oceans & community.
Labels promoting positive cultural multiplicity and body diversity drives appreciation of other humanities.