Hi there fellow boho! My name is Nathalie and I'm the founder of Chic Little Boho. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my website! I've always strived to make Chic Little Boho as sustainable as possible. When I first started Chic, I didn’t even really think about it being a more sustainable option for people, but now being a part of the “handmade”, more “ethical” world, it would always come up in conversations and it made me explore what that really meant. It opened my eyes to the horrifying things that happened in the textile industry (if you haven’t watched “The True Cost” documentary, I highly recommend you watch it to educate yourself on this topic) and how it’s actually the second most polluting industry next to big oil.
Sewing all of my garments myself, I felt really good on the fact that I knew where my clothes were coming from, but the more research I did, the more I understood that the fabric I was buying and the way it was being made/dyed could be as equally detrimental to the planet as the rest of the textile industry was being. Sure, once I figured this out I would ask about the process behind each fabric I bought, but how do you know if they’re telling the truth?
Nowadays, having something being “FDA approved” or “organic” or “biodegradable” doesn’t really mean much. Unless you actually know that it’s certified and comes from a legitimate source, companies will say anything to make you happy and buy their product, especially now that they know about the Western world being on such an “organic” more “ethical” kick.
So, what could I do better? How can I buy fabric and make something that I know won’t harm the environment and won’t scare you guys away with the final price tag, as truly eco friendly fabric isn’t cheap? Well, the answer was pretty simple — vintage/secondhand clothing.
There’s literally nothing more sustainable than secondhand fashion. There’s such an ABUNDANCE of preloved, vintage treasures that are scattered all over this world waiting to find a second home. Do we really need more? Wouldn't it be amazing if we had a circular system that could give old clothes new life?
From this day forward, all of the products you see coming from Chic Little Boho will be secondhand -- I will be buying and reviving a ton more vintage pieces and all of the handmade garments will be secondhand bought fabric from donation stores (along with using up all the previous fabric I already have, of course).
I'm very proud to be a part of this movement. Our beautiful planet isn't doing too well and it's up to us to take action and do all the things we can to help her out for the better. I promised myself that starting in 2020 I’d use the power of my social media platforms in more positive ways, so this will, of course, be applied to Chic Little Boho as well. I've been doing a ton of research on sustainability and will be sharing all of my tips with you along the way. I hope that you find them useful and will apply them to your life too.
WE LOVE YOU PLANET EARTH!