One-fifth of the world’s industrial water pollution and 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions are generated by the apparel industry, which uses up to 20,000 chemicals – many of them carcinogenic – to make our clothes. This calls for a revolution! No wonder sustainability is the hottest trend coming down the runway. No news for designer Sigmar Berg. “Be the change you want to see in the world” has been his motto ever since he founded the +Beryll brand. Handmade in Los Angeles, each and every piece crafted by Berg and his team of artisans is made with the environment in mind, and the +Beryll brand is beyond conscious of its foul emissions.
Synthetic fibres and processed natural fibres consume energy and leave behind toxins while natural textiles are carbon neutral. Therefore +Beryll bags, belts, jewelry and jackets are crafted from all natural leather, the T-shirts and cashmere from organic materials. When you combine the fabrics with the manufacturing process, which is done locally in Los Angeles, the total carbon emissions of a +Beryll piece compared to a polyester dress made overseas are extremely low. Filling up closets with clothes that are more sustainable and less impactful, facing up to their true environmental and social cost is the ultimate revolution and potential transformation of a trillion-dollar-a-year industry. Let’s join in – we all have to be the change we want to see in the world!