Making colourful, hand-embellished accessories that are as planet-friendly as possible is my main mission here at Leigh Elizabeth Studio.
I make everything to order (or in super small batches) to minimise waste, and anything I can’t sell I will always repurpose. My vegan leather panels are off-cuts from a printing factory, my dust bags are made of fabric from a small family-run company in Edinburgh and my scarves are deadstock fabrics that would otherwise be in landfill.
A girl called Abbie from Birmingham laser cuts all my acrylic pieces for me (she’s lovely) and she uses recycled perspex wherever possible. My earrings and the handles of my bags aren’t made from recycled material at the moment, as there isn’t a wide range of colours available – but when there is, I’ll definitely be making the switch.
Remember that my plastic-based products are made to last, so please only buy one if you’re sure you’re going to love it forever! If any of your Leigh Elizabeth Studio pieces break, please reach out to me for a free of charge repair (rather than throwing them away). My motto is: wear it, love it, and wear it again.
The 20% recycled PET sequins I use are the most planet-friendly sequin product available and they’re made by a badass women-owned business based in London. But as long as technology is adapting, so am I. I’m constantly looking for new ways to better this part of my process, and if a more eco-friendly option becomes available I will adopt it ASAP.
Every Leigh Elizabeth Studio purchase is sent out in plastic free packaging, complete with a recyclable handwritten thank you note from me. For each Leigh Elizabeth Studio bag sold, my amazing nonprofit partner One Tree Planted will also plant a tree in various regions all over the world that need help with reforestation. How cute is that?!