if you know us then you'll know that we love to whistle while we work... in the form of dancing to early 2000's hits and keeping up with the latest podcasts. to spread the melodic love we decided to put together a fall playlist of what we're loving right now, handpicked by each member of the zwd team. we know, it's pretty special. listen to the spotify playlist here.
pass this on- the knife
upgrade u- beyonce
miss blonde your papa is failing- of montreal
(is also loving the grizzly bear album)
arrow through me- the wings
mourning sound- grizzly bear
am i wrong- anderson paak
to li- jojo abot
a wall- downtown boys
plimsoll punks- alvvays
let's make love and listen to death from above- css
bombay- el guincho
paranoid times ft. tre hardson- alex lily
the zwd team knows what it's like to transition from a linear lifestyle to a circular one, and taking the time to consider what you produce and consume in a day can make all the difference. zero waste living means being creative, thinking outside the box, and going against social norms of tossing trash, so we wanted to provide some tips to help you make the switch too!
What may seem radical now is only just the beginning. The details and intricacies that you can see in our garments tell a story that goes beyond fashion. We're taking conventional methods of design and production and throwing them out, so we can create something that's just as meaningful as it is fun to wear.
back in march, i took what turned out to be a completely transformative trip to los angeles. where the short, i just exited the chrysalis was filmed by @scarletinni and @corycwaters. as things often happen in life, my long road lead me right to where i belonged. just one year earlier, zero waste daniel was a fledgeling company. mia and emelie had not yet joined the team, julia was still in school at FIT and was not yet working full time, and @Packagefreeshop was still nine months away from its inception. as i came to la on the cusp of the birth of package free, and a new chapter with zwd, i found myself in an old, familiar place. back in 2012, i filmed season two of fashion star at universal studios, a place that both gave me a start, and built me a cage. i struggled to break out of the box of how i was perceived for some time thereafter, ultimately giving up the notion of succeeding in fashion altogether. it was the complete abandonment of attachment to the outcome that ultimately lead me to the creation of zero waste daniel. zero waste daniel is a clothing company, but it’s so much more. i am zero waste daniel. i live my values. no waste at home, no waste at work, no waste in life. it was that exact philosophy that allowed me to take my new self to this old place. in 2012, there would have been no occasion to film this short. The awkward and insecure young designer who came here 6 years ago could not have stood proudly in front of a camera and said this is who I am. I gave up the idea of being who I thought i should be, and i finally am just who i am. “to be free, one must give up a little part of oneself.” -John Cameron Mitchell
note from the director:
my name is scarlet moreno and I'm an LA based director and stylist. i recently directed and styled an experimental short fashion film called "I Just Exited the Chrysalis" as an exclusive feature. it stars fashion designer Daniel Silverstein and was shot by cinematographer Corey C. Waters
have you heard? couture is making a comeback, and we've got you covered, zero-waste style. whatever you need for your upcoming snazzy events, weddings, or black tie occasions, we can co-create it with you. our custom process is as follows:
custom orders have a lead time of 12 weeks, not including shipping time, and start at $3,000. the custom order process includes a design consultation, 3 sketches, approved design, sample swatches of materials, and a fitting to ensure the perfect fit! with custom orders daniel would have a call with you to discuss your design wants and needs, after the call with a non-committing and non-refundable deposit of $200, daniel would sketch 3 different designs for you to choose from.
you can email us at email@example.com for more information, and to set up a consultation!
zwd late nights = way better than corporate team-building. we wanted to make sure our make/shop was filled with amazing features that showcase our mission and help to tell you our story of how we're MAKING IT happen everyday, all thanks to the dream team.
at zwd almost nothing is off limits when it comes to custom orders. mosaics make amazing gifts for friends, family, or if you're just in a 'treat yo self' kind of mood. you can send us photos for custom piece or choose one from our website, but either way it's guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind. we wanted to share our most recently completed custom order, and inspire you to get creative!
so you’ve finally snagged a garment from our collection: a plain white tee. this insanely versatile piece is the perfect starting point for any outfit. and if you’re into supporting other amazing ethical brands, we’re here to help. check out the three outfits we’ve created for your ethical wardrobe.
outfit 1: the minimalist
eileen fisher pants
package free tote
matt & nat sneakers
dick + moby glasses
outfit 2: the badass
dauntless nyc jacket
yellow 108 hat
dick + moby sunglasses
want a bowie t-shirt? frida khalo tote bag? prince tank top? well guess what!? all of that and more is totally possible at zero waste daniel. add a mosaic onto any one of our basics.
step one: add the mosaic of your choice into your cart. yes even your custom mosaic can be added onto a zwd basic.
step two: add the basic of your choice into your cart. any basic: t-shirt, sweatshirt, tote bag. dream big!
step three: at check out please note where you would like the mosaic placed. front or back?
that's all! easy as 1,2,3.
or buy the mosaic by itself and put it on your own pieces at home! denim jacket? blanket? or frame it? the list can go on and on.
want to order your very own custom zwd piece? well here is a step-by-step guide to help you craft the perfect piece for you!
1. go to our home page at zerowastedaniel.com
2. hit the "shop" tab, and select the piece you want (in the size/ color you want, if applicable) and add it to your cart.
3. under the "shop" tab, click on the "custom" page.
4. fill out the form: you have the option to input length, color, fabric, neckline, sleeve length, and custom lettering specifications. if there's anything else you want not mentioned above, please add it in to the "other" box!
5. hit "submit" this will send us a conformation email of your request.
6. hit "add to cart" so when you checkout, your customizations get added to your total.
bonus: if you want to add a mosaic to your piece, you can click the link at the bottom once you've submitted your custom form and added the form to your chart. you will then be directed to our mosaics page, where you can select the mosaic you want. just hit "add to cart" once you've decided (so many good options, we know the struggle)
separate paper from plastic. rinse out your old containers. crumple up aluminum foil. recycling is pretty much second nature to us, but there are certain things that are a bit more difficult to recycle, like old clothing. can you believe that 26 billion pounds of textiles get sent to landfill every single year?
if you’re looking for a place to recycle your old garments, check out one of these places:
The North Face has created a program called Clothes the Loop that encourages people to drop off unwanted clothing and footwear – no matter the brand. the best part? you can earn a $10 reward toward your next purchase of $100 or more from The North Face.
ironic as it sounds, this fast fashion giant does accept clothing for recycling. when you bring your old garments to any local H&M store, they’ll organize each piece into one of three categories: recycle, reuse or rewear. Since 2013, they’ve gathered more than 32,000 tons of garments.
if you’re in New York City, GrowNYC provides receptacles for you to bring old clothing. textiles can be dropped off weekly at one of 27 markets throughout the 5 boroughs – plus it’s tax deductible, so you can save green by saving green.
next time you rip an old pair of stockings or stain a t-shirt, bring it to one of these recycling facilities. recycling old clothing is what we’re all about.
on the other hand, if you’re looking to get rid of fabric scraps, you can check out the following places:
we love fabscrap! Fabscrap is your one stop textile recycling and reuse resource. They will pick up your scraps and then find a home for it either to be recycled or reused by artists, students, and designers! Fabscrap is always looking for volunteers to help sort their fabric!
refashionNYC is a non-profit partnership with the department of sanitation of nyc. refashionNYC kills two birds with one stone and allows for both clothing and clothing scrap drop off. Request to get a bin installed in your apartment building, office building, commercial business, school or institution. Prevent clothing, shoes, accessories, towels, bed linens, clean rags, and clothing scraps from going into a landfill!
custom orders are a huge part of what we do at zwd. they range from simple color customizations to crazy creative mosaics. we want to show our amazing customers some love for allowing us to make their wildest zero waste dreams come to life, and we want to show you all the process. so bring it on, because yes, we can do that.
living a zero-waste lifestyle is so easy and can actually save you money when you take the time to plan ahead. we want to highlight a few key changes you can make to live healthier, happier, and waste-free.
1. reusable containers and meal prep. before the start of each week stock up on lots of un-packaged fruits and vegetables, and cut them up as desired. when the time comes to pack a lunch for the day, a salad can get thrown together in under 5 minutes with all the ingredients pre-prepped. not only does this save you time, but you’re also saving the trash and $12 that comes with a grab-and-go lunch. stainless steel containers and glass jars are some of our favorites to use to store food, and they can serve multiple purposes. check out Package Free for some great options!
2. tote bags. every plastic object that has ever been made still exists in our world, and will continue to exist for years to come. ditch the trashy plastic bag and stow a reusable tote in your purse. you can use for groceries, shopping, errands, and more.
3. shop smart. buying less and buying better is always the way to go. look for clothing and house-wears that are made sustainably, ethically, and are likely to last. this often comes at a higher price point, but if you’ve done your research, that extra markup should go towards improving and maintaining the quality of the goods. at zero waste daniel all of our clothes are handmade in brooklyn from cutting room scraps that would otherwise go to landfill and become waste. we turn these pieces into comfortable, fashionable, unisex clothing that’s made for everyone to love, all while paying our employees fair wages for their amazing work.
4. buy loose leaf tea. often times you can find tea stores that sell un-packaged loose-leaf tea. get a reusable canister to hold, and refill. we love Arbor Tea, a company that carries all organic tea, in compostable packaging, available at Package Free.
5. think about smart swaps. for instance, a bamboo toothbrush instead of a regular one, because it’s compostable! taking a beat to think about the small things (like straws!) that you throw away, and choosing recyclable or compostable options instead can make a huge difference.
ZWD is officially on the grid! our new make/shop retail store is located at 369 Hooper Street in Brooklyn. come visit us and make a day out of it by stopping by all the great sustainable business in our neighborhood!
the Flat’s BK Speed Coffee (308 Hooper Street): coffee lounge serving fair trade, rainforest alliance, and certified organic coffee roasted by the Brooklyn Roasting Company.
Little Choc Apothecary (141 Havermeyer Street): NY's first all vegan creperie, using all local and sustainably sourced ingredients
Home Union (369 Hooper Street): an eclectic modern furniture showroom in Brooklyn, specializing in vintage housewares and one-of-a-kind items for your home or office
PH7 Nails (227 Grand Street): one of the best non-toxic nail salons in the city, using all natural skin and nailcare products free of harsh chemicals
Package Free (137 Grand Street): a zero waste shop in NYC, offers everything that individuals need to transition to a low waste lifestyle in ONE PLACE
zero waste daniel was founded on the idea that fashion doesn't have to cost people their lives and destroy our environment. our goal is to reinvent the wheel that the fashion industry has been running on for far too long. by closing the loop on textile pollution and making affordable fashion for fair wages, we are proving that you don’t have to sacrifice design for a clear conscience, or break the bank to do something good. At zero waste daniel we are MAKING IT happen from creating our pieces to building our store. Meet the team and learn about our journey with our new docu-series.
the first rule of the zero waste club: be prepared.
just like you bring your produce bags and totes to the farmer’s market, you should always be prepared so that you don’t have to rely on one-time use items.
one of our favorite ways to stay waste free throughout the day is by having some homemade snacks on hand. it can be something as simple as a piece of fruit, but at the zero waste daniel make/shop, we love sharing one recipe that’s easy to make with bulk ingredients. these zero waste energy bites are emelie, our zwd textile artist's take on a recipe from the back of a flaxseed meal product. oh and did we mention they are 100% vegan!
try it out for yourself – we promise you’ll love it.
zero waste energy bites:
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
1tsp vanilla extract
coconut shavings (optional)
1. in order to be the most zero waste emelie brought bulk peanuts at whole foods and processed them into peanut butter using a food processor. we find that making your own peanut butter not only is more zero waste but also tastes ten times better!
2. she then did the same with the ground flaxseed meal by buying bulk flax seeds and processing them into flaxseed meal using a food processor. (hint hint: investing in a food processor will save you money and tons of waste!)
3. mix all of the ingredients in a bowl.
4. throw it all back into the food processor to break down the oats and create more of a paste that will make for easier rolling.
5. make one inch balls and roll them in coconut shavings
6. for best results refrigerate over night and enjoy the next day!
getting the ingredients package-free:
the best part about using simple ingredients is that you can easily find them in bulk stores. the nuts, oatmeal, and flaxseeds we used can all be found at a local natural store. emelie loves visiting the bulk section of whole foods for all her ingredients. if you’re unable to find these specific ingredients, you can just as easily swap them out for different ones, like pumpkin seeds instead of nuts, chocolate chips instead of coconut shavings, and dates instead of honey or maple syrup. you can also check out package free shop for our favorite reusable bags and containers, perfect for grabbing ingredients for this recipe.
recipe by zwd team member emelie bergh. blog post contributed by sabrina katz.
You know that special person? the one you can always call... the one who loves you more than all your other friends? I'm not talking about a boyfriend or a girlfriend...I'm talking ride or die, your BFF, a partner in crime.
I'm extraordinarily lucky...I have a great group of friends, and I can say the above is true for more than one of them. But, with Valentine's Day approaching, its important to have a plan for feeling HOT on the day when the whole world reminds you how single you are.
Since I was 14, I have been getting into, and through, trouble with my big haired, fiery, flexible and fun BFF Kayleigh M. After meeting in our high school freshman geometry class, it was clearly love at first sight, and though our paths have taken our friendship bi-costal...our connection is RED HOT as ever.
You see, Kayleigh and I have been though it all together. We went to the same high school and the same college, we have been through birthdays, family events, dancing, though love and lust, through coming out...and staying in, good times and bad. Ever since our first year of friendship, we have shared a little tradition. When we are feeling blue, we use our wardrobes as weapons.
In the 9th grade, we invented what we like to call a "Hot Day." Just two best-ies, showing up in the same place at the same time looking FIERCE.
The tradition continued through the years, pulling together signature looks and always implying some kind of blazer, usually sunglasses an a pair of heels.
So this year, for V-day, I will be sharing a HOT DAY with my one of a kind Love-ah, and we will be stomping the streets of NYC and SF in solidarity! Get your ZWD and share a Hot Day with your Love-ah.
Happy V-Day to you and yours.
Kayleigh and Me ca. 2005 taking a nap...fiercely.