Accessories Ethical Fashion

An Eco-friendly Jewellery Label Called RAT

Written by Jennifer Nini

Most professional bloggers state that to be a successful blogger one should never apologise for breaks in between posts. According to these pro bloggers, there are no excuses for not posting regularly with daily posts being the ultimate goal.

But rules are made to be broken…

So I’m truly very sorry for the delayed post…!

I have been somewhat preoccupied by the planning of my eco-friendly engagement party, full time day job, preparing for The Green Ball (which due to unforeseen circumstances was cancelled) and spending quality time with my fiancé who I only get to see one week each month.

So anyway, back to being an Eco Warrior Princess…

When my world collided with that of Melbourne based artist and eco-designer Ben Riddle’s, I knew I had found a brother from another mother! Ben is the brains behind RAT, an eco-friendly sustainable design label where he creates and hand makes jewellery and accessories from recycled timber sourced from demolition sites, using odd bits and pieces from his family’s farm, and other discarded waste materials such as broken furniture.

Photo courtesy of Ben Riddle

The best thing about RAT? The range is filled with unisex rings and necklaces that are uber cool, affordable and best of all, environmentally friendly! Thanks to RAT I now have gift ideas for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and Valentine’s Day for my female and male friends and family! Yippee!

If you’re itching to find out more about Ben Riddle and his RAT design label or looking to support an eco-designer and fancy an online purchase (or two), head to the following websites:

http://www.youngrepublic.com/designer/rat.html

http://www.ecorat.tumblr.com/

http://www.rat.bigcartel.com

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About the author

Jennifer Nini

Jennifer Nini is a writer, activist and the founding editor of Eco Warrior Princess. In 2010, after studying Fashion Business, she launched Eco Warrior Princess to explore her interests in fashion, politics, social justice and sustainability. Jennifer is also the founder of The Social Copywriter, a digital agency harnessing the power of copywriting and content marketing to help mindful businesses reach more people. When she's not perfecting a sentence or coaching business clients, you will find her at her certified organic farm reconnecting with nature.

6 Comments

  • Awesome brand, thanks for posting about it! I’ve recently become obsessed with wooden accessories, in a market in Nicaragua a few weeks ago I bought a ring, necklace, and several bracelets – all wooden. I feel like it’s a nice mix of unique and classy. Also I just included this post in my newly-inaugurated weekly news roundup 🙂

    • Thank you so much Ariel – yes I noticed that on Twitter! You must keep in touch. Where are you based? I am planning to head to the UK this year as there are big things happening in the ethical eco fashion movement and wanted to learn a thing or two to bring back to Australia. Keep in touch and thanks for including this in my post – Ben’s designs are fabulous aren’t they? x

      • Hey! Yes, I’m glad we’re connected! I’m based in Nicaragua at the moment but will probably be back in New York in a few months, we’ll see. I’d love to go to the UK, I feel like it’s eco fashion paradise. That’s awesome that you’re going to make it over there. Let’s definitely keep in touch!

        • That’s fantastic! Either way, our industry is very small and so I am sure we will one day meet eventually! Are you on Instagram? I am also the Marketing & PR Intern for Eco Brides Magazine so feel free to follow us on Twitter & Instagram & FB! Cheers xx

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