22 Sustainably Minded Products To Improve Your Life In 2022

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22 Sustainably Minded Products To Improve Your Life In 2022

Words by The MR PORTER Team

7 January 2022

As we head into 2022, it’s time to take stock and make some plans for the coming months. Perhaps this is the year you’ll start learning Mandarin or finally sign up for that inexplicably expensive pottery class that you’ve been meaning to take. Maybe your resolution is to make it to summer with all your hair, and that’s fine, too. Whatever your goals, you are likely to need a kick to get started, so we’ve put together a selection of 22 sustainable products – from recycled backpacks to jeans that have been remade from denim off-cuts – so you can indulge in yourself and still feel good about it.


The snug sweater

Thinking of updating your winter wardrobe? Opt for a sweater. An all-round durable and timeless piece, it will accompany you for years to come. Finely crafted in Italy from recycled wool, this cosy crew-neck sweater by our in-house brand Mr P. will keep you toasty while the mercury’s dipped.


The recycled cashmere beanie

This classic thermal beanie by James Perse, a Californian brand that has mastered the art of luxury basics, is a winter essential worth the investment. Created from 100 per cent recycled cashmere, it won’t surge your carbon footprint and it looks as good as it feels.


The outdoorsy watch

An outdoors watch should be durable and low-maintenance and Timex has just the thing. This one is exclusive to MR PORTER and is solar-powered – so no need to stress about battery changes – and has a black stainless-steel case and recycled-fabric strap in khaki.


The repurposed water bottle

Bali-based brand Space Available uses plastic waste to make homeware and clothing, including last year’s limited-edition chair in collaboration with DJ Ms Peggy Gou. A good introduction to the brand is this repurposed steel and bamboo water bottle, which comes with a fun holder hand-woven from recycled plastic strips and an upcycled rope strap for when you’re on the go.


The reworked classics

Last year, we came up with 10 small steps to help you make your wardrobe more sustainable. When we suggested you invest in classic items, we meant something such as a pair of Converse Chuck 70s. These magenta ones have are made from recycled canvas.


The packable backpack

Outdoor adventures will feel all the more pleasant when you know your clothes (and equipment) aren’t harming your surroundings. This Epperson Mountaineering packable backpack might just be the lightest backpack you’ve ever owned (it’s made from 1.1oz recycled nylon-ripstop), but it’s also been treated with a durable water-repellent coating to keep the elements at bay.


The ethical socks

Socks are just about the most disposable item in a man’s wardrobe. We’ve heard a top drawer edit is due at least once every year, so it’s only right we make a conscious-minded effort when sprucing up our collection. Thunders Love produces its socks, including this bright red pair, in small runs on vintage machines and uses recycled materials, which won’t make you feel guilty about updating your rotation.


The artsy rug

What’s better than a rug that doubles up as a work of art? Part of our Small World collection, this one by rrres has been made by Mexican artisans using fine materials and centuries-old techniques.


The artisanal carafe set

We’re often told that drinking plenty of H2O does wonders for our complexion and general health, but it can be a bit boring. This hand-blown R+D.LAB carafe and glass set will make the task of topping up your levels that little bit more pleasurable – and it’s much better for Mother Earth than plastic.


The organic cleanser

All the salty food and copious amounts of booze at this time of year do your complexion no favours. Tata Harper has a squeaky-clean solution in the form of this regenerating cleanser, which contains only natural ingredients – 80 per cent of which are organic – and is free from chemical nasties.


The handcrafted bracelet

An artisanal, folksy bracelet looks the part on any man’s wrist and Santa Fe-based jewellery label Peyote Bird has some of the best around. This example, crafted from silver and pyrite, like all its pieces, is made in California by local artisans who champion silver smithing and gem-setting techniques inspired by the region’s indigenous people.


The woolly winter warmer

When we’re all being encouraged to turn off lights when we leave a room and pull on an extra layer instead of dialling up the thermostat, this super cosy Auralee jacket is a considered investment that will last for years. Made from a fleecy, wool-rich blend, it’ll be a stylish and tactile antidote to any Arctic weather fronts that come this way.


The scented candle

Given Laboratory Perfumes’ impressive tick list of virtues – sustainably sourced packaging, non-toxic ingredients – you’d be forgiven for wondering whether its fragrances were up to scratch in the olfactory department. Rest assured. Its Samphire candle delivers a delicious, seashore-scented punch, thanks to a harmonious blend of verbena, juniper, oak moss and amber.


The sophisticated serving tray

For a thoughtfully niche housewarming gift to win over the well-travelled host, try this artistically splattered, undeniably joyful serving tray for size. As with all of BORNN’s enamelware, it’s handcrafted in Istanbul using traditional techniques (in this case, fusing, glazing and kiln firing) and, best of all, belies its pleasingly lightweight price tag.


The enamel vase

The “t.d” in NOMA t.d. stands for “textile design”, but the creative brains behind the brand aren’t afraid to try other mediums. For its foray into the world of ceramics, for example, it has tapped the expertise and handiwork of a local Japanese kiln collective and birthed this exquisite earth-toned vase in the process.


The artisanal bowl

Tokyo-based design store SyuRo finds itself among a considered edit of homegrown, artisanal brands spotlighted by curator By Japan. How its glazed ceramic bowls are best deployed in your own home – mantelpiece ornament, minimal vide poche, impossibly chic vessel for your morning cornflakes – is a decision we’ll defer to you.


The sustainable belt bag

The hotly anticipated (if somewhat surprising) collaboration between streetwear-inspired New York label Public School and bastion of old-world European craftsmanship Montblanc could have gone in any direction. Thankfully, the route travelled was one of sustainable luxury, including this Econyl belt bag in both brands’ go-to hue.


The recycled print swim shorts

We all know that Sir Paul Smith likes to cycle. Only a childhood accident curtailed his ambitions of riding professionally, but cycling’s loss is very much style’s gain. Recycling, however? These swim shorts, complete with a bright botanical print, will look the part on any beach and, indeed, Instagram feed. And cut from 50 per cent reused materials, they’re contributing to cleaning up said beach, too.


The reversable, organic, recycled gilet

This vest by Faherty is a winner on two fronts. Made from organic denim and recycled fleece, it is perfect for the unexpected weather to come. And, unlike our impact of climate change on the Earth, ahem, it is easily reversible.


The repurposed patchwork jeans

Could there be any more repeated show than Friends? As far as 1990s reruns go, these jeans by FRAME are more our thing. The straight-leg cut comes straight out of three decades ago, while, as the patch on the knee suggests, the material in use here was salvaged from off-cuts. Much like our gag about Friends.


The recycled running T-shirt

This long-sleeved T-shirt by Nike Running is just the thing if you want to get fitter this year. The Dri-FIT material is designed to aid airflow, plus it’s made from 100 per cent recycled polyester and has reflective details for low-light conditions.


The small-batch, hand-dyed Fair Isle sweater

The purebred sheep that we have to thank for the soft merino wool this sweater by Chamula is made from led a good life. Not as gilded as that of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, who helped popularise the Fair Isle style a century ago. And not even in the Shetland Islands, where this knitting technique originates. These sheep reside on a mountainside in Mexico where their wares are hand-dyed and spun by local craftsmen. A good life, nonetheless. But sweeter than this sweater?