Fashion

Meghan Markle's Ethical Royal Tour Style

By Kelly Green
25.10.18

It’s impossible to imagine how we’d become any more enamoured with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but becoming the world’s most stylish icon of sustainable fashion in the days following the announcement that they are expecting their first baby has put Meghan Markle at the top of our BFF list. 

Here's a list of her ethical choices so far and why we love them:

On the second day of her tour of New Zealand, the Duchess of Sussex wore a 100% cotton Maggie Marilyn custom ‘Leap of Faith’ blazer dress, which was ethically made in New Zealand. 

After arriving in New Zealand, Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a reception hosted by the Governor-General Patsy Reddy to celebrate 125 years since New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote. The Duchess wore a black gown by sustainable fashion designer Gabriela Hearst

Upon their arrival in Fiji, the Duchess held a passionate speech about the importance of education while wearing a Figue dress. The brand works with talented artisans in India, Italy and Bolivia using recycled fabrics and materials as well as up-cycled vintage pieces were possible.  Any leftover fabric is used in the accessories line to minimise waste.

On the Royal Tour’s arrival in Fiji, the Duchess wore a clutch by Kayu. The designs are all  handmade by artisans who are paid a fair living wage and use indigenous techniques often passed down through generations. The materials used, which include straw, recycled wood and shell, are all locally-sourced in the Philippines.

During their visit to Dubbo, the Duchess teamed her white shirt and grey blazer with a pair of black jeans by Australian B-Corp Outland Denim jeans. Outland Denim supports female survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia, and is committed to sourcing the most ethically and environmentally sound raw materials from organic cotton to recycled packaging. Not only do they claim to know each of their seamstresses by name, but they also endeavour to verify their entire supply chain in alignment with the world's best practice.

Duchess Meghan was spotted wearing a striped linen dress from Reformation on a visit to Fraser Island with Prince Harry. Reformation makes women's clothing from sustainable materials such as TENCEL™, rescued deadstock fabrics, and repurposed vintage clothing. Every product environmental footprint is tracked in terms of water, carbon dioxide, and waste with the RefScale.

On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess took to the water to watch the Invictus Games sailing race. The Duchess wore Veja sneakers made from leather sourced from organic farming, organic cotton lining and soles made of wild rubber from the Amazonian forest. Veja is known for its environmentally friendly sneakers, made with raw materials sourced from organic farming and ecological agriculture, without chemicals or polluting processes.

As Meghan and Harry joined a BeachPatrol clean at South Melbourne beach, the Duchess swapped her usual heels for a pair of eco-friendly Rothy’s flats.  Co-founders Stephen and Roth set out to create stylish, comfortable, sustainable shoes for women that could be worn all day every day. Rothy’s shoes are made from knitted 100% post-consumer plastic water bottles, recycled foam insoles, non-toxic vegan adhesives and carbon-free rubber soles.

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Meghan Markle's Ethical Royal Tour Style