Elvis & Kresse

Elvis & Kresse

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Zero waste is something many of us are striving for at the moment; I’ve been cutting down on single use plastic, using beauty products with bio degradable materials, and I recently invested in a Berkey Infiltration Water System to solve my bottled water issue, but many people are going a step further and in ways I have never even ever thought of!

Elvis & Kresse are a company based just down the road from me in Tonge, Kent. Kresse Wesling MBE is a multi-award winning environmental entrepreneur who set up Elvis & Kresse to rescue and recycle old fire hoses from The London Fire Brigade. Since the company began over 10 years ago, 170 tons of hoses have been saved from landfill and been recycled into luxurious hand bags, purses, wallets and accessories.

Everything used to make these bags is recycled material including the linings, which are made with parachute silk cast offs. Parachute silk can contain flaws that are not visible to the naked eye, and for obvious reasons these pieces can’t be turned into parachutes. Elvis & Kresse save these from waste and use the silk inside their bags.

The whole concept and idea is really inspiring, I really do think it’s genius – not only that but their designs are simply stunning too.

Elvis & kresse selection

After working in Central London for over 20 years I became very attached to my designer bags, so when I started this vegan, zero waste journey, this was a habit I had to change. I haven’t bought any new leather bags for years, however seeing this beautiful collection made me realise I can still have high end, luxurious items in my life, with no impact on animals or the planet. This makes me feel great as I can still follow my journey, without compromising on style and quality.

There are so many different styles and colours – there really is something for everyone. I love the salmon pink tote, it would cheer up any outfit!

Elvis & Kresse

This weekend bag, or the wallet, notebooks, ipad cases or key rings make the perfect Christmas gift for men. I find men so hard to buy for, but these are so stylish and unusual – I really do think they make the perfect gift.

Elvis & Kresse notebook

I love mustard, it’s one of my favourite colours, so this collection is definitely one of my favourites. These beautiful bags would dress up any outfit, and would make most women smile on Christmas morning. I love the notebook too! 

Be sure to check out their website – you may get your Christmas shopping done, help your impact, and a small business all in one hit. Elvis & Kresse also donate 50% of their profits from the fire hose collection to The Fire Fighter’s Charity, and donate to many other charities too, so their products are definitely a perfect Christmas gift!

They are holding a workshop at the end of January to design your own handbag or accessory -this is also a great gift idea or to simply treat yourself to – I think it sounds like fun!

Natalie x

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    • Farhan Ali
    • 08/12/2018

    These bags are look so amazing. Really loved this one.

    • Rezowan Kabir
    • 08/12/2018

    Elvis & Kresse is doing such a great job. I really love these products and love their ideas.

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Welcome to Does It Work, my blog dedicated to sharing my quest to live a healthier, less toxic and more natural way of life. If you want to look good and feel great, are eager to avoid chemical-overload in your life - and find effective alternatives to every day products, you've come to the right place! I'm passionate about finding organic and natural alternatives to mainstream products. Why? Because I really believe they are better for us - and for our environment. We use so many chemical-laden products in our homes, and on our skin and hair, that it's vital to be mindful of what we’re using, not just for our own health, but for our children, pets and the planet. My passion for natural, safer alternatives has also been fuelled by the fact that my mum died of cancer when she was very young, something that could well be attributed to the prevalence of potentially harmful ingredients commonly used in hair products and skincare, food additives and chemicals found in the environment. I've always shared my recommendations and experiences of products, treatments and therapies that I've tried and tested with my clients (I'm a professional hairdresser), and through my blog, I can reach a new and wider audience. As well as my expertise in hair, I have considerable knowledge and experience of alternative therapies and techniques, including Reiki, meditation, Feng Shui, EFT, NLP and martial arts. I’ve been actively researching, and testing as many products that I can over the last 10 years. From skincare and make-up, to food and even homeware, I’ve been incorporating the best of what I find into my daily life - and I’ve never felt better. And now I'm sharing it with you, so you can read about things that I've road-tested – and take your pick of the products that I've tried. I'm glad to have you on board and look forward to hearing about your experiences too. Enjoy! Natalie X

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