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Eco Fashion, the must-watch eco-documentary series, returned to the Fashion One channel on World Earth Day last month for its second season.

The new series features designer brands whose work is founded on ethical principles. Each episode takes a peek into different designers’ studios, taking the viewer on a journey from conception to completion. We watch as indigenous fabrics such as green reed mats, cloth scraps and discarded taxi upholstery are turned into bags, clothing, sandals, belts and beading.

Handsome Co
Handsome Co’s waste upholstery products

“After we aired the first season, we were overwhelmed by the response we got from both the viewers and the industry, requesting more eco labels to be featured in the show,” Fashion One CEO Ashley Jordan said. “This series is not just about the brand or the product; it’s about the people and the visionaries that create them.”

This, second season of Eco Fashion takes us firstly to the streets of Hong Kong where Billy Potts, the founder of Handsome Co, began using waste upholstery from taxis in Kowloon to make a line of bags and accessories. The company now employs local craftspeople manufacturers and NGOs to help ensure that valuable skills are not lost.

Weaving 'Mother' working at the 'Women Empowerment Center' in Payatas
Local Filipino artisans working with Rags2Riches

Next the focus moves to the Philippine capital of Manila, where eco-ethical fashion and home accessories label Rags2Riches are up-cycling scrap cloth, organic materials and indigenous fabrics by working with more than 800 artisans living in poor communities across the country. Founder and CEO Reese Fernandez-Ruiz partners with influential fashion designers to create an integrated design solution providing additional skills-based, financial and health training for the local artisans so that they can maximise their career potential and take steps towards long-term financial and personal well-being.

Keo-K-Jay
Keo LJay in Cambodia provides jobs for HIV positive women

And last but not least, the spotlight is on Keo KJay in Cambodia, which provides jobs for HIV positive women by employing them to manufacture handmade clothing and accessories from recycled and sustainable materials. Around 70% of the fabrics used by the brand are recycled and around a quarter are locally and sustainably made.

Season 2 screened exclusively on Fashion One, the global lifestyle and entertainment TV network focused on fashion. Check with your cable operator for your local TV channel listing and the ‘watch-again’ facility.