Ethical in the making.

Jun 2, 2020

    1. Another thread got me thinking again (never a good thing since I'm not good at it lol) about the doll companies and artist in this hobby. I don't see a lot of promotion for items that are ethical or environmentally friendly like I do outside of the hobby. Do you think there will be a demand for it like we see with the fashion and food industry?
       
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    2. I can't recall specific companies off the top of my head (I do a LOT of browsing) but I think I've seen a few artist dolls at least work towards using environmentally friendly resin.

      Since this hobby is all about creating new dolls to customize... there's bound to be a bit of a waste that comes in with the crafting. Of course, if this is truly an issue for someone.... the most environmentally friendly option is always to buy secondhand!
       
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    3. I definitely second this! I think the secondhand market for both dolls and doll accessories is a really good way to be eco friendly in terms of being part of the hobby. I also like doing found object projects for certain aspects of my dioramas to make them more interesting. :)
       
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    4. Atelier Momoni specifically says they use environmental resin to make their dolls, but that's the only doll maker I know of offhand that makes a note of such things.
       
    5. Twigling has looked into environmentally safer resins and materials too.
       
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    6. AFAIK: Ringdoll does environmentally friendly resin, as well as Impldoll. But there may be others. I would simply ask the manufacturer.

      Regarding clothes and all the other stuff: Just learn to make them yourself. And try to use mostly trifted stuff.
       
    7. But do you guys think it will grow into a big thing like with other stuff? Like seeing doll companies coming out with clothes made with recycled fabric or making and marketing accessories from alternative materials or bamboo bjds...that last one was too random but that's the kind of stuff I see outside the hobby.
       
    8. There are certainly wig makers that use bamboo fibers for wigs.
      There are also a lot less companies that use actual leather for doll shoes and synthetic leather is the norm now.
      Faux fur is also often asked about by customers.
      And I know I've seen clothing makers, small artist, starting discussions about if people would be interested in clothing made from used materials. I have purchased some myself.
      I think that companies are aware and do respond.

      As for the resin, there are other companies that use environmental resin, and I remember it being discussed when they came out, but I can't remember which all are which as it has become more normalized and just isn't remarked on as much.
       
    9. When I first got into hobby and got my first doll was wearing clothes made from my old clothes and a wig made from my sister's old weave. Now, I'm a pure consumer lol but I do wonder how things like this might add to the hobby. Maybe in the future it will be pretty common but with a slow start. Artist like Atelier Momomi and Twigling might set a new standard for doll materials. I'm eager to see what new designs these kinds of ideals will lead to.
       
    10. I would definitely like to see it become a bit more common, it's nice to have environmentally friendly options! I myself always struggle with balancing my love of the environment with my desire to purchase cute, one-of-a-kind things! i think since it's already begun on a smaller scale, it'll grow into something a bit bigger. I don't know if it will make its way into more well-known, long-standing companies for a while, but the start is there, and if there is more demand it will certainly grow :)
       
    11. It was hard for me to resign myself to purchasing items for this hobby because they're both very expensive in cost and labour and the environmental impacts are huge (shipping overseas, labour standards in factories, materials they use) it just overwhelmed me. But the best thing an ethical consumer can do is whenever possible Keep Items From Landfill. Recycle and upcycle (I upcycle fabric for clothing) and swap or buy secondhand. It's sometimes the easiest and most cost effective thing, and it doesn't require a big lifestyle change or added research to make sure your new product meets your personal standards. As long as you're being mindful, you're not going to mind*less*ly waste things.
       
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