ART D’ECO was founded in Amsterdam by environmental and human rights activist Katell Gélébart She started the brand while opening her first shop in Amsterdam in November of 1998. Her creativity is fuelled by a deep commitment to environmental issues. As a campaigner she has worked on deforestation, waste management, and nuclear issues whilst finding the time to put her views into action via ART D’ECO (ECOlogical ART).
Katell states: “Paper and textiles in particular are disposed of when they can easily be transformed with very little energy consumed. Even processing textiles and recycling paper results in high energy consumption and waste production. There is therefore a real need to reduce the overall volume of waste that our society creates: only once we start seriously looking at re-usable solutions can the issue of waste be effectively dealt with.”
Ten years later ART D’ECO is a partnership of three eco-designers of which two are Ukrainian: Vitaly Dushka and Varia Karamushka. Their workshop is located near Kharkov in Eastern Ukraine. The 3 eco designers after producing two ready-to-wear collections each year for some time are now creating only fashion accessories, and stationeries ;they are always inspired by new old, unwanted fabrics/paper.