Canadian Manufacturing

Sustainable female founders list, 2022

by CM Staff   

Environment Manufacturing Sustainability Mining & Resources Textiles eco-friendly packaging mining and resources sustainabiltiy textiles

Brands range from the world of fashion to jewellery and skincare.


In honour of Women’s History Month, below is a list of 10 female founders who have implemented sustainability practices such as up-cycling, low carbon production and eco-friendly packaging into their businesses in the fashion, beauty and wellness spaces.

Brands include Dippin’ Daisy’s, French Lime, and many more.


Alicia Tsai, Founder of Aerangis

Aerangis is a luxury perfume producer. The company works with other perfume producers around the world and hand-crafts each fragrance.

Gina Nam, Founder of AMYO

Nam runs an all female team in New York City who craft her minimalist, “evergreen” jewellery by hand.

Julie Kuo, Founder of AVRE

Kuo developed a manufacturing and design process to produce AVRE footwear from recycled materials.

Jillian Bardo, Founder of Bay 2 Swimwear

A designer of active-chic swimsuits suitable  for different shapes and sizes.Whenever possible, materials and labor are locally sourced, and packaging is made from recycled paper.

Samantha Honstetter, Founder of Bellemere New York

Bellemere NY uses a textile company that is 100 per cent traceable and has passed international certifications including The Responsible Wool Standard, The Good Cashmere Standard® and with The International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare.

Elaine Tran, Founder of Dippin’ Daisy’s

Dippin’ Daisy’s is a Los Angeles based swimsuit brand that strives to reduce their environmental footprint through sustainable textiles, production methods and packaging. As a female-founded company, the brand tries to empower and create opportunities for women which is reflected in their accessible price point and inclusive sizing.

Denise Saad, Founder of French Lime 

Denise Saad is founder and creator of French Lime, a sustainable luxury fashion athleisure brand. She uses her own digital creations for the prints featured on French Lime’s vests and leggings.

Haverhill Leach, Founder and Designer of Haverhill 

A fifth generation jeweller, Haverhill blends her heritage with a modern and playful sensibility to create everyday fine jewelry that delights with style, confidence, and thoughtfulness.

Emily Jackson, Founder of IVL Collective 

IVL partnered with UMORIFIL® in 2019 to develop both nylon blend and polyester blend yarns that have passed all testing and have been awarded certification to carry the UMORIFIL® tags on all our garments. UMORIFIL® materials have also passed the medical-level of skin sensitization and irritation testing.

Olivia Mar, Founder of Olivia Mar

Creator of luxe jewelry based and handmade in Southern California. Their collections are designed with gemstones and diamonds from around the world which are hand selected and ethically sourced.


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