This post is in collaboration with Solios.
This Earth Month, I’m thrilled to be partnering with Solios, the first B-Corp Certified watch brand. Since its founding, Solios has aimed to prove that it’s possible to reconcile design, elegance and sustainability. Each Solios timepiece features curated materials, a minimalist aesthetic and, best of all, solar movement.
Why does solar movement matter?
Did you know that this year, 1 billion watches will become obsolete?
We live in a world where most of our technology, including watches (hello, smart watches), is rooted in the concept of planned obsolescence. Planned obsolescence is when products are designed to be discarded…so that we keep consuming new things. This can manifest through intentional poor quality and materials, batteries or chargers that become incompatible with old devices, or a lack of repair services, to name a few of the most common tactics.
Solios watches are made with innovative materials and feature a solar panel under the dial, which can hold a power reserve for six months after sitting under the sun (or artificial light) for two hours. On average, a watch battery will last two years. But, after 20 years, a Solios watch will still have 80% of its charging capacity.
What I’m Wearing
I’m wearing The Solar White with the cream vegan leather strap and rose gold case in 36 mm – I think it looks so beautiful and timeless. Solios’ vegan leather is silicone-based and cork-filled, rather than PU- or PVC-based. I’m impressed with how high-quality and durable this watch is – to be honest, I have already accidentally knocked the case against my desk or doors multiple times without a single scratch.
If you choose a stainless steel model, you’ll be getting recycled stainless steel that’s sourcing has been certified and validated.
When it comes to the brands I wear and recommend, ethical production is incredibly important to me. Every single factory working with Solios is visited regularly to ensure that they meet the highest standards of working conditions.
Solios first reviewed potential partners by asking themselves if the working conditions they observed would be acceptable in Canada (the brand is based in Montreal). But they have a more formal process, as well. Being a B-Corp certified company, all production partners were required to sign a legally-binding Supplier Code of Conduct, which included committing to fair wages and working hours (among other criteria).
Solios has been incredibly thoughtful in making a timepiece that is as sustainable as possible at every step. Their packaging is handmade in Montreal with 100% recycled and recyclable paper sourced from a local supplier that is powered by 100% renewable energy. Their packaging is FSC-certified and has won an award for its innovative design.
I’m excited to share more about how I style my Solios watch over on Instagram throughout Earth Month.