This post is part of a sponsored collaboration with The Fourth Gentlemen and the Ethical Writers Coalition. The watch was provided to me for free by The Fourth Gentlemen. All words and opinions are my own.
I’ve never really been a watch person. I’m not really sure why because I’ve always worn jewelry and bracelets, so it’s not that I’d prefer my wrists bare. I suppose I haven’t really every given it too much thought because , let’s face it, I’m never without my phone and my phone has the time.
But, lately I’ve been feeling like it’s not very Adult of me to rely on my phone for the time. I’ve also been feeling a bit overwhelmed by the constant streams of information that our connections to social media provide by being so attached to our phones. It would be nice to simply check the time without getting sucked into the happenings on Instagram or falling deep into a Facebook hole.
After embracing the fact that I should really just get a watch I began a preliminary search. I thought it would be a fairly simple task since shopping for accessories that are both vegan and environmentally friendly is a lot easier than it used to be.
There are numerous brands that craft quality handbags, wallets, and shoes from textiles that look and feel like conventional leather, but are made from more sustainable sources. Unfortunately, wrist watches seem to be a forgotten category in this niche.
I suppose ANY watch that doesn’t use a conventional leather band would be called vegan; however, they’re not necessarily made from materials that would be considered environmentally friendly. I’ve found many of the watches that have met my criteria of being vegan and environmentally friendly to be a bit too masculine looking for my taste or too bulky for my tiny wrists.
That’s why I was very excited to have the opportunity to review a watch from The Fourth Gentlemen, an independently owned accessories brand selling sunglasses and watches made from bamboo.
A very welcome and attractive alternative to other vegan watch options I’ve seen in the market, the Fourth Gentlemen bamboo watch is exactly what I was looking for. The perfect “every day” watch, it is very light weight, casual yet elegant, and makes enough of a statement worn on it’s own, but would not look out of place paired with a bracelet.
I was especially intrigued that the watch, and all Fourth Gentlemen products, are made from bamboo, because I only really knew of bamboo being used as a building material and flooring.
Among the fastest growing plants on the planet , bamboo occurs naturally in every continent except Europe and Antarctica. Because it grows so quickly, it’s easy to replenish especially compared to hard wood trees, which are often clear cut. Furthermore, the harvesting of bamboo does not disturb its root system, so soil erosion is not an issue and soil integrity remains intact.
Born out of the idea that we should all do our best to be more conscious consumers and stewards of the environment, it’s no surprise that the guys at The Fourth Gentlemen chose a renewable resource like bamboo as the foundation of their brand. Named for the 4 noble plants in Chinese art, often referred to as The Four Gentlemen, which are bamboo, plum blossom, orchid, and chrysanthemum, they aim to show that one can be fashionable without doing harm to the environment. They also do their part to give back to the planet by planting two trees with each purchase of a pair of their sunglasses.
Retailing for $90, this watch is super affordable relative to other options in the market. Durable and flexible, I know that this watch will stand the test of time and I can’t wait to see how it breaks in and wears.
Do you know of any other sustainable brands using bamboo (excluding clothing) in their products?
Let me know in the comments below!