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DVR wins Seahaven's 2019 Environmental Business of the Year Award!

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In May we received a very exciting phone call explaining that DVR had been chosen as one of the top three nominated for Seahaven's Environmental Business of the Year Award! Initially nominated by my mum, I was thrilled to hear that the judges liked what they saw in what we were doing with DVR. 
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The Seahaven Business Awards are run every year by the Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford Chambers of Commerce. Supported by local sponsors and with special guests to the Awards evening including: HM The Queen’s Representative in East Sussex The Lord Lieutenant, Mr Peter Field; Deputy Lieutenant Mrs Juliet Smith; His Excellency Ambassador An, the Mayors of Newhaven, Peacehaven and Seaford and Maria Caulfield MP. 
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We had a great evening celebrating a huge range of exciting local businesses with 7 different awards.
These types of evenings are always inspiring to me, being around other successful business's making it happen and doing such great things makes me even more passionate and inspired to keep working even harder to grow my own little business. 
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I was just happy to be chosen to sit within the top 3, so to find out that DVR had been chosen to take 1st place was way beyond my expectations! Especially at such an early stage in our journey and being up against many other brilliant businesses. 
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This award came at the perfect time too, with our focus on how we can grow whilst being as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. As well as using recycled fabric in many of our designs, we also work to reduce waste on a daily basis and our carbon footprint and ethics have huge consideration in every decision that we make for future products and projects within the business. 
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The newest collection that we are currently working on includes fabrics from the best Italian technical fabric mills with eco and sustainable approaches only. Our 2019 outerwear is also going to be manufactured within the UK. 
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Image above: Nicole Allen (Left) and Danielle Reynolds (Right)
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As we have been growing we have been solidifying what matters to the brand and what our core goals and ethics are. For us these include creating quality over quantity. Although not all products can be made from recycled fabrics at this time, we can make sure that we are only producing useful and practical products, rather than aimlessly producing product after product with only the profits in mind. The damage that this inward-thinking process of manufacturing (fast fashion) is having on our world is not worth the quick profits in my mind.
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Yes, this makes the cost and therefore the price higher, and the process of growing the business slower. But it also means you buy (and we produce) products made to last, to enhance your performance and that are kinder to the environment from the start to the end of the process. 
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DVR has a lot of exciting things to bring to the table, and the more we grow, the more we hope to educate and inspire other brands and businesses to do the same. As well as hopefully inspiring consumers to question what they want products for, if cheaper products are actually better value in the long run, and to expect more from the brands they love.