Step into Spring 2018 – with an eye for ethical fashion

With a beautiful sunny day, it does feel like we might have turned a corner on Winter – fingers crossed. To get us all in the mood for warmer days, here is a quick check out of our favourite ethical / green labels 🙂  The companies are all very different, from size to their raise d’etre but all creative some glorious clothes, that don’t need an explanation, their style & qualities speak for themselves 💞💞       Also check out Nancy Dee – a great choice in dresses & skirts – check out their You Tube clip 👗👗

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Today We Are Checking Out the Ethical Fashion “Spring” Sales :)

We love the sales that come along as the seasons change.  Its the perfect time to pick up some bargains which makes it much easier on the purse, allowing us to do abit more “investing” in our ethical wardrobes. UK ethical fashion brands have really solid offerings in terms of quality and style.  You can now choose some great pieces that work equally well for the office and for “going out” occasions. We recommend subscribing to newsletters so you that you can keep an eye on sale times 🙂  People Tree ( a great range), Bibico (great jumpers & dresses, Nancy Dee (perfect dresses), Howies (for more a more sporty look, together with Finisterre (an eco outdoor /surf brand).  And our long firm favourite Kuyichi, for great denim and organic tees.

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#WhyNoVisa – the crude treatment of Palestinian Fairtrade Farmers during Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

This morning I checked my emails as usual – clicked on Zatoun’s newsletter and expected to hear about all their “meet the producer” activities during Fairtrade Fortnight this year.  [Zatoun work with different Palestinian producers to export their goods to the UK and create demand for their artisianal goods.] Sadly all their well laid plans are out the window as the visas for Fairtrade producer Bassema Barahmeh and Canaan Fair Trade marketing assistant Lamis Zamzam were denied on the grounds of their insufficient personal income and the lack of family dependents that could prove sufficient “ties to their home country”.  This would have been Bassema and  Lamis’s first visit to the UK and they were attending events under a SUSY-funded project highlighting the social and solidarity economy, in partnership with Think Global, Waterford One World Centre and the Cooperative College. Despite having launched their application process before Christmas, and the decision having been made on 18th January, Bassema and Lamis were told they could not be informed of the final decision until 22 February, just two days before they were due to leave on their journey. This left them with no time to submit additional paperwork in support of their claim, and means they are […]

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Don’t Feed Exploitation – the new campaign for Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 – from 27th February to 12th March. This year the Fairtrade Foundation have launched a clever & thought provoking campaign to highlight the hidden stories of how our food is produced and processed before it hits the shop shelves.  The campaign mission is clear & simple Millions of farmers in developing countries aren’t paid what they deserve. We’re working to change this. Please watch this clip 🙂    

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Shop For Your Shape by Ruth Rosselson – an archived blog from 2010

Fed up of ordering the wrong size, Ruth Rosselson looks at the different sizing of the ethical fashion labels to make online shopping easier. Over the past decade, there’s been a profusion of TV shows celebrating women’s bodies and encouraging us to dress for, and to celebrate, our shape. We are more aware than ever that women’s bodies are not homogenous, not just in terms of what size we are, but where we carry our fat – or if we have any fat at all. When it comes to buying clothes, our experience of shopping and trying on clothes mean that most women are aware of what sizes we take in which high street shop and which labels are more likely to flatter our shape. Where we might take fit a 14 with one label, we know that we’re a 12 elsewhere, and might even be a 16 somewhere else. This is because there is still no standard when it comes to dress sizes. When it comes to ethical fashion, things become a little trickier because many of the ethical fashion companies do most of their business online. Trying on a top in three different sizes is not an option […]

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