The fashion industry has a lot of answer for in terms of waste and sustainability. We've found some great sustainable fashion brands that offer amazing clothes and accessories that are fairly made with sustainable materials.
The fashion industry is big business relying on fast fashion. A throwaway culture where styles on the high street change with the seasons. Working conditions in garment factories are often appalling and the chemicals used in the growing and production of fabrics can be damaging to both health and the Environment.
The ethical fashion industry, however, focuses on high quality, ethical, sustainable fashion. Paying fair wages to workers and farmers, no child labour, supporting cooperatives and using eco-friendly materials like organic cotton, bamboo fabric and wool to ensure sustainability right along the supply chain. People tree might have been pioneers on the world fair trade fashion scene but there are now loads of amazing brands allowing you to dress in eco-friendly style.
Pachamama knitwear makes beautifully designed fairtrade clothes including hand knitted woollen hoodies that are fleece lined for extra comfort and warmth. These snuggly jumpers and cardigans are perfect for turning the heating down and upping your green credentials.
The simple designs mean the natural beauty of the wool shines through and their focus is on building long-term relationships with their suppliers including practising ethical trade and guaranteeing year-round orders despite the seasonal nature of their products. Although we think these hoodies are just as good for summer camping trips as they are winter walks. In fact, once you have one you might never want to take it off, fairtrade fashion doesn't get much better than this.
Thought make amazing fair trade clothing from all sorts of ethically sourced sustainable fabrics including bamboo clothing, organic cotton and even textile made from recycled plastics. Their mission statement is that they should tread as lightly on the earth as possible which means using materials grown without pesticides and chemicals, slow shipping, recyclable packaging and fair treatment of their suppliers.
Their bamboo socks are made from a mix of certified organic cotton, bamboo viscose and a little bit of elastane for added stretch and comfort. These are a real treat for the feet. Super soft on the skin, great designs and beautifully packaged. The natural properties of bamboo fibre mean the material is perfect for socks thanks to its moisture wicking abilities as well as being naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial.
The briefs and boxers are also great to wear. Soft and breathable they come in a variety of sizes to ensure the perfect fit. The funky designs will brighten up your underwear drawer and gift boxes are great for storing trinkets or essentials. The bamboo boxers make a great gift for men, the perfect father's day presents.
We also stock some gorgeous scarves made from 100% hemp fabric. These lightweight scarves are perfect for throwing over your shoulders on a summer's day, adding an extra layer of warmth to your outfit or even tieing around your waist at the beach. Hemp fabric is hard wearing and very sustainable.
Our stunning range of handmade fair trade jewellery is the perfect way to update an outfit without spending a fortune. We've chosen environmentally friendly pieces from organisations with fair trade practices that ensure a fair price to workers in developing countries.
The recycled crayon necklace and bracelets are lovely costume jewellery pieces to add a bit of upcycled fun to an outfit. Made from rejects from a pencil factory there's also a lovely range of home accessories including pen pots, photo frames and coasters. These also make fun gifts for teachers if you are looking for something a bit different this year.
The tassel necklace makes a great statement piece. The combination of coloured stones and feathers means it works well with lots of different outfit choices and is the perfect way to dress up a plain t-shirt and jeans combo for a day out shopping. It also goes well with the multicolour brass bangles.
The simple silver stars necklace is a unique piece for a great price. The beaded necklace with it's green and turquoise glass beads is another statement piece perfect to complete an outfit.
The fair trade jewellery stands are a great way to store and display your jewellery. The hand-carved mango wood box is a beautifully designed and made piece ready to take pride of place on your dressing table.
Fair Trade Bags and Accessories
Fashion isn't just about the clothes you were. Your accessories can add the perfect finishing touch to an outfit.
We love the quality and design of the fair trade goat leather bags. These bags are handmade with super soft goat leather that will only get better with age and use. The classic styles mean they'll never go out of fashion. Perfect for the eco-conscious consumer. Plus, they are really spacious and practical. The satchel is easily big enough for an A4 folder and laptop, great if you have to carry a briefcase for work.
The fair trade leather tote is practical stylish and perfect for everyday use. The long strap means it can be worn as a shoulder or cross body bag, and the inside pockets are ideal for keeping your phone, keys and purse easily accessible.
And once you have the bag sorted there are lots of lovely accessories to fill it with including glasses cases, purses, and keyrings.
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