Win a JORD Wood Watch

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Today I am teaming up with the fantastic sustainable watch brand JORD with a giveaway to win a gift certificate for the JORD website worth $129 plus free shipping.You can pick out your favourite from the lovely selection of wood watches using the certificate for full or part payment depending on the watch that you want.

JORD watches offer a natural alernative to the plastic and metal materials that most watches are made from. Each piece is unique, handcrafted from sustainable wood.

You can check out the full range here on the website.

The Giveaway closes on Monday 1st December 2014, so don’t delay enter it today!

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JORD Wood Watch Review

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DSCN3356 3 JORD Wood Watch ReviewDSCN3321 21 JORD Wood Watch ReviewI was recently contacted by JORD to see if I would like to check out one of their wooden watches. I lost my last watch in June last year whilst participating in Trekfest in the Brecon Beacons so was more than happy to accept. I was also intrigued by what a wooden watch would be like as it is so different to any other watch I have ever owned.

I chose the Ely maple design. The neutral colours are perfect for wearing with everything from a minimalistic outfit to a more busy mix of prints and colours. The website describes it as ‘understated and effortless’. When the summer arrives I will be wearing my watch with brightly coloured friendship bracelets and for the winter will be teaming it with chunky knits. Pictured above, I am wearing it with my favourite paisley pom pom scarf. I love the unusual look of my new watch, it both stands out from the norm but in a subtle way. It also feels much lighter on my wrist than a similarly chunky style of watch made from metal or plastic making it perfect for everyday wear.

JORD watches are designed to take people back to nature and away from the metal, rubber and plastic that most people wear on their wrist. They are designed using a diverse range of woods from all over the world, combining their colours and grains to create a collection of watches with each being unique. Although I couldn’t completely capture it in the photographs, the watch is handcrafted in a beautiful quality from sustainable materials.

What do you think of wood watches?

If you are in need of a new watch, I would definitely recommend checking out the JORD Wood Watches website as they have great range of styles and colours for men and women.

With warmest wishes

3 Ways That The Internet Has Changed How I Shop for Clothes

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My outfit – worn for the first sunny day of spring last weekend
Layered tops (both organic cotton) – Kuyichi and Stewart and Brown
Organic cotton leggings – People Tree
Shoes – Used to belong to Mr S
Scarf – Hoss Intropia
Bracet – Ornate Me

It is hard to imagine life without the internet, only 10 years ago life was very different, there was no social media, we all did pretty much all of our shopping by going to the shops and I didn’t really have a clue about the brands I was buying and how or where their clothes were made. The internet has opened up a whole new life for me from writing this blog to running an internet based business for the last 5 years. Without the opportunity to explore my style through my blog, I may not have come to the conclusion that buying more and more fast fashion for the sake of it is a really bad idea for so many reasons.

Here are three ways that the internet has changed the way that I shop for clothes.

Inspiration

I used to obessively read magazines and pretty much follow the advice that I really must buy the latest fashion, style or beauty product. These days I tend to get most of my style inspiration from blogs, this has lead to me being more creative with the clothes that I already have and feeling more confident to develop my own individual style rather than following what has been dictated as the latest trend by a fashion magazine.

More Choice

Living in a small town with hardly any clothes shops and having children that makes finding time to go out shopping difficult, the internet has opened up a whole new world of shopping for me. There are so many small independant and ethical fashion labels that are only available online, without the internet they may not exist and even if they did wouldn’t be accessible to me. Without the internet it would be much more difficult to stick to my rules of only buying ethical or sustainable clothes. Even Oxfam have an online shop giving me access the clothes from not just one charity shop but from their charity shops all around the country. I still think you can’t beat the sheer enjoyment of an afternoon browsing the charity shops but when you need something specific to wear and you don’t have much time to shop, the internet certainly speeds things up. For the fastest average download speeds available to customers (according to OFCOM’s 2013 report) check out Virgin Media.

More Information and Greater Awareness

Last but not least, the internet gives me accesss to a huge amount of information and has given me a much greater awareness of many of the sustainability and ethical issues surrounding the fashion industry. With the click of a mouse I can check out  a brands corporate responsibility page, check out if they are using child labour in their supply chain or read up on reports by organisations like Ethical Consumer.

What do you think? Has the internet changed the way you shop?

With warmest wishes

Eco Technology – Fairphone

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This is the first of one of my new regular Eco Technology features which I will hopefully be repeating once a month along with my natural beauty, eco living and natural food posts. Gadgets and smartphones have become an important part of lives but are also related to the constantly changing fashions as much as the clothes that we wear. So today I am posting about Fairphone, a smartphone that puts social values first.

Almost everyone owns a Smartphone but that I have become increasingly aware of the ethical and sustainability issues surrounding them in recent months. Just one of the issues with mobile phones is the upgrade market which constantly encourages us to chuck out our old phones and start again with the latest model. Whilst there is quite a healthy recycled market for mobile phones many are sent to countries like Indonesia and Africa and being of dubious quality quickly becomes obsolete, if they aren’t already. Those working in the recycling industries abroad are often overworked, underpaid and poisoning themselves to death.

Whilst there are hugely positive aspects to the use of mobile phones around the world including greater democracy, improved communication and improved public health, there is also a altogether more sinister side to mobile phones. Ethical Consumer reports on how

In the remote, mineral-rich Kivu region of eastern Congo, global demand is fuelling a thriving but extremely bloody trade in the raw materials used to produce mobiles.

The area’s recent past is a catalogue of suffering and violence, with armed groups battling for economic, political and military control. These rebel militias (and increasingly, the Congolese national army) have gained control of lucrative mining networks rich in minerals such as cassiterite (tin ore) and coltan – crucial to the manufacture of electronic goods.

In retaining their strangleholds, the groups have visited horrific human rights abuses on civilian families. Reports by Global Witness, the UN and others have documented widespread abuses including mass rape, murder, extortion and forced labour, child soldier recruitment and population displacement.

 

You can check out the Ethical Consumer mobile phone guide here, which gives full information about all of the ethical and environmental issues surrounding mobile phones.

Unable to cope without smartphones and mobile devices, even the most ethical of shoppers has faced no choice other than to buy from one of the brands which supports this destructive industry. So I was really interested to hear about an alternative that has just launched ….

FairPhone – The Worlds First Ethical Mobile Phone


Fairphone is a social enterprise in Amsterdam, which is interestingly being crowdfunded. The phones are ethically manufactured and eco friendly using only conflict free tin and coltan (tantalum). They are also addressing the important issue of e-waste with  recycling coalition Closing The Loop to buy discarded scrap from affected areas, processing what can be safely recovered locally and shipping the rest to professional recyclers in Europe. They are also working to forge long-term relationships with suppliers to ensure good working conditions. They are also working towards complete transparency with a price breakdown that enables you to know exactly where the phone’s components come from.

They have already sold 6263 phones and raised 125% of their goal with just 6 days to go so it definitely looks like the project is going to be a goer! The phone is Android OS with a touch screen and a 8 megapixel Plus 1.3 megapixel camera. Plus it has lots of other techy features which I don’t have the slighest bit of interest in, you can check out their website for more information if you are a gadget geek!

I think it looks cool and hopefully by the time my iphone stops working there will be some more reviews on how well it works so I can seriously consider whether to get one. What do you think would you consider swapping your iphone in for a FairPhone?

Have a lovely weekend!

With warmest wishes