Fair Trade Fashion for Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 is from 23rd February to 8th March. It celebrates and promotes Fairtrade products including coffee, sugar, cocoa, tea, bananas and cotton and the positive impact that buying them can have on the lives of the farmers growing them. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. It’s about supporting the development of thriving farming and worker communities that have more control over their futures and protecting the environment in which they live and work. The Fairtrade mark is a guarantee for shoppers that the products have been produced in accordance with social, economic and environmental standards set out by Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International .

Whilst you can buy clothes made from (certified) Fairtrade cotton, the Fairtrade mark is only used to certify commodities rather than manufactured products like clothes. The term ‘Fair Trade Fashion’ is used to describe clothing that has been manufactured in accordance with fair trade principles. Fair trade fashion is often handmade in developing countries and involves a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect placing importance on the rights of marginalized producers and workers. Yup it is pretty confusing but both certified Fairtrade cotton clothing and fair trade fashion are both good options if you are looking for beautiful clothes that make a positive difference to peoples lives. Here are some of my favourite places to buy them:

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People Tree – the pioneer of ethical fashion, creating amazing clothes made in co operatives around the world with organic and fairtrade cotton.

pachacuti Fair Trade Fashion for Fairtrade Fortnight

Pachacuti – Amazing panama hats which preserve traditional artisanal skills in the Andes through combining high quality, environmentally-friendly materials with Fair Trade working practices.

bibico Fair Trade Fashion for Fairtrade Fortnight

Bibico – beautiful clothes handmade by fair trade groups in India and Nepal.

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Sessun – a sustainable fashion brand that uses organic and fairtrade cotton wherever possible.

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Adini – a very affordable ethical fashion brand with its factories being certified by Sedex.

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Nomads – Beautiful hand made clothing  that comply with a comprehensive Fair Trade policy. Nomads is recognised by the British Association of Fair Trade Shops.

Have you ever shopped with any of these brands? If so, what do you think?

Have a amazing week!

With warmest wishes

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Nancy Dee For Valetines Day


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For Valentines Day myself and Mr S went into Bath for Tapas. My outfit features a dress and jacket by Nancy Dee, one of my favourite ethical brands at the moment. Nancy Dee makes all of their clothes in the UK from beautiful soft, comfy and cosy organic cotton jersey fabric. It is a real joy to wear. I couldn’t help accessorising my outfit with my glitter heart necklace by another ‘Made in Britain’ fashion brand, Tatty Devine. If I can’t wear a heart necklace on Valentines Day then when can I wear it!

The boots are my faithful Dream in Green boots which are made from vegetable tanned leather. This is a more eco friendly alternative than conventionally tanned leather. I love these boots as they go with just about anything and the wedge heel means that they add a bit of height but  are still really easy to walk in.

It was lovely to have a bit of time to ourselves for once as life can get so crazy busy with work and the children’s busy schedule of homework, clubs and socialising. On Saturday I also did my first training walk in preparation for a 30 mile walk across the Brecon Beacons. It was amazing to get out in the fresh air early in the moring and the perfect opportunity to catch up with my 2 friends who I haven’t seen since Christmas. As usual the weekend has just flown by and I can’t believe that it is back to work tommorrow.

I will finish by sharing a few Instagrams from the last week.

poncho Nancy Dee For Valetines Day
I love dream catchers and was delighted to get this very cute mini one along with the seventies poncho that I ordered from LA based, Desert Cat Vintage on Etsy.
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This is probably one of my favourite breakfasts ever. Huevos Rancheros.It is basically egg poached in a salsa (tomatoes, onions, chillis and peppers), served on warm tortilla with grated cheese and avocado.Jamie Oliver has a recipe for it here.
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My daughter loves having Bento lunch boxes or ‘themed lunch’ as she calls it. I don’t have time to make it every morning but this week I managed to make a Valentines themed lunch with teddy sandwishes and heart shaped veg.
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My Tatty Devine heart necklace
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As soon as I sit down for a second, the cat jumps straight on my lap.

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Red roses from Mr S.
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A very yummy Valentines cake made by the girls.

I hope that you had a fab weekend, whatever you did.

With warmest wishes

Happy Christmas

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Jacket – Rokit vintage
Necklace – a pressy from my mum
Top – M & S (Fairtrade)
Skirt – Kinky Melon Retro Boutique (AKA Vintage Vixen)
Boots – Dream in Green

Only a few days to go until Christmas and I can’t wait. I have been pretty organised this year so have food, pressies and outfits all sorted for the days ahead. No more work until after Christmas giving me a lovely relaxing break and the chance to focus on spending time with my lovely family. I am attempting to have an ‘eco ‘ Christmas this year which means cutting back a little on consumption and concentrating on the more important things like spending time with family and friends. I have to admit it has been quite tricky but even a little more sustainable has to be better than nothing. I will hopefully share more about that after Christmas.

In the picture above, I am wearing the outfit that I wore to go Christmas shopping in Bath a few weeks ago. The skirt is from (Vintage Vix’s) Kinky Melon Retro Boutique at which I picked up when they visited Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Bath. I love the bold pattern and colours on the skirt and it super comfortable to wear. So unusual for me to find a long skirt that actually fits and doesn’t need altering to stop it dragging on the floor.

Here my instagrams from the last few weeks…

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Bath Abbey

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The Apres Ski bar at Bath Christmas market
mexican santa Happy Christmas
Mexican Santa- possibly my favourite Christmas tree decoration ever!
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christmas cat Happy Christmas
Christmas or no Christmas, this cat loves to sleep
white christmas Happy Christmas

 

mince pies Happy ChristmasA day off work and the chance to watch a Christmas film and scoff mince pies

Well that is it from me for now, I am signing off for Christmas.

I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas.

I look forward to lots more sustainable style and ethical fashion in 2015! I am ever hopeful that it will be the year when ethical clothing becomes the norm and fashion slows down.

How have you been preparing for Christmas and what are you hoping for in 2015?

With warmest wishes

#Secondhandfirst Week and an EFB Outfit Challenge

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Coat- secondhand
Scarf – Oxfam (upcycled with pompom trim)
Jeggings – Oxfam
Top – SkunkFunk
Shoes – Clarks

Next week is #SecondhandFirst week, a event organised by the textile recycling charity TRAID to celebrate all things secondhand while committing to using more of our existing resources, rather than buying new. It will be marked by a week of events, workshops and initiatives between 17th – 23rd November in London.

But even if you don’t live in London, their are tonnes of ways that you can get involved, not least by wearing all or some secondhand clothes for the week and taking the #SecondhandFirst pledge to commit to buying a percentage of your clothes secondhand  and keeping clothes and other resources in circulation for longer by lending, swapping, mending and donating, visiting your local charity shop, running your own clothes swap.

Over at Ethical Fashion Bloggers we are also running a #secondhandfirst outfit challenge to create an outfit containing some or all secondhand clothes. You can see my outfit for the challenge above which features a pair of jeggings from Oxfam, my latest buy, a parka from Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair and a silk scarf from Oxfam which has been upcycled with a pompom trim. The chair I am sitting on is also made from recycled saris.

I will also be trying to wear as many secondhand pieces next week and will hopefully share them via Twitter and Instagram. Quite a large proportion of my wardrobe already consists of secondhand clothes but from now on, I am commiting to try source more second hand instead of new (when I need to buy something).

Will you be wearing anything secondhand next week? Do you have any great tips for buying secondhand clothes?

With warmest wishes

Fashion Bloggers Meet Up – Bath – 30th November

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I have been meaning to organise a fashion bloggers meet up in Bath for such a long time. Prompted by the #Fbloggers Twitter chat about meetups the other night, I have finally decided to get on and do it!

With not one, but two vintage fairs/markets going on in Bath, I decided that Sunday afternoon on 30th November would be the time for a blogger meet up, who doesn’t love a spot of vintage shopping? It will be the perfect opportunity to get dressed up in some vintage clothes or your best dress or just show off your fabulous style, what ever it is.

Of course vintage shopping can be thirsty work so the meet up will also include a spot of afternoon tea. Depending on time, we can go to Lou Lou Lou’s vintage fair at the Pavillion and/or the Vintage and Antiques Market at Green Park Station.

I am thinking of the the Regency Tea Room for tea (above the Jane Austin Centre). I hope to book us a table in advance to ensure we have room for all and we can order a range of teas, cakes, scones (whatever you fancy) with Lady Catherine’s Proper Cream Tea  costing £7.90 pp and lots of other options depending how hungry you are feeling. You can view the full menu here. (this is subject to numbers and availability but if not here I will find some where equally lovely nearby!)

If you haven’t been to the Green Park Station Fair before, it is free to get in and has over 60 specially hand-picked stalls selling; High Quality Furniture, Jewellery, Brantiques (Upcycled Furniture), Decorative Accessories, Vintage & Retro Fashion, Homewares, Kitchenallia, Recycled Products, Silverware, Ceramics, Upholstery, Curiosities, Garden Ephemera, Cameras, Books, Militaria, Coins, Paintings, Sculpture, Clocks, Art, Collectable Vinyl, Artisan Arts and Crafts …plus a vintage DJ and some food stalls. Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair costs £2 to get in and features fashion, homeware and vintage beauty.

If you are thinking of coming along but worried that you won’t know anyone, please don’t be, I think probably most of us (including me) won’t know each other so it should be a great opportunity to have a chat with others that share your love of blogging and won’t mind endless photos of everything from food to outfits.

If you would like to come along, please email meat ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk with your name and the url of your blog and I will confirm full details, timings etc to you by email a few weeks before.

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion – October Update

So we are in October already! Where does the time go? Whilst I am not a big fan of the cold weather, I have to admit I do enjoy cosying up in  front of the TV and cooking up comfort food at this time of year especially after such a busy summer. I have also been catching up on some of my favourite blogs and am delighted to share with you some of the sustainable and ethical fashion highlights.

It was lovely to see Ronnie from Dresses on a clothes line featured in the video of the AW14 People Tree collection (above). You can also check out her post Fly Me To the Moon to see some of the photos and read about the photo shoot. It looks like that moon print is proving popular!

I was pleased to discover ethical and British made fashion in the form of minimalist label Rikya over on Kingdom of Style. The latest collection takes inspiration from 90’s hip hop, tomboys and skater Peggy Oki. You can check out the post here.

Over on City Girl at Heart, there is a lovely giveaway and interview with creative concept store, Confined Space which features the latest in independent and sustainable design with some amazing ethical fashion.

At Morale Fibres, the latest your style interview features Kayleigh Innes of Wonderchebs. Check it out for some great ethical shopping tips.

On the Oxfam Fashion blog, Katie Cliss gives her charity shopping tips for a cosy autumn and winter.

I have recently launched an offers and discounts page here to share with you some of the lovely savings for ethical and sustainable fashion brands.

The Ethical Fashion Bloggers relaunch!
I have been noticing a growing number of bloggers posting about ethical and sustainable fashion and style and I have decided that I really ought to get the Ethical Fashion Bloggers community up and going again. The community was incredibly popular but I just ran out of time and energy to keep it up to date so it has been a little quiet of late. However I have now decided to start again with a renewed focus to create a vibrant community of bloggers who love fashion and clothes but want to minimise their impact on the planet and don’t want to compromise their ethics. If you would like to find out more check out the blog www.ethicalfashionbloggers.com and if you would like to join the fun, email me on ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk. I would also love to here from any bloggers who would like to write a guest post about their style, ethical shopping tips or favourite ethical brand.

That’s it for now, except that I am hoping to arrange a bloggers meet up for a vintage fair and afternoon tea in Bath on 30th November. So if you would like to come along, please pencil it in the diary. I will post more information soon.

Have a lovely October!

With warmest wishes

Ethical Fashion Update – September

There are definitely lots of ethical fashion goings on this month with London Fashion Week and Organic Month also with autumn just around the corner (although the weather is still lovely and warm), lots of new ethical fashion collections to check out.

For further information on organic beauty and ethical fashion events for organic September, visit the Soil Association website. You can also check out my store for ideas on where you can buy organic clothes and more information on the benefits of organic clothes.

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There have been  2 new stores that have launched online recently and I am loving. Gather & See is a lovely boutique stocking a range of ethical labels including Beaumont Organic, US label Upstate and New Zealand Label KowTow. I recently bought a top for work by Upstate from there (pictured above) which is handcrafted using traditional techniques and Small Scale Production with zero-waste.

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Another store that has come to my attention is Otillie Pop which features some fab printed dresses that are handcrafted in the UK. Each piece is made to last with digital printing so that the prints last wash after  wash and with a 5 year guarantee.

italian wardrobe sale Ethical Fashion Update   September

If you happen to be round and about in London in September you shouldn’t miss this wardrobe sale organised by Veronica Crespi of Rewardrobe and MyBoodyVal, they will be selling a carefully edited selection of their outfits. From Italian labels not available in London to the UK’s finest designer talent, from Scandinavian to Japanese rarities, from vintage to upcycled one-offs and and more from ethical and sustainable brands, 200+ pieces will be availableVeronica and Valentina will greet you in person, and are looking forward to sharing each piece’s story with you. You can find out more on Facebook here.

What are you up to in September? Do you have any ethical, vintage or sustainable fashion events or goings on to share?

With warmest wishes

Ethical Fashion – My Holiday Packing List

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I got back from holiday less than a week ago but after a couple of days back at work it feels like forever ago! This year I thought that I would share with you my favourite sustainable and ethical fashion pieces for taking on holiday with me. In the true spirit of sustainability, I try not to buy new things each year for holiday, after all it is only 2 weeks and I have lots of clothes. I would rather spend my money on a lovely meal at our favourite Italian restaurant where we can watch the sunsetting and the waves crashing over the rocks. I did however treat myself to a dress from Oxfam Fashion by Monsoon, just because I couldn’t resist it and I knew it would be comfy and cool for the lovely hot weather in Tenerife and a pair of flip flops because my old ones had worn out. In the picture above are a few of my summer holiday staples.

Fairtrade cotton vest tops – Marks and Spencers
Marks and Spencers have a small selection of Fairtrade cotton vest tops but they are really versatile and cool for hols. Marks and Spencers are also doing quite well in terms of ethics and sustainability as reported by Ethical Consumer.

Necklaces – Made
Made are an ethical jewellery company creating beautiful jewellery in their workshops in Kenya with a view to harnessing the talent and skills of local artisans, whilst providing a safe working environment, long-term job security and training.

Cut off Jeans
Not overly inventive, but a great way to extend the life of a piece of clothing. When my jeans started to wear out, instead of throwing them away, I made them into shorts.

Friendship Bracelets
I love wearing friendship bracelets. I got these ones from a website for recycling jewellery.

Hat – Pachacuti
I love Pachacuti hats, not only do they look great and keep the sun off my face but are also helping to preserve traditional artisanal skills in the Andes by combining high quality, environmentally-friendly materials with Fair Trade working practices.

Sunglasses – Colin Lesley Eyewear
These sunglasses are made from a combination of sustainable bamboo and recycled acetate and plastic.

Gandys FlipFlops
I wrote about the story behind the brand for Gandy Flip Flops in my last post.

Sarong
I bought this sarong nearly 20 years ago when I went on a conservation diving expedition to Belize. To me a piece of clothing that last 20 years is pretty sustainable. I love that it also  reminds me of the amazing time I had spending 2 months on a desert island in Belize.

Along with these staples, I also took some of my favourite ethical dresses most of which have been regularly featured on this blog.

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Dress – Monsoon

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Dress – Oxfam Fashion

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Earth Kind Originals

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Dress – Ruby Rocks

What do you usually pack for hols? which are your holiday staples that you take with you year after year?

With warmest wishes

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Instagram – 10 Ethical Fashion Feeds to Follow

instagram Instagram   10 Ethical Fashion Feeds to Follow Livia Firth Describing herself as Creative Director of @ecoage, Queen of the Green Carpet, wife of the King in Spanx and professional agitator. Livia’s instagram gives you a very beautiful insight into her eco fashion and red carpet filled life.

Sastainable Style Lovely Angela of Sastainable Style Blog describes her instagram feed as “Sassy: lively, bold, full of spirit, cheeky Sustain: to keep in existence, strengthen, support. #ecochic #ethicallifestyle #sustainableluxury #ecolife” Check  out her feed for Eco outfit and lifestyle ideas and inspiration from Canada.

One Green Dress Follow Brighton based blogger Amelia on Instagram for super stylish outfits of the day. A great way to discover new sustainable fashion brands and keep up with what’s going on in the world of ethical fashion.

Moral Fibres Moral Fibres blog is written by Wendy and features a wealth of information for an eco friendly lifestyle. Wendy’s Instagram features snaps of food, fun and fashion that will definitely inspire you.

Hello Margaret Truly gorgeous pics from this  Independent label which features ethically handmade, re-worked and vintage clothing and handmade jewellery.

Oxfam Shops If you fancy a little virtual thrifting then Oxfam shops Instagram feed is a great place to start. Check it out to see some of the coolest charity shop finds around as well as a visual update of their festival action.

Eco Fashion Week Worldwide eco fashion action from the event that is working to redefine how we think about apparel.

Sustainability in Style Environmental Scientist, Kate Roberts has enbarked on a 365 day challenge to shop her wardrobe buying no new clothes or accessories for a year. Check out her instagram feed to see how creative you can be with the clothes that you already have.

People Tree One of my favourite ethical fashion brands, People Tree’s Instagram feed is packed with the latest collections, tips on caring for your clothes and an insight into People Tree HQ and the people behind the brand.

If you would like to check out my instagram, my name is styleeyes. If you have an instagram and post about ethical, sustainable, vintage and upcycled fashion, please leave a link to your profile in the comments of this post so that I (and others) can follow.

30 Ethical Fashion Loving Blogs to Check Out

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Blogs are the new magazines! they are a great place to go for style inspiration, independent product reviews and a unique and fresh take on the world. Here are just some of the amazing ethical fashion loving blogs that we love for their unique and informative approach to fashion showing that it is perfectly possible to look great without compromising on ethics.

Bexceptional

The newly relaunched blog is an ethical fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog by Oxford Masters Student Bex Hall.

One Green Dress

The Brighton based ethical fashion blog by Oxfam Fashion Blogger Amelia. This blog features Amelia’s outfits, challenges and lots more.

Sasstainable

Sassainable is the sustainble fashion blog of now Toronto based Angela Wallace. It covers all of the latest industry events as well as food, life and travels.

Green Stilettos

A stylishly concious blog written by Xenya, Green Stilettos puts the glam in green and covers fashion with a little bit of food, lifestyle and beauty thrown into the mix.

The Green Eye of Fashion

The Green Eye of Fashion feature a handy ethical fashion directory as well as interesting and informative commentary on the many issues affecting the fashion industry.

Vogue – The Green Style Blog

If you want to keep up with all of the major sustainable developments, collections and initiatives in the fashion industry then The Green Style Blog is definitely one to follow.

Oxfam Fashion Blog

Written by a team of fashion blogging volunteers, the Oxfam Fashion Blog is packed with DIY tutorials, vintage shopping and style tips and lots more.

Moral Fibres

Moral Fibres is a UK based sustainable lifestyle blog written by Wendy.  The blog aims to show how it is possible to live a sustainable lifestyle without compromising on style.

Dresses on  Clothes Line

Written by student and Oxfam volunteer Ron, Dresses on a Clothes Line is a diary of her outfits, DIY projects and charity shop finds illustrated with some lovely phootgraphs.

Made to Travel

Made to Travel is the blog of New York based Jamillah. She writes about ethical shopping and other things that make her happy and also posts her outfits.

Meet Me at Mikes

Meet Me at Mikes is an Australian Sustainable lifestyle blog featuring posts on a range of subjects from DIY’s to ethical fashion, art and design and delicious recipes.

Sadies Wardrobe

Sadie’s Wardrobe features a fantastic ethical fashion guide to Paris aswell as plenty of outfit and DIY ideas.

The Ethical Hedonist

The Ethical Hedonist is a luxury online magazine that puts the wow factor into going organic, local, artisan and sustainable.

Ecouterre

Ecouterre covers everything that is newsworthy about ethical fashion design from the latest collections to the truth behind the greenwashing.

October Rebel

October Rebel is a style blog by US based October. It features beautiful outfit photographs with a large helping of ethical fashion.

Ecosalon

Ecosalon combines posts on conscious culture and sustainable fashion. It features more in depth looks at how ethical retailers really are as well as updates and previews of new designers and collections.

Trendition

Trendition is an online hub for ethical and sustainable lifestyle aiming to promote and inform in a fashion forward way.

Ms Wandas Wardrobe

If you want to make sure that you are informed about all of the latest news surrounding ethics in the fashion industry, then Ms Wandas is definitely the place to go.

All My Goodness

All My Goodness is a blog with plenty of inspiration for  consumers to lead a more conscious life and to help smaller sustainable companies take the next step.

Style and the Start Up

Have you ever considered starting your own ethical fashion business? if so this is definitely a great blog to check out. It covers sustainability, style and start ups in equal measures.

Eco Chick

A well established US based ethical fashion blog written by Starre Vartan, Eco Chick covers fashion, beauty, art and home.

The Owl and the Accordion

The Owl and Accordion is written by vintage and crochet lover, Vicky. It features posts about her life, DIYs and children’s clothes all illustrated with beautiful photographs.

Clothes, Camera and Coffee

Clothes, camera and coffee is written by student Rosalind. It features beautiful photographs, intelligent commentary and some lovely vintage clothes. Rosalind’s writing has also been published in Vogue and the Guardian.

Green Glitter

Green Glitter is a blog with news, reviews and posts about eco living, fashion and beauty.

Dimples Diaries

A blog by Fashion and Culture Journalist Student Hannah, Dimples Diaries combines great style with sustainable and ethical fashion including brand reviews, outfit pictures and lots more. Hannah is also taking part in the Green Challenge.

Diamonds and Daisy Chains

Diamonds and Daisy Chains features articles and posts on a variety of different topics from food to fashion and pregnancy to parenting. It has a particular focus on ethical shopping.

The Conscious Collective

The Conscious Collective is a blog by Emma and Stacey and features some great edits of the seasons latest collections with a strong focus on ethical and sustainable brands.

Ears and Whiskers

Ears and Whiskers is the blog of designer, sewer and vintage lover Sophie. Sophie is on an ethical fashion quest to discover the stories behind the materials that she uses and the clothes that she loves.

Eco Warrior Princess

Eco Warrior Princess is an Australian based fashion blog written by Jennifer Nini. She aims to raise awareness of the social and environmental impacts of the fashion industry, promotes ethical and sustainable fashion

Very Nice Threads

Written by Christine de Leon and Huffington Post blogger, Very Nice Threads is a streetstyle blog with plenty of ethical fashion focussed editorial thrown into the mix.

The Last Straggler

Freelance writer and researcher, Zaena Miller shares her love of print, fabrics, cuts and colours and shows how we can all be both stylish and responsible.

And you could also check out my blog www.ethicalfashionblog.com which features outfits, reviews and general chat about my life.

Do you know of any other ethical fashion blogs? please tweet them to me @styleeyes .

With warmest wishes