I am really pleased to be able to discover so many lovely places to shop for ethical accessories in today’s Ethical Fashion Blogathon. One of those places is Chatoui, a website based in the Netherlands selling a selection of both fashion and home accessories.
All items by www.chatoui.nl are made from used materials in the Netherlands and 70% are manufactured by social projects which include workshops with disabled or unemployed people and those that need to learn new work skills. The ideas and designs come from Katja Staring, who in cooperation with the producers, finds new ways to create desirable products. Katja also creates her ownline of jewelry and textile products. She likes to work with soulmates who share her connection with Fair Trade and Re-use/upcycling.
Chatoui was founded in 2008, because Katja thought that people throw away too much and I wanted to build a socially responsible business. You can read more about her projects, ideas and inspiration on her reuse blog.
I particularly love the colourful and patterned fabric bags on Chatoui. Perfect for adding a pop of colour to a neutral outfit or if you are in the mood for something a little more daring, why not mix a patterned bag with a patterned piece from your wardrobe.
Here are some of my favourites from the website.
Please check out the full range of ethical products at www.chatoui.nl. The site is not in English but you can easily translate using Google Translate.
Ethical Superstore have agreat selection of fashion for men and women including some of my favourite brands like Frank and Faith, Komodo and People Tree. I really love shopping for clothes at Ethical Superstore as I can not only get a fashion fix but also a chocolate fix with their delicious Fairtrade and organic choccies!
You can easily search for clothes that are either fair trade, organic or just plain eco friendly and know that you can make a difference with your shopping without compromising on style.
At the moment, I especially love this soft and cosy wool shawl by Komodo perfect for throwing on over all sorts of outfits. I would definitely wear it over my jeans for a stylish school run or a day out in London.
I firmly believe that florals are not just for summer. Brighten up an autumn or winter day with this pretty floral dress by People Tree. I love its flattering retro style, great for those days when you want to get a little dressed up.
This super soft bamboo wrap cardigan by chic eco brand Asquith is perfect for lounging round the house in style or for yoga and fitness classes. Bamboo is soft, breathable and absorbant making it ideal for fitness wear and this cardigan also has the Asquith signature of a discreet row of Swarovski crystal to add a little sparkle to your day.
Last but not least, these Pants for Poverty pants make a great Christmas gift. Sustainable, sexy and soft, whats not to love? They are made from organic fairtrade cotton and supprt a great cause.
Please check out the full selection of ethical fashion at www.ethicalsuperstore.com
Yours Sustainably offers a fantastic selection of accessories including jewellery, bags, pourses and scarves. I love that they are carefully sourced from all around the world with a focus on not only their sustainbility and ethics but also their beauty, desireability and functionality. The company also has a great philosophy that producers, suppliers and consumers are jointly responsible for creating and buying ethical products.
The selection of jewellery at Yours Sustainably combines quirkly, colourful and contemporary pieces. I particularly love the chunky plaited necklaces which are the perfect way to jazz up a plain t shirt or simple dress. They are handmade in Kenya using Made from traditional Kenyan kikoy fabric and brass.
There are also some fantastic gift ideas at Yours Sustainably. This striking bag is made from woven cotton and soft Buffaloe leather (a by product of the Nepalese food industty) under fair trade principles. It would go with just about any outfit from bold bright colours to neutrals.
Scarves are also a great way to brighten up any outfit. Your sustainably has an amazing selection of scarves in a range of colours and prints including this vibrant purple scarf with pom pom trim. It is made from a super soft bamboo fabric which is really comfortable to wear and drapes beautifully.
Yours sustainably also has a range of accessories for men, home and table wear, stationary, travel accessories and gifts for children. I love this laptop case which is made of recycled rubber tyre tubes with a recycled denim lining.
Please visit www.yourssustainably.com to view the full fantastic range of fashion and gifts.
Today we are lucky enough to be able to offer a fantastic giveaway to anyone supporting the blogathon on Twitter. Two beautiful pieces of unique ethical jewellery have been donated by Caipora Jewellery. The winner will be able to take their pick of colours of a paper ring and arm candy paper bracelet (subject to stock availability). All you need to do to enter this fantastic giveaway is follow @Caipora_Jewelry on Twitter and retweet posts from the blogathon with the hash tag #ethicalfashionblogathon. The more you retweet, the more entries you will get in the giveaway!
Caipora are designers of ethical, vibrant and luxurious jewellery. Perfect for those who want to transform their style into a unique look, their jewellery is a real expression of your individualism and creativity. Each piece at Caipora is infused with the vibrant multicultural mix of art. The selection of designers explore the land’s natural elements and the fusion of cultures to produce fantastic ethical jewellery which pay special attention to quality and the spirit of human expression.
There is a piece of jewellery at Caipora for what ever your style or mood with collections for Earth, water, wind and fire. I particularly love the bold paper jewellery, made from upcycled paper and the handcrafted multistrand beaded necklaces which are the perfect accessory for both contemporary tailoring or a simple t shirt.
The name Caipora is synonymous with environmental responsibility, too – it is
an entity of indigenous Tupi-Guarani mythology of Brazil, and means ‘the forest
Caipora Jewellery was also first accessories label to win the Ethical Fashion Forum Innovation Award, in 2011.
Check out the full collection now on www.caipora.co.uk
Monday 15th October is the Ethical Fashion Blogathon for Blog Action Day. I have organised this blogathon in memory of my niece Maddie and in aid of Naomi House Hospice. I will joined by fantastic bloggers in posting about Ethical Fashion until 9pm this evening, I will also be updating this post with details of each of the posts in the blogathon.
If you are an ethical fashion brand and would like to sponsor a post in the blogathon, there is still time until about 6pm today. You can find out more details on how to do so here.
If you would like to make a donation to Naomi House in support of our efforts to promote ethical fashion and my attempt to post 24 blog posts in 12 hours you can do so through www.justgiving.com/styleeyes.
If you would like to offer support to the blogathon through Twitter, you can follow and retweet our posts with the hashtag #ethicalfashionblogathon. We will also be running a fantastic giveaway for anyone getting involved in retweeting the blogathon, more details very soon!
Here are the posts for the blogathon so far
Caipora Jewellery – An Ethical Fashion Blogathon Giveaway
Accessories at Yours Sustainably
Fashion at Ethical Superstore
Chatoui – Ethical Accesories
My Favourite Pieces from Purity Style
Ethical Fashion and the Power of We
Ethical Fashion Blogathon – Nomads
London Ethnic Review – Ethical Fashion
Johari – Fashion for the Future
Who made your pants?
Sapellé -a Paradise of Prints
Pure Thread London – 8th -26th October
Arthur&Henry – Ethical Menswear
Ethical Fashion Blogathon: Purity Style
Ethical Fashion Blogathon – Who Made Your Pants?
Ethical Fashion Blogathon – House of Beth
Ethical Fashion Blogathon – Ethical Superstore
NV London Calcutta
NV London Calcutta – Bags of Style
Loving Kitty Do Little, A Lot
London Ethnic – The Best of London Design
Ethical Engagement Rings at Ingle and Rhode
Eco Luxury at Mccoll&Clan
Fashion for Freedom 12th November
Ethical Fashion Menswear
3 Months on @ArthurandHenry
A massive thank you to everyone who has blogged, sponsored and supported the blogathon.
With warmest wishes