Pants to Poverty – The Story Behind the Brand

Pants are something that we all wear everyday or at least most of us wear most days, no? Yet do we ever stop to think where our pants come from and how they are made? They may be just smalls, but actually they can make a big difference.

This is where ethical underwear brand Pants to Poverty comes in. Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s call to a generation to rise up and to make poverty history back in 2005, Pants to Poverty create fun, fairtrade and organic cotton pants. The brand now supports and creates a sustainable livelihood for over 5000 farmers in India proving that they really do have power in their pants.

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Pants to Poverty have some pantastic plans ahead for 2015. They will be moving to India to ensure that they their ‘cotton to bottom’ process is aligned with the cycles of the farmers. The team at Pants to Poverty will be learning about the process at each stage of the supply chain, living with the realities of life for the communities that they partner with and strengthening their relationships with the people who make their pants. Next there will be new collections designed with the people who make them.

In the meantime Pants to Poverty will be continuing to stock up on pants ready for Christmas. I am loving the idea of such a fun and useful gift that also says ‘Pants to Poverty’. If you would like to treat your friends or family, just don’t leave it too late as they are selling fast.

Get a pantabulous 15% off at Pants to Poverty with my discount code ETHICALFASHIONBLOG

Pants to Poverty will also be posting a series of vlogs on their site documenting their trip to India and bringing you a piece of the magic that they will be creating.

What do you think? would you like to make a big difference with your smalls?

Ok that’s it, no more pant puns, I promise!

With warmest wishes

 

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The People Tree Lulu Moon Print Dress

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Dress – People Tree
Shoes – Dream in Green
Necklace – Vintage

Ok so you probably know that I am a mahusive fan of People Tree! Well imagine my delight when they asked me to pick out a piece from their latest collection to try out. It took me a while to decide (bit like a child in a sweetie shop) but I finally managed to settle on the Lulu moon print dress.

I loved the flattering style and lovely print on the dress and knew it would work for work which is the time when I have the most of those got nothing to wear days. I also love the colour which is great as an equally slimming alternative to black.  It fitted perfectly and is probably one of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe.

Do you want to know a little more about the dress?

It is made from organic cotton which ensures a better deal for the farmers and a crop grown without the use of pesticides which are damaging to the environment and to the health of humans.

The dress was made by a social enterprise called Creative Hands which works with disadvantaged women of the slum communities of Mumbai, India giving them a sustainable livelihood and helping to empower them. The mission of Creative Handicrafts is to build sustainable communities where respect for people is held high and there is no differentiation based on caste, gender or religion. Hundreds of women who have learnt skills with Creative Hands have either started their own businesses or continued to work within Creative Hands co operatives with benefits including creches and daycare for their children.

If you haven’t already checked out the People Tree Autumn Winter collection, it is definitely worth a peep with some lovely prints as well as work wear and even lounge wear and PJs.

People Tree have kindly offered me a discount code to share with my readers just enter HEATH10 at checkout for 10% off.

I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend doing not too much at all. What will you be doing this weekend? Hope that you have a lovely time.

With warmest wishes

Ethical Fashion for Autumn – My Top 10 Dresses

Whilst the weather is unusually warm for this time of year, autumn is not far away, so for me it is time to dust off my trusty black opaques and ankle boots. Here are my top 10 picks of dresses that are the perfect combo of autumn style and ethical fashion. You can also check out my store for a great selection of sustainable and ethical fashion dresses.

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People Tree Sofia Tree Print Dress

People Tree are definitely one of my favourite places to buy ethical fashion and this autumn, they have some great styles and lovely prints. If you don’t already know about People Tree, their clothes are fair trade so everyone in the supply chain gets treated with respect and has the opportunity for a sustainable livelihood.

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Seasalt Cornwall Esmerelda Dress

Seasalt Cornwall create beautiful clothes with some fun unique prints. I love the colours and flattering style of this dress and even better that they are a socially responsible business making about 60% of their cotton products from organic cotton.
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SkunkFunk Zora Dress

Skunk Funk is another of my favourite brands, they always seem to come up with unique designs that I love like this unusual dress. Skunkfunk are committed to sustainability using organic cotton and recycled polyester as well as tencel and modal in their clothes.

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Annie Greenabelle Floral Panel Carey Party Dress

Annie Greenabelle create cute feminine dresses and whilst this dress is called a party dress, I would probably wear it for daytime too. Annie Greenabelle clothes are ethically made with a some of their clothes being made from organic cotton and some being made in Britain.
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Nancy Dee Lana Stripe Dress

Nancy Dee specialise in fluid styles made from organic cotton jersey which not only looks great but is also super comfy to wear. I love the simplicity of this dress. Nancy Dee are also an ethical fashion brand making all of their clothes in the UK.
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Braintree Clothing Carly Check Dress

Braintree Clothing is another pioneering ethical fashion brand that makes clothes that don’t cost the earth. This dress is made from organic cotton and hemp which is a better alternative for the environment and farmers than conventional cotton.

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ASOS Reclaimed Drop Waist Smock Dress

The ASOS reclaimed is a great place to look if you want fresh styles with minimim environmental impact. The collection is made from deadstock and one of a kind vintage pieces. This smock dress looks lovely and comfy to wear.

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Urban Renewal Black Velvet Baby Doll Dress

This velvet baby doll dress definitely has a bit of a grungey feel to it. It is made from original vintage velvet so has less of an environmental impact than clothing that is made from new.

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ASOS Africa Print Dress with Sheer Inserts

I am loving the fab print on this dress by ASOS Africa. Also loving that it has been ethically made in Africa.
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Adini – Milanese Lace Dress

Last but not least, this lovely lace dress would be perfect for all sorts of parties and nights out for the season ahead. Adini are commited to both fair trade and protection of the environment.

Gorgeous as these dresses are, for now I am resisting buying anything new as I have quite a lots of clothes and don’t really need anything at the moment.

If you are in need of something gorgeous to wear this autumn, why not opt for something ethical and sustainable? there is definitely lots out there to choose from.

Which are your favourite ethical brands?

With warmest wishes


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People Tree AW14


If you visit this blog regularly, you will probably be aware that I am a big fan of People Tree. People Tree clothing ticks all the boxes for me including beautiful designs, high quality clothes that stand the test of time, great fit and outstanding ethics. I especially love the People Tree designer collaborations that currently include Orla Kiely, Peter Jensen, Zakee Shariff and Zandra Rhodes. You can check out the streetstyle lookbook for People Tree AW14 in the video above.

I am delighted to be partnering with People Tree to offer a fantastic discount of 10% for readers of my blog. All you need to do to use the code is to enter HEATH10 at checkout.

Here are just some of my favourites from the collection

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Avery Print Trousers

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Fox Coin Purse

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People Tree are committed to creating beautiful and fairly made clothes. The Collection at People Tree features organic and fairtrade cotton, handwoven and handmade designs that put people first. Their clothes minimise environmental impact and use safe and natural dyes that do not damage wildlife in rivers and waterways. Fair trade fashion improves the lives and environment of the artisans and farmers in developing countries. Unlike many companies that claim to be ‘ethical’ People Tree are committed to practising the principles of fairtrade in all aspects of their business.

Are you a fan of People Tree? what do you love from the AW14 collection?

With warmest wishes

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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.

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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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Gandys Flip Flops – Story Behind the Brand

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I am just back from 2 weeks of gorgeous and relaxing summer hols and before I went, I treated myself to a new pair of flipflops as I always spend most of my time around the swimming pool. I decided to opt for a new brand that I discovered through the Bibico blog and whose story and mission really caught my attention.

Those who were old enough at the time will vividly remember the shocking TV footage of the 2004 tsunami that hit the coasts of Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and Thailand on Boxing day causing devastation and misery for all those involved. Rob and Paul Forkan, founders of Gandy’s Flip Flops and were affected directly when an adventure of a lifetime with their parents working on humanitarian projects in India and Sri Lanka turned into a nightmare. They lost both their parents when the Tsunami hit the fishing town where they were staying in Sri Lanka and they both faced a very difficult journey with their brothers and sisters to find their way home to the UK from amidst the chaos that surrounded them.

Fortunately for the Forkan Children, they were supported by friends and family allowing them to finish their education. Rob and Paul got jobs in London and saved up enough money to complete the trip that they had started with their parents including returning to India.

But the story doesn’t end there. Rob and Paul wanted to find a positive end to this tragedy and decided to continue in the spirit of their parents by trying to help orphans like themselves in the countries that they had visited with their parents, orphans who weren’t lucky enough to have family and friends to support and help them as they had. After Rob woke up with a “mouth like Gandhi’s flip flop” at a festival one morning, the idea for their new flip flop brand was born. A brand that is designed in London, inspired by travel and fuelled by giving back.

Gandys is a social enterprise with 10% of all profits going to the ‘Orphans for orphans’ mission or the Gandy Foundation which is already beginning to make a difference by funding homes for orphans in India and Sri Lanka. This year the first home is opened in memory of Kevin and Sandra Forkan marking the 10th anniversary of the tsunami.

Gandys have a fantastic range of flip flops in a selection of colours and patterns. I was particularly taken by the Liberty print ones which have been pretty much welded to my feet for the last few weeks. As always with the ethical fashion brands that I love, it is great to have something that looks great but that also makes a difference.

You can find out more about Gandys story and mission or check out their collection of flip flops on www.gandysflipflops.com.

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.

Ethical Fashion – The August Round Up

Ethical fashion is really where it is happening at the moment but with so much going on, I am really struggling to keep up with posting about everything. So I have decided to introduce a new monthly round up feature to give me the opportunity to share with you anything that I think you would love to know about from my favourite ethical fashion blog posts, new collections, offers, discounts and giveaways. If you have anything interesting about ethical or sustainable fashion that you would like to share this month please leave a comment below.

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It was great to see Ethical Fashion getting some of the TV coverage that it deserves with this fantastic ethical fashion round up by Darren Kennedy on ITV This Morning. It featured some of my favourite brands including Annie Greenabelle, Bibico and Braintree Clothing.

It was also great to read on The Fashion Spot that This Years Copenhagen Fashion Week is all About Sustainability.

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Ruby Rocks (another of my favourite ethical fashion brands) has just launched a new jewellery collection in collaboration with Emi Jewellery. To celebrate they are holding a giveaway with the chance to win a statement necklace from the new collection. You can enter on their Facebook page.

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There is a fantastic guest post over on City Girl at Heart about Fortress of Inca, an ethical brand creating beautiful handcrafted shoes in Peru. How amazing are these wedges?

There was an interesting post on Op Ed last week discussing the need for etailers to tell consumers where their products are made. I absolutely agree. Websites and social media offer such great opportunity to tell the story about a brand. I also think people are actually starting to care more about where their clothes are made. What do you think?

Last week I also took part in the new Your Ethical Style feature at Moral Fibres. You can check out the interview here.

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For any parents out there, you may be starting to think about the children going back to school. Whilst there is now quite a lot of ethical fashion out there to choose from, finding ethically made school uniforms for children can be a little more tricky. Which is why I was really pleased to discover Ecooutfitters. Organic cotton school uniforms are not only a better alternative for the environment but they are also a good way to ensure that your children do not come into contact with any chemical nasties found in school uniforms treated with stain-resistant, wrinkle-resistant coatings.

Last but not least here are a few of my favourite ethical fashion pieces from the end of summer sales.

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Braintree Clothing have an extra 20% off for a limited time only. I love this Kiki dress which is reduced to juts £29.90!

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There are final reductions in the Timberland sale with up to 50% off. Definitely worth checking out their Earthkeepers range if you need a new jacket, shoes or jeans. This classic navy trench coat is reduced from £180 to £90.

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Bibico also have an amazing sale going on with up to 70% off. This pretty cotton dress is reduced to £41.

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Workwear – Summer

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Dress and Scarf – Braintree Clothing

I hope you are enjoying the summer! I am loving the gorgeous weather everything just seems to much happier. The warm weather can throw up a few challenges in finding ethical workwear though. The office can get quite warm despite the air conditioning and so I like to wear sleeveless dresses but also want to look reasonably smart and would feel uncomfortable in anything too skimpy.

I invested in this dress a few months back and it fits the bill perfectly as it is really lightweight and cool but also below the knee. I ordered a size up than I usually might wear for a really comfy loose fit. The dress is by Braintree Clothing, a brand which I love for their ability to create relaxed but pretty clothes with just a hint of boho. The SS14 collection features some of my favourite colours in soft comfy separates and unique prints. I love that the style of the dress will not really date so I will be able to wear it year after year on hot summer days in the office. If you are looking for affordable clothes that are ethical and sustainable, I would definitely recommend checking them out. The clothes are ethically made from hemp, bamboo and organic cotton, all of which feel great against the skin especially in hot weather.

Which are your favourite ethical brands for summer?

Things have been pretty busy lately, but I have managed to steal a bit of time to work on creating a new store for my blog which you can check out here. The store contains a large selection of ethically and sustainably made clothes including vintage, upcycled, organic, fair trade and vegan. I am hoping to make shopping a little easier for anyone who loves fashion but does not want to compromise on ethics. There are plenty of amazing brands out there but sometimes it can be a little difficult to know where to look. The store is a work in progress so I hope to continue developing and improving it. I would love to know what you think.

With warmest wishes

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