Ethical Work Wear

ethical workwear

Dress and jacket – People Tree
Shoes – Swedish Hasbeens

Work wear is kind of an essential part of my wardrobe and for me it is equally important that it has been ethically made as it is for all of the clothes that I wear. At the moment my work wardrobe consists of lots of charity shop dresses and cardigans along with a few dresses and jackets by People Tree and Nancy Dee. The picture above shows one of these outfits that I wore in the summer but I will also wear with tigts and boots for the winter. Both brands which are committed to ethical manufacture and feature comfy organic cotton pieces in their collection which I find work really well for work.

In the interests of sustainability, I try not to buy many clothes and also to invest in pieces that really last. But following a promotion (yay!) and increase in my hours last month, I have decided that I might need a few extra pieces to get me through the winter. Namely a pair of smart but comfy trousers (something I find really tricky to buy), a pair of boots and another cardigan or jacket as I have been feeling quite cold at work. Here are the pieces that I have invested in (contains affiliate links)

Tencel Top

Loving the print and assymetric hem of the Lerwick Tencel Top which makes a change from the dark clothes I have in my wardrobe for autumn.

Navy Organic Cotton Trousers

The tailored fit but soft and comfiness of the Mimi organic trousers looks like it could be a winning combo for work.

Lichen Organic Cotton Throw

Seriously fed up dark clothes for auumn already. This Broderick Organic Cotton Throw add a pop of colour and some extra warmth.

 Toms LEILA Black

On the boots front, I won’t lie I have struggled to find something, ethical, smart with the right heel height. I was really pleased when I finally found these TOMS shoes. Under the TOMS “one for one” model, for every pair of shoes sold, a pair of shoes goes to a child in need.

Where do you shop for workwear? I hope you are having a lovely weekend?

With warmest wishes

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Fashion Revolution Week

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DSCN4974 (4)sDress – Nancy Dee
Jacket – charity shop
Shoes – Dream in Green
Bag – What Daisy Did

Today is the start of Fashion Revolution Week! A time when consumers around the globe ask #whomademyclothes? and a movement of ethical fashion advocates and campaigners come together to raise awareness of unethical practice in the fashion industry and work towards change.

As part of the Ethical Fashion Bloggers, Fashion Revolution round up, I wanted to share this outfit which I think fits particularly well with the principles of sustainable fashion described by Vivienne Westwood as ‘buy less, choose well, make it last’.

The jacket is from a local charity shop and the fun print immediatley jumped out at me. It makes a great alternative to a plain black jacket. The dress is from one of my favourite  brands, Nancy Dee and is ethically made in the UK from organic cotton. The shoes are made by Dream in Green, another favourite brand of mine with a great selection of shoes and boots made ethically from vegetable tanned leather. Last but not least, my colourful handbag is ethically made in India by What Daisy Did using upcycled leather. You can read more about the brand in my post here.

Last week I asked #WhoMadeMyClothes? of high street retailer Marks and Spencers here. No answer yet but I will keep you posted and let you know if and when I get answer. As a consumer, it can be difficult to find out and understand exactly what brands are doing to ensure sustainability and ethics in their supply chains which is why transparency is so important. Fashion Revolution have just launched a transparency index in partnership with Ethical Consumer which improving social and environmental standards and how much of that information they share with the public you can download it here.

Fashion Revolution Week

If you like the idea of a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry, there are lots of ways you can get involved. Visit the Fashion Revolution website to find out more.

What will you be wearing for Fashion Revolution Week?

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5 Facts to Make you Re-think your Desire for Denim

slow jeans

Jeans have enjoyed a long and varied history. Today they are considered casual attire and the skinny and ripped trend seems to dominate the catwalk. However, once upon a time, durable denims were the staple choice of workmen across the western world.

Jean companies today strive to replicate this ‘authentic’ look. The process of pre-fading, dyeing and even tearing denim has destroyed the enduring quality of jeans.

We reveal five alarming facts about the Jean industry:

1. Deadly Denim

Ever wondered how your Jeans get their pre-worn look? Sand particles are used to blast jeans with a jet of air. Campaigners brought our attention to this deadly practice which can cause lung silicosis, if workers fail to receive adequate safety measures.

Since the campaign, many high street retailers have banned sandblasting in their production cycle. These include M&S, Arcadia, Primark, New Look, H&M and Calvin Klein.

2. Alarming Water consumption

It takes around 11,000 litres of water to make a single pair of jeans. The production process includes growing cotton and wet processing such as dyeing, treating and washing the fabric which all proves thirsty work.

Levi’s, the pioneers of the pre-faded blue design, have reacted to criticism and launched Water

3. The Problem with Cotton

As discussed above, cotton requires a lot of water to grow. However, the problem with cotton is not restricted just to the issue of water consumption. Only 2.4% of agriculture land is planted with cotton. However, it accounts for 11% of global pesticide sales. These pesticides which are used to kill cotton pests can also seriously damage farmers who come into contact with them. Ethical Fashion Forum ( states that between 1 and 3% of agriculture farmers suffer from acute pesticide poisoning. This figure translates into between 25 million and 77 million farmers worldwide. Symptoms of the poisoning range from vomiting to death.

These appalling figures highlight the necessity of naturally grown cotton. Unfortunately, the sale of fair trade cotton dropped by 38% in 2015. Ethical Consumer’s research into Jean retailers confirms this decline as none of the brands in our shopping guide ( use fair trade cotton to produce their jeans.

While fair trade cotton currently appears to be in decline, the growth in use of GM and toxic-free organic cotton keeps us optimistic. For example, Jean brand, Nudie have achieved its target to use 100% organic cotton in its denim.

4. Lagging behind

Our recent research into Jean retailers ( confirms that Guess and Diesel, two of the most popular Jean companies, have received shockingly low results in our ethical shopping guide.

Many clothing companies have accepted new initiatives to improve supply chains and have committed to the use of more sustainable materials. However, both Guess and Diesel have kept quiet about supporting new efforts to make a fairer fashion industry that respects its workers and the environment.

5. Overseas production

Clothing production in the UK plummeted in the 1990s as financially focused companies outsourced production overseas to sweatshops with low wages and poor working conditions.

Prior to this transition, Cardigan in Wales, was recognised as a leading Jeans manufacturer. Dewhirst produced Jeans for a number of companies such as M&S. However, when M&S jumped on the immoral bandwagon and moved production to Morocco, the factory was left derelict.

We welcome an exciting new brand, Hiut Jeans, which has brought Jeans production back to Britain and specifically back to Cardigan. This company, which ranks in our top 5 ethical Jean retailers, uses organic cotton and prides itself to ‘make the best jeans we can and not the most jeans we can.”

These 5 facts reveal that some of the most recognised Jean retailers on the high street are failing their workers, consumers and the planet.

For ways in which you can prolong the life of your favourite pair of jeans, head to the Ethical Consumer website for our piece on ‘Slow Jeans’.

This post was written by Georgina Rawes of Ethical Consumer magazine

Ethical Fashion Brands for Christmas

Earth Kind Originals Dress

Organic cotton dress – Earth Kind Originals
Necklace – Tatty Devine
Vegetable dyed leather boots – Dream in Green
Bag – Reclaim

I hope that you have had a lovely Christmas!

I definitely feel realy spoilt this year. Not only did I receive lots of lovely pressies from family and friends but I was also invited to Christmas lunch at my mother and fathers in laws. This meant that instead of spending all day in the kitchen cooking, I got time to play with the children and spend Christmas eve cuddled up on the sofa with a glass of bucks fizz and a pile of children and a cat watching a Santa Claws (a laughably bad Christmas film). As I was working on Christmas eve it really took the pressure off not to have to worry about shopping and food prep. We even managed to get out for a walk on Christmas morning before lunch.

My family know that I am just a little bit fussy when it comes to clothes so always ask for present ideas in advance. This means I usually get lovely pressies made by ethical brands that I know I will get lots of wear from. Mr S treated me to this embroidered boho dress from Nomads clothing , a white gold bangle (which was a lovely surprise) and some eco make up brushes. My mum and dad got me the organic cotton dress that I am wearing above from EKO, a sustainable fashion brand based in Cornwall. The clothes are lovely and comfortable to wear, making the dress perfect for Christmas day when I knew I was likely to be eating more turkey, pudding and chocs than I really should. I am planning to wear it again for New Years eve.

I also got this pair of supremely comfortable trousers from Outsider Fashion. They are ethically made from eco Tencel and organic merino wool. I can’t wait to wear them on New Years Day for a great big brunch with the family to welcome in the new year followed a nice long walk before snuggling up to watch a film of two.

I have had  a lovely relaxing break and had the opportunity to spend some lovely time with family and friends. I am really looking forward to New Year and the last few days of my break before its back to work.

How have you spent Christmas this year and do you have anything fun planned for New Years Eve?

I will finish up by sharing a few of my Christmas instagrams.

cat in tree

A very naughty cat climbing in the Christmas tree!

gingerbread house

A gingerbread house made by the children.

hot chocolate

Hot chocolate – one of my favourite things about this time of year.

dress labels

I have to admit to being just a little bit geeky about reading the labels on clothes.

With warmest wishes

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Festival Fashion

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Top – Braintree clothing
Scarf – Braintree clothing
Shorts – high street
Handbag – Owen Barry
Shoes – ethletic

I am not really a big fan of the term ‘festival fashion’ which implies that there is a whole category of fashion dedicated to that once or twice occasion of attending a  festival. On the other hand, I am a big fan of many of the features associated with festivals including hats, fringing and quirky styles and am quite happy to wear my kind of own version of festival fashion all summer long.

This year we have been to Truck Festival in Oxfordshire, a smaller boutique festival that seemed to have grown massively since last year. We saw Basement Jaxx, who I love and Clean Bandit amongst others but for me going to festivals is about having a good time and soaking up the atmosphere than pushing my way to the front to see the main acts, which I can’t really be bothered with. With also went to V-Dub Island which is a festival for those with a love of VW cars and campervans but also featured some really good music and some vintage stalls. Whilst the weather for Truck festival was amazing, at V-Dub Island, we found ourselves knee deep in mud and on the Sunday decided to leave a day early for another campsite on the Isle of Wight for  fear of getting campervan and caravan stuck in the mud.

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Dress – Annie Greenabelle
Leggings – People Tree
Scarf – really old (from the high street)
Jacket – vintage

The wind and wet wreaked havoc with my  hair but we weren’t going to let it get us down, there was nothing to do but head for the pub. A delicious meal and a few beers later and  the world felt like a much happier place. The sun did come out though and we ventured to the local monkey sanctuary the next morning followed by an afternoon and evening in Ryde. We had a delicious meal at the Three Buoys in Ryde with pre dinner cocktails sat out on the balcony.

Unfortunately I haven’t had much time for posting over the summer with festivals and the assignment that I have been working for my CIM Diploma. I hope to have the final copy finished today, which will be a relief as I am now a third of the way through the course. Looking forward to catching up on my favourite blogs very soon.

What have you been up to over the summer? Have you been to any festivals?

With warmest wishes

People Tree Spring Summer 2015

People Tree

I was recently contacted by People Tree to see if I would like to be featured in their Eco Edit magazine and to choose an outfit to wear from the SS15 collection. Of course I jumped at the chance as People Tree are definitely one of my favourite brands with clothes that work well for me and great ethics. Not only are their clothes produced in an ethical and sustainable way, but as a brand they work hard to make a really positive impact on the lives of those in their supply chain. Defintiely a brand that I am always happy to promote and recommend.

I particularly love the Orla Kiely collections at People Tree for their cute retro prints and simple styles. The top that I am wearing features the 50’s inspired birdwatch print. I also picked out the skirt because it is so comfortable to wear and has a flattering ruched panel at the front. The cardigan is a great neutral colour to go with just about anything for those days when the air conditioning at work gets too much. The beaded bag, necklace and bracelet from the People Tree accessories collection were the finishing touches to my outfit choices. The boots are my faithful old Dream in Green boots. You can find out more about the People Tree Orla Kiely collection in the video below.

Have you checked out the People Tree collection for SS15 yet? What did you think? which are your favourite pieces?

With warmest wishes

Easter Weekend

Life has been super busy and I am sorry that I haven’t had as much time as usual to blog about ethical fashion. I have been really busy with work (in a good way!), I have just enrolled to do a Diploma in Digital Marketing and campercan season has finally arrived, so this weekend was spent our first trip of the year to WestonSuper Mare.

Although I haven’t been blogging as much as I would like, I have been sticking to my ‘no new clothes for a year’ sustainable fashion challenge. Now three months into the year, I haven’t bought any new clothes. Actually it has been pretty easy, especially as I have been so busy, I don’t have time to think about shopping. The time that I do have I try to use relaxing and spending time with family and friends rather than spending money on stuff I don’t need. So far it is proving to be a win win situation.

As time is ticking on and I have another super busy day tommorrow, I thought I would just share a few Instagrams of my Easter weekend.

coastal woodland walk
We went on a lovely coastal woodland walk – enjoying the best of both worlds, beautiful views of the sea and lots of mud for my daughter to stomp in!open top bus
We cruised the seafront from Sand Bay to Weston on the open top bus. A journey which I never tire of on a sunny day.

Donkey ride
We took the girls on a donkey ride.
We walked along the beach
chocolate bunnies
I hid eggs and chocolate bunnies around the campsite, the girls found them and scoffed them.
Patagonia tee
I have discovered my new favourite hairstyle for camping, braids. They stop my hair
getting tangled up in the wind. It was great to also have the chance to wear my Patagonia T shirt which sums up just how I feel with its slogan ‘Live Simply’

I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend and managed to make the most of the fantastic weather. What have you been up to?

With warmest wishes

My Eco Christmas in Cornwall

This year we decided to have a less is more kind of Christmas. We scaled down the number of pressies and the amount of food and instead packed up the car and headed to Mawgan Porth in Cornwall for a more eco friendly Christmas and the chance to relax and have some family time.

We stayed….

eco cottage Cornwall

At Merlin Farm Eco Cottages – a family run business and beautiful escape just 10 minutes walk from Mawgan Porth Beach and about an hours walk around the headland to Watergate Bay. They were super luxurious, cosy and had everything we needed (including bamboo bath robes) but had also been built and equipped with the aim of minimising their environmental impact (you can read about this on their  website if you are interested). Just outside our gate was a field with horses, chickens, ducks, horses and donkeys which was heaven for my youngest. She even got the chance to feed them on Christmas Eve.The cottages have received countless awards including a Green Tourism Gold Award.

We walked…

Christmas Eve we went for lunch in the local pub followed by a walk on the beach before cosying up by the log burner to watch Elf.

Christmas day, after pressy opening, we cooked, ate and cleared up a traditional Christmas lunch by 2pm before heading for another beach walk.

Boxing day,the weather wasn’t really good enough to walk along the headland Watergate Bay for lunch at the Beach Hut (one of my favourite places to eat watching the waves roll in)as planned so we had to drive, but did manage yet another walk on the beach. Finally the day after boxing day, we attempted that walk along the headline but got scared by the very strong wind and a fast approaching storm and chickened out half way there, taking refuge from the rain and a quick bevvy (or two) in a local pub.

We ate….

I ordered everything we needed from the local Trevilley Farm Shop.I was glad to be supporting a local business and buying food that had been produced locally including meat, eggs, cheeses, cream, cakes, chutney, jam, bread, butter and even ice cream. Our food was delivered to the cottage on the evening that we arrived with the most amazing Cornish pasties, still warm from the oven, which was just what we needed after the journey. The food all tasted amazing and the veg was really fresh.

This year I tried to buy as many hand made, organic and sustainable pressies as possible. Mr S had t shirts from People Tree, my mum, a hand painted scarf and my dad, locally made chilli sauces and chocolate. The children both had electronic pressies but I tried to choose useful presents that would last.  I made my own wrapping paper and Christmas crackers.

I also got some very lovely pressies including

feather bangle
A feather bangle by Charlottes Web, a fairtrade brand on from my mum and dad.

Body Shop Body mist and a photo album from my girls

and some CDs and a necklace from Mr S by Wolf and Moon, which I featured in my Handmade Christmas gift guide here.

I also got a lovely cardigan from Bibico from my sister, M & S PJ’s from my Mother and Father in Law and some money, which I used to treat myself to an organic cotton handyband by Seasalt Cornwall (pictured above with a Seasalt Cornwall jumper, a pressy from last Christmas)  from the beach shop at Watergate bay. It kept my ears toasty warm on our windy walks and can worn in lots of different ways. With the rest of my money, I have treated myself to a few ethical and sustainable pieces of clothing in the sales which I will no doubt be featuring on the blog soon.

I wore…

Annie Greenabelle Dress
Dress by Annie Greenabelle, Leggings by People Tree

Dress by People Tree (Mr S also wearing his new People Tree t shirt)

Whilst it was cosy in our cottage, there was a strong sea breeze outside! I was glad of my jacket bought from a vintage fair a few weeks ago and a hat from Ricefield Collective.

So that is it, a very relaxing Christmas in Cornwall! I would definitely do it again. I am now back to work for a few days before New Year. What did you get up to over Christmas? I hope that you had a lovely time!

With warmest wishes

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Happy Christmas

vintage skirt
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…

Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey

The Apres Ski bar at Bath Christmas market

Mexican Santa- possibly my favourite Christmas tree decoration ever!

Christmas or no Christmas, this cat loves to sleep


A 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

Traidcraft Paisley Shawl

Traidcraft Paisley Shawl

Shawl – Traidcraft
Hat – Pachacuti

Necklace -Made
Jeans – Oxfam (originally M&S)
Fairtrade cotton vest top – M&S
Shoes – TOMS

Quite a few years ago I stopped shopping on the high street. I now do most of my clothes shopping online as it not only allows me access to a much greater  choice of ethical and sustainable clothes but it also allows me to find different clothes that are a little bit more unique and individual than you can often find on the high street. I don’t really follow trends any more but lovely finding really lovely pieces of clothing often in places I may not expect to find them.

Traidcraft was one of those places that I knew about but had never really considered buying clothes from. Traidcraft is a fairtrade organisation which I knew about for their coffee, delicious chocolate and gifts but I was surprised to find out that they actually sell quite a few clothes and accessories too. I was recently contacted to ask if I would like to recieve a piece from the website and was instantly drawn to this lovely paisley shawl. I have already had several compliments when I have worn it. I really love that I can find out exactly how and where it was made.

It was handwoven in India by Manjeen Handicrafts is an organisation with a vision to promote an alternative trade system in the form of Fair Trade at grassroot levels to bring structural changes in the contemporary mode of trade, and increase the choice among the marganilsed artisans and their families for an improved quality of life, to help educate their children.

The Traidcraft website also has some other great pieces from hand knitted and alpaca jumpers to organic cotton pieces, colourful bags, leather bags and bamboo socks. They also have some really unique handmade gifts if you are looking for nice Christmas pressies. I know the words ‘fairtrade’ don’t always make you think of something fashionable and stylish but I am not going to let such preconceptions get in the way of finding beautifully made and unique pieces of clothing.

What do you think? Do you love finding unique and individual pieces to wear? Doesn’t it make it even more satisfying to buy something that has been created with respect for people and the planet.

With warmest wishes