Eco Living – Early Christmas Shopping!

As I am super busy at the moment I have decided to get started with my Christmas shopping nice and early. I prefer to plan a bit ahead as this gives me the opportunity to have a look around and find something really lovely (as well as ethical and sustainable) for my friends and family.

Here are some of my initial ideas, more to follow soon.

Children

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habari Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!Johari have a great selection of bold and bright Africa inspired t shirts in their Johari Seedlings Collection, some like the one above are designed by children. They are handmade in 100% cotton and proceeds from the sale go to the Johari Foundation which helps vunerable children and young adults in Kenya with social enterprise and development programmes.

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I am also loving these handknitted bobble hats made by a Fair Trade group in Nepal, part of the WFTO Fair Trade Nepal Group, for Fair + True. They are available from Fashion Conscience which currently has a 10% discount with code AUTUMN10.

Mr S

black jamie fleece jacket cd2f3391fa6e Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!I think this Jamie fleece jacket by People Tree will be great for Mr S for those occasions when he wants to wear smart casual. It is made from Fair trade and organic cotton by a social enterprise in India.

Mum 

tide times poncho Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!I really love this Seasalt Cornwall Tide Times Poncho and I know my mum would too. As she has a birthday quite near Christmas, I could make it a joint pressy. It is made from supersoft lambswool.

Friends

candles Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!

These Soya candles by M & J London are a lovely treat for my friends. They are handmade in London using the finest soya wax, essential oils and aroma compounds to create a Lavender, Manuka Honey and Cocoa scented eco-friendly candle. The glass is also recycled. They are available from Ethical Superstore along with lots of other great Christmas gifts including organic chocolate, fair trade jewellery and natural beauty products.

 Sisterfire hose Eco Living    Early Christmas Shopping!This iphone case is made from recycled fire hose and lined with parachute silk by Elvis and Kresse to protect the screen. It is available fro Fashion Conscience. Again I can make use of the 10% discount code AUTUMN10.

Have you started thinking about or buying Christmas pressies yet?

 

 

 

 

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Feel Good Fashion Friday – Talking Ethical Menswear

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We were delighted to host (along with style is, my UK sustainable fashion website), the first ever Feel Good Fashion Friday, a Twitter party to put the ‘Feel Good’ back in fashion. It was a fantastic party and we were delighted to welcome so many interesting and innovative individuals and companies including:

@FashionComPassion
@lucysiegle
@ThinkBoutique
@REWARDROBE
@albatrossltd
@Runnative
@MsWandas
@Ecoluxelondon
@Goodfibrations
@ArthurandHenry
@EthicsGirls
@MyMela
@Po_Zu
@Made2Travel
@Susstainable
@Dalataringpulls
@FromClothingUK
@foxandbhut
@style__is
@Styleeyes (that’s me!)

We had some great conversations, just one of which was

Lack of ethical menswear brands

A question for #FGFF is, why are there not more companies providing young mens eco, ethical products? Much bigger focus on womens!

.@albatrossltd Men don’t create as big a problem as women as they don’t buy as many clothes. They’re naturally sustainable ;0) #FGFF

@MsWandas @StyleEyes @Run_Native But is the choice not to buy, a result of a lack of choice, maybe more would care if there was more options

@ethicsgirls I think it needs to be seen as cool thing to do, and as a better quality product overall, to help build the market up.

@albatrossltd I’ve recently started exploring menswear on my blog. Thanks to #FGFF I’ve come across your brand, will look into it

@albatrossltd less ethical/eco for men as smaller market – kuyichi said men bought their jeans in the sale – so it needs market development.

@ethicsgirls Very true, need more younger influential people involved!

We have over 20 ethical menswear brands on @Style__is #FGFFhttp://style-is.co.uk/mens/ 

Of course @StyleEyes ethical menswear is our key:@ArthurandHenry, Knowledge Cotton and by @AlternativeApp & upcoming from @MINT_fair #FGFF

Other discussions inlcuded “what makes a successful ethical fashion brand?” and “how can ethical fashion brands collaborate?”

A great big thank you to everyone who joined in our first ever #FGFF, can’t wait until the next time. The winners of the free years listing in thee Ethical Fashion Directory are : @FashionComPassion @ThinkBoutique @REWARDROBE @albatrossltd @Runnative
@MsWandas @Ecoluxelondon @Goodfibrations @ArthurandHenry @EthicsGirls @MyMela

Please email me ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk to claim your prize.

Next month’s #FGFF Feel Good Fashion Friday will be on 22nd February with the theme of  marketing strategies for eco/ ethical fashion brands.  We would love for you to join us find out more on how to join in here!

Ethical Menswear – A Pressy Guide

Christmas is only 6 weeks away, so loads of time left to get your Christmas shopping done. I thought I would help out by sharing with you a few ideas for ethical menswear for the men in your life including dads, brothers, husbands, boyfriends and sons. Christmas is a great time to treat them to something a little more luxurious than they might usually buy for themselves and by buyng sustainable and ethical menswear as a gift, you can not only buy them something stylish and well made but also minimise the environmental impact of Christmas and help to reduce poverty. So here is my ethical menswear pressy guide.

Knitwear

Komodo Jumper Ethical Menswear   A Pressy GuideKomodo is definitely one of my favourite brands for womens wear but I hadn’t really checked out their menswear before. This Cornelius jumper is made from soft wook but has a chunky and slightly rugged look. It is of course also made under fair trade principles.

Shirts

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Arthur & Henry launched this year with some amazing Fairtrade and organic cotton shirts. The shirts are made with extreme attention to detail from the compact, elegant seams that are a result of a high number of stitches per inch to the fused buttons that will never fall off, the pattern matching, removable collar stiffeners and a horizontal bottom button. The collection includes both causal and formals shirts. I love this blue floral print shirt but they also have plainer choices for men that are less adventurous with their clothing!

T shirts

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People Tree have some fantastic t shirts for autumn and winter made from organic and Fairtrade cotton. I particularly love the wildlife inspired designs like this wolf face t shirt (I may well get this one for Mr S) and they also have lots of other lovely colour block and stripey t shirts. In addition Rapanui and newly launched Albatross clothing have some fun organic cotton t shirts.

Wash Bag

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This Recycled hose bag by Elvis and Kresse looks great and is useful too. Your man will probably be interested to know that it is actually made from recycled fire hoses making it strong and waterproof and lined with high visibility waste parachute silk.

Accessories

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For men that like something a little different and quirky, these WeWood watches are perfect. Available in a variety of designs, they are also hypo allegernic and completely free from chemicals. WeWood ensure that for every watch sold a replacement tree is planted.

Underwear

pants for poverty Ethical Menswear   A Pressy GuideAdmittedly pants are probably not the most exciting of Christmas pressies but every man needs them and Christmas may be the only time his pants draw ever gets an overhaul. Pants to Poverty make extra soft and comfy pants that look great too and they will also help toward making Poverty history so if you are going to buy pants, these are about as good as it gets!

That is it for now, do you know of any great places to buy ethical menswear?, if so I would love to know.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Ps this post does contain some affiliate links

Ethical Fashion Menswear

Ethical Superstore have created a space in the online retail market
as thehub for all your ethical household needs.

In this post, as part of the Ethical Fashion Blogathon, we’ll take a look
at their menswear.
For Autumn 2012, they’ve recently added a new line of Komodo tops (mostly
jumpers and hoodies).
They’ve created an edited collection of Komodo’s menswear range, and have
chosen some fairly on trend – but accessible to most men who’d be surfing the
net for such a garment.
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I am particularly drawn to this rather bold recycled cotton and hemp
jumper by Komodo.
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This Komodo Patch Daddy Wool Cardigan has been particularly popular. And
for good reason, the chunky knit cardigan is wide collared with horn
buttons. We also like the contrasting shades of burnt orange and
deep cream.
Their underwear category features Pants to Poverty. A great brand,
working with Fairtrade and organic cotton, an bold colours.
tyre bag Ethical Fashion Menswear
The Weekend Bag from Traidcraft is great. It’s made with recycled tyre -
a great material to work with; it’s durable, it’s keeping the tyre out of
landfill, and it’s waterproof. It’s the perfect bag for the active man in your
life.
And the best bit? It’s all on sale!
This post was written by HJ Taskis of Greenhouse PR

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Ethical Menswear! Shirts by Arthur & Henry

 

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I don’t often post about ethical menswear, partly because there is very little of it around and partly because it is an ongoing battle for me to persuade Mr Style Eyes to shop around for more ethical clothing. To be fair to him, I think shopping ethically is particularly challenging for men in terms of availabilty and choice. Which is why I was so pleased to hear about a new brand Arthur and Henry, which has some great fairtrade and organic mens shirts, high quality, beautifully made, with proper collars and with single and double cuffs, just what Mr S insists on for work!

Their website says:

We believe that every man needs a good shirt and so we founded Arthur & Henry to provide beautiful, ethical, men’s shirts.

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I think Mr S will also love some of the other features of these shirts that have been so well thought out. The shirts are ‘long-fitting’ as research by Arthur and Henry indicated that one of the points about a man’s working shirt that drives men mad is when a shirt is too short. They are also not too long though so that  you don’t have the ‘bunched-up’ look when the shirts are tucked in.The shirt seams are sewn with 20 stitches per inch, which compares with the more standard 14-15 stitches per inch giving more compact, elegant seams that resist rucking and make it easier to iron and makes the shirt more durable.

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All buttons are attached with thermo-fused thread with lock stitches. In simple terms,
we have taken enough care to ensure that buttons are secured for the life of the shirt. Additionally, the last button of every shirt has a ‘horizontal bottom buttonhole’ (sounds slightly rude!). It is not however. It just means that you don’t have the ‘splaying’ effect while sitting down.arthur and henry 3 Ethical Menswear! Shirts by Arthur & Henry

Above all these shirts are beautiful to look at and and wear and made to last.

The first collection of shirts has just launched and includes 10 styles of classic, contemporary and casual shirts in 10 different fabrics. The shirts are made in India from Organic and Fairtrade cotton and also linen, the least environmetally damaging fabric of all. They are dyed using Azo free or vegetable dyes and manufactured according to the  labour standard codes, including the stringent criteria of SA8000, covering issues
such as health and safety, wages and working hours and providing decent working conditions. The founders Arthur & Henry – Mark Lissaman, Clare Lissaman and
Sreeranga Rajan (Ranga as he is known) – are strong advocates of ethical and
environmental business practices with a wealth of experience in textiles, Fairtrade and environmental issues.

You can check out this fantastic new collection at www.arthurandhenry.com

What do you think? does your man buy ethically? or does he just love a really smart shirt?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Menswear

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Albatross Clothing
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Ethical Superstore
Ethical Superstore sell a range of ethical fashion brands alongside many other ethical products including gifts and household.
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Goodfibrations
Goodfibrations is a Netherlands-based online shop offering the most beautiful and hippest ethical fashion and accessories from around the globe for men and women.
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Oxfam Fashion
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People Tree
People Tree are one of the pioneers of sustainable and fair trade fashion and have been working to improve the lives and environment of the artisans and farmers in developing countries since 1991.
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Seasalt Cornwall
Seasalt Cornwall are the UK’s biggest seller of organic cotton clothing. Their clothes which are nautically inspired and feature unique prints, are made in the UK.
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Timberland
A stylish global brand making clothes for outdoors and city life with a strong commitment to sustainability.
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