Sustainable Fitness Clothing

ethical fitness wear

Top and leggings – Teeki
Trainers – Veja

This post is a collaboration with The Sports Edit.

The search for sustainable fitness clothing

I have been wanting to write a post about sustainable fitness clothing for quite a while! The truth is I have put it off because I have struggled to find any fitness clothes that really work for me and tick the ethical an sustainable boxes. Fitness and workouts are a really important part of my life. On an average week I do between 8 and 10 classes including a combination of Body combat, my favourite along with Grit, Body Pump and body balance. If I had time to do more I definitely would!

I spend a lot of time in fitness wear and I really need high peformance clothing that washes and dries quickly, is flattering, comfortable and easy to wear leaving me confident to get on with my routine. Typically lycra and polyester are perfect for fitness clothing but not so great for the environment.

recycled plastic yoga wear

An exciting collaboration

So I was really excited to be asked by The Sports Edit to collaborate with them to share my thoughts on some of the ethical and sustainable brands that they stock. Teeki is just what I have been looking for as it combines high performance and a flattering style with sustainability and ethics. Teeki yoga wear is handmade from recycled plastic bottles in the US. Whilst Teeki is described as a yoga brand, I am pretty sure that I won’t just be keeping this top and trousers just for yoga, I think they could work well for other classes too. I love that Teeki has helped to get me out of a style rut with my fitness clothing which has resulted in me wearing black all of the time. They have a fantastic selection of fun pattered leggings and shorts.

Plastic in the ocean

Plastic in the environment and the ocean is a big thing. Plasticoceans.org have some pretty shocking facts. Over 500 million plastic bottles are used every year. Many of which will end up in our oceans. But its not just bottles and plastic bags that are an issue, its clothing too. With fast disposable fashion made from synthetic materials such as polyester, there is a growing amount of clothing waste containing particles which can also be washed into waterways, rivers and eventually the sea.  Sir David Attenborough told us during Blue Planet 2 that “we dump eight million tonnes of plastic into the sea every year”. It’s choking our seas, killing and harming marine life.

As you will know if you regularly visit my blog, I am attempting to drastically reduce my use of single use plastics if not completely stop using them. It makes sense that if I really have to buy clothing that is made from synthetic fabrics, that I choose an option not made from virgin fabrics. This helps to find a use for old single use plastics such as plastic bottles helping to prevent it finding its way into landfil and oceans. Whilst I am well aware that buying nothing is usually the most ecofriendly choice, there are times when this isn’t always an option or at least would be very impractical.

ethical fitness clothing

Ethical Sports Shoes

Veja are most defintely one of my favourite brands of trainer. The styles are practical and comfortable but also super stylish. The two pairs that I already own are by far the most worn shoes in my wardrobe. I was excited to be able to try out this amazing gold pair which are not only great for the journey to and from yoga classes but also for a night (I really can’t do heels very often these days!). Veja are an environmentally responsible and transparent brand that use a variety of ecologically friendly materials  in their trainers including wild fairtrade rubber from the Amazonian Rain Forest and organic cotton and leather tanned with non toxic methods. The great thing about getting your Veja trainers from The Sports Edit is that they are UK based you can avoid the hassle and difficult of international shipping that you would get with buying direct.

Reusable water bottles

A final but very important accessoryfor every single work out that I do is my reusable water bottle. I keep this in my kitbag permanently and refill as needed to avoid buying plastic bottles of water. Keeping hydrated is really important for workouts and I prefer to use a water bottle that is free of nasty plastic chemicals and keeps my water cool helping me to keep cool. S’Well are a great brand (also stocked at The Sports Edit). They are light weight and made of stainless steel, available in some very stylish designs and also BPA free. You can check out the full range here.

Reasons to train

Finally I just wanted share with you some of the reasons I love fitness and excercise classes so much.

  • Happiness – I can’t explain it but I always feel happy after a class
  • Energy – if I have to miss out on classes, I don’t feel as energised
  • Confidence – I feel much stronger and more confident when I have been training
  • Friends – I have made so many friends through my fitness classes

Losing weight or becoming thinner has never been one of my exercise goals. I definitely take part for enjoyment and don’t see it as a chore in anyway.

I would definitely recommend giving them a go! Do you do any fitness classes? Have you ever considered planet friendly fitness wear instead of the obvious big name fitness brands? I ‘d love to know your thoughts!

With warmest wishes

Star Wars™ Falcon Sneakers by Po-Zu

Star wars sneakers by Po-Zu

Dress – SkunkFunk
Denin waistcoat – Oxfam (Karen Millen)
Bag – Reclaim (made from recycled rubber inner tubes)
Shoes – Po-Zu

Sneakers or daps as I like to call them have recently become my footwear of choice. They are comfy and practical and a great way to dress down a dress for a casual outfit. My last pair of daps has been quite literally worn to the end having been glued back together 2 or 3 times. So I was pretty excited when Po-Zu got in touch and asked whether I would like to review some from their iconic Star Wars™ collection.

If truth be told, I am not  the world’s biggest Star wars fan, although I will have to admit the design does make me feel a bit nostalgic and the arrival of my new daps has inspired me to watch the films with the children perhaps on a rainy afternoon . I do reallly love the line drawing and the detail on these trainers and the black and white colours make them so perfect for wearing with so many of my clothes. I also love the idea of the Star Wars™ designs as something a bit different and unique which won’t go out of fashion as so many other styles do.

Po-Zu Daps

Po-Zu Shoe box

Po-Zu are a favourite ethical brand of mine, you may have spotted me wearing my Po-Zu boots that I have had for at least 5 years. Po-Zu are all about transparency, minimising environmental impact and ethical manufacture. These sneakers were hand made in Sri Lanka with organic cotton and fair trade natural soles, helping to improve the lives of the people making them in Southern Sri Lanka.

Shoes have recently become more of a commodity, somehing that people buy cheaply and throw away quickly. The quest for cheaper and faster production has also encouraged the exploitation of vulnerable workers through long hours, low pay and dangerous working conditions. Po-Zu are bucking this trend with shoes that are created to last and with comfort (as well as style) in mind at the same time respecting traditonal craft communities.

They also feature a unique coconut fibre foot-mattress that moulds to the shape of your foot. I can vouch for the fact that these really are super comfy as are the boots that I already own making them perfect for me as I walk a lot.

I like to know about where, how and who has made my shoes and Po-Zu makes this information easy to find.You can see more on the video below.

There are also some other pretty cute designs in the Star Wars™ collection. For autumn/ winter I am loving the Rey.

Rey boot

And of course Po-Zu also have a pretty fantastic collection of non Star Wars shoes. These are definitely on my wish list.

What do you think of the Star Wars collection by Po-Zu? Are you a Star Wars fan?

With warmest wishes


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Charity Shop Dress – Oxfam

Oxfam dress and jacket

Dress – Oxfam
Denim jacket – a clothes swap
Shoes – Swedish Hasbeens
Necklace (Fair Trade) – Ethical Superstore

Oxfam dress

With spring finally here and some lovely warm weather, I felt the need to brighten up my wardrobe a little bit. Winter feels like it has been pretty dull nad dark and I was getting a definite craving for some colour. As I am trying to complete a no new clothes challenge during 2018, Oxfam was the perfect solution allowing me to refresh my wardrobe whilst avoiding something new and also recycling something old and providing a charitable donation.

I have probably raved about Oxfam before in the past but never mind I am going to do so again. Shopping online with Oxfam is perfect for someone like myself that wants to reduce their environmental footprint but doesn’t have time to trawl the charity shops. I find the Oxfam website really quick and easy to search and find what I want with lots of different filters to choose from including colour, size and brand. Oxfam also have a returns policy which is great if you are worried about whether an item will fit.

I have also treated myself to a few other items from Oxfam recently incluisng a spotty dress for work and some vest tops to wear with jeans.Generally the challenge is going well and I have managed to stick to it completely up until now. I have however relaxed it a little bit wih regard to birthday presents, it would be a bit awkward and rude not to accept them!

The jacket that I am wearing is one of my favourites and came from a clothes swap through a clothes swap website that I used to run quite a few years ago. The shoes and necklaces were bought a few years ago and I am pleased to say have had lots of wear.

In other news, I have been pretty busy since I last posted. I have taken up a new hobby, surfing and also competed a refresher course for an old hobby, diving. I have been spending quite a bit of time in Cornwall and am loving being outdoors walking, surfing and diving.

I will be posting another update on my single use plastics soon. I have been finding this particularly challenging but have made some really postive steps forward which I can’t wait to share.

I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather. Do you feel the need to wear brighter clothes as we move into spring and summer?

With warmest wishes


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Veja Trainers

Dress – SkunkFunk
Necklace -Ethical Superstore
Trainers – Veja

I have had these Veja trainers since my birthday back in April but I haven’t really had the chance to show them off properly. The dress and necklace were also birthday treats and have become wardrobe staples over the summer months.

I was instantly obsessed with these floral trainers the moment that I say them. Over the last 5 years, my lifestyle has changed significantly, moving from running my own business at home to working in an office and also spending a growing amount of time at exercise classes. Trainers and daps (as we call them here in the West Country) have become my footwear of choice for those rare occasions when I am not wearing workwear or gym wear. They just seem to suit my active lifestyle. Apart from a low wedge for work, I don’t often wear heels these days. I really like the fact that these Veja trainers make a bit more of a statement than a plain old trainer, making them perfect for adding a bit of interest to this plain navy dress.

Plus I am loving Veja for their transparency and commitment to sustainability…

  • Veja trainers are made from Organic Cotton. Veja buys cotton from 320 families who live from organic farming, respecting fair trade rules, allowing them to a sustainable livelihood and helping to protect this fragile environment.
  • The soles of Veja trainers include rubber which comes from wild rubber trees in the Amazon. Rubber tappers live in the forest and harvest the rubber before turning it into rubber sheets using a process called  FDL which does not require any industrial intermediary processes but allows the them to make a higher income. The growth in the use of synthetic rubber since the sixties has  resulted in landowners turning to less sustainable land uses including cattle farming and wood extraction both of which require land clearance. Use of natural rubber results in a much more sustainable management of the land.
  • Veja trainers cost more to make than conventional  trainers because of their commitment to ethical manufacture and the environment. But they still manage to keep their prices competitive by not spending any money on advertising.
  • Veja also work hard to ensure that workers in their factories are treated ethically and paid a fair wage and that they minimise the impact of their packaging and transportation.

Despite all of these things, they are first to admit that they are not perfect. There are a number of the components used in their trainers that are not 100% sustainable. Their trainers are also not recycled. But in my opinion, they are making a great start and leading the way for other brands, definitely worth supporting, when I need a new pair of trainers.

Have you come across the Veja brand before? What do you think?

With warmest wishes


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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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Wills Animal and Human Friendly Shoes Review

I was recently sent a lovely pair of loafers to try out by Wills Animal and Human Friendly shoes. This offer came just at the right time when I was desperate for a new pair of flat shoes for work. I had been on the look for something classic in style that was comfortable and could also be worn with bare feet and cropped trousers for work in the summer. I can’t stand wearing those nylon socks so wanted my shoes to be breathable but also water resistant to keep my feet nice and fresh and dry all day.

My new loafers by Wills Shoes were just as I had hoped, super comfy (although I actually got a size up from my usual shoes size). The faux suede has a lovely smooth but matt effect and is definitely breathable in contrast to other non leather/ vegan shoes that I have experienced in the past. The shoes have obviously been made with attention to detail and look and feel high quality. They have a lovely stack effect wood look sole.

In terms of eco and ethical credentials, Wills shoes are vegan, so don’t use any animal products which is great for anyone concerned with the ethical or ecological implications of using animal products for fashion. They are also ethically made with workers paid in accordance with European guidelines.

If you like the look of Wills Animal and Human Friendly Shoes, Will has also very kindly provided me with a voucher code to share for free delivery and returns. All you need to do is enter IHEARTSHOES at check out.

Here is a close ups of the shoes showing some of the lovely details. What do you think?

Anyway, I am breathing a big sigh of relief that the weekend has finally arrived and the sun is shining after last weekends Van West, Mud Fest (more on that in my next post!). I can’t wait to get going on my final training walk before I go to the Breacon Becons and I can’t wait. Sunday I will be ironing pretty much all day as I have some how managed to avoid doing any for about the last 4 weeks but it will definitely be a relief to get it all out of the way. How will you be enjoying the lovely weather this weekend?

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion – What to Wear for a Birthday Trip to London


ethical outfit
Ethical Fashion
Hat – Pachacuti

Jacket – Rokit Vintage
Dress – Komodo
Leggings – People Tree
Silk Scarf – Oxfam Fashion
Baseball Boots – Ethletic

A few weeks ago it was my birthday so I decided to treat myself to a little trip up to London with my eldest daughter. We met up with Faye my best friend of 27 years for Dim Sum at Ping Pong followed by a wander round the Tate modern. Living a distance apart and both so much going on, I don’t get to see Faye nearly as much as I would like but when I do it is always just like old times again. Getting to a girly day out with my daughter is always a treat too. It was interesting to see the Tate modern although I will have to admit I was pretty puzzled by what is classed as art. It was great to see some of my favourites like Picasso and Monet there though. What can I say, it was an amazing birthday, I hope I don’t have to wait until next year to do it again.

I decided this trip would be the perfect opportunity to wear my lovely hat from Pachacuti, despite Mr S warning me that it was pretty windy out. Just as he warned a sudden gust of wind managed to flip my hat right off my head and much to my daughters amusement, it went rolling off down the street with me in hot pursuit shouting “stop that hat” to a slightly bemused looking passerby. Anyway I managed to catch the hat and I my daughter finally managed to stop laughing. The moral of the story ‘don’t wear you favourite hat on a windy day’ or ‘always listen to what you husband says’ but i’m so not going to do that!

I treated myself to the Ethletic baseball boots form Ethical Superstore with some of my  birthday money. They are easily one of the most comfy pairs of shoes that I have ever owned and I know I am going to wear them loads. Ethletic is an ethical fashion shoe brand that make fair trade baseball boots using organic and Fairtrade certified cotton, the rubber soles are FSC certified and sourced responsibly, and the rubber is fairly traded.

Here are just a few instagrams of my birthday

Birthday flowers from Mr S

Birthday cards

Flowering tea and pud at Ping Pong (my new favourite things)

A cake sale at work to raise money for upcoming TrekFest in the Brecon Beacons

What have you been up to lately? Have you had any weather related clothing catastophes?

With warmest wishes

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TOMS Glitter Classics Shoe Review

TOMS glitter shoes review
Jacket – Rokit Vintage
Dress – SkunkFunk
Scarf – Accessorize
Bag – Relaim Bags
Shoes – TOMS

Back before Easter, I went for lunch with my sister at Las Iguanas then on to see Dirty Dancing at Bristol Hippodrome, which was fabulous! I wore my new TOMS glitter shoes and decided that it was about time I wrote a review as I think they have an interesting story to tell.

If you don’t already know about TOMS shoes they have interesting policy called One for One® where they donate a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair sold. Since 2006 TOMS Shoes have given 10 million pairs of shoes to children in need. They are also continously working to help more by providing different types of shoes based on terrain and season, or creating local jobs by producing shoes in countries where they give and to make their operations more sustainable. TOMS Shoes are always given to children through humanitarian organizations who incorporate shoes into their community development programs. Not only do I love the simple style of TOMS shoes that is available in so many different patterns and fabrics but I love the story behind them. A few years ago I read the book, Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie, the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS. The book is all about about how TOMS started and provides both information and inspiration for anyone wanting to start a business that puts people at its centre.

TOMS black glitter womens classics

Any how I decided to treat myself to a pair of black glitter womens classics, which I could wear with casual or more fancy outfits and are the perfect way to add a little sparkle to the everyday. When the shoes turned up, I was at first disappointed to find them a little snug. I was undecided whether to try a size up, so I decided to google ‘TOMS shoes sizing’ and discovered that it is quite common for them to be a little tight and after a few wears they should stretch. This was spot on and after only a few hours of wearing around the house, they went from far to tight to just the right size. I am definitely glad that I hung onto them! Whilst I am wearing them with a dress in the picture above, they also look great with skinny jeans or leggings.

The only point that I would make to anyone planning on buying TOMS shoes online that the shoes are sent from Holland and in the case of returns would need to be returned to The Netherlands at your own cost so check the sizing carefully.

What do you think of TOMS? do you love the style or story or both?

I hope that you are having a good week!

With warmest wishes

Introducing Wills Ethical and Vegan Shoes

Wills T bar Vegan Loafer

Ethical Footwear - WillsOxford Vegan Shoes

Each day at the moment, I seem to discover another amazing stylish and ethical brand that I can’t wait to share on this blog. Unfortunately life is just far too busy at the moment and I am struggling to keep up with posting on a daily basis (sorry about that!) but I definitely had to make time to tell you about Wills Animal and Human Friendly Shoes. You can check out their full range of on trend styles on the website wills-vegan-shoes.com.

Wills vegan shoes

 

The brand was started by, you guessed it, Wills, who had noticed a gap in the market for fairly priced ethical footwear. The site has a great selection of high quality shoes in contemporary styles for men and women including brogues, wedges and court shoes with new styles being added for each of the four seasons. Unlike some vegan shoes, Wills shoes are also made with respect for people and the planet. They are made in Portugal where workers are paid in accordance with European guidelines.These vegan shoes are certified by the vegan society and make a great eco friendly alternative to leather shoes. They are made from latest breathable faux leather micro fibres so they do not get ruined in the rain like leather shoes can.

What I really love about these ethical shoes are the prices! they are affordable and comparable in price with many of the non ethical shoes sold on the high street making this ethical footwear completely accessible to anyone who gives a monkeys about how their shoes are made.

There is some great feedback on the website if you are interested in finding out more.

What do you think of Wills ethical and vegan shoes?

What’s Your Style? My style is…


You might have already checked out the video for style-is.co.uk that was created at LFW this autumn to explore individual style and why fashion makes us feel good. I think that in order for style to be sustainable, we need to do our own thing instead of following trends and I hope that this video will help to get everyone thinking about their own individual style.

To help spread the word and get everyone thinking, I have just launched a competition for fashion and style bloggers over at style-is.co.uk. Basically all you have to do is check out the video above then create your own video or post before 15th November (midnight) on your blog answering the following questions

What’s your style?

Why do you love fashion?

Once you have done, add a link to the YouTube video http://youtu.be/p2TFLTyqVDU and www.style-is.co.uk. Our favourite post or video will be picked to choose a pair of TOMS shoes up to the value of £42 (UK blogs only), as featured on Style-is.co.uk. All posts will also be promoted and shared through our social media channels as part of our what’s your style campaign.

You can check out just a few of the styles of TOMS shoes that you can choose from below. This prize will also allow someone in need to benefit from the TOMS one for one initiative where TOMS shoes donate a pair for shoes for every pair sold.

TOMS Shoes

I know my readers have some amazing style? will you share it? I will be posting my what’s my style post soon!

With warmest wishes

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