Fair Trade Fashion For Fairtrade Fortnight

Yesterday was the beginning of Fairtrade fortnight. I always think that Fairtrade fortnight is a great time to indulge yourself with some delicious fairtrade chocolate and If I wasn’t trying to lose a bit of weight, I most definitely would! But instead I have decided to share some of my favourite Fair trade fashion for SS12.

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Orla Kiely for People Tree Dress made in India from 100% Organic Fairtrade Cotton

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People Tree Lora Dress made in India from 100% Organic Fairtrade Cotton

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People Tree Macy Swallows Oversize Tee – 100% Organic Fairtrade Certified Cotton

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Zakee Shariff for People Tree Paisley T Shirt - 100% Organic Fairtrade Cotton

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Annie Greenabelle Pleat Hem Dress – 100% organic fairtrade cotton

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Annie Greenabelle Peach Poppy Skirt- Made from 100% Organic and Fairtrade cotton

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Breton top by Armour Luxe at ASOS – made from Fairtrade cotton


In all honesty this post has been a fairly difficult one to write. Whilst lots of companies talk about Fair trade on their website it is difficult to find many with the actual Fairtrade Certification in individual products. It really confused me so I decided to look into it a bit further.

Fairtrade cotton ensures that the farmers get a fair price for their crops, a Fairtrade premium to be used for development and for cotton and a number of other products works only with smaller farmers in rural areas.

Only those products with the Fairtrade trade mark below are certified by the Fairtrade Foundation against internationally agreed Fairtrade standards and are usually labelled ‘Fairtrade’. Other products described as’ Fair trade’ may not have the certification but may still be ethical and follow fair trade principles to varying extents. The certification only really applies to commodities like cotton, so for example handicrafts and artisan items may not be covered by it but still can be described as ‘Fair trade’. If you want to find out more check out the Fairtrade Foundation website

So now I have cleared that up…

If you would like to join in the Fairtrade fortnight, here are just a few Fairtrade Fortnight promotions by retailers that I have come across.

People Tree are running a streetstyle competition with the chance to win a £500 shopping spree. Simply take a photo of yourself in your favourite People Tree purchase and send it to them. The photos will be posted to the People Tree Facebook gallery and the winner chosen by the community. The competition closes Friday 9th March. They are also giving free delivery on all orders over £50.

Ethical Superstore are giving £5 off all orders over £50 when you use the code XFTF12 during Fairtrade fortnight. A fantastic opportunity to stock up on Fairtrade fashion or Easter Eggs or both!

Fashion Conscience are offering free delivery on all orders during Fairtrade fortnight.

Will you be doing anything for Fairtrade Fortnight?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

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People Tree is well recognised as a pioneer of sustainable and fair trade fashion and has been selling beautiful clothing that improves the lives and environment of the artisans and farmers in developing countries since 1991, first i  Japan and since 2001 in the UK.

People Tree sell a range of women’s wear and menswear. Their  designers are passionate about good design, obsessing over the details and experimenting with new fabrics and materials. They won’t rest until they’ve created a garment that’s truly beautiful. Their designs also importantly incorporate artisan skills and labour intensive hand crafting techniques which help to create work and an income for those involved.

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30 Days of Ethical Fashion – Maisha Collective Fair Trade Scarves

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Today on 30 Days of Ethical Fashion, I wanted to share with you Maisha Collective, an amazing organisation making some great Fair trade fashion.
Maisha Collective make unique hand dyed scarves. They are are based in Nairobi, Kenya and the scarves are created by a group of young refugee women from DR Congo, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Burundi. These young women are empowered by the collectives to rebuild their lives with peace and dignity, helping them to develop confidence and gain important skills for future independence.
As the scarves are all handmade, it means that each one is unique. I love the deep colours and swirly patterns, perfect for adding a bit of colour to a dark winter outfit.
You can order Maisha Collective Fairtrade cotton scarves from Fashion Conscience.
With warmest wishes
Ceri x

30 Days of Ethical Fashion – Annie Greenabelle

If I had to decribe the ethical fashion label Annie Greenabelle in just a few words it would be fresh, trendy and affordable. The latest collection is packed full of cute dresses which would suit most people. They are incredibly wearable with plenty of pretty prints and fun details to add a bit of interest.

In contrast to some ethical labels, this is definitely one that would work well for the teenage and younger girls that is not to say that it wouldn’t work equally well for an older 30 something like myself or anyone else for that matter, but the collection just fits well with current trends for those that want to be in fashion.

Annie Greenabelle is an ethical company through and through with a transparent supply chain. They use organic and fair trade fabrics combined with end of roll and reclaimed fabircs to add a bit of variety to the clothes.

At the moment they have some fabulous party dresses, vintage inspired skirts and jersey dresses which are great for everyday with prices starting at a bargainous £34. I would definitely recommend checking them out and you can currently get 30% off jersey dresses using the discount code JERSEY30 at checkout.

 What do you think?

If you would like to catch up on the previous posts in my 30 days of Ethical Fashion series, you can check out the other posts here.

with warmest wishes

Ceri X


30 Days of Ethical Fashion – Bourgeois Boheme Vegan and Fairtrade Shoes


I am not a vegetarian, but as I have discussed in previous posts, I am well aware of the environmental impacts and ethical implications of the leather industry, so am definitely glad to consider alternatives to leather where possible especially the products are also Fairtrade.

Borgeois Boheme has recently caught my eye as a brand whose designs are as desireable as their ethics. I love my high heels but most of the time I end up wearing flats so I am always on the lookout for a beautiful pair of ballet pumps that will make a statement. Ballet pumps are possibly the only pair of flats that look delicate, graceful and ladylike with a dress but also equally at home with a pair of jeans.

The current collection of Bourgois Boheme at Fashion Conscience includes just three styles of ballet pumps, but even with such a small choice, I would really struggle to choose between them. At the moment, I think I am swaying towards the leopard print.

Which do you like the best?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

30 Days of Ethical Fashion – Komodo

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On day 12 of my 30 days of Ethical Fashion series, I would like to share with you Komodo (if you didn’t already know about this label!).

Komodo was set up by Joe Komodo back in 1988 and he says that it was born out of a sense of fun and travel but was also about living their own lifestyle and avoiding having to get a proper job! Komodo started as stall on Camden market selling ethnic goods. The company still stays true to its original values sourcing organic and ethically manufactured products where possible and utilising local skills in countries like Nepal. Komodo also supports the Free Tibet campaign by making a donation each time a piece from the Free Tibet collection is sold.

The appeal of Komodo is that the clothes showcase the best handmade crafts of a region but without being too literally ‘ethnic’. They look stylish and original but also not out of place in a western and urban environment. It is great to see another fabulous brand that is desirable for many more reasons than just because they are ethical, to quote the website.

We are a Fashion Lifestyle brand first and do our best to be as ethical as we can in the process, rather than  Eco-warriors trying to make fashion.

You can currently get some great offers on Komodo at Fashion Conscience. You can also check out more fantastic brands in my 30 days of Ethical Fashion series here.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

30 Days of Ethical Fashion – Zakee Shariff For People Tree

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Tommorrow, People Tree will be launching their latest collaboration with designer and artist Zakee Shariff. The collection will consist of jersey pieces with unique bold prints.

Zakee Shariff has developed a cult following over recent years. Her signature is the elegant drawings, prints, and paintings that are used to decorate clothing. For the People Tree collection she has applied pop colours and paisley and bird motifs to a  stretch mini-dress, a slouchy long sleeve box sweat, and a slashed sleeve tee.

The collection wil be made from 100% organic, Fairtrade certified cotton in India by Assisi Garments, one of People Tree’s Fair Trade producers who pay up to 30% more than conventional garment manufacturers. The organic cotton is from Agrocel, a pioneering Fairtrade certified organic cotton producer in Gujarat, India.

I will definitely be checking out this collection which looks fun and affordable with prices from £35 – £40. It will be available from People Tree from tommorrow.

If you would like to check out other posts in my 30 days of ethical fashion series, you can do so here.

With warmest wishes

Ceri X