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Wool week: the benefits of wool

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Through my writing for the ethical fashion brand BIBICO‘s blog, I’ve discovered many benefits of wool I hadn’t previously known; and what better time to share these with you than national wool week?!

Now of course there are some issues surrounding the raising of sheep for wool, and much of the wool we use comes from sheep reared for meat which has ethical implications, but there are also many sustainability-related benefits of the natural fibre which are worth exploring.

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Smart Sustainable Sale Shopping

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Now I know how tempting it is to splash out in the sales, but you have to be cautious not get carried away by the marked down price tag. Think carefully before you whack out your wallet- do you really need the item? How often will you wear/use it? Is it good quality? What conditions was it made in? Do you agree with the company’s ethos and operating processes? Even if it’s made by a sustainability-conscious company, having items you don’t use is a waste of your money, as well as the materials and labour that went into producing the product. So take your time and really think about it.

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Fashion Revolution Week: What is it and what’s on in London?

 

On 24 April 2013, 1,134 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This building collapsed despite many workers point out cracks in walls to their managers weeks before. Fashion Revolution was born to raise awareness of disasters like Rana Plaza and to catalyze action to transform the fashion industry into a more ethical, fair and sustainable one. They believe that fashion can be made in a safe, clean and beautiful way, where creativity, quality, environment and people are valued equally.

On 18-24 April, Fashion Revolution Week will bring people from all over the world together to use the power of fashion to change the story for the people who make the world’s clothes and accessories.

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10 Eco Essentials for a Classic Capsule Wardrobe

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The key to a stylish and sustainable wardrobe is having a selection of carefully chosen, mindfully-made essentials. A classic capsule wardrobe allows you to mix and match timeless pieces that never go out of fashion. Spend a bit of more on durable items that fit well and will last you a life time, choosing quality over quantity every time. Here are my top ten closet classics, with examples from ethical and environmentally conscious brands:

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for an Eco Girl

vday girl 4.pngValentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your loved one how much they mean to you and treat them to something special. There a variety of different gifts you could go for, so remember to be careful and only select something your girl actually needs. Get her a gift that gives back this year; something that has been made in a sustainable manner, from natural materials, or one that gives to a good cause. Not sure on what you could go for? Here’s my Valentine’s Day gift guide for an eco girl:

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Chanel HC16: Going green or simply greenwashing?

Chanel previewed the Spring 2016 Haute Couture collection in the Grand Palais in Paris on Tuesday. It collection oozed luxury, with gorgeous bouclé two-pieces, beautiful midnight blues, neutral embellishment and pleats, and elegant silks and beading. Karl Lagerfeld worked to incorporate wood shavings, straw, organic woven yarn and recycled paper into the designs, wanting to combine couture and ecology. A golden bee was embroidered into many of the designs to reflect the growing concerns over the fate of the honey bee. Lagerfeld voiced the importance of recycling and reusing. He also wants to encourage clients to reduce their environmental impact through everyday changes (you know, reducing how often they use their private jets and dialing down their air-con!).

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Gather&See Pop Up Shop, Peckham

Gather&See have just opened a Pop Up at Bias Boutique in Peckham. It will run for 1 month from 19th January until 21st February. The store will showcase a selection of sustainable and ethical products edited especially for the London store. Brands will include Osei Duro, Seek Collective, Blake LDN, Danielle Foster and A Peace Treaty.

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NTA’s Best Dressed: Ethical Alternatives

British TV stars took to the red carpet for the National Television Awards this Wednesday. There were some stunners, and of course some shockers (Lady C!!?), but who do you think dressed the best? Here’s a low-down on my favourite gowns and some eco-friendly alternatives by the sustainability-focused brand Reformation.

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Behind Bibico

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Bibico is a British-based ethical brand with a slower “back to basics” approach to fashion. They are focused on creating timeless, high-quality pieces to last a lifetime. They use 100% natural materials, and many pieces are crafted using organic cotton. Bibico also ensure the people that produce their clothes are paid a fair wage and that they work in a safe environment.

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People Tree: 25 Years and Counting

People Tree, a true pioneer of Fair Trade and sustainable fashion, will celebrate its 25th birthday this year.

People Tree was the first clothing company to receive the World Fair Trade Organisation Fair Trade product label. It aims to be 100% Fair Trade throughout the entire supply chain, and to support producers’ efforts towards economic independence. People Tree also work to protect the environment by promoting sustainable resource use. They wish to set an example to business and the government, proving ethics and aesthics can coexist by using a business model based on partnership, people-centred values and sustainability.