When I wrote on my blog recently about investment vs disposable clothing, a reader messaged me to ask if I had ever looked at ethical brands. No I hadn't and it got me thinking. If we are talking about buying investment pieces, things we love and are good quality that we wear longer then we are of course not adding to the mountain of items ending up in landfill or needing to be recycled. There were some great TV documentaries on this problem last year (look up Hugh's Ware on Waste on iplayer) and it is something I have been conscious of for some time. We buy too much 'stuff', we throw out too much 'stuff'. We accumulate things we don't need.
So I thought I would take up the challenge and look into what ethical brands are out there for ladies clothing. But I wanted something stylish as well as practical and ethical.
Below are a selection of some brands I found:
BAM Bamboo Clothing
The first brand I thought of is BAM. I have had their catalogues arrive in the post but as yet have not purchased anything. BAM sells bamboo clothing. Clothing made from bamboo is not only good for the environment it is also biodegradable. The fabric also has fantastic thermal and moisture wicking properties so is ideal for workout wear and loungewear. But there are many other benefits - see below. Take a look at the BAM website. I will definitely be looking into placing an order, maybe a workout top or leggings!
The next brand that rang a bell with me was People Tree. They are recognised in the industry for being a pioneer for ethical and environmentally sustainable fashion. But again when I am searching online for an item I never look at them. I was pleasantly surprised when I looked at their website. Lots of dresses and tops, great knitwear. Quite casual in style but I'd love to take a closer look and try a few items on.
Obviously a brand I know quite well, they have shops all over and one close to me but I was only very vaguely aware of their ethical approach. Fat Face has a company wide 'code of conduct' that all factories that produce their clothing must abide by as well as working with suppliers and other organisations to make sure their workers are treated fairly. When I went to their website to take a closer look I didn't feel this approach was clear at all which I think is a shame. I had to go to 'The Story' to find out more - and even that is quite hidden.
And a few others that stood out:
H&M Concious Exclusive
ASOS Eco Edit
H&M and ASOS were not easy to find on their websites so I have included a direct link.
I also came across a bridal wear brand too - and I know someone who I think would love their designs! Take a look at Minna. Shh you know who you are x
So that's my little summary of ethical brands, I am sure it is only the tip of the iceberg but I will be looking a little closer from now on.
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