My People Tree Collection

Hello!

I’m in a bit of a blogging rut at the moment but thought it would be cool to share my favourite pieces I bought from People Tree (this isn’t sponsored – just genuinely love the brand!). I think ethical fashion can get a bad reputation for being ‘too hippy’ and/or ‘boring’ but hopefully this shows otherwise!

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I’ve put them in the order I got them – the last 2 are still available in the sale for under £25! The roll neck jumper dress is here and the burgundy print tunic is here.

I regularly wear the first three for work and the last one is more for fun – it has rabbits printed all over it, so I thought it’d be perfect for Easter!

They all wash really well and I love how they fit – they’re all in UK size 10, which is my usual size.

Which one is your favourite?

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Review and Thoughts: The True Cost

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A documentary was released at the end of May which is all about the cost of clothing to the environment and human rights issues.

I love a good documentary! But what makes this one special is how recently it was made AND how big it is – this interviews are with incredible people like the director of People Tree, Stella McCartney and Vandana Shiva as well as people around the world who are affected by the fashion industry.

40 million people are employed as garment workers – I knew this was a big issue, but it’s just incomprehensible! It shows as individuals what difference we can make as we buy clothes.

The world now consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year – what?!! Again, this is incomprehensible. It’s so wasteful and shows how unnecessary most of it must be. I donate any unwanted clothing to charity shops, but that’s not a closed loop as I don’t buy ALL my clothes second hand.

There was also a load of really interesting stories and facts about the importance of organic clothing. This was something I wasn’t really aware of, so it was super interesting! I’m going to make an effort from now on to buy more organic food and clothing.

I think I knew most of the human rights issues around the fashion industry, but it’s good to get a reminder! And I didn’t really consider the environmental factor before. So while this is a great way to be introduced to the issues with fast fashion, it’s also a useful film for anyone really.

The website has 5 Tips for Shopping Smarter which I will be putting into practice!

In addition to the individual responsibility and brand responsibilities, it also touched on the economic system. Capitalism demands constant growth – this is inherently unsustainable and requires some people to forgo their human rights in order for the system to work. I think this is really important for people to recognise, as we are limited in what we can do as individuals.

However, my personal target will be to buy everything from truly ethical companies (People Tree, Braintree etc.) or second hand (charity shops, ebay etc.). I think the only time I’m going to fall down on this is with underwear, socks and tights, as I don’t want to pay THAT much and I also feel a bit icky buying it second hand… We’ll see!

Have you got any tips for avoiding fast fashion?

As for capitalism… Well, I’ll have to work on what I can do about that!

Here’s the trailer for The True Cost:

Birthday Wishlist!

Even though I will be turning 22 in a week I’m still making a wishlist like I usually do! I’m not sure when it becomes silly to keep doing this?! Maybe I have a few more years left…

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I’ve had my eye on these Capris for a while now from Sudara – they’re a gorgeous combination of colours, and I love that their work is supporting women who have escaped slavery.

I’ve also had these TOMs in my bookmarks for a while! I think they’ll be perfect for summer and will go with my whole wardrobe.

Then there’s the book list; I get most of my books from the library, but there are a few I’d rather have my own copy of! I follow Deliciously Ella online, but would love her cookbook for some more ideas for clean eating. I’m also intrigued by Thug Kitchen’s book for the same reason 🙂 I still haven’t read Naomi Klein’s book ‘This Changes Everything‘ – I’d love to read it and have copy to reread and absorb all the knowledge and debates!

I prefer to buy my own make up as I see it as quite personal, but there are a few things from my favourite shop (Lush!) that I would just adore! I’ve recently had a few highlights put in my hair, as I wanted more of a sun-kissed look, and the treatment Marilyn would be perfect to maintain and enhance them. The Big Bang Bubble Bar is a Lush Oxford Street exclusive, but judging from the description I would love it! Another Oxford Street exclusive were the lip squares – each corner is a different colour and you can mix them together on your lips to create the perfect shade. This is amazing, but it was too much for me to get when I was there (around £20 – it’s not online yet). People also go on about the Bubblegum Lip Scrub – I really need to try it!

Of course, the most important thing is that I want to spend time with my family and friends – it doesn’t really matter what I get 🙂 Do you still have a birthday wishlist?

Capsule Ethical Workwear Wardrobe

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Apologies for the changing light! I was originally going to take these outside, but it kept clouding over so that’s why the photos all look slightly different.

I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve recently got a new job! It’s my first ‘career-job’ and the first one without a uniform. I love that I get to choose my own clothes every day. It gives me a feeling of self and it’s super important after going through the British school system and having to wear the same uniform for 11 years of my life!

But then there was the issue of ‘I have nothing to wear that’s suitable for an office’!!

I wanted to buy a capsule workwear wardrobe that I would be comfortable wearing, wouldn’t cost me too much and has come from an ethical source.

I started off with what I already had; the second outfit was my interview outfit, so that’s a good starting point! There’s also the leopard print People Tree dress which I’ve blogged about before.

Then I got some basics from New Look – the black trousers, black skirt and white shirt (can’t find the link for that, sorry!). They have a whole work section online, nothing cost more than £20, and I’ve mentioned how ethical they are previously.

I went to H&M for an extra shirt – the zig zag pattern one which I love (but can’t find the link for, sorry)!! Again it was cheap and I’m happy buying from H&M as they have a transparent supplier list.

Then I turned to second hand clothing; the shoes are from ebay and cost £7, the cream peter pan collar blouse is also from ebay and cost £3 (bargain as it was originally from Next!). Then Vinted came through with the bright blue dress – £20, the pinky-red shirt – £12 and the patterned trousers – £15.

Buying second hand meant that I got good value for money, and topped up my wardrobe so I now have all I need for work! It’s also the most ethical way to buy clothing as you’re not creating any more waste or encouraging the use of child labour. Just make sure to check out my tips on how to shop on ebay as it’s easy to end up with something that doesn’t fit/you don’t like.

I’m still searching for some nude/white shoes for the summer months, and I’m sure I would need to invest in more layers for winter wear, but apart from that I’m very happy with the capsule wardrobe!

Which outfit is your favourite?

Fashion Revolution!

It’s been two years since the tragic Rana Plaza collapse.

In case you don’t know; a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing and injuring thousands of workers. This highlighted the poor conditions that people work in, particularly in the fashion industry. There was an expectation that something would be done about it – more regulations and better conditions, but it looks like it’s business as usual…

This is where we come in!

Today is fashion revolution day, and it is our job to ask the question who made my clothes? By showing that we care about workers conditions, brands and companies will hopefully make their supply chain more transparent and improve conditions in their factories.

So the idea is that we take a selfie showing a label from a piece of clothing you’re wearing. You then post this image on social media, tag the brand and #whomademyclothes?

This is such a simple, quick statement to make – so I hope you’ll join me in this action! If enough of us participate then we’ll definitely make an impact 🙂DSC_0288

It’s dress down Friday at the office so I wore this t-shirt from H&M (the label is near the waist so kind of hard to selfie with!); although I’ve mentioned this brand before as being quite ethical, the label clearly states ‘Made in Bangladesh’. This is quite worrying considering this was where the factory collapsed two years ago! I’ll tweet them and if I get a response I’ll let you know.

My March Favourites

The big news of this month is that I’ve been offered a job! It’s a full time job that’s basically trying to get people to recycle more – I start on 13th April 🙂 This does mean that I’ve been looking at clothes that are more work appropriate (I might do a whole ethical work-wear haul/capsule wardrobe blog post soon), one of which is this lovely dress from People Tree:

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I bought it just because I liked it generally, but I think it’ll work in an office environment too – the leopard print it subtle and the shape is both flattering and not too revealing! At £26 this was a great bargain, I’m considering buying a similar one (also in the sale section) in blue.

I’ve been reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay for a while now; it’s a collection of essays about feminism that links everything back to personal experiences/popular culture. I think this is a great balance between being too heavy and serious, and the recent surge in funny feminist books (which I love, but sometimes miss the point a bit).

Roxane explores the intersectionality issues in feminism in a way that I haven’t really seen before. Even for someone who’s studied Gender, and been a feminist for a few years, there’s more to learn here! I loved it and think it’s a must read for everyone 😀

Lush has an Easter collection out; I think it’s weird how the shops are trying to make Easter a big gift thing, but this didn’t stop me trying out the Golden Egg!

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It’s a bath bomb melt, so it leaves your skin feeling really soft as well as looking pretty! Warning: it is super glittery! It left a stain on my bath, but it didn’t take too long to wipe away. It’s not putting me off though as I’m planning on buying another one before they run out of stock (it is just here for Easter).

Another favourite of mine this month has been the BBC 3 Free Speech debates about the general election; I love how they’re engaging young people in politics, and also showing politicians that young people do care! If you missed it you can still watch it on iplayer to get a feel for what the political parties represent. However, one glaring omission from the debates was climate change – no one mentioned it!! Still, it’s better than some of the other televised debates…

And my absolute favourite thing from the past month has got to be the Climate March! I blogged about this on the day; it was so empowering to see thousands of people marching together for one cause. I was smiling the entire day and it was definitely worth going down to London for.

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Favourite Fairtrade Brands

In case you didn’t know, it’s Fairtrade Fortnight (23rd February – 8th March)! The definition of Fairtrade is this: ‘Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers’, but I think it’s more than that.

Fairtrade is the start of a conversation about how unethical our rampant consumerism has become. The current trade system is unsustainable (for both the planet and the people working in it), so Fairtrade offers an option for consumers to buy without feeling guilty for supporting that system.

I don’t think it’s a long term solution, but it’s a start! Therefore, I often try to look for the Fairtrade Symbol or WFTO symbol; any product can claim to be ‘fair’ or ‘ethical’ but the mark means it’s been judged by an independent party to be truly fair.

(Side Note: WFTO is actually better than the normal Fairtrade symbol – it means the whole brand, rather than just one product, follows the Fairtrade philosophy eg. Nestle can get the KitKat branded as Fairtrade by switching their cocoa suppliers, but they wouldn’t be able to be certified by WFTO as the company benefits from constantly undercutting suppliers – a big no no!)

Here are a few of my favourite brands that follow the Fairtrade philosophy, and have been certified accordingly:

– Divine Chocolate (aka chocolate of the gods) – this just tastes so good. It’s mostly owned by the farmers themselves, and they’ve got loads of interesting flavour combinations that make it a bit different from the usual ethical chocolate bars! They also do Easter Eggs 😀

People Tree – this is another well known brand for how ethical it is and the clothes they make are so classic that you’ll keep them for years. The prices are a bit steep, but they have some really great deals in their sale section (in fact I think I’ll treat myself to this – also WFTO certified!).

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Shared Earth – a great find for home accessories, this is the brand I got my A-Z bookends from. I hadn’t heard of them before, but they do have a great selection – the recycled materials are especially interesting!

There are many more of course! Leave your favourites in the comments below – I’d love to discover different ones 🙂