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?

January Favourites

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This month I’ve been loving a few things – a couple are from the January sales and there’s a Christmas present too!

First of all is this People Tree dress – £25.50 in the sale! I think that’s a bargain as it’s a well made staple that you can wear so many different ways. I’ve already work it a lot to work and I’ve always felt very polished and it’s just because it looks lovely on. I wear it with a waist belt to break up the black a bit.

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These Toms are also a January Sale purchase! They’re £36 and they’re great for mild winter/early spring because of the fluffy lining that keep your feet nice and toasty 🙂 All I can really say is they’re cosy, comfy, and look a bit different to plain black shoes!

Then there’s the book Why Women Will Save the Planet‘ – it’s a collection of essays compiled by Friends of the Earth. I’ve not quite finished it yet, but it shows some unique viewpoints on gender and climate change – well worth a read.

Finally, a beauty favourite! I bought Gosh’s Sweetheart when there was an offer on in Superdrug – it wasn’t planned so I was pleasantly surprised with how much I like this. On my lips it looks like a cool toned mauve, with brown undertones – it’s a hint at the 90s thing going on without being too in your face about it! It’s also really flattering, and of course cruelty free.

This month’s favourites has been short and sweet – I’m testing out a few new bits of skin care so that might make it into February’s post! I’m also looking forward to a bit more sun as it gets closer to spring 🙂

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:

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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