Ethical Fashion

Sexy Stories: You Might Be Wearing One

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

At a gathering last year I listened with interest as Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Director at The New York Times, explained that in order for consumers to get on board with the words 'sustainable' and 'ethical' then we, the designers and makers of clothing, needed to find a way to make it sexy.

Why Vegan Leather Is On The Rise

Oskar Zieba | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Style
Oskar Zieba

Consumers today are much more conscious of the ethics of what they're buying. High on the list is an approach to fashion which takes care of the environment and the people who make the things we wear. And this is where vegan leather comes in.

Cradle to Cradle: Fashion's Grave Reality

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

The circular economy. Closing the loop. Cradle to cradle. These are all phrases you may well have heard of. If not, best to familiarise yourself w...

Where The Ethical Fashion Industry Is Going Wrong

Sophie Dunster | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Style
Sophie Dunster

It takes almost 1800 gallons of water to produce a pair of jeans. If we physically saw that wastage, I'm sure many of us would get a nasty shock at actually how much of an impact it has on the environment. To paint the picture a little clearer, an average bath is 36 gallons, so that's around 50 baths. That just sounds ridiculous.

Why Slow Fashion Is Picking Up The Pace

Melissa Wheeler | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Style
Melissa Wheeler

Total ethical spending in the UK is now worth £54billion (2016) and represents around 7% of all UK consumer spending, which is more than we spend on cigarettes and alcohol, combined. The value of overall ethical sales grew by 8 %to £38billion in 2015, during a period when inflation barely rose above 0.5 %, according to the new Ethical Consumer Markets report.

Fashion: How Will It Reflect On Us?

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

Will they look back and wonder, in an era of unrivalled access to knowledge, communication and skill, why we seemed to place such value on disposability and allow ourselves to be defined by low quality and cheap prices?

Who Doesn't Love A Bargain?

Jo Salter | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Salter

Ask yourself if you really love and need your bargain item. Ask yourself why it is cheap - is someone else paying the price? Ask yourself what's going to happen to it in the future. If you are happy with the answers you have given yourself then wahoooo - you've got yourself a bargain!

Building House Of Khadi - An Ethical Fashion Label

Rima Sams | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Style
Rima Sams

I am very open to sharing information and knowledge with other ethical and sustainable fashion designers and bloggers to strengthen the message of high standards of environmental awareness and eco-consciousness in our industry. Together we are stronger!

Superlative Alternative: Organic Cotton

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

And I've found the subject of organic cotton one of the most frequently discussed when talking about sustainable fashion. Perhaps because it's an easy concept to understand, in theory, and also because it is now widely accessible.

Why I Hate Sustainability

Georgina Wilson-Powell | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Georgina Wilson-Powell

Surely no words have made people switch off faster (apart from maybe mortgage rates or fiscal tax policy). People equate them with pious bores who judge how much toilet paper you use or that glamping experience you thought was going to be like Swiss Family Robinson but was actually just a cold MDF shed with a candle and nowhere to cook.

Five Reasons Why It's Better FOR YOU To Buy Ethical Clothes

Jo Salter | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Style
Jo Salter

People like me often talk (bang on and on) about ethical clothes and the benefits for those people creating them and for our planet too. That's all very well but, let's face it, however selfless we are feeling, most of us want to know what's in it for us. Well here are five good reasons why it is better to buy ethical clothes, and not an altruistic one among them!

What Are Our Shopping Habits Really Doing To Our Planet? Now We Know

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world. Since you're reading this article, I'm sure that statement is familiar. But while it might shock, it doesn't do anything to explain why. And if we don't understand why the industry is so polluting, it makes it very difficult to understand how we could begin to change things.

The Only Way Is Ethics

Jo Salter | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Style
Jo Salter

Clothes shopping has changed dramatically in the last 30 years or so. Fast Fashion is the term used to describe the clothing industry of the most recent decades. Whereas the price of most of our items - houses, fuel, food - has increased in this time period, our clothing has become cheaper and cheaper. It is actually cheaper to buy clothes now than in the 1980s!

We Need To Remember Our Connections To Ensure A Fashion Revolution

Noorin Khamisani | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Style
Noorin Khamisani

This week is a time for us to reflect on our connections. If we can feel we are part of one large human family, we can truly make better choices, strive to support brands that work ethically and push "conventional" brands to work harder at improving their supply chains.

How You Can Get Involved In Fashion Revolution Week 2017

Kendall Benton-Collins | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Style
Kendall Benton-Collins

About 75 million people work directly in the fashion and textiles industry. Many are subject to exploitation; verbal and physical abuse, working in unsafe conditions, with very little pay.

A Beginner's Guide To Fast Fashion

Raquel Wallace | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Style
Raquel Wallace

So what does this mean for our planet? Well, what happens to all these garments once they're old news? Do they sit at the back of our wardrobe inevitably disposed of during a "spring clean"? Or maybe we send them off to a charity shop?

A Beginner's Guide To Becoming A Savvy Shopper

Hannah Donald | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Style
Hannah Donald

The elusive British sun is starting to show, temperatures are creeping up, festival season is round the corner, and summer trends are hitting the shop floors. It's tempting as hell to ditch our winter wardrobes and start afresh with some cute new clothes.

Four Simple Ways To Live More Ethically

Besma Whayeb | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Besma Whayeb

So, you're interested in living more ethically. In a world full of media distrust, political scandals and alternative facts, it's no surprise really. I'm feeling the same - I want to know where my food comes from, who made my clothes, and treat people - and the planet - in a respectful way.

Five Brands That Are Empowering Women

Kendall Benton-Collins | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Style
Kendall Benton-Collins

It's hard not to feel discouraged when you're faced with disparity. You can make a difference by supporting fashion brands that are empowering women throughout their supply chain.

Style And Substance : Five Tips For A More Sustainable Wardrobe

Alicia Taylor | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Style
Alicia Taylor

Wears per buy is a good way to think of it. Are you really getting value for money? Build a capsule wardrobe full of pieces that can be mixed and matched and made from quality materials that will stand the test of time. A perfectly cut organic cotton shirt or a pure virgin wool coat that will be a pleasure to wear and that you will treasure is worth so much more than five cheap tops that you'll wear once and forget about.

Is Ethical Clothing Expensive?

Wendy Graham | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Style
Wendy Graham

Something I hear a lot from people is that they would love to shop more ethically, but ethical clothing is just too expensive. And I do get that. When money is tight it's only natural to want that budget to spread as far as possible.

Meet The Women Walking Thousands Of Kilometres For Ethical Fashion

Tanya Perdikou | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Style
Tanya Perdikou

Luckily they've made it the 1,100km from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok where I caught up with them. And here's why I think they're two of the best female role models this planet has to offer.

Why Fashion Matters For Feminism

Paula Haunit | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Style
Paula Haunit

all women everywhere\ Most seriously, fashion matters to feminism, because women account for the vast majority of workers in the fashion supply chain. It's a tricky subject as the garment industry can make a valid claim that it has brought comparatively high quality jobs to some of the poorest places, where those types of jobs are otherwise rare.

The Road To House Of Khadi Continued...

Rima Sams | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Style
Rima Sams

Here in India, the money crisis has passed and the daily allowance from ATMs is back to normal. It was humbling to witness how very patiently the locals coped throughout the crisis, with a calm and unruffled attitude, whilst I struggled to constrain my inherent urban angst.

LFW: Let's Talk About Ethics Baby

Alicia Taylor | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Style
Alicia Taylor

The fashion industry needs to be more vocal and more proud of doing things the right way - ethical production should be something we are shouting about from the roof tops, not shying away from. Perhaps it is about perception. Perhaps it is to do with a lack of clarity on what is classed as sustainable fashion (a term that doesn't sit well with many in the industry).