Did you know that we’re in the middle of Fairtrade Fortnight? Not only that, it’s twenty years since the first Fairtrade Fortnight – can you believe it?! That makes me feel old. Fairtrade is so important. It’s not just about fair trade terms for farmers and workers, but also decent working conditions and better prices. In order for something to be Fairtrade, it has to meet social, economic and environmental standards. Not a bad thing at all.
As consumers, we have the power to demand more Fairtrade. I try, as much as possible, to buy my clothes from ethical shops and People Tree and Seasalt are two of my favourite ethical clothes shops. Here are a few things that I’m currently coveting right now:
I’m pretty impressed that I only included a few stripey tops! Gotta’ love those blue stripes! Fairtrade and ethical fashion is an easy way to shop sustainably. There are so many great clothes that’ll last beyond one season.
Want to treat yourself to something from People Tree and help support Fairtrade? Get yourself a 10% discount with the code CHAI10 and help make a difference to farmers and workers lives.
Does anyone else that winter is dragging its feet? I’m all for a good few snow days and huddling up in my favourite knitwear in front of the fire, but I’m bored of my winter wardrobe now. Fortunately there are still a good few sale bargains to be had. These are all from People Tree
One of my aims this year is to buy as many of clothes from sustainable and ethical shops as possible. I want to know that my shopping choices are helping to improve the lives of people somewhere around the world and that the clothes I wear aren’t hurting the planet. I’m a huge fan of People Tree and have been for a long time.
It’s fair to say my winter knitwear is looking a little sorry for itself and in the final throes of winter, it’s well worth picking up a few bargains that’ll tide you over until spring and will still feel brand new come next winter. Let’s hope that it won’t be long until we’re all basking in the spring sunshine eh?
Want to treat yourself to something from People Tree? Get yourself a 10% discount with the code CHAI10 and let your money do some good!
I’ve been a fan of People Tree for over ten years. I believe that we need to shop ethically and consciously so that every part of the supply chain is treated fairly. No matter what we do, we all consume and that’s not going to change any time soon. Therefore, I think it’s important that we consume as consciously as possible. I always try to make sure I buy clothes that are fairtrade and organic cotton. This is one of the reasons I like shopping at People Tree so much because they are super concsious and always trying to be more environmentally friendly. This is why they launched their Tencel for People Tree Crowdfunder.
Tencel is made from wood pulp, so is completely sustainable. The process of turning wood pulp into fabric is also environmentally friendly, as any solvent used within the process is almost 100% recycled. As someone who is increasingly environmentally aware of the damage humans have, even without realising it, this is the perfect fabric for the environmentally conscious shopper.
When I heard about the crowdfunder, I thought it was a great opportunity to help develop the use of Tencel. People Tree have developed a small capsule collection using Tencel and as response to this has been good, they want to expand the collection. I’ve donated as I think this is a really worthwhile campaign to get behind. I think we need to start using more environmentally friendly fabrics so that we reduce our impact on the planet wherever we can. Why not head over to the crowdfunder page now and take a look? Be quick though, as there’s only a few days left to donate.
I’ve written many times before about why I buy fair trade products wherever possible and the importance of consumers demanding fair trade products from brands. Today I’m asking you once again to consider buying fair trade and for you to become an #agentforchange. Today is World Fair Trade Day so why not find out more about it…
The World Fair Trade Organisation state that:
Fair Trade is an agent for change. It is a tangible solution to poverty eradication, a good tool for sustainable development, and most of all Fair Trade promotes social justice.
The fact that brands and manufacturers are still not ensuring workers are paid fairly, have safe working conditions or don’t worry about using child labour, shows that governments are not doing enough. It is up to us, the consumer, to demand that they do more. You can become a doer! By simply spending your money on fair trade products and with fair trade companies, your actions speak volumes. It says that you demand an end to exploitation, poverty and climate change that has an impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations. Find out more in this vide by People Tree:
By being Fair Trade producers, it enable farmers and their communities to access money to help the local area, whether it’s by building schools, paying for a doctor or improving infrastructure. That’s pretty cool in my book. And if I can help people do that simply by shopping slightly differently, then I’m okay with that. Take a look at some of my favourite Fair Trade People Tree outfits below.
Whaddya think? Can you be an #agentforchange? Take a look at the People Tree website and see if anything there catches your eye. See what they say about #slowfashion and don’t forget, you can always get 10% off with the code CCH10.