We’ve finally had a cold spell here in the UK and boy, was it chilly! I spent most of Saturday on the sofa in front of the fire with Poppy. Sadly, this can’t continue and there have a been a few times recently where I’ve thought I could really do with a warm and snuggly coat. (Plus, I love buying coats! I could quite happily have one for every day of the week!). A chilly bus duty and late end to Parents Evening have left me shivering this week, not to mention walking Poppy as winter draws near. Just over a week or so ago, Pretty Good posted a picture of the HoodLamb parka. Pretty Good share vegan, ethical and sustainable goods, so I knew that I would be able to wear it. Not only that, but HoodLamb use hemp, which is one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics we’ve got. Perfect for sustainable fashion.
I particularly like the fact that it’s lined with fake fur, made with recycled PET, or recycled plastic bottles to you and I. I think this is a fantastic way of reusing those horrible plastic bottles. I also like the fact that it’s got plenty of pockets, good for carrying dog walking related paraphernalia around during those dark walks. Fashion doesn’t need to be fast or cruel. I’m definitely treating myself to one of these!
Two years ago, on 24th April, 1,133 people died and over 2,000 people were injured in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thanks to unsafe and unethical working conditions to produce clothes for us in the West. There isn’t just a human cost to cheap clothes, but an environmental one as well. Enough is enough. We need to know #whomademyclothes and hold brands accountable. Fashion Revolution Day is all about making sure the fashion industry ‘values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure’. You can find out more on the Fashion Revolution website.
This is me, enjoying a walk with Poppy, wearing my favourite top from People Tree, safe in the knowledge that it’s ethically made, just like my favourite dress. This is one of the reasons I love People Tree, because they make regular trips with the design team to meet its producers or to measure social impact. This makes sure that every aspect of the supply chain meets the standards that are at the core of People Tree.
So what can you do about it? Well, why not ask your favourite brands #whomademyclothes? Here’s what you can do:
Let’s make the fashion industry a fairer one for everyone!
I’ve got a little admission for you, lovely blog reader. I’ve had the same workout bottoms for about the last 7 years. Yep. I have got my moneys worth out of those bad boys, that’s for sure. They are starting to look a little tired and the elastic is starting to go in them, requiring me to pull them up about 15 million times during Combat. They’ve got a little bit big too, but fortunately/unfortunately, I have the exact same pair a size smaller. What a relief! Here’s to wearing the same bottoms for another 7 years…
Here’s a pretty rubbish picture of my work out kit. I love my t-shirt, which I got from Spikes & Heels last summer. It is such an awesome t-shirt mainly because it has normal length sleeves. I HATE womens t shirts that have tiny sleeves and all workout t shirts seem to be like that. Why? I have bingo wings and while I’m not under the illusion that longer sleeves hide them, I just don’t want to show them off. It’s a body issue, deal with it. Not only that but this t-shirt isn’t fitted and isn’t short. Why work out clothes for women have to be super small and super tight is beyond me. This is why I love this t-shirt. Tho, I could do with a few more. I have to admit, I love these trainer socks, as they keep my feet nice and cool when working up a sweat. Finally, the ever so essential sports bra. I have no idea why any woman, no matter how big or small her boobs are, would even consider doing exercise without one of these in their possession. As I’m, um, pretty chesty, I always wear a sports bra, even when doing something like pilates. My current bra is a Shock Absorber and is suited to running, which means it’s suitable for anything high impact. I wouldn’t work out without it.
So as my workout kit is pretty dated, here’s my wishlist of what I most want right now.
1. Wolfe Academy Hoodie // 2. American Apparel T-shirt
3. Patagonia Trainers // 4. Patagonia knickers
They are all from ethical companies who have clear eco policies, which I love and they all look great. I especially love the trainers. They’re so much brighter than the ones I’m currently wearing. I think it’s important to be comfortable when you’re working out. You don’t want your clothes to be a barrier to getting and staying fit.
How about you? What’s the one thing you’d like to spice up your workout kit?
One of the presents I got for my birthday was a pair of pants, but not just any pants. It was a pair of pants by Who Made Your Pants.
These gorgeous pants are made in Southampton, UK, using fabric destined for the bin by the big companies. The pants I was given were made by Nisha and Zuhra and you can read all about them here. Not only are the pants incredibly well made, they’re comfy and help to support women working right here in the UK. Not bad eh? They might be a bit pricier than your discount high street retailer, but you know where they’ve come from, who’s made them and you’ve helped to employ someone in the UK and that’s priceless. Ethical, comfy, sexy and good for the UK. I know where I’ll be buying more of my pants from. How about you? Who made your pants?