Tag: fairtrade

Tuesday Treat – YAWstore

Social media can be a wonderful thing. You can use it as a way to raise awareness of great organisations doing big things to help change the world. Another wonderful things is, that as a consumer, you have the power to change things with what you buy. I’m always looking for new places to buy fairtrade, vegan clothing and just before Christmas, I came across YAWstore via Twitter. YAWstore sell clothes, gifts and accessories for the conscientious consumer. None of their products contain animal skin and they explain the ethical footprint of their products, so you, as a consumer, can make an informed choice. If only all shops were this transparent, eh?

Fox Tea Towel

YAWstore have a lovely collection of clothing and accessories for women, including a gorgeous Matt & Nat purse that I have my eye on. They also sell mens and children clothing, and a few gifts, including this adorable fox tea towel, which is made from organic cotton. Not only that, but if you want to get your craft on, you can cut out the tea towel and make an adorable fox toy, which is a great excuse for not doing the washing up!

It’s #JustFriday. Light up #blackfriday

As I get older, I definitely buy less stuff. Partly because I’m lazy, partly because I never seem to have enough money but also partly because I find I’ve come to question myself with almost every purchase. Why? Well, I’ve spent a lot of time decluttering and taking things to charity shops, I’ve cleared out lots of houses that I’ve lived in and done too many tip runs to count. Plus, fast, disposable consumerism terrifies me. It’s so destructive to peoples lives and the planet. If something is cheap to buy, there’s a price being paid somewhere by someone. So when I heard about the Traidcraft #justfriday campaign as an alternative to the soul destroying black Friday, I knew I had to write about it.

Just FridayNow it’s no surprise that I don’t enjoy the run up to Christmas shopping madness. I have tweeted a number of times of my absolute disdain for Christmas shopping. I hate everything about it with the exception of making people I love and care about happy. That being said, I think we could all think about where we spend our money and the impact our consumer power has.

Traidcraft’s ‘Just Friday’ initiative is designed to make Black Friday light again. The thinking behind the campaign is that if people took a moment to stop, breathe, and buy mindfully and ethically, they could use their spending power to help people across the world.

Larry Bush, Traidcraft’s Marketing Director, says:

“Imagine if just 1% of the £1bn that retail analysts predict will be spent on Black Friday was spent with ethical, Fair Trade organisations like Traidcraft and People Tree? Even this small percentage could help us improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the developing world and make a huge difference to someone’s life – and you’ll be buying a beautifully handmade, unique gift for family and friends.”

“So on Black Friday, one of the most chaotic days on the shopping calendar, we’re offering an alternative with Just Friday and asking people to take a few moments and think about their buying choices.”

Imagine that! When you see the amazing changes to lives of people around the world, all thanks to fairtrade products, you know that it’s a no brainer and fairtrade is so powerful. It makes a massive difference, not just to the farmers and growers, but the lives of their families, the communities in which they live and beyond. And it’s all within the power of your credit card. So why not add a bit of light to Black Friday and spend your money where it’ll help improve lives.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

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:

Fairtrade Fortnight

|| Charlotte Jersey Cardigan – People Tree || Lombard Jumper – Seasalt || Petra Pencil Skirt – People Tree || Four Winds Top – Seasalt || Tabitha Colour Block Dress – People Tree || Seafolly Jacket – Seasalt || Bardot Breton Top – People Tree || Pordenack Point Skirt – Seasalt || Rowena Short Sleeved Jumper – People Tree ||

[Images via their respective sources]

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.

Fairtrade Bargain Knitwear

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

People Tree Knitwear

[Cat Jumper || Fairisle Cardigan || Beth Jumper || Slow Fashion Jumper || Alison Loose Knit Cardigan]

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!