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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 ||

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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!

Tuesday Treat – Orla Kiely Birdwatch Dress

So a few weeks ago, I started a part-time teaching job, back at my school. I am loving being back in the classroom, having missed it terribly for quite a while now. Yes, it’s still exhausting, but incredibly rewarding. One thing it has flagged up is how awful my wardrobe is! Not only have I been living in jeans for the last few years, but almost all of my clothes are worn out. In my bid to buy as many of my clothes from sustainable shops as possible, as well as smarten up my wardrobe, I’ve been trawling websites such as Fat Face, Seasalt and People Tree. This little beauty from People Tree really caught my eye.

Orla Kiely Birdwatch Gathered Dress

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Dressing for school takes a little thought. Tops can’t be low, so I generally avoid v necks, skirts can’t be short and I have to be able to layer – bus duty can be incredibly cold! Plus it needs to be smart, but I’ll never wear a suit, as I hate them! Comfort and warmth are also essential. So many clothes that I like might not be appropriate – too casual, too short etc. But this dress ticks all the boxes. Plus, it’s got a supercute print and at £78 it’s not too expensive. It’s also fair trade and made with organic cotton, ticking the sustainable boxes. I might just have to treat myself, come pay day!

#BEDM – World Fair Trade Day

I can remember a time before Fair Trade and I can remember finding out about the incredibly low pay people received, the inhumane working conditions and the perpetual poverty workers were being kept in. Why? So we could have cheap clothes, food and flowers. As a teenager, I was outraged by animal testing and for me, not paying people fairly is equally deplorable. For that reason, I’ve been shopping with People Tree as often as I can. Their philosophy is simple: People Tree aims to be 100% Fair Trade throughout our supply chain. The clothes they sell are not only beautiful but ethically sound, from both a fair trade perspective and an environmental one. I decided to spend a bit of time taking a look at some of their dresses. Oh my, there’s plenty I’d like!

People Tree Dresses

1. Tricia Dress in Green £68 // 2. Orla Kiely Shirt Dress £90 // 3. Tricia Dress in Red £68

4. Elizabeth Dress £78 // 5. Maggie Dress £65 // 6. Eva Dove Dress £56 (Reduced)

I would quite happily buy all of these dresses, if only my credit card would allow! Gorgeous and ethical, what’s not to love?! What are your favourite fair trade shops? Let me know so I can shop there too!