Ethical Fashion Bloggers – the Relaunch!

I am afraid life has been pretty busy over the last year and the Ethical Fashion Blogger community has taken a little bit of a back seat for me. However, However over the last few months, I have decided to streamline my life a little and realign my priorities a little (ethicalfashionbloggers.com being one of them). It is such a fantastic community and a great way for like minded bloggers to network, get inspiration and share ideas. It seems like such a shame not to be making the most of it.

So as from the beginning of November, Ethical Fashion Bloggers is relaunching!

We will be starting with a November outfit challenge  (details to be posted very soon). I will be posting a monthly round up of some of the best ethical and sustainable fashion posts and a blogger interview each month, so please let me know if you have posted something fab that everyone should know about or if you fancy being interviewed. I am also planning a bigger challenge to launch in the New  Year.

In the mean time if you would like to join the Ethical Fashion Bloggers Community, write a guest post or have an idea for a challenge or feature for Ethical Fashion Bloggers, please email me on ceri@heathcotecommunications.co.uk. I would love to know what you think or your ideas on how we can make Ethical Fashion Bloggers an even bigger and better community.

Ceri writes at Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog and is the founder of style-is.co.uk. You can find her on twitter @StyleEyes.

 

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Rana Plaza Collapse – How Fashion Bloggers Can Make a Difference

As the number of deaths on the Bangladesh building collapse continues to rise, the fashion brands involved discuss how they will help the victims and their families  in the aftermath of what has turned out to be the most deadily of disasters in the Bangladesh garment industry. Whilst 24th April 2013 was a dark day for the fashion industry, the building collapse that happened that day was by no means an isolated incident. Death and injury are common place amongst garment industry workers in Bangladesh driven by poverty and struggling to produce low cost clothing on tight time scales in dangerous and inhumane conditions. Compensation is needed for the victims and their families but there needs to be more done to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.

Whilst the fashion industry thinks about what should be done if anything and talk continues over greater regulations in Bangladesh, it seems that consumer voice and demand could be the most important factor in driving sustainable change in the fashion industry.

How Can Fashion Bloggers Make a Difference?

One of things that I have always loved about fashion blogging and reading fashion blogs is that they give an independent view of fashion standing apart from the industry in many ways and refusing to be dictated to on what they should or shouldn’t wear. Bloggers not only have a voice as consumers of fashion but also have varying levels of influence over others and their buying choices.

Through their blogs and other social media platforms, I believe that fashion bloggers can make a difference and drive change, creating a greater awareness amongst consumers of the issues within the fashion industry. Here are just a few ways that you as a fashion blogger can make a difference and help to ensure that a tragedy like that of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh on 24th April never happens again.

Join the call for change

Join Ms Wandas 1% Campaign calling for companies to invest a minimum of 1% of their profits to ensure the human rights of garment workers are properly protected. You could also tell your readers about these campaigns. Facebook and blog badges and Twitter Avatars are also available at Ms Wandas.

Sign the petition Amirul Haque Amin, President National Garment Workers Federation in Bangladesh to ensure safety for workers & compensate victims of building collapse and the Clean Clothes Campaign petition telling brands to take responsibility and sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement share it through your social networks.

Write to the CEO’s of brands or contact them through Twitter and Facebook to ask them to take full responsibility for their supply chain ensure safety for those working in it.

Increasing Awareness

Thinking carefully about what you buy is not only a good way to be a good consumer but also to set an example and inspire others to do the same. Each fashion blog is unique and different and can find a new and interesting way to raise awareness of issues in the fashion industry and encourage responsible consumption. This could be by posts directly discussing the issues to commentary on the choices of clothes that you make and why, to featuring ethical fashion brands in your outfit posts or telling the story behind your clothes and how they were made.

As a fashion blogger you are ideally placed to inspire others to be responsible consumers with your unique and creative style. In addition as consumers we all hold the power to drive change in the fashion industry and to help ensure that such a terrible disaster will never happen again.

How will you be making a difference?

Ceri writes at Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog and is the founder of style-is.co.uk. You can find her on twitter @StyleEyes.

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How to Celebrate Earth Day on Your Blog

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Hi Ethical Fashion Bloggers and Happy Earth Day! Obviously we hope that all of you find the Earth special all year round but since today is a special day to celebrate green efforts and all efforts that make a better cleaner place. Here are some ways to celebrate Earth Day with your readers.

Wear Vintage-Head to Toe!

There’s no better way to show your readers the value of 2nd hand clothing than by wearing it yourself. Shopping second hand is pretty accessible for most so share some of your thrifting tips and tricks and favorite places to find 2nd hand finds.

Swap/Shop/Win with Your Stuff

Finally, clean that closet of yours and let readers swap with an item of their own or buy your former things. Also in the spirit of cleaning and reusing, take some of the best things in your never to wear again pile and have an Earth Day giveaway.

Earth Day Sales

There are a lot of ethical stores doing Earth Day deals. For example Nau andAbe’s Market are both having Earth Day specials. This is a great way to introduce your readers to ethical stores while showing some love for ethical shops you believe in.

Green DIY’s

If you’re a crafty blogger show it off! Share a green DIY, reusing and upcycling something you already own or can find in a normal household.

If you’re not so crafty share a green DIY roundup. Be sure to source all the DIY’s and credit and link back! You can find some great green DIYS at Crafting a Greenworld or go on to Pinterest and type in “green crafts” or “upcycling”.

Have Your Readers Take a Pledge

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One of my favorite pledges is this Slow Down pledge that comes from Slow Fashioned. But whether you take a pledge that already exists or make one up of your own; ask your readers to take it with you. Make the pledge honest and thoughtful and in the spirit of Earth Day.

 

How will you be celebrating Earth Day with your readers?!?

 

Jamillah writes at made-to-travel about ethical shopping and happy things. You can find her on twitter @made2travel.

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Vote for your Favourite International Ethical Fashion Brands

You may of noticed from our recent blog posts that the editorial team here at Ethical Fashion Bloggers have been busy posting about our favourite ethical designers from around the world. Jamillah of Made-to-travel.com has been sharing some of the most sustainable and stylish from New York, Davinia of Techstylista.com from Australia and myself from London (well nearby anyway!).

So now comes the fun bit. We would like you to get involved, to help us decide where in the world is the winner in the sustainable style stakes. All you need to do is follow us on Pinterest here, check out our International Ethical Fashion Board here and vote on which looks you like best by favouriting or sharing your favourite.

We would also love to see your favourites from whereever you are in the world so you can either post on your blog or create a look with their collections on Polyvore. Please let me know your email so that I can invite you to pin on our Pinterest boards or email the link to me ceri at heathcotecommunications.co.uk so that I can pin it for you.

We also have a number of other Pinterest boards for you to pin to at Ethical Fashion Bloggers. Again please email me so that I can invite you to all or any of the following. Pinning is such a great way of sharing style and inspiration, we hope you will get involved.

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DIY/ Upcycling Fashion
Vintage Style
Ethical and Sustainable Accessories

I can’t wait to see who you vote for and see your favourite local ethical designers and brands! Happy pinning.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Ethical Brands in London – Fair + True

For our latest challenge on Ethical Fashion Bloggers, I was tasked with showcasing a London Designer / brand with an ethical focus. One of the things that I really love about London is that has such a diversity of cultures often reflected in its amazing eclectic fashion and style. Eclectism meaning “the borrowing of a variety of styles from different sources and combining them” (Hume 1998, 5).

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Fair + True combines locally (London) produced with fair trade fashion from abroad with a signature style of bold bright, bright and colourful pieces in contemporary styles with African inspired prints. I love that each piece from the Fair + True collection can be used to create  a truly eclectic London outfit.Pretty London Fashion

Being such a fan of bold and bright prints, I couldn’t help but choose Fair + True to post about accessorised with a little Vivienne Westwood (for Melissa) and Tatty Devine. All three with very strong links to London and its vibrant fashion scene.
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What do you think of London Style? Will you be rocking bold and bright prints this spring?

Ceri writes at Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog and is the founder of style-is.co.uk. You can find her on twitter @StyleEyes.

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Ethical Designers in Australia – Ginger & Smart

Since landing in my new home city of Sydney, Australia I’ve been delving deeper and deeper into the Aussie ethical fashion world. There is a definite difference in designers and size of the ethical fashion market compared with London, but the unique flare that these Antipodeans neighbours bring, more than make up for it. The designers that stand out from the crowd for me are Ginger & Smart.

Ginger & Smart are sister duo Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, who founded the brand in Sydney over 10 years ago in 2002. They are one of the few high-end designers in Australia to be accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Their designs project a cool sophisticated confidence that any women would be happy to encapsulate and epitomise eco-chic.

The array of pink garments and accessories is right on trend for AW13.

AW13 Pink Trend

Ginger & Smart AW13 Pink

The newly launched diffusion collection AKIN by Ginger & Smart, feature a range of mini and party dresses with modern graphical prints. Appealing to a broader and younger market.

AKIN collection

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AKIN by Ginger & Smart by techstylista featuring dresses

Between Somewhere & Nowhere AW13 is the latest collection and features some striking patterns and shapes.

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Ginger & Smart will be featuring their latest collection at this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia event. It’s not hard to see why these designers have fast become my favourite Aussie brand, I’m hoping to get into the their collection show to see this style duo up close and personal.

Davinia writes at Tech Stylista about all things to do with ethical fashion and how you can be fashion conscious whilst being kinder to the planet with an injection of weekly technology stories to keep your manicured nails on the pulse. Follow @techstylista on Twitter.
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Ethical Designers In New York – Nissa Jewelry

When Ceri asked to pick our favorite hometown ethical designer I found this assignment super duper challenging because there are really so many wonderful ethical designers doing great things here in NY. But when I sat down and thought about aesthetic, price and accessibility I really didn’t think it got much better than Nissa Jewelry.

(L-R: Seneca Ring $30; Isabella Ring $45; Set of 3 Small Chain Rings $78; Double Bar Ring $15; Studded Stacking Ring Set $22; Hamilton Large Stud Ring $40)

All Nissa Jewelry is handmade in NYC and most of their jewelry is made of recycled metals. I personally really love rings and typically of the bolder variety, so I’m really naturally attracted to the bold edgy Nissa rings. I already own 2 of them (seen here and here) and they are definitely 2 of my favorites.

Nissa Jewelry is a darling in fashion right now, spotted on everyone from Jordan Sparks to Chelsea Handler to Kim Kardashian and Julianna Rancic and from magazines from In Style to Self.

(L-R: Talasi Jeweled Necklace $88; Long Twist Necklace $49; Sheba Bib Necklace $39; Bernice Necklace $123)

I think Nissa has received such well deserved praise because there really is a great variety of design while still keeping a narrow point of view. I would say the main esthetic is definitely edgy, urban and bold, but there are definitely pieces that make a quieter statement alongside pieces that have a bit of whimsy.

(L-R: Dreamcatcher Bracelet $68; Clara Bracelet $24; Cleo Earrings $55; Delano Stud Earring $55; Dakota Bracelet $82; Cobblestone Earring $30; Comancher Catori Cuff $198)

Nissa Jewelry also offers a really palatable price point with regular items starting at about $18 and then going up to as much as $350 and they have a stellar sales section as well with things constantly getting added so be sure to check that out!

Jamillah writes at made-to-travel about ethical shopping and happy things. You can find her on twitter @made2travel.

 

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Sustainable Style at the Oscars

Celebrities can have a huge influence on fashions and trends and it was fantastic to see so many celebrities opting for sustainable style at the Oscars this year, showing just how amazing eco fashion can look. The very fact that so many celebrities decided to don something amazing and sustainable for this years event, shows that people are starting to take sustainability seriously.

Livia Firth Oscars

 

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Livia Firth has been looking stunning for many seasons with her Green Carpet challenge which she co founded in 2010. Such a fantastic project which is inspiring many people to try and minimise the impact of their style on the environment but getting everyone talking about eco fashion and even getting plenty of hi end designers involved along the way. For the Oscars Livia wore a beautiful Grace Kelly-inspired dress made from GOTS certified organic silk made by New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead. She also showed that she is totally up for recycling by accessorising with the same Roger Vivier shoes and clutch as she wore for the last two academy awards.

Bond Girl, Naomie Harris wore a dress featuringr ecycled zippers, vintage glass beads, and embellishments made from discarded candy wrappers by Ghanian designer Michael Badger who was also the winner of the Red Carpet, green dress challenge.

Anne Hathaway vegan shoesImage credit – Ecorazzi

Anne Hathaway has become known for her choice of vegan shoes and she did not disappoint at this years Oscars with her choice of custom cruelty-free pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti.

helen Hunt Oscars dressImage credit – Metro

Helen Hunt, Best supporting Actress Nominee really turned heads in a stunning blue gown from the H&M Consious Collection. An interesting choice that combines both high street and sustainable fashion proving that it is completely possible to look amazing in eco fashion on a budget.

These were just a few of the sustainable and stylish outfits that were worn for this years Oscars, there was plenty more including some ‘made in the US’ fashion. What do you think of the Eco fashion at this years Oscars. Has it inspired you at all?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Ceri writes at Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog and is the founder of style-is.co.uk. You can find her on twitter @StyleEyes.

 

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7 Favourite Ethical Pinners on Pinterest


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I love Pinterest! The inspiration and discovery possibilities are really endless and there are some great great ethical pinners sharing great DIYs, new ethical brands, and various ways to become greener. Here are 7 of my favorites.

A note about my favorites: I totally understand sharing your posts from your own blog on Pinterest, in fact I encourage you to do so! BUT, I really tried to share pinners who are not solely pinning from their own site.

I think pinners who draw from many different places offer way more diversity plus sharing posts and items from other sites is a great way to support shops and blogs you love…so share share share.

1. Jen Bluecaravan

You might have heard of blue caravan, the fabulous ethical design market based in Australia. Jen from blue caravan, has a great mix of boards from street art to tutorials and a variety of ethical products.

2. Hipcycle

Hipcycle is a really amazing online boutique. Everything at Hipcycle is upcycled and I think their product selections are just excellent. As a pinner Hipcycle pins not just items from their shop but also ideas on DIYs and general upcycling desings.

3. Reincarnations Art

Reincarnations Art is also a shop that sells only upcycled items. I think the shop is super charming. They share tons of upcycle DIY ideas and I love how they’ve broken up their pinterest boards into certain items; for example a board for just upcycling doilies or mason jars.

4. Caitlin Bristol

Caitlin Bristol works on the team at Ebay Green. I started to see Bristol’s pins on my Pinterest feed and I was always attracted to them so I decided to randomly follow Bristol, a stranger. I googled her for this post and now my attraction to the ethical fashion she shares and style inspirations makes complete sense to me.

5. TreeHugger

If you’re into green living you probably heard of treehugger, they are one of the larger green sites on the internet. Their boards do have a lot of treehugger posts, but in this case I think it doesn’t feel redundant since they have such a variety of topics and contributors. Their Pinterest account also covers fashion and DIYs which are not frequent subjects on treehugger.

6. Practically Green

Practically Green is a services that helps you become more sustainable and helps you track how green your life is. They also have a great blog. I LOVE this pinterest account it has a lot of great upcycling ideas, along with yummy recipes and green gadgets.

7. ecosalon

First off, YAY(!) times a million ecosalon has returned!!! They’ve found sponsorship and are pumping out new and great content. This makes me super duper super happy. I think their pinterest boards are really fun and varied just like their site, ecosalon also pins from a lot of different sites which makes for great boards and a lot of discovery.

Some Tips for Following on Pinterest

  • Finding Pinners to Follow-If I like someone’s Pinterest account I’ll look to who they’re following. A lot of times I’ll like them too! A great trick when you feel like you need fresh content on your feed.
  • Follow Selectively: Your Pinterest feed is not selective, you can’t really browse by category or type of pinners. So if you don’t follow carefully your Pinterest feed could be clogged with things that don’t interest you.
  • Pick Your Boards: You don’t have to follow every board someone has, only select the boards that really interested you so that your Pinterest feed will be things you really love and want to know more about. For instance a lot of the people I follow have wedding boards, I’m not suuuper interested in this topic so I choose to not follow those boards.

 

Do you guys have any suggestion on who to follow? I would love to hear them! And what are your tips for using Pinterest, what do you love? Hate?

P.S- You can follow Ethical Fashion Bloggers on Pinterest HERE.

Jamillah writes at made-to-travel about ethical shopping and happy things. You can find her on twitter @made2travel.

 

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The January Freestyle Outfit Challenge

Our outfit challenge for January was a freestyle one. Basically we could choose anything we wanted as long as it was sustainable or ethical. The Freestyle challenge is the chance for bloggers to show us their favourite style or try out something new.

Bella of Citizen Rosebud describes her outfit “I’m wearing a dress from Karina Dresses, an USA manufactured dress. Designed and sewn in the United States has its challenges, especially in a global economy that wants cheap prices for quality goods. Committed in giving their employees a living wage, and proud of their long term commitment to sustainable practices, Karina Dresses puts their money where their mouth is and also donates “100% of net proceeds of their LOVE CLUB membership to The Little Stars School of Varanasi, India (littlestarsschool.org), an organization that provides an education – including sewing classes! – for street children, especially young girls.”

At Joyatri’s Adventures in Vintage, a post on Long Term Commitment features a fantastic vintage outfit. She also talks about how she has bought beautiful quality clothes to last a long time.

My Freestyle Outfit (posted on Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog) which I have also entered in the Observer Ethical Awards (Check out how you can enter here!) features a top by ethical brand YouMeWe and trousers by ASOS Africa, vegetable tanned leather shoes by Dream in Green and second hand/ vintage jacket and bag.

I hope you are having a good week!

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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