Ethical Fashion – The December Round Up

Not long to go until Christmas! Whilst it can sometimes feel all about over consumption, there are lots of ways to have a more thoughtful and sustainable Christmas. The Ethical Fashion Bloggers December round up is packed with ideas and inspiration from great gift ideas to ethical fashion brands to discover. Enjoy!

Davinia at Tech Stylista has recently posted about BARE,an innovative and sustainably focused brand based in the USA,whose founders include star, Jessica Biel.

Jen at Eco Fashion Warrior has posted about Gift and Befriend, a great alternative to the excesses and consumerism of Christmas that will give you a good feeling and help you to tune into the true meaning of Christmas.

If you still have some last minute Christmas gifts to buy, make sure you check out US based Made to Travel for a great post on Ethical Gifts for under $100.

Vicky at the Owl and the Accordion has been posting about a very Indie Christmas series. She posts about Tigerlily Quinn, a great little online store for quirky accessories and design.

Georgie at City Girl at Heart featured another fabulous website Kalaida in her Ethical Tuesday feature this week. Definitely well worth checking out for  ethically sourced fashion.

Mel Wiggin has a new blog. Well worth stopping by if you would like some ideas for simple Christmas makings.

Tortoise and Lady Grey has some great tips for ethical and sustainable gift giving.

I have also been posting a.handmade Christmas gift guide on my blog, ethicalfashionblog.com

As we all already know the fashion industry can have a positive as well as a negative impact. This article in the Guardian by Ayesha Mustafa of Fashion Compassion shows how the Fashion Industry is empowering women in South East Asia.

That’s it from EFB for 2014! Have an amazing Christmas and looking forward to a stylish and sustainable 2015.

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 Fashion Blogging for 2015

Guest Blogger Jennifer Nini poses for Synergy Organic Clothing

Guest Blogger Jennifer Nini poses for Synergy Organic Clothing

The ethical fashion blogging community is an extremely passionate, tight-knit bunch, of which I am proud to be a part. We use our voice to promote a range of issues from sustainable fabrics through to corporate social responsibility.

Peer into the Twitter-verse (a mash-up of Twitter universe) and you will read a range of tweets around topics such as:

* Is Organic Cotton Really Sustainable?

* How Ethical Fashion is Helping the Lives of Women

* The Big Fashion Labels Embracing Sustainability

* ‘No Shopping’ Challenge

We don’t only use Twitter. We’re embracing Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram too.

Our community is also increasing in size with bloggers and brands jumping on board “Team Ethical”.

So what can ethical fashion bloggers do in 2015 to keep this momentum going?

Build relationships with brands

The next time you get a press release, event invitation or marketing email instead of just skimming through the information and writing a quick post about the product or brand, why not go one step further and complete a detailed interview? Or better yet, phone the brand and ask for a telephone interview? Follow up by befriending them on social media. Getting to know each other and working together is the only way forward for ethical fashion.

Collaborate with other bloggers

One of the ways to promote ethical fashion is to reach out to ‘normal’ fashion bloggers. Whilst it can be difficult to collaborate with a blogger that doesn’t share the same values, opening the lines of communication is the first step to helping them understand – and hopefully convert to – ethical fashion. And to be honest, I myself wasn’t always an advocate for sustainable and socially responsible fashion. It was through experience (gained first hand when I travelled to China in the hopes of starting a fashion label) and knowledge that I became more aware of the impact of my fashion choices.

Be professional and learn to edit

Like with all other industries, the ethical fashion industry relies on good quality online content to help promote its cause. Posts that are rife with spelling errors, poor grammar and blurry images just won’t suffice. To ensure that we are not seen as ‘cowboy’ bloggers who are too hippie to care about our readers, let’s take blogging seriously and edit our work. You can do this by:

* spell and grammar checking

* checking for punctuation

* writing effective headlines

* checking names are correctly spelled especially names of people and brands

* attributing your sources (especially for photographs and statistics)

* using high quality images

Now I know that I’ve only scratched the surface so if you have any other advice for bloggers, feel free to share them!

Author’s Bio

Jennifer Nini is the founder of Eco Warrior Princess, an eco fashion and green lifestyle blog. She is also member of the Ethical Fashion Forum. She studied Fashion Business, works as a freelance writer and is currently establishing a permaculture farm and organic food business in Australia.

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Ethical Fashion – The November Round Up

#SlowStreetStyleImage credit Consciously Sartorial #SlowStreetStyle

Over at Consciously Sartorial and So Good So Cute, there is a great #SlowStreetStyle challenge. The challenge is open until the end of November, check out either blogs to out how to join in.

Susie of Style Bubble is probably one of the most influential of fashion bloggers so it is fabulous to see her posting about sustainability in fashion in her post Making the World a Better Place.

On 26th November Hubbub is delighted to be hosting a Refashion Day at Makerversity, Somerset House, curated by The Good Wardrobe. The day will kick off at midday with a drop in Sew It Forward session, the frock-friendly, style-hungry initiative from The Good Wardrobe which encourages people to share sewing, knitting and mending skills. Guests are invited to bring a garment in need of some TLC and learn how to keep it looking good for longer. Find out more on The Good Wardrobe.

If you are a healthy living blogger and would like to discover lots of new blogs to follow, you should definitely check out this list Top 60 British Healthy Living Bloggers over at Curiously Conscious.

Want to shop ethically this Christmas but not sure where to start? New ethical marketplace, Ethical Box are holding a pop up shop just off Brick Lane on 29th and 30th November. Check out their website for more information.

Buying less is definitely the most sustainable choice and in the latest post by Danielle L. Vermeer, you can find out how to winterise your wardrobe without buying anything new.

Also on the subject of buying less, Jennine Jacob over at IFBhas also written a fab post on Six Things For Personal Style Bloggers To Do Before Buying New Clothes.

Last but not least don’t forget to enter our November outfit Challenge #SecondhandFirst before 16th November. I look forward to seeing your outfit!

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 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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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

AKIN by Ginger & Smart

AKIN by Ginger & Smart by techstylista featuring dresses

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

Between Somewhere & Nowhere AW13

Between Somewhere & Nowhere AW13 - Ginger & Smart
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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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

 

Image credit – Eco Age

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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Style-is.co.uk – A New Search Engine for Sustainable Fashion

Sustainable fashion search engine www.style-is.co.uk

I wanted to share my new website www.style-is.co.uk, a search engine for sustainable UK fashion. Obviously a deliberate plug on my behalf but I also though it would be a useful resource for anyone who would like to shop more sustainably but have found it time consuming or difficult to find exactly what they want or need.

Style-is.co.uk brings together thousands if sustainable and stylish choices from over 100 brands together under one virtual roof. It features clothes, shoes and accessories for men, women and children in a number of sustainability categories including organic, Fair trade, recycled, vintage, vegan and for hire. The site features a wide selection of styles, all chosen for their design but also commitment to sustainability or ethics.

For those looking to shop ethically on a budget, there is also a sales page so you can check out the latest reductions and a number of offers and discounts available on some products listed on the site.

Whether you are looking for an ethical fashion dress by UK designers including Henrietta Ludgate or Ada Zanditon, organic clothing from a ‘Made in Britain’ brand like Seasalt Cornwall, high performance outdoor wear from brands like Timberland and Patagonia, stylish vegan shoes or quirky recycled accessories, we hope you will find a piece of clothing that you can love, treasure and wear for a long time.

I would love to know what you think or if you know of any other useful resources for shopping more sustainably.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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Happy New Year and Ethical Fashion Link Round Up

Happy New Year! 2012 has been an exciting year for ethical and sustainable fashion, with so many innovative new brands and interesting developments in the industry. Some times it can be difficult to keep up with everything that is going on both globally and locally and in 2013, I hope that we can continue to grow and develop our community to provide a useful and supportive resource for our our members and beyond, both for blogging and finding the most sustainable style choices.

I am really inspired by the many different styles and blog posts that I have seen from Ethical Fashion Bloggers so far and would like to help share this in 2013 with a monthly post round up. This month, with it being the being the beginning of the new year, we have some fantastic posts including round ups of 2012, ethical finds in the sales and, of course, plenty of new years resolutions and challenges, enjoy!

Made to Travel  rounds up in My Fave Posts of 2012

Recycled Fashion tells us about Designer Brands Starting the Recycling Revolution

The Conscience Collective share 20 New Years Dresses with Personality

Jessie Anne O will be joining Little House in Town for the 2013 Wartime Wardrobe Challenge!

Citizen Rosebud takes the Shop Second Hand First Pledge

Honey Go Lightly is taking part in the 100 Day Spending Ban

Country Girl Does Norfolk shares her lean, mean and green Resolutions for 2012.

Eco Warrior Princess makes it her new year resolution To Buy Nothing New

The Only Way is Ethical share 15 of the Best (ethical) January Sales

You can also check out My Sustainable Style Resolutions for 2012

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in Ethical Fashion Bloggers during 2012, you are amazing! Looking forward to lots more fashion blogging in 2013, lets make it a sustainable and glamorous one.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Image – Katherine Hamnett T Shirt at Yoox

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