Ethical Fashion – The November Round Up

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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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We Need You! The Wartime Challenge 2013

the wartime challenge

We need you! The Wartime Wardrobe Challenge 2013

Fellow ethical fashionistas and bloggers, lovers of all things green, vintage and Fairtrade, I come bearing festive news of an ethical fashion challenge designed to change the way we think about our wardrobes, promote the ethical fashion cause and raise some much-needed money to support garment workers worldwide.

So, what is it?

The Wartime Wardrobe Challenge is based on the clothes
rationing system introduced in June 1941 in response to the shortage of
materials and need for factory space to produce war supplies. In short,
everyone was expected to make only essential clothes purchases, and make the
most out of their existing wardrobes using the principles of ‘Make Do and
Mend’. The coupon allowance for men and women during this time was 66 coupons,
with different garment types attracting different coupon values (e.g. a dress
was 7 coupons and a coat was 14).

In 2013, Meg (the Double Life of Mrs M) and I (Nik of Little House in Town) will be challenging ourselves to live within these ration restrictions, but (of course) with an ethical twist!

Any items purchased that are deemed ‘unethical’ will be penalised
- attracting a higher coupon charge than their counterparts. We will also be
encouraging re-use and repair by making all second-hand and vintage purchases coupon-free, as well as allowing free use of sewing materials and existing fabric stocks.

In addition, any overspend on our coupon allowance will result in a hefty fine – the proceeds from which will go to garment worker charities.

(You can see the full list of coupon values and rules here.)

 What can I do?

Throughout 2013, in addition to blogging our progress in the challenge, Meg and I will also be sharing practical, useful advice and tutorials to highlight the issues in the fashion industry, get to grips with the background of ethical fabrics, learn new skills in making and repairing our clothes, and experiment with clothes washing techniques and item care.

Of course we would love for you all to sign up and take part in the challenge with us, blog your own progress and display our lovely badge for the world to see. But even if you choose not to join in with us, there are other ways that you can help us raise awareness of the challenge and (therefore) the benefits of curating an ethical wardrobe.

  1. Share your shopping/mending/making skills with us!
    Take over our blogs for the day and showcase your talents, or teach us how to
    do something new.
  2. Follow us on Facebook (Nik, Meg) and Twitter (Nik, Meg) and share our progress with your
    followers (#WWC).
  3. Let us know about any ethical fashion posts
    you’ve done on your own blog that could be of use to us in the challenge, so we
    can share them with other participants.

Or anything else you can think of! The key aim of this challenge is to bring awareness – of the fashion industry, of the alternatives available, of the simple ways each person can make a difference. We, as ethical fashion bloggers, are the natural ambassadors for all of these things and if with our knowledge and influence we can convince one single person to change their habits for good then I think it will have been a good use of my 2013.

A very Merry Xmas to everyone, and here’s to an ethical 2013 (said in Queen’s Speech-esque voice)!

For further information on the challenge, email nicola@littlehouseintown.co.uk or visit www.littlehouseintown.co.uk / thedoublelifeofmrsm.wordpress.com  

 

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Have an Ethical Cyber Monday

Hello Ethical Fashion Bloggers! There are sooooo many fantastic ways to have an Ethical Cyber Monday! This year lots and lots of wonderful ethical shops are participating in deep discounts that are too good to miss! Here are my faves!

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*P.S.-I bought these fab riding boots from the Compassion Couture Sample Sale :) .

THREAD 4 THOUGHT 40% OFF Everything for 4 Days. Black Friday Revolution Ends Monday, Nov. 26th at 11:59pst. Promo Code: GIVEGOOD

*PPS!-I shopped Fashioning Change’s sales too :D .

MATA TRADERS

25% off all Clothing and Shoes-At Checkout, use code: gobblegobble

***PPS!!- I’ll be looking out for sales for you all day! And tweeting additions on twitter HERE. And I would love to know any deals that come your way.

Enjoy Cyber Monday!

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

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