Tonight I am putting up my first guest post which the lovely people at K&Co have written about the different brands you can get Ethical fashion from, I found the post so interesting and thought the boots from Clarks were really cute, plus it's all for a great cause so I hope you enjoy...
The Passion for Ethical Fashion
Not so long ago, buying ethically manufactured clothing offered limited options, but a recent surge in socially and environmentally responsible attitudes, both from brands and consumers has led to a wave of change.
More and more major brands are taking an ethical stance, incorporating fair trade policies, and using their profile and influence to highlight and help environmental and social causes.
And whereas, traditionally, investing in ethical products often meant sacrificing on quality and style, the increased demand has caused manufacturers to take note and start offering products that are not only ethical, but utterly covetable too.
Founded in 2004, Clarks’ Soul of Africa project was conceived to provide a two-fold response to AIDS-affected communities in South Africa. A self-sustainable charity, Soul of Africa trains and employs women in local communities to manufacture hand-stitched footwear, then invests a percentage of the profits directly into projects which help orphans and vulnerable children affected by AIDS. Clarks boots, shoes and sandals can be ordered online at Littlewoods.com or in store on your high street.
People Tree is a bona fide eco brand with a stellar reputation and ambitious ethical goals that extend to every aspect of the company. Implementing rigorous fair trade policies, supporting independent cotton farmers in developing countries and ensuring that their products are completely organic, People Tree also campaigns tirelessly to promote sustainable, fair-trade to government, brands and consumers.
Founded by U2 frontman Bono and his activist wife Ali Hewson, Edun is a model brand, proving once and for all that fashion and ethics can work seamlessly together. With impeccable ethical credentials, Edun’s mission is clear: to grow fair, responsible trade in Africa while creating a global fashion brand, and so far they’re doing pretty well. With clothing sold globally and environmental and community projects throughout Africa, hopefully more brands can follow in Edun’s footsteps.
‘Ethical clothing, made with love’ is Annie Greenabelle’s tagline, and it’s abundantly clear both in the brand’s mission and collection. Striving to produce clothing that is beautiful, on-trend and affordable, Annie Greenabelle’s products are made using a mixture of recycled fabrics and organic cotton, grown in rural centres across India, transported by road and produced only in factories that comply with Ethical Trading Initiative standards. And they’re just lovely.
*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored guest post from K&Co.