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penguinpurple Wed 17-Aug-16 11:35:22

I'm trying to cut down on the amount of clothes I buy and try to buy second hand but it is a guilty pleasure.
Can anyone recommend clothing companies for children or adults which firstly treat employees fairly (no child labour in developing countries! ) and secondly aim to be sustainable/environmentally friendly.
I've discovered frugi.
I have 1 baby and hoping for a couple more pregnancies/breastfeeding again so size liable to go up and down but am about 5'7 size 10-12.

venys Sat 20-Aug-16 07:47:55

There are a few but not many - but slowly growing industry. Picalilly for children, browse Natural Collection clothes department, and just google organic clothing. I am pleased that H&M are trying to detoxify their clothes and they have a reasonable amount of organic stuff on offer at reasonable prices.

venys Sat 20-Aug-16 07:49:40

I would suggest a subscription to Ethical Consumer sometimes gives you ideas of where to shop.

BikeRunSki Sat 20-Aug-16 07:52:45

Howies - mix of casual wear and outdoor sports stuff
Patagonia - largely mountaineering etc kit, but some casual wear etc in the Travel category
People Tree?

BikeRunSki Sat 20-Aug-16 07:53:10


Starman16 Sat 20-Aug-16 08:01:51

I saw this blog post recently:

In fact the whole blog is great for Eco/ethical tips

penguinpurple Sat 20-Aug-16 21:30:25

Thank you for the suggestions, I hadn't heard of many of those brands.
I know h&m has a lot of organic clothing for kids or at least babies but am slightly sceptical at how environmentally friendly that actually is particularly as a lot of the shop seems to be filled with poor quality tatty clothing that doesn't last long. Admittedly I haven't done any in depth research so maybe they are better than I realise.
I will have a look at the blog.

BikeRunSki Sat 20-Aug-16 21:39:49

Komodo too

ArtichokeHeartsAppleCarts Tue 23-Aug-16 22:35:15

People tree

Nan0second Tue 23-Aug-16 22:39:29

Kite, picalily, Frugi, green radical
All nice kids brands

penguinpurple Fri 09-Sep-16 22:25:31

Thank you for all the suggestions, will have a browse when I get back to having a laptop (have been away for a few weeks and using wifi on phone). I saw kite clothes in a shop today and they are lovely but so expensive, maybe this is just the realistic price when clothes are not bulk made using child labour in developing countriesblush Anyway dd really doesn't need more clothes at the moment so I tried not to get too tempted.

aniceearlynight Fri 28-Oct-16 18:33:19

Old thread I know but I thought I'd add a few suggestions:

Veja trainers - French brand, v cool, eco-friendly and fair trade, soles made from wild rubber from the Amazon. Pay more than market price for organic cotton. Trainers produced in fairtrade certified factory where 80% of workers are union members. Can sometimes be found on Zalando at a discounted price.

Teko socks - high quality ecologically friendly sports socks. All socks made in Italy and transported via boat for lower emissions. Pays fair price for wool, labour etc. Uses recycled polyester. And the socks last ages!

Finisterre - men and women's 'performance wear' i.e. anoraks, base layers and wetsuits but also organic cotton tees, shirts and jeans - quite A.P.C. like in terms of styling. Clothes produced in Portugal and UK - fair wages and full transparency in supply chain. Merino wool all from British sheep. Can send anoraks back to be mended if necessary.

Swedish Stockings - Stockings made from recycled yarn in zero-waste, solar powered factories.

Nude Label underwear - ethically made in Spain.

The Acey - sustainable and ethical women's fashion. Chic, definitely not hippyish, and good for work wear.

Seasalt (Cornish brand) follow the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) and try to produce as much as possible in the UK. Also much of the cotton they use is organic.

None of the above brands are cheap, I know, but I am trying to buy only when I need and then to make the most ethical choice possible. Will add more as and when I think of them.

aniceearlynight Fri 28-Oct-16 18:53:40 could i have forgotten:

Johnstons of Elgin - buy their cashmere from the Sustainable Fibre Alliance and still process it all in their factory in Scotland. Will repair old items.

Brora Cashmere still produce knitwear in their mills in Scotland. Be warned - neither of these brands produce cheap cashmere a la Uniqlo or Tesco. You are paying top dollar for the best cashmere fibre and for production in UK factories where workers are paid a decent wage.

Also Celtic Sheepskin produce boots in their factory in Cornwall whereas Uggs are made in China and transported halfway round the world to reach us.

allthecoffeeplease Wed 09-Nov-16 13:58:51

Joha for adults and kids, Engel and Disana for kids. Ethical brands with lots of eco creds,.

AutumnLeavesAgain Wed 09-Nov-16 14:05:04

Glenmuir produce wool jumpers made in Scotland.

aniceearlynight Thu 10-Nov-16 14:43:23

Love Josh, allthecoffeeplease. Thanks!
Have just bought an organic cotton fair trade nightdress from Noctu and it's lovely.
Also forgot to mention Wool and the Gang, which is good if you're a knitter.

aniceearlynight Thu 10-Nov-16 14:45:38

Love Joha, allthecoffeeplease. Thank you!

Just bought an organic cotton, fair trade night from Noctu. It's lovely and I'm really enjoying wearing it. Recommended.

I also forgot to mention Wool and The Gang - great if you're a knitter.

aniceearlynight Thu 10-Nov-16 14:46:59

Oops, sorry. Posting on my phone with crappy wifi and though I'd lost the first reply!

Bourgainvillia Fri 16-Dec-16 17:44:24

Search for cos that do natural bamboo and cotton materials. I love them

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