Buying an engagement ring is such an important purchase that people often turn a blind eye to the ethical concerns surrounding diamonds. Whilst "blood diamonds" are less prevalent these days, the environmental cost of natural diamonds is staggering, with the search for diamonds irreparably destroying habitats all over the world. MADE Diamonds offer a genuine alternative for anyone looking for an engagement ring which represents integrity and respect for the planet. Their lab created diamonds are visually identical to the finest mined diamonds, whilst being just as durable. So if you are considering a natural diamond alternative, MADE Diamonds offer the perfect solution.
Madestones, a premier in Europe for Laboratory grown diamonds.
Madestones are a product of modern technology. They marry science to social values. They are eco-friendly, ethical, sustainable and affordable.
Chureca Chic is a stunning range of recycled paper jewellery and stationary. Ethically chic, each piece is made by hand by a woman in Nicaragua lifting her family out of poverty through recycling. Designed by Swiss founder Andrea Paltzer in collaboration with Nicaraguan and UK artists, Chureca Chic blends modern trends with traditional handicraft to create beautiful and unique jewellery for women of all ages. Recycled to empower; all profits from Chureca Chic sales go to the UK charity Earth Education Project empowering women in Nicaragua with education, steady income and job training. The Chureca Chic range also includes: stationary and home ware.
THE ANDES FASHION® is an eco-chic, fair trade and ethical brand, made in Ecuador with love for the world. Knowing the real problems of the people Mirta Evi, founder & designer launched the brand to help raise funds for social and environmental issues in Ecuador. Our company works under the rules of Fair Trade practices. We collaborate in projects with international NGO's, with the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) and with many brands around the world. We work and collaborate for many causes in Ecuador and overseas such as Yasuní ITT Initiative, community tourism, entrepreneurship projects and all what our people needs to have a better lifestyle. All these through the beautiful ethical fashion business!
FashionUnited is the world's leading business to business cross media fashion platform enabling fashion professionals and companies to make their activities more fun & efficient.
Previous RSPCA Good Business Award winner and finalist, Izzy Lane is an ethical luxury brand and has, since launch in 2007, established credentials as one of the leading ethical brands and a leading voice for animal welfare in the fashion industry.
‘Sawang boran’, the name of a venture producing silk, located in a village of Isan (i.e. North-East Thailand), Sawangboran does not translate readily into English – sawang means shine, sheen, brilliance, and boran, ancient. Let us leave it un-translated, to retain its evocative local meanings, the power of ancientness in a living tradition, the mysterious ability of silk to modulate light, its slow nurturing by the human hand.
PAN UK are working to eliminate the dangers of toxic pesticides, there work helps to:
- eliminate the use of hazardous pesticides
-reduce dependence on pesticides
-increase the use of sustainable alternatives to chemical pest control in agriculture, urban areas, public health and homes and gardens.
The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. The Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft and the World Development Movement, later joined by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. Member organisations now also include Banana Link, Methodist Relief and Development Fund, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign, People & Planet, SCIAF, Shared Interest Foundation, Soroptimist International , Tearfund and the United Reformed Church.
MADE-BY is an independent consumer label for fashion companies who continuously improve and are transparent about the social, economic and ecological conditions throughout the whole supply chain of their collections.
The mission of MADE-BY is to make sustainable fashion common practice.
“Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy your favourite brand made in a sustainable manner?”
The Centre for Sustainable Fashion first opened its doors in April 2008, and since then we have been so very busy challenging the way in which the fashion industry thinks, designs, practices and learns.
A new arrival to the consumer magazine market, RECOGNISE offers a lifestyle publication driven by a desire to be an ambassador for environmental awareness and a promoter of ethical living. Every two months we present an eclectic mix of fashion, travel, gadgets, food and beauty for both men and women.
OE will help advance the sustainable development of textiles by creating a specific community of practice, a set of standards and product integrity resources, and systems that support the distribution of knowledge and positive change across the global textile value chain.
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a voluntary program who’s vision is to enable millions of farmers around the world to grow cotton in a way that is healthier for the farming communities and the environment, and more economical.
The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a UK based alliance of companies, NGOs and trade union organisations. The purpose of the ETI is to promote and improve the implementation of corporate codes of practice which cover supply chain working conditions.
IFAT (The International Fair Trade Association) is a global network of Fair Trade Organisations, some of which trade in garments, textiles, and accessories. IFAT’s mission is to improve the livelihoods and well being of disadvantaged producers by linking and promoting Fair Trade Organisations.
Do you know that most of the clothes sold in mainstream stores have been made by workers earning wages that don’t even pay for food to feed their family? That workers who try to organize and improve the conditions in which they work, are persecuted, discriminated against, or lose their jobs?
Ethical fashion...These two words are currently being thrown about a lot. And you’re clearly interested to know a bit more … so here is a website for you to explore and find some of the interesting brands and products that are stylish, fashionable and most importantly ethical.
INHEELS is a Tokyo x London based ethical fashion brand. Launched in Tokyo in June 2012 INHEELS enjoyed vast press coverage in its city of birth with over 40 organisations promoting us in the space of a year – for more info on the press coverage click here. Our UK branch was then launched in the fall of 2013. INHEELS provide women’s clothing and accessories that are socially, environmentally and ethically friendly. Our materials are carefully selected and our production processes examined closely to ensure that our producers are working under adequate conditions.
Count On Me is a community campaign supported by Green Goals, Transition Bournemouth, East Dorset Friends of the Earth, SUBU Green and in conjunction with the BH Green Group. Count On Me brings together like-minded people who are tackling climate change, starting at home here in Bournemouth right in our own backyard.
Ms Wanda's Wardrobe is an Uber Blog, featuring news and campaigns from a team of ethical fashionistas. They're fixing fashion - will you join them?
Reading, Berkshire based dance fitness events, classes and courses inspiring fun fitness accessible for all ages and abilities. Renowned retailer of eco-friendly dance wear!
Panchachuli UK was launched to support the Panchachuli Women Weavers Co-operative from Northern India. Fabrics are made from raw materials which include; pure Pashmina, Lambswool, Merino Sheepwool, Bactrian Camel wool, Peace Silk and Himalayan Nettle. The Co-operative also embroiders a vast range of luxury accessories and fabrics.
The JosyFlo range has been created by Josy Spooner. My love of fashion and a creative streak led me to begin working with leather to produce my own handmade belts and accessories inspired by the pocket belts worn by travellers and festival goers across the world. I was creating bespoke, made to measure belts for a range of clients including Jamie Oliver who commissioned a range of belt pouches for the waiting staff at his restaurant 15, in Cornwall.
The ETHICAL FASHION FORUM is the industry body dedicated to a sustainable future for fashion. A not for profit organisation, EFF aims to make it easy for fashion professionals to integrate sustainability at the heart of what they do.
Membership of the ETHICAL FASHION FORUM delivers support for fashion businesses towards sustainability through three programmes. Each programme includes several essential tools which members can take advantage of to succeed in ethical fashion business.
UK’s first CMT unit founded on ethical and sustainable practise principles
Eden Studio is a full service sampling and production unit for all types of garments.
Founded on principles of high quality, efficiency, sustainability and ethics we currently offer:
- Sampling - Small Run Production - Pattern Making - Toiling - Made to Measure - Alterations - Production Planning - Consulting - Garment Development Consulting - Full Service Design
The idea behind Paper Vine is simple - beautiful handmade, ethically sourced jewellery and greeting cards that improve the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.
"Our bags are complete trash" may not strike you as the perfect sales pitch. But one Ghanaian entrepreneur would beg to disagree. His Trashy Bags venture is turning the scourge of discarded plastic that litters this corner of west Africa into a cool fashion accessory...Independent,18.03.08
Greenhouse is an award winning graphics company based in Basingstoke, North Hampshire, specialising in graphic design, commercial printing, web design/development services, Digital Marketing and signage.
Fashioning an Ethical Industry is a Labour Behind the Label project that works with students and tutors on fashion related courses to give a global overview of the garment industry, raise awareness of current company practices and of initiatives to improve conditions, and inspires students - as the next generation of industry players - to raise standards for workers in the fashion industry of the future.
With a population of 170 million, Brazil has a lot of people to “eco dress”. That’s why we were delighted to hear about the Ecotece Institute. São Paulo based journalist Ana Candida Zanesco set up Ecotece as a tribute to Mother Earth. The institute’s logo, a tree inside a butterfly, is a reflection of her philosophy: everything is interconnected, by living a green lifestyle, you can make a huge difference (it’s The Butterfly Effect).
A small country with large potential. The Netherlands are at the forefront of the ethical fashion movement. It’s the birth ground of one of the very first trendy eco labels Kuyichi. Organizations such as Made-By and Fair Wear Foundation operate from fashion capital Amsterdam. And all these developments are closely being monitored by a special newsletter which can be translated into ‘Green is the new black’.
Modebewust (Fashion Conscious) is a Dutch initiative that aims to inform, stimulate and support fashion schools with the integration of corporate social responsibility issues in educational curricula. Through sharing knowledge, exchanging teaching programs and organising activities, Modebewust strives to contribute to greening the fashion industry.
Many people nowadays have adopted a green lifestyle: because it’s cool, because it helps reduce global warming, because it makes them feel better. For many it’s a way to express their beliefs, passion and identity. Through their lifestyle, they can show who they really are. This philosophy is the starting point of the YOI foundation, based in The Netherlands.
ASOS Marketplace is a great source of vintage and up-cycled clothing and cutting edge fashion. Marketplace allows sellers and boutique owners to sell their collections, designs and items ethically to consumers who are now looking beyond the high street when choosing fashion.
Demonstrating how waste from mass-production can be upcycled industrially. It is the result of our ongoing cooperation project with Beximco, the biggest fabric and garment producer in Bangladesh.
We have calculated the environmental impact per garment and on average it means using 3600 liters / 85% less water and 1580 g / 84% less CO2 emission. We are now both offering the upcycled waste design under the roof of the Reet Aus brand as well as looking for cooperation partners among bigger brands to help demonstrate how mass-production of garments could be done with zero waste and minimum impact throughout the whole production process.
Braintree Hemp is an Australian organic clothes online store, with two physical stores in Sydney and a long list of associated retailers. We supply Australian consumers with bedding and clothing made of the finest organic fabrics, including hemp, hemp cotton, hemp rayon, organic cotton, soy cotton, bamboo cotton and others. Our range includes men and women wear lines, as well as a special children wear selection.
War on Want works as part of the global movement of women and men who have risen up to challenge injustice at the local, national and international levels and to demand change. We draw inspiration from the many millions of workers, farmers, activists and political campaigners around the world who have banded together to fight for their rights. We works in partnership with others to end exploitation and oppression: trade unions, workers’ collectives, landless people’s movements, women’s rights groups, anti-militarist and liberation movements across the world.
Here at Tiendeo we want to contribute to the biodiversity of the planet, so we are sponsoring an area of Rainforest in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve (México) for each participant in the "Green Desks" initiative. Participating is simple and free: talk about the initiative and we will sponsor 1m2 of tropical Rainforest in your name and your blog will be placed on our "Green Desks" map.
Retailer Bishopston Trading has been ranked as the most ethical clothing company in the UK. The company has been given an ‘Ethiscore’ of 16.5, the joint highest ranking in the authoritative Clothing Report compiled by Ethical Consumer magazine.
Suppliers of organic cotton, fair trade cotton, denim & calico, voile, sheeting, cord, velvet, jersey, crossweaves, muslin, etc...from £2.50 a metre. Plus organic cotton bedding, wonderful towels & organic cotton furnishings.
We are the only online portal to bring together a wide range of ethical fabrics, a haberdashery, garments and resources to make it easy for you to be ethical.
Toto means child in Swahili. Fabulous hand-knit children's wear from Kenya . Its more than a sweater, it's a story.
Toto Knits is a collection of hand-made creations for babies and children. Each piece is hand-knitted with love and a sense of fun and is made to last! Using super soft organic cotton from Uganda, spun in Nairobi and using bio friendly dyes.
Our products are ethically produced in Kenya by a group of local artisans. The cotton is locally grown and spun, and the wool is hand-spun and dyed. Toto Knits provides an opportunity for Kenyan women to work flexibly, learn new skills, & gain financial independence.
Jacobs Well is an ethical production facility producing high quality own brand products. In addition acting as an efficient and professional production facility for designers and a wide range of different companies. Workers enjoy fair wages and a friendly and safe working environment in addition to further in-house training.
The Soil Association was founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists who observed a direct connection between farming practice and plant, animal, human and environmental health.
Today the Soil Association is the UK's leading organic organisation, with over 200 staff based in Bristol and Edinburgh and working as certification inspectors across the country. The Soil Association's director is Patrick Holden, who reports to the Council of Trustees.
The UK’s leading alternative consumer organisation that researches the social and environmental records of companies.
Forum for the Future works with national and multinational businesses, government, cities and public service providers in long-term partnerships and on transformational projects.
The WFTO represents Fair Traders from grassroots through to the G8 and is the authentic voice of Fair Trade, having driven the movement for 20 years. It is the only global network whose members represent the Fair Trade chain from production to sale.
BAFTS The British Association for Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS) is a network of independent fair trade shops across the UK, many of which stock garments and accessories.
Elsewear is a Dutch initiative to promote the most dominant fashion trend of our time: "Green is the new black". Green stands for environmentally friendly materials, clean production processes and good labour practices in the textile industry.
improving labour conditions in the garment industry. Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an international verification initiative dedicated to enhancing workers’ lives all over the world.
Confidence in textiles – an international synonym for responsible textile production – and the motto of the independent test institutes of the International Oeko-Tex Association. It refers to their tests for harmful substances according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100 for textile products which pose no risk whatsoever to health.
WWF is the largest (non-governmental) organisation dedicated to nature conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. One of WWF’s focus topics is fresh water and its use for the growth of cotton.
Outsider was launched in 2009 with a mission statement that set the scene “Ethical fashion should just look like fashion”.
Whether you call it Eco, Ethical, Sustainable, Green, Slow, Conscious or Responsible – ultimately it’s about creating and designing beautiful garments with a thoughtful approach.
OUTSIDER garments can be worn and loved season after season. Good clothes do not go out of fashion. We are inspired by the items that have been in our wardrobes for years - because true style is timeless, not transient and throwaway. Our versatile day-to-evening pieces are made to the highest quality, designed to last and be loved.
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