What I did last week: Sustainable sportswear, organic beauty & a food waste feast

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As I’ve had a particularly good week of sustainability and wellbeing events, I thought I’d share a little summary with you. I can’t guarantee this will be the first of a new series of posts as my average weeks aren’t quite so eventful, and quite frankly because I’m not sure anyone wants to know what I’ve done all 52 weeks of the year, but I hope this one will be of interest and may inform you of companies or events you wouldn’t have otherwise have heard of. Here goes… Continue reading “What I did last week: Sustainable sportswear, organic beauty & a food waste feast”

Are your beauty products actually organic? 

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Did you know that it’s Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Week? The Soil Association launched this week to celebrate beauty brands that are certified organic. As it turns out, there are no legal standards for labelling beauty products as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’, so products with this label may contain few if any organic ingredients. This is misleading and it’s greenwashing, and like the Soil Association I don’t think it’s ok… Continue reading “Are your beauty products actually organic? “

Give a gift that gives back this Christmas

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With so much on offer, how do you choose a worthy gift for a valued friend or family member? And what can you get that you know they’ll love and that aligns with your ethical and environmental values? There are plenty of sustainability-conscious brands stocking great gifts that give back; be that the profits donated to charity, through the company’s work in the local community, or their labour and environmental practices. I’ve rounded up a few examples of perfect presents that are more than just a gift… Continue reading “Give a gift that gives back this Christmas”

People Tree: 25 Years and Counting

People Tree, a true pioneer of Fair Trade and sustainable fashion, will celebrate its 25th birthday this year.

People Tree was the first clothing company to receive the World Fair Trade Organisation Fair Trade product label. It aims to be 100% Fair Trade throughout the entire supply chain, and to support producers’ efforts towards economic independence. People Tree also work to protect the environment by promoting sustainable resource use. They wish to set an example to business and the government, proving ethics and aesthics can coexist by using a business model based on partnership, people-centred values and sustainability. Continue reading “People Tree: 25 Years and Counting”

Eileen Fisher: No Excuses

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Eileen Fisher is globally recognised as a leader in more environmentally-friendly fashion. The brand is currently considered to be 66% sustainable, but this is not enough for Eileen and the company. They want 100% sustainability and are determined to get it, no excuses. Continue reading “Eileen Fisher: No Excuses”

IKEA’s Better Cotton

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IKEA set an ambitious target to source 100% of its cotton from Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) farmers by 2015. When you think of the world’s greatest cotton consumers, IKEA may not spring to mind, but it in fact uses 0.7% of the global cotton supply! That makes the fact that IKEA now buys all of its cotton from farmers working with the BCI all the more significant. Continue reading “IKEA’s Better Cotton”