Ignorance is bliss. Even ignorance underpinned by a gnawing suspicion that the bargain you’re about to bag has to have a catch. Well it does, it has one hell of a catch. And that gnawing suspicion is now a terrifying reality. Back in the 80s, growing up in Ireland, money wasn’t plentiful. The Christmas trip to Primark for new pyjamas and “Christmas clothes” was an event and school uniforms were purchased on layaway. Events like weddings required months of budgeting to afford the requisite hat as well as outfits for the kids. The gnawing suspicion was there. People were vaguely aware of sweatshops but I think there was an underlying assumption that people were inherently good and decent. If kids were being used in factories, surely it wasn’t that many. And if women were being forced to work long hours, wasn’t it better than being in the sex trade. People were blissfully unaware of how bad things really were. Fast forward to 2015 and it’s a very different story. We have the facts and a simple google search places the ugly truth right in front of us. In fact, we don’t even need to actively seek this truth – after […]
In this post I look at the ethical office work wear options available to those of us who favour the office “uniform” of trousers and cardie. It’s such an easy combination to wear to the office and the good news is it’s easy to find ethical options. If you work in a more traditional, corporate culture check out my ethical alternatives to formal work wear post. 1. Organic Cotton Chinos in Navy by People Tree – £85 2. Chambray Pussybow Blouse by Bibico – £49 3. Luxor Marl Wool Cardigan by Komodo – £60 4. Perforated Oxford by Wills – £75 5. Drayton Navy Chain Tote by Wilby – £65 Other Options Some other great options Liked this? Check out other alternative posts here.
Many shoppers might think it’s challenging to find formal work wear that’s ethically made. At first it can appear impossible, as many brands & shops tend to lean towards the casual market. Shirts and skirts tend to be more quirky than corporate. However, with a little bit of planning you can easily put together a formal work outfit. The solution is to think a little broader than the “black pants and shirt” uniform favoured by many office workers. A tailored dress in muted colours can always be sourced, and often in the sale section if you keep your eyes open. If your office allows the option, you can always add a pop of colour in your shoes or accessories, but if you are restrained by a black and white corporate rule book don’t despair you still have options. 1. Handwoven Philippa Dress in Navy by People Tree – £110 2. Riana Tencel Jacket by Komodo – £70 3. Tara Faux Leather Court Shoe by Beyond Skin – £99 4. Hemlock Tote in Ash by Matt and Natt – £125 (Selection of colours available) Other Options If you have scope to add some colour there’s a huge range of accessories that you could […]
Each of us can make small ethical changes in our lives to improve the lives of others and give back to the world. Here’s a little story about one of mine. Yesterday as I prepared to head out for an afternoon of coffee-sipping and post-writing I had what my Aussie boyfriend refers to as a “thong blowout”. For those of us not raised down under, that means my flip flops went to the big shoe heaven in the sky (and not some kind of kinky underwear-related fun!) I’ve had these Accessorise flip flips for a couple of years now and they’ve served me well. The light beading on the straps meant they could be dressed up or down so (in theory) I could pack less footwear for holidays. I’m also a fan of flip flops as soon as there is a hint of warmth in the London air. Couple that with an upcoming trip to Oz and these definitely needed to be replaced. Purchase justified and so the day had finally come when I could purchase a pair of Gandys flip flops. I spotted these guys about six months ago and made a mental note to source my next pair of flip flops from them. […]
Sometimes the sheer number of touch points where a product can let the ethical consumer down overwhelms me. The list is endless and it can make a regular person, usually intention-rich but time-poor, throw their hands up in despair.