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Fashion has become a huge worldwide business and is worth 26 Billion pounds in the UK. We are now in a time when fashion is one of the most demanding industries on the people and resources it requires to continue.

This means that the fashion industry may not be the joyful and enjoyable thing that we all think it is. Well, never fear because there are a whole raft of fair trade, ethical and sustainable brands and businesses who exist to provide fun fashion that gives back, takes less and aims to make the world a better place all while looking fabulous.

Looking good does not need to cost the earth or the people who make your garments at all. So keep reading to find out the Fair trade, ethical and sustainable stores we visit for guilt-free spending.

People Tree

People Tree are a pioneer in sustainable Fair Trade fashion, and have been in business since 1991. Founded by award-winning social entrepreneur, Safia Minney. Every product is made to the highest ethical and environmental standards from start to finish.

Certified Fair Trade, People Tree are committed to providing contemporary, versatile designs, innovative and affordable fashion while respecting people and the planet.

 

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Thought

Thought began with friends David and John in the heat of Australia in 1995.  With their desire to wear natural, cool clothing. This then turned into a capsule collection made of sustainable ramie and hemp. Thought has blossomed into a successful and sustainable business.

Using Tencel, Hemp and Cotton, which are all completely natural animal-free materials. They also use sustainable and completely humane wool in their clothing. With a great selection of easy casuals, Thought is a bohemian eco M&S

 

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Finisterre

Born over a decade ago from the needs of hardy British surfers. Finisterre designs functional and sustainable product for those that share a love of the sea. They aim to be sustainable and have a low impact on the planet.

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The brand have made a commitment to eradicating single-use plastic from their supply chain and workspaces. Finisterre create incredible beautiful basics that will build a great base for all wardrobes. Organic cotton ensures that you can feel more ethical in your day to day looks.

 

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Mayamiko

Mayamiko is an ethical and sustainable fashion and lifestyle brand. Producing clothes, accessories and homeware. The garments are made in Malawi by a team of tailors, pattern cutters and seamstresses.

Collections are cross-seasonal and are inspired by African artisanal traditions and prints. Mayamiko is all about ethical trading and sustainability. They create fun fashionable clothes that give back tot he people who make them.

 

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Lucy & Yak

Lucy & Yak position themselves as an open and ethical business. They are essentially providing trend lead garments, at prices similar to Urban Outfitters. Lucy & Yak have invested a lot in their factory in India and as such have craeted a great work environment.

Lucy and Chris of Lucy & Yak have personally supported the development and ensure that standards are the best possible they can be. They also have biodegradable packaging, and are looking to completely eradicate plastics from their company in the future.

 

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Matt& Nat

Matt & Nat are an incredibly fashion forward accessory brand. They have serious sustainability and ethics at its core.

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Standing for MAT(T)ERIAL + NATURE, M&N is a vegan brand therefore there are no animal products used in production. The linings inside all MATT & NAT bags are made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles.

We love their trend lead bags. They feel even more heavenly knowing they are less damaging the world we live in.

 

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Komodo

London based Komodo has an extensive range of sustainable clothing. They say they are “Designing collections with just the right balance of contemporary and timeless style”.

“Sourcing the finest quality natural fibres and innovative eco fabrics. Providing a tangible alternative to the culture of fast fashion that has become so prevalent today.” They use a huge range of sustainable fabrics including rayon, eco-cashmere, and Tencel.

 

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Seasalt

Founded in Cornwall, Seasalt is much more than a high-street brand. Seasalt has some serious ethical credentials. Using organic cotton, and working with partners in their countries to ensure standards are met. This high-street company has a large amount to be proud of.

“We visit our suppliers regularly and they also come to visit us in Cornwall. We have great long-term relationships with our suppliers and consider them our business partners. The visits work on several levels, they cement and maintain our relationships, provide us with the opportunity to manage new developments and give us more creative visibility.” Seasalt have a unique style and great range of sizes.

 

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