Sunday, 16 March 2008

Ethical Fashion

Ethical fashion is becoming increasingly popular, and many mainstream clothing stores are starting to stock ethical clothing. From Fairtrade to organic, you can also find accessories, jewellery, towels, bedding, stationery and cosmetics with a conscience.

Here is an outfit I put together all from ethical clothing companies. Click on the image for details:


Other items I like:

Fairtrade shopper from Topshop
Fairtrade cotton purse from Accessorize
Fairtrade swing jacket and sailor tunic top from People Tree
Fairtrade long sleeved top from Gossypium
Court shoes from Adili

There are lots more ethical clothing companies out there. Fashion Conscience is a great site which showcases the latest in ethical fashion. Be sure to visit The Fairtrade Foundation for loads more info behind Fairtrade, and where to buy products. Ethical Superstore is another great site to shop for fairtrade, organic and eco-friendly items.

Many companies also work to support people in countries that have large Muslim populations. Check out Amana - all their clothing is produced by village women living in the Middle Atlas Mountains in Morocco. I love how all their pieces have ladies names like Nawal and Anisa :)

Now you can keep your skin soft and fresh using soap made from Palestinian olive oil. Zaytoun is a business which supports Palestinian olive farming communities by selling their products here in the UK. They also have a Trees for Life programme, whereby you can sponsor the planting of olive trees in Palestine, to help replace those which are being destroyed. You can also check out this site which sells some Palestinian cross-stitch purses.

If your looking for something to give as a gift, try these beautiful Egyptian perfume bottles. And you can find plenty of Egyptian products, including hand-woven scarves from Zinnia.

As well as buying from ethical companies, you can also donate your old clothes to Islamic Relief charity shops, and you might even find a few bargains there too!

If anyone knows of any more companies which support craftsmen and women, especially in the Islamic world, let me know!

11 comments:

Malandi said...

I really like that dress/top.

Alixianna said...

I think this is such a good idea. Jazzakallah Hayah! As an aid worker, I've seen it in action in the lives of African and Afghani women and I can guarantee you fair trade makes the biggest difference in the world to people in developing countries.

Amina said...

oh, i luv the dress and bag :)

terrylynne said...

the dress is really cute

Anonymous said...

jazakAllah khayr sis, good post!

i alos love arong from bangladesh dont know if they do postal deliveries i got thier stuff when i go there myself or via relatives but thier stuff is amazing i love it!
http://www.brac-aarong.com/
eternal peace

Umm Salihah said...

Salaam Hayah,

I like the fact that you are drawing attention to the Fair Trade aspect. The outfit is also one that is very easy to wear which is defo a good thing.

Hayah said...

Alixianna,

I'm so happy to hear that Fairtrade really does work! Could you tell me a little more about your experiences?

Eternal,

Thanks for the link, it appears they have a store in London, I'll have to check it out!

Umm Saliha,

I think everyone likes the dress! Might have to buy it now hehe..

Alixianna said...

Hayah: I did a post on projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan (and am still working on a friend journalist to let me copy his pics--since he DOES use them to eat from I GUESS I'll just have to keep nagging till he lets me use them in a story I want to tell).

Alixianna said...

Here is a link for an Afghanistan project a friend T. Lee worked for:
http://www.campusprogress.org/cartoon/1129/afghanistan-a-photo-essay

Samira Saed said...

Very nice!

But I think it's Ethnic fashion not Ethical. They're different meanings...

Jana said...

Samira - it's ethical fashion because of the way the garments are produced - i.e. with giving all the workers involved in production a living wage, implementing environmentally friendly practices such as recycling, organic produce, etc.

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