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AD | Ethical Gifts for Him with Brothers We Stand

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Looking for an ethical gift for him?  May I recommend Brothers We Stand – a men’s ethical retailer where every stylish and sustainable item has a clear social and/or environmental purpose.  From supporting community artisans, to using renewable energy, organic materials, even to using materials that would otherwise have made their way to landfill, almost every ethical box that could be ticked is ticked at Brothers We Stand.  

Vegan and unisex categories are also represented too, and what’s more, the footprint of every single product on their website can be examined simply by selecting the footprint tab.  Here you can find both the social and environmental footprint of the item of clothing you are interested in, along with areas for development. 

Style is taken as seriously as ethics at Brothers We Stand, and with a wide range of stylish men’s ethical clothing from a range of specially selected brands you definitely don’t need to compromise on your taste in clothing.  

Brothers We Stand have put together a great Christmas gift guide for him – I thought I’d share some of my favourite picks:

ethical gifts for him brothers we stand

A cosy bobble hat (£44.95) for cold winter days.

A stylish jumper (£80) for work or for play.

A fairtrade and organic cotton t-shirt (£32).

A belt with a story (£55) – this one is made from recycled decommissioned fire hoses and from reclaimed black printing blankets – making something practical and stylish from products that would otherwise go to waste.  

A seriously dapper shirt (£84.95).

A mountain t-shirt for geology fiends (£30).

A funky laptop case (£80) made from recycled fire hoses and recycled parachute silks.  You can even personalise it for that extra special touch.

A comfy hoodie (£54) for cosy weekends.

If you are looking for more ideas then do check out the Brothers We Stand website for lots of great gift ideas for him, from under £35.  They even do gift vouchers if you can’t quite decide on the perfect gift!  

You can also follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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AD | Ethical Clothing Spotlight: tentree

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Have you heard of the sustainable clothing brand called tentree?  They are a Canadian ethical clothing company now available in the UK, where, as well as making stylish ethically and sustainably produced outdoors and casual wear, they plant 10 trees for every item you purchase – hence the name!

Trees are planted in seven different countries around the world – Madagascar, Nepal, Haiti, Cambodia, Senegal, Canada and the USA – in partnership with various reforestation charities, such as Trees for the Future – in order to ensure meaningful and sustainable replanting.  For example, in Senegal, agroforests of mango, papaya and guava are being planted to provide local farmers with a sustainable source of income. Meanwhile, in Haiti, an area that has had extensive deforestation, trees such as oak, eucalyptus and pine are being planted to stabilise the soil.    

Of course, it’s not just about the trees (although it’s a good place to start).  As a certified B-Corp, tentree’s ambitious goal is to become the most environmentally progressive brand on the planet.  As such, every tentree item is ethically made using a blend of sustainable fabrics.  From organic cotton, recycled polyester sourced from plastic bottles, non-mulesed merino wool, cork, or coconut – tentree strive to do their best.

Check out their range of ethical clothing for both women and men.  I’ve picked some of my favourite pieces for you to peruse, but there are lots more great pieces over on the website:

tentree Ethical Clothing for Women

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From top left, clockwise:

Sapling t-shirt (£30.99) / Treescape long-sleeve top (£37.99) / Highballer Zip-Up (£71.99) / Tulita Crew Jumper (£59.99). 

It’s hard to pick a favourite from the women’s collection, right? I could quite happily see myself wearing all of these pieces.  What I like best is that tentree’s pieces aren’t too outdoorsy – you could wear them on an adventurous weekend away, but equally these pieces would fit right in on the school run or just lounging at the weekend.  

tentree Ethical Clothing for Men

It’s not just women that are well catered for at tentree, men are looked after too with the equally stylish ranges.  Again, here are some of my favourites from the men’s collection:

From clockwise, top left:

Creation T-shirt (£30.99) / Arawin Half-Zip Hoodie (£61.99) / Stone Henley (£40.99) / Space Bear T-shirt (£30.99)

I may well be slipping one of these pieces under the Christmas tree this year…!

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As tentree’s items are made often with a mix of recycled polyester, they recommend washing their items (and any synthetic fibres) with a Guppyfriend Washing Bag (£25.99). This clever bag helps to prevent microfibres entering our waterways, and also helps extend the life of your clothing, as well as making a great gift for an environmentally conscious friend.  

Visit tentree to look the full range, where you can also sign up to the tentree mailing list and get 10% off your first order.  You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.