braintree clothing ethical review

Ethical Clothing Spotlight: Braintree Clothing

braintree clothing ethical review

Have you heard of Braintree Clothing?  Braintree Clothing create easy to wear timeless and relaxed ethical clothing for men and women.  As well as having a strong ethical ethos, they use a lot of organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and recycled polyester in their products, helping to lessen their impact on the environment.

They recently sent me their beautiful Kin Cleo Tea Dress from their autumn collection to try out:

womens ethical clothing

Photography by the talented Esther Halcrow.

The tea dress is made from 70% bamboo and is so beautifully soft.  It’s perfect for a lazy weekend, or if you just want a luxuriously comfortable dress to wear.  I plan on wearing mine throughout the autumn and winter with cosy tights and cardigans, or layered with long sleeved tops underneath.

My cardigan and boots are secondhand from eBay, and I’ll be doing a post soon on ethical tights, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Braintree Clothing have kindly put together an exclusive discount code for Moral Fibres readers.  You can get an amazing 25% off any order at Braintree Clothing  by using the code MORAL25 at the checkout.  The code is valid until 24th December 2013, so is perfect if you’re planning on doing some ethical Christmas shopping, or just fancy treating yourself!

T&C’s: The code can only be used once per customer and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount code.

Braintree Clothing sent me a dress to review but all words and opinions are my own.  For more information see my disclosure policy.

A More Sustainable Smartphone?

I love my smartphone, and sometimes I feel like I couldn’t live without it.  From looking up maps when I’m a bit lost, to blogging, tweeting, and accessing Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram on the go, I’m pretty much an addict.

My smartphone isn’t particularly environmentally friendly – it’s less than two years old and already has severe battery life problems.  My other half and I were recently discussing planned obsolence, particularly with regards to smartphones.  We felt that the manufacturers wanted us to buy a new phone at least every two years, and so were designing them to slowly break close to the two year point.  Then I found this Huffington Post article which really hit the nail on the head.

I didn’t think there was, or would ever be, such a thing as a sustainable smartphone, but in the last couple of weeks I came across the idea of Phonebloks.  Phonebloks is a phone that doesn’t require complete replacement if one element of your phone stops working or wears out.  Instead you replace a block that houses the particular component that’s worn out, much like Lego I guess:

phonebloks sustainable smartphone

As the phone’s individual functions seem to work more like customisable apps you can even customise your phone.  You could, for example, remove some of the storage to make room for a bigger battery, or remove some functions you don’t need for bigger speakers, depending on how you use your phone.

phoneblok smartphone

There’s a video on YouTube which explains more about it here.

I got quite excited by the idea.  Of course Phonebloks will still create waste, but should in theory generate lesser volumes of waste over a longer period of time.  And it would hopefully be more sustainable than disposing of a whole phone every time one aspect of your phone gives up, like your battery.

At the moment Phonebloks is just a concept.  If you like the idea you can support the idea on Thunderclap, and support Dave Hakkens, the developer, on Twitter and Facebook.

What do you think?  Woud you use Phonebloks?  There are lots of posts on the internet about why people don’t think Phoneblok will work.  Personally I think anything which challenges the idea that people should have to upgrade their phone every two years should be welcomed, but I’d love to hear your thoughts too.


Main image from here, all other courtesy of Phonebloks.