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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…!

guppyfriend washing bag

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.

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Ten Things

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Hiya!  How’s it going?  I have been avoiding Brexit news this week, feeling like it was the most sensible thing to do.  Never fear, I’ve been able to keep up with the latest environmental news.  Here’s this week’s bitesize roundup. 

Also, I realised I’ve been writing these Ten Things posts, rounding up the week’s environmental news and my green finds, every Sunday for a year and a half now.  A record!  I love writing these posts and I’m so glad you like reading them too!  

This week’s links:

1 The IPCC says we have 12 years to cut carbon by 45%.  What does that look like exactly? A 27 point radical list that’s certainly food for thought.  Some points I readily agree with – free bicycles for everyone, mass rewilding, and my personal favourite – no more lycra cycling gear.  Some I’m not so sure about.  No Google maps for one.  Google maps is my life!    

2.  If consumers boycott palm oil products it could lead to more deforestation.  WHAT. A. MINEFIELD.  The palm oil thing hurts my head.  

3.  Spain is de-carbonising in a big way – starting with closing most of its coal mines by the end of this year (none of this 2021 crap) in an ambitious and progressive environmental move.  

4.  IKEA wants to fix India’s pollution by reusing what farmers burn each winter.

5.  Sainsbury’s is about to stock crickets, intended for human consumption.  Crickets are highly sustainable protein source, but would you eat them?   If you do, promise to tell me what they are like!   

6.  Crickets not your thing?  Like meat too much to forsake it completely?  Reducing the amount of meat you eat, especially the amount of lamb and beef you eat, can make a big difference.

7.  “We’re getting our environmental priorities wrong – it’s about calories, not climate change“.

8.  Useful tips on avoiding activist burnout

9.  It’s been a week of lucky finds – crisps that come in a home compostable bag!  Also, plastic-free and compostable plasters!

10.  Finally, I’m loving Jen’s guide on how to have a crap free Christmas.  If you are starting your shopping soon then, in case you missed it, this week I wrote an ethical Christmas gift guide featuring lots of budget-friendly gift ideas – from plastic-free to vegan, to zero-waste and palm oil free and beyond.  

Have a great Sunday!