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Ethical Gift Ideas for Men With Brothers We Stand | AD

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I know I have already shared some ethical gift ideas on the blog this month. However, what if you are still struggling for ideas for your significant other/dad/brother/best friend?  I know I certainly find men in particular difficult to shop for.

Thankfully ethical menswear retailer Brothers We Stand (who excitingly have just opened up their first physical store in Bristol’s Wapping Wharf after years of trading solely online) have handily put together an ethical gift guide for men.

An Introduction to Brothers We Stand

If you have never heard of Brothers We Stand, they are a clothing retailer. They exclusively sell ethically produced menswear from a tightly curated collection of independent ethical brands and designers.

Every item they sell has undergone rigorous research by the Brothers We Stand team. This ensures that each product offered meets the highest design and ethical standards.  From what the clothes are made from; to how the clothes are made and by whom; and to how durable the clothes are. These are all key considerations made before any new product is stocked by Brothers We Stand.

All of this information is shared to shoppers through a unique tag telling the story of each item.  When you are browsing a particular item simply click on the ‘footprint’ section. This gives you a detailed rundown of what makes the item ethical and sustainable. In some cases, it even lets you know where the item could be improved in the future.  Sometimes ethical shopping is all about compromise. I really respect the fact that Brothers We Stand hasn’t shied away from this fact.

Ethical Picks This Christmas

Here are some of their top picks for ethical and sustainable gents this Christmas!

Recycled Card Holder

elvis kresse card holder

This beautiful double cardholder (£31) from Elvis & Kresse, is made from decommissioned British fire hoses. What’s more, it is lined with reclaimed parachute silk from the British military.  There’s a whole lot of recycling in there, and the finished piece is a thing of beauty.  And it’s even Oyster card friendly if your gent is London-based.

Organic Jumper

ethical gift ideas for men

This GOTS certified organic cotton jumper (£87) is from Danish ethical brand DCA is ethical, sustainable, and built to last.  It’s stylish and cosy and beats a novelty Christmas jumper hands down any day!

Organic Polo Shirt

KNOWLEDGE COTTON APPAREL ORGANIC PIQUE POLO

This 100% organic cotton polo shirt (£50) is again from DCA, and is perfect for dapper gents interested in sustainable style.  Even the dye used is non-harmful, and they are dyed in modern dye houses focused on minimising water usage and responsible wastewater treatment.  Two thumbs up!

Organic Socks

Jollie socks from Brothers We Stand

If you are looking for something less spendy then you can rarely go wrong with socks.  Especially with these organic cotton Jollie Socks (£14), which are made in the UK, and for every pair sold a pair is donated to a local homeless centre.

Organic Cotton Hoodie

Red Silverstick hoodie from Brothers We Stand

Finally, this lovely GOTS certified organic cotton hoodie (£59) is a midweight hoodie ethically made in Portugal by ethical manufacturers Silverstick.  With a doubleweight hood and reinforced pockets, this hoodie will be sure to be a favourite for many many years to come.

Be sure to catch the full gift guide over at Brothers We Stand!

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Where to Buy Ethical Party Dresses

ethical party wear
ethical party wear

Need some help finding an ethical party dress? Let me share with you my favourite places to shop.

Hello!  Got any exciting parties lined up?  Tis the season, and I myself have a couple of parties coming up.  The first being the most important – my mum and dad’s 50th wedding anniversary!  We are all getting together to celebrate 50 years of their marriage to each other, and I am looking forward to it!

With a few parties on the horizon, I’ve been looking for pretty ethical party dresses.  Let me share with you the five shops I turn to when looking for ethical dresses that I love. And as the most affordable and sustainable option is to shop secondhand, I’ve also shared my favourite places to shop secondhand.

Guide to Ethical Party Dresses

Do check out my ethical favourites. When you see a * after a link, this means this is an affiliate link. Anything you purchase using this link means I receive a very small commission, which goes towards the running costs of Moral Fibres.

Komodo

komodo tenzing dress

As one of the oldest ethical clothing retailers, Komodo sell ethically sourced, organic, and natural fibre fashion that’s every bit as stylish as ethical.

What excites me about this Tenzing dress is that it has pockets! Camouflaged pockets at that. Perfect for carrying out party essentials!

Caters for sizes 8-16

People Tree

people tree back jaime dress

Check out People Tree* for some ethical party dresses. They have a range of beautiful dresses, from pretty prints to solid colours, in a variety of lengths and styles.

I always say that if you are in doubt over what to wear to a party, then I always say wear a black dress.  This black Jaime dress is made from 95% organic cotton and is simple yet flattering.  It’s one to wear time and time again at any occasion.

Caters for sizes 6-18

Thought Clothing

ethical party dress

Thought* is another solid ethical choice. They produce easy-to-wear fairtrade clothing made from bamboo, hemp, and/or organic cotton, often in beautiful prints. 

This pretty Vermeer dress is just beautiful.  Ok, I might not pair it with socks and brogues myself – maybe tights and boots or heels – but it’s definitely got party written all over it!

Caters for sizes 6-20

Palava

Palava party dress uk

Palava’s uniquely printed dresses and skirts are made from organic cotton in Europe and the UK.

If you’re after a unique print, then Palava is the place to go. Their dresses are pricey, but sure are head turners! 

Caters for sizes 6 -28

Nancy Dee

nancy dee ethical dresses

Nancy Dee offers British-made fashionable ethical clothing for every occasion.  Their pieces are made ethically with sustainable eco-friendly fabrics.  What’s more, join their mailing list to get a generous 15% off your first order.

This pretty Eliza wrap dress is made from 95% bamboo, and made in Britain for extra ethical points.  It’s super pretty and another dress that can be worn time and time again.

Caters for sizes 6-18.

Which dress would you pick?  I can’t decide! If you need any more inspiration, do check out my guide to over forty ethical clothing brands.

If these dresses are out of your budget (because let’s face it, money is tight at this time of year), then I always heartily recommend searching eBay* for something secondhand.  I’ve picked up many a pretty dress on eBay over the years: pretty much all of which have been barely worn.   I know some people won’t wear the same dress twice to parties/weddings, so eBay is teeming with worn once party dresses.  It’s certainly the most ethical and budget-friendly way of bagging a party dress!

I also have a guide to the best places to shop online for secondhand clothing, where you might also pick up some pre-loved gems!