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:
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…!
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.
Did you catch the BBC documentary – Fashion’s Dirty Secrets? I did, and as someone who is fairly clued up on ethical fashion, I was shocked at what I saw. If you didn’t, it’s available for 27 more days, and I’d go as far to say it’s a must watch.
To help you, or anyone you know, who is interested in upping their ethical shopping game, I’ve put together your ultimate guide to ethical shopping packed full of useful articles, guides, and directories, created over the last 5.5 years of blogging about ethical fashion and ethical shopping here on Moral Fibres.
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Do share this with anyone you know interested in shopping more ethically – choosing to vote with your wallet is the very best way to show fast fashion companies that they can’t keep getting away with, quite literally, murder.
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