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Spring Ethical Clothing Lust List

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With the clocks moving forward I have started to think about blue skies and sunshine and picnics and just all round more agreeable weather for doing fun stuff outdoors.  I’m itching to get back out on my bike for after work cycles (no fun in the dark) and spend more than five minutes at the park with my girls without my fingers turning blue!

Clothing wise, after a winter spent wrapped up in several layers of knitwear, I’ve been doing a little bit of online browsing, just for fun, for more warmer weather attire.  I’ve whittled down my favourites, and come up with my Spring ethical clothing lust list.  Here’s what’s caught my eye lately:

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This Thought Clothing embroidered chambray dress* (£79.90) is calling my name.  Although bare legs and sandals weather still seems so very very far away, I’m sure it would work with tights and boots until the weather warms up.

Lost Shapes have created this 100% organic cotton denim shirt* with a pair of cheeky screen-printed pigeons (£43) and it’s love at first sight.  My partner has a Lost Shapes t-shirt which is years old now, but still a favourite of his and still looks immaculate.  This stuff is the best quality.

I have never tried Po-Zu shoes before, but gosh these vegan and ethically made linen slip-ons* (£89) look lovely.  Definitely worth saving up for.

Also on my lust list is this pretty Mara top* (£69) from People Tree, so that I can pretend to be a free-spirited bohemian even though I’d probably be doing non-bohemian things, like the school run or putting laundry away!  I joke – it’s really pretty and it’s definitely way up there on my want list!

Last on my lust list is this Mushroom Medley organic t-shirt (£28) by the new-to-me, charmingly named and affordable ethical clothing brand Otter & Goat.  It’s covered in twelve different varieties of mushrooms so you can look like a fun guy in it!

Ok, that was a terrible pun, I’ll admit.  I’ll get my coat…!

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I know I have already shared some ethical gift ideas on the blog this month, but 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.

If you have never heard of Brothers We Stand, they are a clothing retailer exclusively selling 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 to ensure 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 for a detailed rundown on what makes the item ethical and sustainable, and in some cases, where the item could be improved in the future.  Sometimes ethical shopping is all about compromise, and I really respect the fact that Brothers We Stand haven’t shied away from this fact.

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

Recycled Card Holder

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This beautiful double cardholder (£31) from Elvis & Kresse, is made from decommissioned British fire hoses and 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

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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 waste water treatment.  Two thumbs up!

Organic Socks

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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

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Finally, this lovely GOTS certified organic cotton hoodie (£59) is a midweight hoodie ethically made in Portugal by ethical manufacturers Silverstick.  With  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 Bothers We Stand!