Fashion, Life & Style

Ethical High Street Shops

ethical high street shops

ethical high street shops

Ever wondered how ethical and environmentally friendly our high-street shops are?  Ethical Consumer have put together an interactive table of ethical high street shops, rated on their environmental, ethical and political performance.  I’ve personally found that it is really useful when making decisions about where to shop.

I strongly believe that as consumers it’s our job to be as informed as we can, so I’ve found this table on ethical high street shops quite enlightening and surprising.

As far as ethical high street shops go, I certainly wouldn’t have guessed that Sainsbury’s fairtrade clothing would be rated lower than Primark.  That is a huge surprise.  I’ve always had a soft spot for Sainsbury’s.

I also wouldn’t have guessed that John Lewis would be rated only 0.5 points above Primark.  Again, John Lewis is one of those shops that I would have expected more from.

And most surprising of all – that New Look would be one of the most ethical performers on the High Street.  And Bon Marche?  I don’t think I’ve ever stepped foot in a Bon Marche shop but I feel that I should seek one out and take a look at their offerings.

Here’s the full rundown:

ethical high street shops

Were there any surprises here for you?

And what shops do you tend to visit on the high street?  I’m a fan of Marks and Spencer, Fat Face and White Stuff.  I feel a bit too old for New Look but I’m thinking maybe I should give it a second look.

PS: Found this post useful?  Since I initially put this post together I’ve written extensively about shopping ethically.  Here’s a guide on how to shop ethically, a guide to men’s ethical clothing companies, and a guide on how to shop ethically on a budget.  I’ve also got information on where to buy ethical sleepwear, ethical tights and socks and even men’s underwear and women’s underwear!

Fashion, Life & Style

Ethical Wedding Dresses

ethical wedding dresses

ethical wedding dresses

So, ethical wedding dresses.  Firstly, I know what you are thinking and no, I’m not getting married!  We very much prefer being Mr and Miss thank you!

What actually happened is that I was browsing the internet the other day, looking for ethical dresses, when I came across the Dorset-based designer Minna.

Minna make the most gorgeous ethical dresses, which are hand embellished and made in England from sustainable, organic, recycled and locally produced textiles.  I couldn’t help but think they would make stunning ethical wedding dresses.  See what you think:

ethical wedding dresses

1. Jess Dress (now unavailable) / 2. Lucie Dress / 3. Trisha Dress (now unavailable) / 4. Alexandra Dress

They are marketed as general dresses, but I think at around the £200 to £400 mark for a dress they are quite pricey for everyday wear.  I think, however, they would make perfect ethical wedding dresses or ethical bridesmaid dresses.  They certainly look special enough to be classed as wedding wear, especially if you’re not looking for a traditional wedding dress, or are having a wedding in a relaxed setting.

Wedding dresses are typically one of those wedding items that can cost thousands of pounds, and are worn only once.  I personally am not a fan of most traditional meringue style wedding dresses, so if I ever got married then I would definitely go for an elegant and timeless dress that could be worn again, like one of these beauties from Minna, or from their sister site – Indie Bride.

I’d hate to buy an overly ‘wedding’ dress and only be able to wear it once – instead I’d like to be able to wear it on anniversary dates (how great would that be!) and other special occasions.  And as far as wedding dress prices go, I’d imagine these to be fairly budget friendly wedding dress options, as well as being ethical.

What are your thoughts on wedding dresses?  Traditional or non-traditional?  Meringue or non-meringue?  Long or short?  So many aspects to consider!

*all images used c/o Minna

ps: more ethical clothing posts this way!