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!

Fashion, Life & Style

Detox Fashion Manifesto from Greenpeace

detox fashion manifesto

detox fashion manifesto

When you shop for clothes you don’t tend to think about the pollution caused by their manufacture.  Sadly, according to Greenpeace some brands, notably Gap and Calvin Klein, have knowingly been polluting waterways around the world with harmful chemicals in the production of their clothes.

The chemicals associated with the manufacture of textiles are harmful to both people and the environment.  Affecting both humans and animals, some of these chemicals are known as ‘hormone disruptors’, causing cancer, birth defects and developmental problems, whilst others can affect the reproductive system.

In response to this, Greenpeace have created their Detox Fashion Manifesto – which calls on clothing manufacturers and suppliers to green their operations and stop polluting rivers and watercourses, after a 2011 report critically examined China’s textile manufacturing industry.

Since 2011 fifteen global brands havesigned up to the campaign – including Nike, Adidas, Puma, H&M, Marks and Spencer, Zara, Mango, Levi’s, Uniqlo and Benetton.

You can sign the Dextox Fashion Manifesto here to show clothes manufacturers that we the consumers like our clothes clean and green.

Are you in?

*image c/o Greenpeace