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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

elvis kresse card holder

 

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!

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3 Pretty Ethical Party Dresses

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ethical party wear

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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.  I haven’t managed to find a great deal of ethical occasion wear that I would consider party appropriate but I did come across three pretty ethical dresses that I love, and thought you might too:

Thought Clothing

ethical party dress

This pretty Vermeer dress from the always lovely Thought Clothing (£89.90) 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!

People Tree

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If in doubt over what to wear to that party, then I always say wear a black dress.  This black Jaime dress from ethical favourites People Tree (£79) is made from 95% organic cotton and is simple yet flattering.  It’s one to wear time and time again at any occasion.

Nancy Dee

nancy dee ethical dresses

This pretty Eliza wrap dress from ethical fashion boutique Nancy Dee ((£72) 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.

Which dress would you pick?  I can’t decide!

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!