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.
It’s that time of year again – Christmas is less than 6 weeks away – and so I’ve put together my annual ethical Christmas gift guide packed full of ethical ideas for him, her and for little ones. From vegan, to palm oil free, to plastic free, to zero waste, to organic, I hope there’s something here for everyone.
I don’t subscribe to the idea that you should spend lots of money at Christmas so all of my ideas are around the £30 mark or less, and start from just £8.
Ethical Christmas Gift ideas for Him and Her
DIY origami paper lamp kit (£19.95) from OWL Paper Lamps. I love this paper lamp kit that you make yourself (full instructions provided!). Please note, this item ships from Portugal so bear this in mind with shipping times.
Stainless Steel Lunchbox (£18) by Green Tulip. A great gift for anyone. I have a stainless steel lunchbox that I use for work that my partner pinches on a regular basis!
Soap, candle and flannel gift set (£21.50) from Soapdaze. I love Soapdaze, and this gift box packed with a vegan candle, handknitted facecloth, and vegan soap is a lovely gift for someone that deserves a good pampering.
Vegan and plastic free candle (£11) from Vegan Bunny. After a delicious smelling soy candle from a plastic-free company? Vegan Bunny is the place to go!
The Danish Art of Whittling (RRP £9.99). I have been ogling this in my local bookshop and it looks like a wonderful guide to whittling (my new found favourite hobby).
Hydroflask (£23.99). I love my Hydroflask – I wrote an ode to it here – and I promise, whoever you gift it to is sure to love it too.
Safety Razor (£32.50) from Babi Pur. For ladies or men looking to swap from plastic razors.
Bamboo Multi-Tool (£15). I have one of those for my bike and it’s by far one of the most useful things I carry with me on a daily basis, and not just for my bike. There’s few things you can’t mend with a multi-tool!
Guppy Friend (£25.99) from tentree. For ocean conscious pals that want to help stop microfibres from their laundry.
Pretend Play Kitchenware Set (£29.99) from Toby Tiger. This sweet set contains enamel pans and metal utensils, and it’s so lovely to find a plastic-free set. I could imagine this being a lovely hand me down set that will last for decades.
The Lorax: How To Save The Planet Edition (£11.41) from Harper Collins. We have this book and my kids love it. As well as containing the classic Lorax story from Dr Seuss, it’s also packed full of ideas on how kids can help the environment.
Paper Bead Craft Kit (£11.95) from Ethical Superstore. Is there a kid that doesn’t love crafting? I certainly haven’t met one yet. This kit allows kids to make beads from recycled paper, which can then be used to make jewellery. Hopefully adults can get a shot too!
Banana Pyjamas (£19.99) from Toby Tiger. These fun GOTS certified organic cotton are sure to be a hit at bedtime. These beauties come in lots of other fun patterns too.
Personalised Water Bottle (£15) from Not On The High Street. Which kid doesn’t love seeing their name printed on anything? I know when I was little I used to get incredibly excited when I saw my name printed on anything in a gift shop. Now some 30 years later my kids are the same.
Recycled Fire Engine (£19.95) from Ethical Superstore. This cute fire engine is made from recycled milk bottles and is sure to provide tons of fun.
I'm Wendy and welcome to Moral Fibres, a green lifestyle blog. I believe that sustainable living should be hip, not hippie. Here you'll find all sorts of easy hints and tips here for living a greener life that won't compromise your sense of style.
As well as the blog I've also written a book on natural cleaning - Fresh Clean Home is out now!
Want to know more? Check out the about page for more information or explore the archives using the category tabs above.