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Ethical Menswear: Seasalt Menswear

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ethical menswear

2015 edit: Since this post Seasalt have sadly discontinued their ethical menswear line, but you might find this up-to-date guide to ethical men’s clothing companies useful.

I’ve done a few posts on fashion, but none on menswear yet, so I thought I’d rectify this right now with a post on Cornish based ethical clothing company – Seasalt.  I’m not aware of many ethical retailers for men, but Seasalt are leading the way: they have quite impressive ethical credentials, and have won a few sustainability awards.

And for another gold star, they’ve been increasing the amount of clothing they sell that is made in their local area by small scale producers, through their Locally Made project.  This helps supports and keep alive the remaining maritime textile traditions and other small scale manufacturing in Cornwall.  They’ve also branched out to other small-scale suppliers from other coastal areas around the UK & Ireland too, and aim to have at least 10% of their stock ‘locally’ made by next year.

Seasalt’s Menswear focus is on classic items that don’t date, so expect lots of heritage items:

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Yes, the Seasalt Menswear clothes aren’t cheap, but they’re built to last – the quality workmanship and use of high quality materials means you’ll get many, many, many wears out of their clothing.

Seasalt also do pretty nice clothes for ladies – think breton stripes and easy to wear dresses and you’re there.

If you have any recommendations for ethical men’s clothing then do let me know in the comments below!

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How to Help Bees (Even If You Don’t Have A Garden)

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how to help bees

The other day I spoke about how to plant a bee friendly garden.  But what if you don’t have a garden or access to any green space?  Not to worry, you can still help the bees.  Here’s how you can help bees and ‘bee’ a friendly person!

How to Help Bees:

Don’t pick any wild flowers, no matter how pretty they look.  Leave them for the bees.

Is there any derelict land or space in your town/city?  Be a guerrilla gardener and scatter some wildflower seeds in any available space.

Window boxes are great and low maintenance.  Even a pot of lavender by your door is better than nothing and really helps the bees.

Don’t have space for a window box or plant pot and wondering how to help bees?  You can shop with the bees in mind.  Some stores, including Neal’s Yard, are donating 25p from every product sold from their Bee Lovely Collection to projects that help save the bees, while Burt’s Bees are donating £1 from the sale of every Milk & Honey body lotion.  Other stores, such as the Co-Op are running a Plan Bee campaign to help.

If you’d like your honey to come with a little less effort then be sure to buy your honey from responsible suppliers.  Rowse are probably one of the most responsible honey suppliers, and are doing a lot to help the bees.

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You can adopt a hive from £29.99, and help start a new bee colony.   You get a certificate, seeds and honey as a thank you as well as that warm fuzzy glow that you’re doing something good.

Become a bee keeper!  Yes, that’s right!  You don’t need much space – perhaps a balcony or roof top if you have easy and safe access to yours.  It’s easier than you think and you’ll be rewarded with lots of lovely honey!  Here’s a handy guide to starting out and another good reference point is the British Beekeepers Association website.

Hold a bake sale at work/college /local fete and donate the takings to a bee friendly charity, such as the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Inspired?  Let me know in the comments below if you do any of these or come up with your own ideas on how to help bees!

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