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Ethical Clothing Infographic

ethical clothing infographic

Looking for an ethical clothing infographic? I’ve got a really handy one right here.

I thought I’d share this handy and succinct ethical clothing infographic I found on Pinterest the other day.  As with all things Pinterest it can be difficult to find the original image source.  If you ever do come across the original source do let me know so I can credit it properly!

Ethical Clothing Infographic

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Were there any surprises here for you?

For me what was really interesting to see in this ethical clothing infographic was the mark-up made by retailers selling non-fair trade items – 50% in the case of your typical non-fair trade garment, versus just pennies for the workers and cotton farmer.

I’m personally interested in seeing how non-fair trade clothing compares to ethically made clothing.  I haven’t been able to find anything similar to this infographic yet, but I will try and hunt down a similar infographic for you as soon as I can.

Other Useful Reading Material

Speaking of ethical fashion infographics and resources, then if you’re in need of some pointers I’ve got a few!  

If  you’re a new reader and this has piqued your interest for ethical clothing then I have a whole section of this website devoted solely to ethical clothing.  I also have posts devoted to ethical clothing brands for women and for men.  And if you’re on a tight budget you might also find this post on affordable ethical clothing especially useful.

You can also check out this ethical clothing infographic, which shows the importance of not buying new where we don’t need to. With regards to thrifting there are some secondhand shopping guides on Moral Fibres such as my charity shop shopping tips, and eBay shopping tips, in case you haven’t come across them before. I’ve also got a really useful post on where to shop for secondhand clothes online.

I’ve also started a useful series on how to build an ethical wardrobe from scratch, which I hope will provide a good starting point for beginners in making your wardrobe more ethical.

You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to be kept up to date with my most recent finds and articles.

And please do share any ethical fashion resources you find in the comments below!

Health & Beauty, Life & Style

My Natural Skincare Routine

natural skincare products
natural skincare products

I thought I’d share my natural skincare routine with you today as I’m always curious what products other people use and swear by. Therefore, I thought you might appreciate a peek into my routine.  

I’m quite low maintenance when it comes to my skin. I don’t wear a lot of makeup or use a lot of beauty products. However, as I get older I’ve started to pay a little bit more attention to it.

Cleansing

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I used to use a variety of products on my face, such as cleaners, toners, and exfoliators. Now for my natural skincare routine, I just use a standard bar of soap and a flannel.  Not only is it budget and environmentally friendly but it’s brilliant on my skin.  

I just wet my face, apply some soap, and then wipe in circular motions with a warm wet flannel. Then I give my face a good rinse.  It cleans and removes makeup without dryness, and gently exfoliates my face without the need for a myriad of products or plastics.  I’m working through an old supply of regular soap but this post outlines some good natural soaps that I plan on trying soon.

Moisturiser

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Day Time

A trap I used to fall into was using a day moisturiser with SPF.  I assumed moisturisers with SPF were good for my skin. However, last year I discovered that many day moisturisers with SPF only offer UVA protection, rather than both full spectrum UVA and UVB protection.  Green People sent me their Green People Day Solution Cream SPF15* (£23.50) to try, which delivers both UVA and UVB protection.

The Day Solution Cream is such a lovely natural moisturiser, that’s paraben-free. It’s also free of other nasties such as petrochemicals, phthalates, and colourants.  It’s light and non-greasy and easy to rub in, so no danger of a white tint to your face or being left with an oily face!  And it’s got such a fresh and pleasant light scent too, so ticks all my natural skincare boxes.  On sunny days when I’m out and about, I’ll top this up every couple of hours.

My only gripe is that I don’t find it moisturises my dry-ish skin quite enough. So, after letting the SPF sink in I use Laidbare Working 9-5 Anti-Ageing Hydration Cream on top for a moisturising and anti-wrinkle boost.

Even though it’s on the very cheap end of the scale as far as anti-aging products go, I don’t think there’s any compromise on quality.  It’s packed full of natural ingredients and doesn’t leave my skin oily or sticky.  It doesn’t have an overpowering smell and leaves my skin soft and moisturised.  I really like this stuff.

Night Time

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Weleda Skin Food £9.95 from Weleda is my go-to for most dry skin issues.  It can be a bit too heavy and oily as a facial moisturiser during the day. However, I find it makes an excellent night cream.  Skin Food does have quite a pungent herbal aroma, which some people love or hate, but I find it quite pleasant.  It moisturises my skin while I sleep, and doubles as a hand cream, elbow cream, foot cream, and everywhere else cream!  I did a full Weleda Skin Food review right back at the start of Moral Fibres. What can I say, I’m a long-time fan of this natural skincare favourite!

Eco-Friendly Sunscreen

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In the summer when I’m out and about I keep a tube of sunscreen in my bag.   Green People sent me their Green People SPF 15 Sunscreen* (£12.99), to try, which I love.  Made with 82.2% certified organically grown ingredients, and free of nasties, Green People is one of my favourite brands of eco-friendly sunscreen.  Unlike traditional types of natural sunscreen, it’s light and non-greasy and doesn’t leave a thick white layer behind on your skin.  SPF15 is fine as long as you reapply every couple of hours, which is what you should be doing, even with higher SPFs.

I also like Jason Sunscreen SPF45* (£12.99 from Look Fantastic). I keep it in my bag for use on the whole family.  It’s paraben-free and SLS-free, and again I find it rubs in really well, without being overly thick or greasy. I’ve written more on eco-friendly sunscreen if you’re looking for more brands.

So, that’s my natural skincare routine.  What about you?  Are there any products you love or swear by?  Or do you make your own natural skincare products? If you’re interested, here are the organic beauty products I’m loving right now too.

* Denotes an affiliate link.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.  Green People also sent me the moisturiser and sunscreen to review – as always you’ve got my honest opinion.

The main image is by the very talented Benjamin Bullins – don’t you just love the idea of recycling an old bike in this manner?  All other images are my own.