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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:

tentree Ethical Clothing for Women

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From top left, clockwise:

Sapling t-shirt (£30.99) / Treescape long-sleeve top (£37.99) / Highballer Zip-Up (£71.99) / Tulita Crew Jumper (£59.99). 

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…!

guppyfriend washing bag

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.

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Ethical Christmas Gift Guide 2018

ethical christmas gift guide 2018

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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.  

Beeswax Food Wraps (£15) from Abeego.  I love my beeswax wraps, and I think they made a lovely gift.  Alternatively you can make your own wraps – it’s really easy – promise!

Succulent enamel pins from Katy Pillinger Designs (£18 for 3).  A cute gift for your friends.  Split them up so you all have one each, or give them all to one lucky recipient.  

Fresh Clean Home (from £8.30). Currently reduced on Amazon but also available at other retailers.  I have it on very good authority that this book is brilliant for anyone that’s keen to give making their own cleaning products a go ;)  You could even gift it with some amber spray bottles and/or a bottle of liquid castile soap

Vegan and Palm Oil Free Pamper Gift Set (£18.70) from Bloomtown.  Vegan?  Check.  Palm oil free? Check.  This gift set is perfect for anyone looking to indulge in a bit of natural beauty.

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!  

From clockwise, top left:

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.  

Georganics Tooth Care Set (£19.90) – A complete oral care gift set for anyone that wants to green their dental routine.  

Ethical Gift Ideas for Kids

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.

ps: here are 10 zero-waste and plastic-free shops on Etsy if you’re looking for more low impact gift ideas, and here are some more lovely kids eco-friendly gift ideas.