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Sustainable fashion: the gift that gives twice

Safia Minney: The fast fashion industry is the world’s largest polluter after oil. This is largely caused by farming one of the thirstiest of all crops – non-organic cotton. Conventional, non-organic cotton farming requires an extremely high use of water resulting in draining water resources, decreasing wildlife diversity and preventing future generations from meeting their basic human needs. Growing conventional cotton uses 16% of the world’s total insecticides and pesticides and it takes over 3,900 litres of water to produce an average t-shirt.

24 November 2015 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Fashion as a tool for change

Safia Minney: I always eat vegetarian organic and wear organic cotton, so throughout September I’m going to pledge to get men to go organic. Each week, I’m giving organic cotton to leaders in fashion and change - Nick from ASOS, David Cameron, Russell Brand and Richard Branson. When I met with the Dalai Lama I gave him a pair of People Tree organic to wear under his saffron robes. Women always lead the way when it comes to sustainability and social change. We need more men to go green.

12 September 2014 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 5

Who made your dress?

Lynda Brown: I used to work in the advertising business for a while, so I’m a sucker for a good headline, and this morning fair trade and organic fashion gurus, People Tree sent over a cracker to advertise the last of their summer sale. “Who made your dress?” has pics of some of their best selling summer dresses and who made them.

19 July 2013 | 9 Comments | Recommended by 6

Greening my passion for fashion

Anna Louise Batchelor: I recently had an MOT at the doctors and received a gold star for my good health. Not smoking, rarely drinking, eating all the right foods and exercising plenty make me healthy but also a bit of a 'goody two shoes'. On my walk home from the surgery I decided to work out just what my vice is. As I looked down at my new frock I realised that my deadly sin is gluttony of gorgeous dresses. Yes if you prise open my wardrobe you will be amazed at its Tardis like ability to hoard clothes, specifically dresses. From winter wonders to sun ready summer numbers, I have a far too extensive range of dresses. My only saving grace to this vice is People Tree the ‘Fair Trade fashion pioneers’.

19 October 2012 | 432 Comments | Recommended by 95

Do you know what's in your knickers?

Lynda Brown: Well, I've been absent for a bit, so I thought a catchy title might be just what an absentee needed (the title, by the way, is genuine, but more of that later). I've spent some time recently trying, once again, to have a go at doing something about that perennial problem called eco- fashion. A problem because it's so easy not to, clothes on the high street are everywhere, ridiculous cheap - and then there's all those bargains...... As my friends will also testify , trying to get me to spend money on clothes is like pulling teeth without an anaesthetic - it just doesn't happen, unless ,of course, they're a double bargain, when all my principles fly out the window. ..But every now and then something happens which stiffens my resolve to do better. This time it appeared as a crisp brown paper parcel that arrived unexpectedly in the post. Nestled lovingly in tissue paper , in a cute cardboard bag so stylish I shall covet it always , a pair of chunky organic Fairtrade fairisle socks from eco-fashion hero, People Tree, handknitted in Nepal - a present from my best friend who'd recently visited and knows me too well to ever think I'd buy them for myself.

22 November 2011 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 2

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