Wednesday, 7 September 2011
After my recent blog post entitled 'Green Guilt', I have been trying my best to look out for ethical and sustainable clothing companies when shopping for clothes. I first heard of People Tree as a result of Emma Watson's involvement with the company, and realising that they were an ethical brand, I decided to head to their website for a bit of online window shopping.
I could easily have bought anything on the website - all items are beautifully handmade (not only the garment, but the fabric itself!), dyed using natural dyes, hand embroidered or screenprinted, and everything is Fairtrade. Local people are employed to make the clothes and they are paid a fair wage, helping them to send their children to schools and to enjoy a better life. The prices are extremely reasonable for such well made items, whose provenance you can trace right back through the supply chain!
After much umming-and-ahhing I decided to buy this beautiful white peplum blouse with a small rounded collar, which was a mere £18 in the sale! It is hand woven (and according to the label, this means that 1 ton of CO2 is saved per year, per handloom!) and has a really nice texture and quality. I'm glad I decided to invest in it as it will be a real wardrobe staple - even good for wearing under jumpers in the winter!
I added a little green velvet bow and wore it with my favourite thrifted Jaeger cardigan and skirt - although unfortunately, my outfit choice doesn't show off the peplum detail very well!
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