Monthly Archives: January 2012

One Colour: Fairtrade Fashion

Posted by Penny on January 30, 2012
Fairtrade / 1 Comment

Navy Short Sleeve Organic Jersey Dress by One Colour

When I write posts for Oh My Green, I often get a bit stressed out. Sometimes I feel like when I talk about my own business, and when I talk about other eco and fairtrade initiatives and businesses, I give a sense of justification – ‘it’s organic, fair trade & recycled, but it also happens to be amazing!’ I think this is a throwback to my younger days when I honestly believed that ethically made clothes were all tie dyed or hemp.

But really, when I see fashion like the latest collection from One Colour, I’m happy. This dress is amazing. It’s also made of organic cotton jersey, grown in East Africa. The dress is made by staff at Viva Africa, a social organisation giving training and employment to people in Kenya. It’s mailed to you from Australia. And there is a bird.

Oh Mabel – Organic Bed-linens

Posted by Penny on January 27, 2012
Organic Cotton / 3 Comments

Oh Mabel – Organic Patterns for the bedroom

Oh Mabel, how are you so gorgeous? I really think Oh Mabel is right on the money at the moment – geometric patterns, and especially chevron stripe, are claiming a little spot in my heart lately. Oh Mabel bed linens are made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton sateen – no yucky pesticides, workers are paid fairly, and sateen is silky smooth! Hooray!

Ziggy Zaggy Quilted Doona + Pinwheels Sheet Set

Plus, Oh Mabel bedding just looks amazing. How I would dearly love to be snuggling under a doona like that!

Visit Oh Mabel online here and check out their Facebook here.

Chocolate and Fair Trade

Posted by Penny on January 25, 2012
Fairtrade, Food / 3 Comments

Child Slavery & ChocolateThe CNN Freedom Project

Articles and videos like this make me rather depressed and upset. I don’t like to think of slavery as still existing, let alone contributing directly to so many things I enjoy, like chocolate, or clothes made of cotton, but it does. It’s a pretty sad thing when kids as young as 10 (and even younger) are enslaved on cocoa farms so that we can buy cheap chocolate.

Read this article on The CNN Freedom Project website, then think about your favourite chocolate, cocoa, and chocolate-related products. Are they fairtrade? If they are, good one! If they’re not – write a letter, tweet or Facebook your fave chocolate brand and let them know you’ve seen CNN’s Freedom Project report and what your thoughts are. Then, find a delicious fairtrade chocolate to eat instead. Personally, I’m generally pretty good on the chocolate front – Green & Blacks chocolate is so easy to find. But that box of non-fairtrade cocoa in my cupboard is making me feel very guilty. Here are Oh My Green’s tips for fairtrade deliciousity.

1. Cocolo Dark Orange Chocolate

2. Loving Earth Organic Raw Dark Chocolate

3. Oxfam fair Dark Chocolate Spread

4. Power Super Foods Raw Organic Cacao Powder

5. Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Almond (buy at Oxfam)

6. Green & Black’s Organic Milk Chocolate