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.

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

Australian Animal toys by Barefoot

Posted by Penny on December 13, 2011
Babies, Fairtrade, Kids / No Comments

Barefoot Toys Echidna via Craft Boutique

Back in 1958 Barbara Sansoni worked with Sri Lankan women to found an ethically produced textile business. Nowadays, amongst other things, Barefoot make gorgeous, colourful and fun soft toys, including Australian animals! Any tour of most toy stores will demonstrate how tricky it can be to find lovely Australian animal toys, especially ones that aren’t made in sweatshops for the tourist market.

Barefoot Toys Turtle via Red Wrappings

Are turtles specifically Australian? Or do they just roam the seas, as a pirate might do? I’m not sure. Barefoot toys are all a little bit unique – the fabric is even hand dyed so colour combinations can vary!

Barefoot Toys Frilled Neck Lizard via Oxfam

Barefoot toys are made from 100% cotton (yay!) and are filled with kapok fiber (read more about kapok here!). Plus, no detachable buttons/eyes etc mean awesome for baby!