Fashion

Ethical Fashion: Baby

Posted by Penny on May 11, 2013
Babies, Fashion, Organic Cotton / 3 Comments

I tend to think it’s easier to buy ethically for babies and kids than for adults, mainly because there are just so many organic kids brands around, and the price per item can often be a lot more comparable to other brands. So, lucky babies! Organic is often said to be better for babies skin, which might be true, however it’s also better for our earth. Organic & fair trade products mean in general the workers have better conditions, and of course handmade is amazing too as we can support local artists and designers! Here are some of my favourite baby pieces.

1. Long Sleeve Bodysuit: Birds in Trees by Sapling. A little family run Australian business, Sapling produces certified organic cuteness for babies. Read our interview with Sapling here.

2. Stripe Hoodie and Play Pant Marle by Broken Tricycle. Practical but super cute clothes for babies and toddlers, PLUS certified organic.

3. Long Sleeve Bodysuit in Atlas Print by Nature Baby. This New Zealand based company have a massive range and have been making organic baby clothing for 15 years – I think their newest range of prints are just fantastic.

4. Organic Penguin Bib by Down Home Amy. Handmade, hand printed, organic and adorable.

5. Handmade Unisex Cotton Spot Sweater by Fable Baby. You may have seen Fable around the design market scene – their baby clothes are so gorgeous you’ll want a grown up version of everything, plus it’s all handmade in Australia and mostly organic.

 

6. Knot Hat – Mushroom by Duns. Duns baby and kids clothes are organic but still have these amazingly vibrant colours – completely Swedish-cool.

7. Green Splotch Bodysuit by Baobab. These guys have some of the most timeless but still on-trend baby and kids styles around, with some great organic unisex clothing for bubs that’s not just lemon yellow!

8. Lap Tee – Construction Red by Winter Water Factory. My only problem with Winter Water Factory is that their baby prints are so amazing the clothes always sell out far too quick. Seriously, go check out the baby romper section and be amazed. Organic and made in the USA.

9. Organic Bodysuit – Bears by Sture & Lisa. More Swedish-cool! Bright, awesome and lots of great unisex in organic cotton again.

10. Juicy Fresh Vinyl Toddler Bloomers by The Smallest Tribe. Handmade from organic cotton, love these colours. Plus, The Smallest Tribe has one of the most positive, kid-empowering messages ever.

 

Let me know if I’ve missed your favourite ethically made baby brand? Penny

Ethical Fashion

Posted by Penny on May 06, 2013
Fairtrade, Fashion, Handmade, Vintage / 1 Comment

If we want to live more ethical & sustainable lifestyles, one of the best places for many of us to begin is to become more conscious consumers. This past couple of weeks the garment manufacturing building collapse in Bangladesh has been on many of our minds. It’s so easy to ignore the pesky knowledge that many of our clothes are made in sweat shops, but I think this past week many of us have said to ourselves ‘I must try harder’. Try harder to spend our hard earned money on businesses that share our ideals, rather than ones who act unethically.

It’s actually fairly easy to shop ethically these days, when there are plenty of Australian made, organic & fairtrade, handmade or secondhand options around. I know organic and locally made clothing often has a bit of a reputation as being rather expensive, so let’s break it down.

 

Secondhand / Vintage
My hands-down favourite way to buy clothing is op shopping or thrifting. I love that buying preloved means I’m getting something someone else might not have. It’s mostly about the thrill of the hunt – you never know what you might find! There’s plenty of vintage and secondhand to be found online as well – eBay anyone?
Pros: you’re reusing an item that’s already been loved – no new resources were used.
Cons: you have to find it first!
Lust-list: Vintage 1960s Blue and Green Silk Tropical Floral Print Wiggle Frock from VintageFrocksofFancy

 

Ethically Made
This is a no-brainer – ethically made means that you’re purchasing something thoughtfully, which is hopefully made of organic fibers and been made by workers who’re paid a fair wage. There are many different accreditation systems for ethically made, but I like to look for fairtrade, organic and eco-friendly items. Ethical Clothing Australia is a good place to begin!

Pros: you’re supporting worker’s rights to a safe workplace and a fair wage.
Cons: there are heaps of labels out there who may not be as eco-friendly or fairtrade as they claim – look for accredited brands or ask questions!
Lust-list: Men’s Triangle Print Tee by People Tree

 

Homemade
Making your own clothes is great. You can get a perfect fit, use any fabric you want, and the sky’s the limit in terms of style! Plus, you can pay yourself whatever you like! Just make sure to try and find some great organic or vintage / secondhand fabrics. Check out your local op shop!

Pros: you made it yourself! Sweet satisfaction.
Cons: you need to know how to sew. You can totally teach yourself though!
Lust-list: Bow Shirt 02 Pattern by BurdaStyle

 

Handmade
And finally, there are so many independent labels around run by talented designers and makers creating clothing in small runs, making one of a kind pieces, or even making bespoke pieces tailored just for you.

Pros: support a local designer, buy something truly unique, and have it tailored just to you.
Cons: are there any?
Lust-list: Pink Flamingo Dress with Peter Pan Collar by Kissyface

If you have any favourite handmade or ethically made labels, great sources for vintage and secondhand or resources for DIY clothing please leave a comment. More posts soon!

 

Zaum: Organic Purses

Posted by Penny on April 16, 2012
Fashion, Organic Cotton / No Comments

Eco Mina EM12 by Zaum

Excellent styling, yes? Love these bags by Zaum. Sometimes it’s hard to find things to feature on Oh My Green – often I resort to a trusty Google search. Today’s keyword: organic purses.

Zaum use organic cotton to make their bags, and they use no animal products (it’s actually pretty tricky to find really stylish non-leather bags lately, ladies).

Eco Carina EC2 by Zaum

Zaum are based in the US, but I have to say, for organic, non-sweatshop purses, these prices are really great.

Eco Fiore EF5 by Zaum

Plus, they’re pretty. Visit Zaum now!