Thursday, 26 September 2013

Eco Chic - the savvy shoppers guide to ethical fashion

Book Review

I have just finished reading Eco Chic by Matilda Lee. The book overall is very informative but some chapters were more interesting to me than others. Matilda Lee discusses in great depths the consequences that mainstream clothing manufacture has on humans and the Eco system as a whole. I feel Matilda Lee has researched this topic extremely well and the book is a good start for anyone wanting to be more ethical. There is also a directory at the rear if the book, although some companies are no longer in business. 

Eco Chic was written in 2007. The foreword is written by Katherine Hamnett and the book quotes people like Stella McCartney, Saffia Minney, Ali Hewson, Bono and Katherine Hamnett. Many of these people are pioneers in the Ethical minefield, proving to consumers that you can buy quality Fairtrade items without compromising on style or quality. Regular manufacture of clothing etc can cause terrible illnesses and issues for humans. This is discussed throughout the book.

The book features chapters on

  • The labour behind the labels
  • Throwaway culture
  • A tale of two fabrics
  • Fashionably dangerous
  • The rise of eco fashion
  • Fabrics of the future
  • What's fair is fair labour
  • Design pioneers
  • Can the highstreet be green
  • DIY fashion
These are some of the companies that are mentioned in the rear of the book who are still available to purchase from. I have also added some of my own, which I have purchased from.

Albatross - women's pyjamas and lingerie made from organic cotton
American Apparel - US based sweat shop free clothing
Bamboo Clothing - clothing for men and women made from bamboo fabric
Belle and Dean  - clothing for babies, toddlers and women
Buttress and Snatch - lingerie made in the UK
Calico Moon - Fairtrade
El Alto - manufactured in Bolivia
Epona - t shirts and sweat tops/ hoodies
Gaiam - yoga
Gossypium - yoga
Greenfibres - organic sell facecloths, towels etc (purchased from)
Liv - clothing, bed and bath (purchased from)
Pachacuti - Panama hats (purchased a hat through PeopleTree)
Edun - denim (purchased from)
Katherine Hamnett - Katherine E. Hamnett is the ethical line
People Tree - clothing for men and women (purchased from)

Beyond Skin - vegan and vegetarian footwear
Birkenstock - footwear
Ethletic - trainers similar to converse


Fifi Bijoux


Manumit UK


Silver Chilli

Other companies 

Kazuri - ceramic beads ethically made. Bafts member (purchased from)

Earth Squared - fairtrade bags and accessories (purchased from)

Samantha Holmes - ethically made accessories and bed socks (purchased from)

Bronte by Design - throws, cushions and bags made in the British Isles (purchased from)

Melin Tregwynt - skirts, Welsh Blankets and cushions

Brora - cashmere made in Scotland (purchased from)

Johnstons of Elgin - cashmere made in Scotland (purchased from)

Seasalt - clothing business with ethical practices

- Louise

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