Last week I took part in the Eco Age Frugal Challenge. The task; sharing and wearing only ethical fashion. It wasn’t much of a challenge as that’s every day in my world, but was super fun to share it with the Eco Age audience and folks on twitter.
Here are my 7 outfits (and an extra fancy dress costume from Saturday night!)
Hello Monday morning. Today I am in the Jewellery studio which isn’t as glamourous as it sounds, will be spending the day sawing, filing and soldering metal. It’s a shared space so there are loads of health & safety rules such as hair up, no open toe shoes, and only natural fibres (due to man made ones often being more flammable)
So I have gone for my ASOS Africa jumpsuit which I love, especially as it is made my SOKO, a fair trade production unit in Kenya, set up by my former colleague at Ethical Fashion Forum, Jo Maiden.
Have paired this with my comfy TOMS and a ring and necklace from my own collection. Stylish for the studio, and perfect for my friends leaving drinks tonight.
I stopped a stranger on the way to the tube and asked her to take this photo. Turns out I picked a photographer. Thanks Dani (www.danitagen.com)
Woke up to the sound of heavy rain this morning. So went for something perfect come rain or shine and easy to wear at the bench today (which is where this photo is taken).
It’s a day for climate neutral organic cotton which both my tee and my trousers are made from. My trousers are by Norwegian label Fin Oslo, part of a range they created exclusively for the ASOS Green Room last year. The t-shirt is from charity EJF (Environmental Justice Foundation) whose work I am a big supporter of. In a way it’s your famous campaign/political tee but with a design twist. This one features a design by Eley Kishimoto, which was inspired by the tree of life and the profits of it’s sale went to their Climate Refugees campaign. Did you know that there are actually more climate refugees than political refugees in today’s world. In 2008, 20 million people were displaced due to climate change, and over 150,000 died due to global warming and it is estimated that these figures are just getting higher. So it’s a really important campaign to support.
And my shoes – well they are Melissa for Herchcovitch; Alexandre. Made from MELFLEX plastic, and the Brazilian company has some innovative sustainable practises in their factory such as recycling 99.9% of its factory waste and water. They have the added bonus of protecting me from soggy feet if we do get some rain later today – but fingers crossed for another sunny afternoon and evening.
Am at a music festival today and so wearing this gorgeous dress that Tara Starlet made for my project Think Act Vote (?!X), am pairing it simply with these little gold pumps that I have had for about ten years now from Portobello Market and vintage sunglasses. The ?!X Refashioned challenge had leading eco-fashion designers creating one off pieces from one of our climate neutral t-shirts. You can read the story of the dress here.
This weekend I went to Playgroup Festival, where the theme was the British Countryside, and they were also using this theme to raise awareness of the current issues threatening the future of it. I just decided to go a few days before the festival and didn’t have much time to work on an outfit. I was given a little card that came with my ticket inviting me to dress up as a hare. But I didn’t have any hare like clothes, and wanted to buy nothing new to make this outfit.
I have noticed two types of friends when it comes to fancy dress. Most head out and buy what they need from cheap high street stores and fancy dress stores, happily wear it once and throw it away. Whilst others work with what they have got or make things especially for the occasion. I wanted to make the Bjork Swan dress, from an old white sheet but didn’t have the time, so I thought through my wardrobe and realised what I could put together easily.
I decided to go as a bee, as they are a vital but in danger. Sam Roddick wrote on the Eco-Age blog earlier this year about The Importance of Bees - “Within England, the bee is vanishing at a far larger rate than any other country in Europe- the British honey bee population has dropped by thirty percent in recent years. Six of 25 bee species have declined in UK by at least 80% in last 50 years while 3 British bumblebee species are already extinct.”
To make the costume, I wore a yellow dress that I have had for years and stitched some black ribbon around it to make the stripes. I had these bee boppers as somebody had left them in my car on the way to a festival a few years ago. I then made my wings with a couple of wire coathangers and an old pair of tights. As it was a bit chilly, I put on some organic cotton leggings from Gossypium, a cardigan from Frank + Faith, and fairtrade Ethletic trainers from The Fair Corporation. Making a costume that was easy to dance in, free and all the parts of it are wearable again.
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