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Thanks for posting this, makes you think...!

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nice critical thinking fash ho'. thanks for sharing!

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World of good ( http://www.worldofgood.com/catalog/index.php ) Has some really nice jewelry and shawls that are fair trade.

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Yay for fair trade

My only complaint about Fair Trade shops is that they are all pretty much the same and have the same types of things. I went to one in Amsterdam that had pretty much the same stuff as the one I go to in Cleveland.

www.tenthousandvillages.com is another site

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More on Voluntary Simplicity
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Yay for fair trade

My only complaint about Fair Trade shops is that they are all pretty much the same and have the same types of things. I went to one in Amsterdam that had pretty much the same stuff as the one I go to in Cleveland.

www.tenthousandvillages.com is another site

that's globalisation for you! I guess its not as bad as people buying the same Gap shirt all over the world . . . .
There are good things (a global infrastructure and market for fairtrade stuff) and bad things (maybe these shops should sell more stuff made sustainably and locally).

Anyway, I found more on voluntary simplicity in a paper from a workshop I went to . . . .


Sustainable Consumption, Lifestyles and ‘Responsible Consumers’
Anne Marchand and Stuart Walker
PhD Student and Professor/ Associate Dean and University of Calgary, Faculty of Environmental Design

Voluntary Simplicity (or simple living), which might be considered a
movement, is an attempt to achieve a better quality of life by minimizing the detrimental
impacts of our ways of living on both the human and natural environments. Inspired by ecofeminism,
Buddhism, Taoism, and authors in the tradition of Thoreau, it “[…] represents one outcome of the
culture of cynicism that has grown up in response to a materialist culture that emphasizes superficial
meanings” (Murray, 2002).

According to Burch (2003), the main characteristics of Voluntary
Simplicity (VS) include:
• the rejection of a culture of consumption;
• a search for autonomy based on a social conscience;
• the revision of consumption choices and a preference for more
ecological modes;
• taking a conscious approach to life rather than adopting impulsive
and unconscious behaviour;
• consciousness of a spiritual life.
For instance, as Craig-Lees and Hill (2002) wrote, voluntary simplicity
lifestyles “[…] can include city dwellers who make an effort to curb their
consumption, executives who refuse a promotion (and the associated
increased income) in order to spend more time with family and friends, or
people who move to rural areas in an attempt to adopt a totally self-sufficient life-style”.
Duane Elgin, author of Voluntary Simplicity (1981), from which the
movement took its name, and Arnold Mitchell have described voluntary
simplicity by suggesting what it is not (Elgin, Mitchell, 2003). They
emphasise that VS in not a social movement confined to the United States
and that it should neither be equated with a back-to-nature movement nor
with poverty. Elgin and Mitchell add that although VS surely traces some of
its contemporary heritage from the counterculture movement of the 1960s,
its present constituency is certainly not limited to that group.
With regard to sustainability, Shaw and Newholm (2002) assert that the
ethical, social and environmental values promoted by voluntary simplicity
represent one possible path towards sustainable consumption patterns and
lifestyles. Other authors such as Reisch & Scherhorn (1999), De Graaf et al.
(2001), Maniates (2002) and Etzioni (2003) see in the VS philosophy a
direct response to consumer culture and a movement that holds lessons for a more viable, sustainable society.

Available http://www.score-network.org/files//...1_20060428.pdf

In the paper, they go on to discuss how this has now become a marketing hook, where a product is sold on the values of VS.

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In the paper, they go on to discuss how this has now become a marketing hook, where a product is sold on the values of VS.
There's irony for ya ...

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There's irony for ya ...
This particular irony is actually present in every aspect of social life - I'd say there isn't one lifestyle that hasn't been or couldn't in the future be attempted to be used for marketing purposes. Just goes to show how sick the culture of consumption has become.

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Glad to see this is such an active thread.

EVERYONE HERE should read Harvard economist, Juliet B. Schor's essay Cleaning the Closet. It will change your life. This is a link to the PDF file.

I was thinking many of the same thoughts she describes in her piece long before I read it. What an affirmation!

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had a quick look at the people tree clothes www.peopletree.co.uk , after seeing it mentioned in a magazine.

Some of the stuff is really quite nice but i wonder if it would benefit from different styling, art direction and photography . . . .
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Cute things frop People Tree!!

I saw these companies in body + soul magazine and thought I"d share!

www.avalonorganics.com (I'm pretty sure I have seen these sold at Wild Oats as well..prices seem reasonable)

Organic, sensual body care that honors your intelligence, your natural beauty, your well-being and the earth. Feel at peace with pure personal care. Products that work, without compromising consciousness of the greater good.

Consciousness in Cosmetics is the guiding principle behind everything we do at Avalon Organics. It reflects our commitment to creating an extraordinary, unprecedented range of new and reformulated products that are inherently pure and safe, while expanding the efficacy and vibrantly healthy benefits of natural body care. It is our mission and our passion.


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Organic Cotton
I haven't seen this company posted yet, if it has been, I apologize for the repost. There are some interesting articles about the comany on the website. They are quite long, so if you are interested just go to the site! The articles are: 1. The People Touched by Organic Cotton
A rural community in India has found that its shift to organic farming is enriching more than its soil.

2. How They Escaped from Chemicals The organic farming methods adopted by our cotton farmers are not unlike the methods used by other organic farmers around the world. But the local environment and religious beliefs of people in the community here require unique solutions for controlling pests, amending the soil and harvesting bolls by hand.

3. No One is Sweating in These Factories-
When Gaiam clothing designers Mary Foley and Cindy Clyde stepped into the factory in Bangkok, Thailand, where Gaiam organic cotton is dyed, knit, cut and sewn, they were welcomed with warm smiles rather than warm temperatures.
“The first thing I noticed was that it was very clean,” Foley says. “Then I realized that the temperature was great, even though it was extremely hot outside. And everyone was smiling.”



www.gaiam.com

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had a quick look at the people tree clothes www.peopletree.co.uk , after seeing it mentioned in a magazine.

Some of the stuff is really quite nice but i wonder if it would benefit from different styling, art direction and photography . . . .
You wonder right, and I say start with the art direction

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The road to improving the environment is paved with T-shirts — fair-trade, cotton T-shirts, to be exact.
WWD found that “ethical fashion is broadening its scope” in Europe as shoppers base their purchase decisions on the clothing’s country of origin, as well as whether they believe the brand has a reputation of sourcing their products in an ethical manner. Mike Barry, head of corporate responsibility at Marks & Spencer said, “80 percent of our consumers wanted to know more about how clothing products were made.”
Without fair trade, farmers in economic straits resort to using more and more chemicals in an effort to increase their output. This creates a taxing effect on the environment, and an unending cycle as the consumer demands lower and lower prices for the same goods.
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Thanks for the blurb Lena! Renews my hope in European environmental ethics...everyone keeps telling me that Europeans don't care about "green" clothing.

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^ Europeans seem to be far ahead of us when it comes to "green"

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