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11-01-2006
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alright..i'll add another

These are "blackspot shoes" unswoosher and classic sneaker from http://adbusters.org

Blackspots at Paris Fashion Week
Thursday, 29 September 2005
Starting October 7, Blackspotter Jacques Fath will be descending on Paris equipped with armloads of Blackspot Shoes — just in time for Le Salon de la Mode Ethique. The ethical fashion show will be presenting the work of 50 designers of ethical fashion from all around the world, and will also play host to panel discussion on topics such as handcrafts, textiles and sustainable development.
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Guys - does anyone know where I can buy fair trade, organic fabrics online? In bulk? preferable no dyes, and if dyed then natural ones...

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Guys - does anyone know where I can buy fair trade, organic fabrics online? In bulk? preferable no dyes, and if dyed then natural ones...
try looking here : http://www.dharmatrading.com/home.html

and may be

http://www.theorganicpages.com/topo/...id=32&keyw=646

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It's Fairtrade Fortnight right now (well it just started) and People Tree who have been mentioned in this thread before (check page 4) will be showing their latest clothing and jewelry collection at The Slug and Lettuce in Islington (odd venue choice but apparently S&L only serve fairtrade coffee,tea and hot chocolate). I've no idea of cost but there is a free glass of wine involved. I'm thinking I might head there. Going to contact the woman and then post details here.

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Ooh, sounds great Meg! I wish I could join you. Looking forward to details and hopefully pictures!

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Just got an email back from the woman organizing it, Jenna, and it's free entry and a free glass of wine comes with that! Seems like a pretty good deal to me! So if anyone else is thinking of going just drop me a note!

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To reserve a spot either phone or email Jenna Orme at:
jorme@stormcom.co.uk
+44 0207 240 2444

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It seems to me that fair trade is becoming more popular. I believe m & s is launching a range of fair trade organic cotton clothing soon.
Just out of interest does anyone know if any of there food is fairtrade i think they should look at this as well, if it isnt.

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yea tiamaria I started a thread in D&C regarding the M&S new fairtrade clothing line. I'm not sure about the food but they prob. offer fairtrade bananas and coffee/teas like most major food retailers.

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http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/home.php

ten thousand villages' website not only sells the items, but tells you about the artisans that make them

their jewelery is beautiful (and they have really cute scarfs and hats). i wish they carried clothing though
Oh, I love their store.... One of my personal favorites for fair trade products... they sell beautiful stuff for home, I get my coffee there as well..... They also carry skin care products..... And the one we have over here does carry some tshirts made for Equiterre, but I think it's American Apparel tshirts they use to print....

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And I will post again..maybe to myself..but here is another link to fair trade clothing

http://www.peopletree.com/

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why 'green' is the new black
we've been discussing how ethics and consious consumption is been THE rising niche trend.. here an article by Suzy Menkes, published at IHT

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Eco-friendly: Why green is the new black
MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2006
The jeans are funky, patched with color and highly decorated. But who could believe that this hip denim is having a second recycled fashion life and that the fabric is ecologically and environmentally sound?

When Earth Day reaches its 35th anniversary Saturday, it will have one small success to celebrate. The fashion industry, built on constant change and quick turnover, is taking a longer view. You no longer have to be an eco-warrior or a hippie to grasp the message. For the cool and stylish, green is the new black.

With Bono of U2 supporting his wife, Ali Hewson, in her Edun (read "nude" backward) venture and green Web sites sprouting like spring flowers, eco- awareness is becoming a hot topic and a growing business.

"Truly great design is coming through," said Bono about the fall/ winter collection. "We have got to find ways of making our activism sexy, and fashion is it."

"I place myself and this exhibition at the heart of the industry," says Rebecca Earley, a British designer of recycled and hand-dyed clothes and also the curator of a powerful show at London's Crafts Centre.

"Well Fashioned: Eco style in the UK" (until June 4) is interesting, informative and uplifting. It sends out a positive message rather than dwelling on fashion's destructive downside: clothing made from fabric with cheap labor, then dyed with pollutants, stitched in a sweatshop, washed frequently and ultimately dumped in a landfill.

"This is about good design, not products that shout 'eco' - and lots of designers don't want to create a green gang," says Earley, explaining her "long involvement" from fabric student in the 1990s at Central Saint Martins school, when she became aware that "everything I produced had a limited life span," to creating her own line and introducing her ideas to the academic world as a research fellow at Chelsea College of Art and Design.

The young talents in "Well Fashioned" include Terra Plana's recycled, quilted flowered boots, Howie's organic cotton T-shirts and recycled jeans from Red Mutha.

Earley has brought passion and dynamism to the Crafts Council, raising a flag for craft and design examined in a profound way. It tackles, in a series of explanatory labels and warnings ("257 gallons of water for one cotton T- shirt"), the three-pronged process that could make clothing eco-friendly: fair trade for low-cost fabric makers in the poorest countries such as in Africa, India and South America; sensitive care, by reducing washing temperatures to 30 degrees Celsius, or about 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and going easy on the water; and how to recycle clothes or even to learn to hang on to them.

"It is also about theory - engaging with people's deeper needs, their sense of belonging, of protection and their emotional attachment to clothing," says Earley, citing the designer Benjamin Shine's multifunctional clothes and her own collection, recycled from the wardrobe of a woman she knew.

The show starts with panels giving a brief history of British eco-awareness since wartime clothes rationing exhorted women to "make do and mend," to the flower children of the 1970s. Their flea market clothes have morphed today into vintage fashion on high-profile celebrities and clothes swapping on eBay.

There are samples of Duchy Originals, food and beauty products from the royal Highgrove estate, where Prince Charles first vowed to go green 20 years ago.

With more space, the show might have paid dues to Katharine Hamnett, the British designer who took up the fair trade cause at the end of the "greed-is-good" 1980s and has developed a pioneering fashion label based on ecology and the environment. Or it might have been widened to include the Danish designers, whom Earley describes as "so much more eco- aware." It cannot tackle the wide-ranging movement in America, or even Edun, founded in Dublin in 2005.

Earley's focus is on young independent designers, each with an ecological point of view and modern, rather than homespun, clothes. For example, a shinyAzo-free Ekotex jacket from Ciel by Sarah Ratty has an urban cool; and Enamore's clothes made of "cannabis Sativa," or hemp, are streamlined and stylish. If cotton is a favorite, with the Juste label working for fair trade in Africa, there are also fabric surprises. Emma Newberg, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, has produced flowery dresses with cape collars made from recycled plastic polyethylene vinyl acetate.

In fact, synthetic fabrics can be as eco-friendly as natural fiber, with polyester offering "positive benefits" from its low laundry demands. Earley has even discovered a technique of dyeing using paper blotters to create minimum effluents and less water waste.

How realistic is the idea of turning the fashion industry green? Earley admits that using low-impact dyes "is a craft technique; it can't translate into industry." She also believes that most designers do not even think about their fabrics and how and where they are made. But she says that, while everyone focuses on manufacturing, the industry needs "conceptual ways of thinking so that clothes function better when you get home."

Earley, working with other green groups, has already staged eco-shows in Paris and New York. The day that a big brand endorses eco-principles and makes it a selling point will be a prized moment for planet fashion - and planet Earth.
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Thanks Lena!

Once again tFS proves to be ahead of the curve!

*muchos besos*

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I'm very concerned about the enviornemnt and I'm very intrested in eco-friend living, so I'm very happy to support the use of these kind of materials.

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to be honest im not eco friendly and i really dont give it a second thought. i know i should but i have enough to worry about already! but this is just me!

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thanks for the article lena. pretty much sums up what's been simmering for the past year or so. I'm vegan and try to buy eco-friendly materials and clothing as much as I can. I also see vintage/thrifted clothing as a form of eco-friendly fashion as well because it's essentially the act of recycling.

though I must say it seems a bit silly to try and market activism as "sexy", to quote bono...who says we ethical earth and animal loving hippies with a conscience aren't already sexy?

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