Posts Tagged ‘eco’

Suits & Tailoring

Make your eco friends green with envy with “sustainable” M&S suit

By Gerald Lynch on June 25th, 2012

Marks and Spencer have today revealed what they’re calling the world’s first “sustainable” suit, putting the planets health on an equal footing with our sartorial needs.

The suit (the one pictured here is for illustrative purposes only) is a “revolutionary step forward for a clothing retailer” according to M&S, who have ensured the suit is made from the most sustainable materials possible.

Taking several years to develop , the different elements of the suit include:

o Wool – the suit is made from organic wool which is fully traceable back to the farms from where it is produced. In addition, all of the chemicals used in the production of the wool fibre are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) approved, to reflect the fact that as the fibre has been organically produced

o Lining – made from recycled plastic bottles

o Canvas (used inside the main body of the suit) – made from recycled polyester

o Buttons – reclaimed buttons

o Pockets and waistband – made from reclaimed fabric

o Labels – all of the labels inside the suit, even the ‘Care Instructions’, have been made from recycled polyester

“This a huge step forwards for the industry”, said M&S Plan A Expert, Mark Summer.

“It is the first time such an intricate garment has been made of sustainable materials, and as well as being one of the greenest garments available on the high street, it is incredibly stylish and something we hope our customers will be proud to wear.”

Mark continued, “We set ourselves a big challenge with a suit as it contains so many different elements that we had to consider, but as part of our Plan A objectives we are determined to ensure all of the products we sell not only look great but are sustainably sourced; the suit is the perfect example – it is very stylish, of the highest quality, sustainably made – and all for under £350.”

With only 500 of the suits made, the green-fingered among you will have to act fast to snap one up, priced £349. You can read more information about the sustainable M&S suit here.

T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

Katharine Hamnett’s Save Our Sea t-shirt

By admin on August 14th, 2008

save_the_sea.jpgEco designer extraordinaire Katharine Hamnett has turned the focus of her attention to the aquatic world with her latest collection (well, ‘slogan’), which bears the legend ‘Save the Sea’.

“We get 98% of our oxygen from the sea; the sea is dying because of pollution and environmental degradation”, warns Hamnett, who has created the new range of oversized (it’s an ’80s thing) tops in association with the Environmental Justice Foundation’s campaign against a practice called pirate fishing, which I’m sad to say involves neither dressing up or Johnny Depp.

Visit Hippyshoppper to find out more, including where to purchase the eco tee.

T-shirts, Polos & Shirts

People Tree short-sleeve jacquard shirt

By admin on July 21st, 2008

people tree shirt.jpg
People Tree’s handwoven jacquard shirt is a bargain £35 and features nifty eco-friendly details like coconut shell buttons. The shirt is made in Bangladesh where thanks to the Fairtrade principles it has helped create economic stability for women in rural villages.

It comes in blue and yellow or green and brown and has a relaxed but slim fit. Use it to dress down a pair of tailored shorts for a relaxed but smart summer outfit.

Visit Hippyshopper for more ethical fashion


Heat pressed bags

By admin on June 27th, 2008

Despite this amount of organic jeans available, there still isn’t much in the way of eco-friendly bags. If you’re looking to save the planet through your bag purchases, you’ll be interested in these heat pressed bags by Gregor Timlin. The design came about because Timlin wanted to make a bag that was eco friendly and inexpensive to manufacture.

While the methods behind this bag are impressive, right now they’re the bag equivalent of those MBT shoes – practical but hideous. Unlike the MBT’s, it’s just a prototype, so there’s still time for the bag to change its look.

Coats & Jackets

Adidas Originals D-Nizza, re-made eco style

By admin on April 28th, 2008

adidas d_nizz.jpgNow that many of the classic Adidas styles are back in vogue, the label has chosen to re-release them in its Originals range. But going back has not stopped the company looking forward, as the retro items are being made with environmentally conscious materials.

The Adidas D-Nizza (pictured) is produced in conjunction with the WWF and is supporting the WWF’s One Planet Living – an initiative to help us live within the natural resources of the world. It’s made purely from natural materials and sold in recycled packaging, but keeps all the authentic vintage/70s detailing. Available in khaki only, the track top retails for £60.

[Via Retro To Go]

Jeans & Trousers

BluWash: we can finally start washing our jeans again!

By ShinyMedia on March 12th, 2008

Bluwash_denim_softenerI’m in no way obsessive enough to do wrench rubbings on my back pocket with sandpaper but I do care about how my jeans look. This basically means that for certain pairs I try not to wash them until the smell makes me dry-heave. I’ve also had to get out of my favourite habit of wiping my hands on my jeans so I’ve reacquainted myself with hand dryers and kitchen aprons.
BluWash is special denim softener ($26) which promises to neutralise chlorine and apparently bonds to the fabric to minimise friction and protect the denim. What’s more it’s eco-friendly and biodegradable so even though you’ll be washing your jeans more hopefully it wont be making too much difference to the environment.

[Source: Nylon]


Eco belts made from old fire hoses

By ShinyMedia on January 4th, 2008

fire%20hose%20belt.jpgHippyshopper have uncovered some very virtuous belts made from old fire hoses used by the London Fire Brigade. The belts are unisex, but there’s a great range of designs from skinny to studded, with prices starting at £36 from Natural Collection. What’s more, with each purchase you’ll be giving a donation to the LFB Benevolent Fund.


Eco Slipper from Po-Zu

By admin on December 19th, 2007

PozuslipperChristmas is a time of slippers. Not only are they inevitably going to be sitting under the majority of Christmas trees this season, they are also obligatory footwear for Christmas day, when it’s traditional to go for as long as possible without getting dressed. That’s what the festival was originally about, the whole birth of Christ thing only came when the Romans introduce Christianity to these shores. Fact.
Po-zu have created the ultimate slipper (£70). It really is the gift that keeps on giving. The slippers use no harmful chemical glues and are designed to be repairable so should last a while. When they are finally finished, they are 99% biodegradable, which is high by anyone’s estimation. Even the shoe box is degradable and can be planted in the earth where it will sprout seeds.
Ok, so they look a bit like Ugg(ly) boots but as slippers, I think they’re quite stylish.


Sandbag ethical tees

By ShinyMedia on May 1st, 2007

SandbagteesSandbag, the pop-fashion
company who made T-shirts for Radiohead and Supergrass, has now added
the 100% organic mark to their garments in a new retail range. Lanched
in 2006, their retail clothes were already ethically manufactured using
certified fair trade cotton, but the organic step makes things even

But enough eco-geeky details, consumers want to look ethically
fashionable, and here is a nice, albeit small, range of funky T-shirts.
With separate men’s and women’s collections they should do well, and I
hope they expand giving us even more choices to funk up our ethical
fashion. T-shirts from £15 from their online store.

For more ethical fashion visit Hippyshopper

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