Gifts - Clothing

Below we've selected a few of our favourites from the rapidly growing number of sustainable and ethical designers and brands.

But you can view many more in the Green Guide Directory - so check out the following sections:


1. We Love Lowie's Red Tea Dress

This vintage style, knitted tea dress is made from 100% washable soft merino wool. With hand-knit puff sleeves and button detail, the dress is nipped in at the waist, making it very flattering.

Inspired by the world’s rich mosaic of traditional handicrafts whose origins date back to the Middle Ages, Lowie re-interprets these time-honoured practices in a modern way. Hand-knitting, crochet, hand-embroidery and hand-stitching are incorporated into almost every piece in the Lowie collection. Only the finest soft wools, luxurious organic cottons and eco-friendly leathers (with minimal chemicals used in the tanning process) are used in their collections.

Price: £235
Available: from www.ilovelowie.com or from their store at 115 Dulwich Road, London, SE24 0NG
Link: http://bit.ly/TAakg4

2. Collaborate in Trading Fair with People Tree

Every season, People Tree widens its range with prestigious collaborations. And now Danish-born designer Peter Jensen has joined with the ethical and eco label to produce a new collection for 2013, rich with graphics and contemporary shapes.

People Tree is a pioneer of fair trade and sustainable fashion, championing the traditional hand skills and natural fabrics that help protect people and planet. The company works with 50 fair trade groups and organic cotton farmers and artisans in ten countries around the world, providing some of the world’s most marginalized communities with a sustainable living.

This new collection launches in December 2012.

Available: People Tree - www.peopletree.co.uk

3. A walk on the beach with Sea Salt

In cheerful and unique prints this mac is made from Sea Salt's famous Tin Cloth. Perfect for a rainy day or a walk on the beach, it's weather resistant, windproof, breathable and has an organic cotton canvas outer.

Sea Salt were the first fashion company in the UK to use cotton certified by the Soil Association. They're still involved in developing and maintaining those standards, as a board member of the Soil Association Textiles Standards & Trade Group.

In their Autumn/Winter12 collection, 76% of the cotton garment range is organically produced and Sea Salt have become one of the UK's largest sellers of organic cotton. Now employing over 200 people, with 13 shops in Cornwall & Devon (two more opening soon) and 350 stockists in the UK, including John Lewis, Sea Salt is a veritable Cornish success story.

Price: £115
Available: from www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk
Link: http://bit.ly/SpO3Q1

4. Save our Seas with Rapanui

The Marine Conservation Society has been Rapanui's chosen charity since 2008. They organised the biggest beach clean ever recorded by the charity and continue to help with their campaigns.

This women's super soft bamboo t-shirt is Rapanui's tribute to MCS's work and they're donating 50% of the profits from this tee to the MCS.

The top was made in a Fair Wear Foundation-audited factory. It was transported by ship, not air. And it's printed with phthalate-free inks and hand-finished in the UK.

Price: £24.95
Available: from Rapanui - www.rapanuiclothing.com
Link: http://bit.ly/znoJyr

5. Izzy Lane

The new Izzy Lane Winter 2012 Collection is called ‘The Winter Weekend’. The style is authentically British, where metropolitan meets country, with snazzy but timeless coats and jackets made from the wool of their own rescued Shetland sheep. The collection includes cosy sweaters in the rare cashmere of British goats and the fine, lustrous wool of our rescued Wensleydale flocks.

The wool has been processed – scoured, spun and dyed in West Yorkshire and woven into cloth in an ancient mill in the Scottish Borders.

Price: Sycamore Coat in Red herringbone £329
Available: from Izzy Lane - www.izzylane.co.uk


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