The Truth Behind That “Handmade” Label.

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It’s that ethical connection of knowing where and how our products got to us that makes handmade so desirable and I speak as both a maker of handmade goods and a supporter. Supporting ethical handcrafted encourages pride and awareness and strengthens local economy. There is something so beautiful and pure about wearing something made sustainably and lovingly by hands versus a big chain factory.


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Ecohabitude & GreenDrinks Kick Off Holiday Shopping with Style + Ethics

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To kick off the holiday shopping season in ethical style, online marketplace Ecohabitude co-hosted a socially conscious social and pop-up at their New York City showroom along with Green Drinks. The product footprints also provide consumers the ability to conveniently shop according to their values – conflict free, handmade, organic, vegan, biodegradable, fibershed, low carbon footprint, GMO free, profit sharing, wildharvested, upcycled, and the list goes on and on!

Eco-Chick’s 10th Birthday Wellness Party at Coco-Mat with Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

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We’re proudly the Internet’s first site covering these important issues – ethical fashion, beauty, travel and home – specifically as they relate to women. Guests enjoyed luxury massages and treatments from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics in the “Lush Spa” at our event. Prancing Leopard Organics showcased its range of ethical yogawear in its pop-up shop and yoga studio.

Shop Ethical and Fair-Trade at Paper High

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We found alternatives such as buying fair-trade , handmade and local, and although big business and unethical still dominates the marketplace, we are buying more ethically today than ever before which is highly encouraging for a sustainable future. Today I would like to introduce you to an ethical/fair-trade company named Paper High, founded in 2001, Paper High offers us ethically made gift items, home décor , stationary, felt hair accessories and tons more.

Handmade Pink Oxfords and Recycled Rainbow Bags from Guatemalan Artisans

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The post Handmade Pink Oxfords and Recycled Rainbow Bags from Guatemalan Artisans appeared first on Eco-Chick. Fair Fashion bags ecofashion ethical fashion guatemala leather loofah satchel shoes Shopping utz market“Make it count” is the UTZ market motto. They believe in empowering the people of Guatemala, and want the world to know about the good that comes from the Central American nation.

17 Ethical, Sustainable and Unique Gift Ideas for Holiday, 2016

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“Purchasing garments that are made ethically and that have a traceable supply chain ultimately supports the greater mission of changing the low standards that exist in the fashion industry,” said Sofia. Our managing editor Lindsay loves their apparel as each design is colorful, gorgeous and ethical. In my trial box, I received a beautiful comb with handmade flowers (above), a rhinestoned hair elastic, a lace-and-silk headband, and extra bobby pins.

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Summer’s Perfect Jewelry is Edgy Cool: Enter Natalie Frigo’s Handmade Designs

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The organic forms are then handcast and finished in New York City, marrying recycled sterling silver and 18K gold with personally selected, ethically sourced gemstones.” Fair Fashion Featured artisan ethical Handmade Jewelry natalie frigo NYC recycled gold recycled silver sustainableThe Playing Cat Cuff is made from recycled brass with white sapphires for the eyes. A simple piece that makes everyone look closer.

21 Ethical Holiday Prezzies for Gift Inspiration!

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We hope this helps you get through your shopping list this year—remember that supporting healthy and ethical companies means you are not only getting a great gift, but you are putting your dollars where your values are. The collection of soap, oils, and aftershave is entirely handmade with organic and vegan ingredients. Soul Carrier ‘s bags are handmade in Leon, Mexico by a small, family-run business paid a fair wage.

Just in Time for Holiday Lounging! Ethically Exquisite Leggings, Lingerie, Socks, Pajamas and More!

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If you’re last-minute holiday shopping for a loved one or for yourself, and want some fun ideas, look no further than our roundup of ethically exquisite leggings, sleepwear, lingerie and socks from Azura Bay. The online boutique not only specializes in stylish and high-quality sleepwear, loungewear and swimwear, but it’s committed to source brands that support values such as ethical production, artisan and handmade, fair trade and eco-innovative fabrics and processes.

7 Fab Ethical Fashion Picks from Modcloth!

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I picked 7 ethical fashion pieces that I found particularly on trend for this fall. This feminist-minded brand specializes in fair trade and handmade products that are both beautiful and ethical. Modcloth also buys from several ethical accessories makers, like bag-maker extraordinaire Baggu, which makes adorable reusable bags you might find yourself using as a day bag instead of for groceries! The post 7 Fab Ethical Fashion Picks from Modcloth!

Frida Kahlo’s Incredible 50-Year-Old Fashion is Local, Handmade, Gorgeously Mexican

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You might not know that Frida Kahlo was a fan of handmade, indigenous, local clothing, but it was all a part of the artist’s fierce love for her home country of Mexico: She literally wore her politics. Reminds me of what many in the ethical fashion community today do!). The post Frida Kahlo’s Incredible 50-Year-Old Fashion is Local, Handmade, Gorgeously Mexican appeared first on Eco-Chick. Tree of Hope, Remain Strong ( 1946).

Bario Neal’s Shark Triad Necklace: How I Wear EcoFashion, Ethical Jewelry Edition

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Bario Neal ‘s jewelry hits the great-design trifecta for me: It’s ethical, it’s edgy and it’s enjoyable to wear. I love that: Bario Neal is committed to environmental responsibility, ethical sourcing and marriage equality. Our jewelry is handcrafted in Philadelphia with reclaimed precious metals, Fairmined gold, and ethically sourced stones, using environmentally conscious practices. that hang from a gold-filled chain with a handmade clasp.

Digby and Iona: Handmade Jewelry with a Whimsical Touch

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SV: What are your sustainable/ethical practices, and why do they matter to you? Aaron Ruff, the designer behind Digby & Iona , in his Brooklyn studio. It’s rare that I obsess over jewelry; I am lucky enough to have inherited all my grandma’s and great-grandma’s necklaces, rings, hatpins, brooches and bracelets, pieces from 1880-1980, and rarely find anything that’s as interesting or beautiful as what I already have.

Vivienne Westwood Launches New Ethical Handbag Collection


Named one of the best vegan accessory designers from W Magazine , this week her Autumn/Winter 2011 collection was launched at Pitti Immagine in Florence for the Ethical Fashion Project in Africa. Exclusive to online retailer Yoox “the line is handmade in Nairobi from 100 percent recycled materials, including roadside advertisement banners and old canvas safari tents,” according to Ecouterre. The Ethical Fashion Africa Collection is available for men and women.


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ETHICAL shoppers are snubbing the festive frenzy on the High Street to make it a ‘green Christmas’ this year by Michael Smith (Veshengro) One of Britain’s biggest online ethical marketplaces reports a surge in demand for fair trade and environmentally-friendly products from conscientious consumers this yuletide. And the recession-busting rush to have an ethical Christmas recession shows no sign of letting up.

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Ethical Designer Opportunity! Madesmith Academy’s Sustainable Fashion Business Incubator

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Most ethical businesses shut down in their first year as they are unable to craft their unique story and messaging that sets them apart. Rasul describes Madesmith as: an online destination to find unique and beautiful handmade goods from designers who are producing sustainably and locally. The post Ethical Designer Opportunity! Is your fashion business (small or large) looking to increase sustainability practices?

Support Refugees with Lush’s Hand of Friendship Soap

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One of Lush’s latest handmade inventions extends a warm welcome to Syrian refugees arriving in North America. For every Hand of Friendship Soap bar sold, the ethically minded company will donate 100 percent of the sales cost (that’s everything but the tax) to support the most urgent needs of refugees resettling in North America. Health Is Beauty bath products ethical beauty ethics human rights Lush LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Refugees soap

4 Ethical Ensembles to Get You Through the Holidays, from Party to Work to Weekend

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Keep your style on fleek with these ethical fashion swaps for high-fashion pieces for Party, Work and Weekend! But unfortunately for ethical fashion girls, Rick Owen’s rock-and-roll savage style also means that he uses furs and leathers liberally in his designs. All of her pieces, from accessories to dresses, are handmade, with Golden herself drafting and cutting patterns and creating samples. The holidays can be such a whirlwind!

Nolcha Shows Ethical Fashion at New York Fashion Week S/S 2017

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The Nolcha Shows at New York Fashion Week have come to be synonymous with independent designers—and that includes plenty of talent that is working ethically and sustainably too. Mafi is an African brand for global women that has an ethical soul and provides sustainable solutions for local artisans. The post Nolcha Shows Ethical Fashion at New York Fashion Week S/S 2017 appeared first on Eco-Chick.

7 Takes on Ethical Summer Statement Jewelry: Capture the Beauty of the Season

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Bario Neal is committed to environmental responsibility, ethical sourcing and marriage equality. Our jewelry is handcrafted in Philadelphia with reclaimed precious metals, Fairmined gold, and ethically sourced stones, using environmentally conscious practices. Created using the ancient lost wax casting method and handmade in NYC of recycled sterling silver. . ” The beetle wings are ethically sourced from Northern Thailand, where Elytra beetles are common.

Passion Lilie’s Fair-Trade Print Fabulousness: How I Wear Eco Fashion

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AND it’s affordable, as well as ethical. It’s by Zoe & Sage , and is handmade in L.A. I only cover clothes in the “How I Wear Eco Fashion” column whose ethics I appreciate and whose style works for me—in other words, stuff I would choose to spend my own money on. .

Save the Planet in Sequins! Coachella Musician on Her Style Ethics

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I’m a huge fan of the independent/unique/real/fabulous fashion site, StyleLikeU ; the mother-daughter team over there makes these incredible videos about men and women with REAL style, much of it handmade, restructured, reimagined and just plain not ordinary (which is kinda like how I like to dress!). ” Talk about style ethics! Coachella Musician on Her Style Ethics appeared first on Eco-Chick.

Puzzle Apparel’s New DIY: Design It Yourself, Artisan-Made Clothes

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With Puzzle Apparel you get to: Support American artists by customizing Puzzle’s designs with handmade accent materials created by hand weavers, fabric printers, painters, and dyers from around the USA. Who are the people behind the handmade accents? Her yurt is full of lush textures and colors and beautiful handmade garments, scarves, rugs, and throws. Fair Fashion artisan blouses design it yourself DIY eco fashion ethical Fair Trade Handmade puzzle apparel

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Indigo Handloom: Human-Powered, Artful Textiles Are Carbon Neutral

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In short, the company, who has already worked with ethical fashion industry leaders like Eileen Fisher, is making carbon-neutral fabric that’s beautiful, wearable, and directly (and fairly) supports those people who create it. Fair Fashion carbon neutral chemical-free eco fashion ecofashion ethical fashion Fair Trade Handmade handwoven indigo handloom khadi khadi cloth kickstarter textiles

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Time, Expertise, Craftsmanship: What It Takes to Make a Dior Bag

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Fair Fashion accessory craft dior eco fashion ethical fashion Handmade purse videoI often hear that eco fashion is too expensive. But that’s not necessarily true, it’s that the cost of most cheap clothing is artificially low. Did you know that the price of clothing has actually dropped over the past 25 years, while the cost of everything else has gone up?

Gorgeous, Genius Gifts For Conscious Women from UncommonGoods

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Introducing our readers to the makers – the designers, artists, shoemakers – and sharing the story behind their unique products as well as their use of ethical materials and processes—has been integral to Eco-Chick since our founding in 2005. From uniquely gorgeous home accents, to gifts no one else will give , handmade lovelies and stunningly beautiful jewelry and clothing, Uncommon Goods has a little something for everyone this fall.

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El Voyage Brings the Beauty of Mayan Art to the World

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Fair Fashion accessories ecofashion el voyage ethical fashion Fashion guatamala Handmade handwoven scarfHandwoven fabrics are a truly joyful part of a conscious, considered wardrobe, highlighting both pattern and texture in the same piece. They feel different from cloth that is made on a machine, and I think it might be that feeling that means that I reach for them over printed pieces again and again when I’m deciding what to wear.

99-year-old Woman Sews a Dress for an African Child Every Single Day

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By next May 6, when she celebrates her 100th birthday, her tally will reach 1,000 handmade dresses donated. ethical living ethics green living In a senior living community in Davenport, Iowa, a group of residents meet weekly to sew dresses for a charitable organization. But for Lillian Weber the hobby has turned into a mission: In her Bettendorf farm house she makes a dress for a small girl in Africa every single day.

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Everything You Need for the Perfect Valentine’s—or Galentine’s—Day

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For some couples, Valentine’s Day is fraught with tension, and so having a great gift really matters—so we have a few really beautiful ideas for you in that category (all of which are fair trade, handmade and ethical, of course!). As you can see from the close-up image of the fabric below, it’s both lightweight and also much more complex in both texture and colors due to natural dyes and the handmade nature of the fabric.

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Shine Bright with Recycled Metal Jewelry: 5 Sustainable Picks

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LA-based jewelry designer Lizz Roberts brings us clean, architectural lines in her line of ethically sourced jewelry. Bario Neal also makes custom-made fairly mined commitment rings to help you ethically pop that most important question. When it’s not possible to recycle they source ethically from the Canadian arctic, Namibia and work with the Tanzania Women Miner’s Association (TAWOMA).

Dogwood and Hastings: Sustainable Homewares Launch!

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You can read about all the Stories behind the prints, the line’s Impact and Ethics, and much more, over at the Dogwood & Hastings website. . Creative Arts candlesticks dogwood and hastings Handmade homewares kickstarter made in nyc made in oregon made in usa napkin rings organic cotton recycled metal table jewelry tablecloth weights I’m excited to announce that my design project, long in the works, is up and running!

8 Ways to Green Up your Wardrobe

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8 Ways to Green Up your Wardrobe: 1: Shop ethically: Ethical shopping means that you are purchasing wears that cause minimal upset to the environment, animals and workers. Ethical Consumer has compiled helpful buyers guides of clothing companies to avoid and support and EcoMall has created a list of sustainable companies. 4: Support ethical handmade : Etsy is the probably the best place to snag adorable handmade clothing made from ethical fabrics.

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The Perfect Maxi Dress: How I Wear Eco Fashion

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They soon returned to India with the profits they had made, mixing business with pleasure; staying at Buddhist retreats, discovering crafts at local markets and picking up gorgeous handmade fabrics along the way. Nomads has been making fair-trade, ethical clothing since 1989, which means they have tons of experience, and it shows in the breadth of their designs. First of all, the Nomads clothing origin story is pretty romantic!

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For the Neohippie Homebody: Eco-Chick’s Holiday Gift Guide #3

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All the products below are fair-trade, ethical, locally made, eco-friendly, low-impact, or (most likely) some combination of the previous. And if you are still looking for that perfect (ethical) thing for that special someone, our recent list of 8 great ethical boutiques is a great place to start—and so is our Resources page. HomeSoul aromatherapy decor Handmade Home linens rugs sheets pillows baskets showerhead aromasense ruggable lava lamp nightlight rug

We Went to See Eileen Fisher at The New School and It Was Life Changing

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Eileen began her career in interior design and dove into the world of fashion after encountering the world of handmade Kimonos in Japan. Eileen spent the evening bringing her talk back to how personal connections are an integral part of building ethical businesses. Fair Fashion eco fashion Eco-Chick eileen fisher Energy ethical fashion Events Fashion Global Warming health Organic organic cotton parsons sustainable sustainable design sustainable fashion

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Modavanti: Hot Summer Sustainable Style

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Ethically made in Los Angeles. Olsen Haus produces quality, stylish, cruelty-free vegan shoes and vegan accessories with standards of fair trade and ethical business practices. Handmade by women artisans in Rwanda receiving fair wages. Fair Fashion eshop ethical fashion Modavanti sustainable fashion We want modern styles that look good and do right. But the question of where to shop is not always apparent. Stuck? We’ve got a hint that will make it easy.

Wood Everything: Eco-Chick’s Holiday, 2015 Gift Guide #1

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All the products below are fair-trade, ethical, locally made, eco-friendly, low-impact, or (most likely) some combination of the previous. And if you are still looking for that perfect (ethical) thing for that special someone, our recent list of 8 great ethical boutiques is a great place to start—and so is our Resources page. Carved Cases are handmade by a small company in Ohio—I love that each one comes with a postcard signed by all the employees.

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Juno & Jove’s Fresh Spring Style (and a Discount for You!)

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I’ve long been a fan of Juno & Jove , an ethically-minded brick and mortar and online shop that features clothes that are: “made in the US, contain organic fabrics, employ fair trade principles, locally sourced, vegan, handmade, recycled and repurposed.” Fair Fashion clothes eco fashion ethical juno and jove Shopping spring sustainableLove the colorful, happy vibe of this Cyprus tank, by Turk and Taylor.

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California Natural with Nau’s Micromodal Pants: How I Wear Eco Fashion

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Because we’d be walking lots (maybe) hauling something home, and getting lunch too, I put together the perfect thrifting-to-lunch outfit for funky Berkeley: A vintage 80s top from Etsy seller Black Sheep , micromodal Pantalons from Nau , handmade, vegetable-tanned Cydwoq sandals , and a vintage suede backpack (oh, and my awesome reusable XX for soy cappucinos, of course). Fair Fashion cali style ethical how I wear ecofashion micromodal Nau pants sustainable clothing trousers

Mother's Day Giveaway - Win $40 Gift Certificate to Novica Fair-Trade Marketplace, ends 5/30

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Novica is truly synonymous with Mother’s Day; you can find heirloom quality handmade keepsakes, carefully handcrafted jewelry , standout apparel and beautiful home décor that any mom would love. You will be helping artists and crafts people earn a fair and ethical income while gifting your mother with lovelies that she will enjoy for years to come. Mothers are absolutely amazing! Seriously, and I am not just saying that because I am one.

(Last Minute) Eco-Chick Holiday Gift Guide: Subscription Boxes for All!

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All the products below are fair-trade, ethical, locally made, eco-friendly, low-impact, or (most likely) some combination of the previous. And if you are still looking for that perfect (ethical) thing for that special someone, our recent list of 8 great ethical boutiques is a great place to start—and so is our Resources page. And our gift guides for ethical yoga wear , natural scents and perfumes , the neohippie homebody , and the lover of all things wood.

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Prancing Leopard Yoga Wear: Organic Cool

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On a global scale, we offer handmade artisan pieces, in addition to our core line, to benefit underserved women’s communities who make them. Fair Fashion Featured eco fashion ethical fashion New York City organic cotton prancing leopard workout yoga zeugmaI love my Prancing Leopard Toulouse jumpsuit. Here I am, practicing a bit on my front lawn. I look a bit goofy, but I’m definitely happy. Goofy = Happy, don’tcha know?