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Fairtrade and high quality accessories brand Eka -- owned and run by British pro snowboarder Gilly Seagrave -- are having a huge sale right now. Even if you're not planning on heading to the snow-capped Alps, the conditions in the UK are so chilly at the moment that this is the perfect excuse to add some stylish beanies to your collection... [via Nollie]

el naturalista bags.jpgEl Naturalista has been a huge hit with fans of stylish, ethical shoes since its online store launched in May. And now, the Spanish firm is to branch into bags and accessories, all made under equally stringent ethical conditions.

If you're already keen on El Naturalista's shoe styles which are based on 'organic forms', then you'll love the new items which follow similar design principles. You'll also be contributing to Naturalista's Atauchi Project for disabled and homeless children, which they run in conjunction with an NGO in Peru. For every shoe sold from one of their best selling ranges, NASCA (inspired by the NASCA lines in Peru), 1 Euro goes towards the project.

Related: El Naturalista launches online ethical shoe shop

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Let's all close our eyes for a moment and dream of a not-to-distant future when we'll be able to scoot about the streets in airt culottes and funky, light summer shoes.

The designers at Vans have clearly been dreaming, as they've come up with these fab Jute espadrilles, new for summer 2008. The shoes are available in red, navy, black plain colour-ways or my personal favourite, mosaic (pictured). There is no leather or any other animal-derived ingredient in these espadrilles, making them ideal vegan chic footwear. £30, freephone 00800 82677625 for stockists

reusable bag bitch.jpgThere are many approaches to going green: Some prefer to keep their good habits to themselves, avoiding all smugness in the hope that others will simply see their shining example and follow suit. Others prefer to give constructive criticism; a comment here or a suggestion there could help the planet without gaining the reputation of being a nagging bore, or so the logic goes.

Others still go for the direct approach, like the charming young lady on this oversized shopping tote. Bearing the legend 'shop with a re-usable bag, b*tch!' it gets its message across loud and clear. Maybe a good one to carry into your local supie if the staff still aren't quite taking the hint when you produce bags of your own. $14.99 at Angry Little Girl

banana republic.jpgAre you planning to shop in latest US import Banana Republic? The new flagship store in London's Regent's Street promises racks and racks of mid-range fashion that's a bit more interesting than Gap's basics. But there's a price to pay for the affordable prices, says War on Want.

The charity has exposed some less than savoury truths about working conditions in Banana Republic's factories in India, where workers earn as little as 15 pence an hour and are 'trained' to lie about the amount of (illegal) overtime they put in. This is a bad start Banana Republic's UK debut, and will look even worse for its parent company Gap, which is still struggling to clen up its image child labour business last year.

Related: Gap accused of using Indian children as slaves

reflector ring.jpgSo simple, yet so effective an idea, this ring is made from a tiny reflector that maker Txalteredart found by chance while cleaning out her room! It's a great example of found art and an easy way we can all recycle random objects with a bit of creativity.

In this case, the reflector screamed 'ring!' and fitted perfectly on to a silver-plated base to make this great accessory for indie chicks and disco dollies alike! If it catches your eye, it's an absolute steal at just $5 on Etsy.

recyclebagholder_l.jpgHowever hard you may try to refuse plastic bags, there are always those times when you've forgotten your bag for life, or the shop assistant simply won't take no for an answer and you've had to bad a day to argue...we've all been there. So here's a great solution from People Tree.

The plastic bag dispenser is made of eco-friendly jute and can be hung up on a wall, door or anywhere you're likely to pass on the way to the shops. Simply fill it up with any plastic bags you do have, and whenever you need one, all you need do is pull one out of the bottom. £6 at People Tree

adili bird tote.jpgIt's vernal equinox today; the time of year when the days are getting longer and birds are beginning to flock back to our shores with hope in their little hearts for a warm summer.

To celebrate their return, we bring you this rather lovely, hand-crafted bag at Adili, made by independent Ottomi artisans. The fuschia birds and insects are embroidered using naturally dyed yarn. It costs £120. [via the bag lady]

bindi irwin.jpgBindi Irwin, the nine-year-old daughter of the late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin is an ambitious young lady. Already, her career has already seen her present a TV show, bring out her own fitness DVD and album, and now she's launching a super cute eco-friendly clothing line for kids.

Irwin showcased her collection, Bindi Wear International, with a catwalk show starring herself and a troupe of young models (including a real-life python) in Sydney yesterday. The clothes in the 130-piece collection aim to bring the eco fashion message to kids, and feature recycled materials, lots of fun animal prints and a funky 'Bindi' logo.

bra.jpgCute and girly, this pretty bra and briefs set is a steal at just £10.50, reduced from £27.50.

That's a fantastic deal for underwear made from certified organic cotton, so if you're looking for lingerie that's soft and kind to your skin with a hint of sexiness, this might be one to add to your drawer. And while you're at it, why not take advantage of these great offers on feminine, floral print pyjamas?

£10.50 at Natural Collection

trashy bags.jpgIn Ghana, plastic bags are a menace, littering streets, trees and beaches. This messy situation has led one local entrepreneur to take advantage of what he sees as an abundant resource and found Trashy Bags, a company that stitches up the bags and turns them into funky and functional new ones that can be used for school, shopping and more.

earth collection.jpgThe Earth Collection is a rare thing: a chain of shops selling exclusively eco-friendly and fairly traded products in locations spread all over the UK.

In each branch, you'll find ethically sourced, environmentally friendly and affordable clothing and accessories for men, women, babies and children, all made specially for the chain under really rigorous ecologically sound principles. There are currently 30 stores around the country. So why haven't you heard of them yet?

crocs.jpgI won't get into the ins and outs of whether or not the chunky shoes are a fashion faux-pas, but the Crocs phenomenon now looks likely to be as much a feature of spring as crocuses. A lot of plastic goes into making Crocs, so what is the most eco-friendly way to dispose of them? Well, there is in fact a dedicated Crocs recycling scheme in place, so the horrific prospect of mountains of the things piling up all over the countryside is thankfully the thing of nightmares. Read on to find out more!

ashley watson sjunco.jpgThis fabulous smoke green 'junco' handbag is one of an exciting range by Ashley Watson; a Canadian designer who works exclusively in recyled and refashioned leather.

As well as stylish bags in all shapes and sizes, you'll also find super-smart filofaxes, wallets and belts in the collection, many of which were once jackets purchased in charity shops in a previous life. You can often make out the pockes, seams and fastenings in the new products, as Ashley strives to incorporate these into her designs. Whether or not you're a leather fan, I think this is a great form of recycling, resulting in some gorgeous pieces. And the old stuff is always softer and more attractive in my book!

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Our US-based trendhunters over at Shiny Style alerted me to eco-friendly clothing line Nvohk (pronounced 'invoke'): they're an independent surfwear label with a unique method of finding funding.

Calling itself the first "community managed, eco-friendly, surf-inspired clothing company," the brand calls upon customers to chip in $50 a year to fund the clothing line and participate in business decisions, and 10% of all these profits go to environment charities. In return, community members receive reward points based on profits redeemable for Nvohk clothing, and a 25% discount on the clothing, and essentially, they run the company! This may sound bizarre, but a surprising 1,900 people have already signed up since December.

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