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edun%20copy.jpgIt's good to see the real 'big guns' of fashion supporting more ethical designers now, and the trend continued last night with Edun's Rogan Gregory scooping the prestigious the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award last night.

Gregory collected his award at the 7th on Sale gala and pocketed a £100,000 prize. He will also receive a year of mentoring from an industry executive. He runs Edun with Bono's (of U2) wife Ali Hewson mainly out of the US. To get your hands on some of their ethical threads you will have to head over to Harvey Nicks, Selfridges or Matches.

Personally, I can only dream about affording items like this delectable 'night break' shift dress (€250), but it's good to know that those on the fashion gravy train are taking ethical issues so seriously. [Via Catwalk Queen]

little%20sister.jpgAfter yesterday's news on the forthcoming plastic bag bill, it's time to start thinking more seriously about carrying a shopping bag with you at all times. Not convinced? Just imagine your dismay at spotting an object of desire in a shop window and having nothing to carry it home in! Doesn't bear thinking about, does it...

So to make sure you've always got somewhere to put your shopping, we've joined forces with Catwalk Queen to give away some of the hottest new eco totes out there. Made by underground label Little Sister, the silk-screen printed pen-and-ink designs on these organic, fairtrade totes are already appearing on the arms of ethical fashionistas in the know. We all know what happens when a bag makes it big, so to be there at the beginning, simply send us an email with the subject header "Little Sister" and you name and postal address. Good luck!

recycledcardholder.jpgTravel cards have become a necessity in many cities as part of a very welcome drive to cut down on cars, and this in turn has led to a rise in "Oyster-card-chic" wallets. In London, for example, the 'penalty' for forgetting your travelcard on the buses is a £2 fare versus the very reasonable 90p oyster charge, so it's no wonder this little area of fashion is gaining ground.

Our bag blog The Bag Lady have been monitoring the trend too, and they've picked up on this neat little card-holder in Topshop, made from recycled fish paper in Cambodia. It costs £15, and is part of a wider range of cute, recycled accessories including make-up bags and handbags, that the chain now has on offer.

Related: Designer Oyster card holders from Oxfam

enamore%20sexy.jpgOoh baby! Forget Agent Provocateur...the most glamorous gifts for the green goddess in your life this Christmas will have to come from eco-friendly lingerie label Enamore.

The latest range is the sexiest yet, and I think the picture speaks for itself: here we have white peek-a-boo French knickers (£36) and matching bikini bra (£45), both made from a sumptuous organic silk and hemp blend. Time to start those subtle bra-size questions if you'd like to give a lady in your life a real treat!


When the Bag Lady send me a tip about a new 'eco bag', it'll tend to be either yet another canvas tote or an unaffordable designer handbag, made with very expensive sustainable materials where the very expensive leather would normally be.

Not this one: it's fun, trendy, ideal for Christmas parties and a steal at £30. Available at Fashion Conscience, the 'disco clutch' can only be described as 'ring pull bling'; each is hand-crafted by women in co-operatives in Brazil, lined with a pocket and zip and even tells you the name of the lady that created it for you!

i%20don%27t%20get%20wasted.jpgPlastic bag use is now down 10% in the UK according to Sainsbury's, with re-using up 50%. This is all wonderful news, and suggests that fashion campaigns encouraging reusable bag use have been effective after all. And on that note, may I introduce the latest 'statement' bag with green leanings: the 'I don't get wasted' tote from Origins.

Origins, famous for its natural, organic beauty products, has ensured it got one up on Anya Hindmarch, as the tote is not only 100% organic cotton, but fairly traded as well. It's also donating all profits from its sale to the Organic Farming Research Organization, which helps farmers the world over to go organic. Take that, Anya! I've just received mine, and have to say you could fit an awful lot of cosmetics in the large-sized sack; certainly more origins facecreams than I could afford in a year!

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I stumbled across Chatreuse Chic for the first time this morning, and really liked what I saw. Describing itself as a blog for 'eco fashionistas', It's a site that not only presents green fashion in a stylish and eye-catching way; it explains what's good about it, too.

Scanning the homepage, you'll notice that all items are split into categories that tell you why they deserve the 'green' label. Good b/c it's fair trade brings you the best in fairly traded fashion, good b/c it's handmade is packed with quirky, crafty stuff as well as instructions on customising your own, and good b/c it's organic brings you stylish threads that haven't been dipped in pesticides.

There are some really cool outfits featured here, from very diverse sources and the site has a really user-friendly interface. As they've done their research so well, you'll find almost any style and where to buy it with very little fuss.

mock%20croc2.jpgIf there was a category for 'things that look really inethical but are actually green as freshly-cut grass' this 'uptown bag' would be somewhere near the top.

The very realistic crocodile effect is made by taking old tyre inner-tubs that would otherwise sit around in landfills, and cleaned up using an environmentally friendly process. They are then shaped to look all croc-like, and finished with a faux-leather trim, open interior pocket, smooth zip fastening and a even a fabulous interior lighting system -- the latest must-have bag accessory. Yours for $210 at the Groovy Mind. [Via Ecofriend]

Related: 'Say no to snakeskin', fashionistas urged.

vivienne%20westwood.jpgIf you needed another reason to love Vivienne Westwood than her uniquely quirky style, here's some good news: the Dame has thrown her weight behind the anti-fur campaign, which seems to be gaining a lot of support from within the once-guilty fashion industry just now.

This means that from now on, fur will be banned from Viv's collections. "We have not used fur of any kind in next season's collection and have no plans to use it in the future," a representative for the label told PETA. This latest development has Westwood’s fashion house joining the likes of Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. PETA has been working hard in the last year to pushing their agenda across, using celebrities like Sadie Frost, Alicia Silverstone and Dita von Teese fronting anti-animal fashion advertising campaigns.

laptop%20bag.jpgIf you can't afford McCartney's Stella(r) prices, there's a great little tutorial here on how to make a laptop bag from an old pillowcase.

OK, so perhaps the print that's been chosen for this bag isn't the coolest you've ever seen, but you can use any pillowcase you like, and if you're concerned about security while you're out and about, I guess the shabbier it looks, the less likely any potential muggers will are to know you're carrying a shiny bit of kit in there!

stella%20mccartney%20bag.jpgFun, funky and friendly to the environment, this handbag is part of a new collection from Stella McCartney.

The 17-piece range for LeSportSac has been designed around Stella's own lifestyle, so these are really the items that she and her friends would carry when they travel. So you'll find lots of practical stuff here like stylish laptop bags and camera cases alongside roomy and well-built bags.

As you'd expect, there are no animal products in any of the bags components, and all materials can be recycled. And there's not a tassel or peace sign in site! [Via Ecofriend]

primark1.jpgPrimark, birthplace of the £4 jeans, has been officially named as the UK's 'least ethical clothes shop' in a study by Ethical Consumer magazine. Hardly a surprise to anyone whose ever spared a moment's thought on how they get their prices so low, but it's worth bearing these facts in mind when you find yourself tempted by bargains on the high street.

On a scale that measures workers' rights, whether the chain deals with oppressive regimes and other ethical issues, Primark scored a meagre 2.5 out of a possible 20. But proving that low cost doesn't have to mean low morals, Matalan -- another discount clothing store -- came out with one of the highest ratings.

tam%20and%20rob.jpgEver feel bad about how much you spend on clothes? Stylish ethical label Tam & Rob can help, as every time you buy an item of clothing from their range, they'll donate a new sari to a destitute woman. The scheme is in operation between now and Christmas, with all benefits going to Social Action for Association and Development (SAAD).

The charity also provides literacy and skills training to some of the world’s most vulnerable women, as the label’s own ethos is also to increase opportunities for disadvantaged groups. The women trained by SAAD are social outcasts and victims of abuse. The new saris donated by Tam & Rob will benefit these women as they start their new lives and careers supported by SAAD.

Tam & Rob has stringent ethical standards for its manufacturing process, even going as far as producing videos on their producers' working conditions. The current range is a sharp, sassy collection with an oriental twist, and with prices between £18 and £180, it's well worth having a look.

gap.jpgIt's not looking great for Gap. The American chain's clean-cut basics and skinny jeans may be all the rage at the moment, but I've noticed its name crop up in quite a lot of worker-abuse stories recently, and coming from a brand that was accepted by the Ethical Trading Initiative, this ain't good news. And unlike well-known culprit Primark, Gap clothing isn't even that cheap!

Gap was caught red-handed in a recent swoop on a textile factory where children as young as ten were found to be working in 'conditions close to slavery' under the threat of beatings.

Related: High Street stores accused of exploiting factory workers again | Gap stonewash jeans cause 'distress' in South America


Dam Tam is a London-based company specialising in organic, ethically produced, eco friendly baby clothes. Their styles err more in the direction of minimalist baby fashion - using block colours and simple patterns - than the cartoony side of baby fashion, but this is no bad thing... I defy anyone not to adore these fairtrade organic cotton spotty trousers, or this organic cotton pink banana beany hat! This is baby fashion to appeal to stylish adults as well as babies (it's just a shame their gorgeous stripey organic babygro doesn't come in my size...).

It is evident throughout the site that the company is run exclusively by mothers - they even offer washing advice for their clothes tailored for babies with sensitive skin, as well as a links page full of useful sites for the green-minded mother.

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