1. to put right (a wrong).
2. to correct or adjust (esp in the phrase redress the balance).
1. the act or an instance of setting right a wrong.
2. compensation, amends, or reparation for a wrong, injury, etc.
3. relief from poverty or want.
What I like about this outfit is it’s easy to throw on for yoga on a Saturday morning yet stylish enough to run errands in afterward without fear of running into people you know. It’s also fairly straightforward to recreate this outfit, fairly, from items I’ve spied recently!
1. Shwood Belmont Stone (Black Slate, Grey Polarized) Sunglasses available online for $350AUD.
These sunglasses by Shwood are in classic black with a gentley rounded shape. Round glasses best suit square-shaped faces (like Miranda’s), oval, and heart shaped-faces.
Shwood pride themselves in making sunglasses using natural materials… in Portland, USA! Note – simply because an item is made in the USA, does not mean that all stages of the production are local and/or ethical. (In making their range, Shwood uses wood sourced from around the globe). I’ve spoken before about the fact that certifications, such as the Fairtrade or Fair Trade certifications, are the easiest way to evaluate the ethics of a product or brand. However, I’m yet to find a range of sunglasses made by a Fair Trade organisation and/or using Fairtrade materials. There are plenty of eyewear companies that use a ‘one-for-one’ business model, which I have mixed opinions on for the reasons I spoke about here. As an alternative to Fair Trade or ‘one-for-one’ organisations, Made in the USA is pretty good.
Ethical credentials: Handmade, Made in the USA
2. People Tree Stripe V-Back Tee in Navy available online for £15.00GBD (40% off!).
Stripes are always fashionable. This year, they are particularly on-trend. I love that stripes are trans-seasonal and can add a touch of French polish to an outfit, even an activewear outfit. I have this T-Shirt in yellow – it’s roomy enough to look acceptable over leggings at the gym, or while running errands. The V-Back adds interest.
Ethical credentials: Fairtrade, Fair Trade
3. People Tree Black Leggings available online for £26.00GBP.
The versatility of leggings cannot be overstated. At £26, these cost more than what I would ordinarily like to pay for leggings. But, in the interests of fair trade, I bought these (on my student budget) and I’m so glad that I did! These are truly the softest leggings I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning. I’ve been wearing them constantly to the gym and lounging…including, ahem, right now as I type.
Ethical credentials: Fairtrade, Fair Trade
4. Aure Que Dani Small Bag available online for £65.00GBP.
When I saw this bag on Fashion-Conscience, my eyes almost popped out of my head… It boasts an abundance of options; shoulder straps AND a cross-body strap; a serious amount of compartments; in full leather OR with hand-woven banana yarn side panels; in black, grey OR brown.
I’ve read criticism that leather isn’t the most sustainable of materials in terms of protecting the environment. Aure Que create their bags from Buffalo leather that is produced in South Nepal as a by-product of the Nepalese food industry. For those who prefer a leather alternative, I’m on the lookout for a fairly traded, vegan handbag (please let me know if you know of one!).
Ethical credentials: Made with Transparency (in a fair trade arrangement in Nepal)
5. Gideon Classic Hi Roo Shoes available online for $289AUD.
Also available in chocolate and tan, these shoes are made using kangaroo leather.
Kangaroo harvesting is required in Australia to control increasingly large kangaroo populations, which cause environmental degradation and disrupt ecosystems. Nonetheless, the use of kangaroo meat and leather is strictly regulated under Australian law (specifically the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999). Kangaroos are not farmed, but harvested in the wild by licensed hunters. The number of kangaroos harvested changes annually based on long-term predictions as to population size, trends, and climate (and independent of market demand). Like all meat and leather industries, the commercial harvesting of kangaroos has its controversies. I encourage you to read about them before making up your mind about whether you support the use of kangaroo leather.
As for Gideon Shoes, I’ve blogged about them before and think they’re pretty special. They are truly an organisation with ethics and sustainability at the core of their business (how awesome is their mission?).
Ethical credentials: Handmade, Made in Australia
…The baby you will have to make yourself. With Orlando Bloom. Good luck with that.