Silver sleepers makethisfairtradeToday I’m responding to an exciting request from my reader/friend Fi, who tagged me on Instagram to #MAKETHISFAIRTRADE.

Fi is after some silver sleepers that don’t irritate her ears and are made ethically.

One of the first things I do when I try to find an ethical substitution is think about that item’s particular qualities. Later, if I’m getting stuck and ‘fairtrade silver sleeper earrings’ isn’t yielding any results, I can use those qualities to change the terms of my Google search.

What are the main qualities of ethical silver sleepers? Well you have to sleep in them, so they must be:

  • Comfortable, without any bumps or hinges (possible search terms: simple, endless hoops, continuous hoops)
  • Delicate (anything delicate will usually respond to the search term ‘handmade’ or be available on Etsy)
  • Ethical (I tried my usual combinations of ‘ethical’, ‘fairtrade’, ‘fair trade’ and searches for possible jewellery companies with ‘fairtrade silver’)

Plus, Fi wanted a pair of earrings that wouldn’t irritate her ears, so they had to be quality silver.

Lastly, I knew that silver sleepers usually retail for between $20.00 and $50.00AUD, so I needed to find options in that price range.

Silver sleeper earrings

1. Novica Minimalist Cycle Artisan Crafted Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings for $22.99USD / 2. Novica Spin Me Fair Trade Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings (Medium) for $40.99USD / 3. Argentium Silver Sleeper Hoops, 20 Gauge Earrings from Etsy for $43.53AUD



1. Novica Minimalist Cycle Artisan Crafted Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings for $22.99USD (on sale from $48.95)

A pair of simple, small sleeper earrings, made from .925 Sterling silver.

Ethical credentials: Handmade with transparency in Thailand


2. Novica Spin Me Fair Trade Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings (Medium) for $40.99USD (on sale from $66.95)

A pair of medium-size sleeper earrings made from .925 Sterling silver. The graduated size (thicker on one side of the hoop) makes this pair a little more interesting than your regular silver sleepers.

Ethical credentials: Handmade with transparency in Indonesia

3. Argentium Silver Sleeper Hoops, 20 Gauge Earrings from Etsy for $43.53AUD

This pair also has a graduated thickness that makes them a little more interesting, and are made from Argentium silver (92.5% silver + 7.5% copper).

Ethical credentials: Handmade with transparency


4. Bespoke jewellery by Cred, starting with a £120 deposit.

If your budget is a little more generous and you’re in the UK, Cred create bespoke jewellery made using Fairtrade silver.

Ethical credentials: Handmade with transparency in the UK using Fairtrade silver

Fi, I hope these options help! Thank you for tagging me to #MAKETHISFAIRTRADE.


Have you seen something you want to buy, but isn’t ethical? I’ll find you an equivalent!

Yours Fairly,




  1. November 22, 2014 / 1:33 AM

    I love this idea! It seems like one of the biggest reasons consumers have a hard time with shopping for sustainable or ethical products is the amount of time it takes to research! The production practices aren’t commonplace yet so it’s really tough. I’m currently looking for Chromebook case and I haven’t been able to find one that meets all my standards. Usually they’ll hit a couple of the issues…it’ll be handmade but not eco-friendly. Or it’ll be produced locally but unethically. If you happen to find one, do let me know! :)

    • Ashlee
      December 7, 2014 / 12:33 AM

      Thanks! I’m so glad you like it. I agree that researching is the hard part… which is one of the reasons why I started this blog: to share my research :) I will keep an eye out for a Chromebook case (but first I have to learn what that is ;) )

    • Ashlee
      January 16, 2015 / 5:06 PM

      Yasmeen, can you give me the dimensions and any ‘must have’ qualities for your Chromebook case? Plus an idea of price, colour (and maybe even a photo?) I will see what I can find :)

  2. Fi
    November 24, 2014 / 2:34 PM

    Thank you so much!! This makes me so happy :D

    • Ashlee
      December 7, 2014 / 12:25 AM

      My pleasure! I hope it helps :)

  3. Julie
    November 30, 2014 / 5:57 PM

    These are my favorite posts to read. Thanks for taking the time to put this together!

    • Ashlee
      December 6, 2014 / 11:05 PM

      My absolute pleasure! Thanks for reading and let me know if there is anything you want me to find an ethical equivalent for :-)

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