Category Archives: Men's Clothing

No Fair Trade Fashionistas* wardrobe is complete without SHOES!

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I realized while reflecting on products I’ve covered in the last year that I’ve been ignoring a part of the puzzle so essential when getting dressed in the morning: SHOES!

Surprisingly, there are a wonderfully large number of companies offering Vegan/Fair Trade alternatives to the shoes we wear and love everyday! And many aren’t even that much more expensive then those we are buying already, so please join me in checking out some different companies:

Kidbean.com offers all different kinds of accessories for children, but I want to focus on their broad options for Vegan/Sweatshop Free shoes today. Please see their website for more options. They have some clearance items right now as well, so check it out before it’s too late!

The Vegetarian Site is full of different kinds of shoes you may not even expect there would be a Vegetarian option for from many different stores. On this site one can find sneakers, hiking books, everyday boots, nice work shoes, and Hemp sandals.  It’s definitely worth a look!

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Above you can see the “JoJo” Boots are classy, sleek, and Vegan! They feature a Vegetan upper (a breathable and water-resistant synthetic leather that is 70-80% biodegradable) and a rubber sole. Made in Portugal. See these and more.

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Or you can check out a forum for many different sites offering alternative Vegan/Fair Trade options for footwear and other products at Vegan Peace.com.

And last but not least, the company I’d like to feature in this article you may or may not of heard of, as they have been gaining a lot of media attention recently:

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TOMS was started in 2006 with the goal of providing a needy child with a pair of shoes for every paid sold on the website. Since then, they have met and surpassed all expectation by giving away over 400,000 pairs of shoes to children in need. After news of the earthquake in Haiti reached founder Blake Mycoskie, he promised to donate 30,000 pairs of shoes by February in addition to monetary donations, whether that many pairs are sold on the website or not.  Watch a video about TOMS shoes and their mission.

For their original ideas, genuine caring effort and compassion, TOMS is an amazing shoe provider and deservers all the suppor they can get!

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Above are only a couple examples of all the different creative patterns and styles TOMS Shoes can be ordered in. Also, founder standing with many children who have been made happy with purchases from people like you 🙂 So go to the website today, and personally make a difference to one child without shoes!

Indie Peace: Making their “Mark” on the Eco-Friendly Fair Trade world

I am very aware of the fact that the current fair trade and eco-friendly clothing industry is strongly oriented towards women. I am also aware of the fact that this needs to be changed. Many men have complained to me about the lack of conscious options for them. That’s why I feel it is so important to inform my readers about a wonderful company, Indie Peace, that has been brought to my attention.

Indie Peace’s motto is: “We are making a mark, without leaving one.”

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The “mark” their talking about of course is a carbon footprint. Indie Peace, which define’s itself as a “socially responsible, fashion apparel company”, was started July 2007 by Lawton Ursrey and fashion designer John Van De Wiel.

While Indie Peace has a women’s line in addition to their men’s line, the company began only with a men’s line, which is still more developed. So I know you’ve been chomping at the bit for this opportunity guys! Shop away at their online store, available here 🙂

Indie Peace has spent the time to think critically about how to make shirts sewn in such a way as to enhance your natural body shape. They have broadened the shoulder line and defined the abdomen area, giving your body more of a natural v shape. As the enhancement of ones’ natural shape usually stays in the area of women’s clothing, this is a very unique aspect in the industry of men’s shirts.

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So not only will you look great wearing Indie Peace t-shirts, but you can feel great about your purchase! Their shirts are referred to as “PEACE GOODS” because all the most environmentally conscious products and means are used throughout every stage in their production: Their t-shirts are made only with natural or low impact dyes or water based printing inks; they are manufactured from 100% organic cotton, hemp, RPET (recycled poly), or bamboo; and Indie Peace, “make(s) every attempt to minimize the amount of travel INDIE PEACE clothing must make throughout the supply chain.” In this vain, they use minimalistic and socially responsible products all the way through the packaging materials.

In addition to being as environmentally conscious as possible, Indie Peace products are all manufactured under Fair Trade conditions. Indie Peace intentionally keeps all the manufacturing inside the USA to localize the supply chain, to provide work to many US factories and the local work force, as well as to decrease the overall carbon footprint of their operations.

 

So what are you waiting for? Go shop and Indie Peace, and start erasing your “mark” on the planet.

Fair Indigo: Eco-Friendly Fair Trade clothing

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Fair Trade Fashionista* is excited to introduce you all to Fair Indigo, a clothing producer who focuses on maintaining the highest standards for Fair Trade Fashion and environmental protection.

With the mission of creating change in the apparel industry by manufacturing “stylish, high-quality clothes while paying a fair and meaningful wage to the people who produce them,” Fair Indigo is a pioneer in this area.

Fair Indigo handpicks the factories in which their clothing is produced for their devotion to rewarding workers with a fair wage for their skill.

Fair Indigo’s denim line is all organic, while their fleece is a blend of 50% recycled polyester. They are also researching the possibility of incorporating organic cotton that is also certified fair trade into their modern day clothing.

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Above is a summer dress made from linen and cotton that could catch anyone’s eye. It’s light whimisical yet practical and style-conscious look is matched with extremely soft fabric to make you feel like a queen. Currenlty 75% off on sale, get your today!

Fair Indigo also puts a great emphasis on respecting the environment with every step of business. They maintain respect for the environment in everyday business practices by maximizing reduce/reuse/recycle practices in their offices and warehouses and choosing partnering with facilities that share the emphasis and respect for the environment. They use 30% post-consumer waste and paper certified for sustainability in their catalog and building materials like bamboo flooring and hangers, recycled metal, and glass in the retail store in order to keep the environmental impact to a minimum.

Finally, Fair Indigo donates shipping cartons to Just Coffee based in Madison, Wisconsin, which are then reused to ship bulk coffee around the country.

While based in their Hilldale Mall location in Madison, Wisconsin, Fair Indigo products are also available online, in the catalog. 

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So I don’t know about you but this little jacket just gets me everytime! And the best part? It’s completely eco-friendly and fair trade! It is made from 100% organic cotton and Oeko-Tex certified safe dyes so you don’t have to worry about your child’s health or that of the artisans crafting this wonderful little cardigan.

Fair Indigo has clothing for men and women, as well as babies and some accessories.  What’s not to love?

Check out Fair Indigo’s Spring line and sale items available for very competitive prices right now:)