Monday, 19 November 2012

Ecochic Designs in Full Bloom

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul
- Luther Burbank 

Flowers have played a significant role in the natural history of our planet as well in our lives as human beings. Did you know that tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold in Holland during the 1600s? There are over 250,000 species of flowering plants recorded and they appear to have been around for about 140 million years! So I think it's fitting to incorporate this wonder of nature into our lives - in an ecochic way of course ;o) 

Multi-Coloured Rose Fairy Lights from Fresh Cargo - These 100% fair trade lights were designed in the UK and are made in Thailand
Rose Print Bikini Style Pants by Kerala Crafts - These super sweet undies were made under fair trade conditions by Malabar Memsahib Welfare, a women's co-operative providing desperately-needed work for women living below the poverty line in Ponnani,  southern India
Flower Pendant Choker Necklace by Frank Ideas -This striking pendant has been hand-stitched from strips of reclaimed black rubber
Orange Flower Print High-Waisted Skirt from Make Amend - Bright, summery and unique this pretty outfit has been re-made by hand from vintage garments and materials
Fleur Pendant Necklace by Annabel Panes - Inspired by the aesthetic of the 1930s this pendant has been crafted from 18ct Fairtrade and Fairmined white gold and the rope chain from 14ct recycled gold
Flower Print Jewellery Roll by Manumit -This gorgeous jewellery wallet was handcrafted in Vietnam under fair trade conditions, helping to secure employment for disadvantaged women and farmers
Pure Linen Dress with Rust Pleated Flowers by AnnySchoo - This bespoke dress is made using material that is cool, great for sensitive skins, chemical and animal free >> featured in Peppermint Magazine issue 6
Pink Petals Gift Tag by Little House of Limes - Here's a sugary sweet way to personalise that gift for someone special! These lovely tags are handmade from recycled materials
Micro Flower Print Dress by Etrican - This fun and flirty organic cotton dress was inspired by vintage Art Nouveau prints
Dahlia Necklace by Daphne Olive - This pendant has been lovingly crafted from environmentally-friendly bamboo
Vintage Black Velvet Floral Dress from VVVintage - This is such a fabulous vintage piece! I love the juxtaposition of the solid black top and the flowing colourful train. Why buy new when there are treasures like this up for grabs?
Crush Vegan Sandals by Cri de Coeur - Flower fashion doesn't have to be bright and garish, it can be sleek and sexy too! Made under ethical conditions in China using recycled lace
Black Flower Flamenco Apron by Zen Zen - Why save your eco-chicness for the outside world? Now you can be sustainably stylish in the kitchen with this crazy cool apron made by a fairtrade company in Indonesia that uses environmentally sustainable materials
Lace Eco Necklace in Black by Rachel Clowes - This completely amazing necklace has been crafted from felt made using recycled plastic bottles with stunning results!
Cap Sleeve Dress from Annie Greenabelle - This ethically made dress has a fresh retro feel to it :)
Ful Flower Pendant Necklace by Annabel Panes - Inspired by Nepali blossoms and traditional designs, this piece has been crafted by artisans in Nepal from 100% recycled silver
Hummingbird Shopper and Zipper Pouch from BlueQ - These flights of feathered and flowered fancy are made with 95% post-consumer recycled material
Elisa Flower Wrap Dress from People Tree - This delightful vintage print dress is made by hand from 100% organic and Fairtrade certified cotton in India
Bombay Petal Necklace by Stone Arrow - This delicate looking blue flower has blossomed out of a recycled Bombay Sapphire Gin bottle! Wow! Each piece is accompanied by an information pamphlet explaining their origins
Flower Goddess Soap by Pretty - Yummo! The ingredient list sounds mouth-watering including; rose petals, jasmine flowers, lavender, and sweet magnolia. Pretty promises to only use materials that are completely biodegradable, organic or derived from sustainably wild-harvested sources; with nothing fake, nothing toxic, and never tested on animals
Native Australian Wildflower Gift Card by Inaluxe - This eye-catching design was inspired by the colour and form of Australia's native flora. Made in a carbon neutral workshop from 100% post-consumer waste card and printed with vegetable-based ink
Lana Floral Print Dress by Bibico - Chic and versatile, this dress was made by a women's cooperative in India, providing them with training, education and work, empowering them and their children
Brown Flower Kigali Clutch from CAUSE + effect - What a stunning design! I just adore this clutch made from African wax fabric, and featuring a handmade closure of a woven raffia disk and paper bead. The creation of this product is helping to create positive change in African communities
Turquoise Floral Peplum Skirt by AFIA - This super fun floral print skirt was crafted under sweatshop-free conditions in Ghana using 100% locally-sourced cotton
Floral Cropped Jacket by Device - This charming bolero was made using fabrics left over from larger-scale production, normally destined for landfill
Flower Garden Stakes by Beyond Borders - These delightful garden ornaments have been handmade in Hati using 100% recycled metal from 50 gallon drums! Best of all purchasing Haitian art has a direct positive impact on the income of a Haitian artisan
Vintage Flower Dress from Nancy's Gone Green - Cheerful, mod and bright! I'm loving the vibe of this cute little number
Big Flower Necklace by Factory on the Moon - This is a fantastic piece for someone looking for a combination of quirky and pretty! Made from recycled magazines, this necklace is one-of-a-kind
Vintage Floral Clutch by Yellow Bird -This stylish vegan clutch has been handmade using limited-run vintage fabric and lined with re-claimed white fabric
Paper Mache Kashmiri Bangle by Handmade Expressions - Vivid and exquisitely depicted flora dance across these bangles crafted under fairtrade conditions by disadvantaged artisans located in India 

Petal Hydrangea Peace Silk Scarf by Sara C - This beautiful will bring a touch of Spring to any Winter or Autumn outfit! Best of all, because it's made from peace silk it's cruelty-free too :D
Dunn Earrings by Alcira - Handmade in Bolivia by women entrepreneurs using upcycled metals. Greenola has partnered with this small business, paying them a fair wage as well as fostering a safe, sustainable way to enrich the community and support themselves
Morgan Denim Flower Patch Hobo by Melie Bianco -Take a dash of animal-friendly faux leather, add some funky denim flowers and you've got yourself a brilliant bag!
Oversized Flower Brooch by Bartinki - Not one to make small fashion statements? Like your brooches to be extroverted? Then this is the accessory for you! Handmade from reclaimed materials
Milady Dress by Ethos Paris - Inspired by the Scottish highlands this 100% organic cotton dress created by artisans in India through a partnership with an ethical company based in about an international flavour ;o)
Flowered Wreath Headband from Hearts - Channel your inner wood-nymph using the flower power of this handwoven wreath. Made in India by a fairtrade cooperative of female lace artisans
Preloved Floral Playsuit from House of Beth - You may recall that I love a good playsuit! This one would be so much fun to skip about town in on a summer's day. Wanna hear something awesome? Half of the proceeds from each purchase at House of Beth goes to benefit the survivors of human trafficking and prevent more trafficking from occurring via the Red Light Campaign
Moonlight Lantern by Nkuku - Made from 100% recycled glass and sprinkled with a floral motif, this lovely lantern would illuminate any happy occasion beautifully 
Flower Patch Kit by Planet Eco - Last but not least...why not invest in some actual flowers as well? This super cute kit comes with 5 packets of organic seeds, bamboo plant tags, organic and biodegradable pots and a grow guide to get you started :D


  1. Fantastic picks! I'm crazy about those floral undies...

    1. Hi Nancy's Gone Green :D Thanks so much for the lovely feedback - I'm stoked that you enjoyed these picks!

      Love your work x