Saturday, 3 November 2012

Ethical Fashion to Make You Tickled Pink

Whether it's a sweet cotton candy blush or a blinding neon cerise - we all need a little pink in our lives now and again.

Here are some options for when you want to think pink but still dress green!

Vegan Isabel Lock Messenger Bag by Melie Bianco - Not only is this gorgeous looking bag made from cruelty-free materials, it was also also made in a factory regularly vetted for ethical practices and treatment of employees
The William Crush Crew by Hendrick Boards - How could you not develop a crush on the real life William pup? This tee in his honour has been printed with a unique vintage eco wash. Best of all $5 from each purchase goes toward helping shelter animals!
Cherry Blossom Necklace by Tara Projects - This delicate floral accessory was made under fairtrade conditions in India, plus for every necklace purchase People Tree donates £5 to fundraise for tsunami affected communities in Japan
Pink Organic Sateen Supa-Skinny Jeans by Monkee Genes -These
Soil Association Organic Standard certified cotton jeans are the perfect pairing of hot and ethical!
High-waisted Hot Pink and Grey Modular Mini Skirt by Bliss Joy Bull -If you're looking for something quirky, cute and pink then this is the skirt for you! It's been lovingly handmade using scrap fabrics given a new lease on life by this thoughful designer
Vintage Lion Pendant from Rachel Essex - This fierce bubblegum pink lion was created by the famous French artist Lea Stein and would add some serious vintage cred to your outfit. Bonus points for all of us Leos out there!
Shoelaces by the Breast Cancer Network Australia - Spruce up your running shoes and contribute to breast cancer awareness with these snazzy shoelaces!
Lavender Scented Bird by Edward & Lilly - This sweet smelling bird was handcrafted from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles
Fairtrade Crotchet Flower Necklace from Godavari - This is piece is part of a collection created by a women's group based in Narsapur, on the West Godavari Delta. Proceeds from sales go toward essential services such as eye-care and support for children with AIDS
Vegan Journey Sandals by Olsen Haus - These cruelty-free shoes are so very pretty and they carry a beautiful message too!
Reusable Snack Bag by Lunchskins - Be the coolest kid in the office with this tasty treats bag and give plastic the flick!
Pink Clay Cream Mask by Escentially Australian - This combination of natural clay and essential oils is the perfect pink solution to dry skin!
Shop with Compassion Button by Alternative Outfitters - Show off your cruelty-free shopping awesomeness with this lovely badge! Get this button FREE with the purchase of $30 or more!
Ochre Swirls Scarf from Ethical Living - These exquisite scarfs are handmade by Artisans Effort, a fair trade organisation in Kolkata, India. Artisans Effort is currently in the process of building a school for needy children
Vegan Bounce T-Bar Flats by Cri de Couer - This is delicious New York designer feet candy with a conscience!
Panda Snacks Onsie in Petal Pink by Sami Baby ecoKashmere Collections - Keep baby in the pink with this adorable and comfy outfit made from organically grown bamboo blended with organic cotton
Pink Upcycled Clutch by Pinto Bags - I'm head over heels for this super sweet sustainable clutch! Each wallet is made from upcycled print media waste such as highway billboards and all materials are collected from trash or donated within the province of British Columbia
Organic Cotton Racer Back Dress by Stewart + Brown -This versatile piece can be worn as dress or a tee!
Vintage Pink Polka Dot Shirt from VV Vintage - The idea that pink only suits girls is so old fashioned - real men look fantastic in stylish pink
Fairtrade Oval Bead Bracelet by Manumit - This lovely handmade accessory was crafted in India by a not for profit fairtrade organisation working to combat child labour, exploitation, poverty, illiteracy and slavery
Kirsten Dolman Tee in Passion Pink by Kate D'Arcy - This go-with-anything loose fit tee was made using sustainable materials and low impact, eco-friendly dyes
Pink Natural Lip Gloss by Terre D'oc - This sumptuous lip gloss is made from certified organic ingredients and is 100% cruelty-free
Stripe Hem Halterneck Dress by Annie Greenabelle - Loving this classically stylish summer dress made from 100% certified fairtrade and organic cotton
A640 Women's Tee by Skunkfunk - I love how left-of-centre and pretty this quirky tee is! Made from sustainable materials
Alexis in Pink Gladiator Sandals by Siamese Dream Design - These gorgeous eye-catching sandals are made from re-purposed Hmong textiles by a mother and daughter team
Vegan Cross-Body Handbag in Watermelon by Steve Madden - I'm such a fan of bags that allow you to take all of your essentials along for the ride while still looking chic!
Bamboo Salad Bowl in Peony from The Dharma Door - What a beautiful bowl for serving up gorgeous fresh salads! Handcrafted by fairtrade artisans in Vietnam using sustainable bamboo and traditional techniques
Blush Pebble Necklace by T_Design - I'm a massive fan of this stunning handmade necklace! I've even given one as a birthday present to one of my closest friends, it's just so pretty
Pink and White Zipper Flower Brooches by Recycled Fashion - These unique accessories have been handmade using discarded zippers and vegan leather leaves. The best news? The designer will be donating all profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Look good and DO good!
Woven Patchwork Beads Necklace by Polli - This funky upbeat necklace was crafted from sustainable timber
Fairtrade Floral Embellished Purse from Oxfam - This pink confection of a purse is so delicate and sweet! Made by amazingly talented artisans in India
Pink Bird Headpiece by And The Trees - Why do birds suddenly appear...every are near? It's beacause you're wearing this fabulous upcycled headband! ;o)
Six Cord Knitted Organic Necklace by Anna Johnson -This handmade organic cotton necklace is delightfully different. The designer only uses materials which are ethically produced or vintage/repurposed
Pink Pocket Organic Cotton Tee by Mmhm - I adore the colour combination of pink and grey! This cute and stylishly simple tee has been made using 100% certified organic cotton
Upcycled Fish Feed Purse from Ethical Gifts - These wonderful and unique-chic clutches are made under ethical conditions in Cambodia from recycled fish feed bags
Sustainable Sleeveless Spotty Shirt by ReLuxe - Made from end of roll fabric that's been rescued and uplcycled to create something special
Neon Tiger Vest by The Love Peace and Harmony Project - This tee-riffic tiger top was made from 100% organic cotton under fairtrade conditions in a wind-powered factory based in India
Beaded Cuff from Vinyl Living - Looking for beautiful jewellery that not only looks fabulous but gives something positive back to the world? Then you'll love this bracelet crafted from recycled magazines in Cambodia, providing disadvantaged people with valuable income
Pink Plaid Jumper Top by Yana Dee - Have a ball in this fun and extremely wearable organic cotton dress :o)
Peacock Feather Bracelet from Shared Earth - Dazzle onlookers with this feathered accessory sourced from a fairtrade group working to bring Indian artisans up from poverty
Bella Purse in Vintage Floral by Beyond Skin - Loving this luscious vegan mini clutch handmade in Spain, perfect for a girl's night out!
Zandra Rhodes Womens Tee from Environmental Justice Foundation - World famous designer Zandra Rhodes has created this special print exclusively to raise funds for EJF's charity work
Fuchsia Workout Tank by PACT - Boost your karma even further while you're working out with this organic cotton tank with proceeds going towards a variety of worthy causes

Malabar Memsahib Fairly Traded Pants by Kerala Crafts - These delightfully delicate looking pants are made by a women's cooperative in India
Reusable Coffee Cup in Guava by KeepCup - Say yes to fabulous fairtrade coffee and no to throw-away cups! Wanna know a very cool fact? A KeepCup's thermal properties keep your drink hot for 20-30 minutes longer than regular disposable cups
Pink Berries Brooch by Cherish Vintage Treasures - This handmade beauty was constructed from upcycled vintage materials. A minimum of 30% of the sale is donated to an animal welfare charity! Now THAT'S gorgeous!
Pink Hemp Flip Flops from Fresh Cargo - These great looking flips flops have been handmade under fairtrade conditions in Kenya using recycled tyres and hemp!
Warrior Tank by 100% NY - I just love this playful pink top with its edgy design features! This super chic top is made of 100% organic cotton jersey using a zero-waste sustainable pattern making technique
Pink Backpack by Baggu - Here's a bright candy-coloured backpack perfect for music festivals or picnics in the park. To top it off this fab bag is made from 100% recycled cotton!
Timber Pendant by Treehorn Design - This distinctivley designed pendant was made using sustainably grown Tasmanian Oak...for when you don't want your jewellery to look like everyone else's
Petal Hydrangea Bamboo Top by Sara C - This nature-inspired top is crafted from 100% bamboo by this sustainable UK fashion designer
Pink Repurposed Sweater Creatures by Sweet Poppy Cat - Designer Amanda Katzenmeyer creates marvelous critters out of upcycled jumpers
Bracelet in Neon Pink by Peace Cord - This sweet and cheerful accessory has a serious story to tell. Handwoven from military parachutes and uniform buttons by impoverished women in Afghan communities the proceeds go toward much-needed humanitarian projects in the region

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  1. Wow, this is a fabulous post. Thank you for providing so many new stores to check out!

    1. Hi Catherine! It's my absolute pleasure :) I'm so glad you enjoyed the post and discovered some new ethical brands :D

  2. some really awesome finds, thanks for sharing!! I esp love the ones that have a cause behind them, like the crochet necklace (that I might wear as a headpiece) and the last bracelet. and then of course all the awesome upcycled things are great as well! i have one question w/ the steve madden bag - is it ethically made? I've heard a lot of vegan things are still badly made.
    Cuddly Cacti
    Mitla Moda

    1. Hiya Dus! Thanks so much for your great feedback :D

      I especially appreciate your question about the Steve Madden bag! I wrote this post almost a year ago and since then I have learned SO much about different ways in which an item can be considered ethical. I originally chose this bag as it was available from a cruelty-free boutique that I love and it's 'ethic' was being vegan. However, you're completely right - vegan does NOT equal environmentally or socially ethical production.

      Here are some interesting articles on the Steve Madden brand:

      I'd be wary of featuring them again in the future unless their production methods and supply chain became more transparent and responsible.

      Best Wishes,
      KB x

  3. Pink has the great habit to put a smile upon my face :-)
    I like the pebbles-necklace and the cute warrior tank top!