I am trying to shop more ethically. I’ve been very successful with my beauty products over the past couple of years, thanks to my partnership with green beauty store Love Lula. I am now focussing on my wardrobe. I’ve had some success already, with my ethical Veja trainers and Boody organic exercise wear – you can see these in my Ethical Gift Guide, which will also give you some ideas for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day wish lists.
Now I’m turning my attention to my wardrobe staple: The Sweatshirt.
My Quest for Ethically Made Sweatshirts
I’m so in love with my latest ethically made sweatshirt from People Tree – sadly it seems to be sold out now.
So instead of tipping you off to this fashion find, I am linking you up with some of my other favourite ethically made sweatshirts.
Selfish Mother Ethically Made Sweatshirts
I’m a long-term fan of Selfish Mother slogan sweatshirts, and have two to my name: a classic “Mother” sweatshirt which I got two years ago and have lived in, and a “Since 2012” one (the year I became a mum). They have a Fair Wear policy, meaning it was made by people who have good working conditions, and paid fair wages. They use organic cotton and donate a percentage of sales to different charities.
The Wise House Ethically Made Sweatshirts
The Wise House have some gorgeous charity sweatshirts. These 100% organic cotton sweatshirts are £35 each, with £5 from each sale going to Surfers Against Sewage. They say: “Their latest project is close to our heart, encouraging people to take simple steps to reduce their single-use plastic usage.”
Made ethically in Bangledesh by a Fair Wear Foundation certified factory, it holds high standard certifications (GOTS, OE 100, OE Blended, OEKO TEX, REACH). They come in pink, shown above, plus grey and navy.
LaLa & Bea Ethically Made Sweatshirts
LaLa & Bea have a lovely selection of ethical sweatshirts, made from organic cotton. Their star sweatshirts (currently on sale for £30) are available in navy or grey.
Lala & Bea manufacture as many of their designs as possible in family-run factories in the UK. Their screen printing takes place in Somerset using organic water-based inks. They are passionate about creating quality, sustainable pieces that standout in our ‘throwaway’ fashion culture.
Smith Webb Ethically Made Sweatshirts
Smith Webb donate a percentage from each sweatshirt to a variety of charities. This grey and neon Be Kind sweatshirt costs £45, with £5 going directly to mental health charity The Anna Freud Centre for children and families.
It’s made from organic cotton and adheres to Fair Wear, meaning that the people who make it are paid a fair wage and work in safe conditions.
Disko Kids Organic Sweatshirts
I recently discovered Disko Kids, who have a gorgeous range of quirky disco-themed sweatshirts for kids with a few for grown ups too. Who doesn’t love a disco? Each t-shirt and sweatshirt is hand screen-printed in the UK and this Roller Disco sweatshirt is 85% organic cotton.
Disko Kids donate profits from the sale of selected sweatshirts to a variety of charities.
With Narrative Ethically Made Sweatshirts
With Narrative are a new brand, set up by my sister Debbie. She’s created her own ‘Bats’ pattern and is taking commissions for her handmade, organic cotton sweatshirts on her Instagram account.
She can make them in a cropped length or a longer style, whatever you prefer.
Nor-Folk Ethically Made T-Shirts
I love a slogan t-shirt almost as much as a slogan sweatshirt. So I have to include my new grey Nor-Folk t-shirt, which is currently on sale for £15.It has the Ethical Trade and Justice for Workers mark, Confidence in Textiles accreditation and is audited by the Fair Wear Foundation. It’s screen printed by hand in Norwich, Norfolk, where I went to university. Ava did a little bit of modelling for Nor-Folk a couple of years ago and they gave her some t-shirts which she still loves – they have lasted so well.
If you have any tip offs for more ethically made clothes, I’d love to hear them, please leave me a message!