Bell and Beau for great organic cotton basics

Belle and Beau are a great brand if you’re after basic organic cotton staples. Belle and Beau clothes are NZ-made and I love their ethos about nasty chemicals on the About page of their site. They state:

The brands core values are based on social and environmental sustainability and prove that style does not have to be at the expense of the planet. Belle and Beau source and use only organic textiles certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), including luxuriously soft organic cotton and premium New Zealand organic merino. All dyes used in the colouring process are also GOTS certified and are free from conventionally used nasties like formaldehyde, heavy metals and AZO compounds.

I’ve worn my dress to work and on out and about the weekend. I am loving how ultra versatile and comfy it is!

The other great thing about this dress (and one of the main reasons I bought it) is that it is made of organic cotton. Now you might be asking “Who cares? Why would you worry about organic cotton?” Great question. It could probably take up a whole blog post. But the short answer is the cost to our beautiful planet: Water. Land. Chemicals. None of this is measured when taking into account the true cost of cotton production.

Believe it or not, non-organic cotton uses up an unthinkable amount of the earth’s natural resources. It’s unseen by the eyes of the world but the practice of cotton farming is wasteful and lacking in long-term vision.

Until I publish another post on organic cotton, here’s a great read about the truth about non-organic cotton farming – written by someone who’s not even a fan of organics!

Belle and Beau dress

My Belle and Beau organic cotton dress

Finally, some ethical jeans!

So since I started this, two things have me stumped – jeans and sports clothes. But I’m pleased to say that jeans are now off the list thanks to finding out about Monkee Genes.

Monkee Genes was born in 2006 out of the frustration of the denim market, to offer something fresh, vibrant and youthful. Disillusioned with Primark and disposable high street fashion, the Monkee Genes team decided to raise public consciousness. Monkee Genes is the first and only jeans label to have unique mix of astute accreditation from The Soil Association and the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS).

Innovative fits and styles in top of the range fabrics, classic denim with a retro twist and luscious sateen cottons in pop art inspired colours. In today’s fragile environment Monkee Genes is the independent label to watch, on trend, affordable and with an eco and ethical conscience. ” Read their manifesto.

They make women’s, men’s and children’s jeans as well as shorts. They also ship to anywhere in the world for 5 pounds.

Might have to order me some soon….

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My new t-shirts and bag from the wonderful Liminal Apparel

I am so delighted with the job Liminal Apparel did on my my newly branded t-shirt and cotton tote bag. I also love their ‘Hope Freedom Respect’ t-shirt that I am a proud new owner of. The cut of the tops are perfect and the cotton is noticeably better quality and softer than other brands that you might buy in big chain stores.

Liminal Apparel is a company based in Christchurch that provides fair trade organic t‑shirts and bags for you to apply your own ideas to.

The t-shirts and bags are made by an organisation called Freeset. Freeset is a bag and manufacturing business whose purpose is to provide women in India a way out of prostitution. They would like to see the 10,000 sex workers in their neighborhood empowered with the choice of leaving a profession they never chose in the first place.

So support Liminal Apparel and get excellent quality t-shirts and bags – you’ll contribute towards making someone’s life better.

Rapanui – eco fashion that’s bang on trend

Wow. What a fantastic, exciting and innovative company. I had to blog about this when I came across Rapanui, an eco-fashion brand from the Isle of Wight.

They make men’s organic clothing and women’s organic clothes. Their award winning ethical fashion is made from organic, natural fabrics in an ethical, wind powered factory.

Check out their pages on:

Image of Rapanui website homepage