Chartreuse shop feature: People Tree

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All images: http://www.peopletree.co.uk/

We typically don’t associate words like ‘sustainability’ and ‘fair trade’ with ‘fashionable’. True, with increasing concerns like climate change, there has been quite a bit of corporate greenwashing, making ‘eco-friendly’ a catch word. But apart from the stereotypical tree-hugging hippie style, it’s hard to picture what sustainable and fair trade fashion actually looks like.

Enter clothing label People Tree and its line of garments that are made with respect for both its manufacturers and the environment. People Tree takes its fair trade designation seriously, not just by paying fair prices to the producers who make their garments, but also by supporting local charities for a better quality of life. An example: its partnership with a group called Bombolulu Workshops that  empowers the physically disabled in Kenya. By building and maintaining lasting relationships with the communities that create their garments, People Tree is transforming the business side of the fashion industry.

But if you thought that was enough to set them apart, People Tree is also committed to reducing its ecological footprint. By producing hand-made clothes, they are making use of human energy rather than electricity. By supporting organic cotton growers, they are decreasing the amount of chemicals that get absorbed by the earth. And, by recycling most of their outputs, they are reducing the amount of trash that ends up in landfills.

There should be more clothing companies doing what People Tree is doing. But don’t take my word for it- check them out for yourself! Here’s to hoping that the UK-based outfitter makes its way to Vancouver soon, or better yet, that more clothing labels take the same direction!

http://www.peopletree.co.uk/

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7 thoughts on “Chartreuse shop feature: People Tree

  1. I’m loving that red & white dress… so eco-lovely!
    Dear People Tree… please come set up shop in BC and set an example that shakes up the fashion scene!

  2. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is required to get setup?

    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% certain.
    Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • Hello! Actually, this blog is 100% free! It is a wordpress hosted site and they have an array of blog templates to choose from, most of which don’t cost anything. I suggest you check them out! Thanks for your visit 🙂

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