What a busy girl I have been this week, what with attending the musical Rent, painting up a storm and busily sketching designs for my miniature label I'm planning to launch soon! I am incredibly excited about this project; its central idea is one of pieces that are unique and completely affordable. It's a label for girls with a consciences and great style. The small collection will consist of primarily beautifully adorned dresses, roomy tanks, precious skirts and colourful fabric carryalls.
For those of you situated in Dublin or visiting the bustling city, Oxfam restyled has been on sale in the George’s Street store since the middle of march and boosts a collection of 50 pieces from ten Irish designers. Each piece is made from items reworked from Oxfam’s recycling bags. The pieces range in price from 40 to 120 euro and are unique and incredibly creative. My favourite includes a two-piece outfit made of bed sheets; it is one of a kind and worth every penny. All proceeds go to Oxfam’s charity work. So that’s recycled, unique, charitable and affordable? I want all 50 pieces now! Not only would I encourage you to buy some of these pieces but it is important that people continue to donate to charity stores whatever their chosen one might be.
The high street is jam packed with eco-minded pieces these days, just last week I purchases organic cotton underwear in Primark for just 3 euro and have been tooting their organic cotton bags around college all year. Organic bra and underwear sets can also be bought from Dunnes Stores. They also sell a selection of organic cotton tees. Other high street stores selling eco wares include H&M which includes recycled fabrics and organic cotton, Warehouse has a beautiful selection of guilt free buys with clothes made from recycled silk, organic cotton, linen and jersey:
Topshop is against the sale of fur, sells some organic pieces and Fairtrade pieces, here’s a selection all of which are incredibly affordable:
New Look are selling organic ruched tops for £6:
M&S is a brilliant choice for those who want to be responsible, their commitment to Fairtrade and organic cotton, linen and wool garments is all a part of it’s five-year “Plan A” eco-plan. It is a member of the ethical trading initiative as is Primark. Their eco buys extend to home ware and food. M&S has used over 25 million recycled waste plastic bottles to make polyester clothing and re-usable shopping bags, they are also recylcing clothes hangers and with Lily Donaldson attached to the brand what's not to love.
It does not stop there; you can be a responsible jewellery shopper also, Peaches Geldof has launched a jewellery range called Made, constructed from made from recycled brass door handles, bath taps, padlocks and more. The designs include unicorns and daisies. Unfortunately it is already sold out and was only launched on March 1st.
Oh and don’t forget to turn of your lights today between half eight and half 9 for earth hour!
(none of these photos belong to me and have been sourced from the stores websites or googole images)