Ethical has never looked so good and there are several Irish businesses doing their best to offer sustainable products made at home or further afield.
The festive season is a great time to support ethically-minded companies, ensuring all that spending has some extra meaning. Over 600 Irish designers and makers will be showcasing their creations at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair at the RDS, from December 5-10. Expect to find businesses such as Stór and the Ethical Silk Company exhibiting there.
Here we’ve selected some pieces made to last that will make beautiful and thoughtful gifts, and find out a little bit more about what these companies are trying to achieve below.
Stór is an Irish company specialising in sustainable clothing for men made from organic cotton and bamboo. Bamboo is an environmentally friendly fabric that has amazing natural characteristics. Not only is the product sustainable, Stór also has a plan to help homeless people in Ireland in a practical way. Socks are the most requested yet least donated item of clothing at homeless shelters around the world. For every Stór Christmas sock box sold the company will donate a specifically engineered thermal sock to key homeless charities nationwide, to distribute them to the people who most need them. www.stor.supply
Ethical Silk Company
The Ethical Silk Company use eco-friendly silk products for their selection of tops, lingerie and bed linen. While the traditional method of extracting silk fibres involves boiling silk worms alive, Ethical Silk Company uses only Ahimsa peace silk where no animals are harmed for their range. The company’s founder, Eva Power, has also pledged to donate 10% of profits to charity; 5% to the Jeevan Jyothi AIDS Centre in Theni and 5% to Focus Ireland. www.theethicalsilkco.com
Irish company Grown only use 100% certified organic cotton and tencel lycocell in their range. They also plant one indigenous Irish tree for every t-shirt they create, as a way to balance out the environmental impact of garment production. They also donate 1% of sales to 1% For The Planet, a global movement encouraging businesses to support environmental solutions. This Humpback sweatshirt above is printed in Ireland with eco-friendly dyes. www.grown.ie
Bebhinn is an Irish fashion label based in Waterford. Bebhinn makes garments to order using Irish wool from Donegal Yarns and linen from Emblem Weavers Mill in Wexford. Products have a lifelong guarantee, as they will be altered or mended free of charge. www.bebhinn.ie
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