Africa calling

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I’ve developed a bit of an obsession lately with African interiors. Maybe its because there’s a chill in the air and I want to bring some cheery African warmth into my home. Or probably it’s because a good friend of mine has recently set up shop on London’s Columbia Road, selling a beautifully edited version of modern African interiors and art and I want to buy lots of it!

£180 Wordhoooks made from recycled telephone wire. Heath Nash

The shop follows on from a recent Southbank exhibition ‘Africa Utopia festival‘. Its mission was to challenge the traditional ‘African aesthetic’ and by collaborating different artists its curators Kathy Shenoy & Liezel Strauss have really hit the nail on the head, keeping what I love most about the African design ( it’s bold prints, brash colours & raw handmade honesty) but reworking these elements into modern designs.

Bloc art made using reclaimed wood from the harbour in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Spring bok £42, Heart £35, elephant £35, cloud £58 all Kenau Botha also available at www.shake-the-dust.co.uk

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East London designer Yinka Ilori collaborated with South African textile designer Laduma Ngxokolo on an exclusive new collection for Africa Calling. Yinka Ilori is a London Metropolitan University Graduate, who specialises in up-cycling vintage furniture inspired by traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that he grew up with as a child.

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£42 Handmade illustrated ‘catch of the day’ cushion by Safomasi also available at www.shake-the-dust.co.uk

Wipeclean wallpaper printed to order. Clinton Friedman honours the unique beauty of flora and fauna found in his native South Africa, by capturing his uniquely personal perceptions on camera, then translating then into beautiful products for interiors.

My other Africa obsession comes in the form of woven plastic chairs. I sometimes see the classic fifties ones in vintage shops and I’ve been unsuccessfully looking them up on eBay for years. They aint cheap, so you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon Malika – a company who fairly trades goods from the Sahara region of West Africa and specialise in brightly woven plastics. Her chairs that start from £49, now that’s more like it!

Malika’s shop 34 Brixton Village, London SW9 8PR

Medium Chair £49 Malika.org.uk

So if you’re also a fan of Africa’s heart warming bright interiors here’s a little pintrest inspiration about how to incorporate it into your home and garden. Yep Africa is most certainly calling me!

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Love this! This charity project “MARNI 100 CHAIRS” was been created by Marni for the Salone del Mobile 2012. All products were handmade by ex-prisoners in Colombia, in an effort to reintroduce them to a working environment and the sale proceeds were donated to charity organizations.



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Organic September

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Can you believe that it’s September tomorrow? I’m hoping this means the arrival of an Indian summer,  but it’s also the month officially marked by the soil association as ‘organic september’, a month to give organic products a real boost.

I’m sure you’re all up to scratch with organic food & beauty products so I’ve been researching into the most stylish labels who use organic fabrics and looking more into why these materials are so important. I’m not going to preach on about it so you can read a simple breakdown here.

One label that’s really leading the way in the organic style stakes are Beaumont Organics who are generously offering their readers a whopping 30% off new season stock. Just type in ‘press’ at their online till to receive your discount.

Shirt dress £125 Beaumont organic

Their autumn collection is full of cool slouchy knits, relaxed tailoring and luxe sweatshirts – all of which would look right at home in your wardrobe (to see how to style it look right here)

Every Beaumont item is ethically produced in Portugal or the UK and uses organic materials where possible. Their bags are all made from off cuts from luxury Italian leather factories to ensure no waste is incurred.

Other brands on my radar who also use organic fabrics are

Svilu’s

Graphic knits, tailoring and really wearable seperates designed by a NYC duo previously working for Prada and Peter Som. Available in the UK at Reve en Vert and The Acey

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Valentine Gauthier

MyFrench style crush who produces her whole collection from organic materials (see below). Labelled by me as the organic Vanessa Bruno, her autumn collection has just arrived online this weekend.

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Komodo

A really affordable small British ethical brand who have a growing range of organic knits, cute skirts and basic dresses.

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And finally if you’re interested in going organic in the bedroom check out this previous post on organic cotton bedding.

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The minimalists

Screen shot 2014-08-26 at 21.12.30 I’m a big fan of this Scandi minimalism that’s been hijacked as uniform by fashion bloggers. It’s so easy to achieve and it’s the perfect antidote if you’re stuck in a bit of a style rut.

It’s also the best way to introduce a more ethical side to your wardrobe because with its ‘less is more approach’ the less needs to be of the highest quality, and that’s something that organic and ethical products definitely are. They are designed and built to last forever. Screen shot 2014-08-26 at 21.13.14
The key to minimalism is unfussy pieces that all work together seamlessly. I hate the term capsule wardrobe but really that’s what it is. Don’t think of it as a uniform though, you can tailor it to suit your individual style, age & body shape.

You just need to stick to the formula of neutral tones (black, white, grey, navy, camel, indigo, chambray and a hint of metallic) and keep your silhouette loose and relaxed. Voila! You can’t go wrong.

Today’s Scandi minimalism is pretty much summed up by the long over sized masculine style coat, usually worn with a simple sweatshirt, rolled up boyfriend jeans, vans and a giant clutch. But remember this isn’t really anything new. Minimal chic has always borrowed from the boys so masculine slouchy trousers, over sized shirts, brogues, loose rain mac’s and blazers all work just as well. Screen shot 2014-08-26 at 21.13.32Here’s some style inspo from the great Hollywood classics. These old gems prove that investing in minimal and boyish pieces hasn’t ever dated. Screen shot 2014-08-26 at 21.15.27 So no matter what trends are on the scene you can be sure that you’re always safe with a minimal wardrobe. Happy shopping x

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How to shop the autumn trends using vintage

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We’ve had cracking summer! But this morning with a slight chill in the air and September dates looming into my calendar I started wondering where the hell I put my all winter coats and boots when I moved to Brighton earlier this year.

Yep Autumn is just around the corner and working in fashion people often ask me “what should I be wearing? and what should I buy for next season?” so I thought I’d highlight some key items that will help update your wardrobe.

The twist is that all these pieces can be easily bought second hand, in fact they work better! There are so many incredible preloved outlets that buying vintage doesn’t just mean you have to have that kooky ‘vintage’ look. If you want to you can look as polished as someone who’s just raided Zara, you just need to know where to look.

Since I’ve started this blog I’ve found it increasingly difficult to shop on the high street. But the spin off is that I’ve re-found my love for vintage. It’s much more of a thrill for me to find an incredible one off item than it is to come out of Zara with an armful of bags.

So where to look? My first ports of call for vintage are mainly Asos Marketplace, Etsy and Beyond Retro.  Ebay, Preloved and Vestiare Collective I find better for second hand designer stuff. Also check out Marie Claire’s brilliant listing of the best online vintage shops.

SWEATER GIRL

I love dressing down so having a few statement jumpers I can throw on suits me down to the ground. For the past few seasons we’ve seen luxury sweaters in neoprene fabrics or em-blazed with designer slogans, but for autumn it’s knitted styles you need to look out for.

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Left to right: Alexander Wang, Miu Miu, Christopher Kane. Blue & white sweater £20 Lone wolves vintage at Asos marketplace, Rainbow sweater £24 Yoke Vintage at Asos marketplace

Keep your eye out for bright cable knits, retro pastels and fair isle styles. Avoid anything too eighties or Christmas inspired.

Team with a leather mini for a sixties look, or achieve a more seventies silhouette with a midi length skirt.

Best online selection at Asos Marketplace & Etsy

Red cable knit sweater £30 WelshWitchKnitting at Etsy.com

SIXTIES

Gucci and Louis Vuitton were the two big catwalk names inspired by the swinging sixties, meaning that the high street has followed suit.

Vintage stores are usually rammed with sixties dresses but be careful as you still want to look modern. Avoid big swirly retro prints and florals as these tend to look too fancy dress. Look out for plain styles in good quality fabric, pastels and expensive looking colour blocking.

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Left to right: Gucci, Gucci, Louis Viutton. Boots all Gucci

A shift dress hangs loose from the shoulders with very little definition in the waist making it forgiving for all body shapes. The traditional sixties shape is sleeveless but this style doesn’t suit everyone so go for what suits your body shape most. You can always layer a thin polo neck underneath a sleeveless style if you’re not keen on showing your arms.

Enhance the sixties look by wearing with knee high boots. Gucci’s were go-go style with a squarish toe and low heel, but block style heels also work. Avoid stilettos with a mini.

Best online selection at  Beyond Retro, Etsy and ballyhoovintage.com

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Vintage sixties boots £61.10 fergy at Etsy.com, Beige textured shift dress £14.02 EllipsisThenDot at Etsy.co.uk , orange and beige dress £28 ZeusVintage at Etsy.com, Yellow textured shift dress £33.52 TheThriftingmagpie at Etsy.co.uk, Rust & navy dress £32 beyond retro.com, Pink geometric dress £36 beyond retro.com, £26 vintage aviators Thestellarboutique.com

 

THE CHECKED CAPE

I’m a big fan of the cape as it looks like a big style statement but requires zero effort. People are a bit scared of them but I promise they’re just as easy as a coat, although carrying a shoulder bag is annoying (chose a long strapped bag)

Lumber jack plaid and wide checks are back this autumn but remember checks never date, they just get re-hashed in different ways each season so a good checked piece is always worth investing in, especially if you find a designer gem.

Best online selection at Etsy and Asos Marketplace

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Left to right: Salvatore Feragamo, Saint Laurent. Grey checked cape £55 Peekaboo Vintage at Asos Market Place , Cream & bown check £34 Beyondretro.com, Red checked cape £19.99 Polomocha at Etsy.com

 

SHEARLING

Avoid all thoughts of Trigger and car salesmen. Once you wear shearling in winter you’ll wonder what the hell you did before – there aint nothing warmer than wearing a real sheep!

Wear with checks and knits a la Tommy Hilfiger or use to dress down a printed dress in a more boho style. If you go for a short aviator style you can use a skinny belt to highlight your waist.

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From left to right: Tommy Hilfiger, Pucci, Burberry zip up shearling coat £89 Asos marketplace, Button up shearling coat £50 Yokevintage.co.uk

There are absolutely tonnes of traditional shearling coats in vintage stores  but if you want a more modern style check out  vestiairecollective.com where you can pick up brilliant pre loved brands like APC, Sandro, Marni and Sonia Rykiel.

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orange shearling jacket £200.77 Patrizia Pepe at Vestiaire collective.com, Shearling trim cape £175.27 Sandro at Vestiare collective.com, Hooded shearling coat £390 APC at Vestiare collective.com

 

COWBOY BOOTS

After a few seasons of wearing Nikes I’m wondering how the fashion girls feet ever going to cope wearing heels again? First world problems hmmm. Luckily cowboy boots are everywhere for autumn with Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger and Alexander Wang all marching them down the catwalk.

The good news is they look great with a checked cape, skinny jeans and a cosy knitted sweater.

You’ll find them all over US eBay and Etsy but its also worth checking out vintagecowboy.co.uk who have an incredible selection.

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Top picture Ashlew Williams. Blue detail suede boots £48.13 size US5.5 Freezingmoonvintage at Etsy.com, Black leather tooled boots£45 size UK4 lovemissdaisy.com, Brown leather & suede boots £30 size 6 Red rebel vintage at Asos market place

 

RETURN OF THE MAC

Catwalk fashion doesn’t always tend to be that wearable, let alone weatherproof but Miu Miu’s retro raincoats are both and that’s why we love you Mucia Prada!

Look out for retro styles- old school rainmacs, waxed fisherman styles and quilted seventies style anoraks in brights and pastel shades.

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From left to right: Miu Miu, Miu Miu, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Mui Miu, Miu Miu Bluue rain mac £25, pink rain mac £22 both Beyond retro.com

Find them everywhere! Beyond Retro, Etsy, Asos Marketplace. Or pick up designer styles at Vestiare collective and preloved.com

The hardest bit is choosing which one!

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Heart print mac £119.51 Marc Jacobs at Vestiare collective.com, See through mac £167.31 Philosphy di Alberta Ferretti at Vestiaire collective.com, Pink waxed mac £254 Burberry at Vestiare collective.com

And finally… I did my research for this at the weekend so I apologise if any items are now sold out. Thats the nature of the game vintage lovers but if you look hard enough you’ll always find something better.

Happy vintage shopping!

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Oh hello Mr.Larkin – my new Scandi style crush

mr larkin lookbook My next post was going to be heatwave related, but as I was researching into breathable organic cottons I came across Mr.Larkin, which stopped me in my tracks. This isn’t just a gem of a site, it’s a diamond, infact I’d say it’s the holy grail of mindfully made fashion, so of course I had to share it with you.

Mr. Larkin’s achieved what I’ve been striving to do, it’s a site that houses only the most stylish ethically minded small labels. There’s no searching through, hoping there’s something that you might like that fits in the ethcial bracket. They’ve genuinely got it so spot on that I LOVE every single item.

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Mr Larkin’s own brand 100% cotton tank £29, white 100% organic cotton bomber £60, 100% organic cotton spot dress SOLD OUT

 

The design of the site and it’s product both fiercely follow the Scandi aesthetic – raw and clean, encompassing lots of crisp whites, natural leathers and muted tones. The edit is tight so you feel which ever pieces you’d pick they’d work in harmony together.

Interestingly the brand was created back in 2008 and was produced locally in San Francisco for three years using 100% sustainable materials. The company was put on hold while establishing new roots in Scandinavia, production switched to closer to home and is now mindfully made in Denmark and the EU using locally produced materials (organic and recycled ones whenever possible).

Along with their own 100% ethical label aptly named Mr. Larkin, the site stocks over forty independent brands, all small artisan companies that have a small production mentality. Most of the brands tend to produce locally in the country of the designer. 

So if that hasn’t got you excited then perhaps this will… there’s a huge summer sale going on at MrLarkin and all these beauties are discounted between 30-60%

Sorry if I bankrupt you!

 

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How to do eco chic like the French – Introducing Valentine Gauthier

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I hate to say it but the rest of Europe (especially the French and Scandi clan) seem to be streets ahead in the quest for finding ethical fashion that doesn’t compromise at all on style.

I came across French designer Valentine Gauthier on Plumo.com, when I put together a previous ethical shoe edit, but I’ve only just got round to checking out her own website and wow I am not disappointed!

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Her collection sums up what the French do so damn well- understated sexy ‘ooh I just threw on this old thing, but I still manage to look so hot!’ Its the perfect balance of masculine & feminine, lace trimmed spaghetti strapped pieces mixed with leather tasseled brogues, mini skirts and silk bomber jackets. Nothing is too try hard.  I’d say she’s a mix of the cult French designers Isabel Marant and Vanessa Bruno, but nearer to Bruno’s price points.

VG proves that you don’t have to compromise on style when designing ethically. She trained with fashion legends Maison Martin Margiela and Rochas, and before that was pursuing a degree in global ecology. Her carefully chosen fabrics — vegetable tanned leathers, organic cottons from India, alpaca and pima cotton from Peru are always produced in collaboration with NGOs in developing nations, and are always made in the same country where the raw materials are sourced.

My favourite piece is this lightweight blue printed shirt dress. Click, click click… eh what’s that noise? ooops it was me buying it! I also love her slogan jumpers ‘life is to short to wear clothes’ a little motto of mine too Valentine!

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£240 Porcelain and indigo printed georgette dress made from 100% silk and 100% cotton. Made in India

If you’re in Paris check out her store in the Maris District, visit her online boutique ValentineGauthier.com to buy any of these peices…

 

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Your wedding outfit sorted – how to wear Marc Jacobs for the price of Topshop

 

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Lately I’ve been reading a bit about minimalism. Not the arty type, but living with less clutter. I read a really interesting article in the Telegraph a few weeks back ‘Are you part of the ‘pay-as-you-live’ generation?’ I’m sure most of you are without even thinking about it.

Netflix, Spotify, Zipcar. They’re all part of ‘pay as you live’ – you don’t physically own any of these items but you can use them when ever you want. So have you ever considered doing the same with clothes? I’m not talking everyday wardrobe, but special occasions like weddings, black tie or prom nights.

Girl Meets Dress and Wish Want Wear are two online dress hire companies that have taken off with a bang. For the price of an Topshop frock you can wear a beautifully cut Missoni, Temperley, Victoria Beckham or Marc Jacobs dress. Yes, but its not mine to own, I hear you mumble. Well take a look in your wardrobe, how many dresses are in there that you own but don’t feel like wearing?

I think it’s the act of going shopping and the “experience” of getting a new outfit that we love sometimes more than the actual outfit. We get a high from that feeling of having something new, but it also fades very quickly and we crave it again.

So maybe ‘pay as you go’ fashion is worth considering?  You still get that high, with the added bonus of wearing a dress designed with a better fit and fabric than the high street can offer.

So what’s the deal with hiring?

*  You pick up to 3 dresses online (or visit the London showroom at Girl Meets Dress)

* Select the number of nights

* Dresses are sent next day delivery (if none fit you can return free in 24 hrs)

* Wear the dress (only paying for the one you wear)

* Free returns and they take care of the dry cleaning.

Sounds pretty good to me! I’ve picked out the most stylish dresses from both sites with prices between £39 – £89, about what you’d pay on the high street for a bog standard dress.

If you’re a hat wearer you can also hire one from £29, I think Girl Meets Dress has the better selection as they’re a bit younger and more modern. Wish Want Wear  has a bigger selection of black tie style dresses- another occasion where we want a WOW dress but don’t necessarily need to own one.

 

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Lily Cole’s exclusive Veja trainers

Lily Cole Sky Rainforest Rescue Veja3[16]On my way to the office this morning I popped by to the launch of Lily Cole & Veja’s exclusive trainer collaboration. The ex supermodel now ethical activist chatted passionately about her new project which is supported by Sky Rainforest Rescue  – a partnership between Sky & WWF which aims to help save one billion trees in Brazil.

Every minute, an area of Amazon forest the size of three football pitches is lost through deforestation, the main causes being agriculture, cattle ranches, mining and development.

Lily’s collection aims to highlight the importance of keeping trees still standing (they are vital for climate control) and to highlight the versatility and viability of wild Amazonian rubber which can be made by tapping into tree’s rather than cutting them down.

Veja already use this tapping technology as well as organic cotton (see previous post for more info) so they are the perfect partner to show that stylish on trend shoes can be made with ecologically sound resourcing and production methods. 

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For every pair sold £10 goes towards the project which provides families with the equipment to produce wild rubber. This special kind of rubber (which Veja already use) demands a higher price per kilo –  not only helping local families but encouraging tapping as an alternative to deforestation.

Prices start at £55 for the low top  – £65 for mid top and are available at Offspring concessions in Selfridges, Topshop Oxford Street at Veja.com

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Father’s Day gifts

Dads. Notoriously tricky to buy for and I have two of them so double trouble.

This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday 15th June so I’ve been putting together some eco & ethical gift ideas incase you were looking to buy your old man a little something. However, lately I’ve been weighing up that it’s far more eco to not buy ‘stuff’ just for the sake of it.

Most guys I know only buy items they actually need or are useful, so tend to live far more minimal and eco lives. Research says that women are more likely to make greener choices, recycle, buy organic, eat less meat, but when it comes to possessions the most sustainable thing to do, of course, is to resist buying new products you don’t really need.

So if you ‘re lucky enough to live nearby your dad then the most eco present is to spend some quality time together. Cook him lunch, share a bottle of organic wine, play golf, go to a match or a gig… You’ll both remember time spent together far more than a gift.

But if you live too far, or he does need any of these products in his life then why not support some forward thinking green companies.

If he needs… new leather goods

Chose a company that uses vegetable tanning – a traditional old age craft process that is also environmentally friendly. Look out for companies who also use water based dyes and eco friendly waxes. I love LostkindMeadowgate leathers and Alfie Douglas all UK companies who specialise in ethically sourced leather products that are hand stitched and built to last.

Razor guard £6.42 Guitar strap neck attachment £8.45 both made in the UK with vegetable tan leathers by Meadow Gate leathers at Etsy. Removable key fob £30, Glasses case £40 both made and handstitched in the UK with vegetable tan leather both AlfieDouglas.com

Something new to wear?

Howies, People Tree and Komodo are all socially & environmentally responsible companies who do stylish affordable menswear. My dad loves his Howies merino wool top which he uses for skiing as the fabric regulates your body temperature in all conditions and is naturally odour resistant.

From top: Porridge organic cotton T-shirt £25 Howies, Merino wool jumper £49 Howies, Striped organic cotton t-shirt £35 People Tree, Checked cotton shirt £54.40 People tree; Green organic linen jumper £90 Komodo, Blue organic linen shirt £60 Komodo.

Loves a drink?

Chose an organic whiskey, wine or fairtrade coffee. Check out Organicwhisky.comgrumpymule.co.uk who have Fairtrade organic coffee gift tins from £3.39, and Ethical Superstore who deliver mixed cases of organic ciders, wines  beers & ales. I’d like to say that drinking organic alcohol gives you less of a hangover, but trust me it doesn’t!

Luxury Fairtrade coffee gift hamper £44.95 Nextdaycoffee.co.uk, Case of 20 organic ciders £59 ethicalsuperstore.com, Rioja and Carmene red wine gift set £33 ethicalsuperstore.com, Bruichladdich Organic vintage single malt scotch whisky £39.95 Organicwhiskies.com

And for other bits and bobs here’s some ideas from eco & ethical companies…

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Going green in the bedroom

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As I’ve started to change my shopping habits to investing in organic cotton & bamboo clothing I’ve also started to think about the other types of materials I use daily, the main one being bedding.

Now I have to say I LOVE sleeping. I’m not a lazy person but ask anyone who knows me what I do best and the answer will be falling asleep. Trains, planes and automobiles are my speciality, but I’ve also been known to fall asleep standing up on the tube, or right next to a huge sound system in a nightclub. The girl just can’t help it.

As we spend between a quarter or one third of our lives sleeping, the perfect bedding is usually pretty high up on our agenda and most people I know are happy to fork out that bit extra to guarantee a good nights sleep.

I’m sure most of you are already kitted out with your ultimate bedding and obviously its not eco to throw anything away purely to replace it with something eco, but if for any reason you need to replace anything in the future then here’s all the info you need…

Going green in the bedroom involves investing in organic materials. Non organic cotton is grown with pesticides that are not only harmful to us, but to the soil it’s grown in and to the health of the farmers and workers who harvest it (read more here)

Many people I know have allergies and by switching to organic materials you can be sure that this is one less toxin or chemical irritant to worry about. I think this is especially important for babies who spend up to 70% of their time sleeping.

Below is an edit of the best organic cotton bedding I can find and it’s really not as pricey as you’d imagine. I’d say the best value is La Redoute’s organic bedding, available in eight colours it’s currently on sale so you can pick up a whole double set for just £28!

King of Cotton’s double set is £80.65 for a double set (duvet cover, sheet & 2 x pillowcases) its a 300 thread cotton count so much more luxurious and the cotton is also fairtrade as well as being 100% organic.

Organic cotton double duvet available in 8 colours £13.50 SALE! Laredoute.co.uk

Organic cotton double duvet available in 8 colours £13.50 SALE! Laredoute.co.uk

Organic cotton fitted double sheets £3.50 SALE! Laredoute.co.uk

Organic cotton fitted double sheets £3.50 SALE! Laredoute.co.uk

Organic & fairtrade cotton 300 thread double duvet £37.75, fitted sheet £25.15, pillowcase £5.75. Kingofcotton.co.uk

Organic & fairtrade cotton 300 thread double duvet £37.75, fitted sheet £25.15, pillowcase £5.75. Kingofcotton.co.uk

 

The Fine Cotton Company probably have the most extensive choice of styles and striped prints and I love their Back to University organic bed set idea (including duvet) which is an absolute bargain at £100.

£100 back to university bed linen set. The fine cotton company at notonthehighstreet.com

£100 back to university bed linen set. The Fine Cotton Company at notonthehighstreet.com

Bamboo is also a brilliant alternative to organic cotton. It’s four times more breathable than cotton, and is softer and silkier in texture so better for ultra sensitive skin. Bamboo is grown fertiliser and pesticide free and is 100% sustainable so really eco friendly. There aren’t so many colours and styles available but Allbamboobedding.com have fresh white double sets for £90 and you can request a fabric sample before you buy. 100bamboo.com have beautiful white striped or plain double sets for £110.

£110 100% bamboo double duvet, fitted sheet & 2 x pillowcases. 100bamboo.com

£110 100% bamboo double duvet, fitted sheet & 2 x pillowcases. 100bamboo.com

I haven’t really gone into organic mattresses, duvets & pillows however they are obviously just as, if not more important, as they are not washed as often. Keep in mind that most mattresses are made with chemical flame retardants but it is possible to pass the fire safety test without chemicals by creating a mattress dense enough using organic cotton, wool and coir (coconut fibre).

The best sites I’ve found for mattresses, duvets & pillows are naturalmat.co.uk handmade mattresses from Devon  welovesleep.co.ukabacaorganic.co.ukgreenfibres.com, La Redoute has the cheapest eco friendly duvets from £29 filled with a siliconised polyester filling obtained from recycled bottles with 100% ORGANIC cotton cover. 

And finally, if your first thought of going green in the bedroom was a dirty one, then this article dedicated to eco sex products at guardian.com might be for you!

 

 

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