Brand Story: FLUX

FLUX was founded in 2017 by Paige Fashoni. FLUX’s mission is to allow women to ‘re-think their periods’ by making functional underwear for periods, leaks and stains.

Every pair of FLUX looks and feels like normal underwear. Their underwear is reusable, washable and has been designed to completely replace disposable tampons and pads.

FLUX underwear is designed in the UK and made ethically all over the world. Their underwear is made by two family run manufacturers with over 50 years’ experience. In total, 70% of Flux’s underwear is made in China and the remaining 30% is produced in the UK. The factories that FLUX works and partners with undergo extensive audits, they are also ISO (International Organisation and Standardisation) and BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) approved.

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Brand Story: Nomads

Nomads is a contemporary Fairtrade clothing brand in which everything produced is made with natural and organic fibres. Along with this, Nomads celebrates great design and traditional artisan techniques.

Nomads’ mission is to prove that it is possible to live a stylish, sustainable life by creating high quality and long-lasting clothing. They also wish to increase the awareness of the need to shop responsibly.

Nomads has been creating ethical and Fairtrade clothing for over 30 years. Its founders Duncan and Vicky met in India where they fell in love with the culture and decided to invest in their first selection of Fairtrade handicrafts. This was the starting point for their now lifelong relationships they have with the artisan producers and Fairtrade factories in India. They now design and create contemporary clothing that is 100% ethically produced and celebrates artisan skills. Nomads strives to use the best quality natural fibres and environmentally friendly processes with their clothes designed to last.

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The Fashion Industry’s Response to COVID-19

The world is currently facing a pandemic, and this is having a huge effect on the people who make our clothes.

Retailers have had to close their doors and encourage their customer base to order online. None the less, the desire to buy new clothes appears to have decreased due to the Coronavirus making us focus on other aspects in our lives.

It is worth noting that there is potentially a positive amidst this crisis that we are learning to care for the clothes we already own better, more and more people are opting to mend and make clothes and also adopt a mindset of longevity when it comes to our wardrobes; suggesting an encouraging step to end overconsumption.

However, the halt in manufacturing has meant that the most vulnerable, lowest paid people in the fashion supply chain are feeling the worst effects. IndustriALL, the global trade union has reported that millions of garment workers have lost their jobs as a result of the virus and have no access to social or financial safety nets.

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Fashion Revolution Week 2020 – Our Brand Spotlight

2020 marks the seven-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster. The Rana Plaza factory was a five-story building that housed garment factories for big global brands. In 2013, the factory collapsed killing 1,138 people and injured 2,500 more people; many of the victims were mostly young women.

From this the Fashion Revolution movement was born. The people behind the Fashion Revolution movement have called for an overhaul of the fashion industry and strive to make sure exploitation of people comes to an end and ensure that production methods respect our environment.

Taking place from the 20th – 26th April, this year’s Fashion Revolution Week will once again encourage millions of people to come together to campaign for systemic change within the fashion industry.

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How to Create a Sustainable Wardrobe

The choices we make day to day impact our planet. There are a limited number of resources available and the Earth is only able to put up with a particular amount of greenhouse gases in order to stay healthy. It can sometimes be hard to identify ways in which you can be sustainable, so it’s better to focus on one area at a time. Follow these tips on how to create sustainable wardrobe to get you started.

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Ethical Christmas shopping guide – Great gifts for him

Natural Collection doesn’t just make sure to stock ethically-minded products; we strive to stock a varied selection of ethically-minded products to help give people more options.This thinking carries over to the Christmas season, where we’re prepared with a wealth of goodies that would make fine additions under any Christmas tree. For men, we have plenty of gifts for him, including stylish clothes, delicious spices, cool accessories and more beard oils than you can shake a razor at. Continue reading Ethical Christmas shopping guide – Great gifts for him

Ethical Christmas shopping guide – Great gifts for her

Here at Natural Collection we’re all about the holiday season. We also sympathise with those among you who are absolutely useless at Christmas shopping – me being one of them. Personally, I’ll just ask for links to things people want and that’s that, but really, there’s nothing surprising about being bought something you specifically asked for.

Thoughtful gifts are the best ones, and luckily we’re stocked up to the gills with thoughtful, ethical gifts for her that’ll help spread the cheer on Christmas morning. Here’s a breakdown of just some of the items that would make a great pressie for that special girl (be it your friend, girlfriend or even your mum). Continue reading Ethical Christmas shopping guide – Great gifts for her

Men’s Ethical Winter Fashion

Last week you may have seen our blog post featuring some of our favourite winter fashion pieces for women (if not you can take a look here!) This week we want to focus on our men’s fashion range because we think we have a really great selection this year, perfect for any ethical winter wardrobe.

You can take a look at all of our men’s clothing here, but for now take a look at some key pieces from Patagonia and Thought below.

Patagonia

Patagonia Dark Ash Isthmus Jacket – £169.95
Patagonia Carbon Green Better Sweater – £79.95
Patagonia Mojave Khaki Migration Plaid Fjord Flannel Shirt – £74.95

Patagonia Glass Blue ‘Can’t Eat Money’ Responsibili-Tee – £29.95
Patagonia Dark Ruby Live Simply Responsibili-Tee – £29.95
Patagonia Gravel Heath Eat Local Upstream Cotton T-Shirt – £29.95

Thought

Thought Devan Shirt – £49.90 (available in Rust & Sky Blue)
Thought Sky Blue Louis Grandpa Shirt – £49.90
Thought Domon Shirt – £49.90
Thought Thistle Shirt – £49.90

Thought Edvard Jumper – £69.90 (available in Rust & Navy)
Thought Ivan Jacket£109.95 £87.95
Thought Karl Stripe Tee – £49.90
Thought Charcoal Marcus Jeans – £59.90