Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Visit Fashion Ethic at the NW Women's Show Green Expo

We will be showcasing Spring fashion and green living as the NW Women's Show rolls out the green carpet for their new Eating and Living Green Expo, upstairs at Seattle's Qwest Field Event Center.

Stop by and say hello, shop the special show merchandise, and pick up one of the YummyEarth Organic pops with a special Fashion Ethic discount.

Tickets are $14 daily, show runs 10am-6pm daily, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 28-30. See you there!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Celebrate World Water Day March 22nd

Headed out to eat this weekend? Today through Saturday you can add a dollar to your bill at participating restaurants and help support clean water initiatives around the world as the Tap Project celebrates UN's World Water Day on the 22nd.

Clean fresh water is easy to take for granted here in the US, but in other parts of the world people, usually children, must walk miles to find a water source - one that may not always be safe. According to UNICEF, nearly 6,000 children a day actually die from thirst or a water-related disease. It is up to all of us to talk about it and help make the change.

Click HERE to locate a restaurant near you, or HERE to donate to the Tap Project, or learn more about water access around the world.

Ready to Learn More?

African Well Fund collects money to build wells in locations in Africa and has a current drive underway that collects money in celebration of Bono's birthday May 10th (he of U2 and humanitarian fame, aka husband of EDUN's Ali Hewson)

PlayPumps installs really cool pumps in villages that double as playground equipment. They also have a great water education portion of their site for parents, teachers, kids...anyone!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Green Elephant in the Room at Banana

Oh, I know most retailers wouldn't talk up another shop to their customers, but our philosophy at Fashion Ethic is that eco-friendly and socially responsible fashion is the industry's destiny. So we're more than happy to let you know when other stores (especially big chains) start adding ethical fashion.

The latest to add a "green" line is Banana Republic, which is launching a 50-piece eco-friendly collection on April 8. According to Womens Wear Daily, the collection will use sustainable bamboo fabric and organic cotton, identifiable by the green elephant icon on the tag (in honor of Banana's Safari, Jeep-in-the-store roots, perhaps?).

PLUS, among other ongoing "greening initiatives," Banana Republic will donate 1% of all in-store sales (up to $100,000) to Trust for Public Lands from April 22 to 27.

No word on where the clothing is manufactured, but kudos to Banana Republic for taking these steps in the right direction! And kudos to those conscious shoppers out there who are demanding better choices in fashion. Soon ethical fashion will be the rule, rather than the exception.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Shop Safari Styles

At Fashion Ethic we strive to buy on trend, but with a mindful eye towards pieces that will last you once that trend has come and gone.

For this season's Safari looks, start with one of Ryann's bamboo tops as your base. These soft-but-durable ivory garments have fantastic drape and lend effortless sophistication to any outfit.

Adorn yourself with natural jewelry like our Kukui Seed necklace or Coconut bracelets. They'll lend a safari/tribal air to anything you pair them with - and are certainly budget friendly!

Lastly, for a luxe-safari feel (the type of trip where you partake in a cocktail at the lodge as the sun sets over the savannah), nothing could be better than the "Alison" dress by Sublet in natural. This remarkable dress hits on the grecian pleating trend, the dress trend, and the safari look - all in one well-priced piece...talk about sustainable style!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Seattle and Portland - Dine for Darfur TODAY

Carpe Diem! Choose to dine out at one of the participating restaurants, and 25% of your food and drink bill will be donated to Mercy Corps to support their relief efforts in the Darfur region.

Find a participating restaurant in your Seattle or Portland neighborhood HERE.

Do even MORE:
Learn more about Darfur at the International Rescue Committee's website
Learn, advocate, or donate - Not On Our Watch Project website
Donate $1 to help light the Darfur Wall website
Watch a documentary: The Devil Came on Horseback or Darfur NOW