Ethical and Sustainable

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Accessorize

Born in 1984 with its debut store opening in the Piazza, an old fruit and vegetable market in Covent Garden, London. It acquired the spot next to Monsoon, which had a small area of accessories but was always selling out. The idea of a standalone accessory concept was born. It was a move inspired by Peter Simon’s trip to Les Halles, Paris. While he was wandering around the area, he discovered a small selection of stores selling fashion jewellery that customers could pick up, touch and try on while browsing – a relatively unseen concept in London in the early eighties. From the very beginning, Accessorize was an Aladdin’s cave of artfully arranged displays, tables and stands, so customers could interact with products in a brand new way. Having made its mark as a one-stop shop for vibrant and fashion-forward accessories across all categories, the first Accessorize was quickly followed by stores in London’s Carnaby Street, Norwich and Manchester. Since then, it has built on its home-grown success with around 900 stores worldwide.

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AG

Crafting beautiful clothing that reflects a modern design sensibility, while maintaining a classic sophistication that transcends seasons. AG was launched in 2000 by Yul Ku, a pioneer in the denim industry. While their DNA is rooted in denim, AG's evolution from an exclusively premium denim brand to a contemporary lifestyle brand began in 2008 when Samuel Ku, son of Yul Ku, took over as the brand's Creative Director. Since then, Samuel and the AG design team have focused their efforts on seamlessly integrating complete collections that reflect the true sensibility of the brand: Chic. Sophisticated. Classic. From the initial stages of concept and design, to cutting, sewing, laundering, finishing and shipping, AG’s vertically integrated manufacturing facilities unite their design expertise with manufacturing ingenuity—truly unparalleled in the fashion industry. They believe in being socially active and responsible. Whether it's their Ozone Technology and use of eco-conscious fibers, or their partnership with charity: water, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations, they are committed to making a difference.

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All's Fair

They have a passion for design and great fair trade stories, so you can trust them to source beautiful products from some of the most popular fair trade brands available. Their fair trade products include: bags and purses, sourced from specialists like Earth Squared and Manumit; jeweller (Just Trade and Kazuri); scarves sourced from Cool Trade Winds; winter woolies sourced from Black Yak, who are local to them in Yorkshire; toys supplied by fair trade specialists like Lanka Kade; homewares sourced from BAFTS members Namaste, Azeti, New Overseas Traders and Tilnar Art. They are passionate about what they do, and believe that through fair trade we can all help to make the world a better place. Choosing fair trade helps to reduce the exploitation of workers in developing countries by guaranteeing that they receive at least a living wage and have minimum standards in which to work. Whilst this in itself is an admirable motivation for buying fair trade, value for money and guaranteed quality are still very important factors when choosing what products to buy. After all, few of us have money to burn! Fair trade products are often handmade by highly experienced craftsmen, using high quality materials and environmentally friendly production methods – and as you will see from their website, they are sold at very competitive prices. Fair trade products are, therefore, frequently much better all-round value for money when compared to similar goods you find on the High Street. As a fair trade company, it is very important to them that theyu run their own business in an ethical manner, in accordance with the Ten Principles of Fair Trade as outlined by the WFTO. They always treat their customers and suppliers with honesty and respect, and aim to be transparent in everything they do – and as a result it seems that most people want do business with them again. In addition, as a growing business they are very aware of the responsibility they have to minimise their impact on the environment, and they therefore take active steps to reduce, reuse and recycle.

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Allwag

Ethically sourced, printed promotional merchandise, branded business gifts, or corporate clothing that will make you stand out from your competitors. Fantastic choice With thousands of promotional products and clothing to choose from, you'll find something that’s right for your brand, price range, colour scheme and most importantly your target audience. Their friendly customer service team love sharing their knowledge and creativity to find the right promotional product for you. Your merchandise will be delivered on time: every time. Their in-house artwork team can mock-up visuals, free of charge, to show you how your branded merchandise could look before you make your decision. Working in partnership with them saves you time and money. They create unique corporate merchandise ranges just for you, and hold them in stock ready for when you need them.

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Amulet

Award winning independent women's clothing boutique nestled in the heart of Bristol on Cotham Hill just off Whiteladies Road. They pride themselves on stocking clothes for real women and they have fast become a one stop shopping destination for the fashion savvy 30 plus woman who loves fashion but isn't a slave to it. We understand that for the modern woman clothes, jewellery and accessories need to be practical and comfortable yet stylish and easy to wear during a busy day at work, commuting to business meetings, enjoying a night out or attending a wedding or other special occasion. Our women wear the clothes, the clothes don't wear them. Each item in their shop has been hand picked by owner Hemali Modha and has been chosen for its design, material, provenance and ethical policies. Brands stocked include Fever London, Ingenue London, Emily and Fin, Vero Moda, Masai Clothing, Azuni London, Mirabelle, Ayala Bar, Bill Skinner, and Owen Barry to name but a few. Join Amulet Loyalty Scheme and earn points with every purchase. Once your account reaches 5000 points they’ll send you a voucher to spend on line or in the store.

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Animal Aid

Their aim is to bring you the very best in ethical, vegan products, including Beauty Without Cruelty cosmetics, leather-free shoes, organic wine, animal-friendly cookery books, some great gifts including wonderful vegan chocolates and perfumes, and all the latest new products. No product in the Animal Aid shop has been tested on animals, or contains any animal ingredients, so all items are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Many are approved by BUAV and are registered with the Vegan Society. Don't forget that every purchase you make from their shop supports their vital campaigning against all forms of animal abuse and suffering. Animal Aid is at the forefront of the fight against all animal cruelty, investigating and exposing the hidden suffering in the UK, using all peaceful means possible. You can help them to continue vital campaigning work against all animal suffering with every purchase. They work hard to establish that everything they sell has the strictest possible production criteria. Where possible they source their products from ethical companies, who make the least impact on the environment. Many items are fair-trade, organic or GMO-free. By becoming a member of Animal Aid you can support them in their vital work to bring about real change for animals. You will also receive 10% off the price of all goods purchased.

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Argos

Is the UK's leading digital retailer, offering more than 33,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores, over the telephone and uniquely, through Argos TV. Argos continues to be the UK's largest high street retailer online with over 430 million website visits annually. Argos serves around 130 million customers a year through its network of 740 stores. In the financial year to February 2012, Argos sales were £3.9 billion and it employed some 31,000 people across the business. Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK's leading home and general merchandise retailer. They Keep clean and green, dealing accordingly with environmental issues such as waste management and energy consumption; they are extending their product range to help you make more responsible choices, conserve resources and save money; they source with care, providing details of their timber sourcing policy, chemical strategy and ethical trading conditions in their supply chain; they support the local and national communities in which they operate. These are just some of the practical ways in which they try to be socially, ethically and environmentally responsible. They're committed to reducing the impact their business has on the environment as well as helping you to do the same. They're working hard to reduce the amount of resources they use and the amount of CO2 emissions they produce. Some of their recent achievements: 91% of waste from the business was recycled, 35% reduction in waste sent to landfill, 26% reduction in packaging from own brand and direct-sourced products, 9% reduction in carbon footprint and 100% of direct-source and direct-import factories have a current ethical audit. They believe that working to meet these objectives is the best way to live up to your expectations of them as a retailer, enhance their reputation and manage their resources effectively in the face of rising costs.

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Art Disco

British fashion label founded in 2009 by partners in crime Lucy Catherwood and Marie France. The two have been the strongest of allies, design partners and band mates since high school. Inspired by badass motorcycle gangs, secret sects and cults that ooze timeless cool. Hand printed entirely in eco-friendly inks and focusing on keeping the timeless staple that is the classic white t-shirt alive and fresh. The collections are packed with bold, iconic designs that could be teamed with your favourite pair of beaten up jeans and worn to death. Hand screen printed in England.

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Aura Cacia

Begun in 1982, it has been a leader in aromatherapy sales and quality, as well as a key source of expert information that has fueled the widespread awareness of aromatherapy that we see today. Sourcing authentic, high-quality essential oils, dealing face-to-face with the people growing the plants and extracting the essential oil whenever they can. Frequent trips to places like Europe, the Ukraine, Oregon and Australia to visit suppliers and processors illustrate their commitment to finding the best sources for their oils, which they test (through chromatography and mass spectrometry) to make sure they meet their high standards. Whenever possible, they offer oils that are certified organic as well. They offer an extensive selection of high quality essential oils and aromatherapy products for all ages and spaces. Full ingredient disclosure. Every ingredient used in each Aura Cacia products, down to the individual essential oils, is listed in order of its quantity in the ingredients. You will never see vague terms such as "botanical fragrance" in their ingredient lists. Environment-friendly policies; they keep the environment top-of-mind when selecting ingredients and packaging materials for their products. They strive to use recyclable packaging, minimize excess packaging, and utilize post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials when possible. Animal-friendly policies; Aura Cacia products are not tested on animals and contain no animal by-products with the exception of beeswax.

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Auroville

Online store presenting the products and services of Auroville to the world. The products on this website are produced in Auroville by its numerous units and all funds and profits from the sale of products go to furthering the development of the township. They pride themselves on the quality and fineness of all products and also on the ethical way in which they are produced. Auroville is a centre for alternative technology in India and the world. Natural earth-building methods have been developed to a high degree. Organic farming is well established and use of natural methods of manufacturing without pollution or destruction of the planet are a hallmark of the Auroville community.

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Babipur

Ethical shopping for kids. They only source ethically produced goods. That means you can be confident when shopping with them that everything is ethically made. Natural and sustainable materials, fair trade practices free from harmful chemicals. Babipur has been recognised by the Ethical Consumer Magazine for being one of the most ethical toy retailers and have received their Best Buy recommendation. Fabulous range of the best reusable nappies, all the latest prints and the best prices. Ergonomic baby carriers, wraps, slings and accessories. Beautiful clothing from their favourite ethical brands for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old. Fun and fabulous clothing for children aged 2 to 6 years. Organic and soft organic muslin swaddles and squares in a range of beautiful prints. Organic and natural skincare for babies and the family.

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Barker and Stonehouse

For 70 years Barker and Stonehouse has brought style, service and quality furniture to homes across the UK. Since they first opened in 1946, they have aspired to create an enjoyable shopping experience and to be a source of inspiration for customers. To commemorate their platinum anniversary, they have a number of exciting things to share, including a limited edition Ercol chair and a range of special monthly competitions. Browse this website to find out more and discover all the reasons to love shopping at Barker and Stonehouse.

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