Welcome To A Special Tour Of This Beautiful Brighton Ethical Boutique
First of all, can we just take a moment at how perfect this little suntrap garden is at the back of the shop?! —->
It has a hanging wall display of all the different items you find left on the beach and how long they take to biodegrade… I think that’s such a good idea.
Okay, now on to the really important bit – let’s check out a few of my favourite items from their eco-friendly and ethical Brighton Boutique that you can buy here…
A collection of jewellery from People Tree that is handmade by Bombolulu in Kenya: ‘This project supports people with disabilities to become self-reliant in their communities’. Read more about it here.
A couple of picks:
One of my favourite stories within the shop – tank tops made from the most stunning recycled saris by members of the Jeevika Trust for village livelihood in India. This trust works with six Indian NGO partners to ‘plan & deliver livelihood projects in some of the poorest villages in rural India, particularly benefiting marginalised, low-caste & tribal people & especially women’.
The Jeevika collection of recycled saris are made by women in these rural villages in India and as such forms part of the trust’s approach to poverty in these communities by focussing on income generation and ’empowering women to learn skills and participate in village decision-making’.
From The Fair Shop website: Jeevika means “livelihood” in Sanskrit. Founded in 1994, the Jeevika Development Society is a non-profit organisation working in West Bengal empowering marginalised rural women and raising their social, as well as financial, status.
I’m going to be doing some proper press on this project soon!
Another community project that seeks to educate via participation is that of Nature Seekers, an organisation set up in East Trinidad in 1990 in response to conservation concerns about ‘the high slaughter rates of egg-bearing females’ of giant leatherback turtles who laid their eggs along the beaches of Matura Bay.
These Turtle Warrior bracelets were designed to raise awareness and funds for the project. They are handmade from recycled glass in their Matura workshop by a special process called flameworking. They are finished off with the design’s signature tassel and turtle symbol. The process encourages skilled employment from community members and the proceeds go back to the project.
Just to give you an idea of scale… here is David Attenborough with a leatherback sea turtle…
Prettyyy large, right?
And finally, some of my favourite items of clothing!
The most pristinely cut:
She also has a pop-up at Brick Lane Market, my old stomping ground!
Swedish Stockings in their very own corner – a sustainable tights company who make their stockings by recycling old ones!
The iconic ethical clothing brand People Tree... some of their dresses stole my heart!
I have a personal attachment to this brand as the first book on sustainable fashion I ever purchased was Naked Fashion by the brand’s founder Safia Minney and she signed it for me! Shown above are:
It is really worth mentioning that a lot of these products can only be bought in the store itself, such as the Jeevika recycled sari tank tops. The store can be found at:
21 Queens Road
So come along for a visit! And seek out the garden for some sun 😉
In Love&Light, EGL XOX