Ethical shopping is something that's really important to me. My wardrobe at the moment is not entirely sourced from places I'm happy with, but I've been working on it and things are definitely, definitely moving in the right direction. In particular: I recently bought knickers made ethically in the UK
Who Made Your Pants is an awesome company. They buy end-of-season fabric being sold on by big underwear companies which would otherwise go to waste and make stretch lace knickers (with cotton gussets). They’re a worker’s cooperative, and employ vulnerable women (primarily refugees), giving them a safe place to work, learn and gain skills to make them more employable. I think they're pretty awesome, and now that I've bought one pair (so I know that I've chosen the right size) I'm planning to buy more - when I can afford it! They fit well, have been through the washing machine on a normal cycle and come out fine, and I have been looking to buy more knickers as most of mine are 3-5 years old and some of the elastic is going ...
It makes me really happy when I find new places to buy ethically sourced stuff from. It's like, hey! Not all of the world is obsessed with destroying the environment and exploiting people to make a quick buck! So I thought I'd post to share as I figure some of you might be similarly heartened to hear about companies like this
(Also, if you want a few more photos of packaging etc, I've written more about all this on my blog)