Monday, April 28, 2008

To B or to B

I was ironing a shirt and I thought, hmm, the colour is a bit faded.

I've had some of these shirts for so long. They are cotton, but not organic, with pretty lace on the collars and sleeves. I bought these years ago before I knew that conventional cotton was harming the environment.

B are still sending me catalogues and I have studiously avoided their cotton and polyester clothes in recent years. I must confess that some (not all) of their styles appeal to me. More importantly they do clothes in my size.

Recently, having not bought any clothes for more than a year, I succumbed and picked out a couple of wool numbers.

The company -- like most companies these days -- claims to have an "eco and ethical" policy. (You could read on their site.) They claim fair trade policies, re-plant trees, etc.

I wonder what other pro-organic folk think.

Back to Organic-Ally.


Laura Brown said...

I have to say I've never heard Boden singled out as a particularly "ethical" company (though I've never heard them accused of being particularly unethical either!). Personally, I would find them a lot more ethically acceptable if they didn't use such anorexic-looking models.

Have you tried People Tree? They do a similar type of stylish clothing, but everything they sell is fair trade.

LSP said...

They also use a lot of cotton. I would like to know more about their supply chain. I try not to buy anything that's not made from organic cotton now. It is not always possible, but I try.

Laura Brown said...

Their web site says they "promote natural and organic cotton farming" -- though who knows what "promote" means.

Now that lots of companies are jumping on the ethical bandwagon, I tend to take all corporate claims with a grain of salt!