People Tree, my favourite pioneers of ethical and sustainable fashion. They’ve provided us with wonderful clothes for 25 years so far, and made a huge difference to the lives of those who make our clothes. Now they need our help to increase the highly successful range of Tencel pieces from the SS17 collection.
Tencel is a wonderful fibre, made from wood pulp, and it provides the fit and drape of high-street fabrics, but without the environmental impact. The pulp comes from cultivated forest land which is not suitable for agriculture, and has a closed loop production method. The fabric responds so much better to styling, and allows for creations which were not previously possible for People Tree.
All pieces in the Tencel range are made by the fair trade producer partner, Creative Handicrafts. Based in Mumbai, India, this is a social enterprise which works to empower disadvantaged women from slum communities, by providing them with an opportunity for economic independence.
If you wish to support the work of Creative Handicrafts and see a much larger Tencel range for AW17, please consider supporting People Tree and helping them to increase their social impact through their crowdfunding Campaign. Your pledge will help to support a large order for Tencel pieces, and will enable the provision of training and technical assistance.
With rewards including beautiful fair trade earrings for a £10 donation, t-shirts and signed books, capsule wardrobes, and even the chance to name a dress in the new collection, there’s something for every one, no matter how much you can give.
People Tree currently support 4500 farmers and artisans through fair trade producer groups, in 13 developing countries. They prove that it is possible to wear stylish fashion, whilst at the same time respecting the people and the planet.