I’m starting to hear about more and more eco businesses in Ireland, which is such a great development. I appreciate that the cornerstone of zero waste is shunning new purchases where possible but sometimes we need to replace those essentials and if we can buy from a company that is doing their bit to ensure we have a planet to live on.
I intend to compile a business directory with the companies that I feature under this heading, which will hopefully make the whole business of creating a beautiful sustainable ethical life all the easier. I may change the criteria for sustainable ethical businesses as I go as this is a work in progress but for the moment I’m focusing on companies based in Ireland, offering products that are either biodegradable, natural, organic, unpackaged, fairtrade, cruelty-free or a combination of these.
The first company to feature is Fairthreads.ie, an exclusively online business owned and operated by Irish company Michael Guiney Ltd (a company involved in sourcing homewares & fashion products since 1971). Fairthreads was apparently founded after watching ‘True Cost’, a documentary that focuses on Fast fashion and consumerism and the impact that is having on developing countries and the environment. The company states that it partners with Fairtrade & other ethical producers to source products that have a transparent and fair supply chain. Their range of products include;
– certified fairtrade cotton towels and certified GOTS (organic) and fairtrade cotton towels
– certified GOTS (organic) and fairtrade cotton bedlinen and New Zealand wool blankets that are certified Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Class I (free from harmful chemicals) and have been made without the practice of muesling (don’t google this word if you don’t know what it is, the images can be upsetting)
– certified fairtrade organic cotton clothing and accessories
– certified organic cotton crocheted toys for children
– certified fairtrade footballs
They also stock some handcrafts, scarves and some organic cotton t-shirts and hoodies and they currently have their t-shirts on sale for €6 euro!