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What about the homeware revolution?

This week is #FashionRevolutionWeek. It’s a brilliant initiative encouraging people to think about where their clothes come from and how they are made. But it’s not just fast fashion that causes indignity and suffering. I’ve often wondered when the interiors industry will catch up and why we are more concerned with the ethics of coats than chopping boards. As well as asking #WhoMadeMyClothes, I’d love to see people asking “Who made my tea towel?" The hashtag may not be quite so catchy but, as with fashion, if your homewares seem like a bargain, it's likely that someone somewhere is being exploited, or that the environmental impact of the item's production has been overlooked.  Here at Aerende, I’ve asked all sorts of questions over...

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The Aerende Almanac - April

Our April newsletter, featuring all sorts of non-foolish things is out today. Happy April. A few technical hiccups means it's not possible to show it to you on this page (any hints on how to do that?) but you can read it at the link below. http://eepurl.com/cJdU19

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In praise of women (or how to make an impact when you shop)

How often do you think about the people, usually women, behind the things you buy? As an individual I know I need to make more effort to ensure my purchasing decisions don't cause human suffering or environmental harm. But as a retailer I can hold my head up pretty high. Here at Aerende, we want to make it easier for consumers to have a positive effect on women around the world by considering the impact of our products at every level. So, we think about materials – how they are made; how women in developing countries are affected by tiny things that many of us never think about (fabric dye in their water, husbands driven to suicide by Monsanto’s pushing...

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The Aerende Almanac - our first newsletter

We've finally got round to launching our newsletter, the Aerende Almanac, an edit of good things for the conscious consumer. This one features a stylish social enterprise café in London, a sustainable British skincare brand, thoughts on stereotyping (and how to avoid it) an uplifting playlist and a discount on our handmade bedlinen. We’d love to know what you think.

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