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CLOTHING -  Cotton is an environmental nightmare – more than 10% of all agricultural pesticides are used to grow cotton, even though it makes up less than 3% of the world’s crops! These chemicals (including dyeing and finishing processes) pollute waterways, damage health and kill wildlife. Cotton is a thirsty crop. And of course, clothes are often made in terrible sweatshops for little pay - in Bangladesh, a sweatshop factory building collapsed, in April 2013 killing hundreds of  workers. So, Fairtrade, organic and recycled cottons are better options, as are hemp and bamboo clothes. Also charity and vintage shops clothes. Most fibers are bleached before they are dyed; sheep do not produce pure white fleece! High street retail stores are beginning to introduce new ethical and organic ranges, but not much yet locally,  you might find organic T-shirts. BSI British Standards, the Carbon Trust and DEFRA have launched the new carbon reduction label; this measures the entire carbon footprint of clothes from raw materials to consumer use and disposal – it will be appearing in clothes gradually. Avoid buying clothes that need dry cleaning - very toxic substances are used in this process.

By Nature

The first 100% organic maternity range and general organic clothing for adults and children.

0845 4633835

Clothes And Shoes

All parts of textiles and shoes, bags and belts can be recycled and reused – even into industrial rags or underfelt, so never just bin them. Give good quality clean items to Jumble sales or charity shops, for reuse and resale, and thus fundraising, or second-best place them in clothing skips at supermarket recycling centres, and at Battlefield HRC, which also has a skip for
- Bras - recycled for Cancer Research or take them to M&S who pass them on to Oxfam.

- H & M, Castle St, Shrewsbury, will receive and recycle your old clean clothes, proceeds going to charities. They have an organic range.



clothing repairs

Stitch in Time, Mardol, Shrewsbury.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Altered Image, St. Mary's St.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Sewing Machine, 10-11 High St.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shrewsbury Top Tailoring. Lower Ground Floor, Pride Hill Shopping Centre.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             



No longer a shop in the town, they are still available on line ! Organic, ethically sourced and produced, range of fashion clothing made from soya, bamboo, hemp etc.,  plus handmade cosmetics and vegan/cruelty free perfumes 


A marketplace for fair and sustainable goods , owned by its users

follow the river

Original eco-friendly clothing



Ethical & Fairtrade Fashion and Jewellery.

84 Wyle Cop
01743 588690


There may be some family jewellery, or buy from antique shops or commission local skilled crafts people to make bespoke jewellery, 
or choose ethically-mined and sold gold - this makes a lot of difference to the lives of miners and their communities.

Natural Collection,

Lots of clothes, toys, household goods and cosmetics, mail order.

0845 3677 003 (or order at 0845 3677 001)

People Tree

Fair trade fashion and organic clothes online catalogue

0800 1110314


PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

They say ‘ Animals are NOT ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment or abuse in any way.’ Peta is a American organisation campaigning for cruelty-free clothing, animal friendly lifestyles. They say – keep wildlife out of your wardrobe (leather and fur).

Since March 2013, experiments on animals for cosmetics have been banned in the EU.

Shrewsbury Fairtrade Stall in Indoor Market Hall

Sells ethical produce from developing countries, run by volunteers. Tue,wed,Fri & Sat 9-30 to 4-00

supporting Fairtrade throughout the county of Shropshire.  Email 


Stall 14 Indoor Market Hall
01743 365591

Textiles and Clothes

Take  clean clothing, bedlinen and  textiles - even clean rags and shoes to Charity shops, where they are bought by the public for re-use  or sold on to textile dealers who sort for re-use or recycling.  Or put in textile skips at supermarkets, or at Battlefield HRC .
(Please don’t put in duvets or pillows or rugs – these could be offered to Home Essentials, if in good condition, or local dog’s homes.)

Seconds Out, Bomere Heath, Shrewsbury SY4 3AP.  T: 01939 290272 have been collecting in bulk for 30 years, (from charity shops, car boots sales and in the past, jumble sales) - clean clothes, rags, bedlinen and shoes, mostly for reuse in developing countries.


The Hemp Trading Company

Sells  hemp and bamboo and wind-farmed organic cotton fabric  T Shirts for women and men.

Turtle Doves

 Handmade accessories, fingerless gloves, hats, snoods and more, all made from pre-loved jumpers, often cashmere. See  them at Made in Shropshire and Farmers Markets.  There's a list of current stockists on the website, including their shop on Castle Gates, Shrewsbury.


01743 344702


Clothing, bric-a-brac, antiques

-  Stalls in  Shrewsbury Market
-  Shrewsbury Antique Centre;Princess House, The Square, Shrewsbury, SY1 1JZ. T: 01743 247 704
-   Riverside Mall, Shrewsbury.  T:07964 151511. 
-  for car boot sales and jumble sales, see the local papers


Have won The Fashion and Accessory category at the Observer Ethical Awards - they make panama hats, and also bags which are made in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia - Fairtrade, sustainable environmental practices.

01335 300 003