Love, Passion & Responsibility

What do we mean when we say our products are made with love, passion and responsibility?

Well, for starters it means that we don’t select just any brand or any product to sell on SKiN & BLiSS.  We have thought long and hard about what we believe in and it is our aim to translate that into the products we select for our website.  It may be Monkee Genes or Indikidual made with organic cotton, Hatley whose products are all PVC-free and made with azo-free dyes, anne-claire petit’s handmade crochet baby toys supporting women workers in Asia and made from 100% organic cotton or Boys & Girls who choose to use organic cotton and organic dying and printing.

Ultimately, we hope to do our bit to make the world a fairer place for everyone involved in producing the lovely items sold on our website.  From the person who picks the cotton right through to the person who packs the boxes to ship the goods to SKiN & BLiSS towers.  We want our customers to feel good about supporting businesses that champion ethical trading, fair trade, organic fabrics and also feel good about supporting small independent brands like Bread & Jam whose dresses are handmade in Wales.

These days there is so much hype surrounding buzzwords like ‘Ethical’, ‘Fair Trade’, and ‘Organic’, but do you really know what they mean and why they’re important?  In order to understand why we’ve chosen to support these movements we have included a brief overview of each below.

Ethical Trading:

As mentioned in an earlier blog post (Why ETI?), ethical trade means that retailers, brands and their suppliers take responsibility for improving the working conditions of the people who make the products they sell. Most of these workers are employed by supplier companies around the world, many of them based in poor countries where laws designed to protect workers’ rights are inadequate or not enforced.

An example of a brand supporting ethical trade is anne-claire petit.  SKiN & BLiSS offer a range of gorgeous handmade crochet baby toys and rattles from anne-claire petit and we loved not only her products, but also her approach to developing them.  Her products are handmade in Asia by a team of women who determine their own schedule around their childcare & the harvest of their corn crop. Thanks to the crochet work they do for anne-claire petit accessories, the women are able to generate an income throughout most of the year – something from which the entire village benefits. This brings about a feeling of security and working together that is expressed in all of anne-claire petit’s lovely handmade accessories.


Fairtrade standards, according to the Fairtrade Foundation, are not simply a set of minimum standards for socially responsible production and trade. These standards go further in seeking to support the development of disadvantaged and marginalized small-scale farmers and plantation workers. Fairtrade standards relate to three areas of sustainable development: social development, economic development and environmental development.

An example of a brand stocked on SKiN & BLiSS supporting Fairtrade is the British label Monkee Genes.  Monkee Genes is the only jeans label to have unique mix of astute accreditations from The Soil Association and the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS).  Part of the Soil Association’s requirements include adhering to strict social criteria including working conditions, living wages, working hours, child labour, discrimination and more.  This includes factory spot checks and stacks of paper evidence proving these standards are met throughout the supply chain.  Monkee Genes live by this mantra so much that their entire logo and branding surrounds their motto:  No Slave Labour, No Child Labour, No Blood, No Sweat, No Tears.

Monkee Genes offers a great range of stylish organic kids jeans that are on trend, affordable and have an eco and ethical conscience.


Organic clothes and baby items have become increasingly popular in the last decade. Kids clothing that has been certified as organic means that both the production of the fibre on the farm, and the processing of this fibre into textiles has met organic standards and been checked at every step of the processing supply chain for social and environmental responsibility.

The Soil Association outlines some important reasons why organic textiles are kinder, cleaner and better:

  • Organic fibres are grown without the use of harmful pesticides or genetically modified organisms so promote a healthier farm and environment
  • They don’t allow harmful manufacturing chemicals in organic textile production, so it’s better for local wildlife, animals and people
  • Social conditions are high in organic textile factories, and organic cotton production can help farmers find a way out of poverty
  • Animal welfare is at the heart of organic systems, so is better for animals growing our fibres
  • Organic textiles don’t contain allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemicals

Examples of brands stocked by SKiN & BLiSS that are organic include Indikidual (coming soon), kidscase (coming soon), anne-claire petit and Monkee Genes among others.

So, there you have it.

Next time you’re inundated with buzzwords like ‘Ethical’, ‘Fair Trade’, and ‘Organic’ you’ll be a little wiser and able to make an informed decision about the products you’re about to purchase.  Please spread the word and help make the world a better place by supporting businesses that support these movements!


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