Sustainability on The High Street with FatFace

September 20, 2017

Sustainability on the high street with FatFace

I’m definitely of the every little helps frame of mind when it comes to sustainability. Making small steps towards sustainability is far more positive than the all or nothing approach. Which can be off-putting and isn’t easy. Which is why I love seeing high street brands making small changes towards becoming more ethical and sustainable brands. One brand making really positive steps right now is FatFace. So when FatFace got in touch asking if I wanted to share the steps they are taking towards sustainability, of course, I was happy to work together.


FatFace probably isn’t the first brand which comes to mind when you think about ethical fashion. But their practices and policies are regarded as some of the best on the high street. The Good Shopping Guide ranks them as one of the most ethical options on the high street, giving them an overall score of 81. By comparison, People Tree who are classed as one of the most ethical brands have a score of 96 and Seasalt another ethical brand has the exact same score as FatFace.
[left]Sustainability on the high street with FatFace[/left]

[right]Sustainability on the high street with FatFace[/right]FatFace was one of the first UK brands to share images of their garment workers during Fashion Revolution week. I actually regrammed one of their images back in April and was contacted by the garment factory who were able to name the worker in the image. It’s simple things like that which bring a connection with the people making our clothes.

Sustainability on the high street with FatFace

The Environment

FatFace is taking steps to protect the environment such as introducing LED lighting in stores. Sourcing all carrier bags, catalogues and e-commerce packaging from sustainable sources. As well as making a commitment to sourcing 100% of their cotton from sustainable sources by 2020. They are doing this by increasing the use of organic cotton and have signed up to the Better Cotton Initiative. A non-profit organisation which works with farmers to reduce the environmental impact of cotton farming and improving the livelihood of farmers.

Sustainability on the high street with FatFace

They have also committed to removing down from their products. Instead of feather or down they now use Primaloft which is a man-made insulation (made using recycled polyester). It’s lighter and warmer than down so your puffa jackets will still keep you cosy and warm. In fact, unlike down it doesn’t lose its insulating properties when wet so is a much better option for the British winter.

You can find more information about FatFace’s ethical and sustainable policies and practices on their corporate website. I do wish this information wasn’t hidden away on a separate site and was more prominent on the main site. I think more people would be happier shopping with them if they had access to this information.

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[right]Sustainability on the high street with FatFace[/right]

Sustainability on the high street with FatFaceThe Clothes

FatFace kindly sent me a few pieces from their autumn/winter collection to try out for myself. One of the things I noticed straight away was the quality. The FatFace clothes feel like they are made to last which is a very important part of being a sustainable brand. Afterall there is no point in having great ethical and environmental practices if your product doesn’t last. I can see these being part of my wardrobe for years to come.

Charlotte Cable Jumper – This jumper is seriously soft thanks to the cashmere blend. It’s also lightweight so perfect for this time of year. My autumn/winter uniform is pretty much skinny jeans and a cosy knit so this will be very well worn over the next few months.

Cheshire Jacket – I’ve been looking for a longer length jacket for a while now. It’s lovely to find a warm jacket I get wear walking the dog. Feels like it will be warm enough right up until winter really kicks in and should keep me dry if I get caught in any showers.

Simone Silhouette Birds Dress – I love the simple t-shirt style fit of this dress. It’s so comfortable and easy to wear. I think it will also be easy to dress up with tights and a chunky cardigan when the cold weather sets in.

Vintage Blue Jeggings – I’m not sure I’d describe these as jeggings they are more like traditional jeans in my opinion. They have loads of stretch, in fact, I think I could have gotten away with a couple of sizes down. However, they are comfortable to wear and I love the colour.

Verity Lace 2 in 1 Top – This top is really soft and comfortable to wear. FatFace describes it as a going out top although I’m not sure I think it’s smart enough for a night out. It is great for work and maybe more casual meals out.

Lytham Ankle Boots – I love these boots and think they are perfect for autumn. They are easy to wear and look great with jeans and dresses.

*This post has been sponsored by FatFace. FatFace has also gifted all clothes featured in this post as well as sponsoring the post. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


10 responses to “Sustainability on The High Street with FatFace”

  1. Jo says:

    Great piece Jen! I love to hear about the small steps that High street retailers are taking towards sustainability. As someone who shops almost exclusively on the high street and wants to make more sustainable choices this sort of article is so useful to me! I look forward to seeing more features like this from you in the future!

  2. Heidi B says:

    I used to shop a lot at Fat Face,and I did not realise how sustainable their clothing is. Love the lace top and jumper, some fab outfits. Think a trip there soon is in order, great relaxed wear for the country too!
    H x

  3. Lyndsey says:

    Great post Jen! Good to hear of an accessible high street brand taking steps towards sustainability. Thanks for the info, lovely read as always x

  4. Kim says:

    Some great pieces here and I love the outfits you’ve put together. I used to ship in FatFace a lot but haven’t been in my local store for over a year! I’ll have to pop in and see their new A/W range.
    Kim |

  5. Shelbi says:

    Cute outfits, especially the dress with the birds. I will have to check them out because I had actually never heard of them before.

  6. Jojo says:

    I just discovered your blog and I’m loving reading about sustainable and ethical fashion. I definitely wouldn’t have thought of Fat Face as being in this category either but their environmental policies sound great.

  7. Thank you for sharing this, this is really good news to have this background info

  8. Rachael says:

    great post! Fat Face is one of my favourite ethical brands to shop with! My friends mock me now when they ask where something is from as 99% of the time I say Fat Face! I love there clothes!

  9. Kaelsu says:

    I love Fatface. They have great clothing and that fits wonderfully. I’m from Canada and whenever I visit the UK I always purchase clothing from there. I in fact have the same jumper in the pear colour. I am so glad to hear they are sustainable. This gives me the extra incentive to purchase more clothes from Fatface and pay international shipping fees. Thanks for the post!

  10. Charlotte Roberts says:

    In terms of quality, I sew so I notice how garments are pit together and Fat Face is the only high street label where I’ve noticed all their woven items are made with french or bound seams rather than seams finished on the overlocker. This is a very high quality finish that far more expensive brands often don’t bother with and is a clear sign of quality & the better put together an item is, the longer it will last before wearing out which will naturally make it more sustainable.

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