About us and the trees
I’m Liam, nice to meet you! Ethical Schoolwear is the online school uniform shop for people who want affordable uniforms that do good for people & planet.
Since I became a parent 7 years ago, when we adopted our son, I’ve realised that I ask a lot of questions. What’s that? Where’s it from? Who made it? What’s it made from? How much? Sorry, I think I misheard you… how much?
Many of these questions have been about school uniform. Getting answers, and on occasion getting any response at all, has been difficult. So I decided to set up a shop myself. Ethical Schoolwear is for people like us. We're trying to do the right thing for the planet, the people who make school uniform, the kids who wear it and the grownups who pay for it!
Ethical Schoolwear promises only to sell school uniform from manufacturers that:
- Are Ethical Trading Initiative certified
- Are B Corp certified
- Are Planet Mark certified
- Use as much recycled fabric as possible
- Are certified CarbonNeutral
- Are signed up to the Better Cotton Initiative
- Pay the living wages for the countries in which they operate
- Align their values with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
- Open up their factories to third-party independent inspection to ensure healthy and safe working practices, zero child labour and zero modern day slavery
- Take action to eradicate period poverty within their workforce
In 2020 my other half and I moved from our beloved Manchester to rural County Down - where I grew up. The main reason for the move was our daughter’s chronic lung disease. In case you were wondering, since our move we haven’t needed to go to the hospital or even to the doctor once.
Our place has a few small fields, some of which the previous owner had nurtured into a haven for wildlife, which include a pond and woodland. In 1999 they were certified by the Ulster Wildlife Trust as part of their Wildlife Areas Scheme. I plan to increase the amount of wild land by creating more woodland and native hedgerows to act as nature highways. I hope that by rewilding the land and creating an oasis for wildlife, as well as a carbon sink to absorb CO2, that our small efforts can make a lasting difference. You can follow my rewilding journey on Instagram.
If you sign up to receive email updates from us, we'll send you an email asking you to name your sapling. We plant the trees in late winter / early spring, to help ensure their success. Keep an eye on our socials to see your tree named.
Where are these trees coming from?
The existing woodland has an abundance of mature trees. Those trees produce copious amounts of seeds each year. They will be the parents of our new woodland.
Our tree species
Click on the title to find out more from the Woodland Trust about each tree.