Guilt-free USP: After studying sociology and writing a thesis on female prostitution and women prisoners in Lebanon, Sarah Beydoun decided to combine her love of fashion with her passion for bettering the lives of women in her country. The bags are made as part of a rehabilitation programme, where women suffering from the stigma of having served time in prison gain valuable income and empowerment by crafting them.
Dhs1,140, available at Boom & Mellow, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 3993).
2 Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative range
Guilt-free USP: The argan oil used in these products is fair trade, supporting local communities in Morocco and ensuring higher standards of labour. Also, the packaging is made from 100 per cent recycled plastic.
Dry oil Dhs252, body lotion Dhs347, and skin salve Dhs179, available at Kiehl’s, Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 8888).
3 John Hardy classic chain ring
Guilt-free USP: This jewellery company is genuinely green. With carbon offsetting programmes for its advertising, travel and electricity usage, the brand works with 200 farmers to plant bamboo in Bali.
Dhs1,800, available at Azal, Emirates Towers Boulevard (04 330 0730).
34 Banane Taipei ‘Birkin’ bag
Guilt-free USP: This tongue-in-cheek tote is crafted from eco-friendly cotton canvas and all-natural pigments.
Dhs460, available at S*uce, The Village Mall (04 344 7270).
5 Beaded mini skirt by Edun
Guilt-free USP: Ali Hewson and her husband Bono (you may know him – he’s the dude from U2) launched the label in 2005 to encourage trade with Africa. About 85 per cent of the label’s clothes are made on the continent, and every factory is audited to ensure it fits the brand’s code of standards (although that figure has been contested by some).
Dhs756 (on sale), available at www.boutique1.com.
6 WEWOOD watch
Guilt-free USP: This Italian brand plants a tree for each of its watches made, and the products themselves are free from any artificial and toxic materials.
Dhs400, available at Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall (04 350 5333).
7 Palestinian cushion
Guilt-free USP: This gorgeous piece of embroidery was made by and supports the Qalandia Camp Women’s Handicraft Cooperative, an organisation that aims to raise the educational, social, health and economic standards of women in Palestine.
Dhs995, available at The ONE, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 351 4424).