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Freelance editor & writer
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I'm a London-based journalist, author and editor with a specialist focus on green and ethical lifestyle issues. I am available for freelance writing commissions for both print and online media, editorial, project consultancy and speaking engagements.
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Present: Writer and editor for online and print publications including specialist publications including Sublime magazine and

Jan 2008 – August 2009: Home & Lifestyle Editor, Green Guide

Jan 2006 – Nov 2007: Editor and Operations Manager, New Consumer

Aug 2005 – Jan 2006: Volunteer Worker, Thomas Barnardo House, Kenya

July 2005: Assistant, Homeless World Cup 05, Edinburgh

March 2004 - 2005: Executive Ethical & Environmental Officer, Loughborough

Jan 2002 - May 2005: Volunteer Worker, Deep Griha Society, India

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At 15:18 on September 23, 2011, Maiya said…

Hi Jen,

We met at the Ethical Fashion Show in Paris 2008 when I worked with si:su. I am now launching my new UK based ethical womenswear label for S/S '12. Please take a look at

Best wishes,
At 10:20 on August 13, 2010, KYOSUN SHIM said…
Hello Jen

My name is Kyosun, Shim and a current MSc Marketing student from the University of Bath.

I am currently researching ethical clothing consumption experience in UK fashion market, and urgently and desperately looking for customers who shop or shopped in any ethical fashion store for an interview.
If you can give me 30 min to interview you, It would be very appreciated
The interview could be conducted via phone or in person(Mobile or Skype) . interviews conducted are solely for academic use and it will not be used for commercial purposes. Participating interviewees will be kept anonymous and data obtained will be treated with strict confidentiality.

Please feel free to contact for any question, I really hope you could help me

Thank you!

Kyosun, shim
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At 10:11 on October 29, 2009, Katy Pullen said…
Hi Jen

I'm a big fan of your eco-writings (loved the Metro article beginning of this month and have pointed more than a few friends getting hitched this year to your Green Guide for Weddings!).

I just wanted to share the launch of my ethical accessories label, Aspara, with you and thought there might be a hook to the story that may be of interest as I haven't exactly followed the conventional route into fashion... (think from diplomat to eco-designer!).

I previously ran a variety of UN poverty-alleviation programmes for women, ranging from micro-enterprise to retraining victims of trafficking in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Among other projects, I worked with the likes of GAP and H&M via the ILO’s Better Factories Programme in Cambodia. Whilst these programmes have definite benefits, my experiences on the ground highlighted that ethical business practices and large, outsourced factory production do not always make easy bedfellows.

At Aspara, we believe in creating lasting impressions not just through our unique accessories but in the way we work with the people and communities who bring these designs to life.

By providing training and livelihoods for rural women and young people, I work directly with producers to cut out the middleman. At the heart of Aspara lies the value of passing on knowledge to a people that were routinely exterminated in the 1970s for showing any sign of education. We also help financially so that small weaving communities – almost destroyed during the Killing Fields - are able to meet western production standards as well as offering a competitive and beautiful product.

I wondered if you might like to learn more about Aspara and would love an opportunity to show you our collection and expand on the stories behind the label.

Please do take a peak at our online boutique and feel free to contact me direct ( if you'd like to learn more.

Very best wishes,

At 5:00 on September 10, 2009, Udaya Bikram Thapa said…
Hello there Jen,
I have been working with natural fibres in Nepal for a long time now and can supply you with fibre, yarns, textiles, as well as finished goods. Please have a look at and to get an idea of what we do. I work with hemp, nettle, cactus, banana, bamboo . I also have a small workshop where we make bags, clothing and rugs from natural fibres. Hope to hear from you and would like to be your friend. Take care,
At 10:09 on July 19, 2009, Ashok said…
I am ashok lucy's friend.i want to talk with you. please e-mail me.
At 16:21 on May 18, 2009, Cecilia Lunch said…
hi Jen, I am wondering why you look so familiar and where i know you from? Im working for Pants to Poverty... Green guide has recently merged with ESS I believe...hope that has gone well. Best wishes, Cecilia
At 9:26 on January 27, 2009, annie sherburne said…
Hi Jen, would love to contribute. I will be at the shop tommorrow on 0207 922 1112 (and obviously in for coffee and chat) How can I help?
Best wishes, Annie

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