Trying to buy new, ethically and sustainably produced gear that won’t drain your bank account is a definite challenge. My first choice for ethical eco-friendly shopping is, of course, to buy from thrift and charity shops, shop secondhand online and inherit used items to upcycle into something new to me. However, as I’m constantly asked where to shop for ethical brands I figured it was time to do some research and put together a helpful list of resources for those wanting brand new sustainable, ethically produced style:
The Fair Wear Foundation site is straightforward, very easy to navigate and not only includes a list of ethically produced brands but also PDF downloads detailing company and social reports, performance checks and complaints on their resource page
The Clean Clothes Campaign contains up-to-date information concerning the issues surrounding clothing factory conditions and an abundance of resources about worker rights and the various aspects of the garment industry. Use the handy search feature to discover the truth behind the brands.
The Good Trade has a fantastic list of 35 fair trade and ethical clothing brands that includes the links, descriptions, certifications and price levels for each brand.
Ecouterre has discovered 9 sustainable fashion brands that produce ethically in Bangladesh.
Eco Fashion World has a detailed searchable database of eco-fashion and ethical labels. Search by brand, store, category, eco criteria and country.
Fresh Collective specialize in independent Toronto designers and supplement their collection with Canadian labels as well as a few hand-picked international pieces to complete the look.
Atelier Kinsu (formerly Kiki Kumi) creates stunning sustainable handbags, accessories and outerwear from upcycled denim and leather.
Thrifter is a groovy online shop specializing fabulous second hand gear for the whole family as well as groovy retro decor items – with free shipping within the U.S.
Sahasa organic cotton jewellery and accessories are designed in Australia by Artist Tess Freund, and lovingly brought to life by a small group of women in India, Sahasa ensures all artisans behind their pieces set their own wages, and work in a clean and safe environment.
Annaborgia is an ethically produced vegan couture brand that uses cruelty and toxic dye free textiles to create their gorgeous and affordable luxury designs. (I’m totally digging the Kats pants & Ariel top!)
People Tree is an online shop featuring products from a variety designers that are devoted to sustainable and fair trade fashion.
Ethically Clothed provides an online marketplace where you can discover groovy garments from designers and manufactures who operate under an ethical and sustainable business model.
Ethical Fashion Forum has a huge searchable directory of ethical brands. Search by category, ethics and country (both based in & sourcing from).
Fashion Flair Bazaar stocks ethical eco fashion brands for gals, guys and kiddos and a portion of every sale goes to charity.
Ethical Consumer shares a variety of buying guides including scorecards and ratings for each brand.
Refinery 29 showcases 8 rising stars on the ethical fashion scene. Most of the eight brands are designed and produced entirely in New York utilizing sustainable materials and ethical practices.
Eco Cult shares a comprehesive list of 18 of the most affordable places to buy sustainable, eco-friendly and ethical fashion.
What ethically produced shopping guide would be complete without a link to my own rockin refashionista gear?
Know of any ethical brands? Share them in the comments below!
Disclaimer: I am not at all an expert on the big business of fast fashion however I am a concerned consumer who has chosen to learn & share as much as I can through my own personal experiences & the wealth of resources available online.