Ethical fashion brands are needed now more than ever.
The stats speak for themselves;
- The average person will consume as much as 11.4 kilos worth of clothes per annum.
- Roughly 300 million cotton producers live in poverty.
- The average creation of one kilo of fabric generates 23 kilos of greenhouse gases!
If these figures disturb you, you can do your bit by shopping with ethical fashion brands, but do remember that the most sustainable clothes are the ones you already have. You can also repair and prolong the life of your beloved clothing items. Reducing and reusing should take priority, and only when there are no alternatives left we should buy something new.
If you don’t know where to start, you’re in luck because we’ve listed 25 of our favorite ethical brands here in this article.
Let’s dive in!
If knowing the location of where your products are made is essential to you as a consumer, then Know the Origin is the perfect brand for you.
From the convenience of one place, shoppers can peruse a variety of honest brands from all around the world.
Plus, Know the Origin also lists the ‘ethical standards’ associated with each of their products. For example:
- Carbon reduced
- Fair working conditions
- Eco friendly inks and materials
- Positive marketing
Just to name a few!
Study NY is proud of how transparent their supply chain is. From manufacturing the garments to their delivery, each and every stage is thoroughly scrutinized to ensure the entire process is as environmentally conscious as it can be.
SVILU creates sustainable everyday women’s fashion. Not only do they use responsibly sourced materials, but they also ensure that working conditions of their factories are up to scratch and operate entirely ethically.
Symbology is a pioneer for fair trade fashion, without compromising on trend. They have a team in the States working hard to create top-notch custom designs. These are then sent to be handcrafted by female artisans in developing countries.
As you peruse through their fashion lines you’ll notice they offer a variety of silhouettes to flatter all body shapes, so you’re bound to find something that suits your taste!
They kickstart the garment making process by sourcing and using scrap materials and fabrics from larger clothing manufacturers. Their clothes and accessories are then handmade by Cambodian artisans.
Tonlé is proud of their working community, employees are encouraged to express their creativity and learns new skills so they can confidently go about their work.
If you’re on the hunt for cotton clothes certified by the Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International, check out Kowtow Europe’s collection.
By purchasing Fairtrade clothing you help farmers in developing countries secure a fair price for their cotton. In addition to this, Kowtow only markets products that support gender equality and take a firm stance against child labor exploitation.
We Are Thought is a brand that’s grown and grown. They (like many of the other businesses listed here) believe that today’s fashion goes hand in hand with sustainability. As such, they use fabrics that are natural, organic and recycled to create their clothes.
We Are Thought are also massive fans of slow fashion. As such, they aim to craft pieces to become classics. That way you’ll want to wear them over and over again, and hence reduce waste.
Not only does Shoes by Shaherazad offer women comfy heels, but for every sale they make, a portion of that profit goes to support a woman or girl living in poverty. The overall aim is to provide them with the tools and know-how they need to become financially independent- how awesome is that?!
Once more, each and every one of these donations are tracked. That way Shoes by Shaherazadso can measure the impact of their projects and be completely transparent about how these funds are spent.
Faire.Shop is an online store where ethically conscious shoppers can peruse goods produces by ethical brands.
By ‘ethical’, we’re talking about artisans who emphasize the importance of:
- Fair wages
- Safe working conditions
We also love that Faire.Shop puts their money where their mouth is by donating 20% of their net profits to their current merchants. These funds encourage and support entrepreneurs to become financially independent.
Made & More has been in business since 2013. They’re an ethical fashion brand and pride themselves on their sustainable garments. These are made with the utmost respect for both the environment and our fellow humans. As you’ll see, Made & More have plenty of protocols and procedures to help reduce their carbon footprint.
You should also note– Made & More sell products from a few other labels. These have all been carefully vetted to ensure they comply with their values and ethical standards.
Beyond Beanie is another fabulous ethical fashion brand. They empower over twenty talented artisans located in La Paz and Cochabamba, in addition, to supporting vulnerable children in Bolivia.
When you receive your order, you’ll notice that each product is personally hand-signed by the artisan who created the goodie.
Beyond Beanie also does a good job of explaining how their products help kids in need.
This is how they break it down:
- One beanie = five meals
- Once bracelet = one dental care
- One bag = one set of school supplies
Pretty neat, right?
When you shop with Bibico you won’t find garments made from cheap synthetic materials. Instead, Bibico is a big believer that ‘nature knows best.’ This is why they only use natural and organic materials to craft their clothes. They’re particularly proud of their organic cotton range. This aims to reduce the number of chemicals and the amount of pollution emitted into the environment while producing their clothes.
Bibico also ensures that everyone involved in making their clothes is paid a fair wage and provided with a safe environment to work in. At the time of writing, Bibico works with two women’s cooperatives, both of which have fair trade certifications by the WFTO.
These organizations provide women with the tools, skills, and opportunities they need to escape the cycle of poverty. Consequently, they can work towards creating a better life for themselves and their children with dignity and pride.
Komodo firmly believes that shoppers wanting to purchase sustainable goods shouldn’t be faced with a limited choice. This fuels Komodo to create trendy clothes that are both affordable yet eco-friendly. This mission has successfully carried them for 30 years and they’re still going strong!
MAMOQ only partners with brands who are happy to create a fashion industry that’s:
- More sustainable
MAMOQ allows shoppers to search for clothes that replicate your values. For instance, you can look through clothes tagged with the following causes:
- Artisan crafts
- Upcycled or recycled
- Economic empowerment
- Giveback schemes
- Made in Europe
- Natural materials
- Third-party certified
There’s honestly something to suit everyone’s fashions tastes and ethical principles!
Wearth London is a relatively new digital marketplace. It only sells fashion produced by independent UK brands that pride themselves on their eco-friendly and ethical products.
Wearth goes to the trouble of handpicking each and every vendor to ensure they meet both their quality control standards and their ethical principles.
By ‘ethical’, we mean Wearth only markets products with the following attributes:
- Zero waste
Plus, Wearth’s ethics are further reflected in its packaging. They do their utmost to use as little plastic as possible and to ensure the majority of material is recyclable!
Eternal is a fair trade fashion brand that’s been up and running for 17 years. One of their aims is to achieve long term sustainability. They like many of us, believe the actions we take today can have a positive impact on the planet for years to come. As such, they’re committed to producing 0% waste!
Zen Clothing passionately believes we all have a duty to protect our planet and treat fellow humans fairly. As such, they produce and sell sustainable merchandise (using organic, recycled, and other sustainable materials) that are ethically created.
Together Street is very aware that ‘fast fashion’ encourages consumers to see clothes as things that can be easily disposed of- rather than garments that should be cherished.
Together Street rejects this movement.
Instead, they think shoppers are connected to the artisans and workers who produce the goods they buy. The same is true of the environment where merchandise is crafted. As such, Together Street thinks ethical and sustainable fashion is the only way forward and their lines brilliantly reflect that.
Cariki specializes in producing sustainable and ethical apparel inspired by millennial trends. Their ultimate aim is to become a role model for other fashion brands, they hope their example will encourage other companies to use production methods that aren’t as harmful to the environment.
WYNAD are just as passionate about gender equality as they are sustainable fashion- and we love that! 10% of their profit is sent to fund women empowerment projects based in rural India.
They’ve also collaborated with two awesome designers; Arpitha Rai and Grace Quinn to craft a post-punk-inspired line. This makes this brand a fabulous choice if you’re looking a for a few alternative pieces to add to your wardrobe.
This ethical fashion brand only works with top-notch British designers who create handcrafted jewelry. These designs are entirely unique while boasting styles that stand the test of time.
When you shop for Mosami jewelry, you’ll be pleased to hear they only stock products produced by small, artisanal businesses who pride themselves on their ethics.
Again by ‘ethics’ we mean, they ensure everyone involved in the creation of the jewelry is given a fair wage and that they operate in an environmentally friendly way.
This is highlighted by the fact all of Mosami’s silver is either Fairtrade, recycled or reused. This is pretty impressive when you consider that Mosami is one of only ten jewelers on the whole of the planet to pioneer Fairtrade silver.
It’s essential we start reusing silver because it reduces the need to mine this metal. Of which requires incredibly destructive mining practices.
Beyond Skin is one of the few footwear brands to have married together sustainability and luxury. They work closely alongside their factories in Spain to ensure their factory workers aren’t exploited.
They also source most of their fabrics and materials close to the location of their factories to try and reduce their carbon footprint.
Not to mention, as you start exploring their various lines, you’ll see their commitment to sustainability really shine through.
Po-Zu is another fabulous shoewear brand. If you buy a pair of their shoes, you can be confident in the knowledge they’ll stand the test of time.
More importantly, you can be safe in the knowledge the people involved in the creation of the shoes are well looked after. As is the planet. Po-Zu does its best to only use natural components of the highest quality to create its products. That’s in addition to using renewable materials that are locally sourced.
Interestingly, all the materials used to create Po-Zu’s shoes are responsibly harvested.
By this we mean, they don’t use any:
- Toxic dyes
Last but not least, their factories are committed to the highest standards of ethical manufacturing. This includes a strict non-toxic policy. Not to mention, they recycle near-on all of their waste- thus includes both fabric off-cuts and water.
People Tree is another terrific example of a brand that sells Fair Trade fashions.
We love their designs!
They’re fresh, stylish, and versatile
People Tree have been pioneering ethical fashion since 1991. When you shop with them, you can be confident each and every product is made upholding the highest level of ethical and environmental standards.
As you peruse through their collections, you’ll see products made out of organic cotton and responsibly-sourced wool. Once more, these garments are all crafted using traditional skills for example- hand knitting, embroidering, printing, and weaving. All of which are great for the environment!
The fashion brand ‘Last in Samsara‘ believe they can be an asset to artisans, communities, and the environment. They’ve crafted numerous lines using both recycled bits and bobs and materials that are long-lasting. This helps ensure their impact on the eco-system is kept to a minimum.
In addition to their eco-friendly business practices, they also support two amazing environmental projects; One Tree Planets and Surfers Against Sewerage. This is just another tick on the ethical fashion brand score card!
Last in Samsara also sells Fair Trade products, which as we’ve already said is a certification that ensures marginalized producers are given a fair wage, safe working conditions, and in some cases vocational training. When you add all of this together this increases the chances of workers in developing countries enjoying long-term stability.
Are You Ready to Shop for Ethical Fashion?
We hope this article has given you a better idea of where you can shop for ethical fashion. After all, there’s nothing better than looking great and feeling like you’ve done something good!
Do you have a favorite fashion brand who prides itself on their ethics? Have we missed them from this list? If so, we’d love to hear from you in the comments box below!
Further reading: Clothes for Life (Socks Included!) and Tips to Keep them in the Closet for Longer
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Featured image by Olga Zalite