When you are trying to live an ethical lifestyle, clothing plays a huge factor. It can be difficult though finding clothing, especially affordable clothing that falls under the fair-trade/ethical umbrella. I have transitioned to a quality over quantity philosophy when it comes to most things, but especially when it comes to clothes. Although, as of recently I do not have a ton of money to spend on clothes. So I understand how frustrating it is for someone to suggest clothing brands that are not in your price range. Here are a few brands/stores that sell fair-trade and ethical clothing and other ways you can be eco-friendly while shopping for clothing and not breaking the bank while doing it. As always, if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them! I’m always looking for new places to shop.
Thrifting is a great and cheap way to remain ethical. All of these clothes have already been made and used. You are reusing materials and not supporting or provide any money to industries that produce materials not made ethically and you are also not contributing to an industry that, regardless of the clothing, is disastrous to the environment. These are materials that can be easily recycled and remade into something else, but instead, end up in a landfill which creates more and more waste and therefore more and more pollution. Thrifting is my favorite way to shop. I save money and remain ethical in my shopping. You can even thrift shop online now with apps likes ThredUp and PoshMark.
Patagonia is an amazing company. Not only did they a stand-in protecting our land against this administration, but they also supply ethical clothing, and with every purchase, they send money back to factory workers. All of their cotton is certified organic and most of the materials used to produce their clothing is used with recycled materials. Patagonia isn’t cheap though, but you can rest assured that their clothing is ethical and of great quality. I am a huge fan of their fleece collection and I love their pants for hiking and athleisure wear.
There is a lot of transparency with LOLE, with them primarily manufacturing in Canada. They can be pricey, but if you are looking for some soft and cozy sweaters, than this is a great place to look. They also have an awesome sale section that can be worthwhile.
Passion Lilie works with producer groups in India that either hold a Fair Trade certificate or are small family run businesses. “Passion Lilie personally visits every artisan groups and has done extensive interviews with each group to ensure that they are meeting their standards for fair trade: a sustainable and appropriate salary, job security, loans and financial assistance as needed, health care, on the job free training, no child labor, safe working conditions, protection of the environment through water reduction, recycling and using only natural or Azo free dyes.
We have been working on building a relationship of trust, where the artisans can work in an empowering environment. These artisans have been able to overcome financial hardships through employment with the producer groups that Passion Lilie works with.
In addition, our local office in New Orleans is environmentally sustainable. We have adopted methods such as recycling, limiting our use of transportation and using natural light as opposed to electricity.”
Brooks There is a company that sells clothes, bras, and underwear. They use use organic cotton and silk, and produce in the States. They have low impact production, which means that they do not use plastic and find efficient and eco friendly ways to produce and distribute, including recycling their own product material.
“We source directly to the seed and trace all of our fabrics from the farm to our factory. We only use 100% GMO-free, Pesticide & Herbicide-free, Recycled, & Fair-traded Ingredients. From seed to skin we are committed to developing awareness of all lifecycle stages of our fabrics and garments, starting with the harvest cycle that our fabrics derive form all the way through to the California based, home-sewn production of our finished garments and distribution to our customers.”
They have such soft and comfortable dresses to wear at home or in Summer.