Ever since I did the 40-Hanger Closet and started my Year of Ethical Clothing, I’ve been looking around for clothing options that ethically produced.
I own far fewer items of clothing than I did before the 40-hanger closet, so I am willing to spend a little more on new pieces when I know they are made in fair working conditions for a fair wage — especially since I don’t plan on buying more than a handful of new items a year, if that (I plan on sewing and thrifting as well).
So I thought I’d share some of my finds! I’m hoping to make this a regular feature, once per month — let’s change the way we look at fashion, and start demanding fair wages and good working conditions for the people who make our clothes.
FashionABLE creates sustainable business for Africans so they aren’t dependent upon charity, but instead earn the dignity of a job. How great is this Etanesh Scarf ($36)? I love the cool blue and how nicely it drapes, and the fact that it helps women break the cycle of poverty is an even bigger bonus.
Owner Sylke says, “I only use ethically manufactured sweatshop-free merchandise obtained from companies with socially responsible practices. All of my inks are water-based and 100% solvent free.” I can’t tell you how much I want this Modern Feather T-Shirt Dress ($34). Layer it over some leggings — fabulous.
Noonday Collection is another great company working toward bringing women out of poverty in around the world. Fashion sense can now restore dignity to abandoned women in Ethiopia, empower communities in Ecuador, and create business opportunities for Ugandans. I love the orangey coral of the Zoe Necklace ($48).
I love this UK-based company, which buys fabrics that have been sold by big underwear companies at the end of season, stops them ending up as waste and turns them into gorgeous new panties. And they create jobs for women who’ve had a hard time. This company proves that you can be ethical from the bottom up, with these pretty Aimee underwear ($17).
This cute shop makes graphic t-shirts, hoodies, and scarves from finest organic cotton.The quilter in me loves how the Samarkard Organic Cotton Tunic ($34.75) looks almost quilty. Plus it has such a lovely feminine cut — that neckline is gorgeous.
What are some of your favorite sources for ethical fashion? I’d love to feature them on an upcoming post!
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