It’s that time once again! Here are five more ethical fashion companies for you to discover.
But first: people sometimes balk at the more expensive prices of ethical clothing. I will admit that for someone on a limited budget, it’s nearly impossible to buy a $200 sweater. So I just wanted to remind everyone that buying from your local thrift shop is a great ethical alternative. The money goes to a local store and doesn’t directly feed into the cycle of cheap clothing, plus you’re keeping clothes out of the landfill.
I recently got the go-ahead to stop wearing my surgical boot and start wearing “real” shoes again. Well, real shoes in this case are running shoes. And my last pair of (cheaply made) boot cut jeans split right when I got the okay. Running shoes and skinny jeans? Heck no. So I went to our local clothing exchange place and found four pairs of like-new bootcut jeans (Gap, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and Boston Proper) for a total of less than $50. Four pairs of jeans was probably excessive, but it gives me a lot of options for the next running-shoe wearing six weeks. After that, I might take a pair or two back to the same shop and get a few bucks back for them.
Anyway, now on to some additional ethical options!
My mom and I were just admiring a girl’s peplum top when we were having lunch yesterday, and this one is on sale at Mata Traders for $19.99! It’s originally retailed for $49.99, which is still a pretty great price for such a stylish piece. Mata Traders realizes that even the most traditional women, when given the opportunity, thrive in a sphere of meaningful work that is outside their homes and families.
I was looking for some cute ethical dresses on Etsy and found Minxshop. Their little shop is full of wonderful things, but I am enamored with the ikat top on this dress — that little peek-a-boo on the back is so special! Love pretty much everything in this ethical shop based in Portland, OR.
Trying to choose one thing from Indigenous was nearly impossible, but I finally chose this sheer drape tee ($52). I love the peachy color and the soft feel of the top. Indigenous’s mission is to elevate artisans in the poorest regions of South America to renowned status in the handicraft textile market while preserving their rich cultural heritage.
Ethos Paris believes that they can bring about the change needed, by producing stylish, green, fashion-forward apparel, while raising consumer awareness and setting an example of sustainability. Fabulous mission, don’t you agree? Also fabulous is this twist top ($56)!
Speaking of running shoes above, New Balance is working toward a more ethical production system for their products. 1/4 of their shoes are made and assembled in the USA (and are labeled so). They are the first to admit there is still a ways to go, but I like the idea of supporting a company and their products that are moving in a sustainable direction. Not going to lie — living in Boston for a couple years means I kind of love these special edition Boston running shoes (with a nod to St. Patrick’s Day yesterday!).
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