Nothing goes better with the coming of spring than a much-needed wardrobe refresh. If that refresh happens to make the world a better place then all the more reason to shop! Listed below are nine ethical brands that are stylish, unique, and definitely worth your support. Click the photos to shop and let us know in the comments which ethical brands are your favourite.
Accompany offers unique pieces that are artisan-crafted, fair trade, and philanthropic. They promise bold but wearable garments with a profile of their maker.
Bead and Reel is a female-run organic, vegan, and fair trade boutique. Look here for products that are classic and feminine.
This Toronto-based brand calls them self the “antithesis of fast fashion”. They promote sustainability, function, and local production. All their products are for the lifestyle of a traveller; they promote packing light and living less materialistically.
Everlane promotes radical transparency. They want their customers to know where their clothing comes from. They also show the amount it costed to produce the products, showing the markup and delivering savings due to their online-only platform.
Kowtow produces certified fair trade and organic garments. The brand offers their factory employees a variety of benefits including paid sick leave/medical insurance, free education for the employees’ children, and free transportation to the factories. The brand also documents the cotton chain from seed to garment, giving a glimpse into their production processes.
My Sister works with non-profit organizations to prevent sex trafficking, educate communities, and offer after-care to survivors. Their products are all ethically sourced and promote conversations about female empowerment.
Nisolo was created after founders Patrick Woodyard and Zoe Cleary met a community of shoemakers in Peru. They worked with these artisans to bring their products to the global market. The company offers their employees fair wages, benefits, and healthy work environments.
People Tree is a sustainable fair trade company that produces unique pieces through traditional skills that support rural communities. They profile each of their farmers, artisans, and producers to share the talents of the developing communities they support.
Raven + Lily was created to support marginalized women and alleviate poverty in their communities. The sustainable fair trade company has employed 1500 women from countries like Pakistan, India, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Kenya, and Peru.
Enjoy your sustainable spring shopping!
*Feature image courtesy of Everlane (@everlane).