Clothing that is produced unethically is all too prominent in the fashion industry. Many define ethical fashion as fashion that has been produced with respect for the environment and the people who are involved, but unfortunately this does not always occur. Buying items second hand or from thrift shops are simple ways to reduce this cycle of mass-producing clothing in unethical conditions. But for those of you who aren’t into second hand items, there are companies and organization that focus solely on producing and promoting ethically made clothing.
Here’s a partial list that will help send you in the right direction.
1. Eco Fashion World (www.ecofashionworld.com)
‘Eco Fashion World’ is a great resource for ethical fashion options, along with many other items. The site allows you to search by brand, store, category, country, and a variety of other criteria. You can sort through items that are vegan, ethically produced, craft/artisan, custom, fair trade certified, organic, recycled, or vintage/second hand. ‘Eco Fashion World’ also offers a variety of different deals, so you can save money while helping the environment. This site is definitely one of my favorites.
2. Ethical Consumer (www.ethicalconsumer.org)
Another great resource is ‘Ethical Consumer’. This site offers a broad range of ethically produced items, from clothing to cosmetics. There is a section on the site specifically focused on ethical shopping, which offers a directory of businesses and organizations that produce ethical products. The site also includes tips for ethical shopping, along with their own personal ratings on various ethical brands. Convenience is often a factor that interferes with ethical shopping, and this site takes care of that for you. Everything is laid out for you in one place. So what are you waiting for!
3. IMAGEN Green Promo Products (www.imagengreen.com)
As mentioned on their site, ‘IMAGEN Green’ is a distributor of environmentally conscious promotional products and apparel. You can have your own design printed on recycled/biodegradable pens, t-shirts, water bottles or coffee mugs, along with many other items. It’s a perfect environmentally friendly alternative to market your company or make a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend.
4. OOM Ethikwear (www.oom.ca)
Last but not least is ‘OOM Ethikwear’ – a Quebec based clothing company specializing in ethical clothing. ‘OOM’ clothes are made entirely of organic cotton and eco-responsible fabrics, and are partnered with a variety of Canadian organizations that focus on eco-friendly clothing production. They have also launched a unique clothing-recycling program, which allows you to return your used OOM items and receive a gift card to go towards your next purchase. It’s a great place to purchase some homegrown clothing while helping the environment.
These are just four organizations that we found, but we’d love to hear from YOU! Let us know any other suggestions that you have for brands that are making ethically produced items so that all of us, the consumers, can make better choices. Feel free to comment below and help us spread the world by sharing these environmentally friendly tips!