Shop with Purpose

Over the past couple of years, I have really become more and more aware of the tragedy that is fashion in the world and what a negative impact it has on both the environment and on the people that create it.  I have really tried to seek out socially conscious, ethical brands that are taking a stand and are trying to change the fashion industry as a whole.  Does that mean that I only shop with socially conscious brands? No, I don’t, but I am trying to do better by doing my research and buying better.   Sometimes that means that I have to spend more than I like to, but it makes me proud knowing that I am shopping with a purpose. Whether that is through fair trade, through brands that think about the environmental footprint their products leave, or even brands that give back, I want to do better. Below are some of my favorite ethical/sustainable fashion brands.  I encourage you to think about what you are buying and do your research about brands to see which ones are making a real difference.    

SAVE LANDS

Save Lands is a socially conscious brand that plants 12 trees for every item they sell to help fight pollution and preserve the environment.   

Better World Long Sleeve Tee/Let It Be Hoodie/Bee Happy Cotton Candy Tie Dye Hoodie

REFORMATION

Reformation’s design mission is to make effortless silhouettes that celebrate the feminine figure by sourcing the beautiful, sustainable fabrics to bring those designs to life quickly. 

Marla Zip Sweatshirt/High & Skinny Jean

EVERLANE

The Organic Cotton Crewneck Sweater/The Organic Cotton Long-Sleeve Crew/The Texture Cotton Cardigan/The Modern Breton Tee/The Forever Sneaker

PASSION LILIE

Passion Lilie is a fair trade and eco-friendly apparel brand with a mission to empower artisans in India by creating dignified employment opportunities. They are also committed to using eco-friendly materials throughout the supply chain and preserving the artistic and cultural talents of their artisans.

Navy Stars Midi Skirt/Odin Midi Skirt

THE MUSTARD SEED MARKETPLACE

The Mustard Seed Marketplace is a new store that I found and love.  They believe that your purchases can make an impact on the world. They are committed to fight against human trafficking, keep families together, and help artisans around the world to thrive. 

Empire Dress-Navy/Long Sleeve Tee-Cayenne/Open Cardi-Riverside/World Changer Tee/Peplum Top-Checkmate

ABLE

Able is an ethical fashion brand that is challenging the culture of the fashion industry by creating transformative opportunities for women to rise up out of poverty. They invest in and educate women so they can earn a sustainable income.  

Renuka Puff Sleeve Tee/Srishti Knot Front Dress/Sangeeta Mock Neck Dress/The Aracelly Skinny Jean

Next time you go to purchase something, think about who made it and under what conditions it was made. Think about the impact you are making on the Earth and on the humans who are working to create the things you wear. Can you proudly stand behind it? Choose to shop with a purpose!

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Buy Better

Since I became involved with Trades of Hope, I have learned more and more about Fair Trade and what it means.  Fair Trade companies are held to high standards that ensure that individuals receive a fair, living wage in a safe and secure working environment. That living wage includes enough money for food, shelter, education, and more. The fair trade movement is bringing equitable and sustainable employment and creating opportunities to end the poverty cycle in some of the poorest areas of the world. It is a partnership between artisans and farmers in developing countries where products are traded for fair prices. Prior to learning about fair trade, I really never thought about where my clothes and things were coming from. I had heard of sweatshops, but I never really thought about how my shopping habits affected that. I was basically blissfully unaware. Thankfully, I am now trying to make a conscious effort to buy better. I am also becoming more aware of brands that are socially conscious. These are brands that align with a cause to promote social responsibility as a way to make the world a better place.  They are brands that are trying to make a difference. I am actively seeking out companies that are fair trade and are doing amazing things, as well as ethical fashion that gives back and creates employment opportunities. I am searching for artisan and ethically made products.  I am more in tune to where the things I buy are coming from and who made them. Does that mean that I am only purchasing fair trade? No, it doesn’t, but I am trying to do better and be more conscious. I will admit that ethically made clothing can be more expensive which makes it harder to justify a purchase. However, knowing that some companies who offer more affordable items operate some of the largest sweatshops out there, makes me not want to buy from them at all. I am willing to pay more if it means that we can put an end to the use of sweatshops and make a difference in the world. Today, I wanted to share with you a few of the companies that I have found that offer some really great products. These brands are either fair trade or socially conscious brands that are making a difference in the world. I have chosen one thing from their website that I love to also share. I encourage you to check them out and choose to buy better for yourself.  

Save Lands

Save Lands is a socially conscious brand that plants 12 trees for every item they sell to help fight pollution and preserve the environment.   

Better World Tee

Mercy House Global

Mercy House exists to engage, empower and disciple women around the globe in Jesus’ name. They work to empower women and teenage mothers around the world through partnerships and sustainable fair trade product development, as well as, disciple women to be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.

Blue + Cream Beach Bag

Elegantees

Elegantees is fighting human trafficking in Nepal through employment opportunities.  All of their products are ethically made by women in Nepal.

Ruby Cardigan

Share Hope

Share Hope’s mission is to transform communities by helping to create secure and decent jobs by bringing garment manufacturing work to Haiti and facilitating the design, production, and delivery of those products.

Classic Black Legging

Reformation

Reformation’s design mission is to make effortless silhouettes that celebrate the feminine figure by sourcing the beautiful, sustainable fabrics to bring those designs to life quickly. 

Rou Dress

Everlane

Everlane partners with the best, ethical factories around the world. Each factory is given a compliance audit to evaluate factors like fair wages, reasonable hours, and environment. Their goal is a score of 90 or above for every factory. They also provide what they call Radical Transparency. They  believe thier customers have a right to know how much their clothes cost to make. They are radically transparent with the true costs behind thier products—from materials to labor to transportation—then offer them to you, minus the traditional retail markup.

Authentic Stretch High Rise Skinny Jean

Fair Trade Winds

Fair Trade Winds believes that people and the planet should not be exploited for the things we buy.  They partner with artisan co-ops and small workshops that are mindful of the materials they use and reuse.

Devonshire Dress Plum Stripes

Passion Lilie

Passion Lilie is a fair trade and eco-friendly apparel brand with a mission to empower artisans in India by creating dignified employment opportunities. They are also committed to using eco-friendly materials throughout the supply chain and preserving the artistic and cultural talents of their artisans.

Bree Jumpsuit

Serengetee

By purchasing fabric from over 25 countries, Serengetee supports artisans, their families, and ancient fabric making traditions. They give 10% of their profits back to grassroots causes to improve lives in their communities.

Mehera Shaw

Mehera Shaw is an affordable, upmarket, artisanal lifestyle brand for the conscious and sophisticated woman who wants her wardrobe and home to reflect her sustainable lifestyle. They work with artisans in Jaipur, India.

Circle Skirt-Indigo Print

I hope the next time you go to purchase something, you will think about the impact you are making and choose to buy better! Happy shopping!

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