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