We will dedicate the next few articles to some really great ethical and sustainable Etsy shops. We will start with the fashion and accessories category – you can find some great alternatives to mass produced fashion browsing through these shops. There is also an excellent choice of upcycled and vintage items as well…
Happy ethical shopping!
Most items in Knock Knock’s collection are individually cut and sewn by order. You’ll fall in love with the rustic look and with over 1500 positive reviews, you know they must be doing it right. The only downside of the shop is that there aren’t any care instructions for individual items on sale, so make sure to ask if in doubt. All items ship from Lithuania.
LouEmbrace would like to ‘embrace you with their handmade natural fabric collection‘. All LouEmbrace items are custom-made so they take a little longer to arrive (between one and two weeks) but I think they are definitely worth the wait. This is again a very rustic style made from the most beautiful natural colours and fabrics. The product descriptions offer all the information you need, including how to care for the garments. One great thing is that they also do the plus sizes or you can tell the seller your measurements so you’re sure that it’ll be a perfect fit! LouEmbrace is based in
Kentucky, United States. The shop also includes clothes and accessories for babies and home. Great range of products at affordable prices with lots of five-star reviews.
3 – EcoFriendlyNb1
Eco-friendly Nb1 began work ‘with the need to create something new and original”. This seller is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle. In this shop, you’ll find all sorts of fashion clothes and accessories even special gifts for men. The materials used for their accessories and clothing are 100% from natural and eco-friendly materials. You can also find the care instructions for the clothes. This shop has been on Etsy only since 2016 so they are very new, I wish them great success. Eco-friendly Nb1ì ships worldwide from Plymouth, United Kingdom.
NoOnesCollectiveShop creates beautiful casual wear for ladies. Their clothes are made ethically using natural materials such as organic cotton, bamboo, silk, and also reclaimed vintage fabrics. They don’t produce for the season but rather they create collections based on the wardrobe essentials that we all need! They are promoters of slow fashion thus why they design versatile pieces that can be worn year after year for different occasions. The simplest pieces are at an affordable price range while the most complex ones are a bit more expensive but still worth every penny. Another great positive is that the garments are made to order. The only downside of the shop is many items don’t have care instructions on the garment description, so if in doubt, please ask the seller directly. Items ship from Brighton, United Kingdom.
Tailortrash really embraces upcycling at its best. The environment is very important for the creator of Tailortrash so upcycling was a natural choice for the designer. Most of the materials used by Tailortrash are sourced from charity shops, which is a great way to recycle and help local charities too. There is a great selection of original models to choose from, some are made using very bright, attractive colours. The garment descriptions are sometimes not so detailed so I recommend approaching the seller with any questions if necessary. I think their prices are true to the work involved and you may find a couple of scarves and hats too! Ships worldwide from Llandrindod Wells, Wales (United Kingdom).
The Topian Den wants to ‘create eco wearable and useable art with Love‘ and ‘change something ordinary into something extraordinary‘. With a passion for customizing and upcycling clothes that started in the 1980s, the owner of the shop has carried on her passion until now by creating clothes, bags, and accessories from recycled garments such as knitwear, cashmere, wool, denim jeans and much more. The appliqué that you find on the garments have also been made by using leftovers so you know for sure that nothing has been wasted. You will find some really beautiful, bright and creative designs here and a great price range. The seller also includes detailed descriptions of the garments and size charts for different countries. They are based in Laugharne, Wales (United Kingdom) and ship to a selection of countries only.
Wear Love Now ‘sews happy, upcycled clothes as unique and beautiful as you are…all while spreading love‘. Here you’ll find some great boho chic, romantic and more girl styles. It also includes bohemian gypsy dresses, babydoll tunics, altered jackets, shabby chic plus size, and one of a kind handbags and accessories. Their clothes look extremely comfortable, I’d definitely describe them as casual wear – something to put on when you want to feel comfortable and relaxed. The description of the items is not very detailed so, again, ask the seller questions if you feel that you want to find out a bit more. The shop has been on Etsy since 2012 and as 450 five stars reviews so you know they are doing it right! They ship worldwide from the United States . Also, you will be happy to know that it is very affordable.
At Amber Goes Green they sell beautiful necklaces, bracelets, and earrings made exclusively by using sustainable and recycled materials. Most of their work is created by using upcycled T-shirts, sweaters, beads and buttons. They also use natural materials such as organic cotton, hemp, and wool and source materials from like-minded artists, vintage shops or simply by rummaging through their parent’s basement. They have a detailed description of each item in their collection and the prices are very good. They ship from Canada to selected countries only.
Peace4YouBags takes ‘classical well-proven bag designs and manufactures them from a wide range of recycled materials that would otherwise end up as waste‘. I’ll be honest, I am absolutely in love with these bags. They look extremely strong and durable and really well made. It is really impressive that they are made from recycled materials. The products are made to order so they will not all look the same, which it is a big plus for me! The prices are on the high end so it might well be that special treat, but I think it’s one of those special purchases that you won’t regret, especially if it something that will last a lifetime! The descriptions are very detailed, although they don’t specify how to care for the bags so maybe something you want to check with the seller first. They ship worldwide from Germany.
10 – TheVintageGods
The Vintage Gods is the ideal shop for the person that loves vintage clothes, especially from the 1960s and 1970s. The seller has been collecting vintage clothes her whole life and also keeps busy rummaging in charity shops. Some of her products have also been restored to look at their best! The descriptions are not very detailed so it is worth contacting the seller with any questions. The shop offers a range of clothes, accessories, and homeware too! The prices are great as well, however, they only ship to the United Kingdom.
11 – HeavyLoadVintage
Heavy Load Vintage is the perfect shop if you are passionate about the 1960s and 1970s fashion. They have spent a lifetime collecting vintage clothing and in the last three years decided to find a loving home to some of the things they no longer wear. The descriptions of the items are detailed, their prices affordable and with great reviews across the board, you can’t miss visiting this shop! They are based in London, United Kingdom, and ship worldwide.
You will find some great vintage finds at Look Back in Vintage 2, among many things, bags, knitting books, sewing patterns, vintage frames, and table mats. The seller writes on her profile that she is a bag collector so I was really intrigued by the vintage bags in the shop. The descriptions of the items include the condition of the items. The shop is based in Cambridge, United Kingdom, and ships in the UK, although it does say in the description that you can message the seller to get a shipping quote if you live outside the UK. The prices are very affordable and the shop has also over 60 five stars reviews.
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