10 Websites Where You Can Buy Ethically, Socially and Environmentally Responsible FashionFrancesca Palange
I have put together a list of online shops where you can buy hand-made, eco-friendly and sustainable fashion. On these website you can find some valuable, high quality products, most of which are fully traceable up to its raw materials. By buying from these websites you will definitely appreciate the effort that goes behind making each individual product and in addition get to know the people who make them. Have you got your own list? Do you own or know of any ethical, social and environmentally-friendly fashion shops or labels?
Little Hill People is a fashion brand that promotes the magnificent art and handloom of north east India. Their handmade products are directly sourced from NGOs and self-help groups and then made into modern bags and accessories. The idea is to turn tradition into exciting bags and jewellery. As a fashion brand they are committed to bring out the hidden potential in ancient art and weaving of the indigenous tribes of north-east India. Their website is currently under construction but you can visit their Facebook Page.
Birdsong was created from the love of fashion and from being disappointed with how the fashion industry treats women all over the world. Their approach is to work with inspirational women’s groups who hand make unique clothes and accessories, in order to bring their creations to women everywhere.
The Woolly Pedlar is mainly run on upcycling of unwanted knitwear into fabulous and funky clothes, soft furnishings and accessories. The brand uses wool as it is a totally natural product, that not only is wonderful to work with, but is a totally renewable, biodegradable material that has excellent insulation properties.
Clotho London is an original startup business that promotes new ethical and environmentally friendly ways to enjoy fashion. Clotho does not manufacture any new clothes, instead through their exchange programme they re-cycle, re-use and re-purpose clothes that already exist. You can view our interview that I had with the two female entrepreneurs who set up Clotho London here.
Men and Ladies Fashion
Couchman-Bespoke originates with bespoke clothes made using your measurements to create personal basic pattern blocks. The brand is progessing into women’s workwear that is made from ethically sourced cloth. The cloths are made from organic cotton, banana and silk farms with a traceable fair-trade workforce and the brand will be using Britsh manufacturing to ensure regular access to check the progress.
Amaboomi is committed to offer products entirely designed from recycled materials. They aspire to a more reflective mode of consumption. They mainly use for their products 100% recycled plastic bottles and 100% recycled textile fibres.
Rapanui claims every product they sell is made from organic or recycled materials in an ethically accredited, wind powered factory using fully traceable raw materials and low waste printing technology. They also have an “incentivised material recovery” scheme, which means you can freeposts your products at the end of their life back to Rapanui to be recycled.
Mister Kittoe is a new born British men’s fashion website dedicated to bring the best indie’s fashion and to give new designers the possibility to make a living with what the love doing. By buying from Mister Kittoe you are sure that the clothes have been produced in an ethical and sustainable way.
NixonBui is a ready-to wear men’s fashion brand born in Copenhagen in 2014 that has the desire to tell the stories of remote Himalayan tribal communities. It is described as being a ‘Modern Classic designs infused with tribal aesthetic’ – It is a collection of quality pieces meant to last, not disposable fashion.
Where Does It Come From? Is an ethical brand that brings to you a collection of children’s clothing. They create clothes and accessories which are ethical, comfortable and practical – plus each one of their garment is fully traceable so that you can discover exactly where the products came from and you can also get to know the people behind the products.
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