April 24, 2017

14 Ethical Clothing Brands We’re Loving

This week is Fashion Revolution Week so I wanted to take the conversation outside of the kitchen to another area I’m delving into and loving!  You can read more about how I came to care about #whomademyclothes in my post ‘It Started With Food…’ but here I just wanted to give you a few ideas for brands we’re tried and tested and loved on our journey!


Great for: One off wardrobe pieces

A little more of an investment than some but SO worth it.  They made beautiful pieces that are truly ethical and responsible to the core. Ethical product sourcing and production in the EU in factories that ensure good wages and a good environment.  All their cotton is GOTS certified organic, the mustard sweater I lived in for the winter is from there and I love it!


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Everlane is a company that’s really pioneering traceability and accountability in the clothing supply chain, but also providing wardrobe pieces that are genuinely affordable (from $18 tees) and you can see inside their factories.  The pieces are not usually organic, but it’s a great place to shop a large range from basics to more individual items, and know you’re making a great choice.


Great for: Kids basics

I’ve bought loads from here for Clayton, I love their simple sweatshirts and he has a number of their leggings and T shirts too.  The leggings aren’t the highest quality and some have got holes in faster than I expected, then again they’re being worn by a adventuring toddler, so…


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Great for: Basic, undies

Everything is made from responsibly sourced bamboo, made ethically with real care and attention to the environmental impact. It’s really comfy clothing, and perfect if you love black.  I have their leggings, underwear and sock and love them all.


Great for: Jeans

All Nudie jeans are made from organic cotton, and ethically made.  They offer recycle programs for them but you won’t need that for a long time because they last my husband has had his 4 years and they’re going strong.  They offer free repairs at their shops which helps them last a long time.


Great for: basics, undies, baby leggings

All organic cotton, ethical production


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Great for: Shoes!

If my budget was endless, all clayton’s shoes would come from here forever as he grows, and I’d have a pair each season. But for now I have a pair and I adore them. They’re the gold ones you’ve seen in my stories and snaps!


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Great for: The comfiest shoes EVER!

Made from cruelty free merino wool so you don’t need socks and they keep your feet warm/cool. I live in mine, and you can pop them in the washing machine too!


Great for: Flame Retardent Free kids pajamas, organic cotton

It’s a simple website but the pajamas are really well made, their organic cotton with clean dyes, all responsibly made in the USA. I just bought Clayt one pair of pajamas so they’re more expensive but they’ll last and I only got one pair.


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Great for: Shoes and accessories

Nisolo come out with a smaller number of style but they’re all gorgeous and classic. I have their tote bag as my diaper bag which I’d been eyeing up for years and Jared just got me for my birthday!


Great for: Outdoor wear

One of the original fair-trade clothing companies Patagonia have great ethics in their production. I got Clayton this jacket in blue for the winter and bought it a good bit too big so it will span 2 seasons to balance the higher price. This year we just rolled the sleeves up and it was perfect!


Great for: Womens clothing and plimsoles

Ethically made women’s clothing with an organic cotton line, great knitwear, and organic cotton plimsolls. They also have a birkenstock style shoe made with vegetable tanned leather for a better option!


Great for: Organic cotton stuffed animals! Ok it’s not clothing but I had to include it because these were SO hard to find, at least if you want them to actually look cute and normal but I love these ones.  The dyes are all clean, and they’re made in the USA with GOTS certified organic cotton. Love!


Great for: baby accessories

These were my favorite swaddles for Clayton.  They’re all organic cotton with great black and white designs perfect for eye development.  They also now do crib sheets, twin bed sheets, towels, bibs, burp cloths etc in the same organic cotton and great prints. www.modernburlap.com


I’ve also bought some activewear from Satva and Alternative Apparel that I’ve loved, and then I couldn’t write this without saying that second hand clothes and closet sales have become my best friend! To me it seems like the ultimate option because I’m also stopping the pieces going into landfill which you know I care about!  I’ve found some great online platforms like ThreadUp as well as all the local Facebook sites that sell second hand clothes, and I look out for closet sales.  (Sidetone: If you’re local check out The Adar Shop on May 27th for a curated line of second hand pieces by my wonderful friend Lana Cruz!)

It’s also worth mentioning that it doesn’t take a massive budget.  I’m choosing to buy way fewer pieces and just spend more each time but it averages out the same. When Jared first bought nudie jeans for somewhere over $200 I actually rolled my eyes, but I had no idea of all the factors.  They’re still going strong 4 years later, so he hasn’t had to buy 1-2 other pairs in that time.  So it works out!

Do you have favourite brands that are on this journey? I’d LOVE to hear, leave me a comment below!


4 Responses to “14 Ethical Clothing Brands We’re Loving”

  1. Such a fun read friend, I am LOVING watching your journey in this. Being in Seattle has really been pushing us to live more eco friendly and aware of the environment around us. It’s a huge recycling city and we have loved being around this awareness and empowerment and giving back movement happening in this city. I feel like i’m still constantly learning, so have especially enjoyed your journey. Thanks for sharing! Here are a couple of my favourite stores in Seattle which you might possibly like to check out if you’re interested 🙂 They are Nube, Moorea Seal ( not based in Seattle but i discovered it at Wholefoods) Krochet Kids, The Little Market ( they have the cutest baby toys.) and lastly some friends in South Africa called Jane Sews. Love you! Happy shopping.

  2. I love this! I’ve started this journey this year and have really loved what I’ve been finding. I remembere reading one of your posts about how it’s been freeing because you don’t play by the rules of trends that come and go (or something along those lines) and that’s what I love most about buying this way. I buy WAY less, and only end up buying what I really love. My wardrobe is super simple, maybe even boring, but I love it. 🙂
    I’ve been dying to order a pair of shoes from http://www.sevillasmith.com. She makes the most incredible shoes by hand! I’m also looking to order some jeans from Mott and Bow. They’re sustainable and ethically made, and they have a great try-on/easy return program! I don’t need a pair yet, but will soon!

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