Must Buy: 5 Ethical Clothing Brands You’ll Love

When we find a nice shirt, shoes, or even a handbag, we assume the price is exactly what it says on the tag (plus sales tax, of course). However, the cost of consumerism is more expensive than what it shows on the cash register. When you swipe that card, hand over a wad of cash, or even write down a check, you can fund a very unethical system.

Our world today is more materialistic than ever, and high demand leads to consequences that many of us cannot even imagine. For example, if we consume more, we naturally throw away more. And let’s be real for a second – for most people recycling is a hassle and it’s a lot easier to just throw things away.

Needless to say, this harms the environment as most cheap fabrics are not biodegradable and even if they are, it can take countless lifetimes to fully decompose. In addition to being a threat to the environment, modern slavery Is exist and these big corporations and marketing companies eager to create cheaper clothes with a higher chance of selling (aka “fast fashion”) feed on inhumane slave labor from places like Bangladesh and the Brazil.

So what can you do?

Well, you can start by looking beyond price and recognizing the true cost of consumerism and how you could unwittingly sustain the inhuman system. Second, you can start recycling your clothes and/or buying items from thrift stores. I say, I knowthe thought may be gross for some, but laundry exists and washing and reusing someone else’s clothes box help take a step towards ending unethical production. Plus, it’s more affordable and if you’re a crafty, creative person, it’s fun to revive old pieces and turn them into something more to your liking. Finally, if you want to buy new clothes, you should probably look to more ethical brands. Don’t worry about having to do a Google search! I’ve compiled a list of five sustainable, affordable, online, and, of course, undeniably cute clothing brands you should check out.

1. Alternative clothing

Alternative clothing was founded in 1995 and is primarily known for its presence in major retailers, such as Macy’s. From sportswear to business casual, Alternative clothing has something for everyone.

And the best part? They are fully eco-friendly and certified by WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production).

2. Eileen Fisher

If you are looking for a mark on the pedestal of “luxury”, Eileen Fisher Inc. is the way to go.

Fisher has been in the business virtually his entire life and has made a pact to always use eco-friendly fabrics and practice safe dyeing. The company is also known for recycling and reusing materials.

His pieces can be found in Nordstrom and online.

3. Verloop Knitwear

Are you not interested in minimalist looks and do you prefer a warm and comfortable outfit? Don’t worry because I have the perfect sustainable brand for you!

Verloop Knitwear is a clothing company that focuses on reducing textile waste by recycling and reusing materials to create adorable pieces. Plus, they don’t just focus on attire; they also create pillows, duvet sets, accessories and more!

Nice additions to your wardrobe or bedroom AND respectful of nature? It’s a win – for sure.


Do you like yoga? You may know the brand Mandukawhich specializes in virtually everything yoga – from mats to yoga pants.

Everything is durable and as comfortable as possible. The environment will plank you a lot. Bad pun? Come on, calling it bad is a stretch. Alright, alright, I’m done.

5. Columbia Sportswear

If you were unfamiliar with any of the brands above, you have certainly heard of Colombia.

The company is open about its practices, standards and impact on the environment and also claims to do everything in its power to stay away from unethical practices.