With that in mind we have complied a list of where to buy affordable ethical clothing.
Designed and made in North Carolina, USA. American Giant take ethical at face value. By keeping manufacture and production of their products in the states they are ensuring the longevity of of the textiles industry in their own country.
“The apparel industry faces overwhelming competition from abroad.Some cheaper and faster. Some state of the art. If manufacturing is going to survive here, we have to be smarter. Work harder. Create a better product. We’ve assembled a supply chain of people and materials built to do just that.”
It means that their clothes are probably vastly more expensive than that of Primark. However their products such as the Classic full zip hoodie have been dubbed “The greatest made hoodie ever” as it is built to last, thus the cost per wear is greatly reduced as you will have it for many years to come.
Lucy & Yak position themselves as an open and ethical business. They are essentially providing trend lead garments, at prices similar to Urban Outfitters.
All of their garments are made in a highly maintained and exceptional factory in northern India.
“Our team in India have also just moved into a new factory, that we have helped with, which looks out onto the beautiful Indian desert and farmland. It is exceptionally clean and has air-conditioning, and to help even further with our green ethos, we’re even having solar panels installed onto the roof of the factory. Hopefully by the end of the year, we will also be able to up production!”
Lucy and Chris of Lucy & Yak have personally supported the development and ensure that standards are the best possible they can be.
They also have biodegradable packaging, and are looking to completely eradicate plastics from their company in the future.
Founded in Cornwall, Seasalt is much more than a high-street brand. Seasalt has some serious ethical credentials. Using organic cotton, and working with partners in their countries to ensure standards are met. This high-street company has a large amount to be proud of.
“We visit our suppliers regularly and they also come to visit us in Cornwall. We have great long-term relationships with our suppliers and consider them our business partners. The visits work on several levels, they cement and maintain our relationships, provide us with the opportunity to manage new developments and give us more creative visibility.”
Seasalt’s stores and brand expansion means that you can shop ethically at a reasonable price.
Possibly overlooked when it comes to shopping ethically. The benefits of shopping vintage and second hand clothing means that the lifecycle of the garment is extended.
This reduces the overall impact of the garment, reduces waste and goes great lengths to slowing the pace of fast fashion. We are a huge fan of the RealReal and Vestiaire.
If you are looking for smarter ethical pieces then Everlane is a great option. They use a very strong ethical supply chain that makes sure they have strong credentials.
“We spend months finding the best factories around the world—the same ones that produce your favorite designer labels. We visit them often and build strong personal relationships with the owners. Each factory is given a compliance audit to evaluate factors like fair wages, reasonable hours, and environment. Our goal? A score of 90 or above for every factory”
Everlane show you the true cost of all their garments, alerting you to the cost of the materials, hardware labour and the duties. The transparency in this model is amazing and unseen in most companies. We love this ethical approach.