I consider myself to be prettyyyy prettyyyy good about purchasing organic foods, skincare products, and beauty products. One area in which I really struggle in purchasing items that mirror my ethical commitments is my clothing - I almost exclusively shop "fast fashion" and mass-produced brands, particularly when offered a 40% discount (which seems to be every day).
I'm not doing a tremendous amount of clothes shopping at the moment as I am pregnant, but I am committing to changing my habits once I am ready to start shopping for my post-baby body (whatever that looks like) and honoring my values by choosing clothes that fit into the following categories:
- locally produced
- if not local, promotes fair trade policies
- made from organic materials
- sustainably produced
The more of those items that are checked off, the better! The good news is that purchasing ethically produced clothing need not be an excessively expensive venture, as I had convinced myself. I also feared I may be relegated to vintage shopping - something that in theory sounds wonderful, but knowing myself, I just know I don't have the patience to scour the racks for a diamond in the rough. If you are a skilled vintage shopper, call me and take me shopping!
Instead, I did a bit of research and have found the following, reasonably priced brands for clothing ranging from basics to weekend wear and even work wear:
Krochet Kids, International - easy, breezy basics that are created by women living in poverty-stricken regions of Uganda and Peru. Their model increases incomes for those women, empowering them to improve their lives. They have a very cool visual representation of their impact on their website. I'm really into their basic tees, lace top and comfy Saturdays sweater - just ask my husband, I can never have too many cozy sweaters!
Pact - Colorado-based company offering a limited selection of very basic items. They ensure that every step of their supply chain is sustainable, and they have adorable baby onesies.
YSTR - so you've found some quality basics you can feel good about. What about going to a party, out on a date, out with friends? YSTR offers ethically produced clothing, upcycled fabrics. They even offer a monthly subscription service to help women fit sustainable clothing into their budget. Plus, their clothing is very fun. A few of my faves below:
Siizu - This retailer offers luxurious fabrics (you can even get a sample of just their fabrics to feel them!) and a few items that are sufficiently sophisticated and conservative for most office environments. Their focus is on 100% organic, eco-friendly fabrics that are 100% natural and 100% sustainably grown.
So there we have it - with minimal effort, I was able to quickly find these four brands offering high-quality, very wearable clothing at a price point that mirrors Nordstrom. Now who is going to hold me accountable to resist the lure of the 40% coupon in my inbox and shop better??
I'd love to hear from you!
Do you have a favorite brand of sustainable, organic, or locally-produced clothing?
Do you have an area in which you struggle to shop sustainably? Food, clothing, skincare? Let me know how I can help you!