If t’were more convenient, all of my clothes would be ethical, Fair Trade, environmentally friendly, etc. Sometimes, though, it’s just not practical. Most ethical brands are online only, or are not sold in my area, and it gets expensive to pay for shipping on top of the usual extra cost to buy consciously anyway.
Here are some quick, widely sold, brands that sell loverly ethical staples!
American Apparel – tights
American Apparel’s factories are located in LA, and their company is 100% sweatshop free. Right now all of my tights are from American Apparel, because they come in great colours, are non-pinchy and durable, and are easy to buy in person.
Hanky Panky – underwear
Proudly made in the USA since 1977, this is the most comfortable underwear ever, and it comes in a variety of styles and colours.
Braintree – socks
These bamboo socks – as they call them, ‘super socks’ – are luxury for my feet, and the most durable kind I’ve worn. I used to regularly replace cotton socks every few months, but these have lasted me way longer without wearing thin! Braintree focuses on ethical fabrics, like bamboo and hemp. Originally from Sydney, Australia, they now operate in London. I pick up pairs at Indigo when I’m in Oxford!
What are your go-to ethical brands and shopping tips?
P.S. more on ethical fashion, simplified here.