9 Ethical Clothing Brands to Shop from this Holiday Season
It’s officially the holiday season and I’m sure you have already began shopping for gifts. This year while your shopping, we challenge you to only buy from brands or companies that are making a positive impact in our world. So, to help you with this challenge we have decided to do the research for you. Over the next couple of weeks we will release Christmas gift guides that will include brands that we think are making a positive impact in the world. This week we are sharing brands that sell clothing, shoes, bags and more. We would also love to hear from you on what brands you think are making a difference.
If you know someone who loves to dress in a more simplistic way, then you should check out Pact clothing. Their clothes are made from 100% organic cotton, so it’s extremely soft, and they are fair trade certified. They have everything from workout clothing to more dressier clothes.
If you’re looking for a good quality backpack or bag to gift someone, then you should check out Rareform. Rareform takes old billboards that would usually end up in landfills and makes one of a kind products such as backpacks, bags, laptop cases and more out of them. Each product is unique because they are all made from a different billboard. Because they are made out of old billboards they are waterproof, durable, lightweight and eco-friendly.
BANGS shoes started when the founder, Hannah, was teaching English in China and she was inspired by the simple boots that workers and farmers wore. She was inspired to make shoes that were similar and that would last through our everyday adventures. Another great thing about this brand is that they treat their employees in China with care and respect, pay them fair wages and working hours. Their shoes are 100 percent vegan as well.
Allbirds was started by a guy from New Zealand who noticed how sustainable merino wool is. He wondered why it hadn’t been used more in the footwear industry. After a couple of years of tinkering around, he created a new category of shoes inspired by all natural materials. All their shoes are simplistic in design, comfortable, and made from all natural materials
Ok, so I’m low key obsessed with the founder of Sseko. She is a badass and I want to be like her when I grow up. Their goal is to help girls go to college in Uganda. Between high school and university in Uganda, there is a gap year. Many girls go home in this time and don't end up going back to school. Sseko’s goal is to provide a way to support these women to go to university and become leaders. They started by making shoes and have expanded to leather bags, clothing, and other super amazing products.
The goal of Purchase Effect is to help lift people out of poverty by purchasing artisan goods from those living in developing countries. They sell beautiful bags, jewelry, journals, guitar straps and more. Everything they carry is amazing and would make such a great place to pick up all your Christmas gifts.
ABLE is a lifestyle brand that wants to end generational poverty and provide opportunities for women. ABLE started out with a single line of hand-woven scarves and have grown into a shop that sells ethical and beautiful leather goods, handmade jewelry, clothing and footwear. Your purchase is produced in Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru or Nashville, Tennessee. ABLE aims to produce beautiful products but also to be upfront about how they pay their employees.
If you’re looking for a gift for a photographer, then you definitely need to check out Hiptipico. Hiptipico is an ethical fashion brand based in Panajachel, Guatemala and they sell handmade creations from Mayan artisans. One of their items they showcase the most are their beautiful camera straps. You can also find beautiful bags, laptop cases, passport covers and much more. Hiptipico is a great brand who is clearly dedicated to their artisans and to improving the way people shop.
Krochet Kids was started by three teenage boys who learned to crochet in high school. Their unique head wear caught the attention of their classmates and they soon started taking custom orders and were dubbed the name “Krochet Kids”. Once in college, the guys found themselves traveling and volunteering in various nations. After seeing how people had been living in government camps in Uganda and lots of encouragement, they decided that could use their skills to help people out of poverty and provide for their families. Soon after, Krochet Kids Intl. was born and for over a decade they have been able to employ hundreds of people in Uganda and help them provide for their families. This brand has clothes and accessories for everyone whether it be a nice shirt or beautiful bag.