After writing Fashion Wake Up Call, I knew that I would need to put together a list of organic, fair trade, and sweatshop free clothing lines. I will say that this list will most likely continue to grow over time. I’ve been searching out lines that had unique and chic styles as well as fit into compassionate sustainability.
Now that I understand more about the behind the scenes of sweatshops, done more research, and watched more than enough videos hearing what men, women, and children are saying who work in them, I can no longer support businesses that use them.
My love for vintage and thrift is as strong as ever still. You can read my tips on how I find amazing vintage/thrift designs here. It is actually even better for the environment to wear vintage and thrift designs. In truth though some items just need to be new. So check out this list of Chic, Organic, Fair Trade, and Sweatshop Free Clothing!
Nimli is a curated store featuring trendy and timeless pieces for the fashionista in all of us. From must-have trends to classic staples, you’ll fall in love with our collections. Our pieces are handpicked from designers around the world to ensure you put your most fashionable foot forward. Nimli carries eco-friendly and handmade designs that are extremely chic!
Sweet Skins is a minority women owned eco-clothing company. Sweet Skins is a business that is both ecologically sound and ethically run, using the latest and greatest in ecologically sound fibers and conscious clothing manufacturing; fabrics like eco-fleece, hemp, organic cottons and wool for their low impact processing and superior texture and quality. Dyes are low impact and everything from fabric scraps to paper products are recycled or reused. Clothing is designed and constructed in a converted garage studio sew shop by a handful of diverse women living in non-industrial Eugene Oregon.
Clean Spirited offers cleaner alternatives to the things you already buy! It has eco-friendly attire for women, men, and children, as well as jewelry, gift items, and decor for your home. One dollar of every purchase made at CleanSpirited.com will be donated to a charity or other organization that supports the environment.
Ecolissa carries only fashionable eco friendly and vegan woman’s clothing and accessories made of sustainable materials such as organic cotton, bamboo, soy, and hemp. Many of our products are also made in the USA or fair trade. We specialize in casual dresses and easy to wear separates. Here are a list of the eco brands on Ecolissa’s online store:
bottled up designs
curator by she-bible
eda & betty
green tree jewelry
hip to bamboo
project have hope
second eco by yoga jeans
stewart + brown
threads 4 thought
Eco Chic Apparel for the Global Nomad: Handmade clothing that specializes in custom sustainable clothing created with locally grown and milled organic cotton, hemp, and wool fabrics. Each garment is hand dyed with low impact or natural plant dyes.
Coin 1804 is a sweatshop free unique cotton wear line specializing in nature and philosophy inspired quirky graphic tees and feminine tops that were eye-catching, yet casual, classic, and ever so comfortable.
Independently and locally operated in Santa Monica, California most known for their signature “roll down” pant and unique dyeing process. The appeal of their cotton/lycra fabric’s comfort and high quality durability is matched by their ethical commitment to sweatshop-free manufacturing.
Global Girlfriend specializes in handmade, fairly traded, eco-conscious apparel, accessories, and items made by women all over the world.
Cool Threads For Kind Heads: Soul Flower promotes a bohemian, eco-friendly, and peaceful lifestyle that is now an online boutique offering the coolest of threads to the kindest of heads.
Eco Luxe Apparel inspired by yoga, warriors, and supreme beings of light made in the USA with organic poplin, organically grown cotton, rayon from sustainable bamboo, and pure cotton gauze. Luminous Being’s dye house is Solar powered and uses Low Impact dyes so the mordents used to bind the color to the fabric is even recycled.
Groceries Apparel is a pioneering green company because we only use certified organic ingredients and we price our garments to compete with conventionally sourced fabrics. Wholly committed to chemical free and renewably sourced textiles, we are constantly integrating new, greener practices into our sourcing and manufacturing processes. Groceries Apparel is 100% Made in Los Angeles and sweatshop free.
Gaiam is your source for living healthy. Shop our wide selection of yoga & fitness gear, all natural cotton clothing, and eco-friendly sustainable home goods.
Jute and Jackfruit is an online boutique committed to environmentally and socially conscious fashion. We carry limited edition, handmade clothing, jewelry and handbags both Made in the USA as well as ethically sourced collections made overseas.
American Apparel is a sweatshop free retailer based in downtown Los Angeles which carries some organic apparel as well. The company also owns and operates its own fabric dye house, garment dye house, and knitting facility, all based in Los Angeles. American Apparel is best known for making basic, solid-color cotton knitwear such as T-shirts and underwear, but in recent years it has expanded—to include leggings, leotards, tank tops, vintage clothing, dresses, pants, denim, shoes, nail polish, bedding and accessories for men, women, children, babies, and dogs in various prints and colors.
Faerie’s Dance: Earth Friendly Fashions are made of environmentally sensitive fabrics and low-impact dyes. They source products from both US manufacturers and overseas manufacturers who take care to ensure that all workers are treated fairly, are safe from sweatshop conditions and receive living wages. Faerie’s Dance carries a large array of apparel for men, women, and children including intimates, swimwear, outerwear, jewelry, and accessories.
Planet Shoes has the largest selection of eco-friendly shoes, bags, and accessories that I’ve seen so far online. They offer a CarbonFree® Shipping option and work with charitable organizations such as Soles4Souls, 1% for the Planet, and the Conservation Alliance.
(Image by Soul Flower)