Some tips and a guide to shop for sustainable and ethical clothing. This video takes a more general approach because what you value, what's available to you, and what you are looking for is going to be different for everyone. I hope you find this information helpful and can incorporate it into how you shop!
Some online stores that carry multiple brands:
Ethica http://www.shopethica.com/ - USA, Canada, EU, Australia
Modavanti https://modavanti.com/ - USA, International
Gather&See http://www.gatherandsee.com/ - UK
Accompany http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=847329&U=1392573&M=64992&urllink= * - USA, International
EKOLUV http://www.ekoluv.com/ - Australia, International
Helpsy http://shophelpsy.com/?aff=2 * - USA, International
Kaight http://kaightshop.com/ - USA, International
Fashion Conscience http://www.fashion-conscience.com/ - UK, International
MadeFair http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=777743&U=1392573&M=61801&urllink= * - USA, International
DearGoods http://www.onlineshop.deargoods.com/ - Germany
Zady https://zady.com/ - USA
Beklina http://www.beklina.com/ - USA, International
Ethical.Market https://ethical.market/ - UK, International
And there are a lot more sustainable & ethical brands in my brand directory! http://verenaerin.ca/brand-directory/
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Saying the problem is impossible and ethical shopping won't do any good is like eating junk food because it's so common. Only with the junk food, it's your body, not your soul, that gets sick.....with clothes, it's your soul...and honor. Besides your cheating some greedy corporation of a few nickels.
I love thrift shopping and tend to mix it with buying good quality ethical brands. Check out Untouched World. They are recognized by the UN for sustainability. The quality is amazing and styling timeless, so although garments aren't cheap, the cost per wear turns out to be minimal as they last for years - untouchedworld.com
Mam you are a very gorgeous and intelligent woman, i like your light makeup style, hairstyle,clothing and the relaxed way you talk is very feminin all combined together. I truly hope that other women will follow your example. God Bless You.
Thank you for your wonderful and informative videos! I also have a vegan question: some things made with vinyl/fake leather are labeled vegan, some are not. Is this simply a marketing thing that some brands are taking advantage of and some are not, or do some vinyl products have sneaky animal products in them? I have done some googling with contradictory results and don't want to accidentally mislead anyone...
Thanks. It's actually just sheets of vinyl remnants I buy for making books that I sell, so there is no way to check up on their origin and some places online say that animal fats are sometimes used in the making of vinyl. I know the glues I use are all vegan, but I don't want to be one of the horrible people who adds to the confusion by sticking buzz words on things.
With bags and shoes I believe there's an issue with glues- a vegan product will have animal-free glues where a regular synthetic might not. It's almost impossible to get info on glues, treatments, etc. so if you want to be safe then stick to products labelled vegan as that *should* mean (to be extra safe look for certified products) there were no animal materials used in the entire production process. :)
Very good video, everything very well explained, the big problem is that i want non toxic clothes but at the same time they have to be cruelty free, I'm talking about wool which is not cruelty free I suppose. I believe that we humans we belong to the tropics (warm weather) where we can almost walk naked,so that being true the clothes we need is basically tshirts, cool jerseys, pants, shorts and shoes / slippers .. Most of them by cotton, hemp etc so in an ideal climate (tropics) will not be necessary to pluck the hair of the sheep to dress ourselves.
I mean, cold climates is a good excuse to the fashion business
Really cool video! I'm 15 and am just starting to look into ethical living. Here In Australia there aren't too many places to but ethical brands except for online but I guess paying more is worth it in the long run. Thanks for the video!
Check out Miik, Nicole Bridger is another great Canadian brand, Naked and Famous Denim, and Body Politic is a Canadian online retailer who carries some Canadian made brands but also others.
I was also going to recommend Thieves Boutique, but they have barely anything on their website so might be going out of business? :(
I love your videos! It is so informative and helpful. Also, I would love to know where you buy sportswear? I am currently looking for good running shoes, but it is very difficult to find fair trade brands
Just found your channel and really admire your content. I'm primarily a second hand shopper and am an avid thrifter, but it's mainly motivated by cost. If I want to expand and buy new things, what's your advice for shoppers on a budget? I'm also glad you made a mention that it is up to the public and people to influence the market. I actually don't think it's unfortunate at all- it might take some time, but it allows us the power.
Yeah. thank you so much . i was so confused about how to be more ethical and lost track on what I want to focus. Thank you . Now let me share. I try make my things last eg. sewing the button , keep similar colour cloth and sew the hole back , good that i wear lots of black . Make sure I love something, after at least 2 days(sometimes it takes two to three months if it is expensive item) if i still think about an item then I will go for it . Reuse them as clothes for cleaning or what not. 1. ebay / thift shop. 2. Local as to reduce cardon footprint and support small business and designer.
now let me watch more videos and see what else i can do
My goodness, striking eyes, amazing teeth and wonderful smile!!! Your tips and overall message has been a terrific learning experience. You have just been added to my "Subscribed" list. I'm really going to look forward to enjoying your additional videos. Nice going and thanks for sharing!
Great video! Thank you very much especially for the links to places to shop. I couldn't help but notice that the prices are kind of high on a lot of them, but that seems to play into the fact you made at the end of the video about contacting places and requesting that they use more ethical practices. If more places do it, it will become more affordable. Also, I've never ever thought about renting formal clothing. What a great idea! I hope you have posted a closet/wardrobe video because I will be checking that out for sure. <3
Thanks! Really happy you found it helpful :)
The prices are higher with sustainable/ethically produced clothing, but they do better reflect the "true cost" of the garment. Paying people fairly, farming sustainably, properly managing your pollution etc. all costs money and unfortunately making clothing very cheap often means cutting those corners to save money. :(
Thanks for all your help! I just saw the documentary The True Cost and I felt like I didn't get enough of an idea of things I can be doing. It's so discouraging to look at clothing that's available without having to give up eco sustainability, social justice, or style!
It can be very discouraging, but fortunately there are more and more stylish sustainable and ethical options becoming available. As consumers learn more about what's going on the industry, ask questions, and search for ethical alternatives it will only grow and improve! :)
Also I felt the same about The True Cost, while the general message of "things have to change" is important, I wish he gave some suggestions or steps viewers could take to help with that change.
This is video is awesome! You are awesome! I came across this topic a while ago and since then I'm struggling a little bit wirh myself, because I found it hard to shop Eco and Ethical Friendly. You helped me and inspired me a lot :)
So lovely that you've responded. The transition is mainly difficult when transitioning into a season because the clothes from previous seasons that I've stored away seem old and dirty and it's so tempting to get new ones. The other difficulty I have is over wearing particular items and therefore I feel tired of my clothing. I have found some eco brands and when purchasing an item, I check who made it which is really important. I have also asked relatives to not buy me any clothes. Do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of that "tired" feeling that people can have about their clothes?
Ask your guardian angel to find them...I have USA made sheets, pillowcases, old bedspreads,an honest-to-God pair of jeans from the 60s, and they find me.....and the jeans were a size 20 for my boomer figure!! You'll grow antenna to spot things....
I agree with the things you said. Unless the item seems uncharacteristically well made, I try to avoid the sweat shop brands. This is more wanting quality items vs supporting the brand. My process in shopping usually looks like this: go to an area (jeans, sweaters, etc), notice color (I wear a somewhat limited color palette), check materials because I have skin allergies, check brand, then try on for style and fit. After watching your videos and those from some others, I plan on keeping a wish list of specific things to look for.
+Ashlea Marshall Thanks! Yeah I have noticed differing opinions on buying unethical brands secondhand but the way I see it is you're not supporting the brand with your money, you're supporting the thrift/charity shop and prolonging the life of the garment. However along those lines I do think that it's not good to buy unethical brands secondhand that have big logos or very obvious brand marks because then you're still promoting that company by showcasing their brand in public. What are your thoughts on it?
+Ashlea Marshall I primarily look for style and fit. However I will check the materials because I find natural fabrics more comfortable and will also look at the brand, if it's a brand know for poor quality I wont buy it because I don't want something that falls apart right away.
But secondhand shopping is a very eco-friendly and ethical choice no matter the brands you buy. I think what you look for is up to personal preference.
+Célèste Fohl I'm hoping to do more videos about different ethical brands! :)
In the meantime I list most of the brands that I own in my Q&A video https://youtu.be/LChlUtczaAU?t=3m40s and also talk a bit about it in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q67zvhux3Bs
This is such a helpful video. Thrifting is definitely something I love to do - I haven't had the time to do it recently but I'm looking forward to having more time in the summer to get back into it. Keep up the good work! :)
+Elena Piani I'm trying to live and dress more ethically and sustainable and thought it might be helpful to share my experiences and thoughts!
I studied fashion design in university and ended up directing my research and projects towards 'slow fashion' after learning a lot of terrible things about the industry- I realized that things definitely need to change. So I'm not part of an organization but I'm really passionate about eco fashion, I love sharing info, learning, and connecting with like-minded people. :)
Thank you for this wonderful video. I am using it to teach Fashion Design students English in their degree programme in Dalian in China. It is perfect for the students and they really respond well to your delivery. Unfortunately it is not possible for many of them to access Youtube as it is blocked by the Great Firewall. I was wondering have you considered posting some videos on other sites that they could access like youku. I know many Chinese viewers would be very interested in your videos. Thanks again. Mikey
Great Video!! Thanks for spreading awareness on Eco-Friendly Living! You have a new avid watcher :)
If you get the chance check out my vegan, eco-friendly jewelry. 10% of all of my profits go to Sea Shepard Conservation Society!
All the best!
Thank you for a wonderful video, with so much information and a much-needed message. I never thought about renting clothes, I might just do that when my graduation comes up. I would also really like to see a video about problems in the fashion industry. There are so many!
+Erica Lynn renting would be perfect for a graduation! If you do decide to rent, I would love to hear about your experience with it. I think it's a fantastic idea but haven't had an occasion to try it yet.
Thanks for commenting and for the feedback! :)
I just found your channel by chance when I was googling around for stuff about simple living. What you are doing is completely awesome! Eco-friendly, non-toxic, cruelty-free and ethical fashion/makeup, plus the living with less stuff, basically reuniting in one place all I hoped to achieve as a consumer but didnt think was really doable. You're inspiring! Keep up the good work :)
Watching this video has inspired me to buy eco & ethical clothing when replacing items in my wardrobe. Today I bought my first hemp/cotton t-shirt and it fits and feels better than any other t-shirts I have bought in the past. Can't wait for the next video :)
Great video ! I am slowly trying to get into eco fashion and I will definitely use this video in the future :)
Also, I'd love a video about the problems in the fashion industry. I am aware of them but might be missing some points, so it'd be nice to hear from someone who is totally into it :)
Just wanted to thank you for making this video. To me fit is most important, I am 5'11. I will not buy something that does not say tall or long in the label. I will begin to invest in classic quality pieces that will stand the test of time.
great video! looking forward to your next one. have you checked out everlane? they're really doing things differently. cuyana looks interesting as they work with local makers and their philosophy is 'fewer better things'
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