Like its sister-brand Free People, Anthropologie is known for its boho, adventure-inspired elegant collections. The American brand, first opened in 1992 in Pennsylvania, now operates over 200 stores worldwide, selling a diverse range of womenswear, accessories, and furniture.
Anthropologie defines itself as “a portal of discovery—a brush with what could be. A place for [women] to lose—and find—[themselves]”. But in its search for adventure, has Anthropologie forgotten about its impact on people, the planet, and animals? Let’s find out how ethical Anthropologie really is.
Anthropologie’s environment rating is ‘Not Good Enough’. Despite the fact that it uses some renewable energy in its direct operations to reduce its climate impact, there is no evidence it minimises textile waste, avoids hazardous chemicals in its supply chain, or implements water reduction initiatives. This lack of care for the planet is disappointing from brands that clearly have the resources to do better!
We also rated Anthropologie ‘Not Good Enough’ on the labour front. The brand implemented a Code of Conduct that covers all of the ILO principles, which is a good start, but there is no evidence it has worker empowerment initiatives such as collective bargaining or rights to make a complaint. Anthropologie also doesn’t disclose where its final stage of production occurs or what percentage of its supply chain it audits. Most importantly, there is no evidence it ensures payment of a living wage in its supply chain.
Anthropologie doesn’t use fur, down, exotic animal skin, or angora, which is a plus. But it still uses leather, wool, and exotic animal hair, which is why its animal rating is also ‘Not Good Enough’. If brands insist on using animal-based fabrics in their products, the least they can do is source from certified factories that consider animal welfare in their practices.