It’s undeniable: sustainability is becoming increasingly important. More and more people are trying to reduce their impact on the planet and, as a result, a growing number of ethical and sustainable fashion brands are arising to both meet the demand and help change the fashion industry for the better. But what makes an ethical brand? And which clothing brands are ethical?
What makes an ethical brand?
An ethical brand ensures its workers are treated fairly across the supply chain. This includes policies and practices on child labour, forced labour, worker safety, the right to join a union, and payment of a living wage.
An ethical brand also cares about its use of resources and energy, reducing its carbon emissions, impact on our waterways, as well as using and disposing of chemicals safely.
Finally, an ethical brand uses no or very few animal products, like wool, leather, fur, angora, down feather, shearling, karakul, and exotic animal skin and hair. Ideally, the brand is 100% vegan!
Simply put, an ethical brand makes sure it positively impacts on people, the planet, and animals.
You now know what to look for to determine whether a brand is ethical or not. And you also might decide to shop from brands located in your country or region. Whether it is to support your local communities or reduce your carbon footprint when shopping online, shopping locally has many great benefits.
So if you live in the UK, you might be wondering which clothing brands are ethical and sustainable. We know how you feel, which is why we compiled this list of sustainable clothing brands from UK. These 31 eco-friendly and conscious brands have all been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ using our first-class methodology and are amongst our favourites.
Not from the UK? Check out our favourite brands from Germany, LA, Europe, the USA and Canada, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland or Australia and New Zealand. You can also have a look at our favourite brands from London.