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If you’re from Belgium and want to support local brands doing right by people, the planet, and animals, we’ve rounded up “Good” and “Great” brands for you.
Go local with more sustainable brands from Belgium
Belgium might be a small country, but it sure does have a lot to offer. Besides tasty waffles, Belgium is known to be the home of the European Union, NATO, and numerous other international organisations. It’s also home to a growing number of more ethical and sustainable fashion retailers, with cities like Antwerp punching above their weight when it comes to sustainable style. Before we dive into the brands, let’s learn about what makes a brand ethical in the first place.
What makes an ethical brand?
Long story short, an ethical brand makes sure it positively impacts on people, the planet, and animals.
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.
Now that you know what to look for to determine whether a brand is ethical or not, you might decide to shop from companies 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 Belgium, you might be wondering which clothing brands are ethical. We know how you feel, which is why we compiled this list of eco-friendly and conscious fashion brands from Belgium. These 5 brands have all been rated “Good” or “Great” using our first-class methodology and are amongst our favourites.
Not from Belgium? Check out our favourite brands from:
- the USA at large (and brands from LA and New York)
- Europe (and more specifically from Spain and Portugal, Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark, and Switzerland)
- the UK (and brands from London)
- Australia and New Zealand