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Italy is one of the leading countries in the world for fashion design, but most of those big name brands have a way to go before being considered more ethical or sustainable. Here are those Italian brands doing better for people, the planet, and animals.
Diving into the fashion capital’s most responsible brands
At Good On You, we strive to help you find brands that best meet your needs and values. For some people, shopping for vegan fashion is the most important thing. For others, ensuring the companies they buy from support women makers is what matters. If you’re here, chances are you prefer to shop local whenever you can. Kudos!
Today, we’re showcasing the 16 most ethical and sustainable clothing brands from Italy we could find. These brands are doing their part to ensure People, the Planet, and Animals don’t suffer in their production. But what does that mean, exactly?
What makes a brand ethical?
Long story short, an ethical brand makes sure it positively impacts our three key pillars of People, the Planet, and Animals.
For People, 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 the Planet. It considers 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 that is good for Animals uses zero or very few animal products, like wool, leather, fur, angora, down feather, shearling, karakul, and exotic animal skin and hair. If they do use these materials, ethical brands might go for recycled or deadstock options and ensure their wool is mulesing-free. Ideally, the brand is 100% vegan!
Now that you know how to determine whether a brand is ethical or not, you might choose to shop from companies located in your country or region. Whether you want to support your local communities or reduce your carbon footprint when shopping online, shopping locally has many great benefits.