Ethical fashion is gradually becoming more easy to find, and the majority of alternative shops still operate online. Below is a growling list of companies which show a commitment to fair trading, organic production methods, recycling and supporting local artisans and traditional techniques. They are the future of alternative fashion.
Designers and manufacturers of lingerie made from luxury silky organic cotton which is GOTS certified and made in an ethical manner. The company is committed to quality, sustainability, customer centricity and honesty.
Tel: +44 1223 78123
Beautiful certified ethical and organic children’s T-shirts featuring original artwork of endangered species.
Online retailer selling fairly made fashion by women for women. Each purchase gives 50-85% back to the women who made it, from groups in Malawi to seamstresses on Brick Lane. No sweatshops, no photoshop.
Supplier of clothes made with hand-spun natural fibres and coloured using vegetable dyes.
An online shop selling second-hand clothing in great condition – items do not have marks/damage or wash wear unless stated in the listing. The clothing is checked and freshly steamed ready to wear when you receive your items.
Tel: 01543 373035
Company garments which are Fairtrade certified and organic, including aprons, t-shirts, jumpers, hats, shirts and school uniforms.
Tel: 01908 290482
Sustainable fashion brand headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Using premium blends of Modal, Tencel and Bamboo, their pieces are ethically-made in local sewing studios, through small batch production.
Online marketplace of stylish, ethical and sustainable fashion accessories, which contribute to social and economic empowerment of the artisans. Product listings carry a Sustainability Stamp making it easy for customers to see the ethical and sustainability credentials of their purchase. The company has been featured in leading fashion magazines and a number of celebrities have worn pieces from their collections.
Follow the River
Organic and recycled t-shirts for men, women and children.
Natural and organic yoga wear made in Britain.
Tel: 0800 085 6549
Online supplier of organic clothing (including jeans and sportswear). Also sells bedding and other accessories.
Tel: 0180 386 8001
Fashionable jeans, hoodies and t-shirts made from organic and recycled cotton.
Tel: 0123 961 5598
Retailer of high quality clothing brands for babies, children, women and men, all made from natural – and mostly organic – fibres.
Tel: 0117 961 9623
Mayamiko offers clothing, accessories and home wares, ethically made in Malawi, fusing together contemporary design with traditional African techniques. They work with local communities and empower them through skills training and fairer trade practices. Available online and through a number of stockists across the globe.
A range of stylish, sustainable clothing which includes hemp shoes, organic dresses, clay dyed t-shirts, skirts, kaftans, embroidered vests, Fairtrade jeans, shorts and capris.
Tel: 0845 367 7001
Supplier of natural, pure cotton organic baby clothes. Available online, through a number of UK stockists and their own stores.
One World is Enough
Handmade clothing for women, men and children, from fair trade suppliers.
Tel: 0845 257 3026
People Tree Ltd
UK arm of the Japan-based Fairtrade company, selling organic, fair trade clothes. Aimed at the fashion-conscious.
Tel: 0207 739 0660
Upcycled fashion and home accessories company based in the UK, working with small artisanal producers to make products from recycled and repurposed materials. Designers are from all over the world who aim to promote positive social and environmental change through their enterprises.
Eco-friendly, ethical and sustainable fashion for men and women.
Tel: 01983 409790
Soil Association certified organic clothing.
Tel: 01326 640372
Fairly traded clothes from Latin America.
Spirit of Nature
Organic cotton clothes, including men’s workshirts and fleeces.
Tel: 0870 725 9885
A range of fair trade and organic menswear and womenswear, available via mail order and online.
Fairly traded clothes from Latin America.
Tel: 0122 544 6025
Turtle Doves creates luxury cashmere garments and accessories from recycled post-consumer cashmere waste, which are handmade in Britain.
Tel: 01743 231155
Where Does it Come From?
Working with socially and environmentally focussed partners to produce clothing for adults and children, each garment comes with a code on the label so you can explore the processes used and the people involved, right back to the cotton farm.
Online shop selling bags, poncho’s and scarves made by women in Guatemala to provide an income with a fair wage. Profits from sales go directory into funding healthcare and educational initiatives in Guatemala.
A range of fashion and lifestyle products made by women around the world, supporting them to earn a living and better their situations through a sustainable income.
Second-hand or ‘recycled’ clothes are one of the best environmental options. As well as being a low-cost alternative to high street retailers, the money paid for clothing can also go to a good cause. Second-hand clothing can be found in charity shops, car boot sales and from friends and relatives.
Fair trade shops selling Traidcraft clothes
A World of Difference
13 Narrowgate, Alnwick NE66 IJH
Tel: 0166 560 6005
84 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ
Tel: 0190 465 5116
Gateway World Shop
Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ
Tel: 0191 384 7173
Just Fair Trade
10 Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 6AF
Tel: 0166 255 9123
7 Fountain Street, Nailsworth, Stroud GL6 0BL
Tel: 0145 383 3002
Liverpool World Shop
71 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4EZ
Tel: 0151 708 7328
One World Shop
71 John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ
Tel: 0131 229 4541
The Green Shop
30 Bridge Street, Berwick Upon Tweed TD15 1AQ
Tel: 0128 930 5566
Traders Fair World Shop
12 Museum Street, Colchester CO1 1TN
Tel: 0120 676 3380
20 Market Place, Wirksworth DE4 4ET
Tel: 0162 982 4393
World of Difference
20 High Street, Rugby CV21 3BG
Tel: 0178 857 9191
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