My Ethical Shopping List

This past weekend I met up with some college girl friends and at one point during the deep conversation, I was able to open up about my journey to shop with conscience. I love these opportunities because this cause is so close to my heart. But it is also a sensitive topic that people can very easily be defensive or feel judged about. My sweet friend (Hi Natalie!) jumped and grabbed a pen and asked “what are your favorite shops?” I can’t describe how happy that made me that maybe just one other person is interested in changing some of their habits. If you find yourself in a similar place, but don’t know where to start, here is my list. And I’d love to hear your suggestions!

Personal Favorites:

  • *Pact cotton basics: socks, undies, tshirts, etc for men/women/baby (Dave loves the socks I got him from here)
  • *Krochet Kids stylish fair trade clothing made by women in Peru and Uganda who are pursuing their personal dreams. Each item is signed by the creator #knowwhomadeit
  • *Patagonia this well known company has a fair trade section and their other products are so well made you will only buy them once. 
  • *Everlane designer styles with radically transparent production
  • *Brass designer quality dresses and tees (more coming soon!) with transparent sourcing and amazing customer service
  • *Eileen Fisher designer quality and fashion with ethics and supply you can feel good about supporting
  • *Rifle Paper Co I recently told a friend “I want a Rifle Paper Co.-themed life.” Everything is made in the USA and the quality and art is phenomenal. 
  • Nisolo Men and Women’s clothing and accessories, I can’t wait to someday get a pair of these shoes
  • *ChapterTen Watches I have been eyeing these for a while and am hoping I can get one of these beauts soon. (UPDATE: Dave got me one of these for our first anniversary, I wear it every day)
  • *Matt and Nat  these have me drooling… sigh (UPDATE: I found one of their purses on thredup and LOVE it)

Other Companies I would love to try:

Further Resources:

Some companies to try to avoid supporting:

Note: I myself have shopped at most of these places (and still buy kitty litter at Walmart), but it’s good to be aware.

  • Victoria Secret (source | source)
  • Forever 21 for sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan where children are forced to harvest cotton (source)
  • Aeropostale for sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan (source)
  • Toys ‘R’ Us for sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan (source)
  • Urban Outfitters for sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan (source)
  • H&M sweatshops and child labor (source | source)
  • Nike (source)
  • The Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic  (source | source | source | video)
  • Ralph Lauren (source)
  • Disney sweatshop use in China, Bangladesh and Haiti (source)
  • Nestle child labor is used in their cocoa production
  • Walmart (source | source)