Fashion and Clothing

The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world. We compare leading fashion brands and see which companies are putting people and the planet before profit. 

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Issues

Most high street clothing companies are fixated on producing disposable fashion that relies on overworked and underpaid factory workers. This obsession with fast fashion puts profit over people, the planet and animals.

Sustainable Fashion

However, it isn’t all doom & gloom. We have a number of innovative, small independent brands that are doing things differently. Our sustainable fashion section provides tips on how to avoid this ‘fast’ fashion trend, introduces some fashion campaigns worth supporting and shines the spotlight on ethical brands making thoughtful clothing. 
 

Product guides

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Designer Clothing

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 18 designer and luxury fashion brands

We also look at fur, response to Rana Plaza,  exotic skins and we shine a light on the ethics of Stella McCartney.

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Ethical Clothes Shops

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 43 ethical fashion retailers

We also look at sustainable fabrics, consumer actions, animal rights, shine the light on the ethics of Beyond Retro and give our Best Buy recommendations. 

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Ethical T-shirts

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 28 ethical t-shirt brands

We also look at sustainable fabrics, consumer actions, animal rights, shine the light on the ethics of Teemill and give our Best Buy recommendations. 

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Fleece Jackets

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 36 brands of fleece jackets

We also look at toxic chemicals, recycled fleece jackets, shine a light on the ethics of Patagonia and give our recommended best buys. 

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High Street Clothes Shops

In this guide, we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 44 high street shops 

We also look at the problem with fast fashion, workers' rights, shine a light on the ethics of Inditex and give our Best Buy recommendations. 

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Jeans

In this guide, we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 37 brands of jeans

We also look at sandblasting, pollution and upcycling jeans, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Levi Strauss and give our recommended best buys. 

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School Uniforms

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 17 school uniform brands

We also look at price wars between supermarket brands, labelling, teflon and genetically modified cotton. 

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Shoes

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 32 shoe brands

We also look at the use of toxic chemicals, workers' rights, leather, shine the spotlight on the ethics of Clarks and give our recommended buys. 

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Sports & Outdoor Shops

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 13 sports & outdoor retailers.

We also look at zero contract hours, brands using animal down, shine a light on the shady ethics of Sports Direct and give our recommended buys. 

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Sportswear

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 29 brands of sportswear

We also look at toxic chemicals, Uzbek cotton, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Brooks and give our recommended buys. 

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Trainers

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 47 brands of Trainers

We also look at supply chain policies, vegan brands, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Nike and our best buy recommendations. 

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Underwear

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 29 underwear brands

We also look at supply chain transparency, price comparison, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Victoria's Secret and our recommended buys. 

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Walking Boots

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 31 brands of walking boots

We also look at toxic PFC's, supply chains, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Jack Wolfskin and our recommended buys. 

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Waterproof and Insulated Jackets

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 17 brands of Waterproof and Insulated Jackets

We also look at toxic PFCs, down filling, supply chain policies, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Patagonia and our recommended best buys. 

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