If you want to avoid contributing to the unsustainable fast fashion system there are plenty of ethical alternative brands.
These ethical clothing brands are run by dedicated individuals with a passion for clothing and the planet.
They sell all the clothes you might buy on the high street (t-shirts, skirts etc), but with ethics and the environment as key drivers for their businesses.
With so many brands to choose from, we guide you through who makes what and where you can find them.
For more detail on the ethical fashion industry, see our detailed shopping guide.
What is ethical fashion?
In contrast to fast fashion retailers, ethical fashion brands focus on issues such as workers’ rights (including pay, working conditions and forced labour), the fabrics used, carbon emissions through the whole clothing supply chain, and sustainability rather than wear-and-throwaway.
Our research and shopping guide to ethical clothing found that many of the companies are members of organic and fair trade certification schemes like GOTS, the Soil Association and Fair Wear Foundation, and some are going beyond to innovate and revolutionise the system, such as taking old items back and re-processing them into new clothes.
Many ethical brands are committed to a slow fashion movement. Like the slow food movement, the emphasis is on building direct connections with producers, knowing the provenance of a product, reducing the impact on the environment as much as possible, and creating a high quality product that will last.
Ethical Fashion brands
Our detailed guide to ethical clothing brands recommends 27 different brands, with 19 Best Buys for their organic, Fairtrade and recycled options.
It’s great that there’s so much choice, but if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed about where to start read on to find out a bit more about each of these 27 top ethical clothing brands.