Meet 7 Ethical Brands That Are Working To Change The World
I never really thought about where my clothes were coming from.
I have always shopped on a pretty small budget and searched clearance sections at big retailers to find the best deals I possibly could.
A few years ago, I was exposed to a couple of companies that employed women in Uganda. Once I learned more about them, I figured supporting those small brands would probably mean my dollar would go further than it would at a huge retailer.
Then I started to hear more and more about sweatshops and forced labor and the truth came out.
Doing research will really show ya’ what is happening behind the scenes:
Products that come from sweatshops include coffee, cotton, bricks, cocoa, and garments.
12.3 million people are working in forced slave labor.
In developing countries, there are roughly 250 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 forced to work in sweatshops.
Women ages 15-25 make up 85% of sweatshop workers.
In Bangladesh, the average worker makes 13 cents an hour.
In Asia, children as young as 5-years-old work from 6AM to 7PM and make 20 cents per day.
Going against the grain and avoiding fast-fashion doesn’t need to break the bank.
Consider each dollar as a vote and do your research on companies to see where the products are really coming from!
If you are looking for somewhere to get started, here are 7 ethical companies to shop from!
Krochet kids employs women in Uganda and Peru and you can find out who made your clothing just by taking a peek at the tag. The creator of the garment SIGNS IT. How cool is that?
Known Supply has affordable apparel, however it is so much more than that. This company was founded by the same founders as Krochet Kids. You can find out who made your clothes by taking a peek at their website. On their about me page you could find their heart through these words, “We are disheartened by what fast fashion is doing to our planet and the people who make our clothes. We don’t like what we see, so we decided to do something about it.”
When you purchase a bag from Rice Love, you feed a family in need. Each bag comes with a unique tag number, you can search that number on their website and find out which family you helped to feed!
I almost screamed when I found this brand. They fit Fair Trade qualifications and are still VERY affordable. They have kids, men, and womens clothing that are sure to last a while and they are free of toxins, ALWAYS a huge plus.
Alright, yes Patagonia may be on the pricey end. However, whenever you purchase a Patagonia jacket, sweatshirt, or anything else, it will probably last you years. I’ve never met someone who decided to get rid of their Patagonia product after just a few months.
Prana sells shirts, bags, fitness products, and more. This sustainable company supports both people and the planet. On their site, you can find that their goal is to, “inspire, educate, and outfit your adventures with sustainable clothing.”
Sseko started as a sandal company and has quickly evolved into a brand with the cutest bags. The company employs women in East Africa and provides them with scholarships while educating them through business. They have helped 87 women get through college by providing them with a job to fund their tuition.
Supporting ethical brands over huge retailers makes the world a much brighter place. Fast fashion might be telling us that we need the latest and greatest products each month, heck, even each week. This is not true, stick to brands that make products that last. You won’t regret spending your money and knowing exactly where it is going.