How to Shop Ethically

how to shop ethically

It’s Ms Wanda’s Blog Action Day and a whole host of bloggers, including myself, are taking part to raise the issue of fairness when it comes to fashion.  When I say fair I mean for the need for those making the clothes we wear to be treated well and paid a fair living wage, and without the use of child and sweatshop labour.  I feel the fashion industry as a whole needs to change to address these issues and be more transparent in their supply chains.

Until that day comes, when all shops and manufacturers and their supply chains are completely transparent, then it can be difficult knowing exactly what is ethical and what isn’t ethical.  As I’ve written quite a bit on ethical fashion on Moral Fibres, for Blog Action Day I thought it would be a good time to round up my ethical shopping posts in one to act as a handy resource on how to shop ethically:

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My entirely secondhand outfit

A guide to shopping as ethically as you can on the high street.

How ethical are our high street shops?

Men’s ethical clothing for the office, and for women too.

Women’s ethical clothing picks for autumn, and picks for men.

My very own top ten tips for buying secondhand clothes on eBay.

A roundup of ethical men’s underwear and again, for women too.

Some gorgeous ethical wedding dresses.

Other Resources on How to Shop Ethically

I also thought it would be a good time to share some of my favourite and most useful resources on how to shop ethically from around the internet:

The Ethical Consumer website is a great starting point for finding out how ethical shops are, as well as finding out how ethical the ethical retailers really are (a fascinating read!).

The Oxfam Fashion Blog is useful and inspiring, and posts  great DIYs to customise old clothes.

I love this infographic from Elizabeth Stillwell, blogger at the Note Passer:

how to shop ethically

Elizabeth also has some other really great articles on ethical shopping on her blog.  It’s highly recommended.

I’ll add any other useful resources and websites that I come across here.  In the meantime do sign Ms Wanda’s 1% petition which calls for clothing manufacturers to invest 1% of their profits in responsible sourcing.  You can read more about and sign the petition here.  Be sure to also check out some of the other posts as part of Blog Action Day on Ms Wanda’s!

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6 comments

  1. I am SO with you on the transparency thing. When ever I go into a big store I find I just can’t bring myself to make a purchase because i just don’t know. Until I do I won’t shop there.

    Great blog and love that infographic!

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  2. Nice round-up and great infographic you’ve found. I think all companies say they’re transparent but somehow we don’t really know the degree of their transparency – you just have to look at the latest scandals in the corporate world!

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