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Your Ultimate Guide to Ethical Shopping

Today I wanted to share my ultimate guide to ethical shopping.

Did you catch the BBC documentary, Fashion’s Dirty Secrets?  I did, and as someone who is fairly clued up on ethical fashion, I was shocked at what I saw. Do also read my post on what’s so bad about fast fashion for more scary stats. Did you know, for example, that fabric recyclers in India have assumed that it’s too expensive for us to wash our clothes. This is the only way for them to make sense of how we discard our clothing after only wearing it a handful of times.  Shocking, right?

To help you, or anyone you know, who is interested in upping their ethical game, I’ve put together your ultimate guide to ethical shopping. This article is packed full of useful articles, guides, and directories, created over the last 8 years of blogging about ethics here on Moral Fibres.

Feel free to bookmark and come back. I’m going to keep this page updated as I add more articles.  

ultimate guide to ethical shopping

My Ethical Shopping Guides

Where to shop for secondhand clothes online – because secondhand is the best and cheapest way of shopping ethically.

40 ethical clothing brands for women – for when you want to buy new.

Men’s ethical clothing companies – because women aren’t the only drivers of fast fashion.

Women’s ethical underwear for 2018

The Moral Fibres Guide to ethical shoes

A Guide to ethical backpacks

The Moral Fibres Guide to ethical wellies

Guide to ethical maternity wear

Guide to ethical swimwear

Ethical socks and tights

Ethical nightwear

Three of the best transparent brands

My Ethical Shopping Tips

How to shop ethically on a budget 

How to escape from the clutches of fast fashion

Charity shop shopping tips

eBay shopping tips

The other handy eBay tip to keep up your sleeve

The best online resources to help you shop more ethically

A handy tip on how to rein in your spending

How to not go crazy in the sales

How to make sure you get value for money when you shop

The importance of decluttering

Eco clothing labels explained

A “buyerarchy” of needs

The Think Pieces 

Is ethical clothing expensive?

Are any high street shops ethical?

Who gets the money from your typical £10 t-shirt?

Is vintage fur ethical?

Can Generation Z put the brakes on fast fashion?

Do share this with anyone you know interested in shopping more ethically. Choosing to vote with your wallet is one way to show fast fashion companies that they can’t keep getting away with, quite literally, murder.  

Fashion, Life & Style

Stylish Ethical Hats For Autumn & Beyond

Let’s chat ethical hats!

There’s a definite nip in the air and a decidedly satisfying crunch underfoot. And you’ll rarely see me without a cup of (plastic-free) tea in hand.   I’m no fortune teller but I would say it’s pretty much time to dig out our hats, scarves, jumpers, and other cold-weather gear in anticipation of the shifting seasons.

This year I’m digging out my old favourites. However, if you’re in need of something new then I’ve rounded up four of my favourite stylish ethical hat brands that will keep you cosy and looking sharp over the coming months.

Where to Buy Ethical Hats


Finisterre ethical hats

Finisterre, a B Corp certified business, makes cosy, functional, and stylish knitwear, including ethical hats. These hats are made from 100% natural fibres that are built to last.

I have a couple of pieces that were gifted to me two years ago that still look as good as new. This is despite being worn pretty much every day over two winters.  Should they ever need repair, it’s reassuring to know that Finisterre offers a repair service. Here, Finisterre’s repair gurus – Annie, Amy, and Ally – will work their magic, making your gear look like new.

Gudrun Sjoden

Gudrun Sjoden ethical hats

Like the feel and the cosy factor of cashmere, but lack the budget?  Me too, my friend, me too.  Thankfully, ethical pioneers Gudrun Sjoden sell beautifully coloured recycled cashmere hats for £29. This means you can enjoy the luxury look for less.  

Hilary Grant

ethical hats autumn

Orkney-based Hilary Grant designs beautiful knitwear that is as Scottish as you can get.  Her products are produced from mulesing-free lambswool sourced from the Scottish Borders.  The fibres are then spun and dyed on the east coast of Scotland. Then Hilary and her team work their magic in Orkney.  

Scarves, hats, gloves, and blankets are Hilary’s speciality, in a range of stunning patterns and colourways, all in the softest lambswool.  Throw one of her hats or scarves on and I’ll swear you’ll never want to take it off!

Wonky Woolies Ethical Hats

ethical hats wonky woolies

Wonky Woolies are a new company to me, specialising in the highest quality knitted bobble hats, scarves, and infinity bands. All of these products are designed, knitted, and hand-finished in their Scottish Borders workshop.  From funky patterns to classic argyle patterns, there’s something for everyone.  

Some products are made from acrylic wool, but a high proportion are made from natural fibres. Do keep that in mind when you are browsing if 100% natural fibres are important to you.  

If you come across any other ethical hats, then as always let me know in the comments below!  And do check out my guide to ethical coats and ethical rucksacks.

ps: here’s a handy guide on how to wash wool so you can give your ethical hats the best possible treatment!

pps: I have refrained from making any terrible hat puns in this article.  Anyone who knows me will know how difficult this has been for me, so please send your support in this difficult time!