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Your 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.  If you didn’t, it’s available for 27 more days, and I’d go as far to say it’s a must watch.

To help you, or anyone you know, who is interested in upping their ethical shopping game, I’ve put together your ultimate guide to ethical shopping packed full of useful articles, guides, and directories, created over the last 5.5 years of blogging about ethical fashion and ethical shopping 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

Ethical Shopping Guides

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

35 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

Guide to ethical shoes

Guide to ethical backpacks

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

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

Ethical Shopping 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?

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

Fashion, Life & Style

Five Places to Shop for Secondhand Clothes Online

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where to shop secondhand clothes online

A common theme in any discussion about ethical shopping and ethical fashion is that it’s far too expensive for the average person to shop ethically.  I won’t lie, ethical clothing does tend to be more expensive than it’s fast fashion, mass-produced counterparts, and there is simply no getting around the fact that if you want to buy ethically produced and fairly made clothing that respects the rights of the garment workers then you do need to spend a little more.

However, if you want to shop ethically on a tiny budget then don’t forget that the single most ethical and sustainable way to buy clothes is to shop secondhand.

If rummaging around a charity shop doesn’t sound appealing to you, or you’re too time poor to amble around your local charity shops, then there are heaps of ways to shop for preloved secondhand clothes online.  Here are five to start you off:

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eBay

Ahh, eBay*, my old favourite.  I’m sure everyone knows what eBay is and does, but perhaps you haven’t used it yet.

eBay can be a veritable goldmine for secondhand clothes online, and anything you could ever want or need is on eBay.  To be honest, most of my online secondhand shopping, nay, most of my wardrobe has come from eBay.  It’s the first place I look when I’m in need of something, and a lot of times I don’t need to look any further than eBay.  It can be a little overwhelming for beginners so see my top eBay buying tips here.

I do have a few eBay niggles: photography quality can vary, and item specifics can be scant, depending on the seller.  Many sellers don’t offer a returns service, and you can only combine postage if you are buying multiple items from the same seller.  In the last few years, it also feels like eBay has become awash with brand new clothing direct from China, so you do have to be on your toes.  That being said, you can pick up some great bargains if you’re prepared to search and come back when the auction is ending to bid.

Oxfam Online

Want to shop secondhand but still support a charity?  Yes, you can shop Oxfam online*!  From women’s clothing and accessories, to mens, kids, and vintage clothes, everything that you can find in your local Oxfam shop is online.

Easy to navigate, you can filter by category, size, brand, price, colour, and condition.  So much so, I personally find things are easier to find on the Oxfam website rather than in-store!

Unlike eBay, where the photography can be hit or miss depending on the seller, everything on Oxfam is photographed well, from multiple angles, so you can get a clear view of your potential purchase.

Items are reasonably priced (although I feel a little more expensive than in store), and delivery is just £3.95, no matter how many items you order.  For extra peace of mind, returns are free, and you get the added bonus that your purchase is supporting a good cause.

Oxfam is also offering Moral Fibres readers 10% off donated and Sourced by Oxfam goods on the Oxfam online website until 19th June 2018.  Use the code OXMF10 at the checkout.  Please note this can only be used online, and not in your local charity shop.  For the full terms and conditions please see here.

Depop

Depop is new to me and I haven’t made a purchase yet, but I have spent a little while browsing the app, and I must save I have been enjoying its Instagram-meets-eBay style format.

What I do like about Depop for buying secondhand clothes online is that if you find something you like you can buy it straight away.  None of this having to remember to come back at a specific time on a specific day to bid, like with eBay.  With Depop’s fixed-price format you also know how much something is, which can make it easier to budget.  That being said, I think you are more likely to get a bargain with the eBay auction style format compared to Depop’s fixed price model.

I initially found it harder to find what I was looking for on Depop as the search function isn’t great.  Unlike eBay, sellers are allowed to use other brand names in their listing so trying to find an item from a specific brand via the search function can be quite tricky.  I found I was having to wade through a load of items until I happened to find the specific brand I was looking for.  Then I found the filter (on the search screen), which allows you to filter your search results based on category, size, brand and price.  This makes for a much better Depop experience!

Depop doesn’t encourage sellers to list item specifics so there is very limited information available – you will need to message sellers to find out what the item is made of, for example.

Vinted

Vinted is a new-ish site where you buy, sell and swap clothes, shoes, and accessories online.  It’s broadly similar to Depop, in that’s it a fixed price format, however, unlike eBay and Depop, where sellers pay to sell, on Vinted, buyers pay to buy.  Buyers pay a service fee of 3% to 8% of the item’s price, plus a “fixed fee” of 3op to 80p on top of their purchase.  Why the “fixed fee” is variable is something I don’t understand!

Vinted say that all buyer fees are clearly visible at the checkout, so there are no nasty surprises, and this fee covers payment processing and protection for your order, in-app postage options and tracking, and support from the Vinted team in case anything goes wrong.

I’m not too sure I’m a fan of the pay to buy format, and I dislike the sliding fee scale, which is only visible come checkout time (making it hard to budget as you are browsing) so I personally haven’t purchased from Vinted yet.

ASOS Vintage

If vintage is your bag then try ASOS Vintage* where you can browse thousands of quality vintage items for men and women.  You can filter by size, colour, style and material to hone down on a specific item.  Items are very well photographed, on actual models, which is something I always appreciate in order to anticipate how it might look on me!

When buying on ASOS vintage you do buy from individual sellers, so you will have to pay shipping on each individual item unless you buy from a single seller.

Have you shopped on any of these sites?  Would you recommend them?  Or have you shopped elsewhere for secondhand clothes online?  I’d love to hear!