35+ Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands To Support in 2019

Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands

Have you been looking for ethical and sustainable clothing brands but have struggled because you know you’d have to spend hours upon hours doing the research yourself? We feel your pain. This is how this wonderful post came about.

A few years ago we shared an insightful Q & A with Joshua Katcher from The Discerning Brute. He shared his views and research on human rights and animal cruelty as it relates to the fashion industry. Since that post, TMV readers were keen to take action and find ethical fashion stores that they could support.

Having awareness of what’s really going on behind the scenes is always a good first step. However, we know when we first discovered the truth, we felt overwhelmed with what to do next.

Here are some of the questions we’ve asked

Where do we shop? How can we trust the brands? Do the clothes perform and match our style? What does a sustainable textile look like? 

When you start asking these questions, you quickly realise just how hard it is to find stores and brands that you can trust. You might find a great fair-trade fashion store that sells gorgeous garments, but all of their items are leather.

Conversely, you may come across an amazing vegan store but their products aren’t fair-trade or just plain daggy.

So are you ready for a highly-curated list of ethical and sustainable clothing brands you can trust?

Well, we can say with 100% confidence that you’re in the right place!

Why are we so confident?

  1. This is the 3rd iteration of this post over the last three years. Each time we update it, we find better brands. This version is a complete revamp.
  2. In a past life, we ran an online store where it was our job to source products that ticked all our ethical boxes, including sustainability, cruelty-free/vegan, fair-trade, and organic where possible.
  3. Historically, we desperately wanted to find brands that met our criteria, regardless of style. Even though fashion is subjective, we’ve done our best to focus more on performance and quality. For example, we’d want you to be happy with the vegan leather boots you just bought. Not only accepting something that is comparatively less quality than the alternatives because you’re trying to be a mindful consumer. We know this feeling of disappointment all too well.

Although we’re vegan, not every brand listed is 100% vegan

As we’re prioritising performance at the same level as the sustainability and ethics, it means some brands we recommend may not have a product line that is 100% vegan.

This was a tough decision for us, but we recognise that when you’re shopping for ethical and sustainable clothing, you’re generally focused on one item at a time.

For example, we found some AMAZING brands that tick all of the boxes for organic sweaters. However, they also have sweaters made of wool.

If we were shopping for ourselves, we would still buy their vegan-friendly products despite them not ticking all of the boxes across their whole product line. So it’s only fair that we create the same experience for you.

Sustainable and ethical brands

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An easy-to-use list of ethical and sustainable clothing brands

What you’ll find for each brand is a list of three different categories. They will fall either under clothing, shoes or accessories. Some will overlap with a combination of all three depending on what they sell. 

Our vision for this post is to help you find go-to brands you can trust. And maybe we can start pushing conventional retailers to consider reaching out to these brands to stock their products, bringing them to the masses.

The global fashion market is valued at over 3 trillion dollars. How we choose to spend money on fashion can have an incredibly massive impact on this market.

Without further ado, here’s our updated list of ethical and sustainable fashion brands to help you live more consciously.

MUD Jeans is not just another jeans brand. They're on a mission to create a circular economy within their supply chain.

This is why they also offer the option of Lease a Jeans to make sure that they stay the owners of the raw materials and customers give them back after use for recycling and being created into a brand new pair!

They're very transparent about their factories and how the jeans are made, giving their customer more of a reason to support them. They do sell brand new jeans as well as some other basics that are made from recycled materials.

Product range: Women and men's denim jeans and a small range of jackets.

Where products are made: Tunisia.

Price: Medium to high.

Ordering: Based in the Netherlands and ship worldwide.

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Thought is an ethical clothing line based in the UK that uses organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, recycled polyester and sometimes wool*. They proudly support slow fashion, so naturally, their pieces are designed and made to last.

Their mantra is “Wear me, love me, mend me, pass me on.”

Product range: Women and men's clothing, socks and accessories.

Where products are made: China.

Price: Medium.

Ordering: Based in the UK and ship worldwide.

*Products containing wool are not vegan-friendly

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We love everything about this company. A couple of years ago we got gifted a bedding set from them and it’s the softest, most comfortable bedding we have ever owned!

Bhumi really cares about fair trade practices and using only the best and least harmful materials available.

Product range: Women's, men's, kids clothing, activewear and bedding.

Where products are made: India.

Price: Medium.

Ordering: Based in the Australia and ship worldwide.

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VAUTE was recommended by one of our readers and we can clearly see why! This high-end luxury brand is creating beautiful, stylish coats, gowns and sweaters that are made to last.

Designed in New York where they are made (as well as Toronto), working with the best high-tech mills around the world using organic and recycled fibres to create textiles that are innovative and made to keep you warm on the coldest day.

Product range: Women's and men's winter jackets.

Where products are made: US.

Price: Premium.

Ordering: Based in the US and ship worldwide.

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Beyond Skin is a UK based vegan shoe brand that wanted to create stylish and cruelty-free shoes but not at the expense of animals and the planet. They opened back in 2001 and have grown year to year since. We love the fact that they try to use sustainable fabrics where possible, as well as recycled materials such as cardboard, PET plastics and resin. They have a great business philosophy, a wonderful small team and beautiful, stylish shoes.

Range: Female dressy and casual shoes.

Where products are made: Spain.

Price: Premium.

Ordering: Based in the UK and ship worldwide.

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Linenfox makes gorgeous womenswear made from sustainably sourced linen.

They run their company according to fair trade principles and pay honest wages. They apply “no waste’’ principles, as they sell their fabrics scraps, use scrawls for packing etc.

The best part is that they can do so many alterations to the garment style that you pick including adding length to the garment, making the garment shorter, adding length to the sleeves, making the sleeves shorter, raising or lower the neckline and changing the place of the waist seam.

So, if you love the basic style and design, but want to make it perfect for yourself, it’s possible! They also have a range of colours you can choose from and fabric blends. Each piece is made to order. Note: Not all garments and products are vegan. They sell beeswax candles and use wool in some of their garment options.

Product range: Women's clothing, bedding, kitchen, bathroom and accessories.

Where products are made: Lithuania.

Price: Medium.

Ordering: Based in Lithuania and ship worldwide.

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Etiko is very transparent and voices strongly that they are an ethical, vegan and sustainable company. They focus on everyday items like underwear, footwear, and clothing basics. It’s a family-owned and operated business that has had the respect and promotion of human rights at its core for a decade. We’re excited to share a 10% discount code off your total purchase by using the code: THEMINIMALISTVEGAN at checkout!

Product range: Men and woman's shoes, clothing, and underwear.

Where products are made: India.

Price: Low to medium.

Ordering: Based in Australia and ship worldwide.

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Tree Tribe is an outdoor lifestyle brand that plants ten trees for every sale. So far, they’ve planted over 150,000 trees! Talk about positive change 🙂 Their handcrafted products are made from leaf leather, a new innovative plant-based leather.

What we love most about their products is that the leaves are sustainably harvested Teak leaves which are collected from fallen leaves. No trees are harmed in the process.

The people that make the product are a small family business of Thai artisans and skilled seamstresses that share eco-friendly values and have a passion for quality crafting. If you’re looking for something with that ‘earthy’ look and feel, their bags, journals and wallets are perfect. They’ve also kindly offered a 10% discount to all our readers when you use the codeword MINIMALIST10 at checkout!

Product range: Women and Men's basic clothing, accessories and stationery.

Where products are made: Some things made in Thailand.

Price: Low to medium.

Ordering: Based in the US and ship worldwide.

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Tasi combines minimalism, practicality and style. The material that they use for their pieces is Tencel. They create timeless styles, shapes and colours that will last a lifetime of travels and don’t harm the environment in their production.

One tree is planted for every garment that is sold.

Product range: Women and men's clothing.

Where products are made: Australia.

Price: High.

Ordering: Based in Australia and ship worldwide.

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Samara is a minimalist, eco-friendly vegan bags and accessories. They have a simple, yet elegant line up of products. What we love about them is that they have looked long and hard to find a microfibre that was excellent quality, felt as smooth as leather, and that could be finely crafted into the shapes and forms they needed.

Every purchase through Samara covers the cost of a Soular Backpack for a child in need in East Africa.

Product range: Women's bags.

Where products are made: Couldn't find.

Price: Medium to high.

Ordering: Based in the US and ship worldwide.

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Corkor is PETA approved and they only use cork leather is FSC® certified. This accreditation ensures the protection and adequate harvesting of the cork oak forest. Their cork is obtained by removing the outer bark of the tree, without cutting or harming it. As the bark replenishes, cork can be harvested again and again.

Product range: Women and men's bags and accessories.

Where products are made: Portugal (in-house).

Price: Medium to high.

Ordering: Based in Portugal and ship worldwide.

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What I love about this brand is that they create simple, elegant and long-lasting shoes, bags and accessories. They have been making shoes since 2009 and to celebrate their 10 year anniversary they launched an organic, biodegradable shoe line. How amazing is that? They are pioneers in the field of sustainable and ethical footwear, combining ethical values with high-quality design research.

Product range: Women and men's shoes, bags and accessories.

Where products are made: Italy.

Price: High.

Ordering: Based in Italy and ship worldwide.

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Insecta is a Brazilian based shoes and accessories brand that is big on making sure that they upcycle and recycle as much material as possible; things such as recycled PET bottles, recycled cotton, recycled rubber, upcycled vintage clothing, reusable fabrics, and waste that would otherwise go to landfill.

Their mission is to make shoes and accessories that have a meaningful visual, social and environmental impact. 100% vegan and transparent about their supply chain, they have in just the last year recycled 6,640.16 plastic bottles, 391.69m² of clothing and fabrics and 2120,70kg of rubber! Pretty incredible for just one business.

Product range: Unisex shoes and accessories.

Where products are made: Brazil.

Price: High.

Ordering: Based in Brazil and ship worldwide.

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Eve Cork was recommended to us by a reader and we couldn’t help but include them in our updated post. They make wonderful accessories made of sustainable materials and have a transparent ethical working standard for their range.

Product range: Unisex shoes and accessories.

Where products are made: Portugal.

Price: High to premium.

Ordering: Based in Canada and currently only ship to US and Canada.

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LÉ BUNS is a vegan, cruelty-free and a slow fashion brand specialising in swimwear and intimates. They use plant-based fabrics, organic cotton, and regenerated nylon. We love how they say “Don’t worry, we’re minimalists.” in the footer where they are the email sign-up.

Product range: Women's swimwear and intimates.

Where products are made: Indonesia.

Price: Medium to high.

Ordering: Based in Australia and ship worldwide.

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Ecoalf is a European founded premium sustainable fashion label stocking stylish clothing, streetwear shoes and accessories. It was hard to leave these guys off the list despite them having a few products made with wool and down*. However, it's worth the trade-off as their vegan-friendly range looks incredible!

We have quite a few items saved in our cart from Ecoalf, but it may take some time for us to purchase anything because they are on the more expensive side.

Product range: Men and women's streetwear, shoes and accessories.

Where products are made: Spain.

Price: High to premium.

Ordering: Based in Spain and ship worldwide.

*Products containing wool and down are not vegan-friendly.

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ARMEDANGELS have an impressive range of sustainable jeans, clothing and accessories for women and men. Their online store is a pleasure to use, with clearly displayed materials for each garment. This is particularly important if you're vegan as this brand have some products which are made from wool. Luckily, it's super easy to spot their wool products* so you can navigate around them.

Product range: Jeans, clothing and accessories for women and men.

Where products are made: Various countries.

Price: Medium to high.

Ordering: Based in Germany and ship worldwide.

*Products containing wool are not vegan-friendly.

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People Tree is a well-established women's sustainable clothing brand based in the UK. They tick all of the boxes when it comes to treating people and the environment. They do pretty well when it comes to animals, however, they do unfortunately have some products made from wool*.

People Tree was one of the first brands recommended to us when we were new to a minimalist vegan lifestyle—and we can understand why. Their range is quite varied from staples to seasonal collaborations to keep things fresh. The other big feature of People Tree is their price. For what it's worth they're affordable making ethical sustainable shopping more accessible to all of us.

Product range: Women's clothing.

Where products are made: Bangladesh.

Price: Medium to high.

Ordering: Based in the UK and ship worldwide.

*Products containing wool are not vegan-friendly.

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Bleed are based in Germany and are a family operated business. The materials used in their clothing is organic cotton, cork, Tencel (made from eucalyptus trees), hemp, linen, and recycled polyester.

The meaning behind the name bleed in their words is “Nature has already bled enough and it has to stop. Therefore not only the name but also our slogan was born: ‘We bleed for nature!'”

Product range: Clothing, shoes, swimwear for both men and women.

Where products are made: Couldn't find.

Price: Medium to high.

Ordering: Based in Germany and ship worldwide.

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Proof eyewear produces high-quality glasses handcrafted from sustainable wood, skateboard decks and plant-based acetate. Having been founded in Boise Idaho, their brand reflects outdoors, relaxed vibe and adventure.

Product range: Eyewear and accessories.

Where products are made: China.

Price: Medium.

Ordering: Based in the US and ship worldwide.

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We first discovered Wills Vegan Shoes when we were travelling through Europe in 2015. They sell classy shoes for men and women that are both vegan and fair-trade. Not only that, considering what you get, they are quite reasonably priced.

Product range: Shoes, knitwear and accessories for men, women and kids.

Where products are made: Italy and Portugal.

Price: Medium to high.

Ordering: Based in the UK and ship worldwide.

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Brave Gentleman is a premium menswear brand that is 100% vegan and cruelty-free. The founder, Joshua Katcher is extremely well researched and has a ton of information on the Brave Gentleman about page.

If you’re a conscious man looking for stylish professional attire, definitely check out this store.

Product range: Men's dress shoes, clothing and accessories.

Where products are made: US.

Price: High to premium.

Ordering: Based in the US and ship worldwide.

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Founded in 2013, Ahimsa is a vegan brand that prioritizes love. Makers of quality vegan shoes and accessories, they are one of the only 100% vegan shoe factory in the world.

“We were born to make a difference in the life of animals, nature, and our fellow human beings. Through our products, we aim to share the vegan lifestyle. Our goal is to have a more conscious society, one day completely free of cruelty.”

With a statement like this, you want to be supporting businesses like this one which is transparent and passionate about creating positive change through stylish ethical fashion.

Product range: Shoes for men and women.

Where products are made: Brazil.

Price: Medium to high.

Ordering: Based in Brazil and ship worldwide.

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Synergy Organic Clothing was founded in 1993 by Kate Fisher after she travelled to Nepal and India. Her husband later joined the company as they embarked on a journey of building a sustainable clothing line with both Eastern and Western influences.

All of their garments including dresses, tops and yoga attire are made for compassionate women all around the globe. Unfortunately, their Eco Luxe collection is made of wool.*

Product range: Clothing and activewear for women and men.

Where products are made: Nepal.

Price: Medium.

Ordering: Based in the US and ship worldwide.

*Products containing wool are not vegan-friendly.

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DEDICATED is a trendy sustainable street fashion brand. Michael has already added quite a few items to his wishlist thanks to these guys!

Beyond your typical streetwear styles, we were surprised to see that they also stock swimwear and kidswear.

They primarily use organic cotton and recycled polyester in their garments and have GOTS and fairtrade certifications.

Product range: Clothing and swimwear for women, men and kids.

Where products are made: India and China.

Price: Medium.

Ordering: Based in Sweden and ship worldwide.

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Girlfriend Collective is an impressive sustainable women's activewear brand with passionate customers to validate it. Some of their items have thousands of reviews to help you feel confident with your purchasing decision.

Girlfriend is incredibly innovative with how they turn plastic bottles into high-performing activewear.

Product range: Women's intimates and activewear.

Where products are made: Vietnam.

Price: Medium.

Ordering: Based in the US and they offer to ship to the US, UK, Australia and Canada. Also available worldwide through nordstrom.com.

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Salt Gypsy is a funky online boutique based out of Byron Bay focusing on sustainable women's swimwear and surfwear. Their tagline is "sustainable surf separates for discerning oceanwomen".

Even if you're not about that surfing life, their swimwear styles are flattering for any occasion on the water.

Product range: Women's swimwear and surfwear.

Where products are made: Australia.

Price: Medium.

Ordering: Based in Australia and ship worldwide.

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WORON is a high-quality sustainable women's lingerie brand based in Denmark. Their style of intimates is simple yet elegant.

WORON was founded by sisters Arina and Anya and their mission is to create everyday essentials that will be the first thing you want to put on and the last thing you take off!

Product range: Women's intimates.

Where products are made: Hungary, Portugal, Italy and India.

Price: Low to Medium.

Ordering: Based in Denmark and ship worldwide.

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As the name suggests, Organic Basics use the most sustainably sourced materials to make a practical line of everyday basics for both men and women.

This is another brand on this list that is based out of Denmark. Organic Basics mostly focus on undergarments, t-shirts and some activewear.

Product range: Underwear, t-shirts and activewear.

Where products are made: Turkey, Portugal, Austria and Italy.

Price: Medium to high.

Ordering: Based in Denmark and ship worldwide.

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Indigo Luna makes sustainable swimwear, lingerie, activewear and some basics for women. Although, Michael did spot a very cool casual linen shirt for men. All of their clothing is ethically made in Australia and they deliver worldwide.

Like the rest of the swimwear on this list, Indigo Luna uses innovative practices to upcycle plastic bottles and nylon and turn it into quality garments.

Product range: Swimwear, intimates and activewear for women.

Where products are made: Indonesia.

Price: Medium.

Ordering: Based in Australia and ship worldwide.

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As of writing this post, a small group of five people in Michigan, handmake this range of beautiful sustainable female clothing and activewear. Though Rose and her team are based in the United States, they offer global shipping to anyone who wants to enjoy these handcrafted pieces.

Product range: Clothing and activewear for women.

Where products are made: United States (in-house).

Price: Medium to high.

Ordering: Based in the US and ship worldwide.

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By Blanch make timeless sustainable shoes for the modern woman. They make their shoes in Spain using Ecocertified PU based leather materials. Their shoes are relatively affordable and they offer international shipping.

Product range: Women's shoes.

Where products are made: Spain.

Price: Medium to high.

Ordering: Based in Spain and ship worldwide.

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Miomojo makes elegant casual bags for women. While they are 100% vegan-friendly, they do use Ecocertified PU leather, with the plans of phasing out plastic-based leather by 2022.

Product range: Women's bags.

Where products are made: Asia.

Price: Medium.

Ordering: Based in Italy and ship worldwide.

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grünBAG makes sustainable and waterproof bags from recycled materials (even from sails!). Their style of bags a polarizing as they just look unique. Denmark owned and made in Poland these eco-friendly bags are available worldwide.

Product range: Unisex waterproof bags.

Where products are made: Denmark and Poland.

Price: High.

Ordering: Based in Denmark and ship worldwide.

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Monkee Genes specialise in organic, ethical and sustainably made jeans for both men and women. They also make chinos, t-shirts, accessories amongst other garments.

They're a well-established brand with global distribution. In fact, it may be worth checking if your local retailer stocks Monkee Genes.

Product range: Jeans, clothing, accessories for men and women.

Where products are made: Turkey, Indonesia and India.

Price: Medium.

Ordering: Based in the UK and ship worldwide.

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MANIWALA makes very cool bags made from plant-based fibres like hemp and pineapple. It's a relatively new brand, so they often run out of stock. It's best to subscribe to their newsletter or keep an eye on their items on Amazon.

We're really impressed with MANIWALA and we're eager to see what kind of products they add to their range in the future.

Product range: Plant-based and plastic-free vegan leather bags and accessories.

Where products are made: US.

Price: High to premium.

Ordering: Based in the US and ship worldwide.

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No Saints makes sustainable casual shoes from a range of vegan-friendly materials including apple leather, pineapple leather, recycled polyester, PU amongst others.

Caroline, the founder, has a background in working in supply chain management and wanted to use her skills to make an ethical range of casual shoes everyone can enjoy.

This is a new brand, having launched in early 2019, but we love what we're seeing so far.

Product range: Unisex casual shoes.

Where products are made: Portugal.

Price: High.

Ordering: Based in Australia and offer international shipping to Europe, Canada, United States and New Zealand.

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MonkeyGlasses is a Danish company that makes fashionable sustainable eyewear. They've been established since 2009 and are showing no signs of slowing down with their range of glasses and sunglasses. Although MonkeyGlasses is based in Europe they offer international shipping.

Product range: Eyewear and accessories.

Where products are made: Couldn't find.

Price: High.

Ordering: Based in Denmark and ship worldwide.

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TAMGA Designs make colourful sustainable fashion for women but have a few pieces for men and children as well. If you're looking for vibrant patterned dresses without doing any harm to the planet, people or the environment, then check out TAMGA Designs.

TAMGA have been super generous to offer our readers 10% off by using the code MINIMALIST10 at checkout.

Product range: Clothing for women.

Where products are made: Indonesia.

Price: Medium to high.

Ordering: Based in Canada and deliver worldwide.

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What’s on your list of ethical and sustainable clothing brands?

Hopefully, the brands we’ve recommended helps you find what you need. We’d love your help to expand upon this list in the comments below so that everyone can benefit. Our world needs more businesses that are ethical, sustainable and good for people, planet and animals.

Ethical and Sustainable Brands

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  • katy mcmurray 03/12/2015 Reply

    Vegan Wares based in Melbourne sells quality shoes, boots, wallets and belts that last for years.

  • Kevin 04/12/2015 Reply

    Check out Couch Guitar Straps!
    Don’t be fooled by the name of the company. They also make vegan wallets and bags using recycled materials from classic car interiors!

  • Amanda Brewer 04/12/2015 Reply

    Hi check out Kind Cartel.com.au it’s a cruelty free vegan boutique

  • KATHY 15/12/2015 Reply

    Love this list! I love Vaute Couture for coats and tees and more. I also love Herbivore.

  • Maria Aguayo 24/05/2016 Reply

    is Antrhopologie one of them?

    • Hi Maria, never heard of Antrhopologie. I just checked out their website and they seem to be quite involved in giving back to the community. They also have a great range. Thanks for sharing.

  • Cody 05/11/2016 Reply

    Just came across this blog! Absolutely love it 🙂 Companies like Matt and Nat are what inspired me to get into the sustainable/ethical fashion business! Have any of you guys heard of cork handbags? If not I encourage you guys to checkout what Eve is all about! https://www.evecork.com/pages/about-eve

  • Laura Staron 12/02/2017 Reply

    Love this list! I love Wills Vegan Shoes. Thanks for your article

  • doshishop 18/05/2017 Reply

    Really Nice Post! Thanks for sharing useful information. Our company also offers non-leather briefcases, backpacks, belts and accessories.

  • Barbara 18/03/2018 Reply

    Love your article and thank you. I could add another store called Econcious. I get my tee shirt there.
    They come in ra classic tee and the v-neck as well. You can’t beat their price either.

    • We appreciate your kind words Barbara! Also thanks for the suggestion. Just checked out their website and it looks quality.

  • Beth 19/03/2018 Reply
  • MIa 19/03/2018 Reply

    There’s also a great brand of vegan footwear called Nae Vegan, based in Portugal! Highly reccomend them, all their workers are local portuguese shoe makers and they share so much of the work with clients!

  • Bhumi 20/03/2018 Reply

    Thank you SO much for the love – it is really so wonderful to see, read and know about so many amazing global brands! Deep gratitude! xo

  • annie calvert 20/03/2018 Reply

    All these brands are really good and the most important is these all are vegan brands.

  • Marcus Aliaga 20/03/2018 Reply

    Awesome, you should also check out http://www.alltrueist.com

  • Chelsea Abel 21/03/2018 Reply

    WE-AR here in New Zealand 🙂

  • Simone 26/03/2018 Reply

    I would recommend Avesu.eu as well! And for more shoes Good Guys: http://goodguys.bigcartel.com/products and underwear Underprotection: https://underprotection.dk/. Both based in Europe, not sure if they ship outside of Europe.

  • Ines Silva 28/04/2018 Reply

    Hello! Great article, check http://www.sydney-brown.com ! It’s also a vegan brand, ethically made in Porto, Portugal but the online shop is USA based. Moo shoes stocks them 🙂

  • lydia 17/05/2018 Reply

    Thank you so much for the feature and support!
    We strive to educate people and maintain the transparency of all our sustainable and ethical brands,
    We appreciate the love <3
    https://ethi-collective.com

  • Charlie Yovane 13/06/2018 Reply

    I love this list! I have shopped from many of these mentioned – but I recently bought a backpack from a vegan brand called Hetty+Sam (www.hettyandsam.com) they have very hip bags and purses! Keep up the great work 🙂

    • Hi Charlie, great to hear! Thanks got sharing. Do you know if their products are made ethically?

  • Joanna 02/07/2018 Reply

    Found a few funny vegan shirts here https://www.defendanimals.com but some designs are definitely not for me … I like their organic & PETA-certified t-shirts

  • Honestly, finding ethical shops or brands is not easy at first, but when you know the brands already, things get easier. As for me, I buy on flea markets or there are shops that I know already, or online stores that sells handmade/artisanal products such as localbazaar.co.

  • caroline 31/07/2018 Reply

    You forgot to mention http://www.karomade.com, they have super cute selection of cruelty-free vegan leather bags and backpacks.

  • Sad update from Leanne at Vaute Couture. Too bad, good mission.
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    From: Leanne
    Date: September 6, 2018 at 8:27:58 AM PDT
    Subject: Investor Update: Request for help/partner
    Reply-To: Leanne

    Unfortunately, I have bad news. We’ve been working all year on raising a Series A or bringing on a large partner to scale manufacturing and cover a cash gap from 2015-2016 (more on this below), and while we had many prospects, nothing has come to fruition. Vaute is now on life support — we have 45 days left to find a partner or we will need to close the business.

    A recap of what brought us here: After the loss we took from expanding to too many categories and employing an expensive leadership and retail team in 2015-2016, I spent 2017 cleaning up our business model and paring back to focus on our profitable outerwear category, e-commerce, and a minimal team. We not only made it through our 2017-2018 fall/winter season but grew our market reach with astounding results in our first paid marketing campaign (up to 8.6 ROI some weeks). We also reached new mainstream markets through NY Magazine, Glamour, PBS, and celebrities like Liam Hemsworth and Edie Falco, yet we had issues increasing production. This meant we had a successful season (we still increased sales from 2017), but couldn’t produce fast enough or at a high enough volume. The demand was there, but I realized that we had a structural issue: without a major manufacturing partner to fund growth and scale operations at our ethical standard, we couldn’t handle the volume of orders that were needed to stay in business.

    Until February 2018, I was in discussions for a Series A to get us to the fall/winter 2018 season that sadly fell through. Since then, I’ve been working with a broker to find a partner or buyer. Though we had many promising prospects and were optimistic it was just a matter of choosing the right one, we were not able to close a deal in time to responsibly begin production.

    I have done everything I possibly can, but time is running out. Please let me know if you know of a potential manufacturing partner or buyer who could scale at our ethical standard (living wage production). We need to find one by October 15th for us to launch our FW2019 collection or we will be forced to close. To keep costs at a minimum, I stopped taking an income for the last three months while we looked for a partner/buyer, and have been living with my wonderful friends week-to-week while working to find a solution. If we don’t find a partner, however, I will soon need to start looking for a job.

    The idea of closing breaks my heart. After launching in 2008 with the mission to create the category of vegan apparel and show that animals do not belong in the fashion equation, my next goal was to break through to the mainstream and make “ethical fashion” a household concept. I’ve invested every fiber of my being into making that happen and I can hardly believe it may be over. At the same time, I’m so grateful for all that we’ve accomplished. Most businesses don’t make it to their second birthday, let alone their tenth (ours is today- actually), and most pioneer companies spend so much effort just breaking ground on a new category or idea, pushing boundaries, and setting up new systems and materials, that they don’t get to then grow into a viable company.

    Still, you always think that you will be the exception. I always thought through all the challenges, through all the times we almost didn’t make it (several per season since the beginning, as entrepreneurship goes), that we would keep defying the odds and find a way forward. It may be that instead of being here to become a household name, we were here to create the category of vegan apparel, get animals on the map for ethical fashion, and lay the groundwork for businesses to follow in our footsteps to grow and go mainstream; if it is not us, I am thrilled to pass the baton to those who come after us to keep running as fast as they can to speak up for as many animals as they can, until the day when wearing animals is a thing of the past.

    I have dedicated ten years to this mission. I’ve made painful mistakes and it has felt impossible at times, yet it has been an incredible journey; we’ve made a significant social impact, and I have met the most amazing people — including you. Along with making an impact, I wanted so badly to make you money. I wish I had a different update for you, but if we cannot find a partner, and Vaute is forced to close, please know that your investment saved lives, created jobs, and opened minds and for that, I’m so grateful and also hopeful for the animals in the fashion industry.

    NEXT STEPS

    1. We are checking what tax deductions can be made for your convertible note, in the case we do close. We will be following up when we have this information.
    2. Please let me know if you might have a potential partner or buyer for us.
    3. I will update you again around October 15th to let you know what the next steps are.

    Sorry again that I do not have better news. I’m grateful to you for joining me on this mission and for everything you do for the animals and humans in this world.

    With lots of gratitude.

    Vaute · 35 Meadow St Ste 101 · Brooklyn, NY 11206-1759 · USA

    • Hi Victoria, thanks for sharing this letter. We had no idea. What sad news. We hope an investor supports this brand and they’re getting results, and it’s for a meaningful cause. We’ll stay close to their journey in case we need to update this post. Thanks again.

  • andre 29/09/2018 Reply

    wonderful collection! i was looking for vegan wallet and found this blog.

    This is unique as per my searching but really having great collection.

  • julie 09/04/2019 Reply

    Hi Just checking in with an update on reformation as they currently carry leather. Not sure if that’s new for them but thought you might not be aware. Hope you find this useful!

    Thanks for the article.

    Julie

    • Thanks for letting me know Julie, I have updated the listing letting people know that it’s not all vegan. Much appreciated!

  • Kerry 01/05/2019 Reply

    I didn´t know few of them so now I gonna have a good time looking at them and buying few things, thanks! I bought a couple times from thehippiecow.com in case you want to add it! I really like the brand.

  • Bren 12/07/2019 Reply

    Thank you for so many suggestions – I am living a plant based diet and am becoming more aware of vegan items and products outside of those I can eat. It is great to see so many ethical and sustainable alternatives out there, especially local Australian initiatives.

  • Dominic 14/10/2019 Reply

    Thank you for sharing. Pistol Lake is an ethical clothing manufacturer based in Los Angeles. They have minimalist, outdoor, themed clothing for men made of recycled material. They also make sweaters out of Eudae which is similar to merino wool but made from eucalyptus trees. I think they ship internationally.

    • Thank for the recommendation Dom! We’ll check them out to see if they can be added to the list. It’s nice to see this kind of brand for men’s clothing.

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