How & Where To Buy Affordable Ethical & Sustainable Fashion

Sustainable and ethical clothing is known for being expensive. Here’s how and where to find clothing that is still stylish! Whether you love thrift store fashion or love new ethical fashion brands, this ethical shopping guide will help you! #ethicalfashionclothes #secondhandfashion #sustainablefashion

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Tip #1 – Buy secondhand (locally or online)

Online secondhand marketplaces

Pro Tip: Research the sellers to make sure they’re not just re-selling new clothes

Love Justly – a marketplace for discounted ethical clothing that only comes from only works with fair trade, ethically sourced, and social mission companies

Depop – secondhand fashion marketplace for all styles

Ebay – they sell new and used clothing, so make sure the clothing is like-new, pre-owned

Etsy – great for vintage and handmade, artisan clothing

Poshmark – one of the largest social marketplace for fashion

Mercari – similar to ebay so make sure the clothing is like-new, pre-owned

ThredUp – secondhand fashion marketplace with many styles

Tradesy – they sell new and preowned fashion, so make sure the clothing is like-new, pre-owned

Swap.com – an online thrift store that lets you filter through like-new, pre-owned clothing

Vinted USA – similar to ebay so make sure the clothing is like-new, pre-owned

Vinted UK – similar to ebay so make sure the clothing is like-new, pre-owned

Kleider Kreisel (Germany) – similar to ebay so make sure the clothing is like-new, pre-owned

Beyond Retro (UK) – online vintage fashion marketplace

Rokit (UK) – online marketplace for designer and vintage clothing. Students get a “forever 10% off” discount

Tip #2 – Swap your clothes (locally or online)

Online clothing swap marketplaces

Rehash Clothes – a 100% free online community to exchange your clothes with other environmentally-conscious people

Swap Society – swap in your used clothing and spend your swapped points on a new wardrobe of an equal value (there is a fee to use this service)

Local clothing swap networks

Freecycle – a global grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns

Fashion Revolution’s Great Fashion Revolution Clothes Swap – register your local clothes swap with Fashion Revolution even if you host in your living room, your office, in your local community centre or a public event space. You’ll receive the complete swap kit which is full of goodies to help you on your way.

Meetup.com Clothing Swaps – search by city or zip code for all local clothing swaps listed on Meetup

Tip #3 – Adopt a capsule wardrobe

Making a capsule wardrobe is a simple process but it takes time. After all, we all start with clothes that we already have.

Here’s a short checklist to give you an idea of how simple it is:

  1. Select your base color
  2. Add neutral-colored essential pieces of clothing
  3. Select your accent colors to add a bit of personality
  4. Add patterned clothing & layers
  5. Add shoes & accessories

Here’s the full guide on how to start a capsule wardrobe in 5-steps.

Tip #4 – Buy ethical apparel during big online sales

There are many ethical fashion shops, but only a few will become your favorites, so…

  1. Check out our ultimate ethical brand directory to find your favorite stores.
  2. Then, keep a note of when the big sales are (they are usually twice a year).

Tip #5 – Change your shopping habits to invest in quality over quantity

Minimalism and adopting a capsule wardrobe can help you save so much money that you can afford more expensive, high-quality ethical pieces that last longer.

Even with a small budget, you can buy 1-2 pieces at a time (or per season). This allows you to spend more money on that piece instead of buying a bunch of fast fashion pieces at cheap pieces.

Remember: The fast fashion pieces are cheaper, but they are less ethical AND they are more easily ruined.

Tip #6 – Take care of your clothes to save money and the environment

Clothing care is has a huge impact on your wardrobe’s size and budget.

  • Avoid hot water and hot dryers. Using colder water and dryers saves energy and is more gentle on your clothes
  • Buy clothing made with high-quality fabrics such as organic cotton and rayon, and make sure the seams on the clothing is intact and not fraying.
  • Look for clothing that comes with an extra button (it’s a good indication that the garment is well made because it usually means that the designer intends for it to last!)
  • Wear protective layers during some activities (eg. wear an apron when cooking to prevent stains)
  • Carry an ethical stain-remover pen (Ecover is my favorite stain-remover pen that is cruelty-free, recycled, and biodegradable)
  • Air-dry instead of machine dry
  • Don’t overwash your clothes. Most sweaters jeans, skirts, camisoles, and dresses do NOT need to be washed after each wear. Unless the piece of clothing is soiled with something, it can generally be worn about three times before needing to be cleaned.
  • Use an ethically sourced laundry bag for delicates like underwear, bras, and clothing made from delicate materials
  • Zip-up and button-up jackets and coats to prevent damage
  • Flip clothing inside out to preserve prints from cracking and to reduce fading
  • Follow washing instructions
  • Learn basic sewing so that you can execute easy clothing repairs

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Sustainable and ethical clothing is known for being expensive. Here's how and where to find clothing that is still stylish! Whether you love thrift store fashion or love new ethical fashion brands, this ethical shopping guide will help you!  #ethicalfashionclothes #secondhandfashion #sustainablefashion

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