Originally published in 2018
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and Beyond…
As far as conventional retailers are concerned, Nordstrom has a surprisingly large selection of ethical and sustainable brands.
Nordstrom has become a top retailer, weathering the storms of e-commerce far better than most department stores due to a combination of forward-thinking online strategy and unique partnerships with brands that typically don’t sell in multi-brand stores (think Madewell). They also offer a superb return policy and numerous perks – and I hear their credit card is a good one if you shop a lot at Nordstrom.
Any ethically-minded person who has been seeking out sustainable goods for long enough understands how frustrating it can be to purchase from an individual ethical brand, pay for shipping, and receive your delivery only to find that the item simply doesn’t work for you. One perk of a place like Nordstrom is that you can buy from multiple brands at a time, reduce your shipping – not to mention fossil fuel and carbon environmental – costs, and more easily return what doesn’t work. It may not be as helpful to the individual brand to buy this way, but it’s an excellent way to find what works for you.
That’s why I would recommend using a site like Nordstrom for at least some of your ethical purchasing.
25+ Sustainable and Slow Fashion Brands You Can Buy at Nordstrom
Clothing made with sustainable and biodegradable fabrics in regulated factories.
Clothing made with plant-based fibers in regulated factories. Trees planted with purchase.
Clothing made sustainably.
Shoes made with sustainable fabrics in ethical factories.
Athletic and casual wear made with sustainable practices and durability in mind.
Shoes made in regulated factories with a social good mission (TOMS was originally on my “do not buy” list, but they’ve responded well to customer complaints and upped their ethics in recent years).
On the list because they are deeply committed to low water usage and overall sustainability even though parts of their line do not meet my ethics requirements.
Sustainably and ethically produced clothing.
Organic baby clothing and other sustainable goods.
Made in the USA and/or with fair labor.
Repurpose vintage denim and USA made new denim.
Ethically produced clothing with a social enterprise component.
All natural, small batch skincare.
Made in USA clothing.
Sustainable and eco-friendly baby goods.
Vegan and ethically produced accessories.
High end clothing made ethically and with sustainability in mind.
Shoes made with cork and other natural fibers (check individual products for more details).
Fairly made underwear.
Sneakers for kids and adults made with eco-friendly materials.
High end clothing produced sustainably, ethically, and sometimes in the USA.
Madewell (Fair Trade Denim only)
Madewell released a fair trade certified line. Search “madewell fair trade” to find it!
Sustainable sneakers for women and men
Gentle hair care made with eco ingredients
Gentle, naturally derived skincare
Sustainably and ethically made clothing
All natural beauty
Ethically made with eco-friendly and deadstock fabrics
Also, a tip from a reader: Nordstrom’s Clearance site, Nordstrom Rack, carries many of the same brands at a lower price point.
If you spot any others, let me know and I’ll add them. Nordstrom doesn’t have the most robust search tools when it comes to ethical keywords.