Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Navigator: Sustainable Brands to Search For

A master list of sustainable, slow, and ethical fashion brands you can find at Nordstrom. Maybe you’ll get lucky and find some during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

 A screenshot from the  Summer 2019 Lookbook  | This post contains affiliate links
A screenshot from the Summer 2019 Lookbook | This post contains affiliate links

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.

Update 8/24: Nordstrom just “opened” a sustainable and eco-fashion landing page. Peruse away.

25+ Sustainable and Slow Fashion Brands You Can Buy at Nordstrom

Eileen Fisher

Clothing made with sustainable and biodegradable fabrics in regulated factories.

Amour Vert

Clothing made with plant-based fibers in regulated factories. Trees planted with purchase.

Mara Hoffman

Clothing made sustainably.

Birkenstock

Shoes made with sustainable fabrics in ethical factories.

Patagonia

Athletic and casual wear made with sustainable practices and durability in mind.

TOMS

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).

Levi’s

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.

Alternative Apparel

Sustainably and ethically produced clothing.

Burt’s Bees

Organic baby clothing and other sustainable goods.

Michael Stars

Made in the USA and/or with fair labor.

Re/Done

Repurpose vintage denim and USA made new denim.

Threads For Thought

Ethically produced clothing with a social enterprise component.

Herbivore Botanicals

All natural, small batch skincare.

Splendid

Made in USA clothing.

The Honest Company

Sustainable and eco-friendly baby goods.

Matt & Nat

Vegan and ethically produced accessories.

Stella McCartney

High end clothing made ethically and with sustainability in mind.

Kork-Ease

Shoes made with cork and other natural fibers (check individual products for more details).

Mighty Good Undies

Fairly made underwear.

PLAE

Sneakers for kids and adults made with eco-friendly materials.

Rachel Comey

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!

VEJA

Sustainable sneakers for women and men

Alterna

Gentle hair care made with eco ingredients

Kiehl’s

Gentle, naturally derived skincare

Faherty

Sustainably and ethically made clothing

Antonym

All natural beauty

Reformation

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. 

Shop Nordstrom Rack here

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.

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