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Ethical and Sustainable Alternatives to ModCloth

Is ModCloth ethical? In the years since this post was originally published, ModCloth has changed owners several times. In 2017, they were sold to WalMart. Then, to a company called Go Global Retail. As of 2021, they are owned by a tech company called Nogin. When they were a WalMart subsidiary, it seemed that there …

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Ethical Alternatives to Madewell: 15 Better Brands

Ethical Brands That Are Better Than Madewell While Madewell has made vast improvements to their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) document and their supply chain, the majority of their products do not strictly adhere to ethical or sustainable standards. One exception is their collection of fair trade certified denim. I’ve compiled this list to help you …

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Ethical Alternatives to J Crew: 13 Better Brands

Is J Crew ethical? J. Crew has long been a staple for people who work in offices, schools, and other settings that enforce a slightly more composed dress code. The brand projects a sophistication and attention-to-detail that could fool anyone into thinking their clothes are thoughtfully made. But the reality is they’re not as buttoned-up …

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Ethical Alternatives to Urban Outfitters

Post contains affiliate links Is Urban Outfitters ethical? While Urban Outfitters has a vintage and secondhand feel, a majority of their in-house brands were produced in unregulated factories, with sweatshop violations even within the US. They’ve also been accused of copying the designs of independent artists (there are so many articles relevant to this problem …

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Ethical Alternatives to H&M: 13 Better Brands

Is H&M Ethical? This post contains affiliate links H&M was one of the first mainstream fashion brands to release a “more sustainable” collection, which they term the H&M Conscious Collection. Initially creating quite a bit of buzz in the sustainable and ethical fashion realm when it launched in 2010, the line seemed to signify one …

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Ethical Alternatives to Old Navy: 15 Better Brands

Ethical Alternatives to Old Navy When I started to make the switch to more ethical clothing, I was under the impression that Old Navy and GAP products were made with high labor standards due to their Corporate Social Responsibility statement. But then I learned that these statements don’t guarantee enforcement. Thus, the need for ethical …

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Ethical Alternatives to Free People: 12 Better Brands

Is Free People ethical? Though ideologically I’m probably more like a hippie than I realize, I’ve never fully embraced boho style. But I’ve always admired the cool girls and women who pull it off well. Layers, mixed prints, embroidery, and drapey silhouettes feel easy while offering tons of visual interest. The boho/hippie style is typified …

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Ethical Alternatives to Everlane: 17 Better Brands

Why Ethical Alternatives to Everlane? In March of 2020, I decided to stop formally working with Everlane. While I didn’t pull all mentions of Everlane from the site – after all, I had been an early adopter, sharing about their “radical transparency” and factory audits as early as 2014 – I did stop working with …

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