Ethical, Conscious, Fair Trade Shopping Guide

Ethical, Conscious, Fair Trade Shopping Guide

Today, I’m sharing a guide to shopping ethically and consciously for Black Friday! I’ve done lots of research, and strive to only list brands that have shared about their ethical and fair trade practices. I know it’s a long list, so I’ve broken it down into categories to make it easier to find what you are looking for. With Christmas fast approaching, this list is a great thing to keep on hand, as it will help you find ethical and unique gifts for every person on your list! Happy shopping!

CLOTHING:

Albion Fit – Albion’s luxurious, flattering, and hassle-free fitness and leisure apparel is made using fair labor practices with all of their employees and business partners to create a sustainable work environment.

Alternative Apparel – Alternative is a brand rooted in sustainable and eco-friendly practices. They offer simple, comfortable apparel for men and women, along with some accessories.

Clothe Your Neighbor As Yourself – A non-profit clothing brand that lets you decide how 100% of the profit is given, all of their clothing is made from organic cotton and exceeds labor standards.

Elegantees – Elegantees offers women the elegant tee, designed in NYC and sewn in Nepal. Their mission is to provide hope to individuals who have been victims of sex trafficking.

Everlane – Everlane has some of the best basics for both men and women. Their radical transparency means they know their factories, and share their true costs with their customers.

Fair Indigo – Fair Indigo offers fair trade, organic clothing, as well as USA-made gifts and accessories.

Garment Collective – Ethically sourced and made in Nepal, Garment Collective currently has Redemption for All tees, but they will be adding more soon.

Global Girlfriend – Each item you buy from Global Girlfriend helps a girl go to primary or secondary school. They have fair trade clothing, accessories, gifts and more.

Imagine Goods – Imagine Goods men’s, women’s and children’s clothing are handmade by artisans in Cambodia who are survivors of trafficking, vulnerable, marginalized, or disabled. They also offer home goods and accessories.

Janji – Each piece of fairly made, high performance running apparel provides clean water in countries around the world.

Krochet Kids – Krochet Kids mission is to empower people to rise above poverty. They have ethically made apparel for men, women, and children, and each item is signed by the person who made it.

Kut from the Kloth – Kut from the Kloth has high quality women’s clothing and conducts their business following the highest ethical standards.

Liz Alig – Liz Alig makes fashion forward clothing that makes a difference for women in developing countries.

Mata Traders – Mata Traders is a design driven, ethical fashion company merging uncommonly vibrant style with fair trade practices to make an impact on global poverty. They also carry accessories.

Mitscoots –  Mitscoots’ motto is get + give + employ. All of their gear is 100% made in the USA, and for each item purchased, an equal quality item is given to someone in need. They also employ those transitioning out of homelessness.

Naja – Naja offers ethically made lingerie.

Raven & Lily – Raven & Lily is an ethical fashion and lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering women through design. They also offer accessories and home goods.

Seamly Co. – Seamly Co. is a sustainable apparel company with all products made in the USA.

Sevenly – Every week, Sevenly highlights a new cause or charity partner, passionately promotes them for seven days, and creates unique cause art apparel to raise funding for them. For that week, each cause of the week item donates $7 to that partner.

Slumlove Sweater Co. – Slumlove Sweater Co. was created in order to provide jobs and education for people living in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. They use organic and natural resources, pay their knitters a fair wage and treat them with respect. They have items for both men and women.

Sudara – Sudara goods are crafted by brave women in India, who have escaped slavery and sex-trafficking. They have mostly women’s apparel, but also offer a few items for men.

Symbology Clothing – Symbology employs female artisans from India and the West Bank, each bringing beautiful cultural art forms to their collections. They sell fairly made women’s clothing.

Synergy Clothing – Synergy Clothing has clothing and yoga apparel for women. Always striving to be mindful and conscious in every facet of their business, they produce sustainable and organic fair trade clothing.

The Bloomerie– This give-back apparel company releases a new t-shirt design every quarter inspired by the stories of female do-good entrepreneurs and their businesses, and this quarter they have collaborated with The Her Initiative! $5 of every shirt sold in November goes towards providing safe water for women and children in developing countries around the world.

Thinx – Thinx sells period-proof underwear that is ethically made in Sri Lanka. With each purchase, a portion is given to AFRIpads who train women to sew and sell washable, reusable cloth pads.

Threads 4 Thought – Threads 4 Thought offers a wide range of men and women’s apparel that has been ethically and sustainably made. They are committed to designing all of their products using environmentally friendly materials.

Tonlé– Tonlé is an ethically made apparel line with zero-waste.

Unlock Hope – Unlock Hope sells clothing and accessories, and gives 100% of their profits to help young refugee girls in Uganda and provide them with food, shelter and an education.

Wear Pact – Fair trade certified and made with super soft organic cotton,Wear Pact have apparel for men, women and babies.

SHOES:

Colette Sol USA – Colette Sol sells handmade women’s shoes to fight human trafficking.

Deux Main Designs – Deux Main Designs is an employee-owned fashion company working to end poverty in Haiti.

Feel Goodz – Feel Goodz sells footwear that’s made from sustainable, all-natural resources by partners in Thailand, Guatemala, Pakistan, and Vietnam.

Fortress of Inca – Handmade in Peru with premium natural materials, Fortress of Inca implements sustainable production and fair wages in the making of their shoes. They also have some leather accessories.

Mipacha – Mipacha provides original, high quality footwear, handmade by local Peruvians and inspired by the stunning landscapes and vibrant culture of Peru.

Nisolo – Nisolo sells responsibly sourced and beautifully designed shoes handmade in Peru. Artisans receive above fair trade wages, safe working conditions and skills training.

Oliberte – Oliberte is the world’s first fair trade certified shoe brand. Their sustainable shoes are handmade in Ethiopia.

Roma Boots – Giving poverty the boot by bringing hope to street children and orphans, Roma Boots provides love and lasting change in the most sustainable and practical way. For every pair of boots sold, a brand new pair stuffed with educational supplies is donated to a child in need.

soleRebels –  Started by an Ethiopian woman to provide job opportunities, soleRebels sells shoes and sandals handcrafted by artisans in Ethiopia.

Sseko Designs – Sseko uses fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty in Uganda. They also have accessories.

The Root Collective – Each pair of shoes sold by The Root Collective is ethically produced and makes an impact in Guatemala.

Toms – At Toms each pair of shoes you purchase = a pair of shoes for a child in need. Each eyewear purchase = restored sight for a person in need. Each bag purchase = a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. Each Toms roasting co. purchase = safe water to a person in need.

Teysha – Teysha offers custom, handcrafted boots by artisans in Guatemala with locally sourced materials.

ACCESSORIES:

3 Cords – Three Cords was founded to train, employ, and empower Haitian men and women and provide opportunities for the physically handicapped, to show them that they are both beautiful and valuable.

31 Bits – Using fashion and design to empower people to rise above poverty in Uganda, each handcrafted piece of jewelry from 31 Bits has beads made from bits of paper.

Akola – Akola is a non-profit that trains, educates and employs 450+ women in poverty. Each Akola necklace transforms a family of 10.

Bead for Life – Bead for Life creates sustainable opportunities for women to lift their families out of extreme poverty by connecting people worldwide in a circle of exchange that enriches everyone.

Better Life Bags – Better Life Bags’ custom bags and purses are made by women, often immigrants, in Detroit who otherwise would not be able to work.

CAUSEGEAR – CAUSEGEAR is a human justice brand designed in Chicago and made in India. Every item is handcrafted and has the face and name of the person who made it.

Connected in Hope – Connected in Hope is a nonprofit social enterprise empowering women and families in Ethiopia to rise above poverty through sustainable income development, improved educational opportunities and increased access to basic health care.

Freeset – Freeset is a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped in Kolkata’s sex trade. They make quality jute bags and organic cotton t-shirts, but their business is freedom.

Greenola Style – Greenola Style’s accessories are designed in Chicago and ethically made in Bolivia, India and Kenya.

Haiti Design Co-op – Haiti Design Co-op is a socially conscious artisan cooperative based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Half United – Half United makes jewelry out of bullet casings. For every product purchased, Half United gives a week of meals to a child in need.

Handcrafting Justice – Handcrafting Justice is a fair trade marketplace selling accessories, home goods, and more.

Humble Hilo – Humble Hilo’s products are beautiful and handmade with unique Guatemalan textiles.  A portion of every purchase made supports one of their humanitarian projects.

Jacobs Scarves – Quality scarves that are responsibly sourced, Jacobs Scarves supports small communities and businesses whenever possible. For every scarf purchased, you’re giving towards a child’s education.

Johari Creations – Johari Creations has handcrafted fair trade products that are made by artisans in developing countries.

Jonas Umbrellas – Every umbrella you purchase from Jonas Umbrellas helps fund a clean-water well at a school in Uganda.

JOYN – JOYN offers handbags, clutches and accessories made by artisans in India. They provide employees with not only steady jobs and a good work environment, but a daily meal plan, education for their children, English and vocational training, and medical care.

LandMine Design –  In a village on the border of Cambodia named “the MineField Village”, women are given a chance to make a living from their own homes by LandMine Design, where they can care for their families while earning the funds desperately needed to feed their hungry babies.

Live Fashionable – Live Fashionable’s beautiful products are made by women who have overcome, both locally and globally.

Love 41 – Selling handmade bags, apparel and accessories from around the world, 100% of the profits from Love 41 goes toward helping orphans, widows and street kids.

LSTN Headphones – LSTN Headphones makes sustainable wooden headphones. For every pair purchased, LSTN helps restore hearing to a person in need.

Market Colors – An online store and nonprofit, all of the items from Market Colors are handmade by craftsmen throughout Africa and India.

Mission Lazarus – Mission Lazarus’ leather products are handmade in Honduras by the students and graduates of the Mission Lazarus Vocational School. They also have fair trade coffee with the profits going to the Mission Lazarus Refuge home for children.

MULXIPLY – Inspired on the shores of Maine and the foothills of the Himalayas, each of our pieces from MULXIPLY is collaboratively made by hand with artisans in Nepal.

Musana Intl. – Their model is to empower women to provide opportunities for their children, creating a generation of change. At Musana Intl. they believe that working with women in developing countries gets at the root of breaking the cycle of poverty.

Nena & Co. – Nena & Co. sells artisan bags handmade by women in the Maya highlands of Guatemala. Each bag is one-of-a-kind, hand woven and loomed to give it beautiful uniqueness.

No.41 – They not only offer fair employment to young women and give them an opportunity for education, but No. 41 also provides hot healthy lunches to 900+ students and teachers.

Noonday Collection – A socially responsible business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world, Noonday Collection also gives to adoptive families.

Mercy House Kenya – Mercy House Kenya empowers women and teenage mothers around the world through partnerships and sustainable fair trade product development. They also have apparel and home goods.

Paisley + Sparrow– Paisley + Sparrow is a marketplace that carries only high quality, beautiful products that employ  at-risk female artisans around the world and give them a way to provide for their families. During the 25 days of Christmas 10% of all sales help bring clean water and health & hygiene education to women and children in developing countries through The Her Initiative!

Parker Clay – Parker Clay sells handcrafted goods made in Ethiopia using premium material such as locally sourced leather and cotton.

Pura Vida Bracelets – Pure Vida Bracelets offers bracelets made by artisans in Costa Rica.

Purpose JewelryEmpowering survivors of modern day slavery through fashion, each piece of jewelry Purpose Jewelry makes has a tag that is hand-signed by the girl who created it.

Sak Saum – Located in Phnom Penh and the Saang District of Cambodia, Sak Saum is a ministry dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women and men.

Sari Bari – Sari Bari’s beautiful, handcrafted products made from upcycled Indian saris are made by women who have found freedom from Kolkata’s sex trade.

Sashka Co. – Sashka Co.’s glass bead bracelets are handcrafted by artisans in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal.

Soko – Soko is a brand that connects consumers to global makers of handcrafted jewelry from the developing world.

Starfish Project – Restoring hope to exploited women, Starfish Project is a socially conscious fair trade jewelry company.

SutiSana – SutiSana sells bags and purses made with the purpose of providing dignified employment and a new life for women attempting to leave prostitution in El Alto, Bolivia.

Taaluma TotesTaaluma Totes’ travel backpacks are made from fabrics from around the world. They are made in the US by adults with disabilities and each backpack purchased helps fund microloans in the country it is from. 

Ten Thousand VillagesTen Thousand Villages is a nonprofit, fair trade organization that sells handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 artisan groups in more than 35 countries. Check the site for a store in your area. 

The Giving Keys – The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness in Los Angeles to make key necklaces and other jewelry out of re-purposed keys.

The Shine Project – The Shine Project employs inner city youth to hand make their jewelry. This opens doors for them to both education and professional opportunities.

Trades of Hope – Trades of Hope empowers impoverished women around the world while creating entrepreneurial opportunities for American women by selling ethically produced fashion accessories and home goods. 

Tribe Alive – Offering beautiful jewelry and accessories, the mission of Tribe Alive is to build sustainable partnerships with marginalized women in developing countries by connecting them to the global marketplace.

UNCVRD Jewelry – UNCVRD sells handmade jewelry with 40% of each sale going directly towards the fight to end human trafficking.

UTZ Market– UTZ offers a global marketplace for handcrafted goods from artisans in Guatemala. Their beautiful products are for men and women, and they also offer shoes.

ViBella – ViBella offers fair trade, handmade jewelry by artisans in Haiti, Mexico and the USA.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS:

100% Pure – 100% Pure sells all natural beauty products made in the USA.

Bari Natural Dry Shampoo – A dry shampoo made with natural ingredients to keep your hair healthy, a percentage of every bottle of Bari Natural’s dry shampoo purchased goes towards supporting The Her Initiative!

Face of Dignity – Face of Dignity beauty products are made with only the highest-quality ingredients and are ethically sourced and manufactured. 100% of their profits go to prevent human trafficking and support the rescue, restoration and reintegration of survivors.

Frustrated Farmgirl – Frustrated Farmgirl sells handmade, organic, and fair trade soaps that suppo people in the margins in Kenya, Uganda and Palestine.

Shea Moisture – Shea Moisture has products that are natural, organic, and sustainably produced.

The Seaweed Bath Co. – The Seaweed Bath Co. provides natural bath, body and hair care products made with organic, sustainably-harvested seaweed.

Thistle Farms – Thistle Farms has bath and body products made with the finest ingredients by a community of women in Tennessee, who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

Rooted Beauty –  A high quality natural skincare line, each product from Rooted Beauty helps a woman escape from extreme poverty and trafficking through their Woman2Woman Project.

FOR THE KIDS:

Nena Kids – Nena Kids sells fairly made kids clothes from Nena and Co.

Nula Kids – Nula Kids offers size-adjustable and responsibly-made kids clothing in LA.

Primary – Primary sells ethically manufactured basics for kids.

Wildly Co. – At Wildy Co. they design and produce ethically made kids clothes, including all the staples your kids need.

HOME GOODS AND DECOR:

Amani ya Juu – A social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women, Amani ya Juu also has accessories.

BADALA – BADALA employs women in developing countries so they can rise above poverty, and they use the profits to help them start small businesses. They also offer accessories.

Coyuchi – Coyuchi is a source for sustainable home furnishings that respect our natural surroundings and enhance the lives of every one of their customers.

Dignify – Dignify sells premium quality, ethically made, fair trade kantha quilts, employing women who previously lived on the street, worked in the sex trade or lived in a vulnerable situation that put them at risk.

Dot Products – Dot Products makes office and school supplies that provide a half day of education for a child in Mexico, DRC and Tanzania for every product purchased.

Elephant Landing –  Elephant Landing sells handmade pillows, throws and scarfs made by women in India who are able to work from their homes and earn a fair wage.

Give Perf – Gift Perf is a curated shop of uniquely crafted and designed home good that help build homes for families in need around the world.

Humble Brush – Humble Brush makes biodegradable bamboo tooth brushes with BPA free bristles. For every toothbrush purchased, Humble Brush gives the same amount to their partner charities.

Ornaments4Orphans – Ornaments4Orphans exists to bless orphans by connecting their needs with our Christmas traditions. They sell beautiful, fair trade items handcrafted in impoverished communities, then use the proceeds to enrich the lives of orphans and vulnerable children.

Prosperity Candle – With unique designs, Prosperity Candle sells fair trade, soy blend candles that are handmade by women artisans, supporting women refugees and entrepreneurs around the world.

Sackcloth & Ashes – Sackcloth & Ashes is a company that sells high quality blankets. For every blanket you purchase, they give a blanket to your local homeless shelter.

Serrv – Serry has fair trade décor, kitchen items and more.

Sunny & Lo– Sunny & Lo makes soy candles that are designed and hand poured in the US. During the holiday season a percentage of each purchase will go toward their goal of providing 100 women and children with clean water through The Her Initiative!

Wayfaren– Wayfaren is an etsy shop that offers handmade, travel-inspired home goods, including maps and prints. 10% of all profits from Wayfaren go towards supporting The Her Initiative!

Yellow Leaf Hammocks – Yellow Leaf Hammocks sells hand-woven hammocks made by artisans in Thailand, who receive a fair wage and a flexible, sustainable and safe job.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this list and that it is helpful to you during this busy holiday season!  Let me know in the comments what you think, or if you have any questions!

 

 

Photo Credit: Tribe Alive