U.S. Ethical Shopping Guide

Too Cheap Fashion

Unfortunately, too many of the clothes we buy in the U.S. come from sweatshops, where employees work long hours for little pay in often unsafe conditions.  News items in recent years like the 2012 Bangladesh Garment Factory Fire in Dhaka and the 2013 Rana Plaza Garment Factory Collapse have served to bring these conditions to the attention of the world.  Click here to find sweatshop-free clothing that is changing lives.  Follow the story and news links below to learn more about the dark side of the fashion industry, but make sure to also follow the links to the ethical fashion guides which will help you shop to make a difference!

THE STORY BEHIND FASHION:

Consumers for Christ:

Reacting to the Best Kept Secret in the West

World Vision Canada:

"Who Are You Wearing?"

 

​Madison Welch:

Message from a Teenage World Changer

 

Mint Press News:

"Uzbekistan Still Using Child Slaves to Pick Cotton"

 

CTV News:

"Bangladeshi Workers Protest Deadly Factory Conditions"​

 

Watch: BBC News:

"Dhaka Building Collapse: Women Pulled Alive from the Rubble"

 

​FiveThirtyEight:

"Where the U.S. Gets Its Clothing: One Year After the Bangladesh Factory Collapse"

 

The Guardian Interactive Journey:

"The Shirt on your Back: The Human Cost of the Bangladeshi Garment Industry"

 

NY Times:

"Retailers Like H&M and Walmart Fall Short of Pledges to Overseas Workers"

 

Fast Company:

"Slave Labor Camps are Supplying American Fashion Brands"

Quartz: 

“H&M, Gap, and Walmart are accused of widespread worker abuse"

 

International Labor Rights Forum

 

Fashion Revolution

 

DW: "Cambodia's Garment Workers Facing New Problems as Wages Rise"

 

​The Wall Street Journal:

"Garment Brands Support Workers' Push for Higher Wages"

 

Watch:

"The 2-Euro T-Shirt: A Social Experiment"

 

BOOK: Where am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories and People Who Make Our Clothes by Kelsey Timmerman

Kind Consumer Challenge with Julie Godshall:

Ethical Fashion

 

BOOK: Triangle: The Fire That Changed America ​by David Von Drehle (Note the similarities between this event and the 2012 Factory Fire in Dhaka.)

 

Clean Clothes Campaign

Watch: "The True Cost" Documentary

ETHICAL FASHION SHOPPING GUIDES:

 

Change the World by How You Shop:

Ethical Fashion Guide

 

Change the World by How You Shop's

Pinterest Board of Ethical Shopping Guides

(Well over 200 links!)

Still Being Molly:

Ethical Brand Directory

Mercy House Global:

Ethical Shopping Guide


The Root Collective:

"The Ethical List E-book"

 

The Honest Consumer:

"50 Ethical Clothing Brands"

The Art of Simple:

"Ethical Shopping Guide"

My Educated Style's Free Guide:

"5 Simple Steps Toward An Ethical Wardrobe"

Eco-Stylist:

Free Digital Online Personal Stylist for finding Men's Clothing. (Just click the picture in the bottom right corner and type what you are looking for!)

Unexpected's 

"Clothing and Shoes for the Whole Family" 

 

Busy Mommy:

150+ Social Good Companies

 

 Root Collective Pinterest Boards

(Loads of ethical shopping pins by category!)

 

Allie Frownie:

"Ultimate List of Sustainable Clothing Brands"

 

Love Justly:

Discounted Ethical Fashion

 

Make It Ethical:

160 Ethical Fashion Brands

 

Sara Laughed:

"Plus-Size Ethical Fashion: The Ultimate Guide"


Still Being Molly:

17 of the Best Options for Plus Sized Ethical Fashion


 Simply Liv & Co.:

Ethical Shopping: The List

(Over 175 brands!)​

 

Bien Faire:

Ethical Clothing and Shoes Brand List

 

​Amani Ya Juu's

Pinterest Boards on Fair Trade

 

Global Steward's

Directory of Online Fair Trade Shops

 

Fair for All Guide:

Resources - Ethical Lifestyle Blogs and Shopping Guides

Baptist World Aid's 

2019 Ethical Fashion Guide: 

Ratings on Major Apparel Brands​

 

Fashion Revolution: 

Fashion Transparency Index 2018:

Ratings on 150 Brands

 

​Conscious Closet:

Beginners Guide to Ethical Fashion

What are you looking for?

Accessories

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Aprons

Art

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Baby

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Bags

Baking

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Beach

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Easter

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Elephants

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Fourth of July

Frames

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Gift Guide

Gifts $30 & Less

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Summer

Sweaters

Swimwear

Tablecloths

Table Runners

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Tablet Stands

Tea

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Teenagers

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Thanksgiving

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