The 29 Best Online Stores for Sustainable & Ethical Fashion
- by Alden Wicker
- Nov 1, 2021
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Image: ARIELLE via ourCommonplace
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There is now an incredible amount of amazing eco-friendly brands out there, but that also means it can be difficult to sift through them all to find what you’re looking for. (It’s a good problem to have!) That’s why we love consciously curated stores and boutiques who have already done the sifting for us. With the rise of sustainable and ethical fashion, now online eco fashion stores even have personalities and individual style. Amazing, right?
So, here are some of our favorite online boutiques and stores carrying sustainable, ethically made, and fashionable apparel, accessories, home goods, and more.
(P.S., If you’re looking specifically for secondhand or vintage shops, check out this post.)
Fox Holt curates luxury pieces from designers who prioritize slow fashion, ethical production, sustainability, and accessibility. The brands chosen for their platform are conscious about having a minimal environmental impact at every step of the production cycle, from sourcing and manufacturing to marketing and distribution. They also make it really easy to shop the way you want: You can either sort by your ethical priorities (artisan-made, vegan, eco-friendly, made in the US, etc.), by designer, or by occasion (work, leisure, vacation, formal events, etc).
Shop: Women’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, handbags, home goods
Price range: $25 – $7,000
Urbankissed is a carefully curated online destination to shop for conscious fashion favorites and innovative upcoming brands. It stocks 100+ conscious brands that are shipped by its creators directly to your home, with no extra stop. This way, it creates the least waste and CO2 emissions. It also avoids a warehouse full of unsold goods and offers you the latest collections from a large selection of curated and mindful brands.
Shop: Gifts, women’s apparel, handbags, swimwear, shoes, accessories, jewelry, beauty & wellness, home goods, menswear
Price range: $15 – $1500
Kaight is a NY-based curated boutique specializing in sustainable and ethical fashion. All items have one or more of the following criteria: locally produced, zero or low waste, made from organic or reclaimed materials, or fair trade. Kaight celebrates the slow fashion movement and aims to help consumers cultivate a more thoughtful wardrobe.
Shop: Clothing, accessories, jewelry, skincare, home goods
Price range: $15 to $250
Founded by first-generation Taiwanese American, Sunny Wu, ourCommonplace brings together conscious companies into a beautifully curated online shop with the goal of helping to move us toward accomplishing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The shop holds six core standards (women-owned, sustainable, toxic-free, ethical, local, and cruelty-free), and every brand and product they carry fits a bare minimum of two of those standards. You can even sort and shop according to the value(s) that mean the most to you. Plus, all shipping and returns are 100% carbon neutral at no extra cost to the customer.
Shop: Gifts, women’s apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty & wellness, and home goods
Price range: $15 – $1500
Toad&Co makes apparel out of eco-conscious fabrics like organic cotton, TENCEL, hemp, recycled fibers and more. Its products carry a host of different third-party certifications such as bluesign and OEKO-TEX. Not only that, but you can actually send back your clothing when you’re done with it and Toad&Co will either clean, repair and resell it as a part of its partnership with The Renewal Workshop to give Toad clothing a second life. Even its packaging is reusable—the brand has partnered with limeloop to use a reusable shipper that can be returned to them after you’ve received your goods. Plus, all of its orders are processed, packaged, and shipped by the Planet Access Company warehouse, which is an organization the brand co-founded to give employment and training opportunities to adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Toad&Co is not stopping there: it has some great goals for the next decade, like transitioning to 100% recycled synthetics by 2025 and 100% certified Responsible Wool Standard by 2024.
Shop: Women’s & men’s apparel, accessories
Price range: $17.99 – $200
Beunica is an e-commerce platform that supports small independent brands and artisans that have sustainable business practices and ethical standards. It sells contemporary lifestyle products including luxury fashion, homeware and natural beauty products. Each piece is carefully selected to bring its customers one-of-a-kind products with a focus on craftsmanship, quality, and sustainability. The collections are locally made by artisan collectives or in small production runs in the designers’ studios.
Shop: Women’s apparel, shoes, homeware and beauty
Price range: $14 – $1,829
MODE Revolution curates vibrant pieces from ethical and sustainable labels around the world that have a positive impact on their local communities. These brands use eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, linen, and various recycled materials, while also prioritizing safe and fair treatment to their workers. Throughout their processes, they seek to reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever possible.
Shop: Women’s & men’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, swimwear, handbags
Price range: $25 – $800
Itemerie is an online store that sells a curation of eco-conscious replacements for everyday items that would look beautiful in your kitchen, closet, or makeup bag. The icons next to each item tell you whether it’s handmade, zero waste, vegan, plant-based, made in the USA, and more. You can also sort products according to these categories as well, so you can shop according to what means the most to you.
Shop: Home, beauty, fashion cleaning
Price range: $20 – $150
At Accompany, every purchase has a purpose. The team at Accompany scours the globe for the coolest, most beautiful and one-of-a-kind finds that celebrate a variety of cultures. With the foremost mission of sustainably helping human beings, all merchandise carried by Accompany is either artisan-made, fair trade, and/or supports humanitarian or philanthropic causes.
Shop: Women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry, and home goods
Price range: $25 – $500
If you’re looking for ethically made lingerie, activewear, or sleepwear, Azura Bay is your place to go. Ashley at Azura Bay consciously curates the best luxurious and socially conscious lingerie and loungewear brands in a way that fosters women’s love for their bodies and encourages them to feel confident and beautiful. Plus, each purchase gives back to organizations that support environmental initiatives and gender equality.
Shop: Women’s lingerie, activewear, and loungewear
Price range: $15 – $200
The Bhoomki brand is built on the value of handmade textiles, the preservation of craft, and the assurance of fair compensation for handworkers. The team works regularly with India-based block printers, embroidery artists, and handloom weavers. It uses sustainable materials like organic cotton, linen, peace silk, recycled fabrics, and toxin-free dyes whenever possible.
Shop: Women’s apparel, accessories, and jewelry
Price range: $18 – $200
Shopping used is one of the most sustainable ways to go. And Urban Renewal is Urban Outfitter’s beautifully curated collection of vintage pieces that have often been upcycled and redesigned to make them more modern.
Shop: Women’s vintage apparel and accessories
Price range: $10 – $50
ANTIDOTE is founded on the idea that fashion and sustainability can go hand in hand. The curated, Miami-based boutique carries only gorgeous, ethical brands that have a story to tell, whether it’s about a craft person’s dedication or a designer’s commitment. You can shop by brand or by ethical quality, be it artisanal, recycled, vegan, or sustainable.
Shop: Apparel, accessories, home goods, and jewelry
Price range: $15 to $1,500
With over 300 brands included and more being added all the time, Done Good is on a mission to become “the ethical Amazon.” They have a huge selection of apparel, accessories, home goods, beauty, travel, and more—all from brands doing good. Plus, they’ve got a browser extension that makes shopping ethically online even easier.
Shop: Clothing for men, women, and kids, accessories, bags, jewelry, shoes, home goods
Price range: $12 – $275
Certified B Corp company GOODEE is a curated marketplace offering apparel, homeware and accessories. Founders Byron and Dexter Peart are on a mission to reduce poverty, help marginalized communities and advocate for gender equality by supporting traditional artisans and small brands around the world.
Price range: $49 – $199
Made Trade is a curated online shop with a wide selection of products that are eco-conscious, fair trade, vegan, and/or made in the USA. On each product page, you can find out a lot about the brand’s values and ethical practices, materials used, etc., so you can be an informed consumer (without spending a bunch of time researching). Read more about why we love Made Trade here!
Shop: Men and women’s clothing (including plus size), lingerie, swimwear, jewelry, shoes, accessories, and home goods
Price range: $40 – $500
Wolf & Badger
B-corp certified, Wolf & Badger is a UK-based online marketplace selling items across womenswear, menswear, beauty, grooming, homeware, jewelry, and accessories. In April of 2020, Wolf & Badger updated its mission dedicated to promoting sustainability.
Price range: $9 – $32,000
Ocelot Market was founded in 2018 and initially worked with three artisan workshops in Thailand, Morocco and Turkey. Now, the online retailer sells apparel, accessories and shoes from over 100 artisan workshops. The goal of Ocelot Market is to help connect small, handicraft-based communities with conscious consumers around the world.
The Folklore is a New York City-based multi-brand online concept store and wholesale showroom that allows U.S. based and international customers to easily shop exclusive styles from Africa and the diaspora’s top luxury and emerging fashion brands like Andrea Iyamah, MaXhosa, Loza Maléombho, Orange Culture, Simon and Mary, and Pichulik. Exclusivity and sustainability is key for The Folklore, so each season it carries a limited stock of each luxury item. Most of the fashion, accessories, and homewares available were handmade by local artisans based in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco, and Cote D’Ivoire. To be clear, not all of the 30 brands currently carried by The Folklore are founded by Black people, but even if you end up choosing something from the six white-owned brands, buying through The Folklore is still a great way to support a Black-owned business, as well as dip into the best of what the continent has to offer.
Shop: Women’s and men’s apparel, accessories, home goods
Price range: $25 – $800
Founded by Farai Simoyi of Netflix’s “Next In Fashion,” The Narativ curates sustainable, ethical artisan brands from around the world with the goal of sharing their narratives and promoting traditional craftsmanship.
Shop: Clothing, bags, jewelry
Price range: $20 – $380
YOOXYGEN is the arm of YOOX that is dedicated to responsible fashion. The brands carried on YOOXYGEN are consciously curated based on their transparency, whether they use eco-friendly or recycled materials, and/or whether they support human rights issues.
Shop: Women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, lingerie, and jewelry
Price range: $25 – $2,000
REI is best known for their outdoor apparel and gear, although they do carry a good amount of office-appropriate and everyday apparel and accessories as well. Every brand that REI carries meets a minimum standard of ethical and sustainable operation. Although not every single item is made out of recycled and/or natural materials, many of them meet some sort of eco and/or ethical standard and are made by companies who are committed to progress. Or, you can shop from their Used Gear section, which is perhaps the most sustainable (and affordable!) option. For more about REI’s sustainability initiatives in depth, read this.
Shop: Clothing for women & men, accessories, shoes, underwear, gear
Price range: $20 – $350
Kool & Konscious
Based in the UK, Kool & Konscious is a curated marketplace carrying apparel and accessories for men and women. They make it really easy to shop by material (cotton, linen, TENCEL, leather, etc.), by value (deadstock, recycled, fair trade, etc.), by activity (work, athleisure, lounging, etc.), or by brand — so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Part of their goal is to make circularity the norm, so they’ve partnered with Thrift+ to give all Kool & Konscious items a second life after you’re finished with them. The company is on the way to becoming carbon neutral, and even created their own Impakt Score methodology to increase transparency as they progress toward their goals.
Shop: Clothing for men & women, accessories, jewelry, bags
Price range: $15 – $2000
Housework is a retail project founded on the idea of a holistic household—a living space in which all aspects of all objects are given careful consideration, from how and by whom they were made to their functionality and end of life. Even though home goods is the primary focus, they have a collection of carefully curated clothing as well. They pay close attention to material detail when it comes to sourcing the products they carry, but it’s not just about material purity and production ethics. Functionality and aesthetics are equally as important in the curation process, proving you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.
Shop: Clothing for men and women, accessories, home goods, books
Price range: $45 – $465
Based in Los Angeles, the GALERIE.LA team curates their collection from the most intriguing emerging designers who use sustainable production methods to reduce their environmental footprint while taking the ethical business practices necessary to benefit people and communities.
Shop: Women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, and swimwear
Price range: $30 – $600
Reve En Vert
Reve En Vert carefully curates from designers who are committed to four tenants: organic, re-made, local, and fair. They believe we don’t have to sacrifice style for environmental, social, and economic responsibility.
Shop: Women’s clothing, home goods, beauty and skincare, and accessories
Price range: $100 – $500
Maison de Mode
Maison de Mode is a hybrid luxury ethical fashion retailer fusing concept brick and mortar experiences alongside a seamless and luxurious online boutique, specializing in unique ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, accessories and home goods. The product icons indicating recycled, organic, made in the USA, artisan-made, etc. allow you to easily shop according to your values.
Shop: Women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry, and home goods
Price range: $50 – $1,000
Hazel & Rose
Hazel & Rose curates pieces that are first and foremost, well made and meant to last. They also prioritize sustainable, eco-friendly materials and ethically made clothing and accessories whose makers are being paid a fair wage. You can shop Hazel & Rose both online and at their shop in Minneapolis, MN.
Shop: Clothing (including vintage and plus size), lingerie, swimwear, shoes, accessories, and skincare
Price range: $20 – $300
Most consumer goods are low quality and meant to break, which leads to a lot of wasted resources and more trash in our landfills. BuyMeOnce is a marketplace where you can find the highest quality goods in just about every category. To decide which products are sold on BuyMeOnce, they look at the materials and craftsmanship used to make the product, customer reviews that confirm the item’s durability, whether or not the product was made as ethically and sustainably as possible, the maintenance support offered, and timeless design.
Shop: Women’s, men’s, and kids’ clothing, accessories, home goods, pet supplies, electronics, travel and sporting goods, beauty and skincare
Price range: $20 – $500