buy less, choose well, make it last. quality, not quantity, everybody’s buying far too many clothes. —Vivienne Westwood
If we would like to have a more ethical wardrobe and if we also care a lot about the environment then the first thing to do is to avoid fast fashion. But sometimes we get stuck in old habits, like free shipping worldwide or convenient sales, and we have no idea from where to buy our clothing, shoes, accessories and beauty products. ASOS is my favorite site because it has so many products, it’s basically imposibile not to find something that you like. But if you want to shop ethically, then you don’t need to break up with ASOS. Although the site offers hundreds of fashion brands, they also have an eco-friendly edit of sustainable clothing, vegan accessories, eco-friendly leather shoes and organic beauty supplies.
If you’re struggling with buying and finding ethical stores, here are a few brands that you can shop from ASOS.
- Melie Bianco
This brand makes luxury bags from vegan leather. Real leather is the most important by-product of the meat industry. To remain animal-friendly, Melie Bianco uses a material called PU (polyurethane), which is crafted using natural materials to have a look and feel of the real leather without the harmful side effects of cheap plastic materials like PVC.
- Matt & Nat
MATT & NAT stands for MAT(T)ERIAL + NATURE. M&N is a vegan brand therefore there are no animal products used in production. The linings inside all MATT & NAT bags are made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles. At Matt & Nat, they live by a simple motto, “Live beautifully”. Living beautifully means appreciating the humanity, creativity and positivity found in all of us. Their values include social responsibility, excellence, inclusiveness, integrity, learning, authenticity and, of course, love. They are inspired by the textures and hues of nature and, to better protect it, they aim to constantly better their ways.
- Nude by Nature
Since 2008, Nude by Nature has been dedicated to providing make-up that not only gives a beautiful, flawless look – but is also good for you. An array of formulations have been created in different finishes and shades that provide an uncompromised finish, without the toxins. Formulas are carefully developed to include powerful native Australian ingredients, while specifically omitting synthetic ones.
- Sister & Co
This is a unique collection of truly natural skin and body care products made with the finest skin super-foods from around the world – they use an array of organic cold-pressed plant oils, raw nut butters and milks, sugars, salts, clays, waxes and pure essential oils. They don’t use any chemical preservatives or fillers, synthetic fragrances or toxins of any kind in any quantity in our formulations to artificially alter the texture, smell or color of their products.
- People Tree
When you wear People Tree, you look good and feel good knowing your unique garment was made with respect for people and the planet. People Tree is recognised by customers and the fashion industry as a pioneer in ethical and environmentally sustainable fashion. For over 25 years, People Tree has partnered with Fair Trade producers, garment workers, artisans and farmers in the developing world to produce ethical and eco fashion collections. Fair Trade is about creating a new way of doing business; creating access to markets and opportunities for people who live in the developing world.
From their 100% organic cotton denim range, their goal is to only use recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030 and their global in-store recycling programme: Monki Cares is about being kind to the world and empowering the people in it. Good news – you can recycle old clothes and home textiles in all of Monki stores! No matter the brand, no matter the condition. They just want your old stuff.