Affordable Ethical Brands ($100 & under!)

Affordable Ethical Brands ($100 & under!)

Here’s the thing. Shopping ethical is expensive. We all know that being able to make that choice is a privilege.

There are a few points I want to always be honest about – because living on my own, working in a charitable industry – means I don’t always have the luxury of choosing a beautiful new ethical piece. Vintage has become a huge source of fun and utility for me, filling gaps I couldn’t afford to fill otherwise. And what I can’t fill there, I have worked to be able to fill with products from partnerships with lovely ethical brands that resonate with both my values and style.

If you’re like me, even a 10-15% discount isn’t enough when you’re on an extremely tight budget, and for those times when you need something new, thrifting won’t always do. That’s why I’ve compiled a little list of affordable ethical brands, to help ease the dent on the wallet and make the ethical sphere a little more accessible.

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1. Krochet Kids

Every garment is hand-signed by the woman who made it. Relaxed essentials & subtle patterns. $35-88

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2. Kotn

Refined, structured, and relaxed minimalism. Kotn produces fair trade Egyptian cotton pieces, and they’re my favourite conscious brand for core staples. $28-90

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3. Everlane

Everlane is a mix of a HUGE variety of garments, shoes, outerwear, underwear, you name it! Depending on what you’re in the market for, they can be a great affordable alternative to the higher pricing of similar brands who produce in smaller quantities. Their denim in particular is the best price I’ve seen of any conscious brand, at $68 USD. 

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4. ME to WE

The best place to find ethical gifts. ME to WE creates beautiful jewellery handmade in Kenya and Ecuador, as well as consciously-made apparel, accessories and other items that give back to the same communities of the artisans who make each piece. $5-100

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5. ME to WE + PacSun

ME to WE also collaborates with other brands after vetting their manufacturing processes of select collections in their line. For every purchase, a portion of the profits goes towards empowering communities to break the cycle of poverty worldwide. The PacSun collection ranges from $30-80

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6. Pact

For all the REAL essentials, like underwear, bralettes, leggings, you name it! Pact pieces are all made from organic cotton. $5-65

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Those are all the ones I have for now! I’ll aim to keep this post updated so you can continue to have a resource for more affordable ethical brands 🙂 While loungewear or casual style is easier to find, work-wear is a lot more pricey in the ethical space – so if you’re wondering what to save up for: work-wear and shoes are it.

Know any other affordable ethical brands? Pop them in the comments below, and I’ll add them to the post! 



9 thoughts on “Affordable Ethical Brands ($100 & under!)”

  • Great post – I started a journey towards zero waste last summer, and I have been exploring sustainable brands alongside shopping at the thrift store. I haven’t heard of a couple of these brands, so thank you for sharing!
    -Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? The Chic Cupcake

    • Oh I’m so glad it’s helpful!! They were such great brands for me when I first started – some of the first ones I discovered! Congrats on your zero waste journey!

  • Great list – what I find challenging is that most of them are American, so as a Canadian I’ll be paying duties/fees. There are some everlane pieces I’m wanting, but they duties just add up! Any recommendations for affordable Canadian brands that do work clothes?

    • I’m still on the hunt for those!! I find boutiques or local stores are the most effective way to find work clothes in Canada. I’ll stay aware to see if I can curate some!

  • Awesome post! Finding affordable and ethical is hard, but I feel like its getting easier and easier! I just got my Everlane Denim and absolutely love it! Have you heard of lnbfootprints? I thought they should be on the list and they have quite affordable work and casual wear and everything is made with high-fabrication bamboo, I can’t get enough of it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Oh thanks for the recommendation! Agree that it’s getting easier, and it’s so reassuring. Can’t wait until this becomes the business standard.

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