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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Every garment is hand-signed by the woman who made it. Relaxed essentials & subtle patterns. $35-88
Refined, structured, and relaxed minimalism. Kotn produces fair trade Egyptian cotton pieces, and they’re my favourite conscious brand for core staples. $28-90
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.
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
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
For all the REAL essentials, like underwear, bralettes, leggings, you name it! Pact pieces are all made from organic cotton. $5-65
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!