Where to Shop for Ethical Clothing This Black Friday

Ready to buy clothes for the holiday season? Check out this list of ethical, sustainable fashion brands that have pieces for you and the whole family.

You may be wondering what to get that special someone for the holidays. You could always go the clutterless route and give them a gift that’s an experience rather than a physical object. (Tickets to the aquarium, anyone?) But if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, why not make sure whatever you’re buying does more good than harm? 

We all love clothes. Well, better said — we all need clothes. And while there’s definitely a fashion over-consumption issue, sometimes we get into situations where we need to buy new threads. The holidays aren’t necessarily one of those occasions, but you may have a fashionista or two in your life who’s been craving an updated wardrobe. 

Here are some thoughtful, intentional, and conscious clothing buys you can gift and receive this holiday season. The quality will allow you and your friends and family to enjoy these purchases for years on end, all without hurting the planet.

ABLE

ABLE
ABLE

Did you know an estimated 2% of fashion workers receive a livable wage? Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, ABLE is an ethical brand all about “challenging the culture of the fashion industry by creating transformative opportunities for women.” You can feel good about your purchase knowing that ABLE aims to break the cycle of poverty by paying livable wages to its team, which is 95% women.

ABLE practices complete transparency and publishes wage earnings on its website. What started with only scarves grew into a brand that sells clothes, shoes, bags, and jewelry. Score a 25% off Black Friday deal when you use the code “GIFTFWD.” 

Girlfriend Collective 

Girlfriend Collective
Girlfriend Collective

This SA8000-certified brand from Seattle, Washington reuses post-consumer water bottles, fishing nets, and other waste to create its fabric. To date, Girlfriend Collective has recycled over 10 million water bottles and nearly 20 million gallons of water. Its designs include activewear, loungewear, and layering basics, with sizes ranging from XXS to 6XL.   

Have you stained, ruined, or just gotten tired of your old Girlfriend pieces? The collective will take back and recycle them into new designs, and you’ll receive a $15 shopping credit. Visit its website now for a 30% discount. 

Levi’s

Levi's
Levi’s

Levi’s is a classic denim brand everyone has heard of (and if you haven’t, where have you been?). Its been around for over a century, and everyone from well-known celebrities to country cowboys dons the brand’s jackets and jeans. But did you know about its sustainable efforts? Levi’s mantra is “Buy better. Wear longer.” It still provides the classic and modern styles we love and goes about a better way of doing it. 

Creating clothing meant for the long haul, Levi’s sources high-quality, durable fabrics. Since introducing its water program in 2011, Levi’s reduced its water use by 4.2 billion liters and reused and recycled 6 billion liters. Levi’s has an “Indigo Friday” sale. Look to it for 40% off, as well as free shipping and returns. For an added incentive, shop online for an extra 50% off sale items.

Tamga Designs

TAMGA Designs
Tamga Designs

It’s hard not to fall in love with the dreamy clothing from Tamga Designs. The brand strictly uses materials “made from traceable and sustainable botanic fibres.” Not only are its fabrics forest-friendly, biodegradable, and water-saving, but they’re beautiful to look at, too! 

Vibrant and colorful floral patterns are used to make lounge sets, two-piece sets, maxi skirts, kimonos, dresses, and more. You can also find jewelry like anklets, bracelets, and earrings. Can you imagine you and your friends looking like the models in its sun-kissed lookbooks?

Arlokea 

Arlokea
Arlokea

Arlokea is a black-owned ethical jewelry brand that values supporting others, committing to sustainability, and building strong communities. When Joelle Cowie, the company’s founder, found out she was a sickle cell disease carrier, her perspective on health changed, and she wanted to give back to her community. 

Arlokea partners with nonprofits to give back every quarter and focuses on health, education, and community efforts. It also practices full transparency about where its material comes from, who makes its jewelry, and how it’s made. Its most popular items include pearl drop earrings and stone bracelets, but it also sells brass, gold, and wedding-specific jewelry. 

Whimsy + Row 

Whimsy + Row
Whimsy + Row

Whimsy + Row, based in Los Angeles, California, reduces its carbon footprint by producing its products “a few miles” from its office. With this proximity, the executives can oversee the production process, meet their garment workers, and ensure their artisans work for a fair wage in a clean and safe environment. 

Whimsy + Row also creates its collections in small batches, forgoing the fast-fashion, mass-production model. The clothes have a lower chance of losing novelty and value and ending up in a landfill. Read more about its work. Celebrate “Green Friday” with up to 75% off clothing, bags, shoes, and accessories.

Happy Earth 

Happy Earth
Happy Earth

Happy Earth puts planet Earth first. With each item sold, customers can pay it forward by deciding whether proceeds go to tree planting, trash clean up, or the fight for climate change. Its best-sellers are cozy, comfortable clothing with a relaxed vibe. Think sweatshirts with mountain and stars imagery and sweatpants adorned with simple tree art. 

You’ll feel good donning the unisex clothing from this brand, knowing less water use goes into its organic cotton and reclaimed fibers. Happy Earth also uses vegan materials. Celebrate Green Friday with Happy Earth and get a 20% off with code “GIFTGREEN.” 

FARM Rio

FARM Rio
FARM Rio

Born in Brazil, FARM Rio is for those who love bright, tropical-inspired patterns and easy, breezy dresses. It does the one purchase = one tree planted initiative, which means each sale made through its website, its stores, and authorized retailers leans into new life. 

FARM Rio also has a partnership with the Yawanawa people in the Amazon. The local community creates clothes for and receives revenue from the brand, and FARM Rio donates to deforestation, internet installation, cultural festivals, education, and clothing. Visit its website for special Black Friday discounts. 

Pact 

PACT
Pact

Pact creates affordable, comfortable clothing, pajamas, and underwear for everyone in the family and materials for bed and bath. The brand is Global Organic Textile Standard certified, a worldwide textile processing standard for organic fibers. Be sure to check out its flannel collection, perfect for the fall season. 

Pact also partners with the Give Back Box program, which helps reduce the amount of unwanted clothing sent to landfills. You can send up to 70lbs of clothing – Pact-label or not – to one of five charities within the program for free. That’s right. You’ll get a pre-addressed shipping label at no charge. 

Soleta 

Soleta
Soleta

Based in Los Angeles, California, Soleta is an ethical brand that creates all its clothing in-studio and sells made-to-order, which means it forgoes sweatshop labor and embraces slow fashion by only going into production once someone orders an item. 

Can you imagine how much waste is curbed when clothing is made for a specific individual purchase rather than in excess? This all-around inclusive brand “celebrates humans in all their forms,” crafting clothing for every size, race, gender, and age. Sizes range from 0-30. 

Wolven 

Wolven Clothing Brand
Wolven

Wolven wants to “make sustainability sexy,” and we must say… it’s doing a great job at achieving this. Another brand that recycles water bottles, Wolven makes clothing using OEKO-TEX certified Recycled P.E.T. fabric (RPET). 

Wolven collects one pound of plastic for each customer purchase. Talk about owning your values and staying committed to keeping plastic out of oceans. 

Just please don’t buy all of the Noor Flare Pants before I get my hands on a pair. Although Wolven restocks popular items, once an item sells out, it probably won’t come back due to its small-batch process. 

LACAUSA

LACAUSA
LACAUSA

Located in LA, CA, USA, LACAUSA colors its delectable clothing with social and environmental causes. As it says, “Influenced by boundless landscapes, we bring you effortless California chic without sacrificing the hand that feeds us.” The brand absolutely delivers on the boundless aesthetic with dreamy maxi dresses, dainty charm necklaces, and more.

In addition to creating its clothing in LA, LACAUSA uses organic, recycled, and deadstock fabric and recyclable polybags and mailers. It also donates to causes like the Garment Worker Center, United Farm Workers, and LA Family Housing. To get even more ethical, LACAUSA sells secondhand fashion, specifically clothing sold by others in its community. 

Patagonia 

Patagonia backpack
Patagonia

As Patagonia says, “Giving isn’t about one fleeting moment: Giving is something that can last lifetimes.” With the company, you can learn how to repair your items, creating the opportunity to bring new life to your worn clothing. You can also give a gift that keeps giving by donating to grassroots organizations on someone else’s behalf, or share educational videos. 

And if you haven’t heard about it yet, Patagonia lets you return old clothing in exchange for store credit – a gift that lasts forever! Check out Worn Wear by Patagonia. 

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