Fast Fashion is not kind to animals, their factory workers or the planet and this is not a secret.
We cannot buy a €2 shirt and believe the employees involved in the manufacturing process were paid fairly. However, spending €200 in an eco-friendly organic linen skirt made in a small business in Europe is not possible for everyone. It is obviously best to use what we already have, repair what can be repaired, swap clothes with friends and only buy what we need. In this post, I share with you online stores and apps to get clothes from the safety of your home & for all budgets.
While Vinted is not available in Ireland, we have Depop. There is something for everyone and for all budgets: a vintage designer necklace, second-hand Diesel jean's or unworn with tag Penneys shoes. All payments are made with PayPal and you can arrange a collection in town with the seller but it is advised to get the item sent with a tracking number as you will be covered by PayPal in case something goes wrong. I buy & sell on this platform and never had any issues with other members. Don't hesitate to contact sellers to ask questions or to get more pictures.
On a budget but love Stella McCartney brand? Vestiaire Collective is for you! Counterfeit products can be a plague online and you don't want to spend your savings into a beautiful bag to finally receive a knock off. When you sell or buy through this website, the item will go first to the company where they will assess if the product is genuine. Items are mainly pre-owned but you can select the condition of the product you are looking for: from never worn with tags to fair condition. It is also possible to select the sellers countries. I haven't bought anything yet but as a seller it is very convenient to have the shipping company going to your house or workplace to collect the item. If you plan to sell, keep in mind their commission is between 15% and 25%. It is however understandable as the shipping and authentication are included.
Minuit sur terre
This small business established in Bordeaux, France offers vegan shoes, bags and accessories made in Portugal. Their products are gorgeous and sustainability paramount. They recently announced on Instagram the launch of their first range of recycled jumpers!
For those with a lower budget, they also created a side website - Aurore sur terre - where they sell their pre-loved products (returns from customers or briefly worn during a photo shoot). I've recently bought a pair of black trainers, and they are gorgeous! They cost me €65, shipping included.
This Danish company is famous for their underwear products made with organic cotton or Tencel. Tencel is a sustainable fibre made out of sourced wood pulp from central European forests. They also make leggings, shirts, shorts, Yoga clothing for women and men. The products are ethically made in factories in Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Austria and Turkey. I bought a few years ago 2 bras: the Tencel lite bralette (€55) and the organic cotton triangle bra (€40). The design is minimalist and the items comfy. They recently added 2 more colours: dusty rose and ochre.
I am please to announce Organic Basics gave me a promo code to share with you! Use the code LEGUILOBC and get 15% off your order: Shop here*
Do You Green
Do you Green (DYG) is a French company offering pinewood underwear and clothing. The products are made in Tunisia but the fabric is from France. In 2018, I've ordered the lace bralette (€29), the most comfortable bralette (€29) and the below products which are not available anymore unfortunately.
Good on You
This app evaluates how fashion brands are ethical to people, animals and the planet. A great app when you discover a new (online) store or you want to make sure your favourite brand is eco-friendly. It is wise to check again brands are some companies are trying to improve their sustainability. They also know that offering ethical products is important for more consumers.
I hope this article will help you to buy sustainable clothes online. Keep in mind I've talked about websites I personally use and trust. Don't hesitate to suggest to me environmental friendly online brands!
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