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Below are a list of companies/brands that use ethical practices in the manufacture of their products. If you know of any others, let me know and I’ll add them to the list.

Clothing & Accessories: 

Denim

Kids Clothing & Accessories

Outdoor clothing and accessories

Shoes

Underwear, Swimwear & Sleepwear

Cosmetics & Skincare

Gifts & Homewares

Smartphone

Coffee & Chocolate

Browse Shop Ethical’s Guide and download their app to access ratings for most of the brands available.

Ethical Toys

Trying to determine ethically made toys isn’t easy. Unlike the fashion industry, not much has been done yet to explore the manufacturing practices involved in producing some of our most popular toy brands. Below is a list of toy brands that I’ve separated into ‘The Good’, ‘The Ok’ and ‘The Bad’. In 2017, I’ll be exploring the issue of toys and how they are produced in more detail.

The Good Toys (A or A+ rating)

The OK Toys (B rating)

Sources: An Investigation into Four Toy Sweatshops 2016, Sweatshop Toy List 2016, Green America Campaign 2012, Shop Ethical Toys 2016

You’ll notice that many things on the lists above are expensive compared to stuff made in unethical conditions. If you can’t afford to buy ethical, there’s a whole range of handmade products available at great sites like Etsy and Made It that are usually cheaper. Most cities also have specialty vintage or re-fashioned shops that are a great option. And don’t forget good old Op Shopping. Buying second hand does not put any extra money into the hands of the producer – whether it’s sweatshop made or not, and you have the added benefit of supporting a charity. 

Sources: Sweatshop Free Shopping Guide, 12 Ethical Sweatshop Free Brands that you’ll want to wear, 35 Fair Trade and Ethical Clothing Brands,  A Guide to Buying Sustainable, Fair-Trade and Cruelty Free Clothing, Shop Ethical, Good on You Guide

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