No matter where wanderlust is taking you next, you can look good while doing good.
Worried your upcoming trip might mess up your ethical shopping goals?
We know packing for a trip can be like a part-time job, especially when you're traveling light. No matter where you're going—an adventure in the mountains, a California beach getaway, a trip to Europe, or a staycation—we've got you covered with 11 of our favorite brands that won't interrupt your ethical fashion goals.
3 Ethical Fashion Must-Haves to Prepare for the Great Outdoors
There is just nothing like the great outdoors to clear your mind and give you some fresh perspective. For all our active travelers, here's your must-haves.
Our canvas traveler is the perfect companion on your next foray into the great outdoors. The canvas material is durable and easy to care for, is made in Ethiopia, and named for one of the heroic women we work with.
It’s no secret that Patagonia tops the list of brands making a difference. Their efforts to protect public lands and promote fair labor practices and safe working conditions make them a best-in-class example.
If you’re headed into the mountains, you need to make sure you’re properly outfitted. Smartwool revolutionized ski socks with their use of Merino wool as a performance fabric and have been creating top-of-the-line outdoor gear ever since. Most importantly, they’re committed to sustainability throughout their supply chain, from the wool itself to manufacturing practices and protecting the outdoors.
3 Ethical Brands to Shop Before Your Beach Trip
Aerie has been making waves with their inclusive and unretouched marketing campaigns. Their latest Role Model campaign features the most diverse group of women to date, including a paralympic athlete, blind YouTuber/motivational speaker, LGBTQ+ activist, and body-positivity activists, among others.
Not only are their products affordable, comfortable, and stylish, but their efforts to promote healthy body image and empower women in their supply chain in partnership with HERproject make Aerie one of our absolute favorites.
Not only are their dresses perfect for every occasion, with beautiful patterns perfect for a desert getaway, their pieces are handmade at a small, family run manufacturer in Bali that has been operating for more than 40 years and employs highly skilled artisans. You can see their employee benefits here.
You can’t head west without the perfect pair of sunnies. One of our favorite brands is DIFF, which has a 1-for-1 giving model. Since 2015, DIFF has donated over 1,000,000 pairs of reading glasses to individuals in need around the world.
4 Ethical Fashion Essentials for Your European Vacation
Who's planning some international travel this year? If you're on the move, then you've got to pack light and pack versatile, so here's our favorite European vacay staples.
AWAY’s carry-on is the perfect international companion, complete with ejectable battery that charges your phone. Their impact initiatives are also pretty impressive: reducing waste by building high-quality, lifetime guaranteed products and working with suppliers with waste-cutting processes. They also partner with Peace Direct, a nonprofit building peace in areas of conflict around the world.
One of our favorites, this denim jacket is the perfect combo of vintage tomboy and feminine, with a faded ripped wash that you can wear in any season and in any place. This is an essential in your wardrobe to layer in with any look.
Sneakers that can pass as a fashion accessory? YES PLEASE. These classic sneakers are our #1 favorite for international trips. You can wear them with athleisure on a long day of exploring a new city, or throw them on with a dress for a nice dinner out on the town.
Although they might not be the first brand you think of for “ethical fashion,” Adidas has made a large effort in the past few years, earning them a spot as the most transparent of the top 150 largest fashion companies, according to Fashion Revolution’s transparency index. And you can read about their social responsibility efforts here.
The first rule of international travel is never lose your passport. Our passport wallet will be your new best friend, with 4 slots for credit cards, money, and travel documents.
3 Ethical Brands to Complete Your Staycation Wardrobe
What better way to spend your time off than never leaving your house? Staycations are underrated and are arguably one of our favorite spring break destinations.
Naja is committed to empowering women and protecting the environment. They employ primarily single mothers and female heads of household, implementing policies geared toward empowering mothers. Through their Underwear for Hope program, Naja trains women coming out of hard circumstances. They also use digital printing which reduces water waste and use recycled materials in their products.
We love this short pajama set, but we love their sustainability efforts even more. Check out their RefScale scoring system that tells you the environmental impact of each garment. This pajama set accounts for 16.3 lbs. of carbon dioxide savings, 1131.3 gal. of water savings, and 1.5 lbs. of waste savings.
KOTN’s culotte sweatpants are perfect for a day of lounging in front of the fireplace or binge-watching Game of Thrones. You can even wear them out if you’re feeling adventurous enough to run errands or grab takeout.
The best news? KOTN works with Egyptian cotton farmers to help revive a struggling agriculture business. They are also working to stop the cycle of child labor by funding schools and partnering with pro-literacy organizations in the Nile Delta.