ethical shopping guide

Ethical Shopping Guide

It’s hard to wade through the myriad websites and stores online, and even harder to know whether their products are something you could support with a clean conscience. So? We’ve done some of the work for you.

ethical shopping guide

Below are lists of resources, brands, shops, and products we can recommend based on information we can gather.* Our criteria involves human and earth protection: positive efforts in environmental stewardship, no forced labor in the making of products, and ethical treatment of employees.

We’ve also included some links to Amazon if the brand is available there. I know it’s not a perfect store, but I also understand that it’s not always possible to shop locally (the ideal situation) with every brand you want to support.

Know of a brand that needs adding? Let us know and we’ll take a look. (But please be patient as we update this guide.)




Clothing & Shoes


Food & Drink

For perishables like produce and meat, and for non-perishables as well, first try to buy locally. Check out Local Harvest for resources near you. And if you’re curious, I’ve written about both the coffee and chocolate industries.


Furniture & Home Goods


Health & Beauty Products

Check out the Skin Deep Database for updates.





*We’ve done our best to narrow down this list to those companies that seem ethically above reproach, but please give us grace if you feel like a listed company deserves reconsideration. And please let us know why. Thanks.

For more info and brand updates, check out Free 2 Work.

Almost, not quite…

Following are brands that we can’t fully endorse as an ethical option, but they almost are for a variety of reasons. Some might have recent issues with the treatment of their employees, or maybe they’re currently dealing with one of their factories in Bangladesh. If they can straighten out their current issues, we would love to include them in our Guide in the future. Consider these brands as an option before shopping somewhere known for its atrocities—but first prefer the ethical options listed above.

  • Banana Republic
  • Gap
  • H&M
  • Ikea
  • Old Navy
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Zara
  • Zara Home

And finally….

If you’d like a more visual (and comical) explanation of fast fashion, and why it has to stop—starting with us, here’s a clip from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (language warning):

A few affiliate links are used.