My Sustainable & Ethical Clothing Wishlist

Sustainable Fashion Wishlist

Thanks to Stacey Dooley’s documentary, and ‘The True Cost’ on Netflix, there has recently been a huge increase in awareness around the fast fashion industry and the damage that it is causing to the planet. I have been aware of this for a while and it’s a huge relief that it’s finally getting the exposure that it deserves. You’ve *probably* heard me rant on about how much I love charity shops and this is just one of the reasons why!

Theres’ also a few sustainable/ethical clothing brands that provide gorgeous products and fortunately, the prices are becoming more and more affordable. I feel like theres’ a bit of a stereotype that the clothes are unfashionable and dull; but this is absolutely not the case. So, here are a few of my favourite eco-friendly clothing picks for you all. Admittedly, I’m more acquainted with charity shops than I am ethical brands and so this has been a fantastic opportunity for me to do some research too. I hope you like my finds; and please do feel free to share any stores that you use!

A lot of sustainable/ethical clothing stores are more expensive than traditional high-street shops; though this believe it or not should be the norm. To be able to buy a white t-shirt for £3 from Primark speaks volumes about where the products have been made, the stress that their staff have been under, the quality of the raw materials and so on. It really is worth paying more to know where the products are made, and how!

Please do let me know your favourite items in the comments box below!

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Chloe x

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  1. October 28, 2018 / 9:28 am

    I’ve had a limited wardrobe for three years now and I’ll never go back. There are days I still feel I own too much clothing. Sometimes I get irritated that people don’t realize their shopping habits are harmful and wasteful but then I think back to the type of person I was a few years ago; I had half a closet full of brand new clothes I hadn’t worn – they had been sitting in there for 2 years at least. And I was still buying new clothes. And I still said I don’t have anything to wear. I was asleep for so long and then I woke up. So I have to remind myself people release themselves from society when they’re ready to be released. If a netflix film is what’s going to do it, so be it. For me, I literally woke up one day and said this is stupid and I changed my life. Everyone releases and wakes at different stages.

    Olliviette – http://www.ollivietteblog

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 3:49 pm

      That’s so good to hear! I’m in the process of downsizing my wardrobe and I’m loving having the space, it’s so much easier to find things!

  2. October 28, 2018 / 9:44 am

    I haven’t seen these documentaries yet, but I have done some research. I definitely agree that if you can afford to shop eco friendly fashion – then you should.

    I’ve started visiting charity shops more, but they can be difficult sometimes. A few weeks ago I went to six charity shops, they didn’t have much in my size – and they had hardly any knitwear.

    Hopefully that will change as we get closer to winter, I need more jumpers!

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 11:49 am

      Ahh bless you Bex, why don’t you have a look on eBay/Depop for some second hand finds? I love charity shops but they are very hit and miss! Xx

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 11:49 am

      Thanks so much Ellie! I’m so glad you like it 🙂

  3. October 28, 2018 / 10:00 am

    I’m glad people are starting to become aware of fast fashion! There are some really cool things that you can find in charity shops! That Stella McCartney bag is gorgeous 😍

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 11:50 am

      Thanks so much Chloe! Omg yes there really are, I love charity shops! X

  4. October 28, 2018 / 10:01 am

    I love watching Stacey Dooley’s documentaries, they are always so interesting and you learn so much! I have actually watched the documentary on the fashion industry and the damage it is causing, and wow – I learnt so much. I was SO surprised with what was going on, because it doesn’t really get shown too much. The awareness is so important on this because as it showed in the documentary, when she was showing people the amount of water it would use to create the clothing they had purchased – people had no idea! I don’t buy too many clothes as it is, but it has made me more self-conscious about it. I love that jumper from Bibico – looks so warm and cosy, I feel the cold quite easily so it would be perfect for me!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 11:51 am

      Im 100% in the same boat, I had no idea before I watched the documentary and I’m shocked at how little awareness there is. The bibico jumper looks incredible, I gawk at it everytime! Xx

  5. October 28, 2018 / 10:11 am

    The Stacey Dooley documentary really hit home for me. I never realised how much my shopping habits were affecting the environment. I’ve started cutting back on what I buy and going for more wardrobe staples than pieces I will only wear once.
    I definitely think it’d be useful for me that changing wear I shop too and using more sustainable brands.
    Thank you for sharing this 🙂

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 10:22 am

      It’s really shocking isn’t it, especially when we try so hard to reduce our impact in other ways! I’m glad it has helped you, Hannah 🙂 xx

  6. October 28, 2018 / 10:12 am

    I studied sustainability and development, so fast fashion and its impacts on both the environment and people working in the industry has always been of interest to me.
    This has encouraged me to curate my wardrobe and cut right down and try out a capsule wardrobe.
    Investing in ethical quality over quantity is the way forward.

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 10:22 am

      I’d love to hear more about what you learned Polly – it sounds fascinating! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and I’m really happy that it has inspired you! xx

  7. October 28, 2018 / 10:15 am

    I haven’t seen either of these documentaries yet and I don’t know much about it but I’ve seen a lot of people talking about it so I definitely need to watch them! I love that you’ve included some pieces that you like, that dress from People Tree is really pretty!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 10:23 am

      So glad you liked the post Jess! I was so shocked at how pretty some items were! xx

  8. October 28, 2018 / 10:22 am

    This is a great wishlist – I hate fast fashion and try to shop as ethically as possible. I’m a minimalist so I don’t buy a lot of clothes anyway, which means I can afford better quality and more ethically sourced ones when I do.

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 10:23 am

      Ahh that’s fantastic news Nicola – I’d love to take a peek into your wardrobe! xx

  9. October 28, 2018 / 10:24 am

    I think it’s good that more awareness is being raised around sustainable and ethical clothing. The prices are gradually becoming more affordable … but I just hope over time they become even more affordable! ☺️

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 10:27 am

      Definitely! It’s a hard one to balance because the workers should be paid fairly and so on – and I’m happy to pay a bit more to know that! xx

  10. October 28, 2018 / 10:30 am

    Thanks for sharing this. It is such a big issue but glad that it is becoming more and more well known. Cheap almost never equals fair. I think that ethical fashion will only increase in popularity as awareness is raised and information becomes more available.

    As far as a favourite item, I am loving the Fable’s shirts at the moment. While a bit exxy, they are so worth it. Feel amazing to wear.

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 11:47 am

      Thanks Sammie, I’m so glad you agree! I’ll have to have a look at the shirts as I could do with getting one or two for work! Xx

  11. October 28, 2018 / 10:36 am

    Sometimes cheap products from primark is the only option for a lot of people but if you do have a bit more to spend on clothing then i think everyone should at least try to be more ethical!

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 11:54 am

      Id recommend having a look in charity shops/eBay! Sometimes it is unavoidable but I think it’s definitely always something to bear in mind 🙂 thanks Ellie xx

  12. October 28, 2018 / 10:39 am

    It’s so important that there is more awareness for sustainable clothing, I haven’t watched the documentary that Stacey did although I’ve heard so much about it. I’d be interested to learn more about it so I might have to give that a watch! It’s great that bloggers are talking about it though 🙂

    Chloe x
    http://www.chloechats.com

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 11:48 am

      Thanks so much Chloe! It really is so important, I’d definitely recommend giving the documentary a watch! 🙂 Xx

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 11:51 am

      Stunning isn’t it! Xx

  13. October 28, 2018 / 11:42 am

    Well, I wouldn’t mind getting myself a nice Stella McCartney’s handbag but… I think my bank account would rather I bought the 25 quid purse instead lol
    It’s really cute. Where can you find it?

    Kate | https://katedaysaweek.be

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 11:55 am

      Hahah same here, it’s gorgeous but will stay on the wishlist for a while. I just wanted to show that there’s still some nice luxury brands that are ethically sourced/made! The purse is from a brand called antiform! Xx

  14. October 28, 2018 / 12:11 pm

    I love Stacey Dooley! Love everything on your list, but I think my favorite is the Stella Mc Cartney bag😍

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 3:47 pm

      Mine too – thank you Roxanne! xx

  15. October 28, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    The nancy dee clothes look great. Not seen Stacey Dooley’s documentary but may need to take a look after this!

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 3:47 pm

      I hope you find it informative Jo! 😀 x

  16. October 28, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on this subject. I’ve been thinking more and more about it myself. We’re seeing more and more large grocery chains and stores like Target and Wal-Mart add organic produce, etc… it makes me wonder if big fast fashion stores like Zara and H&M would consider incorporating the same concept by adding in sustainable fashion options?

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      October 28, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      That’s so good to hear Eve!

      And I think that would be such a fantastic idea; I really think it’s needed to actually encourage people to make that change. But, I wonder whether it’ll actually happen!

  17. October 28, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    I love the look of that sweater, so cosy! I think it’s great that we’re talking more about fast fashion. It’s so hard to navigate the situation when everyone is trying to get the best trend pieces and splashing out on new clothes constantly. I like to invest in quality staples and pick up slightly cheaper trend pieces every now and again to spruce up my existing wardrobe x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      November 3, 2018 / 7:29 pm

      I know right, I love it! I think that’s such a good way of doing it. Thanks for your comment Sophie! xx

  18. October 28, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    I’ve read a few posts mentioning Stacey Dooley’s documentary on fast fashion and I’m really keen to give it a watch soon. This is a really important post and good to spread awareness of the issue. I really love your choices too Chloe, the jumper looks so cosy and the dress is really cute. Thanks for sharing <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      November 3, 2018 / 7:29 pm

      Thanks so much Bexa! xx

  19. October 28, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    It’s amazing that you’re pursuing sustainable clothing. It is important that we consume/use things that has a positive environmental impact. As time goes by, sustainable clothing wouldn’t be all that boring. It can definitely be stylish and most importantly, affordable.

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      November 3, 2018 / 7:29 pm

      Thank you so much Nancy, I’m so glad you agree! xx

  20. November 5, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    I really loved this post as I want to get into buying from ethical brands more and didn’t know where to start! It is a shame about the price of some of these but like you said, much more ethical! I LOVE the earrings x

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      November 10, 2018 / 5:27 pm

      Thank you so much Shar! The prices of some pieces are high but I’ve tried to put a variety in, and there are some affordable options out there which is great! xx

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