|02-05-2008, 10:17 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2007
Cruelty-free / Green clothing recommendations
Does anyone have recommendations for online retailers or cruelty-free / green clothing? I'm looking for high-quality men's dress / dress-casual clothing, no hippie sandals or tie-dyed burlap sacks
To define my priorities I'm looking for products developed in union shops or at least in North America or the UK where there's a reasonable minimum wage. No animal products, although I will accept reclaimed leather if need be. And a relatively clean environmental footprint (so petroleum based "pleathers" are out). I'm ordering from Canada so local is nice, but not essential.
The caveat is that if I have to sacrifice comfort and quality then I'm just going to go back to normal retailers. I'm willing to pay slightly more for the "touchy-feely" green stuff but a premium for quality.
Lastly, if I'm ordering online I'd like them to be reasonably professional about it. Someone that's been around and is trustworthy, I'd hope.
|02-06-2008, 10:49 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
I use Co-op America: Economic Action for a Just Planet to figure out where to buy anything green. They send you a lovely manual for 'green shopping' divided by topics and items and businesses.
If you do not find tasteful, non-hippy clothing, you can at least find fabrics and have a tailor create what you want.
Good luck with the "made in a non-third-world-country" ideal. Not sure that is possible anymore. Bespoke clothing is more likely available in the UK.
Also, good luck with paying "slightly more." You will be paying exponentially more. Though people are tuning in to the green movement yet prices don't seem to be dropping.
An alternative you may not have considered but is even MORE green than the criteria you have set is to buy used/consignment clothing. Recyling. Then, ZERO new resources need to be wasted to clothe you. And you are more likely to find the stylish rags you seek.
|02-06-2008, 11:17 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2008
You may want to look at Tilley Endurables or LLBean...both very environmentally conscious and supportive companies. I think the clothing line is natural and they certainly are expensive.
There are also various hemp stores...locate a regional one and they can probably tell you where natural clothing can be purchased. This may be a good route for you - won't be hippie clothing.
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