Cork-soled clogs and pricey organic t-shirts might be the first things that spring to mind when you picture ethical fashion.
But over the last few years ethical fashion brands that are both desirable and affordable have sprung up on the high street and online, meaning shopping with a clear conscience can now be a reality.
So, whether you’re after statement jewellery, classic handbags or gorgeous day wear, we've picked the 10 best ethical fashion brands you need to know about.
Gather & See
A beautifully curated collection of ethical fashion brands from across the world, Gather&See is a treasure box of a website. Offering sustainable clothing, jewellery, bags, shoes and sunglasses, this is a one stop shop for unique and affordable ethical fashion.
Handmade with sustainable fabrics, each piece of lingerie and loungewear from Luva Huva is both beautiful and environmentally friendly. Founded six years ago, the band is a small two-woman business run in London that makes each item to order and is committed to a sustainable approach to fashion.
Luva Huva at etsy.com
Handmade by a community in Ghana, West Africa, Della is a fashion brand that offers a unique collection of items made from authentic textiles. The socially responsible brand helps provide education and skills training to its employees, including literacy classes and lessons on money management.
Hourglass Maxi Skirt, £59.65, from dellala.com
Matt & Nat
Matt & Nat, which stands for MAT(T)erial and NATURE, is a 100% vegan accessories brand offering gorgeous bags made exclusively from animal and environmentally friendly materials. Even the lining of the bags is made from recycled plastic bottles.
Peltola backpack, £115, from mattandnat.com
H&M Conscious collection
H&M have long been the forerunner of sustainable fashion from the high street. In 2013 the brand launched a campaign to ensure that every worker at their factories and supply chains earned a living wage, while its shops offer collection points for customers to recycle their unwanted clothing. Their H&M Conscious line, which launched in 2012, offers clothing made from conscious materials, such as organic leather, natural rubber and recycled wool. These jacquard-weave shorts are partly made from recycled polyester.
Jacquard-weave shorts, £19.99, from hm.com
The pioneers of fair trade jewellery, Cred were the first boutique to exclusively sell ethical jewellery and the first European retailer to sell independently certified fair trade gold. They offer jewellery made with fair trade gold and silver or 100% recycled platinum and all of their diamonds and precious gems and stones are ethically sourced. They also offer a bespoke service.
Twisted Hex Stacking Bangle, £40, from credjewellery.com
Created in a sustainable sewing factory in downtown Los Angeles, Reformation is one of the coolest ethical fashion brands on the block. As well as recycling vintage fashion finds and sourcing eco-friendly fabrics for their clothes, the brand has incorporated little touches, such as recycled hangers and a heat-reflecting roof, into their store.
Sandy Dress, made from Tencel (a biodegradeable, renewable, sustainably harvested wood pulp), £79.71 from thereformation.com
Following a 2 year search to find an English factory that could produce fashionable, non-leather shoes, Beyond Skin was born in 2003. Worn by celebrities including Natalie Portman, the vegan shoes are made from cruelty-free, eco-friendly fabrics, sourced as close to their manufacturing base as possible to reduce their carbon footprint.
Albi brogues, available for pre-order for June delivery, £135 from beyondskin.co.uk
Founded by sisters Seraphina and Tamsin Davis back in 2008, Nancy Dee is a British label with a serious focus on responsible fashion. Their clothes are made in small British factories while their packaging and labelling is sourced from local businesses. In addition, most of the fabrics they use are created from renewable sources such as organic cotton, soya and bamboo, making their clothes both sustainable and unique.
Cece Jumper Dress, £82, from nancydee.co.uk
Sustainability sits at the heart of Made's ethos. The brand uses reclaimed brass extensively in their designs to support the local economy around their workshop in Kenya and buys as many materials as possible from small businesses in the area. They also try to use recycled materials where ever possible to support the environment.
Keepsake earring, £30, from made.uk.com