Why negotiating a ‘jobbymoon’ before you start your new job is actually a great idea
Why negotiating a ‘jobbymoon’ before you start your new job is actually a great idea

Erin Lindsay

Skin Proud is Glossier’s new 100% vegan and cruelty-free competitor
Skin Proud is Glossier’s new 100% vegan and cruelty-free competitor

Sarah Finnan

The dos and don’ts of supporting someone who might be suicidal
The dos and don’ts of supporting someone who might be suicidal

Erin Lindsay

‘You’re suddenly painfully aware of the fragility of all that is being asked of you as a mother’
‘You’re suddenly painfully aware of the fragility of all that is being asked of you...

Amanda Cassidy

What you need to know about Olivia Rodrigo and that plagiarism backlash
What you need to know about Olivia Rodrigo and that plagiarism backlash

Jennifer McShane

One of our readers’ favourite Irish homes from ‘IMAGE interiors’ is now on the market
One of our readers’ favourite Irish homes from ‘IMAGE interiors’ is now on the market

Lauren Heskin

Naomi Osaka has just launched her own skin care brand, specifically for people of colour
Naomi Osaka has just launched her own skin care brand, specifically for people of colour

Sarah Finnan

We love the warm tones and sculptural details of this Sandymount extension
We love the warm tones and sculptural details of this Sandymount extension

Megan Burns

Women’s education bursary set up in memory of the late Marian Finucane
Women’s education bursary set up in memory of the late Marian Finucane

Sarah Finnan

What to do when your career goes to plan but you’re still not happy
What to do when your career goes to plan but you’re still not happy

Colette Sexton

Image / Fashion

4 Ethical Fashion Brands To Check Out


by Jeanne Sutton
26th Apr 2015
blank

Two years ago this week the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh sent a wake-up call to the world. Over 1,100 people perished in the disaster, and international retailers came under intense scrutiny over how they source their clothes. While the media claimed outrage, many wonder just how much has changed in practice.

The Guardian says the fund for the families of Rana Plaza has seen a lot of major brands not paying pledged amounts. Campaigns such as Fashion Revolution are asking consumers to question clothes companies about how they source their labour across social media in a bid to effect change in how manufacturing is carried out.

While we wait for corporates catch up with the demands of people who only want workers to be treated fairly and humanely, we look at four ethical brands you can start supporting now.

Braintree calls itself ?feel good fashion? and it’s relaxed look is reflected in the materials it uses. Only sustainable fabrics are used, and we love our super soft bamboo socks. Check out their bamboo wellie socks for any festival hijinks you have plotted. This is Ireland, not Coachella.

Who Made Your Pants is a lingerie brand based in Southhampton in the UK and makes amazing sustainable knickers. The fabrics are from factory shipments bigger companies have sold on and the women who make the pants all come from backgrounds that have made finding employment difficult. What a great ethos! We love these smug panties.

People Tree products make us feel very Pacific Crest Trail. There’s just a sound vibe emanating from every collection. Which makes sense when you read about the company philosophy. People Tree is one of the pioneers of Fair Trade and is all about environmentally sustainable fashion. Forget about those carbon footprint dyes that are poisoning the planet, People Tree works with artisans throughout the developing world to deliver very chill, and very ethical items. We love this hand knitted jumper.

Stella McCartney is one of the biggest fashion names to embrace sustainability as an everlasting trend, with an eco-friendly collection available on her site. Her commitment to asking the fashion world to rethink how it does business has drawn her praise from Liva Firth, Colin Firth’s campaigning wife. Stella’s lingerie uses organic materials and recycled metal for all those sexy clasps.

Follow Jeanne Sutton on Twitter @jeannedesutun

LOVE this? Why not have IMAGE delivered directly to your door each month? Check out this month’s offer here.

Also Read

blank
FASHION, SHOPPING
Light, flowy trousers for in-between summer days

Not quite shorts weather but too warm for jeans? Enter these easy-breezy trouser styles.

By Megan Burns

blank
FASHION, BEAUTY, SHOPPING
From Chanel to Hailey Bieber, this candy hue is taking over

Bust a mauve.All things Nineties to Noughties have returned from bucket hats to Alexa Chung’s Mulberry bag and powdery lilac...

By Holly O'Neill

Luxury Fashion
premium FASHION
The case for luxury fashion

Over the past 20 years, fast fashion has turned many of us into Veruca Salts. Do you remember the spoiled...

By Marie Kelly

blank
FASHION
The Scandi womenswear brand that’s bringing the joy with their new collection

As Copenhagen Fashion Week gets underway, we sat down with Danish-born designer Nynne Kunde to chat about her new S/S...

By Sarah Finnan

blank
FASHION
10 of Meghan Markle’s all-time best royal looks

The Duchess of Sussex’s status as one of the world’s biggest influencers has been cemented by statistics from global fashion...

By Jennifer McShane

sport
FASHION, SHOPPING
Tennis chic: shop the trend reinventing sportswear

Sporty turns chic. ‘Sports-luxe’ and ‘athleisure‘ are two of the more contemporary buzz words you’ve probably heard of that have...

By Victoria G. L. Brunton

blank
premium FASHION
Instagram shopping hauls need a sustainability makeover

There’s an Instagram and TikTok trend that sees users unbox large hauls from high street retailers, showing off the glamorous...

By Emily Kielthy