Eco-friendly places to buy everything from clothing to candles

   


Urban Outfitters is a multinational corporation that sells everything from clothing to makeup to home goods to electronics.

What they don’t tend to have on offer is an abundance of thoughtfully made, ethically created essentials made by brands with a mission.

If the latter is more the kind of place you’d prefer to shop, I’m with you.

That’s why I’ve put together this handy dandy little list of alternative shops where you can get (almost) everything you’d find at Urban Outfitters.

Of course, when you shop with the brands on this list, you’re giving your money to big-hearted businesses that are working to make the world a better place.

Talk about spending your money wisely!


For your body

The first thing I tend to think of when I think of Urban Outfitters is their clothing. Probably a common thought, given the name of the store.

Luckily for ethical shoppers everywhere, there are a ton of great sustainable clothing brands out there that are trying to reduce the immense environmental impact of the clothing industry. Some of those great clothing brands include:



 
Elegantees

WOMEN'S CLOTHES • MEN'S CLOTHES • GIRL'S CLOTHES

Ethically made in Nepal by survivors of sex trafficking, Elegantees offers clothing that is, well, elegant! There’s a wide variety to choose from for women, and a few options for men and girls as well.

Save $20 off orders over $100 with promo code DONEGOOD

   
Seek Dry Goods

WOMEN'S CLOTHES • MEN'S CLOTHES • OUTDOOR ACCESSORIES

1% for the Planet member selling high-quality organic cotton and recycled polyester clothing for men, women, and babies. A great place to find sustainably made t-shirts and hoodies!

   
Passion Lilie

WOMEN'S CLOTHES • MEN'S CLOTHES • ACCESSORIES

A fair trade and eco-friendly apparel brand empowering artisans around the world through dignified employment opportunities. Styles for women and men.

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Taylor Stitch

MEN'S CLOTHES • SHOES • ACCESSORIES

Men’s shirting company that produces long-lasting clothes from sustainable fabrics to protect wild places. Buy outerwear, shirts, pants, belts, and boots that wear in, not out. When you’re done, they’ll buy them back!

  

For your home

Urban Outfitters doesn’t sell just clothing, though. They also have a range of items to outfit your house with all manner of home goods.

Once again, home goods have been a particular focus of the ethical goods industry for a while now. There are many places to find home essentials made with heart. Some of my favorites are:

 
Under The Canopy

BEDROOM • BATHROOM

Organic cotton essentials for bed bath, and more at an affordable price!

Save $25 off any order over $100 with code DONEGOOD

   
Prosperity Candle

WOMEN'S CLOTHES • MEN'S CLOTHES • OUTDOOR ACCESSORIES

1% for the Planet member selling high-quality organic cotton and recycled polyester clothing for men, women, and babies. A great place to find sustainably made t-shirts and hoodies!

Get $10 off your $50 order with code DoneGood10

   
Ten Thousand Villages

JEWELRY • HOME • GIFTS

Brick and mortar shop with a rotating supply of unique decor and home essentials.

Take $20 off your $100 order with code DONEGOODTTV

   
Newly

KITCHEN • LIVING ROOM

Exquisitely made home goods that give recycled materials new life.

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For your vanity

Makeup and skincare are two more big sources of Urban Outfitter’s revenue. They sell some of the most popular products with huge followings, and some of them are cruelty-free, organic, or vegan while others aren’t.

If you’d prefer to shop in peace, without feeling like you’re navigating a minefield trying to avoid the products that don’t match your values, try shopping at places like these:

 
Beauty By Earth

SKINCARE • HAIR CARE • SUN CARE

All of their skincare products use only natural, non-GMO ingredients and are gluten-free.    
Babo Botanicals

SKINCARE • HAIR CARE • SUN CARE • BABY

Maker of organic skincare and beauty products that are proven to work. Vegan and cruelty-free items are clearly marked in each product’s description.

   
Hazel & Rose

WOMEN'S CLOTHES • SHOES • ACCESSORIES • SKINCARE

Stocks skincare products and makeup from various brands that align with their values of providing sustainable and ethically made products.

   
Teadora

SKINCARE • HAIR CARE

Luxurious skincare for men and women that check all the boxes. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, fair trade, sustainably made, and biodegradable.

   

For your gadgets

This is where things start to get a little bit tricky, since electronics is one industry that’s extremely difficult to break into as a small business. It will be a while yet before we see an “ethical iPhone” on the market, I think.

Still, you can be thoughtful about the accessories you buy for your devices. And here are a few places to buy ethically made accessories for your electronics:

  
SAWA

ELECTRONIC ACCESSORIES

SAWA sells electronics accessories that have a lot more personality than usual. Their earbuds, USB charging bracelets, and lanyards are all hand beaded by Kenyan artists who are paid a living wage for their work.

   
Someone Somewhere

WOMEN'S CLOTHES • MEN'S CLOTHES • BAGS & ACCESSORIES

iPhone cases, laptop bags, and device sleeves made by artists living in some of Mexico’s poorest regions.

   
Looptworks

WOMEN'S CLOTHES • MEN'S CLOTHES • BAGS & ACCESSORIES

Laptop cases, camera bags, and more, made from eco-friendly, upcycled materials.

20% off your first order with code DONEGOOD

  
 

Kayla Robbins
DoneGood Contributor

A freelance writer working with bighearted businesses who want to better our world.

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