15 Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Alternatives to Urban Outfitters Updated for 2020

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.

But where are those products coming from? Is Urban Outfitters ethical?

Their lack of transparency and apparent lack of care for labor rights and environmental concerns tells us they still have a long way to go. They don’t tend to have on offer an abundance of thoughtfully-made, ethically-created essentials made by brands with a mission.

If you'd rather shop at a place that does, 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!

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For your body

The first thing I tend to think of when I think of Urban Outfitters is their men's and women's 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:

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.

Lev Apparel

WOMEN'S CLOTHES • ACCESSORIES 

Ethically-made apparel designed to empower women of all shapes and celebrate all bodies. They believe empowered women empower women; all their workers are paid and treated fairly.

 

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

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: 

Newly

KITCHEN • LIVING ROOM

B Corp certified goods from 100% recycled or repurposed materials that make home beautiful and give back 1% for the planet. Check out their collection of glasses, vases, trays, throw blankets, and more.


 

 

Prosperity Candle

CANDLES

Handpoured nontoxic candles made with love by women refugees in the USA. Their containers are so beautiful you'll want to reuse them long after the sweet smelling candle has burned out.

 

Under The Canopy

BEDROOM • BATHROOM 

Organic cotton essentials for bed, bath, and more at an affordable price! Certified Fair Trade, GOTS organic, and by the Forest Stewardship Council.

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

 

Ten Thousand Villages

JEWELRY • HOME • GIFTS 

Brick and mortar shop with a rotating supply of unique decor and home essentials. Their assortment of goods is created by artisans around the world who are receiving a fair wage for their work.

Take $20 off your $100 order with code DONEGOODTTV


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:

Nourish & Refine

SKINCARE • CANDLES

Nontoxic, completely natural, cruelty-free skincare products and candles, handmade in the USA. All products are made with five ingredients or less!

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.

Beauty By Earth

SKINCARE • HAIR CARE • SUN CARE

Inspired by nature and founded by health-conscious parents who care. All of their skincare products use only natural, non-GMO ingredients and are gluten-free.



Babo Botanicals

SKINCARE • HAIR CARE • SUN CARE • BABY

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

 


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:  

MADE FREE

BAGS & ACCESSORIES

Handcrafted laptop cases and bags for your gear. Every purchase supports crafters through self-sustaining employment, which means freedom from slavery and poverty.

 

SAWA

ELECTRONIC ACCESSORIES

Unique technology accessories like earbuds, charging bracelets, and lanyards, made of upcycled paper handcrafted beads. SAWA fuses tech-fashion with impact, empowering women living in the slums of Kenya.




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.




 

 

 

   
Kayla Robbins
DoneGood Contributor
A freelance writer working with bighearted businesses who want to better our world.
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