14 Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Alternatives to Urban Outfitters — Updated for 2023
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:
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.
WOMEN'S CLOTHES • ACCESSORIES
Family-owned premium denim brand ethically-made, sustainably sourced and designed to last.
WOMEN'S CLOTHES • MEN'S CLOTHES • ACCESSORIES
Simple and stylish apparel, made from 100% organic and recycled materials. Groceries Apparel is obsessed with supply chain transparency and creating good-paying jobs at their ethical factory in LA.
MEN'S & WOMEN'S SHOES
Sustainable vegan kicks that value style, comfort, and versatility. SAOLA shoes are made with recycled plastic, organic cotton, cork, and algae.
For your home
KITCHEN • LIVING ROOM • GIFTS • DECOR
Thousands of unique and unusual gifts mindfully made by independent makers. From fun jewelry and cool accessories to creative home décor and kitchen items, UncommonGoods handpicks creative, purposeful products with impeccable design.
KITCHEN • LIVING ROOM
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 10% off your first order with promo code CANOPY10
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!
SKINCARE • HAIR CARE
Luxurious skincare for men and women that check all the boxes. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, fair trade, sustainably made, and biodegradable.
SKINCARE • HAIR CARE • DEODORANT
All-natural, plant-based, and plastic-free self care necessities. J&L Naturals is a small, family-run company who puts sustainability at the heart of everything they do.
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.
the clothing swaps are nothing like urban outfitters?
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