On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza tragedy killed over 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh and wounded over 2,200 more. The incident left consumers all over the world questioning who makes the clothes we wear every day and in what kind of conditions? Documentaries like The True Cost shine a light on how the fast fashion industry depletes the earth’s resources and leverages slave labour to pass on a "cheap" cost to the end consumer.
Now over six years after the Rana Plaza tragedy, dozens of slow fashion brands have emerged dedicated to ethical and sustainable practices. The companies we have listed here are favourite ethical alternatives to fast fashion companies. Each one has made it a central part of their mission to approach fashion in an ethical and transparent way that considers both people and the planet.
If you're making the shift to an ethical wardrobe check out some of the slow fashion styles and services to suit your life, with the accessories offered for responsibly-made shoes and fair trade jewelry. If you are looking for secondhand and vintage instead, check out our listings here for stylish places to shop secondhand clothing!