Ethical choices for staying cozy by Christine of Beyoutiful Hope
Below are 9 companies which sell winter accessories that are ethically (and most of them also sustainably) made. And just in time for the season of giving! Let me know what you think in the comments below! ;)
1. Zady ::: Small farm sourcing and organic ::: $48+
Zady is your destination for luxury eco fashion that is ethically made. They work with small farmers and artisan groups abroad. I love their contemporary and modern pieces. They offer many basics from very light to very warm.
>> AU Lait and Black Colorblock Beanie, 100% Merino Wool from New Zealand, handmade in the USA
2. FashionABLE ::: Handmade by women’s empowerment programs ::: $36+
FashionABLE works with women groups internationally. They began working with woman survivors of human trafficking and offering them employment options with FashionABLE which support services provided to the women. This organization focuses on empowerment of women, instead of their past, which is something I love!
>> Niguse Square Scarf, 100% cotton, handwoven in Ethiopia
3. Krochet Kids ::: Ethically produced in poverty reduction and education program ::: $14+
Based in Peru and Uganda, Krochet Kids works in small workshops, employing women and providing their families with employment and educational benefits. I have actually visited their US headquarters. They are actually based in Southern California, in a really cool large garage without walls, which created a community atmosphere.
>> The Alexa, 70% wool, 30% acrylic, handmade in Peru
4. Indigenous ::: Fair trade and organic ::: $40+
For winter, Indigenous offers many alpaca, llama, and organic cotton accessories! Their fair trade model works with women’s cooperatives in Peru. I would say their style is geared towards women 30+. I have their EZ maxi skirt which I always receive compliments on, and I’m not even over 30! Also, all of their products are traditionally made by indigenous women cooperatives and are made with low-impact dyes.
>> Stripe Pocket Scarf, Alpaca and Organic Cotton Blend, low-impact dyes, handmade in Peru
5. Awakami ::: Fair trade, natural dyes and handmade by women’s coops in Peru ::: $39
I have actually been on a few video chat sessions with Awamaki! They are a not-for-profit business which works with indigenous women in Cuzco, Peru. These women are all part of all women fair trade cooperatives and handmake all products using traditional methods. As a part of this organization, the women are also offered business skills workshops.
>> Baby Llama Vest, 100% Baby Alpaca fiber, handmade in Peru
6. Threads for Thought ::: Fair trade factories and eco fabrics ::: $16+
Threads for Thoughts sells all-eco apparel made in fair trade or high-standard factories. Their China factory is actually one of the world’s most water-efficient factories in the world! Aside from winter accessories and basics for women and men, they sell activewear. T4T’s style is for teens-20s.
>> Mixed and Ribbed Cuffed Beanie, mixed fibers
7. Fair Indigo :: Fair trade, organic, and made in the USA :: $20+
With producers in Peru, Thailand, and the United States, Fair Indigo’s products are all sustainably made and follow fair trade principles. They have a wide variety of products for babies, women, and men. I think these MEOW gloves are particularly quirky and fun!
>> Green 3 Apparel Meow Fingerless Gloves, 75% pre-consumer recycled cotton and 25% acrylic, employing veterans in USA
8. Threads of Peru :: Fair trade and handmade by women’s coops in Peru :: $49+
Threads of Peru works with indigenous women groups in Peru, sourcing their fibers locally. I have been on a video call with them a few times and their sourcing is so interesting, with fibers coming from hours away, only accessible by long drives in the mountainside!
>> Bone White Neck Warmer, 100% Alpaca, handknit in Peru
9. Greenola Style :: Fair trade and small artisan made :: $39+
When I think of Greenola Style, my first thought is their jewelry, because I have a pair of awesome brass earrings from them. However, Greenola Style is now reaching out to other types of accessories like scarves, hats, and bags. They also have an awesome business model where they offer their artisans business workshops, community capacity building, and quality healthcare.
>> Zoe Headband Blue, 100% Alpaca, handmade in Bolivia
Thanks so much for reading and for supporting bonJOY! If you are going to make a purchase, why not make it count? Also, as for price points, remember that purchasing less is more sustainable, and in this way you also save money which can be reallocated to the higher price point of ethically produced products (which don’t exploit workers and the environment if it’s sustainably made). If you want to learn more about ethical fashion and ethically produced products, check out my recent blog post “Why Not Ethical Fashion? Tips + Tricks to Ethical Fashion Shopping.” :)