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Clothing Shopping Tips | Finding Ethical & Sustainable Fashion

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Some tips and a guide to shop for sustainable and ethical clothing. This video takes a more general approach because what you value, what's available to you, and what you are looking for is going to be different for everyone. I hope you find this information helpful and can incorporate it into how you shop! Some online stores that carry multiple brands: Ethica http://www.shopethica.com/ - USA, Canada, EU, Australia Modavanti https://modavanti.com/ - USA, International Gather&See http://www.gatherandsee.com/ - UK Accompany http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=847329&U=1392573&M=64992&urllink= * - USA, International EKOLUV http://www.ekoluv.com/ - Australia, International Helpsy http://shophelpsy.com/?aff=2 * - USA, International Kaight http://kaightshop.com/ - USA, International Fashion Conscience http://www.fashion-conscience.com/ - UK, International MadeFair http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=777743&U=1392573&M=61801&urllink= * - USA, International DearGoods http://www.onlineshop.deargoods.com/ - Germany Zady https://zady.com/ - USA Beklina http://www.beklina.com/ - USA, International Ethical.Market https://ethical.market/ - UK, International And there are a lot more sustainable & ethical brands in my brand directory! http://verenaerin.ca/brand-directory/ I love reading your questions & comments, also let me know if you have any other tips! Thanks for watching :) + Subscribe to My Green Closet http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=MyGreenCloset + Support My Green Closet on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/MyGreenCloset + Join the My Green Closet facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyGreenCloset/ - - - Also find me on twitter: https://twitter.com/VerenaErin instagram: http://instagram.com/verenaerin pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/verenaerin/ This is not a sponsored video. * indicates affiliate link, thanks for supporting this channel! For more information on my use of affiliate links please see my disclosure policy http://verenaerin.ca/disclosure/
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Hebi Hebi (3 months ago)
Thankyou, I was so confused 😊
blathermore (4 months ago)
Saying the problem is impossible and ethical shopping won't do any good is like eating junk food because it's so common. Only with the junk food, it's your body, not your soul, that gets sick.....with clothes, it's your soul...and honor. Besides your cheating some greedy corporation of a few nickels.
Kirsten Carlton (4 months ago)
Hi i live in Australia and am a large vegan lady who really would love to buy ethically made clothing but i can't find any companies who make them in size 26 would you know of any please
vanessa campbell (5 months ago)
I love thrift shopping and tend to mix it with buying good quality ethical brands. Check out Untouched World. They are recognized by the UN for sustainability. The quality is amazing and styling timeless, so although garments aren't cheap, the cost per wear turns out to be minimal as they last for years - untouchedworld.com
Texaslife43 (7 months ago)
scarf!!
wow this was super informative and helpful!
Piddeaux (10 months ago)
I'm 5'1" tall and finding petite eco fashion is nearly impossible or so it seems to me.  How can women such as I get these people's attention.  They need to understand that not everyone is 5' 10". . .
blathermore (4 months ago)
Or has daddy's credit card with no limit!! SOS from texas has simple things you might like in all sizes....and fabric by the yard that makes lovely, simple a-line skirts.
Nicolas Russo (11 months ago)
Mam you are a very gorgeous and intelligent woman, i like your light makeup style, hairstyle,clothing and the relaxed way you talk is very feminin all combined together. I truly hope that other women will follow your example. God Bless You.
Feathered Gypsy (11 months ago)
Absolutely love this video!
Anli Qi (1 year ago)
I'm sorry to say that an ethically questionable store advertised on your video.
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
+Anli Qi that's unfortunately something I have no control over :(
Zairanang (1 year ago)
I absolutely love the way you structure you videos. They're very researched and thought out and it isn't a jumbled mess.
Rhea Vania (1 year ago)
Could you please do a video on ethical silk fabric and whether it actually exists?
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
I talk a bit about it in my fibres and fabrics series https://youtu.be/qW5Yfo4amQU?t=8m58s
I think you should check out http://fashionrevolution.org/about/ its about what you're talking about, you might be interested #whomademyclothes
Pinky Paul (1 year ago)
Hi! Could you please share your email I'd with me? I need to discuss some work related things with you
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
You can find contact info in the about tab on my channel, or the website linked in the description has a contact form.
Roberta Style Lee UK (1 year ago)
It is very tricky and many of my clients ask me this question all the time :-)
Alejandra Ruiz (1 year ago)
YES! I am interested in a video about the issues with the fashion industry!!!!! Please =)
Emily Schlager (1 year ago)
Thank you for your wonderful and informative videos! I also have a vegan question: some things made with vinyl/fake leather are labeled vegan, some are not. Is this simply a marketing thing that some brands are taking advantage of and some are not, or do some vinyl products have sneaky animal products in them? I have done some googling with contradictory results and don't want to accidentally mislead anyone...
Emily Schlager (1 year ago)
Thanks. It's actually just sheets of vinyl remnants I buy for making books that I sell, so there is no way to check up on their origin and some places online say that animal fats are sometimes used in the making of vinyl. I know the glues I use are all vegan, but I don't want to be one of the horrible people who adds to the confusion by sticking buzz words on things.
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
With bags and shoes I believe there's an issue with glues- a vegan product will have animal-free glues where a regular synthetic might not. It's almost impossible to get info on glues, treatments, etc. so if you want to be safe then stick to products labelled vegan as that *should* mean (to be extra safe look for certified products) there were no animal materials used in the entire production process. :)
Evana Sorial (1 year ago)
The ideas is presented in easy and accessible way. I am considering switching to ECO Conscious clothing
StyleonPicture (1 year ago)
Thanks for the tips 👍👌
Diogo Martins Mota (1 year ago)
Very good video, everything very well explained, the big problem is that i want non toxic clothes but at the same time they have to be cruelty free, I'm talking about wool which is not cruelty free I suppose. I believe that we humans we belong to the tropics (warm weather) where we can almost walk naked,so that being true the clothes we need is basically tshirts, cool jerseys, pants, shorts and shoes / slippers .. Most of them by cotton, hemp etc so in an ideal climate (tropics) will not be necessary to pluck the hair of the sheep to dress ourselves. I mean, cold climates is a good excuse to the fashion business
Cynthia Zhou (1 year ago)
<3 <3 <3
Carlie K (1 year ago)
Really cool video! I'm 15 and am just starting to look into ethical living. Here In Australia there aren't too many places to but ethical brands except for online but I guess paying more is worth it in the long run. Thanks for the video!
Amanda Edgley (1 year ago)
Since you're Canadian do you know any great Canadian brands/shops/company's I'm having trouble finding good stuff made in Canada
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
Also Preloved, Wallis Evera, and this is a helpful list: https://www.reddit.com/r/canada/comments/4bkiwa/madeincanada_clothing_a_list/
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
Check out Miik, Nicole Bridger is another great Canadian brand, Naked and Famous Denim, and Body Politic is a Canadian online retailer who carries some Canadian made brands but also others. I was also going to recommend Thieves Boutique, but they have barely anything on their website so might be going out of business? :(
Gabriela Inkun (1 year ago)
I love your videos! It is so informative and helpful. Also, I would love to know where you buy sportswear? I am currently looking for good running shoes, but it is very difficult to find fair trade brands
Marina Grechko (1 year ago)
Erin, thank you very much for putting so much effort into making the topic so accessible and understandable to everyone. I really hope that there are going to be more people like you.
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
Thank you so much! <3
anditsjen (1 year ago)
Just found your channel and really admire your content. I'm primarily a second hand shopper and am an avid thrifter, but it's mainly motivated by cost. If I want to expand and buy new things, what's your advice for shoppers on a budget? I'm also glad you made a mention that it is up to the public and people to influence the market. I actually don't think it's unfortunate at all- it might take some time, but it allows us the power.
Laura Christmann (1 year ago)
At my college (in Gernany) we have a flea market twice a year with lots of clothing for young people (because they come from students). I almost only buy my clothes there and I love it!
Otty Leung (2 years ago)
Yeah. thank you so much . i was so confused about how to be more ethical and lost track on what I want to focus. Thank you . Now let me share. I try make my things last eg. sewing the button , keep similar colour cloth and sew the hole back , good that i wear lots of black . Make sure I love something, after at least 2 days(sometimes it takes two to three months if it is expensive item) if i still think about an item then I will go for it . Reuse them as clothes for cleaning or what not. 1. ebay / thift shop. 2. Local as to reduce cardon footprint and support small business and designer. now let me watch more videos and see what else i can do
sicilee (2 years ago)
Great video, thank you so much!
William Arrowsmiith (2 years ago)
My goodness, striking eyes, amazing teeth and wonderful smile!!! Your tips and overall message has been a terrific learning experience. You have just been added to my "Subscribed" list. I'm really going to look forward to enjoying your additional videos. Nice going and thanks for sharing!
blathermore (4 months ago)
Flo Ziegfeld bought $100 underwear for his dancing girls. When asked why, since it didn't show he famously replied, "It will show on their faces..." Her self respect and choices show on her face!
Brigitte (2 years ago)
Thank you, am certainly changing my shopping habits
Lovely Shrew (2 years ago)
Great video! Thank you very much especially for the links to places to shop. I couldn't help but notice that the prices are kind of high on a lot of them, but that seems to play into the fact you made at the end of the video about contacting places and requesting that they use more ethical practices. If more places do it, it will become more affordable. Also, I've never ever thought about renting formal clothing. What a great idea! I hope you have posted a closet/wardrobe video because I will be checking that out for sure. <3
My Green Closet (2 years ago)
Thanks! Really happy you found it helpful :) The prices are higher with sustainable/ethically produced clothing, but they do better reflect the "true cost" of the garment. Paying people fairly, farming sustainably, properly managing your pollution etc. all costs money and unfortunately making clothing very cheap often means cutting those corners to save money. :(
Glenna Martin (2 years ago)
great job
Hannah Roquemore (2 years ago)
You can also rent from Le Tote. Have you tried this?
Adriana Kalajian (2 years ago)
Thanks for all your help! I just saw the documentary The True Cost and I felt like I didn't get enough of an idea of things I can be doing. It's so discouraging to look at clothing that's available without having to give up eco sustainability, social justice, or style!
My Green Closet (2 years ago)
It can be very discouraging, but fortunately there are more and more stylish sustainable and ethical options becoming available. As consumers learn more about what's going on the industry, ask questions, and search for ethical alternatives it will only grow and improve! :) Also I felt the same about The True Cost, while the general message of "things have to change" is important, I wish he gave some suggestions or steps viewers could take to help with that change.
The Better Plate (2 years ago)
Amazing tips, thank yo so much! I am looking forward to watching your next videos. If you have time, check out my channel as well. Hugs from Berlin, Denise:)
Dina L (3 years ago)
Great content, Thanks you for sharing!
Green Shirts (3 years ago)
Nice!
Mija Masala (3 years ago)
This is video is awesome! You are awesome! I came across this topic a while ago and since then I'm struggling a little bit wirh myself, because I found it hard to shop Eco and Ethical Friendly. You helped me and inspired me a lot :)
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Mija Masala Thank you so much!! That's really nice to hear! :)
mizarella (3 years ago)
Love your channel- your videos are so helpfull for me as i am trying to buy less clothes but ethical and eco friendly ones! Thank you!
Sofia Castro Luz (3 years ago)
Lovely video, very informative and concise. Thank you so much for the tips, it helps my transition into ethical and eco shopping.
Sofia Castro Luz (3 years ago)
So lovely that you've responded. The transition is mainly difficult when transitioning into a season because the clothes from previous seasons that I've stored away seem old and dirty and it's so tempting to get new ones. The other difficulty I have is over wearing particular items and therefore I feel tired of my clothing. I have found some eco brands and when purchasing an item, I check who made it which is really important. I have also asked relatives to not buy me any clothes. Do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of that "tired" feeling that people can have about their clothes? 
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Sofia Castro Luz Really happy it was helpful! :) That's awesome you're switching to more mindful shopping! How are you finding the transition?
Ashlea Marshall (3 years ago)
When you do go to thrift stores, do you still look for certain materials (such as organic cotton) and brands or just look at style and fit?
blathermore (4 months ago)
Ask your guardian angel to find them...I have USA made sheets, pillowcases, old bedspreads,an honest-to-God pair of jeans from the 60s, and they find me.....and the jeans were a size 20 for my boomer figure!! You'll grow antenna to spot things....
Ashlea Marshall (3 years ago)
I agree with the things you said. Unless the item seems uncharacteristically well made, I try to avoid the sweat shop brands. This is more wanting quality items vs supporting the brand. My process in shopping usually looks like this: go to an area (jeans, sweaters, etc), notice color (I wear a somewhat limited color palette), check materials because I have skin allergies, check brand, then try on for style and fit. After watching your videos and those from some others, I plan on keeping a wish list of specific things to look for.
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Ashlea Marshall Thanks! Yeah I have noticed differing opinions on buying unethical brands secondhand but the way I see it is you're not supporting the brand with your money, you're supporting the thrift/charity shop and prolonging the life of the garment. However along those lines I do think that it's not good to buy unethical brands secondhand that have big logos or very obvious brand marks because then you're still promoting that company by showcasing their brand in public. What are your thoughts on it?
Ashlea Marshall (3 years ago)
Thanks for the response. I had someone ask me a similar question when I mentioned I wanted to avoid brands known to use sweat shop labor. I love your videos!
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Ashlea Marshall I primarily look for style and fit. However I will check the materials because I find natural fabrics more comfortable and will also look at the brand, if it's a brand know for poor quality I wont buy it because I don't want something that falls apart right away. But secondhand shopping is a very eco-friendly and ethical choice no matter the brands you buy. I think what you look for is up to personal preference.
Beautiful make up in this video
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Katrin Magnussen Kamban Aw thank you!
Célèste Fohl (3 years ago)
I'd love a video where you share your favorite ethical brands.
Célèste Fohl (3 years ago)
Thanks so much. I realized that after I asked! :-o Oops! But I would love more details on each of your favorites: what pieces you own, the quality, and their specific practices. 
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Célèste Fohl I'm hoping to do more videos about different ethical brands! :) In the meantime I list most of the brands that I own in my Q&A video https://youtu.be/LChlUtczaAU?t=3m40s and also talk a bit about it in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q67zvhux3Bs
afternoonteaparty (3 years ago)
Just found your channel, it's awesome! I'd be really interested in a video about issues in the fashion industry
MissDeeCanada (3 years ago)
A great video! I love your approach to clothing and ethical lifestyle!
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+MissDeeCanada Thank you!
Eleventh Loop (3 years ago)
Check out 11th Loop - Sustainable Lifestyle Clothing Brand from the Big Island of Hawaii - Inspired by Adventure !
inspiroue (3 years ago)
This is such a helpful video. Thrifting is definitely something I love to do - I haven't had the time to do it recently but I'm looking forward to having more time in the summer to get back into it. Keep up the good work! :)
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+inspiroue Thanks so much!! I'd love to see some videos about your thrifting experiences and what you find :)
sam comer (3 years ago)
this was wonderful thank you :)
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+sam comer Happy you enjoyed it!
Elena Piani (3 years ago)
Hi dear, I am keen to hear about the industry issues and your opinion or actions. This video is great to install sustainable consumer behaviour, are you involved in any organization?
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Elena Piani I'm trying to live and dress more ethically and sustainable and thought it might be helpful to share my experiences and thoughts!  I studied fashion design in university and ended up directing my research and projects towards 'slow fashion' after learning a lot of terrible things about the industry- I realized that things definitely need to change. So I'm not part of an organization but I'm really passionate about eco fashion, I love sharing info, learning, and connecting with like-minded people. :)
Elena Piani (3 years ago)
wonderful. You are not an activist, but wish to educate -share your thoughts with followers?
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Elena Piani Thanks! I'm planning on doing a couple videos in the next few months about ethical and environmental issues. And no, I'm not involved with any organization.
Mikey Farrelly (3 years ago)
Thank you for this wonderful video. I am using it to teach Fashion Design students English in their degree programme in Dalian in China. It is perfect for the students and they really respond well to your delivery. Unfortunately it is not possible for many of them to access Youtube as it is blocked by the Great Firewall. I was wondering have you considered posting some videos on other sites that they could access like youku. I know many Chinese viewers would be very interested in your videos. Thanks again. Mikey
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Mikey Farrelly That's really cool, I'm happy to hear they enjoyed it! I have not considered it, or even heard of youku, but I'll look into it. Thanks for the info and for commenting!
Ferrouz Bousselma (3 years ago)
Great video thank you. just wanted to share www.fashionflairbazaar.com where style, environment and ethics all goes together. 
Dana Young Jewelry (3 years ago)
Great Video!! Thanks for spreading awareness on Eco-Friendly Living! You have a new avid watcher :) If you get the chance check out my vegan, eco-friendly jewelry. 10% of all of my profits go to Sea Shepard Conservation Society!  All the best!
Dana Young Jewelry (3 years ago)
+My Green Closet Thank you so much! I love it and work extremely hard to make it! I am so glad you enjoy it!
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Dana Young Jewelry Thanks!! Your jewelry is really cute!
cassandra (3 years ago)
Thank you for a wonderful video, with so much information and a much-needed message. I never thought about renting clothes, I might just do that when my graduation comes up. I would also really like to see a video about problems in the fashion industry. There are so many! 
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Erica Lynn renting would be perfect for a graduation! If you do decide to rent, I would love to hear about your experience with it. I think it's a fantastic idea but haven't had an occasion to try it yet. Thanks for commenting and for the feedback! :)
Juliana Pereira (3 years ago)
I just found your channel by chance when I was googling around for stuff about simple living. What you are doing is completely awesome! Eco-friendly, non-toxic, cruelty-free and ethical fashion/makeup, plus the living with less stuff, basically reuniting in one place all I hoped to achieve as a consumer but didnt think was really doable. You're inspiring! Keep up the good work :) 
Ros Fletcher (3 years ago)
Watching this video has inspired me to buy eco & ethical clothing when replacing items in my wardrobe. Today I bought my first hemp/cotton t-shirt and it fits and feels better than any other t-shirts I have bought in the past. Can't wait for the next video :)
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Ros Fletcher That's amazing!! Thank you for commenting, I'm so excited that you love your t-shirt! Hemp is a wonderful, sustainable fibre, I hope you will get a lot of wear out of it :)
SMK (3 years ago)
Great video ! I am slowly trying to get into eco fashion and I will definitely use this video in the future :)  Also, I'd love a video about the problems in the fashion industry. I am aware of them but might be missing some points, so it'd be nice to hear from someone who is totally into it :)
peaceofmind888 (3 years ago)
Would be interested in a video on ethical/environmental issues. :)
Eco Warrior Princess (1 year ago)
Has she created one yet?
Live well, Jess (3 years ago)
Love these tips! I'm converting to a capsule wardrobe and want to be more eco-conscious when purchasing new items.
Live well, Jess (3 years ago)
Thank you!  I'm finding the purge invigorating and freeing!
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+The Mommy Archives That's so great!! Best of luck with your capsule wardrobe :)
Jennifer Rivera-Bell (3 years ago)
Great video!
Marilyn (3 years ago)
Just wanted to thank you for making this video. To me fit is most important, I am 5'11. I will not buy something that does not say tall or long in the label. I will begin to invest in classic quality pieces that will stand the test of time.
Sarah Woods (3 years ago)
Wow i love your videos & you are so completely beautiful & intelligent & i love it!!! :)
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Sarah Woods Thank you!! That's so sweet!
Jacqueline (3 years ago)
Where did you find your scarf? I love it :)
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Jacqueline Nebel Thanks, I got it from a friend so I'm not sure where it came from, sorry!
Jessica Minguez (3 years ago)
Love that lip color!  What is it?
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Jessica Minguez It's from 100% Pure, one of their 'lip glazes' in the color cabernet. I love their lipsticks and the ingredients are amazing!
Maryam A. (3 years ago)
You look so much like Hayley Williams from Paramore! Also, I'm really enjoying your channel! 
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Maryam Arshad Really? Thanks!! :)
sonyafby (3 years ago)
great video! looking forward to your next one. have you checked out everlane? they're really doing things differently. cuyana looks interesting as they work with local makers and their philosophy is 'fewer better things' 
sonyafby (3 years ago)
cuyana is pretty exxy but some beautiful pieces :) 
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+sonyafby I know of Everlane, but not Cuyana - sounds like a great company though, I'll definitely check them out! Thanks!!
Cassia Spurlock (3 years ago)
Thank you for the links & tips! I buy almost all my clothes from thrift stores but some items, like boots, should be bought new.
Deidre Plotts (3 years ago)
LOVE this channel.  
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+Deidre Plotts Thank you!! :D
ridiculousspider (3 years ago)
Thank you for making this video.  It makes ethical and eco shopping seem less daunting.  Also appreciate the links in the description. 
Jackie Hoang (3 years ago)
I completely agree! More attainable
My Green Closet (3 years ago)
+ridiculousspider I'm so happy you like it!

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