Who hasn’t heard something about ethical fashion one day, only to have it contradicted by another source the next day? There’s a wealth of blogs about ethical fashion on the web, but which are the best and most trustworthy? Jess Noble has you covered.
Fully committing to an all-green wardrobe, while commendable and encouraged, can be challenging. We need to know which “ethical” brands we can trust, where we should shop, which ethical products are must-haves and which are fads so we can make the most conscious sartorial choices possible.
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Which are the most trustworthy ethical-fashion blogs? Get your bookmarker ready[/pullquote]
By now, everyone in the free world has heard of blogging. Google is the gateway to hundreds of millions of blogs. Some are fantastic. Some are not so much. The problem with entrusting bloggers with our ethical inspiration is they are often laymen (actually, mainly laywomen) with no fact-checking skills – dripping with good intentions, but lacking in journalistic cred.
Here we have narrowed down the mounting list of ethical fashion blogs to bring you our top ethical fashion blogs of 2016 (in no particular order). Get your bookmarker ready.
1. Eco Warrior Princess
Blogger: Jennifer Nini
Why it made the list: You would be hard-pressed to find a list of best ethical fashion blogs that doesn’t mention Eco Warrior Princess. Started in 2010 by writer and eco-preneur Jen Nini, the blog is written directly from Jen’s off-the-grid permaculture farm in Queensland. She truly lives the eco life and her passion, dedication and integrity is evident in her regular and informative fashion and lifestyle blog posts. Always something new and juicy to read about here.
2. Fashion Hound
Blogger: Faye De Lanty
Why it made the list: Formerly an environmental presenter on Aussie TV, Faye has a solid background in the sciences, which she blends beautifully with a love of fashion. As the official style ambassador for the Salvation Army Australia, Sydney-based Faye blogs all about recycled clothing and how to rock second-hand style. Her eye for fashion and witty style makes Fashion Hound an entertaining treasure trove of inspiration for eco lovers.
3. Sustainability in Style
Blogger: Katie Roberts
Why it made the list: If anyone is qualified to write about ethical style, it’s Katie Roberts. An environmental scientist with a background in fashion design, Katie started Sustainability in Style back in 2011 as a platform for swapping clothes with friends. Now it’s a hub of eco style, written by an informed, passionate, highly intelligent and influential mind. Remember this name.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]If anyone is qualified to write about ethical style, it’s Katie Roberts, an environmental scientist with a background in fashion design[/pullquote]
4. Sustainably Chic
Blogger: Natalie Kay Smith
Why it made the list: Chic by name, chic by nature. This elegant blog was started by Natalie Kay Smith in 2014 as a way to share her reviews of sustainable brands and products. As a former designer of sustainable accessories, Natalie knows the guidelines, certifications and benchmarks for truly sustainable design. No charlatans here. This girl knows her stuff.
5. The Good Edit
Produced by Ethical Consumers Australia, Good On You is an app that rates fashion brands for their impact on the people, the planet and animals. The Good On You team features talented people with a wealth of knowledge about consumer affairs and ethical supply chains. Good On You’s blog, The Good Edit, is a great source of news and discussion of ethical fashion.
6. EcoFabulous (By Huffington Post)
Why it made the list: The Huffington Post describes their offshoot eco blog as “the authority on sustainable style” – and they have every right to be this self-assured. When content is coming from The Huffington Post editorial team, there is no doubt it’s going to be among the best and most comprehensive on the net. Very news-focused and political, the blog is more lifestyle than fashion style, but there is still enough sartorial commentary to make our list. Best for news bites and how-tos, EcoFabulous lives up to its name.
7. Eco Fashion Talk
Blogger: Sass Brown
Why it made the list: Sass Brown is a bit of a legend in ethical fashion circles. As a fashion designer, researcher, writer, blogger and educator, her area of expertise is ethical fashion, and she currently holds the helm as Dean of at The New York School of Art and Design. Needless to say, she is an authority on sustainable style. The blog features new brand and collection reviews, interviews with big-name designers and lots of global trend reports. This is the place to read it first.
8. State of Green
Blogger: Jenny Tranter
Why it made the list: Very Australian-centric, State of Green is a blog attached to a popular online eco store. The store came first, but the blog is what’s really taken off, with absolute first-rate content covering ethical fashion, upcycling, homewares, eco-kids and more. Jenny is passionate about promoting local designers and helping consumers make more conscious purchasing choices.
9. Live Eco
Blogger: Nikki Stear
Why it made the list: An aesthetically stunning website, Live Eco was launched by Nikki Stear in 2008 after years working in a corporate job. With an extensive directory and chockers with both fashion and beauty articles, this website has gained Nikki enough cred to now be a board member with the enormous global grassroots movement Fashion Revolution.
10. Fashion Hedge
Blogger: Known as The Yarina
Why it made the list: From reviews of high-fashion brands to discussion of David Bowie, Fashion Hedge is like the cool cousin of some of the more down-to-earth eco blogs. This doesn’t make it any less focused on sustainable fashion. In fact, Fashion Hedge is so dedicated to the ethical fashion movement that the blogger, known only as The Yarina, prefers to stay incognito. She prefers the focus to be on the cause and doesn’t accept payment for reviews, like many bloggers are starting to. Respect.
11. The Note Passer
Blogger: Elizabeth Stilwell
Why it made the list: Let’s be honest, sometimes we fall in love with a blog because of its beautiful website layout, just as much as its content. The Note Passer fits that bill. A self-confessed sustainability nerd, The Note Passer blogger Elizabeth Stilwell is also the Director of Technology for the Ethical Writers Coalition, and freelances for a handful of the best eco titles, so you know her writing is tops. The blog also has a great list of recommended ethical brands.