Ethical & Sustainable Code of Conduct

Read on to learn how we define our ethical categories. We want you to know everything about the clothes you buy from us, who made them and what they're made of.

Our Standards

Ethical Fashion. Though some people use these words interchangeably with terms like eco fashion, sustainable fashion and slow fashion, we think ethical fashion encompasses a broader and more rigorous set of criteria. No matter how eco-friendly a product is, or how much a company gives to charity, we believe a brand cannot be considered ethical if it has not made a demonstrable commitment to protecting animal and human rights.

Sustainability

Ethical Fashion. Though some people use these words interchangeably with terms like eco fashion, sustainable fashion and slow fashion, we think ethical fashion encompasses a broader and more rigorous set of criteria. No matter how eco-friendly a product is, or how much a company gives to charity, we believe a brand cannot be considered ethical if it has not made a demonstrable commitment to protecting animal and human rights.

Handcrafted

Unique by definition, handcrafted pieces are where fashion gets personal. With quality workmanship front and centre, these items help foster an appreciation for craft and artistry, as well as illuminate the connection between the things we wear and the people who made them. More environmentally friendly than mass-produced items and not nearly as ubiquitous, handmade goods are exquisite tools in the slow fashion arsenal.

When you buy a handcrafted product, you’re supporting a family directly, that’s what it is all about.

Vegan

It's about the planet, human & animal rights. Recognising that the health of the planet is inextricably linked to the well-being of the animals that occupy it (just ask anyone who's seen the heart-wrenching images of starving polar bears), all of our products further the goal of being animal-friendly by implementing eco-friendly production practices and using the most sustainable synthetic materials available.

Because people, and children in particular, also deserve cruelty-free lives, our designers manufacture their vegan bags and accessories in fair-practice settings. Eco-Vegan does not carry animal-free products made in countries where sweatshops or child labour are ubiquitous, nor do we carry "leather-free" products that mimic other designers' intellectual property or signature styles.

One More Thing...

We don't believe in simplistic labels or blanket statements. Becoming a more conscious consumer involves analysis, deliberation and asking lots of questions. On our end, it requires a strong commitment to transparency. On the Details tab on our product pages, you'll find information about where each item in our store was made, and what raw materials were used to make it.

Of course, much more thought, time and research have gone into curating our selection other than these two considerations. We are equally committed to going beyond bare facts and disclosing–and discussing–our decisions. Every product page also has a "Why It's Ethical" tab that lists what we like about a brand and the reasons that led us to make it part of Eco-Vegan. If something doesn't meet your ethical standards, please let us know why! Technologies evolve, business practices change, and we are constantly re-assessing our criteria to ensure that the brands we carry truly represent the most promising efforts to transform the fashion industry from within.

While we are trying our best to be the most ethical and sustainable as possible, please be understanding towards us and the brands we work with. We're constantly communicating with these brands to ensure that their practises are up to our standards. We welcome ideas and suggestions for improvements, working together to help become better people and companies for the environment.