Ethical Fashion

Cheap But Definitely Not Nasty: 10 Affordable Ethical & Sustainable Fashion Brands

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In a recent post, editor-in-chief Jennifer Nini explores the costs of ethical fashion and why buying better often comes with a premium price tag. At Eco Warrior Princess, we are well aware that living green and having an ethical lifestyle can be expensive. But we also believe that there are ways to live a greener lifestyle without the price tag.

An ethical lifestyle doesn’t have to come with an expensive price tag if you know where to look.

So in the spirit of helping you build a sustainable wardrobe without maxing out your credit cards, here are 10 of the most affordable ethical fashion brands (in no particular order) that you can shop for – without the guilt!

1. Everlane

This socially responsible company offers unique and flexible pieces including basic tees, shirts, sweaters, dresses, bottoms and outerwear. Beautiful fashion pieces but never expensive – nearly everything is under $100! Grab its best-sellers here.

Everlane ethical fashion cheap and affordable

2. Reformation

Claiming that the brand makes “killer” clothes that don’t kill the environment, Reformation offers luxurious yet still affordable clothing collections that include maxi, midi and mini dresses, tops, bottoms, outerwear, jumpsuits, sweaters and even intimate apparels. While some garments are clearly priced over the $100 mark, you will still find plenty of beautiful garments, particularly in the sale section, that are affordable.

Reformation ethical and sustainable fashion affordable

3. Vege Threads

This 100% Australian lifestyle label offers organic-ethical, transeasonal basic apparel that focuses on sustainability, ethics and social awareness. It has quality knits, dresses, pants, tanks and maxi tees for women, crew tees and long sleeves for men, and other comfy clothing ideal for your yoga and outdoor adventures. Check them out today.

Vege threads affordable and cheap ethical and sustainable fashion


Pioneering a change in the movement towards eco fashion by designing affordable sustainable apparel, the company launched great alternatives to high street fast fashion – ECO-HOT garments such as tops, bottoms and tees, not to mention its very elegant yet always comfortable dresses and jumpsuits. Check out their latest AW 16/17 collection here.

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5. The Great Beyond

This bamboo ethical clothing company offers combo deals for you and your fella. Pants, skirts, dresses, shirts and crop tops are all made of bamboo viscose – making each extremely soft, durable and luxuriously comfortable. Shop The Great Beyond here.

the great beyond cheap and affordable eco fashion

6. Boody

An Aussie brand that offers organic bamboo eco wear – letting form and function work wonders in all its bamboo basics for both adults and babies. Boody seamlessly fits into everyone’s lifestyle without the need to spend more. It is luxurious basics, without the luxury price tag.

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7. Amour Vert

This U.S. sustainable clothing brand, which means Green Love in French, offers affordable, comfy and stylish dresses, soft tees, tops and bottoms, as well as other everyday basics from organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, recycled polyester, and other iconic fabrics. Unearth this fashion-forward eco apparel without the pricey tags here.

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8. Mata Traders

This US-based ethical fashion brand offers ultra feminine garments in vibrant prints and styles that are perfect for summer days, or weekends away to the country, and even if you prefer to do away with typical corporate wear in favour of something more colourful. Choose among Mata Trader’s fair trade collections of elegant dresses, jumpsuits, jewellery, accessories and even home decors. Browse the Mata Trader’s collection on Amazon here here.

Mata Traders cheap ethical fashion affordable

9. People Tree

Safia Minney, the founder of People Tree, is a pioneer of the sustainable fashion industry having established this brand over almost three decades ago. This UK-based, fair-trade and eco-friendly fashion company offers ethical and sustainable fashion dresses, comfy tops, sleepwear, designers, jackets, accessories, and even hand-made jewelry that come with cheap price tags.

People Tree cheap ethical fashion and eco-friendly fashion

10. Pact Apparel

Using non-GMO, super soft organic cotton and non-toxic dyes to produce their clothing, Pact Apparel is known for its comfy, appealing wrap dresses and hoodies as well as its leggings, camisoles, tanks, socks, tees and undergarments. To shop affordable sustainable fashion, visit their website here.

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Whenever you wear an ethical fashion brand, you always look and feel good – knowing that you carry a brand that has respect and love for the people and the planet. But we think it’s even better when you’re wearing a brand that fits in with your budget – after all, if it’s too expensive, it’s not sustainable.

And at Eco Warrior Princess, we’re all about sustainability.

Have we missed some affordable ethical fashion brands that you think should be on the list? Make sure to let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Myraine Carluen-Policarpio

Myraine Carluen-Policarpio

Myraine Carluen-Policarpio is a seasoned writer, journalist, editor and researcher who also works as a Tertiary English Professor. When she's not writing for others, she's writing for herself over at her blog, Realities and Realizations.


  • So I love this list and think that the more people write lists like this the easier it will be to find good, ethical, affordable clothing. But the thing is, at least 1 of the shops you’ve linked to (Amour Vert: only ship to the US making it useless information for us in Australia. That’s probably what I have the hardest time with here in Aus. I want nice normal but ethical clothes and often finding those that ship to Aus is hard.

    • Hey Jess! Thanks so much for your feedback. It is absolutely invaluable to me. You are absolutely right and the only reason I permit our writers to include overseas brands – even though EWP is Aussie based – is that I have equal amount of readers from Australia, USA and the UK – so trying to find a way to cover all readers locations makes it difficult. You have inspired me though to organise an online guide to keep a track of affordable ethical brands that ship to Australia. I will let you know when that’s up and running 🙂

    • Hi Jess,
      Fairtees is an ethical clothing online shop with everyday clothes…”nice and normal”, dare I say…
      We’re based in Australia and shipping to Australia and New Zealand. Hopefully that helps!

  • Yay! Some newbies-to-me on this list to check out. Thanks!

    For Aussie and New Zealand ethical clothing shoppers, Fairtees is an online shop based in Australia offering stylish and simple tees, jumpers and button-up shirts that are all fair trade and eco-consciously made from fabrics such as organic cotton (mostly), Modal (beechwood fibre), TENCEL (eucalyptus fibre).

    We also share some of our tried and true favourites (all available in Australia) on our Ethical Wardrobe Helper page.

  • As I mentioned in another post, I’ve been researching ethical, eco-friendly, fair trade and sustainable fashion retailers because I want to support brands that are stepping out to make a change in our industry. I wanted to share several other companies with you that offer stylish yet enviormentally friendly and ethical clothing at affordable prices, plus if you can check their sales or use coupons for more discounts.

    I recommend checking to see if the companies below ship to your location:
    Threads for Thought
    Alternative Apparel
    Slumlove Sweater Company

    These companies offer international shipping:
    Synergy Clothing

    These companies are only available in US:
    s.t.e.f. Clothing
    Fair Trade Winds

    These brands are on the more expensive side and offer many business attire:
    Eileen Fisher
    Indigenous Clothing

    Btw, thank you for the other options! Since I live in the US, I tend to pick companies that ship here, but I know there are readers from all over that may benefit from these brands.

    Hopefully that helps! 🙂

  • Blue Canoe!! They’re one of the first eco/ethical fashion brands around. Started in a garage in the redwoods of rural northern California and now made in San Francisco.

  • Although we do not offer clothing, there is a colourful and fun range of bags, purses, cushions and tech accessories that are all made using 100% vegan leather. We are PETA approved and ship worldwide 🙂

  • is a fantastic organization that makes ethically safe clothing & is fighting to end sex trafficking.

  • Can anybody think of any sites/stores that make modest, plus-size clothing that is affordable to those of us who make less than $20,000 per year trying to support a family of 6? I have searched all these sites and found them to be expensive and immodest as well as geared more towards thin people. By immodest, I mean comprised of sheer, poor quality fabric, too short, and too tight. By affordable, I mean priced $10-$20 for shirts/pants, $10-$25 for multipack underwear, $10-$25 for bras, etc. I also notice they are more geared to yoga and jogging enthusiasts. I have no time for these wonderful hobbies so I tend to wear heavy duty work clothes that can take a beating as I work in food prep. It would be nice to see inexpensive, ethically sourced clothing that caters to a variety of purposes as well as a variety of sizes. These sites might be considered affordable to upper middle class to rich people, but to those of us struggling just above poverty level, these are outrageously expensive. We here on the bottom rungs also have empathy and would like to opt out of supporting sweat shops and other bad stuff, but at the same time, we have to live on a tight budget. We can’t afford to spend $100 for shear tees, etc. Some people will say, “Well, lose weight so you can fit the clothes.” To them, I would say, “I am trying to lose weight but I still need clothes in the mean time.” Some people will say, “Get an education and move out of the rural South so you can make more money.” To them I would say, “I like the peace and quiet of country life. Plus, who can afford to go past high school these days? Having a fancy piece of paper on your wall saying you spent x amount of time in a brick building doesn’t make you morally superior nor does it guarantee a high paying job. I work hard and earn an honest living to support my aging father, younger siblings, son, and pets.” Long story short, are there any good clothes out there for poor Southern fatties?

    • Hi Rachel, thanks for sharing your story and your frustrations. I’m not sure if you are aware of how fashion businesses work so I can only interject here to provide a link to an article in which I explore the topic of price and ethical products “Affordability & Ethical Fashion: Why Price Still Matters” In addition, I’ve also written about plus size ethical fashion (only including this info because you used the word “fattie” to describe yourself) and interviewed a few people in the plus size space and my understanding is that most fashion brands needs lots of capital to be able to order inputs and fabrics (in volumes that provide them with discounts) and secure factories that will take on small orders (many require high manufacturing minimums) if they are to set up the factory to accommodate your business. To get price reductions, a brand has to scale and most ethical brands just don’t operate at the scale. When it comes to plus size, it also means they have to order more fabric too and then pass on the costs to the consumer. Plus ethical production often always means higher wages than fast fashion brands. When I speak with my friends, it seems there is a huge gap in the market. It’s why I recommend second hand but that’s not a perfect solution either because of the time factor. However if you find brands that fit in with all of the above, please let us know. We’d love to share them with the community because it is a struggle that we know many readers face.

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