Where does one even start to look for sustainable clothing companies? We are told by sustainable fashion gurus to be more selective in our purchases, but how can we be? There are simply too many random companies to go through and figure out which ones are truly sustainable.
So I decided to do what I do best, and make a spreadsheet, easily ranking them all.
Determining a Ranking System for Sustainable Clothing Companies:
Sustainable Clothing Companies are truly sustainable when they can successfully balance ethical labor, affordable prices, and minimal impact on the environment. Thus, the ranking system is reflected in a numbering system on each of these aspects.
When I receive requests to review a company or find a new one on my own, I start by looking at the company’s website. Usually, you can tell, right away the direction the company is leaning towards. I rank each company on the three rankings and then average the three to determine a “Sustainability Score.”
What is the Sustainability Score?
A company has to reach a sustainability score of at least 7 to be considered “Sustainable.” Many other companies are considered “Eco-Ethical, Eco, Ethical, or Economical”. I also include things like the website URL, Observation notes, and Where the majority of clothing is made. Some companies may be distinguished as “Local” if they are made in America, which might offset a negative score on affordability.
If a company refuses to disclose where their clothing is made, I simply cannot complete the Ethical Rating. If a company doesn’t disclose what a product is made from, I cannot complete the Eco Rating. In these cases, I leave the ranking blank with an ~
Some of you might care more about eco than ethical and vice versa. This is why I’m choosing to keep the information in a spreadsheet. It makes it a lot easier to find the kind of clothing you want, simply by using the sort function.
You can see that the sustainability score is sorted with an extra decimal place. Currently, I don’t have a way to rank “affordability” as less important than eco-ethical. Some companies are way more affordable, than eco-ethical, which is what most people downloading this list care about. Until then, all three categories are ranked equally.
This Resource is Absolutely Free, and Always Will Be
If you’re into learning more about the different kinds of sustainable clothing and would like to download the spreadsheet, click the button below to download the file. The email address is so I can send occasional updates on the list.