The most important first step to shopping ethically is to verify the facts so you know who to trust and which sustainability claims are genuine.
Check out our list of sustainable fashion certifications to verify your wardrobe and next purchases.
Quick links to certifications
- The SAC
- The Higg Index
- Fair Trade Certified
- Ethical Trade
- Fair Wear
- Global Standard
- Cradle to Cradle
- Leather Working Group
- Canopy Planet
12 Sustainable Certifications To Look Out For When Shopping
Remake is a community of motivated environmentalists, fashion lovers and Womens’ Right Advocates.
It works to educate people about the industry’s harmful practices through films, advocacy and transparency.
Read more: What’s Wrong With Fast Fashion?
Eco-Stylist scores brands on three criteria – transparency, Fair Labour and sustainability made.
This creates a community of sustainable fashion brands to make shopping easier by your values.
B Corp is one of the hardest sustainable credentials out there and has created a community of leaders to drive global movement, helping people shop for good, balancing purpose and profit.
Its brand directory is full of brands making a difference!
4. The SAC
SAC has up to 250 brands from apparel and textile brands to suppliers and trade associations working to reduce environmental impact and social injustice globally.
5. The Higg Index
The Higg Index measures and assesses the social and environmental performance of value chains and environmental impacts of products by using its five tools to assess supply chains.
6. Fair Trade Certified
Fair Trade has built a model to monitor brands social, environmental and economic status and if a brand fits its standards, its products get a Fair Trade Certified mark.
Learn more about Fair Trade: What Do Ethical, Organic And Fairtrade Mean?
7. Ethical Trade
Ethical Trade are committed to drive responsible business practices and support workers both during the coronavirus pandemic and where we are afterwards.
8. Fair Wear
Fair Wear work with more than 140 brands to monitor garment productions and processes, finding fairer ways of making clothing and supporting new solutions across the supply chain to make it better for everyone.
9. Global Standard
GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) was developed to define global requirements for organic textiles, from harvesting these raw materials to labelling assuring consumers of credible products.
Look out for it as the main mark for organic cotton.
10. Cradle to Cradle
Cradle to Cradle focuses on the circular economy using their Cradle to Cradle certification, working with brands to create products which are more sustainable by creating zero waste rather than ending up in landfill.
11. Leather Working Group
The Leather Working Group monitors the leather manufacturing industry using their global leading environmental certification with over 1000 members ranging from brands to traders.
12. Canopy Planet
Canopy Planet works to protect forests through conservation.
It has collaborated with over 750 brands from book publishers to fashion brands creating permanent solutions to the world’s decreasing forests through innovative supply chains and campaigns.
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