Now more than ever, people seem to be looking for the best quality items at the best possible prices. This usually leads people to shop fast fashion – think stores like Urban Outfitters, Shein, and Forever 21 – since it’s one of the most affordable shopping options. Unfortunately, while trendy, the quality can vary, and the industry is notorious for damaging effects on the environment and unfair treatment of workers.
The recommended alternative is slow-fashion, sustainable retailers that use organic materials and pledge fair conditions to their workers, but brands like Madewell and Stella McCartney are often too costly for the average consumer. Here are some budget-friendly alternatives for those who want to shop sustainably!
- Everlane ReCotton Tee – $25
Everlane is one of the best-known sustainable brands, but because of the quality and sustainable materials, their prices are usually out of many people’s budgets. Luckily, one of their more affordable pieces is the ReCotton Tee, a versatile t-shirt made of 60% recycled cotton that comes in six colors.
- Tara Khorzad Neon Swirl Earrings – $16.35
Make a statement with these fun earrings from British designer Tara Khorzad, the perfect jewelry piece to elevate an outfit. They’re 3D-printed from biodegradable plastic that’s made of corn starch, making them compostable with virtually no waste from printing. Khorzad offers several styles of biodegradable earrings, so if you like these, the others may catch your eye as well!
- HeavenHemp Recycled Silk Scrunchie – $4
Nepal-based Etsy seller HeavenHemp upcycles different natural materials to make their products, and these beautiful scrunchies are made from recycled silk scraps. The silk won’t pull on your hair like other scrunchies might and the vibrant colors make it a truly unique accessory. An added bonus: they ship in envelopes made of 75% recycled cardboard.
- For Days Joggers – $27
These adorable pink joggers are almost entirely made of organic cotton, and thanks to For Days’ Swap Program, you can send any piece back for recycling once you’ve gotten your use out of them. They’ll give you store credit and use your item to make new materials for future products.
- Monica & Andy Face Mask – $12
Monica & Andy are a family brand focused on making high-quality products for mothers and children. Their cheerful face masks are made from organic cotton and feature fun prints like stars and donuts. They have a nose wire that you can bend to help it contour to your face, which will prevent glasses from fogging up.
- Boody Soft Jersey Beanie – $12.95
Boody makes all their products with textiles made from bamboo, and the bamboo they use is grown without chemical pesticides or excessive water. This beanie is a light, breathable piece that comes in three neutral colors, making it a perfect basic for both colder and warmer months.
- Lucy & Yak Don’t Wait to Smile Printed Tee – $31
This cheerful graphic tee from UK brand Lucy & Yak is just what we all need in this time of uncertainty. It’s made of 100% organic cotton and the brand pledges living wages and fair conditions to all employees.
This post is not sponsored. All items were researched and chosen by the author.
Hi! I’m Madison Murray, a pop culture and music writer who also loves writing about lifestyle and fashion. I have credits on sites like TREMG, Young Hollywood, and Audible Addixion, and I’m the founder of Melodic Musings. In addition to writing, I’m a community editor on Genius, lyric curator on Musixmatch, and a playlist curator at VOLUP2. My favorite artists include Taylor Swift, Machine Gun Kelly, BLACKPINK, Elko, phem, and YUNGBLUD. She/her.