One of the biggest misconceptions about shopping for sustainable clothes is that they are way more expensive. While it is true that the extra steps taken to pay employees fair wages, ensure safe working conditions, and use natural, renewable fabrics do mean extra costs, it doesn't mean you have to spend an arm and a leg to find affordable ethical clothing.
Large brands like Zara, H+M and Hanes are able to offer eco-collections that are no more expensive than their regular lines because they produce such mass quantities they can drive the price per item down. The downside is the same brands often have lower levels of sustainable fabric content and can be vague about where and how they manufacture their clothes. You will pay a little more to buy from smaller brands that are completely transparent, ensure 100% renewable materials and have fair trade practices but not so much that it becomes unaffordable.
With 2021 fast approaching we have compiled these eco and budget friendly essential items to help you usher in the new year in style and comfort.