Since I've started talking more about my new vision for the blog and my ethical and sustainable lifestyle a lot of people have asked: "how can I shop ethically/sustainably in Calgary?", so I decided to make a list!
Sidenote: I wanted to point out that ethical and sustainable can mean different things to different people. To me, it means that the clothing has to be animal-free, the workers are paid living wages, it's sweat-shop free, employees are treated properly and they must use sustainable materials and manufacturing processes aka. they aren't destroying the earth to make a pair of panties.
I am very excited to share this list of stores and I hope that you can check them out! Enjoy!
THE GRINNING GOAT
The Grinning Goat is Calgary's first vegan boutique and we are so happy they are here! They just opened this fall and now we finally have a space to find amazing vegan shoes, handbags, clothing, and more!
This store is beautifully curated with local and ethical goods. They have a huge range of clothing brands that you should definitely check out. Their goal is to provide high quality and meaningful products so that we can have more with less. They have beautiful intentions and I encourage you to read about them here.
Outside the Shape is filled with beautiful products by local vendors and there is always something new and exciting happening. Plus, they always have a rack with locally made clothing! This is the perfect place to buy a gift you can feel extra good about.
NOURISH SWEAT SOUL
I am in love with the style, the message, and the everything behind Parts + Labor. Started by a local entrepreneur, this company embraces design and movement and it shows in their athleisure capsule collections.
THE LIVERY SHOP
The Livery Shop is home to Camp Brand Goods, a fun, comfy, outdoorsy-focused brand (you don't have to like camping to wear it...just don't tell them). Their store carries lots of local goods and I was on the hunt for an Artizia blanket scarf alternative and found this wool-free scarf by Jackson Rowe!
Whenever you shop consignment it is always ethical and sustainable. It's like recycling clothes! It's also affordable and so much fun. Some of my favourite consignment stores in Calgary are The Clothing Bar, Peacock Boutique, and Fond Boutique.
Holt Renfrew and other high-end stores carry a lot of handmade and high-quality products. This is where you would find designers like Stella McCartney who's entire clothing line is ethical sustainable and vegan. She's a huge ambassador for the sustainable fashion industry and her partnership with Adidas also follows her ethical and sustainable codes.