Ecoture is built on the understanding that our consumption of fashion shouldn't be at the cost of the planet or its human and animal occupants. Many 'ethical' brands focus on one or two of these aspects, but we believe that all three are key to a happier, healthier, fairer and more sustainable world.
Before bringing a brand into the Ecoture family, we undertake extensive research into its eco and ethical credentials, and only when we're satisfied that these measure up to our standards, do we lay out the welcome mat.
Then, to make shopping your personal values easier, we use icons on each product on the site to help you quickly identify which values box(es) each ticks. Currently, our icons cover:
The Cruelty-Free icon indicates that a product (and all of its ingredients) was not tested on animals during any phase of its development.
Products noted as Ethically Made have been manufactured not only to minimise the associated harm of production, but also strive to take an active role in poverty reduction, sustainable livelihood creation, and minimising and counteracting environmental concerns.
Truly one of a kind, products marked as Handmade have been created by hand by skilled artisans, rather than via automated machine-based processes, often using techniques that have been passed down through generations.
Products featuring the Natural icon are made either entirely or largely from ingredients present in or produced naturally, with only minimal physical processing.
Organic ingredients and materials are grown without the use of synthetic fertilisers, sewage sludge, genetically-modified organisms or ionising radiation.
Sustainable products are those that provide environmental, social or economic benefits while protecting public health, welfare and the environment over their full lifecycle.
Our Up-cycled/Recycled Arrows icon will point you in the direction of products with recycled and/or up-cycled components.
Products with the Vegan icon contain absolutely no animal products or by-products.
Products labelled with the Vegetarian Carrot icon do not contain any by-products of animal slaughter, but may contain ingredients sourced from animals.
While not strictly representing 'values' in the truest sense, the following product icons are also used on the site:
Many of our products are marked as Limited Run to indicate they are available only in strictly limited quantities, many having been made specifically to our order. Once a Limited Run item has sold out, it may not be possible for us to re-order exactly the same product from our supplier.
The Waste Not | Want Not (WNWN) icon indicates that a product is eligible for return once its status becomes pre-loved.
We'll be adding new icons for Fairtrade, Low/Zero Waste, Locally Made and Gender Equality very soon.