At Alare, we only feature high-quality brands that are disrupting the fashion industry and making the world a better place for you and generations to come.
Simply put, every product we carry is eco-friendly, ethical, and vegan. No matter what you purchase at Alare, you can be sure that it is gentle on the environment, made ethically and responsibly, and doesn’t contain any animal products.
To determine if a brand meets our standards, we start by aggregating data from independent certifying organizations. This includes Fair Trade, GOTS, B Corp, and Good on You rankings among many others.
We combine these certifications with our own research, interviews, and standards, often asking brands to attest to various good business practices and requiring that they demonstrate how they’re following through on those practices.
Scroll down for a more in-depth explanation on how we determine what products we carry.
#1 The Product is Eco-Friendly
The product is grown, sourced, and manufactured in the most sustainable manner possible.
There is really no such thing as a 100% eco-friendly piece of clothing or accessory. That’s because all clothing takes water (to grow the fiber which makes the fabric) and energy and additional water (to produce the item).
However, there are brands that are taking active measures to minimize environmental damage.
There are two main questions we ask to determine if a product is eco-friendly: How is it grown and/or sourced? And how is it manufactured and produced?
How is the Material Grown?
- Grown with minimal amounts of water.
- Grown without pesticides or chemicals.
- Grown with minimal impact on the soil, air, forests, and water.
How is the Jewelry Sourced?
- Responsibly sourced in a way that protects the environment.
- Uses only non-conflict stones.
- Uses recycled materials as much as possible.
Fabrics That Meet our Standards Include:
- Azlon (from Soy)
- LENZING Modal™
- Organic Cotton
- Organic Linen
- Sustainable Bamboo
- TENCEL™ Lyocell
- Recycled Cotton
- Recycled Nylon
- Recycled Polyester (RPET)
Other Materials That Meet our Standards Include:
- Sustainably Sourced 14K Gold
- Sustainably Sourced Sterling Silver
- Recycled Sterling Silver
How Is the Product Produced or Manufactured?
- It is produced with minimal amounts of water.
- It is produced with minimal amounts of energy.
- It is produced with out toxic chemicals.
- It is dyed with low-impact dyes.
- The brand uses proper chemical disposal procedures.
Many of the Brands We Carry Hold Eco-Friendly Certifications Including:
- B Corp
- Cradle to Cradle
- Made in Green
- Global Recycle Standard
- GOTS Organic
- Textile Exchange
- USDA Organic
#2 The Product is Ethical
The product is designed, sourced, and manufactured in a way that cares for people and their surrounding communities.
The fashion industry is known to exploit people around the world.
Many workers are producing for some of the most profitable companies in the world, but are working for poverty wages, under dreadful conditions, and are forced to undertake an excessive amount of overtime.
In Bangladesh (the world’s second largest exporter of clothes) the minimum wage for garment workers is 5,300 taka ($62 USD) per month which is far from the 8,900 taka ($105 USD) needed to cover a worker’s basic needs.
In addition, many garment workers work between 60 and 140 hours per week and are often cheated overtime pay.
And it doesn't stop there.
Health and safety are often neglected, workers are denied breaks, and abuses are common.
Worst of all, the fashion industry still has the problem of forced labor and child labor.
But, it doesn't have to be that way.
Ethical fashion takes into account the numerous workers that work behind the scenes to make the clothing industry possible. From the farmers that grow the fabrics to the garment workers stitching pieces together.
We only carry brands who are transparent about where their clothes are produced and how their workers are treated.
The People Who Make Our Products Are:
- Paid fair wages.
- Work in a safe environment.
- Work reasonable hours.
- Are never harrassed.
- Treated with respect.
- Have the right to unionize.
- Are not forced to work.
- Are above the legal minimum age to work.
Many of the Brands We Carry Hold Ethical Certifications Including:
- SA8000 certified
- B Corp
- Ethical Trading Initiative
- Fair for Life
- Fairtrade International
- Fair Labor Association
- Fair Trade Federation
- Fair Trade USA
- Made in Green
- World Fair Trade Organization
- Sustainable Fair Trade Management System
- Fair Wear Foundation
#3 The Product is Vegan
Vegan fashion does not contain any animal products or animal-derived ingredients and is cruelty-free.
The vast majority of the billions of animals who are killed for their skin, wool, feathers, or fur endure the same horrors of factory farming.
Even “humanely raised” animals are kept in captivity and slaughtered years before they would have died naturally, so it’s hard to argue that any animal-based material is truly humane.
In addition to causing the suffering and deaths of billions of animals each year, the production of animal-derived materials—including wool, fur, and leather—contributes to climate change, land devastation, pollution, and water contamination.
However, in recent years, advancements in textiles make Earth-friendly vegan materials nearly indistinguishable from and far superior to their animal-derived counterparts.
The vegan materials available today are much lighter, and they’re far more durable and practical.
Many of us are familiar with common vegan fabrics such as cotton and polyester. But in the 21st century, business in vegan fashion is booming. Clothes and accessories made from hemp, bamboo, and other animal-free materials are now commonplace.
They can also be made from innovative and sustainable materials such as cork, mushrooms, pineapple leaves, apple peels, other fruit waste, or recycled plastics. With so many different materials to choose from, there’s no excuse for animals to die violently and painfully for fashion.
Here is a list of what you will not find in our products:
- Alligator Skin
- Kangaroo Skin
*Although some of the brands we carry offer non-vegan options, we only carry the vegan options that they offer.