Even as someone who tries to shop as ethically as possible, sometimes I can’t resist a good old scroll through Asos and I have also pretty much cut out using Amazon completely, but sometimes I just like to browse.
According to retail-weekly.com the top 15 on-line retailers in 2016 were; Amazon, Argos, Apple, Tesco, Netflix, Asda, M&S, EE, Boots, John Lewis, The trainline, Asos, Next, B&Q and O2.
Looking at this list, It’s safe to say that we like our ‘department’ style stores.
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There is something wonderfully lazy about an on-line department store, it feels like a lot less effort than having to search or remember all the shops you might want to look at, especially if you just fancy a browse, plus I’m one of those people who hate having lots of open tabs. Where as on the actual high street I think it’s the other way around, a department store can feel like harder work than just popping in and out of different shops as you walk down the street. I don’t know, maybe that’s just me?
Anyway I wanted to highlight a few ‘department’ style stores on-line where it’s more of a ‘one stop’ situation that may make your Sunday scrolling more ethical.
What: Women’s clothing, accessories, shoes and Homewares
Alternative to: Asos
I would say this is my new antithesis to Asos, It’s an easy to navigate site, is bright and colourful which makes it feel fun and ‘on trend’ (but you know without the fast fashion aspect.).
They create their own clothing line but also sell other brands, which work well within their aesthetic.
What: Men’s and Women’s Clothing, accessories
Alternative to: M&S
A slightly more ‘grown up’ aesthetic, Thought have a huge selection of clothing for men and women, including active wear, underwear, socks (lots of socks!) – I would say it’s a really good site for basics
What: Books, ebooks, audiobooks, music
Alternative to: Amazon
This is probably the best alternative out there to Amazon for books and music anyway. Whenever you make a purchase through them you can then choose (or if you can’t be bothered they will for you) an independent bricks and mortar book shop to make a donation to – so you don’t need to feel so guilty about buying on-line as you can still support your local.
Also I have bought a few things on there that have ended up being cheaper than Amazon, so it’s a no brainer really!
Who: Ethical Superstore
What: Everything ; cleaning, beauty, clothing, food, garden…
Alternative to: Tesco, Asda, Boots
Ethical Superstore pretty much have everything you need. The prices are reasonable, they do a lot of discount days and promotions and it’s a great place to stock up on things, recently I got my loo roll from there and I loved having it delivered straight to my front door, haha!
What: Beauty, Make-up, Health, Candles, Diffusers Etc
Alternative to: Boots
This is a fairly new to me site but I’ve found it to be fantastic. All the natural and organic beauty brands in one place, with a clean and well designed website which makes it easy to navigate.
They also have a great section on each product labelled; More info where they state all they know about the products origins, where it was made, what the packaging is made from, shelf life and animal rights – SO handy if you are saying to be more mindful about your purchases!!
Please let me know your recommendations for on-line department style ethical shops! (Bit of a mouthful!)