Ethical On A Budget: How to Live Your Values Without Selling Out!

I hear it all the time- “Ethical fashion is too expensive.” And if I’m entirely honest the comment annoys me a little. Because ethical is a value system, not a price point. But I can also appreciate the need to be budget-conscious and not spend your entire weekly rent bill on ethical clothing.

So to help you navigate how to be ethical on a budget, we’ve put together our top tips to be a budget-friendly conscious-consumer.

1. Only Got $20 In My Pocket…

Our first top tip is to get well-acquainted with local thrift stores. By purchasing from a shop like Vinnies you are supporting a charity and keeping clothing out of landfill..

2. Sew, A Needle Pulling Thread…

That’s right, it’s time to pull out the old needle and thread spend the next Netflix binge session sewing up the little hole in the back or button that fell off. By doing sew (see what we did there) you’ll be helping the environment by not throwing it out.

3. A Swippity-Swap.

Want new for your wardrobe? Then why not hold a clothing swap with your friends? Exchange those unwanted items and donate the remainder to charity or a women’s refuge.

4. Borrowing Isn’t Just For The Library.

Instead of rushing out to buy something new (or even new to you) why not borrow from your friends or family. You keep the cash in your back pocket for the day when you really need something new and you can buy it brand new ethically and support brands who provide a Living Wage or are Fair Trade!

5. Create Your Own Handmade Items

Living ethically on a budget sparks creativity. Why not learn handmade crafts, like weaving or crocheting? Create handmade or handwoven scarves, mat, hand towel, or even clothes! By doing so, you won’t only save money but also gain new skills.

6. Support FSC-Certified Products

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit organization that sets standards for responsible forest management worldwide. Buying FSC-certified products gives consumers assurance that they’re buying products that support forest protection for the future.

Supporting FSC-certified products is an ethical thing to do because you won’t only help preserve the environment, but also our children’s future. For instance, Icare recycled toilet paper is made of used high-quality office paper, placed into a pulping machine filled with warm water. The used papers turn into paper pulps. The ink on the papers is removed by injecting air bubbles into the water.


There are many creative ways to live ethically on a budget. This lifestyle isn’t expensive as what most people think. Ethical living could also mean using available resources, using your imagination, and being practical without selling out. It’s a simple lifestyle that involves keen attention to the products you use without ruining your pocket and ethical principles.