HOW DO YOU RATE BRANDS?
I rate brands based on the information available on their website, through one of the certification providers (e.g. Fair Trade or Better Cotton Initiative) or other information that is publicly available. I focus on three main categories and score as follows:
Sustainability: What materials does the company use to make its products and what environmental impact do they have? I’m on the look-out for FSC certified timber, organic cotton, recycled and other eco-friendly alternatives (though I know that certification isn’t achievable for some). Top rated brands go the extra mile in terms of packaging choices and striving for zero waste outcomes.
Social Empowerment: Does the brand know who makes its products? Are the makers paid well and is the brand contributing to keeping age-old crafts alive? Does the brand employ or support people who are traditionally excluded from employment or does it give back in other ways?
Animal rights: If the brand uses wool, leather or feathers, I also look for evidence that it has been sourced responsibly and without cruelty to our furry or feathered friends.
My rating scale:
✩ - POOR
No, or very limited, information available on the brand’s ethics or sustainability
✩✩ - BELOW AVERAGE
Minimal ethical or sustainability information or unsubstantiated claims
✩✩✩ - COULD DO BETTER
A brand that has made a start but has more to do to improve its impact
✩✩✩✩ - GOOD
A brand that has ethics and sustainability at its core and should be championed
✩✩✩✩✩ - GREAT
An industry-leading ethical and sustainable brand setting an awesome example for us all
For more information on what to look for when shopping for ethical and sustainable home decor and furniture, check out this post.
How do I search for brands in my country?
Each brand contains a country tag - just enter the name of your country in the search bar and you should be able to find what you need. You can also search for worldwide shipping for brands that ship anywhere in the world.
I’m on a tight budget, can I still shop ethically and sustainably?
I think ethical and sustainable shopping should be for everyone. To help you make decisions based on your budget, I’ve added a simple key on each of my brand reviews.
$ - lower price
$$ - medium price
$$$ - higher price
It’s also worth remembering that ethical and sustainable products are often believed to be significantly more expensive, when in fact prices more accurately reflect the product’s true cost. Sadly we’ve become accustomed to paying too little for products that have been mass produced using low quality materials and it’s distorted our view of what things should cost.
WHY SHOULD I TRUST THE RATINGS YOU PROVIDE?
The Ethical Home Edit was set up as a service not a business. My aim is to provide conscious consumers with as much information as possible on how to create a more ethical and sustainable home, including the best places to shop for the products you need. I don’t have a hidden agenda - I just want to make the world better.
I don’t currently have any sponsored posts and I am not receiving products or payment in exchange for the posts I write. If this changes, I’ll make it clear which posts are sponsored and which aren’t. All views will remain my own.
How can I get my brand reviewed by The Ethical Home Edit?
I love reviewing brands! Please contact me via email@example.com and I can add you to my list!
CAN I GET MY BRAND’S RATING CHANGED?
If I’ve made a mistake, or there is new information available, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can explore making any necessary changes.