Ethos

ABOUT US

 

Welcome to ShopShift (SS), a company founded in the belief that the best reason to start a business is to drive social change. We believe in encouraging business and fashion to move in a more ethical and sustainable direction. Our commitment is to provide a positive impact in this world through fashion and lifestyle by providing you with ethically made, sustainably produced apparel and accessories curated from a place of consciousness and delivered to your door with love in recycled packaging.

At SS, we chose to support designers who operate their businesses with respect for people and the planet. Our platform features designers who work hard to shift the design industry towards sustainability and support social activism. Curated with a dual focus on ethics and aesthetics, our clothes provide you with long-lasting style that is never overly consumptive or trend-based.

We live for this – to curate beautiful things and to beautify all of us, inside and out. We believe in buying fewer, better things that are made to last, and we are firm believers in quality over quantity, always and in all ways. Driven by environmental awareness and social responsibility, SS works hard to make it easy for you to buy clothes and accessories that are manufactured in an environmentally and socially conscious manner.

SS recognizes that the road to sustainability is paved by progress, not perfection. Our promise to you is that we will never stop learning. We will continually strive to improve, not only in the companies we choose to support but also throughout our own business practices.

SS remains committed to providing you with a shopping experience that informs, inspires, and rewards. We invite you to join the revolution, shift the way you shop and purchase with purpose. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your support and for being a conscious consumer – because every little bit really does count.

 

SUSTAINABILITY

 

LOCAL

Local represents a brand’s commitment to source raw materials and produce products close to their local community or country. By thinking globally and acting locally, the local community is supported and uplifted while the global community is respected and protected.

 

ETHICAL

Social and environmental responsibility calls businesses and consumers alike to a higher standard, one that respects both people and the planet by acknowledging the impact our actions have on the world around us.  Ethical sourcing and production is a commitment demonstrated throughout the supply chain and business practices to respect the planet and the people who make our clothes, ensuring the environmental impact of operations is minimized and people are paid fair wages and can conduct operations in safe and responsible work places. A conscious consumer is aware of the finite amount of resources the Earth has to offer and considers the impact our purchases have on people and the planet.

 

ORGANIC

Did you know that conventional cotton contains about 30% chemicals and only 70% cotton? Organic cotton is free from all of the harsh chemicals and pesticides used to grow conventional cotton crops, enabling low environmental impact and promoting longevity to minimize waste. Organic farmers sequester an annual average of 49 million tons of greenhouse gases, which is equivalent to taking 9 million cars off of the road. Choosing organic represents a healthy choice for people and the planet.

 

RE-DONE

Did you know that 95% of discarded clothing can be recycled or upcycled? When creating a new product, using recycled and upcycled materials minimize waste by conserving resources while maintaining high quality design and functionality.

 

HANDCRAFTED

In a world of mass production, handmade is the new luxury. Purchasing handmade supports local craft industries and people. Buying handmade ensures artisan techniques and traditional craft skills are kept alive and purchasing handcrafted creates a demand for education around these techniques. We believe maintaining and increasing a skilled artisan base is vitally important to supporting cultural identity and preserving the planet’s resources. By purchasing handcrafted products, we reintroduce intention, purpose, and consciousness back into the consumption equation and we support people and artisan techniques.

 

NATURAL FIBERS

Natural fibers are renewable resources that utilize significantly less resources in the production process than man-made fibers, such as nylon, which are mass-produced from petrochemicals. Purchasing items made from natural fibers represents a healthy, responsible and sustainable choice by creating garments that are sustainable at every stage of their life cycle, from production to disposal.

 

CAUSE SUPPORTING

This initiative represents a business’ commitment to support causes and initiatives as an integral part of business operations, supporting people and the planet.

 

SMALL RUN PRODUCTION

By choosing to support independent designers who design and make products without participating in a large, industrialized business, we support small run production. Small run production means producing a limited quantity of items, which preserves resources and minimizes waste. This also means that the clothes you purchase from SS are only available in limited quantities, providing exclusivity and ensuring that you won’t be wearing the same thing as everyone else. If style is ultimately about self-expression, then ethical and sustainable fashion is the place to find it.