In a context where tourism has become the main economic activity of the planet, it is essential to consume and adopt socially responsible behaviors while traveling. So, during your next trip to Montreal, take advantage of the diversity of establishments that offer ethical and sustainable products to make conscientious purchases.
In the past fifteen years, Canadians have acquired awareness of the consequences of their actions and consumption habits in the environment. They became more likely to stand against social issues that have been originated in the post-industrial decades. Nowadays this tendency is growing with more responsible citizens and more demanding consumers. 
Fortunately, Montreal is an excellent travel destination for people who wants to do impact tourism and really integrate sustainability into their lives. In the city, there are a lot of options to shop and encourage the local economy while respecting the environment and human rights.
The Y Montreal Hotel invites you to start your visit with the city’s engaged fashion boutiques! You will find a variety of products made locally from ecological materials, clothing developed with high technology and even clothes recovered and upgraded by local designers.
Find out 5 major shops where you can buy ethical fashion in Montreal:
A few steps from the Hotel Y Montreal reception, Fringues boutique-friperie offers to customers an opportunity to consume with environmental and social responsibility. First, with a large stock of used quality items, Fringues extends the clothes life cycle and makes it more accessible to the community at very affordable prices.
Secondly, Fringues’ customers contribute to the social integration of women, since the total revenue of the shop are reinvested in the employability program Fringues & Cie. This YWCA Montreal project offers a complete training in sales and customer service, as well as professional experience for women who have difficulty integrating into the labor market.
Address: 1165 Crescent Street, Montreal, QC H3G 2B1
OÖM (at Belle and Rebelle shop)
OÖM is a committed fashion brand that offers clothes to consumers who want to express themselves through a style aligned with their values. Designed with social and environmental concern, OÖM products are made of eco-friendly fabrics such as linen, organic cotton, recycled cotton, recycled polyester, Tencel, hemp, among others. In addition, the organization has implemented a unique recycling program in which the company undertakes to redistribute private donations in good condition to the Renaissance Friperie, and to send the balance to a specialized social reintegration center in the recycling of used clothes in industrial rags, Textil’Art. 
Proud to act as a responsible actor, the production of articles is attributed to Quebec organizations with a social vocation and 1% of all sales of the brand are given to social and environmental causes. In Montreal, OÖM clothing are available for sale at Belle et Rebelle.
Address: 6321 St-Hubert Street, Montreal, QC H2S 2L9
This non-profit thrift shop is considered a big reference in in the committed, ecological and local fashion sector of our metropolis. Its mission “is to promote and support local eco-designers, to raise awareness towards environmental issues and to reduce textile waste by promoting the reuse and recycling of garments.” 
Thus, La Gaillarde offers a wide variety of vintage and modern clothing and accessories, for men and women, produced by more than 50 collections from Quebec eco-designers.
Address: 4019 Notre Damme Street O., Montreal, QC H4C 1R3
The ETHIK Boutique is an international collective that brings together more than 100 designers from Canada and around the world, committed to creating sustainable products based on the theme of the circular economy.
In agreement with its values of sustainable development and 3RV principles (reduce, reuse, recycle and value), the store promotes eco-design, a process used to create multifunctional items that are easy to recycle from certified organic materials. On a social level, the group practices fair-trade business and lead a social inclusion project for minorities and vulnerable communities. In addition, local artisans are valued to ensure the preservation of their culture and their know-how.
Address: 6750 avenue de l’Esplanade, office 102, Montreal, QC H2V 4M1
Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC)
MEC is one of the largest Canadian co-ops, offering since 1971 quality sports products at fair prices. The organization promotes socially and environmentally responsible solutions and is guided, among other things, by principles such as integrity, sustainable development, altruism, creativity and leadership.
So, for travelers who need sportswear or good quality coats to withstand the extreme temperatures of Quebec, MEC is definitely a shop to visit. MEC sells its products for members only, but the lifetime membership costs only $5.
Address: 4394 Saint-Denis Street, Montreal, QC H2J 2L1 and 8989 de l’Acadie, Montreal, QC H4N 3K1
Beyond these 5 shops, you can discover a whole directory of products and brands Made in Montreal. So, when it comes the time to buy your souvenir gifts, encourage local artists and artisans, instead of buying products that you do not know its origins. Visit an ethical clothes shop, buy handmade jewelry or an artwork. In short, the opportunities to buy responsible in Montreal are endless, there is something for everyone!
 With information from Statistics Canada. TURCOTTE, Martin, Canadian Social Trends – Ethical Consumption, 2011.  OOM. «Programme de récupération de vieux vêtements», <www.oom.ca/fr/a-propos/engagement-social.html>, 2018  La gaillarde, 2017, «Info», <www.lagaillarde.ca>, 2018