We’re familiar with big eco-conscious brands, like Patagonia and Toms, who are long-held industry leaders in reducing their ecological footprint and bringing awareness to others in the fashion industry to do the same.
There are so many more brands who have the same mindset. These companies create clothes and shoes you can wear to work, to the gym, or to lounge around in at home, and they keep an eye on the materials and processes used to make these items.
Below are a handful of the sustainable brands we love.
Your everyday basics are now environmentally-friendly. Alternative Apparel creates casual staples with the planet in mind: Approximately 80% of their garments are made using sustainable materials and processes.
As for the price point, their exclusive line prices most items under $80.00. You can feel good knowing you’re buying original recycled fabric without spending a fortune.
Everlane focuses on ethics and transparency when creating timeless items—you can wear these clothes season after season without creating more clothing waste. Renew, their newest line, makes items from recycled plastic bottles.
They’re realistically clear about the factories where their clothes are made, even showcasing their own markups so you know exactly where your garment came from.
At the beginning of 2019, Frank & Oak pledged to increase its sustainable products and process, and it’s only made the brand better. From buttons made of recycled materials to minimizing the metal parts used in denim, this brand is committed to reducing landfill waste and recycling where possible. Minimizing their impact processes includes cruelty free insulation, using recycled polyester, and the recently launched hydro-less denim.
This mentality further extends into their brick and mortar into stores, which are furnished using local carbon neutral furniture and gives shoppers the option to purchase a reusable tote with their purchase.
Shop sustainable activewear without breaking the bank. Girlfriend Collective makes their garments from recycled plastic bottles and are Oeko-Tex certified safe.
Their new LITE line uses recovered ocean plastic to make their garments, and their comfy high waisted leggings—which they’re known for—will be the next item you cop for your wardrobe.
This London-based brand for the eco-friendly shopper offers high top and classic sneakers made from recycled rubber soles, organic cotton and straw, and an eco-lite footbed. They create their shoes using a circular production process, instead of the traditional linear method, to eliminate waste.
Kicks are available in classic black and white, baby pink, and pastel yellow colours.
Since 1991, People Tree has been hailed as a pioneer in sustainable Fair Trade. They’re a heavy investor in leaving a social and environmental impact, as seen in their fair wages practice, organic fabrics, and mentor program to producers. They’re refined styles are made from natural materials using traditional skills, such as hand embroidery and hand wearing.
While this UK brand is a tad pricier than other companies on this list, shoppers can find some items priced under $100.00.
Reformation’s feminine silhouettes are designed from rescued old stock and repurposed vintage clothing. Contemporary dressers can shop here for edgy clothes made using efficient processes, including their own “Refscale”, which breaks down the impact per garment.
Locally sourced suppliers provide materials and green building projects minimize energy and waste used to create clothes.
You can minimize your own garment waste by shopping consignment, donating gently used clothing, and repurposing what you have in your closet. Designer resale websites, like Designer Swap, specializes in all of these services, accepting used designer shoes and clothes, in addition to providing concierge and closet organization services to reinvent what you already have in your wardrobe.
What are your favourite sustainable clothing companies? Let us know in the comments!
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