15 Ethical and Sustainable Fashion Brands
It can be hard to find fashion brands to buy from that align with your values. Here’s a quick list of ethical and sustainable brands.
As always you should always do your own research and determine which brands you are comfortable supporting based on their ethics. Remember, your money and how you choose to spend it is powerful. It sends a message to suppliers. You essentially for voting for brands when you spend your money and support them. This list is just a resource to lead you in the right direction.
Grana is an awesome company that specializes in creating staple pieces while keeping ethics and the environment in mind. Their denim is incredible.
A new up and coming brand, Girlfriend Collective produces active wear using recycled water bottles. They have a huge focus on sustainability and ethical fashion and their leggings are a dream.
Matt & Nat uses 100% vegan and sustainable materials. They’re main focus is accessories and shoes.
Patagonia is great if you’re concerned about ethical fashion such as fair wages. Check out this video showing the impact of fair trade clothing. Organic cotton and recycled materials are used in their products. They’re also focused on their environmental impact both in production as well as the life of their products. They offer to repair products through their Worn Wear program which gives their clothing a second life. Check them out if you’re looking for all things active wear.
Fair trade and sustainable clothing, People Tree is trying to reverse fast fashion by developing only a few collections a year with materials that are meant to last. They have a little bit of everything from adorable dresses to relaxed leggings.
Non-GMO, organic cotton and non-toxic dyes are used to produce their fair trade, sweatshop-free, family-run farms using renewable energy. They have amazingly comfy soft basics.
7) Amour Vert
Made in the USA, this brand focuses on great fashion and social responsibility. Non-toxic dyes, sustainable fabrics, and zero-waste are some of their noteworthy priorities. As a bonus, for every T-shirt you purchase they plant a tree in North America. Definitely a bit of a splurge but investing in good quality is better than rebuying again and again.
“Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option. We’re #2.” They have an amazing feature that allows you to see approximately how much carbon dioxide, how many gallons of water, and how much waste is saved for each article of clothing. It allows you to know the exact environmental impact your clothing has. They also invest in offsets which help them plant trees, invest in clean water solutions, and purchase landfill gas offsets. They have some really amazing fashion forward pieces as well as fun unique basics.
Alternative Apparel once again focuses on amazing basics. They are green certified; they also participate in fair labor, ethical production, and use sustainable materials.
They also have a really unique choose what you pay option instead of a sale section. This allows you to see exactly what each price covers before you choose. They make their products from good quality materials in ethical factories. They believe that customers have the right to know the cost of making the product as well as where and how they’re made. Their transparency is amazingly refreshing.
11) Wallis Evera
Wallis Evera uses sustainable, biodegradable hemp as their foundation fabric. They focus on small batch manufacturing, ethical sourcing, and sparking a dialogue for a more sustainable future. They have amazing office wear. If you’re looking for new dress for an interview check them out.
12) My Sister
My Sister’s mission is to fight sex trafficking and provide resources for survivors of sexual exploitation. They produce a variety of ethically produced clothing (mainly tops) as well as handcrafted jewelry by survivors of trafficking in Nepal. A percentage of each sale goes to nonprofit partners.
13) Organic Basics
Organic Basics provides exactly what you would think, basics made of organic cotton. They focus on higher standards in sustainable production.
Knowledge Cotton Apparel is a Denmark based menswear brand focusing on ethical clothing, organic cotton and recycled PET polyester. They also have the goal to be Carbon Neutral by 2025.
Krochet Kids Intl. is a nonprofit brand that aims to empower their artisans through fair wages, education, and mentoring programs. Each piece has a tag hand signed by the woman who made the article of clothing. They also have an awesome 3 tops surprise pack where you get 3 tops at random for only $30.
Bonus: Online Conscious Stores
Bead and Reel and Modavanti are both online clothing stores that allow you to buy based on your values. Values they sort by include vegan, fair trade, organic, recycled, zero waste, and made in the US.
Written by Patricia Van Valkenburgh, class of 2019
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