Fast fashion is something I love as much as anyone. Affordable prices, limitless options, and easy accessibility–what’s not to love?
Negative environmental impacts and low working wages are just two disadvantages. Our growing carbon footprint is largely due to fast fashion brands. This is why it’s so important to invest in ethical clothing and ethical companies.
Clothing brands are starting to notice this trend. Some have begun to incorporate recycled materials into their designs and packaging. Others have banned single-use plastics and introduced climate-positive projects. This shows that sustainability is not just a trend, but an emerging pattern. Here are seven fashion brands that take eco-friendly steps to make the world a better place.
It’s no surprise that the brand is based in Montreal, Canada’s coldest city. This means it has a good understanding of outerwear. The brand’s ethical and sustainable fabrics have been carefully hand-picked and are equal parts high-quality, and environmentally-conscious. Their raincoats are filled entirely with plastic bottles, and we love them.
Everlane is a well-known name in fashion for many reasons. It is known for its simple, modern designs and commitment to sustainability. It doesn’t lie when it says transparency. You can check the exact manufacturing company from which each product was manufactured. It has also eliminated 90 percent of its supply chains made from new plastics and used recycled or other alternatives instead.
Allbirds shoes are a well-known brand that you may have seen on social media. They are extremely comfortable and made with sustainable materials such as wool, trees, sugarcane, and plastic water bottles (with laces made of recycled water bottles). FSC certification means that all of the products have met the environmental standard for wood from forests. Did we mention that these guys can be machine washed?
Reformation’s dresses have timeless silhouettes and striking patterns that are suitable for any occasion. Since 2015, the brand is carbon neutral and transparent about sustainability reports, wages and fabric sourcing.
Amour Vert, which translates to “Green Love”, in French, is a fitting name considering all the brand stands for. It is clear that sustainability is the core of the brand’s mission.
Your underwear is the most important item that touches your skin. Parade fabrics are Oeko-Tex certified. This means they are free from harmful chemicals that can pollute our water and skin. Parade is inclusive of all body types and sizes. The panties are available in sizes XS-3XL. And to prove it’s truly thought of everything, even the packaging is shipped in compostable mailers!
Emma Watson has worn Article22’s jewelry on the red carpet. But its mission and jewelry are very down-to-earth. It uses military-grade aluminum made from shrapnel or debris from Laos to create its jewelry. Fair trade wages are offered to its workers, and every purchase supports the Mines Advisory Group of (MAG), which removes unexploded ordnances from the countryside.